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Farewell Winter

IMG_20181202_101115_060.jpgHello there dearest reader! I thought I had better update you on all my winter crafting pretty sharpish, considering that spring is advancing at a rapid pace (if not already arrived in some areas!) As you can see, I completed my autumn granny square blanket which provided much comfort from the winter chills on many occasions. It’s definitely a firm favourite. Remember the Christmas granny square blanket I was working on? Well, I just about managed to finish that festive little beauty in time for Christmas (phew!) so it was a much-used snuggler for all those festive films…

IMG_20181230_130757_186.jpgI think Santa even approved…

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Remember all those blocks I was knitting for my autumn colour block blanket? Well, I eventually managed to sew them all together into a pleasing ensemble (involving endless faffing around on the lounge floor, oh how fussy I am!) and added a final flourish with a striped border and a cute little picot edging…

IMG_20190216_112055_482.jpgIt was knitted using a pattern from Knitting Magazine but I changed all the colours for Stylecraft yarn in shades of copper, walnut, mocha, gold, graphite, bottle and burgundy with a couple of stitch pattern alterations as I dislike a blanket with lots of loops on the back which  I always seem to be catching things on!

Continuing with the knitting theme, I purchased a rather lushious cake yarn called Colourwheel by Sirdar in gorgeous autumnal shades and I used the free lace scarf pattern that accompanied said yarn to make a sumptuous scarf…

IMG_20181231_145621_018.jpgI simply adore working with cake yarns; I find it so thrilling to witness the colours changing, as if by magic, while I’m knitting. Bliss…

After purchasing a few balls of Stylecraft Life Marl in nutmeg from a charity shop, I decided to knit a shawl using a pattern by Brian Smith in Knitting Magazine. It has a fascinating curved stitch pattern as it alternates with a contrasting yarn, in my case a graphite grey shade, and is knitted on a circular needle…

IMG_20190216_114324_694.jpgI have also begun to knit myself a cardigan in a simply stunning dark charcoal double knit yarn by James C Brett which has a dash of Merino in it and believe me, it is so so soft and a joy to work with; a real comfort for the mind and soul…

IMG_20190216_113252_251.jpgFor this very, very dark grey number, I’m using a pattern by Purl & Jane, a knitting design emporium based in North Yorkshire, which is proving a joy to follow due to its ease and simplicity. As a result, I can knit and concentrate on a thrilling TV drama without losing the plot (of the drama and the knitting pattern!) so it’s a win-win situation.

IMG_20190216_115653_575.jpgAs you can see, I’ve also been dabbling in a little ink sketching. I love to draw directly with an ink pen as I find the instant creation of a permanent image on a surface so satisfying; the crisp visual contrast of black on white is so appealing. I must do more…

Well, that’s all my musings for now dear reader. I do hope you had a warm, restorative winter hibernation and that you are ready to burst into the season of spring with vigorous joy. I will leave you with a few pics of my recent wanderings around the stunning city of York, until next time dear reader, keep on crafting…

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Spring Somethings…

Yes, Spring has finally arrived, despite the brief snowy interludes which delayed all that lovely blossom and crushed a few darling daffodils… As you can see dear reader, I have been busy crocheting bunnnies for Easter tree decorations, along with replenishing my bunny basket…

Presently I am feeling rather spoilt, as I am crocheting one of Cherry Heart’s blankets (Granny Goes Large) in the most amazingingly bright, sunshine colours which is pure joy to work on…

Do have a little peek at her website ( http://www.cherryheart.co.uk ) if you haven’t already; it’s a real feast of colour for the eyes, plus she has some really inspiring patterns. Talking of blankets, I’ve also finished not one but two (yes, two!) of my scrappy blankies; one before Christmas for a darling daughter and one since which is just for me, me, me…

And yes, you’ve guessed it, I’ve started another one! Same as with sock knitting I’m afraid: there is always a new pair on my needles as soon as a pair is complete, like these little beauties, knitted using a Patons Smoothie dk yarn, all perfect in pastels…

…and a new pair just has to be cast on (obviously)…

Ooh, still addicted to cake yarns too and right now I am enjoying the so very, very soft Northern Lights dk cake yarn by James C. Brett which came with a free shawl pattern on the ball band…

On the subject of Northern Lights, remember those socks I was knitting using a King Cole Sprite dk yarn in shade Capri which I thought should have been called Aurora? Well here they are…

Don’t the colours remind you of the Northern Lights? Just love those socks.

