Monday, 27 December 2010

Late Christmas Wishes

I hope we all had a good Christmas? Mine was Lovely except for laptop decided not to work anymore *sniff* but thanks to my lovely lovely Neighbour it is now working enough for me to use! My needles wear flying right up to xmas Eve but I did manage to get everything finished

Everything went down well and fitted like it should *phew*

I had a lovely day at the parents on Christmas day and got the best present ever a sewing maching, shes only little but I can see us having many happy  hours together... well once I learn how to work her!!

I leave you with a poem I found


‘Twas the night before Christmas
and all around me
Was unfinished knitting not under the tree.
The stockings weren’t hung by the chimney with care
‘cause the heels and the toes had not a stitch there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
but I had not finished the caps for their heads.
Dad was asleep; he was no help at all,
And the sweater for him was six inches too small.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I put down my needles to see what was the matter.
Away to the window, I flew like a flash,
Tripped over my yarn and fell down with a crash.

The tangle of yarn that lay deep as the snow
Reminded me how much I still had to go.
Out on my lawn, I heard such a noise,
I thought it would wake both dad and the boys.

And though I was tired, my brain was a bit thick,
I knew in a moment, it must be Saint Nick.
But what I heard then left me perplexed-ed,
For not a name I heard was what I had expected

“move, Ashford; move, Lopi; move, Addie and Clover Move, Reynolds;
move, Starmore; move, Fraylic--move over”
“Paton, don’t circle round; stand in line.
Come now, you sheep wool work just fine!
I know this is hard, it’s just your first year,
I’d hate to go back to eight tiny reindeer.”

I peered over the sill; what I saw was amazing,
Eight woolly sheep on my lawn all a’grazing.
And then, in a twinkle, I heard at
the door Santa’s feet coming across the porch floor.

I rose from my knees and got back on my feet,
And as I turned round, Saint Nick, I did meet.
He was dressed all in wool from his head to his toe
And his clothes were handknit from above to below.

A bright Fairisle sweater he wore on his back,
and his toys were all stuffed in an Aran knit sack.
His cap was a wonder of bobbles and lace,
A beautiful frame for his rosy red face.

The scarf round his neck could have stretched for a mile,
And the socks peeking over his boots were Argyle.
The back of his mittens bore an intricate cable,
And suddenly on one I spied a small label.

SC was duplicate stitched on the cuff,
and I asked “Hey Nick, did you knit all this stuff?”
He proudly replied “Ho-ho-ho, yes I did,
I learned how to knit when I was a kid.”

He was chubby and plump, a quite well-dressed old man,
And I laughed to myself for I’d thought up a plan,.
I flashed him a grin and jumped up in the air,
And the next thing he knew he was tied to a chair.

He spoke not a word, but looked in his lap
Where I’d laid my needles and yarn for a cap.
He quickly began knitting, first one cap then two;
For the first time I thought I’d really get through.

He put heels on the stockings and toes in some socks
While I sat back drinking Scotch on the rocks!!
So quickly like magic, his needles they flew,
That he was all finished by quarter to two.

He sprang for his sleigh when I let him go free,
And over his shoulder he looked back at me.
And I heard him exclaim as he sailed past the moon
“Next year start your knitting sometime around June!”

Author unknown

Thursday, 16 December 2010

A special Happy Birthday

Today 235 years ago Jane Austen was born, My all time favourite Author I had to do a special Blog post to everything Austen

Jane Austen was born In Steventon Rectory on the 16th Dec 1775, and is one of the best known Novelist she was educated in Cambridge and we were nearly robbed of her works in 1783 when Jane and her sister contracted Typhus and nearly died!

Her most famous work is of course Pride and Prejudice with the very dishy Mr Darcy, I have myself had a Love affair with Mr Darcy for neigh  on 18 years after I first read Pride and prejudice when I was 10 years old, ever since the book has never been far away and currently lives beside my bed! 

Who cant love the proud Mr Darcy and the Lively Elizabeth Bennet!

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters.

Next for me is the Handsome Mr Knightly  In Emma who Doesn't Love Friends becoming Lovers, just look at Monica and Chandelier In Friends!

