Saturday, 30 March 2013

Cable Knitted Hat Pattern

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I've been wanting to post this on here for quite some time now. I found the most perfect cabled hat pattern on Ravelry a while ago, but I can't seem to find it on there now! 
You need to know how to knit, purl and of course - cable!!

Cast on 52 stitches
Work in knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches for as long as you like to create your ribbing.

Row 1 (Row 3 + 7)
P1, KTBL, P1, KTBL *P2, K6, P2, KTBL, P1, KTBL* Repeat until last 9 stitches, then P2, K6, P1

Row 2 (Row 4 +6)
K1, P6, K2 *PTBL, K1, PTBL, K2, P6, K2* Repeat until last 4 stitches, then PTBL, K1, PTBL, K1

Row 5
P1, KTBL, P1, KTBL *P2, Slip next 3 on cable needle, knit next 3, knit 3 from cable needle, P2, KTBL, P1, KTBL* Repeat until last 9 stitches, then P2, Slip 3 onto cable needle, knit next 3, knit 3 from cable needle, P1

Repeat rows 1-8 until piece measures around 6 inches (make sure you end up on row 4)

P1, KTBL, P1, KTBL *P2TOG, Slip 3 on cable needle, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, P2TOG, KTBL, P1* Repeat until last 9 stitches, P2TOG, Slip 3 onto cable needle, knit next 3, knit 3 from cable needle, P1 (45 stitches)

Purl next row

P1 (K2TOG) x2, K6 *(K2TOG) x3, K5* Repeat ending with P1 (34 stitches)

Purl next row

K2TOG all stitches

Purl all stitches

Sew the hat together, add your pom pom and there you have it! 
I think this pattern produces a very lovely cabled hat, so much that I've made 5 of them (some for friends, and some to keep for myself!) If you plan on making one, let me know how it goes, and if you need any further help, give me a shout!!


Thursday, 21 March 2013


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"My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse."

I was recommended Wonder a while ago, well, in fact I had forgotten its name - all I remembered was its bright blue cover and an illustration of someone's face!
I started reading the book while we were away in Paris and instantly fell in love with it. It's a highly addictive read, and its page long chapters make it extremely easy to enjoy. I loved how different sections of the book were written from other perspectives, and not just Auggie's (the main character)

I won't give too much away, but it's a sweet book with a lovely message. I found it very sad reading about a little boy with facial deformity, and how vicious children can be. His battles to deal with going to school for the first time can be emotional at times. I found one bit near the end extremely sad, once again I won't give it away, but it gave me that feeling of my heart sinking. 

However, I was rather disappointed when I reached the end of the book - but its beautiful and rather sad at times journey is enough for me to go and recommend this book to others.
I'd say this book was aimed at children or young teenagers which is probably why I was disappointed at the fact there was no conclusion for me at the end of it all (some may disagree with me on this one - Auggie's life has changed completely towards the end, and this is probably enough to satisfy some readers) As I said, it's a lovely read, with a lovely message, and that's why you shouldn't judge a book by its cover (or a boy by his face!)

Let me know your thoughts if you've read the book.


Thursday, 14 March 2013

What I'm up to this week

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As I'm trying to do as many things with my week as possible, I thought I'd share with you some of the things I'm up to...

I remember someone recommended a great book a while ago. All I remembered was its bright blue cover which had a face with one eye on it. I searched all over the internet, and finally found it - Wonder by R J Palacio. I downloaded a sample on my iPad before going away to Paris, but I enjoyed it so much I just had to buy it. I'm not a fast reader, but I'm half way through and really enjoying it. Once I've finished it, I'll be sure to write up a little review on here - but I definitely recommend it.

Last night, I went to see Life of Pi at Galeri. I was gutted when I noticed it had disappeared from our local cinema a little earlier than I expected. 
Galeri is a lovely art gallery / theatre / cinema / events space all under one roof - just a few miles away from where I live. I've been enjoying spending time here lately, I intend to go and see something there at least once a month. Sometimes they show films for a £1!
Anyway, back to Life of Pi. I hadn't read the book, or seen much about the film, but some of my friends had seen it and loved it. Yes, I enjoyed it - but there's just something about the sea sickness I just don't seem to enjoy. Sea sickness aside, it's a stunning film with a beautiful story, and I would highly recommend seeing it, and I'll probably watch it again when it comes out on DVD. Both myself and my boyfriend agreed it deserved an 8 out of 10.

