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So Summer Slips Away…

…and autumn arrives with a calming coolness…well it certainly did this rather chilly September 1st, the first morning of autumn, for whilst dashing through the park to post a card before the collection time, there was a definite chill in the air which actually felt fairly pleasant after all the humid, stickiness of late. As you can see dear reader, I am eeking out the summer vibes with another pair of socks (yes I am still addicted to sock knitting), this time in summery seaside stripes with one of my fave self-striping yarns from Yarnfair using Anna Wilkinson’s pattern again, which I am rather worryingly beginning to commit to memory… Still on the sock theme, you remember the pair I was knitting in summery shades of strawberry? Well here they are…

Aren’t they super? Well darling daughter was certainly delighted but her delight with my knitted bounty did not stop there, oh no, it continued on to grow into utter euphoria on completion of the sugar-sweet sweater in candy colours too…

My other darling daughter was also delighted to be the proud recipient of a pair of super-stripy socks in carnival colours and here they are in all their glorious garishness: ta-da!

Remember that cardigan I was knitting in that gorgeously soft James C. Brett Misty yarn from a Sirdar pattern? Well I finished that sooo soon simply because that yarn slipped oh so softly through the fingers…

…and unsurprisingly the cardigan is now a firm favourite with me. Talking of favourites, whilst on holiday in Yorkshire (more of that later) I purchased my very first yarn cake:oh my, how exciting are they? What an invention, am thoroughly besotted with them and if you haven’t indulged in the joys of cake yarn then you are missing out dear reader; if you feel there is something missing in your life, it is probably because you need to fill it with an enchanting cake yarn! Using my little cake of wonders I decided to knit a lacy seasonal shawl using a pattern from Knitting Magazine…

Aren’t the colours glorious? I can tell you’re tempted to nip out now and grab yourself a couple of cake yarns but hold fire dear reader, stay with me just a little while longer and I will release you very soon. Promise.

Have you heard of Yarndale? ( http://www.yarndale.co.uk ) Well if not it is a rather fabulous weekend event of all things wool-related held in Skipton, Yorkshire and each year they ask the wider yarn-loving community to knit/crochet a specific item to help raise money for a deserving charity. This year the charity is Mind and the yarny item of desire is a heart, so my crocheted heart in cotton yarn has already been posted off to Skipton (just wish I could have squeezed into the envelope with it)…

All the hearts will be displayed with the help of the very talented Lucy of Attic 24 blog fame ( http://www.attic24.typepad.com ) along with countless other volunteers. As you have probably guessed dear reader, I had a jolly jaunt all the way up to Yorkshire for a week this summer and oh my, what a wonderful week it was; Yorkshire is just beautiful and we felt so at home there. We visited many, many memorable places including the RHS Harlow Carr Gardens…

Haworth…

The home of the Brontes…

Skipton Castle…

Skipton market town…

Skipton Woods…

Ilkley…

Betty’s Tearooms…

York…

The Yorkshire Dales…

…as well as many other equally stunning places, all whilst staying in a farm cottage with views from the windows such as these…

What a wonderful, wonderful week(sigh). Enjoy the first few days of autumn dear reader and I’ll leave you with one last view of Yorkshire, but remember: keep on crafting…

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Stitching Summer

A happy-sunny-smiley hello to you, my dearest reader! Isn’t it truly lovely to feel the warm kiss of sunshine on our cheeks once again? Especially as it has been such a long time a-coming… Have you spied my shawl pic floating above? I bet you have; I know how quick you are to spot a freshly crocheted creation! It is indeed the shawl I made from a pattern in the book ‘Modern Crocheted Shawls & Wraps’ by Laura Strutt, which was intended to challenge me a little as I hadn’t experimented with any intricate crochet work before. Following my venture into the unknown pastures new of lace shells and puff stitches, I emerged with a rather fabulous shawl. Originally said shawl was supposed to have been completely dove grey but after using two balls of Sirdar Snuggly 4ply yarn and believing there were no more (a thorough search with associated ranting of: “I just know there’s another ball somewhere!Has the sofa eaten it again?!” was made) I fashioned the border edging using a Stylecraft 4ply in parchment. One day later, guess what turned up in my knitting basket? We shall speak of it no more…

