Thursday 21 January 2021

Mum’s Christmas block stitch blanket.

In September I decided a crocheted blanket would keep mum a bit warmer, she’s always cold. I found a fairly simple block stitch pattern that I could work on at bedtime, the end result is based on a pattern by Emma Leith that was in Simply Crochet magazine issue 61.

I am trying to stash bust, so I used yarn I had already. This is Aran weight with 30% wool and a mixture of Marriners and Aldi. 

Mum’s cat approved, mum loves the blanket too.

I really love the bobble border.

Getting a photo at home proved tricky, as soon as I set the shot up a dog appeared and claimed the blanket.


Friday 15 January 2021

The amazing Lizard shawl.

I just found this draft post I had forgotten about, probably because my mum was very ill in hospital about the time i started it, she was in for nearly 6 weeks and since then has needed help at home. So my focus has been on her for over a year now, and I’m one of her care givers every day.

I made this gorgeous scarf with a 150g cake of hand dyed sparkle  gradient 4ply sock yarn from Pook Yarns which has relocated to Denmark. The shawl is the Lizard.

I just love the colours in this yarn!

Sunday 24 November 2019

Doggy sweaters.

My girls in their sweaters.

This one has gone to Cyprus for a rescue dog to have.

Bernat Baby Blanket - so soft!

A blanket made from Bernat Baby Blanket yarn and the Crochet Crew pattern called Candy-ghan, basically a solid granny square. I'm not totally happy with the puckering, the yarn is lovely and soft and very washable. It's for my great niece born in South Wales who lives in the mountains and I hope it will keep her warm.

Rainbow baby.

A rainbow outfit and blanket for a rainbow baby called Maya. All made with Stylecraft yarns, the rainbow colour yarn is Wondersoft Merry Go Round, and there is a tiny bit of King Cole baby yarn on the blue headband because I ran out of rainbow.
The dress and bolero is a free pattern by Just Crochet. The booties were also made from a free pattern by Hopeful Honey, called Pink Lady Baby Booties, and the headband pattern, which goes up to adult size, is also free from Crochet Dreamz.

The star blanket was from a pattern in Inside Crochet magazine.

Saturday 23 November 2019

Bobble hats.

 This is the Two Brothers Blankets Joey hat. I got the pattern free in return for a pledge to make at least one for a cancer unit. The dark blue one went to the Macmillan support centre at the hospital that treated my husband.

I just happened to have a lucky dip selection of three skeins of Caron Simply Soft, the same yarn used in the pattern, they were all different weights and I have some oddments left - maybe a striped Joey next.
I made the pompom with my new Rico pompom maker, which sadly snapped in the bag and I've had it a while and can't remember where I bought it, or the other sizes.

Monday 18 February 2019

Well hello there!

I’ve not blogged for ages, years! I just don’t seem to have time these days.

I finally finished Persian Tiles in Stylecraft Life by Janie Crow. It still needs blocking when I can wrestle it away from Mable, I’m waiting for nicer weather to do that. After my previous post I left it, I lost the pattern and bought it again, then found the first copy. I only had to finish the last two rows on each large motif, complete a less finished one, join them and do the border. Phew it’s done, quite a relief really.  I’m working on a circular Tunisian crochet cushion to use the leftover yarn now.
It’s been a dhalk Meg, a totally new technique so there has been much frogging, I like it.

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Competition - free to enter.

free paddington bear crochet pattern

Enter HERE to win the yarn to make Paddington Bear, the pattern will be in the new Crochet Now magazine!

Saturday 5 August 2017

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Wednesday 26 July 2017

T for Table, and Tuesday.

In honour of T on Tuesday here is my fruit infuser bottle in action. The frozen gel thing is attached to the infuser bit here, but I can just as easily add a few icecubes instead. I didn't know why I wanted one, the fruit in a glass works fine, but this is portable. I took it with me to Slimming World, and could take it out to dog shows, in the car, or anywhere really. It is quite heavy as it holds 900ml, nearly 2 pints.

Both the bottle and insulating sleeve are marked with reminders of when to hydrate. I love that it comes in purple and other colours.
I am joining in with Elizabeth and Bleubeard and the T on Tuesday folks for a mad catch up which includes beverages. I actually managed to get round everyone who visited me last week and a few more, pretty good for me. Not sure how it will go this week!

I bought four more plants in an effort to make the garden nice and ones I hope will stand up to the dogs, here's Luna sniffing one of the new plants I just planted and it is called Blue Hobbit and is an Eryngium which I will never remember, I might remember the Blue Hobbit bit! I also planted Viola Freckles, Penstemon Pinocolada Violet, and on a previous day Astilbe Heart and Soul and never heard of most of them before. It promptly turned to moonsoon conditions after this so I think I can safely say they are watered in.

The Astilbe (Heart and Soul) is the pointy one with pink flowers, at least the tops are still pink. I freed the Acer from it's pot with my son's help this year which is why it doesn't look great. It suffered from being so pot bound that normally all the leaves would fall off by now, but next year it should do better. 

 I bought this pretty small Acer recently, it suffered an unwanted pruning but has grown back a branch where one was lopped off, dog or son I don't know. The cone was left by the Water men when they repaired a damaged drain cover, I put it where the dogs are digging a tunnel, they already dug up a new plant I foolishly planted there. I have relocated it now and hope it will grow and isn't in shock. The marigolds are the best ever since I decided to plant them in the tubs.
Bertie likes these little chairs, he also likes the big ones! Little people will get to use them at the weekend.