Over the weekend, I'm hoping to go to Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw to see an exhibition by Luned Rhys Parri. Luned is one of my favourite Welsh artists, and I even had the pleasure of meeting her a few months ago. I'm hoping to take along my camera and spend a nice afternoon out, looking at art, drinking tea and eating cake at the gallery!

There we have it, just some of the things I'm up to this week. 
How will you be spending your weekend?


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Paris is the most beautiful in the rain

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"Paris is the most beautiful in the rain."
I'm not quite sure about the above quote. Our last day in Paris was spent in the rain, and of course we were absolutely soaking! However, I absolutely love Paris. 

We booked our holiday late Tuesday evening - our hotel was booked on laterooms and our flights with easyjet. We had enough time on Wednesday to pack our suitcases before we left for Liverpool after lunch. Our flight was hassle free, landing in Paris just after 8pm.

We stayed at the Taylor Hotel, which was beautiful. The rooms were a little small, but most of our time there was spent exploring the streets of Paris, all we needed was somewhere to sleep and have a shower. We went out for a lovely meal after we arrived and drank some wine (or a little too much in my case!)
The following day was spent at the Sacre Coeur and Montmartre. We watched Amelie before we left, and so a visit to Cafe des Deux Moulins was definitely on the list!

We truly had a very lovely time. Paris is definitely somewhere I'd love to visit again and again...

If you have any more questions about where we went out for dinner or visited, let me know!


Sunday, 10 March 2013

My birthday week

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Well, this past week has been lovely.... Although it's had its ups and downs, sad moments and definitely strange moments...
As I mentioned, last weekend was spent celebrating my 24th birthday (which was last Monday) On Monday, we took a little adventure to Ty Hyll Tearooms. I've passed many times but have never been inside before. We were pleasantly surprised! Although the food seemed rather expensive on the menu, it's definitely worth it. We both received very large toasties served with a generous side salad. I also ordered a pot of tea which came with a vintage teacup and strainer. I enjoyed the tea so much, I bought a pot of their own loose leaf tea before we left.

Later on that day, I returned home to go out for a meal with my family. We had a lovely meal at The Four Crosses near Menai Bridge to celebrate my birthday. Unfortunately, as we drove home, we had a little car accident which completely changed my mood...

As I had a week off work, Tuesday was spent at Llanddwyn beach and island. I absolutely love Llanddwyn, it's probably one of my favourite places in north Wales, and I highly recommend you pay a visit if you're in the area.
As both me and my boyfriend had a week off work, it has been my birthday, we wanted to go somewhere, anywhere! Tuesday evening, we decided to take a look online, compare prices and see where we could go for a few days.
That evening, we booked a mini holiday to Paris. Our flight was leaving the following day...
I'm not typically spontaneous, but I'm really glad we went!
There will be a blog post to follow about our Paris experience!

I hope you've all had a lovely week


Monday, 4 March 2013

Happy Birthday to me...

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Last week, I contacted the lovely Jane at Tea Time to ask her if she could make me some cupcakes for my birthday. Although a little last minute (I left everything until last minute unfortunately) she happily agreed! If you live in the area, I highly recommend you take a look at her cakes - her sugar flowers are works of art.
As you can see, they were adorable, and absolutely delicious. 

Saturday was spent celebrating my birthday, as I went for a meal to my favourite restaurant, Dylan's.
As today is my birthday, I have no idea what to do. I think I'll spend my afternoon at a local tea room and take a long and refreshing walk.

I have a week off work, and me and my boyfriend are planning on a very exciting trip. We haven't managed to book it yet due to my pathetic internet connection - I'm quite surprised I've managed to type up this post! But all will be revealed very soon I hope.... I'm excited!

I hope you've all had a very lovely weekend


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