2nd post – I’m doing well.

I am going to try to post regularly now, I had a year off and it was great but I did find myself missing blogging.
A year seemed like a nice amount of time to let pass before I came back.

There is no point me trying to do a year long catch up post. That would take forever.
If you do fancy seeing what i have been up to, I am knittywittywoo everywhere. Facebook, twitter, instagram, ravelry, in fact if you put knittywittywoo into google theres a good chance it could be me…..come and find me.

More recently I have yet again been bitten by the crochet bug. I am STILL crocheting roses….
If you don’t have Mollie Makes magazine issue 12, I have found THIS blog post explaining how they are made. I still don’t think I have finished yet.

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…..and I even managed 3 more this afternoon while watching 12 years a slave on dvd….all I will say is what a sad story and uncomfortable viewing at times but I felt that to turn it off would be disrespectful as its a true story. I just watched it while they lived through it.
I made pretty roses at the time though….

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These 3 are from the same skein of hand dyed handspun. I love the subtle differences in shading there are between them.

I’ve made a crochet jacket / cardigan. The pattern is granny shrug by Kirsty of Kootoyoo , its free on ravelry.

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This was so easy to make, its basically 2 hexagons, folded and sewn together.

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I’m not sure about the sleeves as they are very wide.

I have started a second one as I enjoyed making this one so much.

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I have no idea what this yarn is, or the last one as they were on cones I was gifted.
This is a light beige colour with flecks of blue and lilac.
On this jacket I took advice from other ravellers who had made this. Once the sleeve was the depth I wanted I have just carried on crocheting around the other 3 edges. Its kind of like a granny stripe with 2 corners in the centre (if that makes sense).

Tonight I have sat down to do some sock knitting. I have some plain stocking stitch socks in a bag, ready for whenever I leave the house.

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Both socks were the same length as the sock in the centre. As I sat down I realised I was fed up of doing plain stocking stitch socks and ripped one back to the ribbed cuff. I’ll continue now in 2×2 rib. Not too exciting but I do have the second of my esther socks to do for when I have concentration time.

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I am still continueing to read, at the moment I’m enjoying Jodi Picoult. I’m currently reading Plain Truth and I’ve just finished Sing me home.

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I am really enjoying this book and I’ve already gained quite a collection of Jodi Picoult both as books and on the kindle to read. Psst, you can find me on goodreads too as knittywittywoo and see what I am reading or read.

If you are looking for a good crafty blog to read, I can recommend COZY THINGS I found it yesterday and sat and read every post. It was like finding a lovely magazine to read.

Gosh, I can still ramble on.

Thanks for reading.x

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I’ve done it.

Alot has happened in the past year since i last posted.
Most important is this -

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Yes, i stopped smoking on May 19th 2013.
I had some help, i used champix tablets from the doctors. They may not work for everyone but they worked for me.
I had my last cigerette in 19th May at 11.30pm and i’ve not had one or been tempted much since.

Boy11 has bought me flowers to celebrate my no smokerversairy.

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He’s so thoughtful.

I have spent the day crocheting some roses. I’ve never made flowers before but i’ve really enjoyed these. They are quite addictive though.

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The pattern is from Mollie Makes magazine issue 12 so quite an old one. There are plenty of other patterns available.

Hopefully i’ll be back tomorrow to tell you other things i have been up to over the past year.

Its good to be back.

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Hello.

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I’m almost ready to return to blogging i think.

I didn’t expect to be away so long but i guess i just got out of the blogging habit.

Alot of things have been happening here, everything is ok though.

Most importantly

I HAVE STOPPED SMOKING!!!!!

I have been smokefree for 2 months now.
I’m not sure how much that has to do with my not blogging but i do know i’m not reading as many blogs now that i have changed my routines.

I’ll be back soon with crafting news.

Thank you for being patient and sticking around.x

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April.

You don’t want to know how many times i have thought about this post over the last couple of days and every time it was titled March.
I cannot believe April has gone.

This month i finished 7 books.
The ones on the previous post and yesterday i finished this.

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This is your life by Susie Martin.
77p / kindle.

I enjoyed this one and immediately went to see if she’d written more but couldn’t find any.

This was exactly the kind of story i like. A big life change with the right mix of believeable characters and romance.

In crafting i think i have been abit slow this month.

I have finished 1 sock and started sock 2 of the pattern small capitals that i started on new years eve.

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I have knitted abit more on the green jumper but i am not feeling the love so much. Maybe its because its getting warmer.

I have made some pyjama bottoms from a beautiful fleecy sheet.

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I love these they are so comfy.

I liked them so much i made some trousers from the same pattern just seaming up the sides.

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I haven’t been brave enough yet to wear them in public.

I also attempted knickers.
:) no photo of me wearing these.

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These are great, made from old t shirts. They fit so well and look better than my old baggy, holey pairs. I just need to get some thinner elastic for the legs and i can make some more.

Quilting i have started again,

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Simple 5″ squares are always satisfying when the urge to just sew is strong.
Today i backed it and basted ready for quilting.

I also cut out some more squares.

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These are also 5″ and will hopefully become a baby quilt for a friends daughters baby.
We don’t know this friend well and i’ve never met her daughter but i am happy to quilt and they have to go somewhere.

Tonight Boy10 came home from school with the news he is baking tomorrow and needs an apron.
Mum to the rescue!
A few measurements and 20 minutes later we had this.

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He is pleased and i am pleased.

Not bad i don’t suppose for April.

I am having alot of ideas at the moment from reading different blogs so i may be back soon to share some changes.