After spotting lots of red, red scarves around this autumn/winter, I decided to knit one for myself in a King Cole chunky yarn…

So ready for next autumn/winter now! Talking of autumn, I had a little dabble at drawing some mushrooms or I should say ‘fun with fungi’ if you’ll pardon the pun…

Must most definitely sketch more this Easter. Well I shall wish you a happy-hoppy Easter my dear reader and leave you with a couple of springful photos to peruse but remember – keep crafting!

March Makings…

Hello dearest reader! Yes, Spring has finally sprung (hurrah!) and it’s wonderful to spot all the darling daffodils and pretty primroses blooming in the big outdoors, as well as filling my home with the perfume of heavenly hyacinths. As you can see, I have been busy knitting myself a pair of March mittens to warm my chilly fingers on my wanderings. They were made from James C Brett’s ‘Lakeland’ chunky yarn, using a Sirdar knitting pattern. I’m just loving all the yarns with tonal shades in them at the moment, hence my choice of yarn for my latest jumper project: Stylecraft’s ‘Vintage Look’ life double knit yarn in a shade called ‘Autumn’…

If you’re wondering what happened to the khaki green cardigan I was knitting, well it has been completed (and looks lush) but is still awaiting the adornment of a few buttons which have yet to be purchased, so hopefully I will have a photo for you next time…

All these beautiful blooms bursting into life inspired me to start a little Spring scribbling on a floral theme. I added colour to this inky pattern with a few colouring pencils…

…but I’m not sure whether to leave this inky doodlings alone, or to add a splash of colour with watercolours…

Don’t flowers just fill your heart with joy, dear reader? Well I’m off to return to my jolly jumper project, so until next time – keep on crafting…

Crafting Colour…

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And a jolly-cheery hello to you, my dearest reader! Don’t you just adore this time of year? I love watching the trees erupt into a blaze of glorious jewel-like colours, along with foraging for acorns and chestnuts (sorry squirrels) and picking pumpkins in their glorious array of shapes and shades. As you can see in the photo above, I love to fill my home with a constantly growing collection of autumn’s bounty (once again, apologies squirrels) which tones in quite happily with my crochet cushion cover, in shades of silver, graphite and mustard. Granny squares are most definately my not-so-secret passion at the moment, for not only did I crochet a cosy cushion cover using the groovy granny square, I also made a beautiful baby blanket…

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…which I am calling my Peony Poppet Blanket, as it is in peony shades of pale peach, fondant, candyfloss and white. The granny squares didn’t stop there however dear reader, for I have finally finished the Blossom Baby Blanket I started back in the spring, which is composed of pretty little candy-coloured squares of sherbet, white, candyfloss and fondant…

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Cute colours aren’t they? Colourful colouring has also been occurring in my Mollie Makes colouring book, with a bit of botanical beauty…

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Of course, it will probably soon be that time of year to crack out my wonderful winter wonderland colouring book, so I can cosy up in front of the fire for a spot of festive fun with my colouring pencils (rock and roll!) I’ve already been busy puzzling, another perfect pastime as the evenings begin to darken earlier…

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Well that’s all for now, dearest reader. Here’s wishing you a happy Halloween – stay spooky but keep crafting…

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Beautiful Blanket Beginnings

