Friday, 9 January 2015

Five on Friday

It is time for Five on Friday again.  Gosh, where does the time go.  It still amazes me.  Normally I have my Friday posts written the day before, but this week it is halfway through the morning and I am only just compiling this!

It was so much easier blogging this week than when I returned to it last week after the break for Christmas.  Life has returned to "normal", back to work and day to day activities.  Christmas decorations all packed away.  The mantel has been updated - you can see it here if you missed.  I have had a big sort out of all of my crafty things and projects waiting to be done and made some little plans for the year - reading more and getting all my WIP's finished and doing all the things in the "to start pile".  No resolutions, no words for the year, just getting on and trying to do things in a positive way.

So, here we go - five things which were good or important to me this week, in no particular order it should be said.

1.  Congratulations to all of those of you who guessed last week that this was a tapestry frame!  I have had tapestry frames before, but never a floor standing one.  This was the total revelation that I hoped it would be.  It is so much easier to work with as you can use two hands at once to pass the needle and there is no turning the frame over and so on.  I cannot wait to get working with it.


It also has the advantage that when I am not working on the tapestry I can let the frame hang down and it stores out of the way easily.  The bag holds all of my wools and I had that already.


So, sadly not a loom - sorry Jill and others! - perhaps one day though, because how great would that be!! 

2.  Now, this is a bit of an odd one for me.  Several of you asked to see the inside of our Christmas cake when it was cut.  The odd thing for me is that I am not sure why!  However, I bow to your requests and here are some pictures of it as you asked for.


Perhaps you could explain why you wanted to see the inside as I am intrigued to know!  The "dome" is just to keep it fresh and save from having to keep wrapping and unwrapping it in plastic wrap.  It is very tasty and is well on the way to being all eaten up!


3.  You remember the Wool Winder?  The one that I didn't get for Christmas so I ordered one for myself.  Well, it arrived on Wednesday.  I got it out of the box, clamped it to the kitchen table and wound a cake of yarn.  I was so happy.  It worked perfectly and was exactly what I wanted and hoped it would be.


Of course you are guessing that things didn't go so well after that aren't you.  They didn't.  I tried to wind some more and the spindle thing came off, the wool got all tangled.  I discovered that if you forget to pull the strand of yarn from the middle of the cake before you take it off the spool you cannot do it afterwards without making a massive mess and having a big tangle.  I also learned that I cannot wind yarn when I have an audience.  Oh, and it will not wind more than about half a ball of Stylecraft in one go.  This is what you end up with if you try that!


However, after some more practicing and slow winding and paying attention, it is now working really well and I am very pleased with it!  Yay for Wool Winders!!  Another great tip is to wrap a piece of washi tape around the outside to keep it all together and hold the end in.  Sue told me that one - she is very clever!  I need to go back and add a piece of tape to all of these now.


4.  As I am sure many people are the world over, I am feeling terribly sad about events that are currently unfolding in France.  I am so grateful that I live in a country where I can speak my mind freely and although I may not always like or agree with what others say, I support their right to be able to say these things.  Having this little place where I can say what I like and know that I am free to do that is very important to me.

5.  The final thing to share this week is this beautiful bunch of tulips that I actually bought a week ago.  They took a while to show their lovely flowers which were just tight buds when they came home with me.  Now they are looking spending and starting to do that growing in different directions thing that tulips do which makes me so very happy!


Thank you as always for stopping by and for your lovely comments.  Hello as well to all of those of you who have started following my little blog recently.  It is lovely to have you here, thank you for joining in!

I hope that you all have a great weekend!

********************

I am joining in Five on Friday, taking five minutes from our day to enjoy five things.  Please go and visit the other people who are also blogging about Five on Friday this week.
Amy
 
 
 
 
 
 

53 comments:

  1. I am also a great fan of the wool winder, I love the little cakes it makes making them all universal but in a rainbow of colour. Beautiful tulips reminding me of spring.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Flowers around the house always makes me smile, they're such a good pick me up. Glad to see that you got your longed for wool winder, may those little yarn cakes bring you much happiness.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a happy colourful 5 on Friday. :)
    I love my wool winder - but as soon as I stop concentrating the mess is unbelievable!
    Have a great weekend. x

