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My name's Alison but for reasons too long to go into I'm known as Cockney Blonde or CB for short. I've been rubber stamping for several years but now spend most of my time either knitting or crocheting. However, with the advent of a New Year I have bitten the bullet and am tackling my usually hated pastime of sewing. I've even bought 'Sewing for Dummies' to guide me on my way. I've been with my hubby Dave for 24 years and between us we have 4 kids and 5 grandkids. We also have 2 cats and a dog, the latter features as my 'photo' image. I used to be able to blog daily but these days I struggle to blog weekly. Hopefully now we are settled into our new home in the country, I can get back to a daily (well almost) update from the room I now have to share with hubby. No more personal crafting space for me!!! Thanks to all the blogs and sites I follow for all your brilliant inspiration, and thank you to everyone who finds the time to comment on my blog.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

A storm, a few days away and a Cowl

As the pictures have decided they want to appear first I'll deal with the Cowl... This is it almost finished on the large loom. You may remember I got a pack of 4 looms from Santa.
Below is a closer picture
 This particular cowl is knitted on the flat. I found this a little confusing to understand at first. The looms are circular! Anyway, you just omit 1 or more pegs and knit backwards and forwards instead of in the round.

This is it lying flat after being stitched on the seam. This cowl gave me the chance to practice knit and purl on the loom instead of the traditional wrap stitch
 And this is it scrunched up looking a bit like a cowl.

This is better though, my pal modelling it for the camera. I was under strict instructions not to get her face in the shot. Goodness knows why as she's a lovely looking lady. She was chuffed to little mint balls with it and wore it several times during our stay.

We had a lovely few days in Perthshire staying with our friends. Fortunately we left Cheshire just in time. I first realised there was a problem when friends were emailing and texting to ask if we were OK. Apparently the North West had been absolutely battered by a fierce storm which closed sections of 3 motorways and 2 bridges. Luckily it also meant we missed the 12 hour power cut. Our poor neighbours went to bed fully clothed to keep warm.

We had driven through some pretty heavy snow in the Scottish Borders but fortunately that was the only bad weather we saw.

Almost home yesterday and we saw big signs up saying that the Forest was closed due to storm damage. Then on arrival home we discovered the power cut had knocked our boiler out so the house was freezing. We eventually managed to sort the fault and warmth was resumed.

I should just say this is only a mini moan. This is nothing compared to what the people in Somerset and now the Thames Valley are going through and we consider ourselves thankful that we were not more seriously affected. I do hope that all those affected by the dreadful rains are back in their homes soon.

'til next time, x


  1. It's good that you missed the worst of the storm ravages but not good to come back to a freezing home after such a long eventful journey. That big rock/quarry at the back, probably sheltered your house from any severe damage. Glad to had a great time with Boots.
    Love the cowls but I don't enjoy working on those looms as I find it much slower than knit or crochet.
    Stay warm, love Jo x

  2. Hi there. Lovely knits here. I do enjoy some knitting too.
    Thanks for your comment again over on my blog : )

  3. Lovely to hear from you Alison. Glad you missed the worst of the weather but it must have been horrible to come home to a cold house. I feel for everyone suffering in these awful conditions,

    Lucy x


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