Wednesday, 24 April 2013

It was FUN.




Let me first introduce my beautiful friends Lolly, Jess, Imogen, Ruby and Sophie (In that order in the below photo). Last Saturday was a beautiful sunny day and this is how I spent the evening. My friends and I had booked to see FUN. about 6 months ago so were anticipating this for ages which made it even better I think. My friend, who was driving, is super organised so we arrived at the venue nice and early. This gave us a chance to seek out a lovely nearby park and take a few photos in the sun. And eat donuts because that's normal thing to eat before a gig! We couldn't believe that there was a hot air balloon taking off from that park although sadly no photo evidence.
The gig was amazing and I have been listening to the album and some earlier tracks on repeat ever since. These guys were great live and they are able to turn their hand to a variety of instruments and there was so much energy in the performance.

This has to be my favourite song from the new album "Some Nights" check them out if you haven't already.


I wear this dress all the time! I love the pattern and collar with button through detail. It's a nice lightweight cotton so is great to layer but can also be work through the summer (and I think it goes with everything!). This was a charity shop find whilst my belt I borrowed from my brother.

Check out this band because I will be obsessing over them for the foreseeable future
Kate xx

Monday, 15 April 2013

A Few Loose Ends

There are several things I've been meaning to blog about so this is a post just to sort all that out really. Firstly look what I bought! This is my first car so I'm really excited.
I've got my L plates and hoping to pass really soon!

Also I've just got on the Bloglovin' bandwagon so <a href="http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/7022283/?claim=uaa42sjebv3">Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a> It's all there and sorted now I hope.

Kate xx

How to: make a knitted bow brooch

This is another amzingly quick and simple knitted project. This is one of those projects that you can complete whilst watching your favourite television program. I wanted to make a bow brooch as bows are cute and really feminine. I had this wool left over so I thought I would give this a go and just see what came out the other end. I'm going to say I made this up but you'll see how simple it is and realise it doesn't involve a lot of imagination! As always any questions just give me a shout.

To make this you need 4mm needles and some scrap yarn you have lying around.
First cast on 50 stitches.
Row 1 knit the full 50 stitches.
Row 2 knit the full 50 stitches.
Row 3 cast off the full 50 stitches.
Tidy the ends up so you have a long thin piece of knitting.
Then simply tie the bow. I have found that if you omit the knot from the back of the bow it makes the brooch less bulky.

I feel embarrased at how easy this is! Anyway after that you can secure a brooch fastening to the back or just pin it onto clothing.


I chose this fifties style floral dress to wear with it for a day at home studying. Hope every is having a good Monday.

Kate xx

Friday, 5 April 2013

How to: Create Knitted Flowers

This is follow up post from my knitted flowers I posted a week or so ago. When I posted them I was asked if I had a pattern for them. Priya at Perfectly Priya also suggested pinning them onto a headband to make a floral crown. So I thought " why not kill 2 birds with one stone" (that may be a weird English phrase I'm not sure), and do a post that included both of these idea.

For the flower with loopy petals i.e the purple and little pale flower on my headband
with 4mm needles, cast on 100 stitches
row 1: Knit 1, * cast of 12 stitches, knit 1. then repeat from * to last stitch, Knit 1.
Run a thread through the remaining stitches, pull tightly and fasten off.

For the other style of flower
Again use 4mm needles, cast on 7 stitches
Knit 3 rows
Row 4: Knit 3, with the left needle lift the second, third and fourth stitches that you have just worked over the first stitch
Row: 5 Knit
Row 6: Cast on 3 stitches so you are left with 7 stitches overall
Row 7: Knit
This creates one petal so repeat rows 1-7 five more times. On the last repeat finish on row 5. Cast off. Thread a length of yarn along the straight edge and pull tightly. Sew the seam.

The first flower is really simple so probably best to have a go at first. I learnt to make these with my Grandma who is patient with my knitting skills but honestly within a few minutes I could make these quite easily. I have changed the pattern slightly to make it a bit easier as well. The pattern was originally found at knit-today.com. If you need any other help contact me.
This is what I wore with my new flower crown. I must admit I made this quickly so I just used some brooches to attach the flowers to the band. It does mean that I can easily take them off though and I quite like how it turned out. It's a bit mismatched and I have to say very me!

I got this bag as a present for my birthday. Doesn't it just have the most adorable bird print? And, for more practical people, is roomy and has plenty of pockets.

Hope this is helpful and please let me know if you need more info
Kate xx

Thursday, 4 April 2013

A Beautiful End to Yesterday

This was the beautiful sunset last night. I spent yesterday catching up with lots of revision so going outside to capture this at the end of the day was perfect. Although it was bitterly cold and I think I was probably a couple of minutes late for the most impressive moments of the sunset.
 
I have to say I love living in the countryside for moments just like these when I can see for miles and it's so flat the skies seem endless and the sky blooms into all the colours of the rainbow. It is just beautiful and I would stayed out there longer to just gaze at it but I could no longer feel my fingers!
Kate xx

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

My Filmic Easter

My Easter weekend pretty much comprised of watching films and eating sweet treats, not that I'm complaining! I thought I'd give you a quick run down of the films I have watched and perhaps a comment or two on them. But first I must say: I am not a great film watcher and don't really have that much knowledge so I watch films for enjoyment. Therefore my comments may be way off but it's just what I thought.

1. Brave

I loved this one. I know it's a Disney film and it should be for children but this was just so good. I loved how a female was portrayed as the hero and was strong and independent.

2. What to Expect When You're Expecting

All I can say is this is such a chick flick. It follows several couples which all link in the story. This is my favourite kind of story for a chick flick (and also books).

3. Saw 2

This is not my sort of film at all. I'm really not into horror so my friends witty comments and some lovely creme egg chocolate brownie got me through this one.

4. The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery

A classic film I have seen so many times but somehow doesn't get old. Lots of funny bits and a good story. Great to see this was made in England too.

5. Grease

What can I say other than get me Sandy's outfits. Well perhaps not the "You're the one that I want" outfit. Watched this with Mum and we were both singing along. Real feel good.

I've had such a good Easter weekend. Any suggestions for other films I should watch?
Kate xx

Monday, 1 April 2013

Reflecting and Looking Forward

A quick reflect on March before we power on into April.
March was great!

I had a great birthday spent with my friends eating at a lovely tea shop.

I watched some of my friends perform in a very professional school production of Beauty and the Beast.

I have also fitted in some baking.
Away from my blog I finished my cricket coaching course until the summer. I have my assessment day in June which I'm really excited about. I am now on my Easter holidays.

And here we go into April and all the things I am looking forward to this month:

  1. Going to see Fun. play live
2. my best friends birthday and the exciting celebration we are having for it.
3. The start of the cricket season. Less than 3 weeks away so the weather had better improve.
4. Going for a posh afternoon tea. How quintessentially English.

What is April going to bring you?
Kate xx