You know I showed you some rather summery socks last time dear reader? Well there’s more! A terrific pair in gorgeous green…

This pretty pair was requested by eldest darling daughter, who stated quite adamantly (and rather dramatically I hasten to add) that she did not want, nor never would want, strped socks on her feet, so I had to rather reluctantly put aside my exciting self-striping sock yarn and opt for a plainer shade of yarn. Of course the yarn she selected just had to be the one I had set aside for a cardigan for myself, didn’t it! As soon as I had completed said socks, my beloved self-striping yarn was back on my needles once again…

Is it just me or does anyone else become thoroughly excited at the beginning of a new ball of self-striping yarn? Do you too yearn for that little thrill of anticipation as the yarn unwinds and a new coloured stripe appears as if by magic on your needles? Oooh, the very thought sends ripples of glee down my spine… Talking about stripes, my other darling daughter (the one who will allow herself to be adorned in knitted garments of a striped nature) has requested a striped jumper in three shades of pink: raspberry, pomegranate and pale rose Stylecraft dk yarn to be precise…

I’m using a pattern by Sian Brown from issue 164 of Knitting Magazine, although not the gentle ombre blue shades she used, more ‘shout-out-loud-it’s-summer!’ shades instead – definitely no subtle ombre shading with this one!

Well that’s all for now folks, I shall leave you with a selection of summery pics from my wandering walks but until next time dear reader: keep on crafting…

Knittingness…

Hello there my lovely reader! I do hope my latest bloggings finds you full of the joys of Spring and bursting with fresh ideas for seasonal stitchings. As you can see, my cosy cardigan in khaki is complete. I’m muchly adoring the colour and following a gentle steaming, the Stylecraft yarn has once again produced a garment with a delightful drape. My second knitted niceness is my jolly jumper which has a moss stitch ribbed pattern to the front and back, adding a gorgeous texture to the rather wonderful self-striping effect of the Stylecraft Vintage Life yarn I used…

Sublime colours, aren’t they? Darling daughter has already tried it on and put a request in for a duplicate! Still on the knitty theme, I finally found a use for a couple of balls of Yarnfair self-striping yarn: a rather jaunty pair of slouchy socks…

This pretty-in-pastels pair is for darling daughter and as I’d forgotten quite how much I like knitting (and wearing) hand-knitted socks, I already have the itch to stitch another pair, so watch this space…

Remember that scrappy blankie I was working on from time-to-time? Well, it’s finished! Not only has it used up a fair stash of yarn scraps that would otherwise have gone to waste, it has also bought a smile to darling daughter’s face with all its super stripyness…

Of course, as one has two darling daughters a second scrappy blankie is already been hastily hooked up as we speak…

Over Easter I produced a prickly pair of embroidered cactus, courtesy of a Mollie Makes free craft kit I had hanging around…

Quite a couple of cuties, are they not? They have definately sparked a yearning for a spot of stitching; I’m thinking flouncy florals or beautiful botanicals…

Well I’m off to peruse a few embroidery books for inspiration, so I’ll leave you with a few seasonal shots from my latest wanderings. Until next time dear reader – keep on 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…

Oh so snuggly…

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As you can see dear reader, I have begun the new year with a new blanket, crocheted from many, many squares (108 to be precise) in autumnal shades of Stylecraft yarn and finished with a frivolous trim of oh-so-delightful crocheted ruffles. I’m all set for sofa snuggles, yet darling daughters have taken a liking to it too, so let the blanket battles begin!

My trusty knitting needles now have a new project on the go: a cardigan in khaki double knit yarn, with deep ribbing to the hem and cuffs…

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I’m using a King Cole pattern and Stylecraft yarn but I’m still pondering my choice of buttons-shall I plump for wooden ones; a vintage style; ceramic beauties or just plain green? The possibilities are endless but intriguing. Whatever happens the end result will hopefully envelop me in snuggliness.