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Yes dear reader, my cream quilt quest has begun, as requested by my darling daughter. Many, many squares have already been knitted in a buttery-soft, cream yarn, as I feverishly satisfy my addiction to trying out different stitch patterns. Who knows what new stitch pattern I might stumble upon? Let the adventure begin…

Still on the knitting theme, my latest scarf in autumnal shades has been completed and suitably renamed as my ‘Wodland Walk Wrap.’ Take a peek…

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Another cosy-cowl was also completed, this one simply knitted entirely in moss stitch…

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It was a partially finished project found lurking at the bottom of a bag of yarn I was sorting; I had been wondering where it had disappeared to! I also did a bit of nifty upcycling when I turned an old headboard cover I had crocheted some time ago from groovy granny squares into a cuddly cushion cover, with the addition of a few vintage buttons…

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One wet, windy, wild day was spent doodling wise words in ink, with a whispering of a floral flourish…

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Along with a heavenly houseplant hash…

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Well, spring has oh-so-nearly sprung dear reader, so I hope all your bulbs bloom brightly and I had better get back on with that blanket…

Such Snuggly Stitchings

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Ta-da! Yes, it’s finally complete – my cuddly, cosy throw of many, many squares and I am so pleased with it. I bet you can guess what I was stitching away at all over the festive period…

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…but it was a pleasure and a joy…

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…and looks jolly fabulous adorning my bed. Of course darling daughter tried to kidnap my pride and joy, only relenting on condition that I knit her one in cream and pale grey. Crafty minx…

As well as knitting the rather addictive lovely, lacy border for my fabulous throw whilst watching festive films, I also dabbled in a spot of colouring-in…

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That’s right dear reader, a perky pair of birds (which I turned into thrushes with a bit of extra shading and detailing) nibbling on holly berries…

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…along with a snowy tree in a wintery sky…

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Further snugglesome stitchiness has also been knitted up in the form of a rather earthy/woodland toned scarf. The first section was knitted in double moss stitch, in a rather fitting mossy green…

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A section of lovely lattice stitch in a rusty brown followed…

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Chic chevron stitch in charcoal grey came next…

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Then there was a slip-stitch honeycomb pattern in honey-mustard…

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Finally, there was risotto stitch and dark, dark brown…

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So I’m off to stitch more snuggly, dear reader and remember: stay warm, snuggle up and keep cosy.

And So to Sew Squares…

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…and such a stack of them too! Yes, I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to know that I have finally finished knitting all the squares I needed to complete my cosy throw dear reader; all 63 of the little darlings! I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with all the many stitch patterns I tried out and was actually a little sad to cast off the final square, as well as feeling a trifle daunted by the prospect of all that ‘sewing-together-of-squares’ scenario… Fear not dear reader chum! For I have summoned up a copious amount of courage to complete the trying task ahead of me ( along with lashings of tea and cake, of course).

Maybe it’s all the rain we’ve been having, but my doodlings have been feeling the blues of late, hence this little ink and watercolour paint piece I refer to as my ‘big blue blooms’…

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…and this one which is quite simply ‘blobby blue blobs’ (self-explanatory really)…

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In an attempt to cheer my sketchbook up, I created a little festive cheer with a seasonal sketch of one of my favourite birds:the robin…

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A little cutie, is he not? Bless his adorable red breast; doesn’t he just warm the cockles of your heart, dear reader chum? And I did so enjoy having my colouring pencils out for a play again, so much so that I dabbled with a dash of colouring-in, with my new grown-up colouring-in book on nature…
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A rather restrained and ‘grown-up’ start by me on the title page, but on the next page I just went wild with an exotic explosion of crazy colours because that’s how I roll and it is my colouring book after all…

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Now I definately feel like I have released my inner child with a nostalgic childhood pastime. Well, I can’t hang around here passing time with you dear reader, no matter how endearing your company is, for I have a skyscraper of a stack of squares to sew together, so I can have my cosy throw ready for snuggling up in once that frosty-chilly cold snap arrives! And sew on and sew on…

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