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Hi there & welcome to Annie's Place. A place inspired by and named after my late Grandmother Annie. Somewhere I can be creative, and share my love for all things handmade. I like nothing better than sitting with hook & yarn, crafting something home spun & completely unique, or rustling up some yummy baked goodies. I live in a town with a beautiful embankment, situated on the River Great Ouse. You may know me as CosyKitty on Ravelry. Why not stop a while.....?!!

Sunday, 16 February 2014


At the end of my last post I said I'd be back soon, and believe me I had every intention of fulfilling that promise. However my plans were well and truly scuppered when my desktop PC decided to finally give up the ghost. My trusty little Windows XP that I'd been using for the last 9 years decided it had had enough. 

I pressed publish on my last blog entry and went off to do some grocery shopping. Upon my return I tried to power up my computer, but to my horror I was met with a blank screen and an error message telling me there was a missing or corrupt file. My heart sank as I realised this was not going to be an easy fix. 

I won't bore you with the details, but it's safe to say this caused me much inconvenience & unavoidable expense. I suppose it's not all bad news though, as I'm now the proud owner of an all singing; all dancing shiny new model. I was quite happy pootling along with my old XP, yes it was slow and had limited capabilities, but it was sufficient enough for my needs. However I'm glad I was forced into upgrading my equipment and operating system, as it's just highlighted to me what I was putting up with for so long. Not only that but I hear XP will be unsupported by Microsoft as of April 2014, so maybe it was all a blessing in disguise. 

Another good thing about being forced offline for a bit was my ability to get a lot more done at home. I utilised my time well, sorting, organising, and cleaning. It feels good to have a place for everything and everything in it's place.

Sadly I'm down to the dregs of my Schachenmayr Catania yarn, which I have used for many projects over the past year. I'm using up the odds and ends making some circles in squares, and joining them as I go. I really must invest in some more of this lovely cotton yarn. Perhaps I can factor it into the budget under essential supplies for health & well-being! Sometimes that's the only way we can justify the expense ;) 

Thank you for all the comments you've left for me recently, and hello to each and every new reader that's bobbed by this last few weeks. I hope you make yourself at home here. 

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  1. I am glad you are happy with your new computer. It is a nightmare when something expensive dies without notice and you are met with the expense.
    What glorious yarn photos. You are right that it definitely comes under the 'well-being' budget :)

  2. lovely to see you back Sharron! What a pain about the comp, but great that you have a new toy to play with! Beautiful pictures as always!

  3. you have some great pics on your site. very nice!

  4. A new comp is never a bad thing! Lovely colourful pictures. x

  5. I do like trying to get used to new computers and the way they run....but when they go down..they go down and it is more economical to replace them than to fix them..we are becoming such a throw away world..I am glad to see you back.

  6. Hello sharron and welcome back, you have utilised your off-line time very well, I love it when everything is ship shape and I can find things without wondering where they might be lol.
    Hello to your new comp too, I have three dead Laptops in the bottom of my wardrobe (not all mine to be honest) and I do agree with Vikki, very often a repair is a false economy. The laptop I'm currently using is about three years old now and the screen light broke last summer. It was a simple fix and cost less than £20 but only because a techy friend knew what was wrong with it and ordered a replacement part for me.
    I love your blog, bright cheery and welcoming, such beautiful colours in your projects and your photo's are a delight.
    Bye for now x

  7. Hi Sharron
    So glad you managed to get things sorted with your PC, they're great when they work and a nightmare when they don't, aren't they !
    Have a good week,
    Kate x

  8. Great Blog, you have! I will follow you with bloglovin'!
    Greets, Sofie, from Belgium ;-)

  9. Still bobbing in and enjoying a good read. You have such lovely yarn. Jo x

  10. Hi, you have very beautiful and very colour blog :) It's great... I like it :)
    I'll visit you.
    Greetings from Poland :-)
    from http://marilles-crochet.blogspot.com/

  11. I just found your blog today! :) I love all the colors of yarn in your first picture. I'm glad you found a replacement computer!

  12. Sorry to hear of your computer troubles Sharron but hey, a new computer with all the bells and whistles is not to be scoffed at - enjoy it!
    All that lovely yarn gone but you sure have made some lovely things with it - you deserve a new supply. I love your colourful circles in squares - neat and precise as always, well done! Hugs, Joy x

  13. How did we get by before the PC? Glad to see you back.


  14. Hi Sharron, I think I got a new laptop last year and once you get one you realise just how slow the old one was. I'm not good with technology... crochet is looking good. Have a good week, take care Andrea x

  15. Glad, I found your lovely blog!
    Hello from Hamburg, Germany :-)

  16. I find that it can be a good thing to be "forced" offline, I definitely get a lot more stuff done! But I'm quite glad you're back, you were missed! :-) xxxx

  17. It's nice to hear from you again, as a few weeks old reader I must say that I always enjoy reading your posts and taking a look at all your nice yarns and the works you make with them... Have a lovely week! ;)

  18. I'm glad you are happy with your new computer. I hope you backed up your old files so you didn't lose anything. I'm new at crocheting and know I'm going to enjoy it. The work shown on your blog has inspired me. They are beautiful!

  19. Glad to hear your pc woes are over. Computers are both a blessing and a curse for me, they drive me mad when they don't do what I want them to do but without them I wouldn't have been able to learn to crochet, sew and all sorts of other things, not to mention finding lovely blogs like yours. That yarn looks gorgeous, yarn is an essential not a luxury.

  20. Hi Sharron, welcome back. Sorry to hear you've had problems with your computer, don't they just drive you to distraction when they go wrong! Hope you're pleased with your new one - you did well to get 9 years out of the old one. I took a leaf out of your book a while ago and ordered some Catania cotton from a link you'd shared; it's lovely to work with and such an amazing range of colours, so thank you for sharing. Essential supplies for health and well-being is definitely justified in my book, especially after all the trouble with your old computer! Have a lovely week.
    Jane x

  21. Welcome back Sharron, you have been missed. I love your beautiful projects and I wsih you the best with your new computer. I am old school working with my big desktop.

  22. Sorry to hear about your PC :( My laptop screen is playing up at the moment, it's very intermittent....I have to use it at a funny angle! So irritating....! Loving all your beautiful yarn!!
    Caroline xx

  23. Hello Sharron and your shiny new computer!...I'm loving those yarny pics and all the lovely colour too...your crochet looks gorgeous as always,
    Happy Weekend!
    Susan x

  24. Hi Sharron from the other side of the world in New Zealand. I just found your blog, and love everything you make. I will be following you with interest, and thank you for all the freebies on your site. :-)

  25. Hai Sharron,
    I love those pastels, beautiful.
    Greetings Anita from Holland.

  26. What a super space you have here, I will have a lovely time having a wonder through your posts! :) x

  27. Oh no, technical issues are the worst kind. But it sounds like you're sorted now and have a good new pc. Sometimes a break from computers and internet can be a good thing, anyway! Good to see you back here anyway! x

  28. wow - so much colorful eye candy ... someday I hope to do delicious work like this. I'm new to crochet! I enjoyed my visit :)


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