Monday, 27 March 2017

Spring Lane times three

So here is the second clue for the Spring Lane CAL

 This one squares off the circles we made for clue one.

I confess I found the outside border just wouldn't work for me ... so it is slightly different from the pattern, but I don't think it matter too much.

Don't they look pretty with their square borders?

And then clue three ...

Making ten of these little ones!

My Crocus and Daffodil one is not made out of  Drops <3 You but Drops Paris which has slightly less yardage so I bought an extra colour (the dark green one) ... hence the variations on these little motifs. 

I particularly love the blues in these ones above.  
Don't they look fresh ... perhaps we should rename Ocean Road...?

And these shades just pop out ... and I love them!

Clue four is already out ... so I've got to get crocheting ....!

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Spring Lane Drops-a-long

So .... I've started hooking another Crochet Along!

This time it is called Spring Lane and is from Drops Design
Using their gorgeous cotton range DROPS ♥ You #8. 

The suggested colours are so pretty ...

But, me being me, decided not to go for those colours!  

Although aided by the fact that they were out of stock when I looked!

So I decided to do not one 

not two

but three colour-ways

I just thought it made sense to make several and play around with colour!  I may even make one out of non-cotton yarn to see what that looks like!

Once I'd started the first motif I was whizzing away and loving it!

So ... wish me luck with my additional CALs 
(nearly finished my KAL which has over 500 stitches on the needles so one row takes forever and I have to concentrate!  And two CAL blankets just need their borders now...)

What do you think of the colours?  
I thought the top one looked like Spring with crocuses and daffodils; the second one I wanted grey tones with dusky pinks and apricots; and the third one -
well I just had to go with the blues, didn't I?!


DeCluttering totals to date

2 x big boxes
2 x medium boxes
5 x bags
And in the back of my car a further two bags (yes I know I haven't dropped them off yet :-/) and another big box

Monday, 13 March 2017

Mixed Media!

I feel that I need to input some oomph into my makes and when Jonathan said that his sister was attending a Mixed Media Course near us.... well that got me interested!


So after a good browse at the website and encouragement from Jonathan I decided to book!

And, oh boy, am I glad I did!

So last Friday I attended the course and met the nicest lady, Constance, who was taking the course.  I'd already spoken to her on the phone and got that nice "vibe" and meeting her in the flesh just proved that she really was the loveliest person.

She taught both Karen and I about materials and bits and bobs we would be doing ... and after a morning of chatting ... we were let loose with the crafty bits ....!

I was in my absolute element!  Learning all about new techniques and experimenting away with paint, and crackle glaze, and heat guns, and fabric ... oh my gosh it was magical alchemy!

We also met her friend, Rosemary, who brought in this most divine caraway seed cake that we had with our cup of tea in the afternoon.  Rosemary runs the embroidery classes there.  Some of her work was on display, and she brought along a piece she was working on 
 ... and believe me ... it is all exquisite!

(Maybe I can do an embroidery course another time ....!)

The Mixed Media course is actually run in four sections with different techniques etc being covered each week.  I had only booked for the first one as finances are pretty tight and obviously needed to know that I would enjoy it (as if I wouldn't!!)

It really was a most exciting day!  It was also great to spend time with Karen whilst doing something we both enjoy.

And ... what's even more exciting is that Jonathan has generously paid for me to attend the next three sessions!  They are my Mother's Day gift!  Woo hoo to my wonderful man and for being a mum!  


 I can't wait!

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Happy Craft Month

The Emporium in Yeovil are celebrating Craft Month 
... and my makes are featured!

My taggy blankets are at the bottom second from the right!

I have quite a selection ready to sew up this week too.

It is so lovely to see lots of super handmade crafty things being sold in The Emporium 
and even nicer that they are celebrating us crafters this month!

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DeCluttering totals to date

2 x big boxes
2 x medium boxes
5 x bags

AND  in the boot of my car waiting to be dropped off a further two bags!

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

My Sunday Shawl aka Gypsy Shawl

I have finished my Sunday Shawl which I have renamed my Gypsy Shawl!  I think it looks rather bohemian!

This was the Crochet Along (CAL) that I mentioned in a previous post.  

A beautiful shawl designed by Alia Bland aka

This is going on right now in a facebook group ...

I loved this pattern.  It worked up really quickly and neatly.  I had a little bit of frogging to do as the number count didn't always tally up ... but got it in the end!

Even better ... I used yarn out of my stash ... no buying any new skeins for it!  I had bought some lovely grey back last August/September when Beales' Haberdashery Department was closing down.  I just knew it come in handy one day (along with all the other balls of other colours that may have slipped into my basket....!)

Doesn't the picot edging look pretty?

