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Autumn has arrived

 So, it’s been a long time since I posted – in fact we’ve been through all the seasons.

The weather has changed, the temperature has dropped and autumn is creeping in (as is middle age it seems, but that’s another story). But don’t despair, it’s now time for snuggling on the sofa in big jumpers under woolly blankets. I’m looking forward to walking and running through the Ipswich parks and watching as the landscape changes around me.

Also, today is the Great North Run and I’m eagerly awaiting news of three friends who are due to finish any minute!


Coffee, pain au chocolat and the three great elite men!

In other news, I’ve started a new crochet blanket made up of multi coloured granny squares, yippee! And as always there are several projects on the go…… Better have a think about all those things that need to be finished for Christmas!



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Another String to my Bow

Yesterday I attended a crochet workshop at Sew Creative, Wroxham, and I had a BRILLIANT time! Rather happily, I picked up this new skill fairly quickly, and through out the day made a little lavender posy with a rose decoration, and started a Granny Square for which I have today bought more wool to make it into a blanket. A new craft that is easy to transport and will keep me entertained on those old commuter trains.

It’s always nice to add another skill to your repertoire – particularly a creative one, and even if it has not direct relation to your job. I always find that doing things that you enjoy, creating something that is beautiful and that you can be proud of gives you a great feeling of achievement – as though you can conquer the world! If only I wanted to 🙂

What next I wonder??

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Extreme Knitting!


Spotted in the latest edition of Runners World. Amazing!

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September 4, 2012 · 7:46 pm

Recent knitting!

I’ve done a fair amount of knitting recently, mainly presents for friends babies and the like, but I just wanted to share pictures of two projects I’ve completed by one of my favourite designers, Rebecca Danger. She has great patterns that are well written and fun, and a great blog that can be viewed here.

So, number one!

This is Penelope The Empathetic Monster. I love her! This was the pattern that made me fall head over heels with Rebecca’s monsters.


Cecil The Computer Monster! A rather marvellous monster 🙂

Rebecca Danger’s patterns can be purchased on Etsy and she has published an entire book of monster patterns:

Big Book of Knitted Monsters

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A Right Royal Affair

Wow, what a day it was!

There I was, up early to watch full coverage on the BBC (who pulled in a massive 19 million viewers – good work Auntie!!), having left Boyfriend in bed due to his lower levels of interest in the whole occasion.

Okay, so I have to admit, one reason for the early start was to finish my knitting:

Yes, the Queen needed a face. I’d already struggled to stay awake the night before to finish her dress as I couldn’t quite bring myself to leave the Queen naked overnight…….

But we were successful, and by the time Kate left her hotel the scene was as follows:

The Queen could see! She even had a hat and was accompanied by her faithful hound. As an aside, the Queen has kept corgis since receiving her first one as a child, which she named Susan.

I cannot recommend this book enough….and it was the source for the corgi fact!

Knit Your Own Royal Wedding

Image from Amazon.co.uk

It was a gift from Boyfriends mother a few weeks ago and has provided hours of entertainment!

Anyway, I digress. A friend joined me and Boyfriend to watch the celebrations, so I had prepared tea (from a royal blue teapot of course) and cupcakes. As the said friend was driving, we toasted the happy couple with ginger ale! Not quite champers but it did the trick.


Occasions like these prompt many questions about the validity of the monarchy and whether such extravagant displays are a waste of funds. I can see the concern, we already owe huge amounts of money as a nation that it seems frivolous to spend so much both from public funds as well as on a personal level. I can’t imagine there are many who haven’t purchased some memento of the day, even if it’s just a pull-out from a newspaper they may not usually buy.

I personally, though not a royal fanatic, love the royal family and what they represent to the United Kingdom. To me, they are an integral part of our history, a symbol of power and leadership, a part of what makes Britain great. Yes, they could have married in a small private ceremony but I’m glad they wowed the crowds and thrilled the audiences with such a dignified and glamorous display. It was a day of fun and celebration and a respite of relief from all the bad things that happen every day. It was a global talking point that bought people together for a few hours. I have no doubt that William will make a fine monarch for this country in years to come.

Well done to the brave people who camped out, some for days just to catch a glimpse of the royal couple, to share in their day and to show their support!

I hope that however you celebrated, or didn’t, you enjoyed the day off and shared it with friends and family.

Finally, a huge congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – it was a magnificent day and I truly wish you all the best!

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Things I like :-)

Just to follow on from my earlier post, I thought I’d continue the introduction by telling you about a few things I like. Plus it gives me the chance to work out how to post photos, videos and links!

I like environmental science. After a bit of a false start, I’m back up and running and working out what to do with my career. More to come on future science-based life dilemmas I’m sure! Because of this, I love walking around the Norfolk Broads and other nature reserves. It took a while (be honest, how many teenagers enjoyed going out on long walks with their parents over spending time with their friends?) but now I’m so appreciative of what is right on our doorstep.

Image: Authors own, © April 2011

Whether the science has influenced my need for organisation or my organising requirements suited the logic behind science I don’t know. What I do know is that I write huge amounts of lists! Without these lists I’d be a nervous wreck. So to keep my life on track I have a Filofax:

Metropol Personal Organiser  (A5)

Image from Filofax

I love to knit! Randomly, this particular hobby helped me get my latest science job as it stood out on my CV and my ability to sew comes in useful.

Image from Beginnersknitting.com

I’m one of those people that get over-excited and start all sorts of projects without necessarily finishing what’s already started…. So I have many things underway! I love to make smaller items, so clothes and toys for babies (and me!). Two top designers that I love are Rebecca Danger and Anna Hrachovec who also happen to write great, readable knitting blogs!

Boyfriend plays in a band. So, by default, I like them! However, it works out well thats I do actually love them! Go have a listen, and if you like what you hear, check out their tour dates and ‘like’ them on Facebook!

Image © Tracey Edwards Photography 2010

Here’s a video of them as well – I like to make it easy for you! There won’t be too much more about them from now on I promise 🙂

As you could probably tell from my knitting ‘blurb’ earlier on, I’m quite crafty and I love to bake cupcakes (yum). But I think that’ll do for now!

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