Category Archives: Crochet

Testing

I thought I’d test out the phone anyway using the home wireless and see if I can take a picture of something and upload it, blog about it, and all without leaving the phone.

In this case I’ve just started another cable hat for my Granny. She really liked the red one I did last year, which I gave to my mum. I need to make this one smaller however. She has a very small head.

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a new beginning.

So I am going to try to reduce the pattern by one set of cables. I’ll let you know if I get the math right  🙂

The pattern can be found on Rheatheylia.com.

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Doing it backwards

Okay, so I shall start with the most recent stuff.  How I have managed to find the time to photograph all this stuff I don’t know, but I did.

New duvet!  On sale at BHS.  I just couldn’t resist all the scrummy colours.  It brightens up the whole room.

Most recently I have been lusting over my stash of Rowan Handknit Cotton.  I LOVE it!  Some of it was gifted to me by a dear friend.  I have since added quite a lot more to it.  Have a look and drool with me!

See?!  There are more scrummy skeins underneath, but they’re just more of the same colours.  I arranged it so you could only see one of each colour.

So what am I going to do with it?

Well, I am going to eat tuna.

Yes, you heard me!  I took the basic pattern of a tuna-tin cover from Attic24 and put my own spin on it.  Here’s what I came up with.

First I spread a lot of my craft stuff on my bed.  Bits of fabric I hope to use to line the tin (when I get the right glue) and various buttons and beads.  My stash basket and of course, the tin.

I had a picture in my head of what I wanted it to look like.  I spent a long time choosing my colours and putting them together.

I tried crocheting some green seaweed to attach to the cover but it ended up looking too big and tacky.  So I had to resort to embroidery.

I was pretty pleased with the results!  I sewed on a couple of metalic, fish beads and tadah!

I love it!

Right, that’s me for now.  Another cuppa and some housework to do!

Soup anyway.

Hello all.  Another quick, random post.  I am working on a more meaty post which I will hopefully have up tomorrow.

Recently, I have tried out some squares from the Jan Eaton book, 200 Crochet blocks with some springy colours from my Stylecraft Special DK stash.  The colours go well together but just don’t ‘do it’ for me.  I enjoyed the practice, however, and shall be looking around for some suitable yarn and colour combos for this summer 🙂

Jan Eaton's fabulous book '200 crochet blocks'.

Jan Eaton's fabulous book '200 crochet blocks'.

My stash of Stylecraft Special DK.

How drool-worthy. Mine, all mine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doesn’t it look delish?  It’s a double layer too, so more yummy colours await each time I take one out.

Lunch today was lovely and peaceful.  I’m alone in the house, as it is school holidays, so I am making the most of the quiet.

New Covent Garden soups are my favourite if I haven’t made my own.  The next best thing.  Now the supermarkets are getting the idea and some of their own-brand fresh soups are lovely!  I’ve been experimenting with some of them.

Of course, nothing beats homemade.  But now that the weather is beginning to turn, I am less likely to make big pots of soup.   I will have a bowl or two anyway, despite the weather.  I love soup!

Minestrone in the making.

Soup making of winter's past. I love it!

Summer is here.  Salads are the thing.  And BBQs.  In a way it’s a shame, as I love the smell of fresh soup simmering on the hob or the sight of all those lovely fresh vegetables and herbs all chopped up on the counter top ready for the pot!  A lot of work, but worth it.

I was taught to make soup by my Grandmother (a 5ft Glaswegian woman with a heart of gold and very particular and traditionally scottish food tastes).  I branched out a bit while at university and started making soups that my Granny wouldn’t touch with a barge pole.  They didn’t all work.  But the ones that did I will make over, and over again!

Now I am all hungry again.  I’m off to put the dinner on.

Too many babies

…not enough time.

All my friends seem to be having twins right now.  It’s very inconsiderate of them.  Still, it has given me a way to use up some stash yarn and explore lovely new patterns.  I am particularly liking the spiral granny square and I have been experimenting with using several different versions.  It is great fun and particularly rewarding because you don’t have to keep changing your yarn every few rows.  It’s a quick pattern and extremely satisfying.  Take a look at these two (the pink one is a work in progress) baby blankets, made using soft Stylecraft Special DK.  Scrummy aren’t they?  I love squishing them.  They are very squishable!  I may just have to make myself one when I am done.

Spiral baby blanket 01

Spiral Baby Blanket 02

Spiral Baby Blanket 03

And here are some yummy pictures of the garden/early summer sky.  These past few weeks have been lovely.

Oh, and do you smell dinner? Lamb shanks slow cooked in red wine with onions, carrots and fresh herbs.  It was TASTY!

And some late spring/early summer blooming!  It’s sooooo beautiful to see everything coming to life and bursting with colour.

Right!  That’s enough for one post.  Back soon with a little more fashion and some more crochet/yarn.

Raspberry update.

Some progress on the Raspberry Lace shawl.

A summer dress I am looking forward to wearing as the weather gets warmer.  I pulled it out of the ‘summer-wear’ stash last week and it’s been staring at me from the hanger ever since.  It even has pockets.

Of course you can’t use them!  It distorts the dress.

My beautiful Debbie Bliss Andes stash.  About £90 worth.  What to do, what to do, what to do.

Pile it all up and stare at it.

Take photos.

Hug and squish it.  And put it back in its bag until some inspiration strikes…

Yarn porn

Another crochet artist’s blog mentioned a yarn I had never heard of before, and so when I spotted it at one of my Local Yarn Stores (LYS) I had a feel.

And WOW!  It had a lovely range of colours, a beautiful shine to it and is so, so soft and silky it’s to die for!

It is called Andes, by Debbie Bliss yarns.

Debbie Bliss Andes

Only problem was, it was £5.99 per 50g skein.  That’s a lot of money.  The lady who used this yarn in her blog spent over £50 on a scarf!  But the result was beautiful.

So I looked around online and managed to find a bargain, at £4.90 per skein, from HCS Crafts online. I added 6 skeins to my basket and no longer had to pay any postage either, so I was very happy!  I ordered a selection (6 or 7 skeins) and they arrived quite promptly, so I can recommend the seller.

I love them.  The colours are beautiful and actually go very well together.  I am inspired.  I shall have to play with them.  I ordered some of the more muted colours (I know, not like me at all) and I know they do a few brighter/deeper ones.

I have balled up two skeins so far.  I shall work on the rest later this weekend.

Can you tell the sun is shining.  I love working with yarn and colours in the sunshine.