To you all, thank you for your company and your time

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Have a Peek at these!

Good Morning everyone!  Been laid up for a few days with a bug, but now feeling a lot better ( and a few pounds lighter, every cloud eh?) its good to be feeling fine again.  Firstly a HUGE♥ Thank you for the lovely Birthday wishes and response to my short post and Amyrillis pictures, really appreciated.

Last week I was busy making squares - firstly for SIBOL and then for the Sarah London Crochet A Rainbow appeal.  Now I am quite happy making squares, you know, just squares - but I have never attempted a picture square, so I put my creative hat on and lo and behold these two squares evolved.  I am really happy with them and they make me smile so much when I look at them (daft I know!)  in fact I am having serious trouble sending them off to SIBOL but I will of course, because it is such a good cause!  I have taken lots of piccies and I am thinking of having some notelets made from the pictures to remind me.

Crikey I have built them up somewhat - I hope you like them!

This is smiley Piggy for the Farmyard Blanket

and this is my Springtime contribution:-

I never realised how much fun crochet pictures are - so ...... freeform, just crochet away and add bits here and there and there you go!

Got to put my thinking cap on now for the Royal Wedding one!

Oh and here are the Crochet A Rainbow Squares

Oh and finally

One last look - there were Six Beautiful Blooms on this beauty in the end, but sadly as with all beauty, is now fading.

Have a great day

Speak soon xx

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

What More Could I Need?

What more could I need on my Birthday - than the Love of my Family and Friends around me, and in Blogland, and this to greet me in the morning?

 Times may be hard, but I am rich indeed.♥

Speak soon xx

Monday, 14 February 2011

Daisy Granny Blanket

Good morning and Happy Valentines Day to you all.  A Ta dah moment for you today.  I have finished my Plain Granny Blanket, but I just couldn't call it "plain"  - I have loved making this blanket, it has worked up quickly, not much messing with sewing in ends. I worked out the design on paper first and was then able to join-as-you-go which made it even quicker. I love the simplicity of it.  It is going to live in our camper to match the cushions I made last year.  I have added some Daisies which I have made with my Daisy Maker and hey presto! a plain blanket no more!

I made this with a mixture of Bonus UK and Robin double knitting.  I find these two acrylics are the same thickness, some aren't quite the same even though they are double knit.

These are the cushions I made last year and as you can see, I have tried to pick out the colours of our camper.  I think they are all going to live nicely together!

Thank you for dropping by!

Speak soon xx 

Saturday, 12 February 2011

A Completed Edge!

Happy Saturday!  Just popping by to show you two things :-

The first is the Edge of my Plain Granny Square blanket finished. 

My blanket "frame" is complete - I did tinker around with several colours, but settled for this solid colour frame with an added lemon stripe.  The stitch is double crochet (UK terms) and the edge of the edge is done in Picot stitches, just 3 chains double crochet into middle chain and then miss a stitch and double crochet into next.  It makes a lovely but not too frilly edging.  I really love how the dark blue helps to intensify the other colours in the blanket. 

Close up of the Edge

I still have some extras embellishments that I am going to add to this blanket so hopefully will show you the Ta Dah moment next week.

The second thing I wanted to show you was this:-

Just look how this Amyrillis is growing!  Two beautiful flowers about to emerge!  It has been a slow grower, but no wonder with feeding two stems!

Can't wait for this beauty to open.

Have a great weekend.

Speak soon xx

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Working on the Edge

Just whizzing by to give a little update on my Granny Square Blanket .... I have begun working on the Edge.  Something sooooo satisfying about working on the Edge don't you find.  It means you have nearly finished your creation, you are "framing" your work, a chance to enhance what you have done, yes I just LOVE working on the Edge.  I have plans for this Edge, oh yes, at the moment it is in its early stages but it will develop,

Yes, its coming along nicely!

