A little mouse with clogs on...

Thanks for all the lovely comments on the Bunkey's forthcoming arrival. It really meant a lot to me.

I’m feeling pretty relaxed after two weeks holiday but I’m not looking forward to going back to work tomorrow. I just hope there haven’t been any disasters while I’ve been away.

Monkey and I had a lovely holiday, we started off in the Ribble Valley in Lancashire, which is a truly beautiful place. It is how I would imagine the Shire would look in the Lord of the Rings, so it didn’t surprise me when I did a quick google search and found this article, which says that Tolkien was a frequent visitor to the area.

After a few days we moved on to Kilmarnock in Scotland and the next day went across to the Isle of Arran for two days to attend my friends’ wedding. It was really wonderful, Arran is just stunning - the perfect setting for a wedding.

We acquired a little hitchhiker along the way. I made it from the Lucinda Guy book ‘Designs for Kids’ as a present for my friend who bought me this book and another Lucinda Guy book when she found out I was pregnant. My friend knows me so well, I love all the patterns! Anyway since I made this I haven't been able to get the 'little mouse with clogs on' song out of my head so that explains the title of this post.

We came home via Wigan and Manchester and managed to catch up with relatives who live nearby. We saw my Aunt, Uncle and my cousins and their other halves. This was especially nice as the Monkey hadn’t really had a chance to meet them before and he really, really liked them which makes me happy because I know how lovely my relatives are and it is nice to share it!

We also went to see his Brother’s new house in Manchester which is by the Mersey and surprisingly quiet (I didn’t even realise the Mersey went through Manchester!)


Since we have got back we have been tiling, painting and generally decluttering in preparation for the baby. Who would have thought that it would already be so much work!! I’ve included a picture of the tiling - I know it isn’t that great but my Mum will want to see it because she received a panicky call from me when the tiles were sliding down the wall and adhesive was going everywhere on Friday (I’d applied way too much - oh well everyone has to learn).

On the knitting front, I’ve gone back to the Juno cardigan and have almost finished the collar so hopefully I’ll be able to finally post a proper finished item soon! About time...

20 comments:

Dawn said...

The Lucinda Guy books are sooo good! It is funny that while you are making the mouse, you think HUH?? Doesn't look like a mouse...and then you put on the ears!!!! Looks great!

Sarah said...

So glad you had a lovely holiday and your mouse is very lovely passenger.

Rachel said...

What a cute little mouse! Your tiling job looks really nice, too. Glad you had such a relaxing vacation. The scenery looks beautiful!

Brahdelt said...

The mouse looks cool! ^^ It seems that you had a great holiday, the photos show fantastic views!

Yarn It said...

Your holiday sounds amazing! I would love to visit all those places. Being in the US we don't have much history like you do in Europe.

I really can't wait to see Juno. I absolutely love that pattern....I know yours will be amazing.

yarnsnob said...

glad you enjoyed your holiday, looks like mouse did too lol
xx

Seahorse said...

Love the mouse!

I have just put up some mosiac tiles in my kitchen and also got somewhat 'hot and bothered' whilst doing it, lol! Yours look great!

Thalia said...

I absolutely love the mouse - and with the expectant, upturned face, what an excellent travelling companion!

I'm glad you had such a lovely holiday. (The Isle of Arran site looks gorgeous!) Take care of yourself whilst you are fixing things up! (The tiles look just fine.) :)

forbidden knitter said...

I love the Lucinda Guy books, really cute and so many lovely projects, I also raccomend you most of the Debbie Bliss ones, lovely pattern very easy and are amazing if knitting with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Very cute mouse...

I hope you had a good day at work. By the way great job on the tiling!

Queen of the froggers. said...

Little mouse is great, I made some for my nephews. I was hoping someone I know would produce a girl as the pattern for the dress in that book is so lovely!

knitseashore said...

It sounds like you had a beautiful trip! I don't envy your having to do tiling -- it sounds like a big job -- but from the photo it looks like it came out really well!

keri said...

What a lovely holiday, that sounds like so much fun!

emmms said...

Eee! I love it! I've made a wee bear for the kittens, so will have to post the little photo series I did posing it with them. It makes them look enormous!

I've been looking at that book for ages and now think I really out to just pick it up for myself. Lovely, lovely!

Maggie said...

Sounds like you had yourself a wonderful vacation. The little mouse is so cute and I bet your friend will be thrilled. I think your tiling job has an expert's touch myself.

Kath said...

Sounds like a wonderful holiday was had by all! I love those Lucinda Guy books - so cute and I adore the little mouse!
And thumbs up for the tiling - it looks great!

Dee said...

I've only just heard your news - congratulations, my dear!!

Riggwelter said...

Oh that little mouse is so sweet.
Your holiday sounds wonderful, the north is my most favourite part of the country, so pretty.

Good luck with all the preparations!

artyfartykat said...

Oh the mouse is soo cute! You've got that song stuck in my head now!!
Sounds like you had a wonderful, relaxing holiday, just what you need before that other little passenger arrives!

noblinknits said...

Congratulations on the pregnancy news. I am so excited for you! I bought some yarn to knit the Celtic stole (possibly for my mum but maybe myself) but I don't think I bought enough but at any rate, it is on my list of to knits.

sue said...

I love those books too. Your mouse turned out absolutely delightful.