Saturday, 24 September 2011


:: Hello you lovely people::
I am sorry I have not been very attentive of late have I? I just don't know where time goes! Life has been so full (I suppose that's how a domestic goddess would put it but I am a mere mortal and have found it a little overwhelming in a "shall I shove a broom up my bum and I could sweep the floor as I go?" kinda way)  since coming back from our holibobs that I haven't sat down and kept you all up to date with the goings on. I am sorry and thank you for sticking by me you are such a lovely bunch. I will try to get back to posting on a weekly basis soon.
I have had a lovely response for the Giveaway.There is still time to enter if you wish. Just leave me a comment on the Giveaway post and I will add you to the draw which will take place on 1st October and remember if you give me a shout out on your blog you get another chance to win.

So what have I been up to? Well apart from running around The Cotswolds with the Tickety-boo tribe in tow, going to Marshall Arts, Ballet classes, extra Ballet classes for exams, drama club, football, rugby and street dance not too much really!!!

I have somehow started another blanket! It's the fault of the lovely Ravelry member Owlcrazi.  I blame her totally for playing to my weakness for all things yarny. She posted her finished  Butterfly Garden Blanket and I thought "ooooo that's pretty" and then "ooo I could have a go at one of those squares with all my left over Stylecraft" 
and so the beast was unleashed the pretty blanket began ;)
It's a free pattern by Chris Simon. for non-Ravelry members (I strongly suggest you become one you don't know what you are missing!) here's a linkie to the blog it's posted on.

The squares are larger than the granny squares I have made in the past but I think that's what I quite like about them. Biggest littlie has already nailed her colour to the mast declaring "I hope that's for me!" so I can see this being a stash increaser rather than a stash buster as it started out!!
I am soooooo enjoying this pattern. it's easily remembered after a couple of squares which makes for "Mum can you put down your crochet/knitting and help me with my homework?" or sit for an hour outside ballet school in the car with grumping kids waiting for their sibling a good multi-tasking  project.

Want to see my progress so far?

I am thinking a green or turquoise border around the squares to join them and a nice red or green (depending on the joining colour) picot edge around that.

Anyhoo I want to leave you with this gorgeous song from one of my favourite people on this planet! 
Tim Minchin.
It has been stuck in my head all week.
The man is a genius and his talent knows no bounds. I hope you enjoy it as much as me. Just click on this link.
Oh but a word of warning if you watch this and like it and then think in a totally YouTubetastic binge that you would like to see more of Tim's work, some but not all of his songs are not for the easily offended or to be listened to when little ears are around.
Have a lovely week one and all!
Love Tickety-boo


Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Holibobs Multi-coloured Swap Socks Ta- Dah and Giveaway News!!!

:: Helllllooooooooo!::
How are you all? Well it's been a while hasn't it?
Welcome to the new followers and welcome back to regulars here.

So yes I am back from my holibobs! Oh that was a well needed holiday.
 Boy oh boy it was a good one.
We went to visit my lovely family on the East Coast of Scotland for a few days first.  There has been a massive amount happened in the last 3years which has prevented me from getting up there so it was great to have some quality time and a few good laughs with my Mum and Dad and my big sis and her lovely family but also to see old friends.
 We also had a Middle Littlies 10th Birthday there with a visit to
 Camperdown Wildlife Centre followed by LOTS of cake!!!!!!

Then it was off to the Highlands for the holiday proper. I have been going to the same place on the West Coast for the last 33years and I have never felt the same feeling anywhere else in the world than this place gives me gives me. The only way I can describe it as a complete inner calm, like I am supposed to be there. I hope these photos will demonstrate why...................

This is the beachis Loch Morar used in the film Rob Roy with Liam Neeson.  His cottage was here. It was also used  in Braveheart.

the beach at these rocks was used in the film Local Hero and Highlander.

and this is Mr TB after we had spent hours skimming stones

Mr TB and I even got a day out on our own!! Granny and Grandpa had the Littlies and we went off on the lovely boat below to the stunning 
Knoydart and Inverie.
Inverie boasts the most remote pub in Britain The Old Forge which has the most amazing food and beer. 

Well it would have been rude not to eat there wouldn't it?

Gorgeous mussels! Nom nom (that's the food not Mr TB on the other side of the table although if you are reading this sweetie you do have nice muscles too!) (think I got away with that don't you?)

My Happy place :)

My stone henge! It started as a family activity, all building our own until the children really thought I'd lost the plot and went off to make a rope swing while I carried on piling with my tongue poking out the corner of my mouth in concentration!
May I just add my moment of personal pride where I skimmed a stone for the first time EVER! I would also like to add that I got a fivesie by the end of the holiday. I was far too over excited by this but honest if you had been there at all the spllllaaaaaddddoooooiiinks I have made over the last 30 odd years I have been trying you too would want to scream it from the roof tops!
It was a holiday full of family time, simple pleasures like fishing, crabbing, surfing, geocaching, rock pooling and just general fabiness! Oh and smallest Littlie learning to go his two wheeled bike. Good lad.
We saw Sea Eagles, Sea Otters, Dolphins, Golden Eagles, Red Deer, 
Stags and Seals.

I did get a little bit of yarny time and managed to finish my
 Multi-coloured Swap Socks!
Oh I am in LOVE. Lets see what you think..........

Every time I pop these bad boys on I come over all Kermit The Frog! You know the song.......... Happy Feet. I've got those happy feet.....................


In my last post I promised a giveaway and a giveaway you shall have! 

I found this amazing book called: From Needles to Hook 
It gives instructions for converting knitting patterns to crochet patterns, as well as crochet patterns of it's own and I have a copy for one lucky person. I have also made one of my special tea-light holders from stained glass and copper wire to go along with it (glass is notoriously difficult to photograph so I am sorry about the photos! It's also blowing a hooley outside and the light is just pants.)

If you want to enter then please make sure when you leave a comment below you say you also want to be entered in to the giveaway also if you mention it on your blog let me know and you'll get a second bite at the cherry!

So good luck y'all!
Love Tickety-boo