Speak soon xx

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Cosy Evening with Decopatch and Crochet

Hi there lovely blogland friends, last Thursday I arranged a dental check up for myself and youngest son, on his way back to Uni in London -"Great mum", he said "you can drop me off at the nearest station and I wont have to pay so much fare" - Dentist is nearer to Uni than home, I hasten to add.  Good idea I thought, we had the check up and headed to the station, and despite the mess he had left in his room, despite the fridge being constantly devoid of milk, the cereal packets empty, the toilet roll not put on the holder - I could feel the tears pricking at my eyes - "oh mum, you're not gonna cry are you?"  Big Sniff  "of course not, you go and have fun, and I will see you in a few weeks"  as I waved goodbye - big sigh - what now?  Serious cheer up was needed - and so it happened I drove up the road and found a rather large Hobbycraft - well I say large because the one I usually go to is rather a lot smaller than this one - OH JOY ♥ I have decided whenever I feel down I am going to drive to Hobbycraft!!!!!!!!!!   I wandered around in a positive frenzy, I could try glass painting, dolls house making, beading, sweetie making, quilting etc etc,  (bearing in mind I only went in for 3 balls of Lemon acrylic!)  I kid ye not - it felt like I had died and gone to heaven, I know you lovers of craft out there will understand these feelings!

Now as pennies are a little scarce at the moment ........ I was quite restrained......... glass decorating, beading etc will have to wait, so along with the wool, I bought some felt (for future projects) and some decopatch stuff.  I headed home with a much happier heart!

So Friday evening, with the wind howling I cosied down with a glass of something and the fire and the decopatch and crochet - now this next picture sets the scene but forgive me its rather blurred - but hey I had only had half a glass of wine!!!

This was a little cat I finished which I have had for ages - there is no doubt about it - I find tearing up the little pieces of pretty paper and spreading the glue sooo relaxing

So after the cat was finished I just had to carry on - so decided to cover a little valentine heart

Once again, so theraputic, this is a heart shaped fridge magnet, which now looks lovely holding my lovely heart postcard on the fridge.

After I had finished the decopatch - it was back to the crochet.  This is my plain granny blanket which I am making for my camper - I will have to think of another name for this because plain granny doesn't do it justice  - I am ♥ loving ♥ making this, the lovely colour blocks look really effective together and not nearly so many ends to sew in!

Here is a peek

I will show you it in all its glory when it is finished!

Oh and I just have so show you my lovely cat Thompson, who loves to sit or sleep by my side when I am crafting.

Well that was my lovely cosy Friday night - fav night of the week.  I hope whatever you do my friends, you keep warm and cosy too!

Speak soon xx

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Walking Together

Sunday morning - and the countryside was calling us - hubby and I, although it was cold, the sun was bright and it did feel :::::: well can I say it :::::: should I say it :::: I will :::::  ♥Springlike♥ :: I know, I know its only just February,  and I know only too well that winter can still pack a punch, but we have to be hopeful don't we!!

This field looks very different from the last time we walked through it when the sweetcorn was high.

Some clever people in our village have made leaflets detailing 16 walks, varying in miles from 3.5 to 7.  This one was 4.5 miles - just a nice amount before cooking  a scrummy roastie dinner!

The stream was running fast

Catkins hanging like little green tails

This Mole Town is obviously busy! Then we headed downhill to a swampy, foresty bit (very Lord of the Rings!)

Even though this looked like a tree graveyard, there were green shoots all around - nature is amazing isn't it?

It was a very interesting walk - time to chat and clear the head, to be together, which lord knows is sometimes quite hard in a busy, bustly house - time to reflect on our nearly 31 years together, yes a special time♥.

Speak soon xx

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

A Wicked Time!

Yesterday, hubby and I were able to enjoy a Christmas present from our eldest son and his lovely girlfriend.

We wandered down the road to our lovely little station

the very straight line pointing towards London. 

the sun was setting behind the downs and was emitting this delicious warm orangy glow.
                  The surprise was tickets to see a London show.

And a Wicked time we had too!!  The story of the two witches from the Wizard of Oz. The costumes and sets were out of this world and the singing and dancing was amazing.  There was a standing ovation at the end.  See it if you can!

Thank you for your enquiries about my hands.  I have seen a therapist a couple of time and had a grip test, and my right hand is very low - not sure what is going to be done about it, so I now have an attractive glove to wear when I feel I need it

To be honest I am not sure if it is helping or not - but I will give it time.  But as you can see, I WILL not stop doing the things I love, and a pile of plain grannies has started to appear!  I am making a blanket to match the colours of our folding camper - thinking of summer!   Its a little frustrating because I just can't do it as fast as I used to and I am trying to hold the hook in a different way which takes some getting used to - but I will improve I am hopeful. 

Speak soon xx