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Zauberball Sock Yarn- I’m in love!


I have joined a group on Facebook called Nadelspiel. It’s a German group about knitting and crochet etc and there I have always seen people talk about a Zauberball. So I got nosey and decided to google it and see what all the hype is about and OMG I was in love.

A Zauberball is a ball of sock yarn in the most amazing colours. You can get them in all sorts of combinations and not just use them for socks. See below what I have come up with.

It’s not finished yet as I am waiting for more yarn to come in at my local shop but yes, it will be a gorgeous shawl once it’s finished. Thinking about working in some beads around the edges, just not sure on the colour. Advice always welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

So if you are now just as curious as I got when I heard of the Zauberball then just have a little google for your nearest dealer.

One word of warning though, the yarn is pretty thin so it’s more something for patient knitters and crocheters, but the colour changes are so much fun that the time just flies past.


Ok, so I’m back…..


Hey everyone, sorry for not posting for so long, but due to super bad anaemia I have pretty much not been able to do anything over the last month or so.

But now I am back, let’s see what’s new and what’s not…good news is that I have, despite not being able to work out at all, not put much weight back on and I am now starting again at 117.1 kg. I am still feeling pretty dizzy and stuff so I am having to still take it easy and not totally kick the arse out of it in the beginning. I did an hour on the rowing machine for the last two days and it’s left me feeling pretty pooped today, so today is rest day. I wish I had some money at the moment to go back on the low carb stuff for a week or two to get things rolling again, but as I am skint I guess i will have to make do with what I have.

So much for the fitness part of my blog, now to the crafty one…since I was not really able to run around much I started loads of projects and even got one finished lol so keep your eye our for more crochet postings in the next few days… my projects include… Aย Tunisian crochet bag, a granny square top, an entrelac blanket from all my wooly leftovers and a couple of scarves I have in the making one of them being knitted …I hope you will enjoy them as much as much as I am.

It’s good to be back ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorry!! So, so busy!


First of all I’d like toย apologiseย to everyone, I have been so wrapped up in craft projects and working out that I have been slacking big time on my blog (Don’t you find it funny how a spellchecker on a Blog highlights the word -blog- as an error, kinda tickles me. But hey, small things…etc.).

So what’s new? I have still not got to try Yoga, which I am so keen to do, but as my mat and my blocks have not arrived yet I have to carry on doing other stuff. One of those “other stuff” is my new rowing machine! which is working me nice and hard and it was a big of a bargain from Argos for only ยฃ149. I have been on it every night so far and my legs and shoulders, not to mention my abs, are absolutely killing me. This is a good thing though, so at least I know I have not been lazy.

Hopefully my yoga mat will get here tomorrow so I can finally start doing that in the mornings. Look out for some more crafty posts in the next few weeks, I have soooo much planned and hope that I will find the time to do it all. Right know I am crocheting a blanket for a friends baby, I am knitting a hat out of the most gorgeous yarn I have ever seen and I have also bought some sewing fabric on ebay (Gotta love ebay). So yes, stay tuned and see what I come up with next ๐Ÿ™‚

Swimathon Weekend 2012 Every penny counts :-)


Swimathon Weekend 2012.

I have again decided to take part in this and swim 2.5k for Marie Curie Cancer Care. They and I need all the support we can get,as they live of those donations and I need to get to the pool as often as possible to finally become the person I desperately want to be.

Even a little donation will make a difference, it all adds up ( just like those nasty calories).

Thank you, your support is very appreciated.


The price of biscuits


Ok, so we baked, and baked, and guess what, they are still baking today. My house is overflowing with biscuits and cookies! Yes, they are having a great time baking and decorating them, which is really nice, but it’s killing me!!! The smell is lovely, it fills out the entire house and gets into my clothes and everything.

I must confess, yesterday when I got back from Mr. W’s house I had three biscuits ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But it REALLY wasn’t my fault. It would have been cruel and heartless not have some, as all three kids were stood there, asking me to sample their creations and were SO proud of them… So I did what any good mum would have done and had one of each :-/

The first one I didn’t enjoy at all because I knew I really shouldn’t be eating them, but they were really, really nice, therefore I didn’t mind the next two….. but now my body has had it’s sugar fix again and I ran round all night wanting something sweet. It almost drove me insane. The biscuits kept talking to me, reminding me of how nice they tasted and how one or two more wouldn’t hurt…

But I pulled myself together and thought: “No, if I have any more I might as well forget the last week of hard work to stick to this. So I am not going to give in!” And I didn’t have any for the rest of the day and reached for the baby plum tomatoes instead.

Now the little devils, ermmmmm I mean angels, are baking again and really, I would love to curl up on the sofa with a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate and a plate full of biscuits, but it’s weigh in day tomorrow and I so want to be below 120 kg, so again I will be good and keep myself busy with the hoodie which I am knitting for Mr.W for Christmas. Given the fact that I have only done the back and two thirds of the front so far, I have better things to do than stuff myself with rubbish anyhow ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a nice, temptation free day everyone ๐Ÿ™‚


Hello everyone!


Welcome to my little weird and wonderful world! Grab a brew and make yourself comfy…

My name is Mona, I am a 37 year old single mum from the north west of England, a bit of a geek in many areas, with a permanent smile on my face. I have had a few blogs before, but they never really came to much as I was pretty busy over the last few years working full time and doing a degree. So, now that I have a little more time on myย  hands I thought I’d focus a bit more on this as it’s one of the many things on my “Things I’d like to do” list. If only the day had a few more hours, then that list would be so much smaller by now.

I have many interests, so the plan for this blog is to have a little bit of a mixed bunch going on… things like, weight loss blurbs, recipes, craft ideas and projects, music and just general day to day things, with a little rant thrown in every now and again ๐Ÿ™‚ we all need to rant sometimes, right?

My newest adventure is Celebrity Slim! I have tried it once before but ended up having such bad headaches from it that I had to stop. So I thought I’d give it one more go and really stick to the plan and the dreaded 2 -3 liters of water you are supposed to drink in a day. I never realized just quite how difficult it could be to drink 3 liters of water. As a person who loves fresh fruit juices and pop this has been a bit of a challenge. So now I have made a little plan as to how to achieve this. I drink one big mug of herbal tea with my breakfast shake and then I have a 1.5 Liter bottle of water which I drink during work. Only once that is empty I allow myself to drink maybe the odd glass of diet pop. Fruit juices are off limits because they just have too much sugar in it.

I have just got through my first day on CS and it kind of makes you stop and think about how much you actually depend on carbs. As mentioned previously, I love fruit juices and another weakness of mine is pasta, not to mention chocolate. My eldest came home with a Terry’s chocolate orange today and boy, how chuffed was I when I found out that 2 pieces of that had less than 10g of carbs ๐Ÿ˜€ On CS the only snacks you are allowed are to be less than 10g of carbs in 100g. Ok, I know that two pieces don’t weigh 100g but it still is not a high amount of carbs, so I ate it and enjoyed it. I am sure the scales will tell me if this was a clever thing to do or not.

Anyhow, this is me ๐Ÿ™‚ I am hoping to keep you posted on the CS progress and many other things that you might find of interest. Please feel free to say hi or leave me some feedback and suggestions ๐Ÿ™‚

Still a long way to go there ๐Ÿ™‚