Challenge and chaos

Weather Report

It is still early but looks like a nice fresh cold sunny day. My favourite type of autumn weather.

WIP

Before I came home from holiday I joined a group online to pledge to crochet hats for cancer patients, only to find it was an American group. Crochet Cancer Challenge I emailed them to see if I could still take part and they said yes.

You have to pledge to make 31 hats one each day for October you are sent a different hat pattern each day but have until December to complete them. The patterns are given for free from 31 designers and as I have only designed 2 hats before I thought it was a good idea. You also need to donate them to a cancer centre near you if they take them.

Being in the UK means I don’t get the designs until mid afternoon and as we were on holiday I did not start until 2 days later, I am playing catch up but it is not a race. If you are at a loose end not knowing what to crochet next, try it you might enjoy the challenge and use up all the oddments in your stash. Many of the patterns are from new born to adult sizes so you can pick and choose which size you want to make as well.

Crochet Cancer Challenge



I have not made much progress on my wips this week because I was trying to finish the hats.

The crochet bag waits for a lining before I can finish that. I added the buttons and I pressed the material yesterday so I hope to get that done this week.

The ends still need darning in on the shawl, not really an excuse but I had a lot of washing and ironing to catch up on after our holiday.

Talking about our holiday I did not show you this last week

Do you think I took enough projects with me haha!!!!!!

Oops that is what happens when you start packing early and Phil tells you the weather is not going to be very good. How wrong can you be ???? We had fantastic weather…..

Too many works in progress?

Unsettled chaos

I feel like we have been so busy all week, back to classes and workshops straight away, my ladies don’t like me being off…. the house is still all upside down because our new bed has not come yet, I hope it will be here next week we are having our grandsons to stay soon. I think Phil and I may be sleeping on the sofas or the floor.

This makes me a bit unsettled because everything is out of place and we are sleeping in Olivers room.

The bedroom things are still everywhere and I can’t find anything.

Day out

We managed to fit in a day out yesterday and went to Fountains Abbey, there were so many bus trips and lots of people we did not go to the Abbey but walked instead to St. Marys Church.

Fountains Abbey,
Fountains Abbey,

It was a lovely sunny day and we had a picnic in the car, overlooking the lake at Studley Royal.

They have some very large trees which look very similar to Horse Chestnut trees with very spiky conker like nuts. I had to look them up they are Spanish chestnut trees which are supposed to be edible nuts.

They have some very large trees which look very similar to Horse Chestnut trees with very spiky conker like nuts. I had to look them up they are Spanish chestnut trees which are supposed to be edible nuts.


The National Trust have brought out the Passport books again they used to do them years ago when we first joined. You have them stamped at every site and you then know where you have been and they date them as well. I am going to have to start again because I don’t know where my old ones are. I got 2 stamps in it, one for Fountains Abbey and one for Studley Royal.

Gnome along

Louise finished her gnome from the mystery gnome along by Imagined Landscapes.. Great fun and we were amused she put his scarf on wrong…it should be over his arms :-)

Gnome along pattern by  Imagined Landscapes

Right on with the jobs, not quite sure what to do yet, we cleaned downstairs yesterday and washing is all done and ironed. We had one grandson to stay last night his bedroom is being painted he may stay until Saturday, not that we see much of him unless he needs food.

Ali and Louise xxx