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  1. Love, love love it!!! Haven't tried it on sprouts though ... will have to give that a go ...

    My failsafe "recipe" for quick supper is marmite pasta (well, it's not really a recipe and credit has to go to Nigella, I'm afraid). Just mix some marmite (you need quite a bit, but probably best to just start with tiny bit to begin with) into cooked pasta and eat ... absolutely divine and now I'm very hungry!!!

  2. I get fed up trawling the shops for cards that cost a fortune and are not really suitable for the intended recipient - I found a company called Whistlefish http://www.whistlefish.com who do some lovely cards and you can easily get ten cards for £10 (often less when they have promotions on, but you do need to buy at least ten to get them at a good price). I stock up on these from time to time - they're not suitable for everyone but the choice is huge and I like to maintain a stock of cards for various occasions as it's not always that easy for me to get to the shops at short notice.

    Might be worth a look for other Omleteers!

  3. Oh dear, I'm so sorry to read of the problems you are all having. I have to say, I avoid the Dr like the plague, but do take long term medication, so was "summoned" for an appointment to see the GP as I hadn't been in for two years :whistle::anxious:

    My appointment was last Thursday and I'm still reeling from the whole experience. It felt more like a consultation with a rather incompetent life coach than a GP, she told me lots of things I "need to do career/job wise" and she made me an appointment whilst I was with her to go back in three weeks to make sure I'd done it all. One of her suggestions is that I take a six month break to do voluntary work in Africa ... urm, can we just stop to think about the practicalities of that for just a second? (I mentioned I have an ageing mother who isn't exactly dependent on me, but who does need lots of visiting - the Dr said "well is she likely to die within the next six months?" Then of course, there is my dog, my house, my mortgage, job etc etc etc)

    Needless to say, I left feeling somewhat non-plussed and ended up feeling incredibly upset which turned into anger and frustration as the day went on. I went home and immediately cancelled the appointment in three weeks, I hope I will be able to get away without visiting again for another two years.


  4. I think the Toft animals look TERRIBLE when you first attach the head to the body, it's hard to see them looking like anything at all, but then when you add the arms, legs, ears, eyes etc it will come together and look much better, I promise. I have made quite a few of their animals - I am currently working on Chardonnay the Palomino Pony (except I am crocheting her in purple and white, and giving her a horn and wings so is actually going to be a flying unicorn!!). I love love love Toft patterns!!

  5. You are making great progress, well done!!!

    I echo Cat Tails' recommendation for the invisible decrease - it makes a MASSIVE difference, Toft patterns are almost exclusively worked in the round and the invisible decrease helps hugely to prevent your stuffing (well, your toy's stuffing, not your stuffing!!!!) showing through your stitches!!

    This will all get MUCH easier with practice - keep going, you are doing really well!!!

  6. If it looks like a mini coaster, it sounds like you are on the right track to me!! I have a friend who visits Toft regularly, they are based near Leamington, I think, I haven't been there, but said friend gave me one of the pattern books and I've made several of their animals! The first one took quite a while, but I can churn them out relatively quickly now. When you get to that stage, it's well worth watching the video on how to assemble your animal!

    Have fun!

  7. I am wondering if your kit is from the Toft Alpaca shop? I have done LOADS of their designs and they are really lovely once you get into the swing of them. The lady who writes the patterns (I think her name is Kerry Lord?) has done lots of REALLY useful videos on YouTube - search for Toft on YouTube and you'll find them easily - you just need to pick out the crochet rather than knitting ones.

    I have only been crocheting for a couple of years (largely spurred on by help and encouragement from the crochet experts on this forum!) and the Toft patterns have really helped me to move up from the really basic stuff to something a bit more complex.

    We will look forward to seeing pictures of the finished Donna!!

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