A super-soft shawl is also in the making; a further item to contribute to my quest for feeling oh-so-snuggly…

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I just love how the lace pattern develops with every row, as it looks so effective and textural. I’m using a gorgeous grey 4ply yarn by Sirdar, which is rather aptly named ‘Snuggly’ so it was obviously meant to be! I’m following a pattern from Laura Strutt’s book ‘Modern Crocheted Shawls & Wraps’ and can’t wait to get working on it again. Once finished, I’m sure it will keep me wonderfully warm on winter walks but for now I will leave you with a few frosty photographs from my most recent winter wanderings. Until next time dear reader: keep on crafting…

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*☆*☆* So Seasonal *☆*☆*

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A holly-jolly hello to you, my dearest reader! I do so hope you are feeling fabulously festive, for I am thoroughly immersing myself in all things Christmasie, as you can see from the pic above of my Victorian style seasonal stitching in satin stitch. My soul jingles just from gazing at it…

A bounty of beautiful bunnies dressed in berry shades have been completed and then whisked away ( along with another merry monkey) to become cuddlesome Christmas companions, for good boys and girls on Christmas morning…

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Hankering after huddlesome hugs myself, I have been hastily hooking away at my granny squares. As I am soooooooo impatient, I have already begun to stitch some squares together, just to get an inkling of what my wonderful winter warmer will look like…

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So super snuggly, I think you’ll agree? Now dearest reader, you know how I adore puzzling away at a puzzle? Well, my current puzzling project to ponder over is a fabuously festive, jolly jigsaw…

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…complete with a Christmas cuppa, obviously. Ooh, did I mention that as well as our usual ‘not-really-real’ Christmas tree, we also have a ‘really-real’ Christmas tree this year? He’s rooted in a rather festive red pot and although he’s only about three feet tall, he’s bursting with seasonal charm. Darling daughter has named him David for some unfathomable reason and he has become thoroughly spoilt and pampered. I remembered reading or hearing somewhere that a real tree should be left undecorated for a week once it was indoors, but we couldn’t resist placing one teeny-tiny decoration on a branch whilst he wasn’t looking, just to get him used to the idea…

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Thankfully, at the end of the week he hadn’t thrown the decoration off in disgust, so in order not to shock the little fellow, we crawled in ‘commando-style’ on our bellies with more decorations (under cover of darkness) as well as descending on a wire from above, ‘ninja-style,’ to drop on a set of festive fairy lights. So far, I don’t think he’s noticed …

Hopefully you too are feeling fabulously festive by now dear reader, so I will leave you with a heartfelt wish for a crafty-creative Christmas, full of marvellously merry makingness. Jingle on…

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Creature Comforts…

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Yes indeed dear reader, once again it’s that time of year when you need to start crafting comfort of one sort or another and for me that means – a new blankie! As you can see in the pretty-pic above, my new blankie has begun, hoorah! It will be formed from many, many gorgeous granny squares, in delightfully autumnal shades of dark brown, mocha, khaki, copper and gold; my heart warms with a toasty glow, just by looking at those adorable little squares!

Of course I haven’t just been crocheting comfort for me, myself and I, dear reader, for I have also been beavering away at creating more of my crocheted creatures, which I hope will bring cuddlesome comfort to others out there in the big wide world – yes, that’s right dear reader you’ve guessed it, more bunnies…

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Beautiful bunch of bunnies aren’t they? It seems a shame to split them up as they seem to get along so well, but I’m sure they will be muchly loved by whoever decides to give them a new home, bless ’em. Ooh, musn’t forget monkey, for how could I anyhow, when he is causing much mishief and mayhem around here right now…

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Beware dear reader, don’t let his cheeky little smile fool you…

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…as he’s usually been up to something suspicious…

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Watch it monkey, I’m on to you…

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Ooh you cheeky chappie you, behave! Whoever adopts you is definately in for some jolly japes and gallons of gigglesome fun. It will certainly be quiet around here once he’s moved out, that’s for sure. Well, I need to return forthwith to my comfort-creations, so stay toasty dear reader and keep crafting…

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