Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Big Changes

Big changes are afoot in the Wailliewaillie household. We have left the bungalow! We are striking out and staying with our parents for the summer while we attempt to buy our own house. Husband has a new job near the Outlaws on the South Coast, so hopefully we will be living there soon, but for the time being we are living out of boxes and suitcases, and have no idea where our things are!

This weekend I was feeling rather glum, and then realised that I hadn't knitted in over a week! Well, I'm sure that was the reason! Unfortunately I couldn't find any of the things I was supposed to be knitting, so I cast on from queue and stash Follow Your Arrow. Unfortunately I wasn't able to join in with the original MKAL because the first clue was released the day before Bob was born. I had to hunt about a bit to find a combination of yarn, needles and pattern in my packed-up (and dispersed) stash, and this was what I managed.

The blue yarn is Drops Alpaca 4-ply, and is very soft, and the brown is Blacker Alpaca 4-ply, which is pretty coarse, but smells lovely and unprocessed. They're both lovely, and I'm sure the brown will soften up when I soak and block it. At last I can knit along with Mammar!

I finally finished Cloud Atlas. I enjoyed the style of writing. Without spoiling it (I hope), it uses a split narrative and written dialect, which really held my interest, although the actual content isn't my preferred matter. I can really understand why it has been so highly praised.

I have My Lady Judge lined up next, although I haven't started it yet. I have something juicy on the way, so I was looking for something to fill the gap. I hope this is it!

Sausages, Bob and I have been spending a lot of time in the shady bits of Mammar and Bapar's garden. The boys are running completely wild; this is the most dressed I have managed to get Sausages all week!

He and I made sweetcorn muffins this week, which would have been very bland, but for the fact that I added a tablespoonful of smoked paprika. I popped most of them in the freezer, so I can microwave a couple and give sausages a quick snack.

We also made some gluten-free dinosaur biscuits, so that we could share with the Coeliac in the house, but they were sooo crumbly that Sausages struggled to eat them, which was a shame.

And finally, these are the classic brownies from the Hummingbird challenge, which will have to pause while we are itinerant, since I don't have a clue where the book is! They were very wet after the recommended time, so we had to eat them with spoons, but they were delicious! Controversially, I don't think they were better than Delia Smith's though!

Wish me luck with the move! I really hope we are able to get a house sorted before the summer holidays are over and Husband's job starts. It's a bit challenging for me, since I never imagined that we would choose to live in the South, but it will be so great to be near the Outlaws, and to have the security of owning our own home, if we can manage that. Don't forget to pop over to Ginny's and Tami's to see what others are crafting this week, and to leave me any moving tips you care to give!


p.s. Thank you so much for all the kind things people have said about my responsive toiletting post, I was fully expecting everyone to say I was completely barmy, but instead I find people sharing it on Facebook. Thank you x


  1. Good luck Elizabeth. Keep in touch. Nicky G xxx

  2. first home!!!!! how very very exciting!!!! during this rather 'stressful', unsettling times----of course you needed your knitting!!! (that was a great choice in projects....I had a blast knitting that one!!!!--great colors, too!)