Thursday, 18 January 2018

Flash Your Stash 2018

I came across Ravelry shortly after I started this blog and eventually found the 'stash your flash' threads, particularly the one in the main Yarn & Fibre group. My jaw dropped at the sight of beds or floors full of yarn and I wondered what on earth people were going to make to 'get rid' of it all and how long it would take them to do so. I'll never get like that, I thought...

A few years have elapsed since then and I recently came across the new 'stash your flash' thread for 2018 and I decided to join in for the first time this year.

After weeks of grey weather we finally had some sun one afternoon earlier this week and I set about unearthing all my yarny stuff and piling it on top of a king sized bed.

Although it looked like a lovely sea of colour all together in one place I had no idea that I'd got enough to fill the bed completely. OMG what am I going to do with it all?

So some New Year's resolutions need to be made I think and the first is that I'm going to try really hard to buy absolutely nothing and if I must give in only buy what I need to complete something already being made with this stash.

I wonder how many others will try cold sheep this year?

Thursday, 21 December 2017

A Twist on the Cowl Neck Poncho

In the Spring I decided that I wanted to reduce some of the odd amounts of yarn that I had left over from other craft projects and started by picking up some blue Aran and brown varigated bulky yarns.

I don't remember how or why I started making flowers but I realised quite early on that I'd have to use about two thirds varigated to a third blue in order that I wouldn't run out of one before the other.

I joined the flowers together as I made them and tried to spread the blue as evenly as I could throughout my work.

After I'd made a rectangular piece of about twenty flowers I decided that I didn't want a scarf and wondered if I could make something that went around me instead.

As I added more and more flowers I began to think about how I was going to finish the edge and then thoughts of turning it into a poncho began to emerge.

One particular poncho came to mind, Cowl Neck Poncho by Simone Francis. I knew straight away that I wanted to have a go at a cowl for the neck so I dug out some more Aran, this time in cream.

By this time the weather had warmed up and I was beginning to wonder how on earth I was going to attach the flowers to the granny part of the cowl that I'd made.

I left it alone over the Summer and well into the Autumn too before I picked it up again and then I had a good think. I decided to simply sew the flower section on to the granny part of the cowl from the inside in two stages.

First of all I went around one granny round sewing into the tip of the upper most petal of each flower. On the second granny round (below the first one) I sewed into the tips of the petals on either side of the upper most petal of each flower. All that sewing seems to have secured it in place.

I was going to continue using the Cowl Neck Poncho pattern underneath the flower section but settled upon a round of flowers without a fringe instead.

So my twist on the Cowl Neck Poncho is complete :-)

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Bobbly Bits

Sometimes I find a surprise in a spare cupboard like I did recently when I came across a couple of children's cardigans which only needed buttons and to be sewn together to finish them. Unfortunately when I ironed one I completely ruined the border so both of them were put away because I was making them for a couple of girls and couldn't give one without the other. Looking at them all these years later I decided to get rid of the 'ruined' one and to finish the other.

This cardigan is made with a yarn that's very similar to James C Brett Baby Shimmer only it's got tiny bobbly bits in it as well. The pattern is Peter Pan V Neck Cardigan P960 but I kept it plain and didn't bother with the stripes, pockets and bubble border which are features of the original design. So 11 years on I have a size 2 to 3 years of age cardigan for a girl who is now 12. I suspect that it might be a bit small for her :-(

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Colours of Westonbirt

It was a shock to the system as it is every year when the clocks went back a few weeks ago. Suddenly we were plunged in to darkness as well as being surrounded by pumpkins, fireworks and late Autumn. I normally try my best to forget about the lack of daylight and jolly myself along until Spring. It's a time to put the garden to sleep and to try and catch up a bit indoors before Christmas kicks in.

Although Autumn started early, with Hawthorne leaves beginning to turn yellow in August, the season seems to have rushed by this year before I could get myself out and about to take some photos. Whilst looking through pictures that I've got stored on my computer I came across photos that I took at Westonbirt Arboretum a number of years ago when we had a break in Minchinhampton in Gloucestershire (watch out for the cows on the common).

The Arboretum was at it's Autumn peak in the last week of October and the colours were absolutely amazing. It's a long way from where we live and I doubt that I'll ever get back there again so I'm pleased that I have these pictures to accompany the lovely memories of a wonderful day spent admiring the beautiful colours of Autumn.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Not Another Blanket?

I posted about the early stages of this blanket back in June when I'd been working on making solid grannies, or elmer squares as they're commonly called.

Rather than creating squares of one colour only I was using a new colour for each round when I came across the Festiva pattern on Poppy & Bliss. This pattern is so similar to what I was already doing that I decided to incorporate the lovely 'dotty' round before moving on to white to join all the squares together.

So yes I've made yet another blanket, even though I don't really need one. I just love crocheting squares and then assembling them to create one piece of colourful coziness.

As with so many of my projects I used Stylecraft Special double knitting yarn in Teal, Spring Green, Aspen, Turquoise, Aster, Cloud Blue and White.

I also went a bit mad taking loads of photos too, enjoy :-)