KBG Holiday Monster CAL

Hello, dear readers, how are you today? I do hope you’re well and don’t have this horrible cold that I have…  But I am not here to talk about health and so on; no, no. I want to talk to you today about the Knot By Gran’ma Holiday Monster Crochet Along. Are you signed up to it yet? I received my pattern on Friday and completed the first part Friday evening (while waiting for updates to be completed). I must say, he looks rather intriguing so far:

Knot by Gran'ma Holiday Monster CAL
Knot by Gran’ma Holiday Monster CAL

I can’t wait until this Friday 27th for the next part of the pattern to be released! We are being given a free reign with our yarn choices, but must follow the pattern exactly and to the letter to qualify for the giveaway at the end of the CAL. I am using Garnstudio DROPS Paris aran-weight cotton in Pistachio together with Lily Sugar ‘n Cream worsted-weight cotton in Blueberry and Drops Delight in blues (plus the prescribed crochet cotton, eye colour to be decided). This really is something quite new to me, amigurumi CAL, as I have only worked on blankets, cushions and shawls for crochet alongs thus far, but I must say that I am happy with the monster.

If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t worry – there’s still time! Click on over to Jess’ site and hit “sign up now” and you will receive the pdf pattern directly into your inbox. As we are making an amiugurumi monster, the amount of work is quite small compared to blankets etc, and so you should have time to catch up.

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They’re hard work, aren’t they? Well I think they are, especially my own. It was my birthday on Friday (20th) and my wonderful husband gave me a new computer, so I will be able to blog more regularly now – hooray!

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In our house, if your birthday falls on a Friday (or even a Thursday sometimes) then you celebrate for the whole weekend. I cook a special dinner on the day of the birthday and then avoid our usual routine of batch-cooking for three days with a bolognese, chilli or curry etc. Then there is the birthday cake and the desert of choice and the handmade gift to go with the bought gift… It all eats up my time. At least I don’t have to make myself a handmade present!

This year has been a little disappointing on the birthday front as so many people forgot. My brother doesn’t do birthday cards or gifts and I didn’t expect anything from him, so a birthday text was a lovely surprise! The Little Miss gave me some beautiful stones from the Crystal Shop, but the Young Man and Big Miss forgot, as did my in-laws (although I’ll let them off as they have had a lot on lately, what with MIL being ill, and they are in their seventies). My mother had problems logging into Amazon so was late ordering my present – she’ll bring it over when it arrives. My sister gave me a lovely Twinings porcelain china mug with some English Breakfast teabags (I do like a nice cup of tea!) and, as previously mentioned, my lovely, lovely husband gave me a new computer!

So I have spent two days doing Windows updates and upgrades and getting generally quite pissed off with computers in general (I miss Linux and can’t have it back for at least a year) in between cooking special dinners and baking a birthday cake. I love Malteser cake! The cake turned out well, but I forgot that Korean pork and red pepper stew takes two and a half hours to cook, so I had to cook it on the stove in stead of in the oven. It still tasted good, but it would have been better if it had cooked slower in the oven. I cheated and bought some part-baked crusty rolls in stead of baking my own, and ended up having to cook chips with it to make sure there would be enough to go round with a last-minute extra guest. I didn’t actually get around to baking my birthday cake until yesterday, and I had planned to bake a birthday pie for dessert after today’s roast, but I am working on Christmas presents and trying to catch up with everything online that I have missed because I haven’t had a computer for sooooo long and have had to rely on my phone for everything. At least I have kept my passwords up to date…

So this is the start of a new era for me. That said, I am working on secret Christmas gifts at the moment, so I don’t have an awful lot I can share on here for a while, but I am sure I can manage to share some obscure photos!


I haven’t been very good at the whole blogging thing lately, but I promise I will be back to blogging on a regular basis soon. I will be writing a catch-up post this afternoon and will be revealing some of my plans for the coming months. Stay tuned!

Is Suicide Selfish?

Seth Adam Smith writes from the heart in this beautiful blog post. To those of you reading this who suffer from depression (whether diagnosed or not), I would like to say that no matter how down you feel, how dark and pointless life may seem, how toxic to others you may believe yourself to be, please try to remember that your family and friends love you very much and are rooting for you not to give up. If you are suffering from depression and have found yourself contemplating suicide  please go and see your doctor. Now please click on the link below and read Seth’s story.


Is Suicide Selfish?.

depression & saying good bye

Heart-felt words

Sparkle & Doom Designs

struggling with depression is hard work.  Throw in other obstacles that living a life and being a parent gives you and sometimes it gets very dark and lonely.  I have many ways of achieving success everyday, but there are days when I almost do not.  That’s the harsh reality of depression.  Some of us don’t make it.

Good bye Wink.

Summer Hearts Mandala Summer Hearts Mandala

To remind myself that I have to keep doing the hard work, always keep fighting, and never give up I made myself a mandala in Wink’s memory.  Sadness is innermost, but I must let the light in, for it warms me, surround myself with love and allow some sadness to just be.  It’s okay to be sad, and it’s okay to be happy.

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In Memorandum: Wink – A Creative Being

I have just read the very sad news that Wink took her own life last Friday. Wink has been a huge inspiration to me. It was after reading about her in Kathryn Vercillo’s Book “Crochet Saved My Life” that I sought diagnosis for Asperger Syndrome. She always seemed so happy and jolly online, always into new crochet projects, and this inspired me to get more involved with crochet-alongs.

Wink (Marinke Slump) will be very sadly missed by everyone, but I feel a huge gap in my life already, and not just as a fellow Aspie crochet nut.

Goodbye Wink. I guess in the end crochet just wasn’t enough for you.