The rest were single skeins that I had stashed away.  I managed to get my favourite colour ways in it.  Not that you can really see them in the photo just above.  Why is that colours never come out properly inside?  I was desperate to take photos of it yesterday ... and had to make do with the slightly orangey-dull pictures.  Thankfully today the rain stayed away long enough for me to pop out and take the first lot of photos out on our back wall.  You can see the colours in all their glory there!

Isn't it lovely?  I am so proud of it.

Now ... I wonder... do I make another one....?  Do you know anyone that would like one...?  I'd love to make it with different colours ....

DeCluttering totals

1 x big box
1 x medium box
5 x bags

AND  in the boot of my car waiting to be dropped off a further big box and two bags!

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

Daisy's shawl x3

Back in June of last year I had the opportunity to test crochet a shawl that had been designed by Daisy from Devon Sun Yarns  

It used one 100g skein of sock yarn.  An ideal project to use that one skein of yarn that you love!

I decided to go with a purple sock yarn that had a sparkle in it, which is one that was dyed by Daisy.

The pattern was so simple to use and made up an absolutely gorgeous little shawl.  

It's not a big shawl that covers all your back, 
but it's a nice shape to have around the top of your back and shoulders.

I just love the peaked edges.  
I think they really add to the pattern and made me think of this being a dragon's wing!

I liked the pattern so much, and having found it so easy to follow, that I took it with me when my daughter when into hospital last August.  I chose a lovely yarn that had been sent to me by a fellow Ravelry member in the Jackpot forum - where each month you can sign up for the chance to be in to win, one member is randomly chosen and all the other participants send the lucky person a 100g (at least) skein of yarn that is worth more than $10 (about £8-9 over here).  I was so lucky an won last May's drawing and I received some gorgeous yarns!  Anyway, I digress ... I took one of the skeins that was gifted to me (and from an Etsy shop called The Merino Mermaid) and one of my favourites as I just love love love the colour/shades.  
This one I made for myself and have called it Mermaid Shawl.

Isn't it gorgeous?!

The third and last one (so far) that I made was for my mum.  We have had quite a rough year with my other half not having regular work and it's meant having to tighten the purse-strings.  So I thought for her birthday in November I would make part of her present.  This seemed an ideal (and quite speedy) pattern to make for her.

I chose a skein of yarn that I've had for a while (and really can't remember where it came from) in mauve and pink with a sort of grey inbetween.  My mum's favourite colour is mauve so it seemed ideal.

It made up quickly and beautifully.  

I took it into The Emporium with me and received many lovely comments from customers 
and fellow stall holders that popped in.

At the end I sewed on a little heart charm that had the words "Made with Love" engraved on it. 
I felt that this finished it off nicely and was most obviously true!

My mum loves it!  She has had it on the last two times I've seen her and she said that it is ideal as it covers the top of her back and shoulders where it can get a bit chilly when you're sat driving/travelling in the car.  

Funny isn't it, how we can wear things slightly differently - I wear mine like a cowl wrapped around my neck!  That's where I feel the cold the most.

A super pattern Daisy, and one that will be made more, I am sure!

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Crochet Alongs

I am forever putting my name down to take part in many Crochet Alongs (CALs) and Knit Alongs (KALs), I have even taken part in one Quilt Along (QAL) (although the quilt still needs to be backed and quilted!) and then never actually taking part.

However .... this year I have bitten the bullet and am taking part in three CALs!

The first one you have seen - it's my Spice of Life Crochet, which I am loving.  I am enjoying the change of stitch and colours ever so many rows.  It keeps the Gemini in me involved!

The second one is a crochet shawl named The Sandpiper Shawl   

This is working up to be a very pretty shawl.  I am using yarns in my stash from The Knitting Goddess You should visit!  She is based in Harrogate in the UK and has the most gorgeous yarns to drool over!  I am using various skeins of blues.

The third CAL that I am currently in the midst of is The Moorland Blanket by Lucy of Attic 24  

Lucy has an inspiring blog where her love of colours just shines through!  She, too, is well worth a visit.

I have named my Moorland Blanket "The Moors" as it is kind of reminding me of Dartmoor. It is created out of a beautiful palette of Stylecraft DK yarns in greens and heathers and blue hues.  It really does look gorgeous and I am thoroughly enjoying this as it works up.  It is so exciting when you crochet your first grape coloured row!

The pictures above don't do the colours justice at all.  I hope to get better photos outside when it's completed!

And guess what ... there's another CAL starting at the weekend!  This is another shawl - a more chunkier one that looks so bohemian that I can't resist!  I'm going to have to plough through my stash to see if I have enough yarn to make this one!

I want to push myself this year and actually participate in these create - Alongs!  I feel that it is pushing me and my skills... and I'm loving it!  It is lovely to be part of a community that are creating the same - but different - creations as me.   

DeCluttering totals 

1 x big box
1 x medium box
5 x bags