A New Obsession...

In my search (which I will admit is becoming slightly desperate... ) for a welsh dresser for our kitchen, I came across two beautiful pink, blue and cream welsh tapestry blankets! I have recently become rather obsessed with them since my friend asked me to keep an eye out for her... 
So now, I really love them!!
(I didn't manage to get a photo, as the lady was a bit scary...and I felt a bit cheeky)
The two which I found were both singles, and though a bargain at £30 each, they were the wrong 
colours for her...and for me, well, I don't have a spare £30 at the moment for a blanket.
Though I will admit, I did contemplate things I could do to quickly gain that...but I'm not prepared to sell my old books just yet!

As the weather was so nice (on )we went to Aberystwyth to have a look in the antique shops there...
And this time we found a real BEAUTY!

A lovely huge blanket, in amazing colours...and also amongst some other gorgeous blankets and quilts.
This one was £100 and honestly, if I were the kind of girl who had that sort of money, I would have bought it in a flash.

ahhhhh well...

To distract myself from all the pretties in town, we went to Borth, to see Jamz' family.
 I always like going there as there is always something inspiring going on!

We also ventured into the top room of one of the pubs, where they have a brilliant collection of vintage treasures!


I will definitely be going back here!


My knitting is coming along amazingly, it is so much fun!!
And even though it still takes some concentrating, you still get instant gratification watching it grow!

I have now decided to make a blanket, I'm going to knit some ginormous scarves and sew them together...sounds easy right??!!
I was totally inspired by this post, on a really lovely blog.

Though I'm still quite some way off finishing, I'm getting more and more confident by the day.

and I have found one of the best things to do after a busy day is to relax on the (nearly new-at last!) sofa, with the fire film and a pot of tea. 



learning to knit

Yes, I've picked up my needles for the umpteenth time!
BUT this time I'm gonna learn it, make something and remember!!
I have tried and failed so many times, but this time I'm determined.

Jamz' mum came over with a HUGE ball of hand spun yarn, which I cannot just look at, so I am attempting to make myself a scarf...

(and yeah, it did take me a while to find the end!!)

So far, after several tutorial videos, lots of tea and a few times of un-ravelling, I have managed to cast on, and knit my first two rows!!

Though I am sure I've already made tons of mistakes, I'm not too worried.
I'm just going to keep knitting it, and if it has a few holes and quirks to it thats fine by me!
(I am open to some tips though, if you can see where I'm going wrong!)

So I've found this knitting lark is quite fun!
 Its nice to see something grow in front of you from just a ball of yarn and a couple of sticks.
I still have a lot more rows to go...so I'm off to put the kettle on,
a nice cuppa and a few more rows...."just the job!" 


I have just made some yummy hedgerow jelly, which is currently setting...though I am really quite axious about it as I think I may have gone to far at the boiling stage!

I always make 2 jars so we can sample it and make sure that the product is fit for being recieved as a gift,
(what with Christmas just round the corner!)
I have my fingers crossed for the time being
  to take my mind off of my setting jelly, I thought I'd share some recent goings-on.

The winds are picking up and all the leaves are lush shades of yellows, golds, oranges purples its so pretty, though as they are blown off the trees, the leaves seem to gather in lots of untidy piles
around the front of the house. I gathered up 3 half bin bags full and covered them with water so that next spring I can use them as compost.
This was the advice of my mum who stayed with us recently.

The farmer has placed a really lovely old trailer outside of the gate.
I love how it looks here!
It seems to fit the colour an the landscape here so perfectly.
When Jamz and I had our first house together, I requested one of these... and now after almost 2 years!!
I have one!

I am not sure of the real name for it, but it will be hung over the beams in the kitchen,
with a cord and pulley sytem and on it will hang our washing over the rayburn!
I'm so so pleased, and he made it with some fairly inadequate tools, so it shows some real skill.
Now we just need to borrow a ladder to get it up!