Wednesday, 18 April 2018

WOYWW 463 - knitting bag

Happy WOYWW to you all.  Opened the curtains to another grey/damp/cold looking morning in Pembrokeshire.  I know that most of the UK (and hopefully us eventually) are forecast to have some wonderful weather starting today, but being so close to the West Wales coast is not doing us any favours this morning.  Hubby is happy, as the grass is finally starting to grow and I just need to remind myself that this time next week we will be in Spain.  (Which means that I will be missing WOYWW for 2 weeks.)

ETA - forgot to post the link so that you can all join in with us on Wednesdays.  Click HERE for more details.

My photo today shows the wonderful bag that I grabbed whilst in TK Maxx (yes, I do almost live in that store!) recently.  I was looking for a bag to carry my knitting supplies around in, and could not walk out of the store without this beauty.  It is quilted, double-sided (the lining is the same as the amazing tropical print on the smaller zip-up case) and even the handle is really nicely padded.  Would have cost a lot of money anywhere else, but the Haverfordwest store does seem to get a very nice selection of bags so this was within my budget.

The dog that I started knitting awhile ago (my first project for many many years) is finished, apart from his nose and eyes.  My sewing together/stuffing skills definitely need practising, as that part took me ages.

In other parts of my life, I am feeling a bit better.  The mystery lower abdomen/kidney pain has lessened, and I am generally feeling brighter.  I go back to see my doctor after our Spanish trip.  I have been making lots of effort to rest more, so a lot of the housework/organising that I usually like to do before going away is being left.  Those cobwebs and floor polishing can wait!

I have sad news that Doris the Donkey had to be put down on Monday.  Her sarcoid had flared up and spread considerably since the end of last week.  I wanted to go down to Devon and be with her, but obviously there was no chance of me making that journey by myself and Rich is too busy on the farm.  RIP DORIS xxxxx

(The last picture I have of Doris at 'home')

(Her with her new boyfriend, Dino - I am so worried about him - at the Donkey Sanctuary)


  1. Hi Ali, so sorry to hear about Doris, I do hope Dino doesn't pine for her too much. I am glad that you are feeling a bit better. Have a fabulous time in Spain! Sarah #17

  2. Morning Ali. Have a tremendous time in Spain. We shall indeed all be jealous... but there we go... Glad you are feeling a little better - have a lovely restful time away.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #7

  3. Hi Ali, that is so sad to hear about Doris, but she is now pain free, which is the best we can do for our animals. We too are off to Spain next week, albeit Gran Canaria for a weeks holiday. Weather has gone warm and sunny up here today, so may get into the garden this afternoon. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #8 XxX

  4. Oh, poor Doris - sending hugs to you, these pets just get into your hearts, don't they? At least you know she had a good life xx. Well done on the little knitted dog, you're braver than me, I've never made a toy like that - too much sewing up which I can't stand doing, lol! Hope you have a wonderful time in Spain and we'll sort something out afterwards.
    Hugs LLJ 16 xxx

  5. So sorry to hear about Doris. We do get attached to these animals don’t we? I do hope they find another friend for Dino so he doesn’t fret. I look forward to seeing what yo7 make with your new sound fun.
    Annie x #14

  6. On the bright side, the clouds will move away and then it will be brighter! So sad and sorry about Doris. Try not to worry about Dino, am sure the sanctuary have lots of experience in these situations. Shame. Quite a few of us have picked the same weeks to be in Spain! have a lovely time and Hey, the housework will wait, that I guarantee!.

  7. I haven't been in our TK Maxx for ages... Poor Doris, I hope Dino will be ok at the sanctuary. Enjoy Spain! hopefully the sun came out for you - it's been gorgeous here today not that I knew much about it, stuck in the office! Helen #2

  8. Your knitted dog looks super to me, i'm rubbish when it comes to knitting anything apart from holes.
    Sad to hear about Doris, I'm sure her friend will be well taken care of.'s a very addictive place to shop in..
    Creative wishes Tracey #13

  9. So sorry to hear about Doris, such a shame. Hope you do get some sunshine, its been beautiful here today. At least you have Spain! Happy Wednesday Cindy #20

  10. Poor Doris, she was so lovely. The sun has been out all day here but for such a small country the weather can be completely different in the East to what it is in the West. Have a great woyww and happy crafty week, Angela x18x

  11. Sorry about your donkey but have a wonderful time in Spain happy woyww hugs Nikki 4

  12. Hope Dino is ok and my condolences on your loss of Doris. Lovely memories and lovely photos to keep forever.
    Great purchases, will this go to Spain with you?
    It was grey and dull here in the ~NW of England too but today is looking sunny so hope it is the same for you.
    Now, Netherlands, you will love it. I loved Nijkirk and Amersfoort with their slow pace of life and then there was bustling busy Amsterdam (love it also) with the hazards of being knocked over with a bicycle. If you go there watch out for them they come at you from all angles and quickly.
    Hugs, Neet 3 xx

  13. Those are some fun bags! I am so sorry to read about Doris. Hope you'll have a great time in Spain next week. Hope you're having a fantastic day! xo Cheetarah #24

  14. I'm so sad to hear about Doris, Ali. I love that photo with the two of them in the sanctuary. Perhaps it's best that you weren't there when it happened - otherwise it would have been too upsetting. Ok, I'll stop right there before I start crying! Hopefully the sunshine has arrived in your neck of the woods by now - we've certainly had our fair share here in the Midlands. Cute little knitted dog and the bags will be so useful! Thanks for your visit yesterday! Wishing you a lovely and sunny rest of the week! zsuzsa #5

  15. Blogger ate comment... sorry Ali, wish I’d saved it but did not.
    Also am so sorry re Doris, am sure Dino will be wonderfully cared for in the sanctuary. And love your bargain bag, praying every blessing upon you in your hols too, hugs Shaz in Oz.x#26

  16. Sorry to hear about Doris and I hope you keep improving ready for Spain.


  17. I've only recently discovered the joys of TK Max, I always thought it was an expensive shop so never went in. Now I'm addicted. I love the look of your knitted doggy.

    Hope you are enjoying Spain, it's cooler here today, I don't like the heat, can't cope with it so have been enjoying it while everyone else moans that they are cold. Haha.

    Thank you for coming to see me, ah I wish you had a course nearer to you. It's so stressful, not going to lie and my brain hurts from being used so much and have meltdowns on a weekly basis but I'm also loving it so much. Loving using my brain, loving getting the use f all their facilities, love the people on my course - it's been fab. I just wish I could redo this year and manage my time better. Still - learn and do better next year.

    So sorry to read about Doris, she looks such a character.
    Carmen x #6


Thank you lots and lots for your fab comments. I read and treasure them all. Ali x