Saturday, 7 January 2017

Strawberries in Spring

At last I've finished my first blanket entirely dreamt up by me.

It started last Spring when I wanted to create something akin to blossom and I doodled in crochet until I came up with a flower.

Then I added some greenery and sky which I posted about here before agonising over what colour to use to join everything together with.

I eventually decided to use white as a nod to the fluffy white clouds which grace our skies if we're lucky enough to have a sunny day.

After joining the squares with a braided join,...

...I added five rounds of granny stitch around the whole blanket,...

...then I added a simple border and decided that the blanket was done.

When I stood back to admire the end result I couldn't think of a name for it.

The colours reminded me of the dessert known as Strawberry Delight and the name has morphed in to Strawberries in Spring.

It has occurred to me that I ought to write the pattern up or at least chart the square.

So that's my plan, if I can remember exactly what I did.

I've got rough notes somewhere so I'll dig them out on a rainy day in the not too distant future and see if they make any sense to me.

In the meantime I've taken way too many pictures to 'show it off'.

After all, it's not every day that you create your very own blanket.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Garland of Flowers

Well here we are in yet another new year, hopefully one which will be filled with lots of crafty time and colour. 

To start the year off here's a Nicki Trench vintage-style vase coaster, the pattern for which can be found in Cute & Easy Crochet with Flowers (I got my book from WHSmith, not via the link).

I used DROPS Safran for the first time (yellow, peach, white, lime and medium pink) and I love how soft and silky it is as well as the finish it gives to the appearance of my crochet. Being thicker than the fine cotton which is normally used to make traditional doilies, this mat has a more modern look, a bit less grannified.

The pattern was easy to follow, although I did have to sleep on the outer round for the penny to drop on how to make it work. I was full of the lurgy when I first tried 'to get it' and when I felt a bit more with it the next morning it came to me, 'ah I wonder if'...

...and yes it worked as the garland of flowers grew around the outer edge.

Here's to a happy and crafty 2017.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

A Lapghan for Rudolf

Although I've got various things on the go at the moment I decided that I wanted to make something simple whilst preparing for Christmas. There's always so much to cram in to December so a little project to pick up here and there would fit in well I thought. In a way my head was still stuck in Autumn when I looked through some odd bits of yarn and this might have influenced my decision to pick out the red, brown, grey and cream colours which I cobbled together into 35 granny squares. Once I'd slip stitch joined the squares together the overall look of the colours which I'd used reminded me of Rudolf so I decided to add a red nose in the form of a pom pom to each corner of the blanket.

It's amazing where you can find inspiration.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Pea Soup for Breakfast

It was a pea souper this morning when I woke up, well strictly speaking it was just very, very foggy as pea soupers don't really occur in our modern day, nor in the countryside.

By the time I'd got myself sorted and ventured outside the fog had cleared considerably in places so I went in search of the horses fields as I haven't been there for quite a while.

Along the way I noticed how some Autumn leaves are still clinging to the odd tree including this Oak. Leaves fluttered down from the branches for the whole time I stopped to take pictures.

When I got to the first horse field I didn't think that there were any there until a head popped around the hedgerow.

The fog was still lingering and the sun was trying to pop through, not particularly successfully, as I realised that there were two horses happily munching away on their hay.

I carried on down the road to the next field and was met by lots more horses.

They were all facing the same direction...

...each and every one of them.

I naively thought that it was just a coincidence at first.

Then it dawned on me as they all pricked up their ears at the same time that they'd heard something, something which was very familiar to them.

A lady appeared further down the road and I knew then what they were all waiting for, mum of course who was on her way to feed them breakfast.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Spirit of Autumn

Wow I've finished my seventh pair of socks so now I've got enough pairs of hand made goodies to last for a whole week.

The yarn which I've used to make this pair is Schachenmayr Regia Design Line by Arne & Carlos in a shade called Twilight.

I got it months and months ago but saved it for the Autumn because the colours seemed right for the season, particularly in October with all the pumpkins about for Halloween.

Amazingly I managed to make these socks finish in exactly the same spot but only because I played a long game of increasing and decreasing my tension on the second one so that they turned out the same as each other.

I love it when things turn out as planned.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Red, Gold and Green

Autumn seems to get later and later and this year is no exception. September and October were very mild for the time of year and it has been calm with no real Autumn winds yet. Only in the past week or so is the season really taking a turn towards Winter with sharp frosts, fog and a bit of wet weather to help bring down the leaves. I'm loving the current traffic light display of colours, especially on sunny days, long may it continue.