I bought some cheap cut to size roller blinds for the summerhouse to keep it cooler when the sun is right on it on hot days and to protect the chairs, Luna and Bertie "helped" to measure and cut.

Richard put the blinds up for me, just one to go but it had a damaged bit so I am trying to get another. I bought solar lights too, thinking if I had enough of them it would be bright enough to crochet in the dark. I think that was wishful thinking but they look pretty. 

The old rose bush is happy, never had so many roses, this is just one side. It is 12 years old now.

Luna on our walk this evening, she has got very bold or very naughty depending how you look at it (very confident?) since Bertie arrived, between the three of them the walk was "interesting". I kept these two on leads past the hedge they both dived into last time and stayed in there for ages, then let them off. Then Sooty was miles behind sniffing, we were halfway up the field. I stopped Bertie going down a rabbit hole and Luna vanished into the hedge again! I put them both back on the lead, retraced our steps to go get Sooty then realised I had dropped the bag of poo, so we went halfway back and found it and turned round to meet poor old Sooty then onwards. I let Luna off again, she did go into a hedge but came quicky out then went the way she knows not to go towards the stile that goes to the road - but did come back, then vanished into the hedge next to the road even though I said no. Came out covered in sticky buds as you can see and went right on the lead! Both she and Bertie rolled, not sure what in, but it could be bath day tomorrow and she and Sooty both need a trim now it has turned hot again from being like Winter for a few days!
Luna seems to be happy again, we had a blip last week as she attacked Sooty a few times and the last time was pretty vicious. I got inadvertently bitten getting her off, and I did give her a small tap on the nose which had a bad effect, I also did as advised and shut her in the downstairs loo for a few minutes as a naughty room. She got very jumpy and worried around me after that, we had a bad training session the next day and she was car sick going home which she never is after training, but I think all is well again now. I will never know the abuse she suffered in her previous life, she needs to know she can't hurt Sooty but how to do it so I don't make her scared of me? 
Anyway I had her name down for agility training for months and got the call that she can start next week, and was discussing it with the training lady who advised me to shut them out of the kitchen when I prepare their meals and then put Sooty in a seperate room to eat so he feels safe and they don't try and steal his food. A couple of times Luna attacked him when he was in the living room and they were in the kitchen and I called him out for his food - she wouldn't let him pass. So he got scared of coming out when I called, it was fine when he was already in the kitchen, except Bertie would grumble and growl at him. Once I worked out how to do as advised, the first time I messed it up, all has been fine and no more attacks. They weren't all about food, one time the two dogs were in the summerhouse with me and Sooty just came out and stood up to look in the pond and Luna rushed out and went for him, another time I was eating in the dining room, she was under the table and Bertie in the room and Sooty came in and that was the most vicious attack.

Please excuse Bertie, he never kept still enough for a photo until this one!

I couldn't see what I took but there was an amazing sunset going on here as we walked round the last field.

I waited for the dark to see all the lights on, the two butterfly sets are from Sainsburys, but one I paid full price for and today went back and they were in the sale, should have taken one back and got a refund and bought two in the sale but I didn't think of it. The round globes across the door are from Amazon, they are nowhere near as bright as the butterflies. I also bought some stick ones and hanging single ones to put in the garden where the spotlight doesn't reach, and only one of those is working and it was when I brought it indoors when I got home. I will give the others another day to charge, but the butterflies worked tonight so I can see some going back - one is damaged so will be for sure.

All three of the dogs love it in the summerhouse, when I tried to lock up just now I couldn't because when I managed to get one out the other went back in! 
Oh the table - I nearly forgot! I decided that a small table would be nice, and lots were advertised secondhand but already gone. Then I saw this one, the right colour too and only £3 and I drove all the way to Shepton Mallet to get it, about an hours drive each way. It has a shelf, which is a bit out of shape so I am standing things on it to try and flatten it but I'm not worried about that. My sat nav wouldn't recognise the address from home or postcode, I had to drive to Shepton then stop in a car park and try again, and it finally found it! What is going on, that isn't the first time.

You might remember the Persian Tiles blanket (a Jane Crow design) from a long time ago, I was so near the end but stopped to make Frida's flowers also stopped to make Last Dance on the beach blanket, then I went on to do other things and never got back to it until now. I decided I will finish it before starting on the next project or another WIP that needs finishing. I have one half finished hexagon to finish and ends to sew on on all 16 - started Monday and only completed 3 so far! There are a lot of ends and I want them secure. Then it's ready to block, join and do the border. Problem is I cannot find my blocking board and I have been looking and looking - what have I done with it? I am also wondering if I can make the blanket bigger as I have lots of reds and orange left but I worry I might not have enough blues to do that.
Next week my 5 year old grandson will be staying with me on his own for the first time, think I will be busy? I am already planning the week, got to work round his bedtimes and some commitments I have, but there are a few things going on that we could go to, and walking the dogs, working on his memory book of his grampy (I really need to clear the craft room enough to do that, I also have to blitz the house before the weekend), the whole family will be here for the weekend then they will leave Kenny with me, returning to take him camping with his uncle.

I didn't tell you before but it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I went into Bath with Richard and he went off to do his thing and I went to Debenhams because I had a couple of vouchers (coupons) to use. I had no idea of the effect it would have, the last time I was there with Shaun, he was pretty sick and had to sit down a lot and he was telling me to buy all the clothes I showed him and I was crying then. Well as I went up the escalators it all came back and I ended up sobbing in the toilets, it was pretty awful and I couldn't look at clothes properly. I bought some chopping boards in the end. I don't know if that will happen again.