    ReplyDelete
  4. Lovely post Amy :-) I had teething problems with my wool winder too - looks like we have the same one. Hubby pointed out I need to hold the bit at the back that holds the wool absolutely upright and pulled out as far as it will go...every time I got distracted I got in a muddle! The tapestry frame looks like it means serious business! Can't wait to see photos of it in action! Lil xx

    ReplyDelete
  5. Amy, I just so enjoy reading your posts, The tulips are fab and so nice. I want some of your cake it loves so yummy, mine being Gluten Free didn't turn out great:(( The wool winder seems good. Have a great weekendxx

    ReplyDelete
  6. I love my wool winder and my skein holder .I like filling my yarn basket with lots of yarn cakes.Cake cake, ooh Im drooling Ive started a healthy eating plate and cake doesnt feature on it. Have a lovely weekend

    ReplyDelete
  7. Your Christmas cake must have been scrumptious Amy! Enjoy your wool winder, I'm sure you will have so much fun with it! Your tulips are gorgeous, I love red!
    Happy weekend dear!
    Olympia

    ReplyDelete
  8. We have even less of our Christmas cake left than you do but it has, like yours, been very tasty. I could just imagine you trying to sort out your wool winder but perseverence has paid off and you will find it so useful with all the craft work you do. I love tulips around the house too. I had some pale pink ones over the new year and I replaced them yesterday with some dark purple ones. Yours are a lovely colour. Have a lovely weekend Amy:)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Lovely tulips- what a gorgeous colour and the tapestry frame looks great too. Terrible about France, freedom of speech is so important as you say. Have a lovely day- enjoy the sunshine xx

    ReplyDelete
  10. YUM!! That Christmas cake looks sooooo good! Yes, the winders have a little learning curve. Don't ask how I know. ;) But, all those lovely little cakes of yarn make it worth all the troubles! Tulips are one of my favorite flowers. Thank you for sharing yours. blessings ~ tanna

    ReplyDelete
  11. Your tapestry frame looks so attractive, Amy, I think I might get one purely for decorative purposes! I'm not a knitter, so this might be a stupid question, but I've always wondered why the makers of yarn don't simply sell yarn that is ready to use so that people don't have to rewind it.

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a utterly wonderful Christmas cake.
    Truly beautiful.
    Lots of pretty in this dear post.
    And stinking cool wool winder.
    Have a wonderful weekend Friend

    ReplyDelete
  13. Amy, your cake is beautiful and I love the decorations on top. Looks like my type of cake.

    Great to see your projects and hear about your plans. Wish I had all my decorations put away. They are out of sight but not put away properly. We have been out of town twice so that is my excuse.
    Thanks for your sweet visit. I love tulips too.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Happy Friday, Amy! Very happy to hear all is returned to "normal"; great news!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Lovely happy friday things I got into a simular pickle with my wool winder, I to have resolved to tackle the WIP's this year, think I might be brave and to a WIP confessions post as it's scary how many there are eek
    Clare x

    ReplyDelete
  16. The news is just terrible isn't it. The poor families.

    I love the little snowmen on the cake x

    ReplyDelete
  17. I may keep popping back, just to look at the tulips!!
    Jane x

    ReplyDelete
  18. Your wool winder looks fun, I must investigate. The tulips are a gorgeous shade.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hey Amy,
    I echo your sentiments about the awful events unfolding in France. And I am staggered that you have any Christmas cake left. My family decimated mine in minutes!
    Leanne xx

    ReplyDelete
  20. What a lovely Five on Friday! I was a little disappointed with my cake this year, I'm just not getting on with my new oven. It was lovely though, that when my mum was here over New Year she polished the last of it off and made me feel all gooey on the inside (a bit like the cake).

    ReplyDelete
  21. Thanks for showing the inside of the cake. I do not know very many Americans that eat that fruity treat so I wondered if I was missing something. Nope! It's just not a popular cake here. I think yours is gorgeous! I think I would have thrown the wool winder across the room when it flubbed up. Good job carrying on!