Tomorrow i am having a no internet day. I am turning the wifi off on the tablet and mp3 player. I am alliwing myself to access twitter and fb on my phone but thats it. As my phone is a blackberry, not touch screen any other internet useage is hard work. I am hoping this will keep me from blog reading for the day as i can lose hours there.
Its just a 24 hour personal experiment.

Thanks for reading.
Take care.

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Wow.

I hadn’t realised it had been so long since i last posted.

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77p / kindle I finished Star Fish by Nicola May and enjoyed it. Unfortunately i didn’t enjoy it as much as her other 3 as on goodreads i have only given it 3 stars. The story centres on Amy, looking for love through a dating agency. She decides to date a different person from each star sign. Its an entertaining book but for me was too similar to Nicola May’s book Working it out which was 12 jobs in 12 months. It was an ok read i suppose, i enjoyed it but if i’d read this first i probably wouldn’t have gone for the other Nicola May books that i have enjoyed. I’m knittywittywoo over on goodreads too if you want to see what i’ve read without trawling through all my posts. After Star Fish i went back to Nick Alexander and read The case of the missing boyfriend.

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40p / kindle. This i loved. No surprise as i loved The half life of Hannah i read in January. This is all about CC, nearly 40 and single. On paper her life is wonderful, great friends, great job but she is missing ‘the boyfriend’. This was a wonderful story that i immediately got engrossed in. I was sorry when it finished. Then i was delighted to find a sequel.

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59p / kindle I won’t tell the story behind this as it would spoil the first book. Just to say it is every but as good. The characters are the same and i was equally as sad to finish this one. I’ve finished a paperback book i bought at the charity shop.

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20p / charity shop Marian Keyes never disapoints. Her books are always well written and you instantly feel part of the great family you are reading about. The books always centre around a great big loving irish family. All the Marian Keyes books i have read have been lovely. Now.

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59p / kindle Fifty reasons to say goodbye by Nick Alexander. After the 3 i have read of his before i was excited to find a series. This is the first book detailing Mark’s search for a boyfriend. I gave this book 2 stars. I had read the reviews prior to reading it so knew it was graphic but it was too graphic for me. Also i never felt i actually knew Mark apart from his search for love. I would have liked to have known more about his friends, job and life. It was well written but just not for me. I won’t be reading the rest of the series. Right, thats what i’ve read recently. Well done if you’ve got this far. I’ve also been crafting and i’ll come back later with another post for that. The kindle prices are correct at this present time.
Thanks for reading. Take care.

(don’t know whats happened to this post. I had paragraphs and everything but when i hit publish all the words have merged together).

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March.

Well. In March i finished 10 books.
On the kindle –

Head over heels by Sara Downing.
The school run by Sophie King.
Divorce for beginners by Sophie King.
Missing you by Louise Douglas.
The school gates by Nicola May.
The love of my life by Louise Douglas.
Working it out by Nicola May.
Better together by Nicola May.

Actual books -
The memory garden by Rachel Hore.
Before i die by Jenny Downham.

I also started Anybody out there by Marian Keyes but as thats an actual book it will take longer as i like to read in the bath.

10 books is alot in a month.
I delberately didn’t start the next on the kindle, Star Fish by Nicola May so i could have a fresh start for April.

I also finished quite abit of crafting. (obviously not all started in March, lol).

A puppy.

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My white jumper.

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My Zen crochet scarf.

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MrK’s socks.

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A stitchery.

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Honey cowl.

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Tatty teddy cross stitch.

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Wow. This post has amazed me.
I’ve also managed all the parenting and boring housework stuff too.

Gosh, i’m tired now.
I might have to do one of these posts every month as i really hadn’t realised i had done so much. It’s good to look back.

Thanks for reading.
Take care.x

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Whats on the kindle?

Another finish.

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Better Together by Nicola May.

As with previous Nicola May books, i loved it and i highly recommend it, especially as it is currently FREE on kindle so what have you got to lose?

The story revolves around 40 year old Jess and her 24 year old lover Dan.
The relationship is on and off, on and off with other relationships in between.

I started this when i went to bed last night and was amazed this morning to find i was already almost 40% through. I finished it this evening.
I am a fast reader but i also just couldn’t put this down.

Like previous Nicola May books it keeps a nice steady pace all the way through that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens.

The characters are mostly likeable, although i did get frustrated with Dan. They are all believable and we will probably all relate with the characters or at least the well written emotions.

This story kept me hooked until the end, i was only sorry i had finished it.

I’m not giving full reviews of the stories, you can find that when you go download it from kindle :) i’m just giving my opinions of the books.

Did i mention it’s currently FREE!
What have you got to lose?

*The only downside is that there are a few slight spelling mistakes. I’m only mentioning this in case you read some of the reviews on amazon.
They in no way take the enjoyment away from this beautiful story.
Theres only a few and depending how you read, you may or may not notice them.
I did and contacted Nicola May who tells me she is re editing it.
I don’t want this to put anyone off trying this book as kindle updates your books to the latest version (as far as i’m aware). So get it now FREE! (before it becomes paid for again) even if you don’t read it yet, it may update to a newer version by the time you read it.*

ETA – i am not a writer, just a reader and i have great respect for those who can write. I did wonder about contacting Nicola May about the mistakes and only decided to in case it was a kindle problem she wasn’t aware of.
I wish i could write and have people get lost in my words.

Next on the kindle is

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Star Fish by Nicola May.

This will be the fourth one by Nicola May i will have read in a row.

In crafting news i am starting a new cross stitch tonight.

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Tatty teddy, Daisy for you.
I really like this design and i’m looking forward to starting.

Thanks for reading.
Take care.x

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