“If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.”
oo who doesn't dream of there own Mr Knightly
So Happy Birthday Jane! and without you my life would be ever so Boring as I wouldn't get to dream my nights away with Knightly, Wentworth and Darcy !!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Good Afternoon everyone from a very very cold East Yorkshire, down to Minus 12 last night and were around minus 8 at the moment! I would be loving it if I had a lovely warm house to come to when I have been out but I dont! my boiler is broken and they are taking a ever such long time to come and fix it! getting tempted to get chimney sweep out to clean the open fire so we can at least use that!

Im stil beavering away with christmas presents but had a break for a coupe of days as I had my first order, someone at R's work wanted three doing I was so thrilled she wanted them it made me very happy as I never think my sewing is good enough for anyone to want!

I hope you all had a great weekend Sunday was out monthly trip over to York for a Reptile Meeting, before it starts we always go the Black bull what is a sizzler restaurant and mmmmmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmmm its always good! I came out feeling very full and happy and with unlimited refills of tea I was even happier!

My FMS is playing up this week think its the cold, I am feeling very sorry for myself but taking my mind off it with knitting myself a pretty little scarf/shawl I have linked to the pattern on Ravelry   here its very nice and I'm enjoying knitting it will pop some pictures up when they is more to look at :)

If anyone is interested the doggie is Locke who is 10months old and is a Northern Inuit and a good but a bit big now foot warmer I have had him since he was 7 weeks old when he looked like this..must warn you will go AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Keep warm my darlings

Friday, 3 December 2010

Tag your it

Tag from here
Be extremely beautiful or extremely intelligent?
-extremely intelligent

Go without brushing your teeth for a year or go without washing your hair for a year?
-go without washing my hair!

Be Rich or Famous?
- Rich

Have an amazing shoe collection or an amazing makeup collection?

Be able to sing or be able to dance?

Be stranded on a Desert Island or in the Desert?
-Desert Island!

 Have a Computer or a TV?
- Computer :)
Wear spots or stripes for the rest of your life?
- Spots!

Drink out of a Teacup or a Mug?
-Tea Cup mainly unless I need a big tea fix then mug

Receive a bunch of Flowers or a box of chocolates?
 -Bunch of Flowers
Have a hug or a Kiss from someone you love?
-Hugs are always the best :)

Wear Converse or Stilettos?
-Converse all the way!
Meet Johnny Depp or Robert Pattinson?
- Johnny Depp
Be a Fairy or a Mermaid?

A Coffee or a Cup of Tea?
-Cup of tea and has to be Yorkshire tea :)

Pink nails or Blue nails?
-I dont have nails (I bite) but Blue

Live somewhere sunny or somwhere cold?
-Cold I would love Canada
Have an amazing house or an amazing car?
- Amazing house :)

Be kind or funny?
- Kind :)

Eat Sweets or Cake?
-Cake (carrot please)

Hold a Tarantula or a Snake?
-Snake definately! even though I own both!
that's one of mine;)

Wear a neclace or a ring?

Laugh or Smile?

Be hated or be a hater?
- Hated

Wear Pearls or Beads?

If you had to choose,lose your sight or your hearing?
-Hearing :(

Have lots of money or lots of friends?
-Friends :)

Love or be loved?
- Love :)

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is delightful, and since we have no place to go let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Good Morning from a very white East Yorkshire, we've had a little bit of snow fall during night we have a couple of inches with more due over weekend and next week.

Im not complaining though as I love snow!!  I blame it on growing up in the Highlands of Scotland I get like a little kid when snow is predicted!

I'm slowly working through my xmas list and on the needles at the moment is my dads sock in Kingcole, first one was finished in the early hours of last night and I'm now casting on the second I'm trying to beat second sock syndrome, for some reason the second sock alwasy seems take longer, anyone else suffer from SSS ?

Have a great weekend and keep warm everyone!!

Tilly xx

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

yucky weather you stink!