    ReplyDelete
  22. If it makes you feel any better, I've made a mess of many a skein of yarn trying to wind it on my wool winder. I especially have a difficult time if it is a sock weight yarn. The tulips look bright and cheerful. We could all use a bit more cheer right now given what is happening in various places around the world, and most especially in France.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Hi Amy, I love that you figured out how to use your wool winder. Someone gave me one from a knit group I used to belong to. I never used it before and I guess I should try to learn since I have some wool winding to do. I love how flowers seem to brighten things up in the winter. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  24. Love the yarn winder, I do it by hand or con my husband into doing it.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Out of all your lovely photos I was most intrigued by your cake server. How pretty it is and I love the see through dome lid with the cute handle. Those tulips are sure pretty too. Grateful for our freedom of speech too, whatever's left of it anyway. We really are blessed!
    xx Beca

    ReplyDelete
  26. Like most, I am finding the the events in France horrifying. Too many young people grow up without positive role models or love in their lives and are vulnerable when people with evil on their minds are looking for minions to do their dirty work. I hope it is resolved soon xx

    ReplyDelete
  27. Lots of lovely things Amy, except of course the terrible events in France. It does make me wonder what sort of a world we are leaving our children and grandchildren.
    On a lighter note, your Christmas cake looks delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  28. I am intrigued by the wool winder. I've never seen one before, but it looks very useful indeed. It might be nice to have one, hmmm...Lovely tulips and the Christmas cake looks very yummy. I'm grateful too for the freedom of speech. I often take it for granted, I guess we all do, and horrifying events like the one unfolding in France reminds us how precious it is and should be protected....Have a lovely weekend! x

    ReplyDelete
  29. What good things to celebrate! Love the tulips, and your cake looks very good indeed. We are still eating ours and I am enjoying it so much. Thanks for your tips re the wool winder. I'm thinking of getting one and I had no idea there was such a skill to using one. I guess practice makes perfect.

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas and new year. I'm sorry I've not been able to visit so much, but just wanted to say thank you for all your kind, supportive and friendly comments on my blogs. x

    ReplyDelete
  30. A lovely, colourful Five on Friday post - really so sad about the tragic events in France too though.
    Thanks for the insight into your yarn winder and the useful tips - I've got one of those on my wanties list :-)
    Happy weekend, lovely Amy!
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  31. Sometimes it seems like there is so much negativity in this world and its scary. But then when we can find the good around us that's good. Your tapestry will be nice to see as you work on it, lovely tulips I like the color. I have yet to try a wool winder, can I join the 5 on friday? Could be one of my challenges to post every friday! :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. Oh to be handy with yarn goodies and all those fun looking tools! I fear that may never be something I will find as much joy as scrapbooking. Lol

    Your cake is so adorable and looks yummy - what kinds is it??
    And your tulips just brightened my screen and my day! Thanks for sharing them. Is it terrible to be dreaming on Spring already??!!??

    ReplyDelete
  33. What a great set of Five on Friday photos and all the sentiments behind them. As I've been really lazy and. Caught up with life lately I haven't been blogging for a while nor reading anyone else, so I have just spent a little while going back over all your lovely posts and have enjoyed reading everyone of them. I feel inspired, thank you. Have a lovely weekend. X

    ReplyDelete
  34. I don't watch, read or listen to the news. I might hear a little something on the way to school during the week but otherwise, I know not a thing and I'm okay with that. We haven't watched tv in nearly 2 years now and even now when my husband decides he wants to watch the news, within a minute or two, he's turned it off, saying it's all bad, and the same news over and over. Sadly, there are crazy people everywhere, crazy for all sorts of reasons. Just doesn't make any sense to me at all. On a more positive note, that tapestry frame is fantastic, especially since it can fold down. As for yarn, I just roll it into balls by hand, much easier to crochet that way and no chance of knots once wound into a ball. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

    ReplyDelete
  35. Lovely happy things Amy. I must be the only person who does not want a wool winder. I have enough trouble keeping my big balls of yarn under control... I would not have a hope if they spawned babies... And I know I would get in a complete mess. So sad about France. What a terrible way to start 2015.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Lovely post, I'm looking forward to seeing your tapestry work! And the Christmas cake just looks yummy :) The tulips are incredibly pretty too, a reminder that Spring is not far away :) xx

    ReplyDelete
  37. Love those tulips. Perhaps people are wanting to see if it is a dark or light fruit cake. Looks delicious anyway.
    Happy weekend to you.
    Julie :)

    ReplyDelete
  38. OOOOOOOOOOO! All those pretty yarn colors make me swoon! Glad you are enjoying your wool winder. I don't know what I would do without mine.

