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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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Aptly Autumn

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Yes, finally, that long hot summer ended (yes, I know it was lovely but I just can’t do sweaty heat) and the season of snuggly blankies is upon us once more (hurrah!) so my Yorkshire Dales Delight ripple stitch blanket has already been put to good use for sofa-snuggles…

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It was crocheted using Stylecraft’s dk yarn in shades of khaki, meadow, cypress, mocha and grape in a ripple stitch to echo the rise and fall of the delightful Dales. Of course once that little beauty was complete, I was straight on to the next…

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… another ripple blankie (oh I do love ripple stitch, can you tell?) this time very much on the theme of autumn leaves with a fiery palette of Stylecraft dk yarn in walnut, copper, spice and burgundy; Deramores’ mustard and paprika and finally King Cole’s amber. Love autumn…

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And yes, you’re right dear reader, as soon as that snugglesome beauty was finished yet another was begun: in autumnal woodland shades obviously…

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You can’t beat a good old granny square blanket, can you? I find them so therapeutic to work on as the nights draw in and I’m simply loving this combination of colours: parchment, copper, walnut, mocha and grey, all Stylecraft dk shades. It’s so very nearly finished so more pics next time! In a nod to Christmas, which is just around the corner, I have also been working on a festive-inspired granny blanket in Stylecraft shades of lipstick, bottle, meadow and cream…

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Isn’t it fabulously festive? I think the shades of yarn give it a somewhat vintage air too and I have to confess it really gets you into a Christmasy mood working on it; I can almost hear those sleigh bells jingling…

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Remember last September I sent a little crocheted charity contribution off to Yarn Dale in Yorkshire? Well, this year the theme was butterflies which were to be sold to raise funds for Pioneer Projects, a charity that helps those living with dementia, so I crocheted up a few for this jolly worthy cause…

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Let’s hope they helped to raise lots of donations for such a lovely charity.

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Yes, well spotted dear reader, the above pic does indeed show another block for my autumn colour block blanket, loosely based on Jo Allport ‘s mystery autumn blanket pattern in Knitting Magazine. I say loosely in a very loose sense, as I have completely changed all the colours and opted out of a few of the suggested stitch patterns, which had too many strands on the reverse, as I find them too easy to catch and pull on a blanket. The section above is block number 3, knitted using Stylecraft dk yarn in bottle (such a gorgeous jewel green) in a cosy cable stitch and I had quite forgotten how much I adore cabling, it is just so textural. Next on the needles was block number 4…

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… in a tweedy slip stitch weave pattern, using Stylecraft shades of walnut and mocha. Then came block number 5…

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… in a gorgeous gold shade using a beautiful basket weave stitch pattern. Next came block number 6…

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… a lingering lace pattern in copper, so divine. After that, block number 7 (I do hope you are managing to keep count dear reader)…

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…cables again (mmm…) this time in beautiful burgundy, so sumptuous. Block number 8 was to follow…

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..a rather festive Fair Isle number in gold and graphite. Following that one, block number 9…

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… in jolly juicy bramble Berry shades of bottle and burgundy using a textured stitch pattern and finally block number 10…

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… a cable cacophony in walnut, simply sublime. Once that one’s complete it will be time to join the bounty of blocks together in a pleasing ensemble ready for the border – ooh, the anticipation!

Well, I had better get back to my blanket, or should I say blankets? I will leave you with a few autumnal pics from my wanderings dear reader and remember: 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!

Shall Share Shawl…

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…with you dearest reader, my first attempt at such a garment – what do you think? It’s in its early stages as yet of course, but I’m loving my choice of shawl shades…

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The pattern is from issue 66 of the marvellous ‘Mollie Makes’ magazine, although I did wander away from the all-green colour as depicted in the pattern, opting instead for a striped combination of colours (once I had had a little play around with my beloved yarn pegs) that were pleasing on the eye. I have to confess dear reader, crocheting shawls may become rather addictive, so watch this space…

Remember that blissful blanket I was upcycling from the back of an old headboard cover- the one where the front section has already been transformed into a cosy cushion cover? Well, I managed to complete it over Easter…

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So what started out as a rather useless block of silver grey crochet, has now been transformed – via the magic of a crochet hook wand – into a thoroughly useful blankie. Hurrah!

Keeping with the crochet theme, a bounty of bouncing bunnies was created for my spring display, via a crochet pattern in the spring edition of the lovely ‘Landscape’ magazine…

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Amazingly, each bunny is made from a single knitted or crocheted square, sewn up in such a way as to form a bunny shape, as if by magic! Easy-peasy!

Landscape magazine has also inspired me to attempt a little floral embroidery on linen…

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…I can’t wait to start stitching. Ooh, I must crack on with those knitted squares for darling daughter’s dream cream quilt as well though; I’ve made over 40 now so the dream is nearing reality! Keep on crafting…

Bouncing Bunnies Bonanza!

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Well hello there dear reader! I hope you are ‘hopping’ with egg-citement now that Easter is fast approaching, for we are certainly full of the joys of spring here. As you can see, I have been busy crocheting a bunch of bunnies from a pattern in the latest issue of Mollie Makes magazine. The bunnies in the magazine were all worked in pastel shades of yarn and joined together to form bunting. I decided to use more natural colours for mine, such as grey, chocolate brown, camel, stone and mocha, as well as abandoning the constraints of bunting, by allowing my bunnies to become ‘free range’ through the addition of a piece of rustic twine, so that the bunnies can all hang on my twinkly-twigs as individuals. Before they received their rustic twine adornment however, they all had a little spring dance to ‘ring-a-ring-a-rabbit’…

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Aah, bless the little darlings. Still on the bunny theme, I also crocheted one of my girly bunny toys for a colleague to give as a christening gift. It’s been ages since I crocheted one of my creature creations and it made me realise that I must get back to designing some more cute critters soon…

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Keeping with the crochet theme, you remember that headboard cover made out of grey granny squares that I upcycled into a cushion cover? Well, the back part of the headboard cover was just a plain, silver grey block of treble crochet, which I didn’t want to go to waste, so I decided to add further blocks of different colours to form a blanket. Of course, this involoved a little preliminary playing around with my yarn pegs (ooh, loving my yarn pegs muchly) to achieve a pleasing combination of colours…

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…those colours being: silver, camel, mocha, parchment and cream. I have to say dear reader, crocheting a blankie from purely treble stitch is extremely therapeutic, as well as being particularly warming on the knees as it grows…

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Fear not dear reader, for darling daughter’s cream dream of a knitted blankie has not been abandoned, as many squares of many patterns are still being produced in all their glory…

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I think I have nearly thirty squares now, so nearly halfway there! Well I’m off to crochet up a few more bouncing bunnies and with Easter fast approaching I had better ‘hop’ to it! Here’s wishing you an egg-static Easter dearest reader and keep on 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…

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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