Its Horrible, dull and damp here in East Yorkshire today its very sad, I don't mind a crisp cold, but this damp cold really gets into my joints and causes me all kinds of problems, but never fear I'm not going to spend a whole post moaning

I thought this post I would explain why I go by the name Tilly were in fact my name is Clare...

well for as long as I can remember its been a family nickname for me Tilly Marie, I don't know where it came from there is rumours its after the book Tilly trotter by Catherine Cookson, as I have long curly brown hair, and Im a bit of tomboy, but its always been Tilly and I actually prefer it to Clare, so that's why on forums, and blogs I'm Tilly

while I'm doing a post totally not on crafting I will also tell you about FMS, I was diagnosed last year when my health took a huge nose dive, actually it crashed and burned into a side of a mountain then nose dived into the ground! I went from cycling to work 7 miles each way, walking my dogs, 4 miles each day and beating for local shoots on the hilliest parts of Yorkshire, to not been able to walk without aide, not been able to walk some days at all, feeling exhausted, and been in constant pain, Im hoping one day I will be able to get back to the normal me, but its going to be a long hard slug.

It was actually due to my health that I took up Kniiting again as it keeps my brain busy when my body cant cope with it :)

Sorry for  rambling but thought I would cast some light on who I am :)

Thanks for reading

Saturday, 20 November 2010

quick post

OK a quick post I really shoulnt be on here so ssshhhhhhh. But I HAD to show you my soap!! Its made from the left overs of Bio dieseal, what is boiled and played with just like chemistry at school, till you get this


this one smells of lavander it now needs leaving for a week to set properly, then it will be wrapped up and given to realtives and friends for christmas :)

better be off before R find me on computer have a good day my lovelies

Tilly xxx

Friday, 19 November 2010

time to start thinking about Christmas

I love Christmas, it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy, cinnamon lattes, getting wrapped up warm, Christmas markets, card writing....

I'm working down my Christmas list at the moment will get some photos sorted when I find my camera has to be around here somewhere!

Have a great weekend

Tilly x

Friday, 12 November 2010

today Im mainly

sewing!  these are my grandad's initials what I have sewn onto a hankie I'm doing the same for my other grandad to :)

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Current works in progress

I really havent been keeping this up to date and I apolgise my FMS has been very bad and I just want to hide myself away when its this bad but the pain has gone back to normal every day pain,  I have been crafting (keeping me sane)

The first pic is of a lavander bag for my grannies xmas present I have not sewn anything for around 10 years so Im quite pleased with this little bag

But it now has me itching to do more, so for both Grandads I'm going to hankies with names on :) think a sewing machine might be in my future to!

second thing to show today is my mums scarf Im just loving it very easy pattern for a great effect its a rav pattern but can be found on this blog for non Rav users

Havea  great Weekend everyone I will try and post sunday

Clare xx

remembrance day

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.
Solemn the drums thrill; Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres,
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.
They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted;
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.
But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;
As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain;
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Well Mother nature must have heard me!!

 Well Mother Nature must have heard me moaning! This morning it was cold, and the leaves had started falling YAYYY 

Actually tonight is very cold I think they will be a frost in the morning first of the season! 

I'm now off to get cuddled under my blanket and do a few rows of crochet blanket number two, Have a wonderful evening everyone xx

Monday, 11 October 2010


Am I mistaken are we not in October? shouldn't we be well into Autumn? shouldn't I be crunching through the leaves of orange and gold,  as I walk the dogs? seems very late this year, I am still seeing swallows and butterflies!

Were in the middle of a huge house clear out, we keep reptiles and have quite a few empty Vivs so were sending them down to a friends farm to go in his barn, so everything is gettinga good tidy and de clutter! Just wish we could find a new house now, we really really need to move.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

New layout

What do you think of the new layout, I've been doing some decorating thanks to shabby blogs, I love it very very much :)

Saturday was going well till about half hour ago but we wont go into it just say I could Kill R about now!

I have finally started my second crochet blanket I love the wool, so soft and snugly and cheap to! its stylecraft DK and I got it from here Special DK 100g

Hope your all having a great Saturday :)

Monday, 4 October 2010

Nearly done!

Seem to be doing this for ages but it is HUGE Nearly done now just got the edging to do :)

Saturday, 2 October 2010

a Ta-dah moment

A quick post as my bed is calling me but I had to show you before I went up the final finished fingerless gloves and Cowl set I LOVE them so soft and warm! 

