Verb: pootle
poo-t(u)l To move in a leisurely unhurried way,
with no real purpose

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Happy New Year !

And it seems that just as quickly as it came round Christmas has been and gone !
It was lots of fun,
 there was lots of food,
and lots and lots of family time.
I hope that you too all had a lovely Christmassy time,
with everything going according to plan.
Our tree is beginning to look a little sad
and packing all the decorations away for another year is on Saturdays to do list.
Every year I promise myself that I will give the decoration boxes a good clear
out before they go back in the loft but somehow it never seems to happen
and I'm pretty sure it won't again this year !
I think we're up to three large cardboard boxes now, oops
 - so there will almost certainly be words as the boxes are passed
up the ladder to my other half,
but as I keep telling him, there's plenty of room in the loft, right ?
One thing that I really must learn from this year is to make sure I start all
Christmassy yarny makes in plenty of time next year.
It has to be said that I was cutting it a little fine this year with some presents
 literally being finished off , wrapped straight up and given.
Little red hearts were made in to table decorations for a dinner with friends,

two pairs of mittens were whizzed off my crochet hook,

and hastily wrapped up,

and the hot water bottle covers I made for my three daughters were
finished in that lovely hour of quiet before everyone gets
 up on Christmas day.

All made in the correct colours to match bedrooms of course.

My sisters blanket was being adorned with ribbon just minutes before we were
leaving the house for a family get together ...
but everything got done,
and ended up where it was supposed to be.
And to make up for the frantic activity before Christmas there have been some lovely quieter days this week where nothing other than lounging about has taken place ...
and it has been truly lovely.
Before I go I want to say the biggest thank you to everyone for joining me
 in my Pootling this last year ...
 I have had the best fun,
and I LOVE being a part of this great big world of blogging.
So, without further ado I want to wish you all the happiest of New Years
and here's to lots more fun
and lots more Pootling in 2015.

  Happy New Year Everyone  


  1. Wow you are obviously a master at working to deadlines, I'd be in a mad panic if that were me! All your yarny makes are perfection as ever, and I love the girls hot water bottle covers! The blanket for your sister is gorgeous too, lucky lady! Glad you had a great Christmas, have a wonderful evening and a Happy New Year!
    (PS am currently searching your blog for your crochet buntings as I'm about to link up some very belated snowflakes I made a few years ago, and if i dont do them now they will be forgotten yet another Xmas!!!)
    Gill xx

    1. Happy New Year Gill, hope the snowflakes got hung ! Kate xx

  2. Very happy new years to you too Kate! X

  3. I'm not sure it's as much fun if you are finished with your makes in good time before they have to be handed over. I finished mine on Christmas Eve and swore never again - though I suspect I'll be the same next year. I am so happy to have found your blog this year. Happy New Year, may 2015 be cracking.

    1. Happy New Year Sally, look forward to you dropping by lots in 2015, K xx

  4. Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope that 2015 brings you all only wonderful things. xx

    1. Thank you Amy, and lots of good wishes for 2015 to you too, K xx

  5. Finishing crafty makes in time is something I need to improve upon too. But what is this mystical "lovely hour of quiet before everyone gets up on Christmas Day" of which you speak ? .... not experienced that in at least 11 years!
    Happy New Year Kate,

    1. Haha, that made me laugh out loud Jill, that quiet hour applies to just me then !! Wishing you lots of good wishes for 2015, K xx

  6. Happy New Year Kate, wishing you a bright, cheerful and successful 2015 xxx

  7. Brilliant, brilliant gifts......Love your photos...Happy New year xx

    1. Thank you Niki, and many good wishes for 2015, K xx

  8. What beautiful makes, you were busy before Christmas. Wishing you and yours a very happy New Year, I shall look forward to following along in 2015. CJ xx

    1. Happy New Year CJ, I've loved having you pop by so often in 2014, K xx

  9. Love the idea of finishing a thing, wrapping it and giving it within an hour! Good luck getting ahead next year and happy 2015 to you!

  10. Lots of lovely makes and well done on getting everything finished so close to the festive deadline!! Looking forward to visiting you here in 2015......Happy New Year, Kate!
    Helen xox

  11. Hi Kate....
    Love your crochet.....
    Happiest 2015....
    Linda :o)

  12. Happy New Year to you too Kate.
    All your makes for Christmas are gorgeous, especially those hot water bottle covers, so cute and love the ruffles on the neck.
    I am not looking forward to taking the decs down although like you my tree looks a bit droopy, such a shame, it really isn't 5 minutes since we put them all up!.
    Best wishes Kate to you and yours (plus the four legged ones)
    Helen x

  13. I do love your makes - your hot water bottle covers are my favourite, I even bought the knitting magazine you recommended! And I love the beautiful way you package your gifts - I've never been very good at wrapping presents, I even struggle to wrap a box neatly!
    Best wishes for 2015
    Caz xx

  14. Happy New Year you make some beautiful Christmas gifts, love the hot waterbottle covers
    Clare xx


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