    So, so sad what happened in Paris. It is so hard to believe that someone would believe that this is the way to express their faith.

    ReplyDelete
  39. The tapestry frame will be much easier fror you and glad you got the hang of the wool winder. I love flowers in the house, though I don't buy them here in Oz as they cost so much, so have to rely on my garden. As I've loved flower arranging since a small child, I try to have at least something I can cut during the year. I'm sad also, about how complicated the world seems these days. Take care.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Your tapestry frame is very nice and the tapestry you have on it looks like it will be beautiful. How yummy your fruit cake looks!! The tulips are gorgeous. I was going to buy some at the grocery store the other day but it was SO cold out that I decided to wait for a milder day to bring them home. Have a lovely weekend. xx Pam

    ReplyDelete
  41. I have the same tulips over here. :) I think I have the same wool winder too. It takes a little practice but it will change your yarny life. :)

    ReplyDelete
  42. I use masking tape to keep the outer tail of the yarn on my wool-winder wound cakes in place - much cheaper than washi tape. I also use masking tape to label stuff for the freezer or in biscuit/cake tins. Again, it's cheaper than labels and it comes off much more easily too! I am, as you can tell, a canny Scot! LOL

    ReplyDelete
  43. Another great 5 on Friday, Amy...
    Glad you are happy with your purchases...
    Having company for dinner next weekend...I'm gonna get me some Tulips!!
    Enjoy your weekend..
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

    ReplyDelete
  44. Love the wool winder. I get in all sorts of trouble when I wind things. I have to find someone to hold the wool while I wind, it's never plain sailing. Maybe the Christmas cake people are from non-Christmas cake eating countries. Do they have Christmas cake in America? Who knows. I shall see if there's an answer. Wishing you a good weekend Amy. CJ xx

    ReplyDelete
  45. Amy, sorry you had a time with the wool winder....practice makes perfect. Love the frame for your tapestry. Such a talented lady!

    ReplyDelete
  46. That tapestry frame is fantastic!!! I have never worked with one or even seen one in person before! You are rocking so many different things Amy! I am so very proud of you!! And those snowmen on that beautiful cake are adorable!!! That is one pretty cake inside and out! But the flowers....be still my heart! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!! You take care....Nicole xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  47. Ooooh......that cake, I'm dribbling! Have a lovely week :) xxx

    ReplyDelete
  48. Hello Amy
    The tapestry looks interesting!
    Wow a great looking Christmas cake - I love seeing how your cake looks!
    It's full of fruit and not just cakey which is what I love!
    I now also know that there is marzipan under the normal icing.
    You see we wouldn't have known these things with just an image of an iced cake!
    I was going to link up with Five on Friday, but there isn't the usual linky icon.
    I've sent you an email.
    Enjoy your weekend
    Shane

    ReplyDelete
  49. I love this post. So many fun things to see. I love the tapestry frame, very elegant and functional. So sad about the happenings in France, it is a big item in the news here. Hope you have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Meredith

    ReplyDelete
  50. A good five. My computer screen is playing silly buggers with me, so I can't see the inside of your cake as well as I should be able to; I hope there's a little piece left for Monday teatime?
    I love the wool winder.... but why are you re-winding wool? Am I supposed to re-wind wool for any reason? Have I been doing it wrong all these years? Or did you have no skeins of wool in to use?

    ReplyDelete
  51. Hello, your works are very beautiful. I love the red flowers so much!

    Sandra

    ReplyDelete
  52. I forgot to say that the colors of the yarns are amazing!!

    Sandra

    ReplyDelete
  53. Red tulips, nothing more cheering, except possibly tulips in any other bright colour :o)

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so very much for stopping by to visit and for leaving a comment, I love hearing what you have to say and I read all of your messages.

All comments are moderated, so it might take a little while for your comment to appear, but it will once I have read it!

Thank you again for visiting!

Amy xx