Ignore the slightly tired looking me it's quiet late and I was feeling less than awake hee hee 

Night Night my lovelies and thanks for looking xx

Sleep hath its own world, A boundary between the things misnamed Death and existence: Sleep hath its own world, And a wide realm of wild reality, And dreams in their development have breath, And tears and tortures, and the touch of joy. Lord Byron

Friday, 1 October 2010

Still raining!

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the moldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.
My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the moldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

Still Raining here, think Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem sums it up completely, I'm buried under my blanket knitting way, listening to the wind and rain outside, I wish I had a conservatory to hide in and listen to the rain landing on the glass, I find it very relaxing:)

Horrible rainy day

 This is My motto for today "Stay Calm"  I am a little bit frazzled around the edges, its also raining and bleak, looks like we have jumped straight into winter and missed Autumn, I hope we get a few nice days  Autumn is my favourite season of them all, picking berries making jams and sloe gins, rustling through the leaves falling, collecting conkers....
As Summer into Autumn slips
And yet we sooner say
"The Summer" than "the Autumn," lest
We turn the sun away,

And almost count it an Affront
The presence to concede
Of one however lovely, not
The one that we have loved --

So we evade the charge of Years
On one attempting shy
The Circumvention of the Shaft
Of Life's Declivity.

Thursday, 30 September 2010

I am tired! sat here just looked at clock and it's nearly 11pm when did it happen did I blink and Miss Thursday? I am finally managing a few rows of knitting of the Cabled feather cowl before my bed starts calling my name, need to finish it as its part of the set I'm knitting for my Cousin's Christmas present, I think I have already shown you the Fingerless gloves, in lovely 100% merino I am VERY tempted to keep these myself!

Now my dears I hear my bed calling and I leave with you with one of my favourite Lord Byron poems well just the start of it 

HE walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellow'd to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.


Monday, 27 September 2010

First Xmas Present finished

So happy to have the first one done  A quick post as I'm off to physio In a min that should be fun HA! but heres a pic of my lovely 100% Merino "fecthing" fingerless gloves!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010


Late 1800's Lady
I was reading  Tilly Rose Blog and her wonderful article about the age gone by from the elgant 1850's to the swinging 20's and the whole elegance of the eras, in todays world its jeans and t shirts then it was pretty knitted items and hand sewn dresses, what happened when did we stop spending the time on ourselfs? 

I mean look at this lady <<< very elegant, don't you think?  For me the draw is the Romance of the time gone by I LOVE the elegant dresses, the fine   crocheted shawls. the beautifully decorated hats

Early 1800's
So what's stopping us girls putting some elegance back into our days? It could be something as simple as a beautifully hand knitted Lace scarf, or even a gorgeous scrummy capelet like this wonderful lady is wearing

So come on girls lets bring some Vintage into our days! 

Friday, 10 September 2010

Friday Blues

There's a sort of blue mood over the household today, R has had a bad time at work with the guy he works with (i could turn the air blue with words about him!)

Im Hoping this mood will lift soon and we can finally see sunshine and happier times ahead, please send lots of good vibes that we can sort out to move to the house of our dreams! till then Im hiding under my crochet blanket and im not coming out!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

snapdragon Fliptop Mits

Im Just loving these! they are going to bring some sunshine when the winter days arrive, these were supposed to be for my Cousin....But...... I think I will keep this pair and do a second pair for my cousin hee hee

feeling sorry for myself after my second trip to dentist, had to have my tooth numbed and drilled out due to infection, fingers crossed I wont have the pain I have had the last week!


Saturday, 28 August 2010

well what a busy couple of days I have had, finally managed to get enough energy up to give the garden a good clean! they were so many nettles I have no idea were they came from but they have been chopped, hacked and stamped into submission!

Now its time to tackle what used to be a lawn and is now a dust bath!!

the puppies are a week old now were does the time go, wont be long before they are driving me mad and I will be wishing them gone, but when they do go to new mummies and daddies I always feel sad and the hours very quiet :)