This last week has been a bit of a week of two halves, Nikki and Philip have been away in Manchester and Pippa has been at home almost all week, only working one day! It must be coming to the end of summer.
After finishing her cropped jumper last week she managed to get the heels into her Celtic Cross Oatmeal Socks which is a big mile stone as these have been on the needles since before we went up to Scotland.
They were cast on on the 30th April and Finished on the 29th Aug – so took almost exactly 4 months
After swatching a seed stitch sample for Nikki’s experimentation on how to do an integrated Icord edging on her blanket it was decided that the wool that was used really lent itself to seed stitch and would look great in a cardigan. Well currently it is part way to becoming a cardigan…
If you happen to follow her on instagram you would have seen that this image has made her oddly happy, the last few times she has had to have blood taken they have had to extract it from her wrist instead of the crook of her arm so this is an improvement 🙂
** During this time Nikki was in Manchester…. **
It turns out there is quite a bit as the blog tends to go into tickover mode during the summer as the summer sailing season takes over at least one of our lives.
Lots to catch up on.
This took much longer than expected as it turns out we have a lot more than we thought we did. Nothing in any great volume, except the wool for our blankets. But we have a much better idea of what we have to work from for scrappy projects.
Home made pizza is a favourite meal in this household and we had a lot of fun this time coming up with topping ideas.
L-R: Farmhouse: Ham, Pineapple, Mushroom; Seafood: Smoked Salmon, Smoked Mackerel, Prawns, Yellow Pepper, Red Onion; Mediterranean: Goats Cheese, Sundried Tomatoes, Olives, Red onion, Red onion chutney, Yellow Peppers; Spicy: Jalapeños, Olives, Salami, Ham, Red Onion
Before I set off for Manchester I decided to do a bit of baking… I have a *lot* of stuff in my baking cupboard that needs using up. But I made some blueberry and banana bread, some chocolate coconut slice and I got in some more dried fruit in the dehydrator!
Up in Manchester I did a beginner ski course, levels 1-3 but I managed to pick it up so well I even managed to get level 4 done! 🙂 Looking forward to doing some improver lessons. We even got on to the main slope.
I was lucky enough to be able to stay with my friend Becky who I have known since I was about 3, which was so wonderful and we had some lovely chats over copious amounts of alcohol, including this pretty bottle of champagne.
On the way back from Manchester Philip and I dropped in to Oxford and had a little wander round before stopping off at his parents as well on the way home.
Well we did manage to pack in a lot… let’s hope this week is a little calmer.
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