Friday, 18 August 2017

Garden Party

During settled spells of warmer weather it's lovely to be able to eat and entertain in the garden but the down side is that it brings out armies of bugs. With this in mind when I came across this sweet pattern I just had to give it a go.

The design, Square Jug/Bowl Cover Pattern by Megan Mills, is free on Ravelry and I used pastel coloured Creation Station Pony Beads to weigh it down around the edge.

I love the finished result - it wouldn't look out of place covering a cake stand or sugar bowl at one of the Queen's Garden Parties, would it?

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Odds 'n' Ends Basket

I can't believe that it has taken me so long to make such a mini make as this little basket which I started working on a couple of years ago, how ridiculous is that!

The basket was worked up quite quickly but because it was made with double knitting yarn it was a bit floppy and wouldn't really stand up all by itself, so it quickly became another one of those unfinished things that languish in the back of a cupboard.

It resurfaced many times before I tried to hand sew some interfacing material inside to line it with, but it wasn't thick enough so I resorted to using a piece of rug canvas covered with a bit of gingham instead and that seems to be holding it up.

Finally, I added a flower to pretty it up a bit and now I can say that it's finished at last :-)

Friday, 11 August 2017

Splash of Summer Colour

Apart from a few heatwaves here and there, this Summer has been disappointing weather wise as it has been quite cool and cloudy, with often large amounts of rainfall.

However it hasn't stopped me from getting out and about, even if it's not been great for taking photos.

Last week we visited a Medieval Hall and gardens on a really dark, dull day.

Most of the time we didn't really bump in to people, other than in the tea and dining areas which are always a magnet, especially on a dreary day.

It was lovely to feel like we had the gardens more or less completely to ourselves as we wandered around.

Most of the space is divided up into different areas, or rooms, each of which is quite different to everything else.

My favourite garden space was a walled garden that was packed full of colour.

I'd expected that most of the flowers would be a bit past their best by now but here the garden looked quite stunning.

Apparently William Wordsworth walked through an earlier version of this garden many, many years ago.

I wonder if it inspired any of his poetry? You never know...

Monday, 17 July 2017

Moon Blossom Blanket

I seem to have been writing or working on this forever so I'm pleased that I've finished a little blanket that I made with my Moon Blossom square design. The link for this free pattern can be found in an earlier post here.

I previously made a larger blanket in another set of colours which I posted about here. I was pleased that I'd kept some notes on my Ravelry project page on how I put this first blanket together as it meant that I could simply follow them to join the squares and add a border.

After I came up with the original design I then created a 12 inch version of the square, the link for this can be found here. This month members of the 2017 Crochet Block a Month CAL group on Ravelry are using it to make extra squares for their blankets. Unfortunately I can't add a link to the images posted so far but if you are a Ravelry member you'll be able to look at them in the group's thread which is aptly named July Filler Square 'Moon Blossom'. It looks so lovely in different colour combinations doesn't it! Almost makes me want to make another blanket...

Stylecraft Special DK yarn colours:
Grape, Soft Peach, Pale Rose, Duck Egg, Clematis and Silver

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Froggy Land

I was rummaging around in my crafty stuff a few days ago and I came across an unfinished cat that I had completely and utterly forgotten about. I made all the parts of the pattern from a magazine that was published in 2008, nine years ago. Oh dear! The sticking point was the sewing up yet again.

I took one look at it and thought if I'm being realistic this is never going to get finished so I unravelled it and banished it to froggy land instead. Hey ho...

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Little Cotton Rabbit Makeover

I bought a knitted bunny last year made by a stall holder who used one of Julie Williams' patterns which you can find at Little Cotton Rabbits. (I don't think that the striped dress it came with is one of Julie's creations.)

Although I've no intention of trying to knit a bunny myself, I was looking through Julie's gorgeous patterns on Ravelry and found that she has made a fairly simple stranded dress bottom half freely available. I've wanted to have a go at colour work for quite some time but haven't had the courage to give a go. This seemed like an excellent opportunity to give my bunny a little makeover and learn something new at the same time.

First of all I stripped bunny of all the red. Whilst it looks lovely as a complete outfit the red shoes are a bit restrictive as they don't go with very much. 

So I chose green to make the bunny a bit more neutral looking and cobbled together some knitted covers for the feet which I edged with a bit of crochet to pull them in and make straps to hold them on.

Then I moved on to the dress bottom half. It was much easier than I thought it would be, although I don't think that I carried the yarn up the edges very well to begin with.

I've written how I made the top part here on my Ravelry project page in order to finish the dress off.

Hooked by the thrill of working in colour I got my squared paper out and started trying to come up with a design of my own.

Between the hearts I added dots afterwards by swiss darning as I think that I'd have ended up in a tangled mess if I tried to carry three colours at the same time.

The first and last columns of my hearts 'n' dots pattern are repeats of the second and second last columns so that there is a whole stitch on either side to sew in when seaming at the back.

I'm resisting the urge to make any more dresses and will perhaps channel my new found colour work addiction in to making something else.