Thursday, 18 October 2018


Good morning, everyone.

First of all, before I forget, here's a couple of links to Stranger's Hall (not 'house', sorry).

Yesterday was all go but everything slotted in nicely.
The first thing was the hearing aid check.  I had a couple of niggles about my new aids which they managed to sort for me and once that was over I popped to the market to look on the rather good haberdashery stall.  Oh, dear, that had the Christmas fabric in.  How can a girl resist? 

Once that was done, I drove straight over to Val's and we went, first of all, to Blake House craft centre where I invested in some more fabric although this time I know what I am doing with it, unlike the market fabric, and then some yarn and a pattern for a jumper for me.  The style is simple - a crew neck with raglan sleeves (I prefer raglan to dropped shoulder for fit) and the yarn is lovely.  It's called Boho Spirit, a man-made fibre, and, conveniently, knits up as double knitting.  When I've done enough to show, I'll post a photo.
Here's a link to the site.
(I've just looked at the site and there's a free download pattern for a gorgeous Aran hoodie that I want, need and crave.  So I have printed it off!)

Then we drove on to the Blue Egg centre which isn't a craft centre but it does have a few interesting shops plus a play bard round the back and a most delicious looking restaurant where I had a Tuscan bean soup that ticked all the right boxes with me.  It was piping hot, flavoursome, packed with goodness and didn't compromise my SW plan in the slightest.  It kept me satisfied until dinner time.

Then it was home, sweet home, for tuition and finally, as an extra and unexpected treat, Beth turned up for an hour for a chat and to pick up some stuff. 
It was such a lovely day.

Today is the only day this week that I have a clear page in my diary (apart from a little bit of tuition) and I intend to make the most of it by being 'lazy' and staying in.  I washed the new fabric yesterday and it dried overnight so I have that to iron.  I do have some tidying to do and the house has been sadly neglected this week.  I shall knit and sew and plan for the little bit of tuition and generally chill before weigh in at the SW club this evening (fingers crossed).


  1. Enjoy your lazy day. I could do with one of those myself, having had a sleepless night.
    I had a quick look at the link, there are some lovely patterns on there. X

  2. Sleepless nights are the pits. Are you able to have a bit of a rest at some point?

  3. Sounds like a lovely day and there is nothing like a day off to do just as you please. You can knit and sew to your heart's content.

  4. I'm drooling over that yarn. It's beautiful!

  5. I've had rather a lot of thise 'lazy' days recently but I can thoroughly recommend them! At least you're being productive with yours, unlike me who just read and read.

  6. The Tuscan Bean soup sounds good - perhaps I might add that to my soup list. I have some Christmas fabric to deal with - I need to make another stocking or two as our family grows again.
    I am planning a lazy day next week before we have our granddaughter for half term.

  7. Thanks, Diane, it has been a lovely day.
    Sarah, it is lovely. It caught my eye as I wanked in the shop and I looked for a pattern to go with it. It knits up well although I've split a few stitches on the way!
    Eileen, isn't it wonderful to be able to have lazy days? They are so restorative.
    The Tuscan bean soup really was tasty. I've looked it up and basically it's just a veg and bean soup. If you made enough for two days, you could zizz it up the second day for a different 'experience'. Our half term round here is next week and, at the moment, I have empty pages in my diary so I can feel some Christmas sewing coming on!

    Thanks for all the comments, everyone.