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300 Miles Later…

Well hello there dear reader! Oh my, what an absolute age it has been since I last shared my latest crafty bits and bobs with you. What has kept me from you? Well, a couple of fairly major obstacles have stood between us dear reader, beginning with the fact that I have moved 300 miles north! Yes, I finally did it, I moved to Yorkshire (hence the photo of the sheep and the Dales above) and once I had settled in ‘up north’ I was just beginning to get around to starting up my little blog again when, you’ve guessed it, obstacle number two hit: a global pandemic, who’d have thought it? As I work full-time in a primary school, the last few months have been extremely busy/stressful/exhausting, for my school never closed; we were always open to key worker children so I never stopped working. With the world in chaos, as well as having to cope with a surreal new school working environment, it never seemed the right time to blog, although I count myself very lucky to have still had a job to go to and to have had the opportunity to seek comfort in all my crafting, which I know many may not have had. However, school’s out now, dear reader and the time feels a bit more ‘right,’ so here I am and I do hope you and your loved ones have managed to stay safe and well during these strange times. I never stopped crafting throughout lockdown, although I have to admit I did find it hard to focus on anything more complicated than a simple granny square (oh faithful one) with so much weird/unimaginable/sad stuff cramming my thoughts, so let this be a bit of a heads up for you dear reader, what follows will contain many, many granny blankets, for they were my solace in times of need. Much craftingness has been accomplished since we last met dear reader, so settle down with a cuppa and hold onto your sofa, for this will be a fast-paced, lengthy succession of makings; a no yarn spared bounty of blankets, with a smattering of socks and shawls, to bring you bang up to date. Let’s go…

Aren’t they perfectly-pretty, pink petal squares? They were certainly super little squares to hook up, using Stylecraft dk yarn shades of White, Raspberry and Candyfloss. It was such fun as they were so jolly and I used a dc continuous join to bring all those little lovelies together, as one whimsical baby blankie, with a candy stripe border to boot. Come see…

My second baby blankie was a beachy beauty in blue, using King Cole Baby Comfort dk yarn in shades of Pebble, Glacier, Silver and Jeans. Like the waves on the beach, it rippled…

From itty-bitty baby blankets to bigger, bountiful blankets, this time a rather glamorous striped one in unassuming treble stitch, but with a super-sparkly glitter yarn (ooh) and a soft scalloped border. I used Robin dk in Cream, with Stylecraft dk Pale Rose, Silver and Parchment and of course the heavenly Hayfield gloriously glittery Midnight yarn…

And now for a gorgeous granny blanket, crocheted using Stylecraft dk in Mushroom (pink), Silver and a rather lovely variegated, tweedy-greys yarn from Fistas, which I happened upon at a craft fair a while ago, finished with a shell edging…

I hope you managed to spot it, hidden amongst my jungle of houseplants! And now for my second granny blanket (I did warn you, there’s no going back now) which I crocheted using Robin dk yarn in Cream (now discontinued, too sad for words), Stylecraft dk in Parchment and a lovely variegated dk yarn by James C. Brett called Stonewash in gorgeous greens, completed of course with a cream scalloped border…

Bit of a favourite that one, with its vintage vibes and I can highly recommend the James C. Brett Stonewash, as the colour mixes are glorious. Now for another granny blanket (now, now, there’s always the need for a good granny) and this one has a ‘cosying-up-by-a-fire-with-a-hot-chocolate-in-a-log-cabin’ aura about it, being as it has been crocheted using Stylecraft dk yarn in shades of Parchment, Walnut, Sandstone and another sample yarn I foraged for at a craft fair by Fistas, in beautiful, balmy browns, finished with a (no, not scalloped) striped border…

Here’s a break now from granny blankets (I hope that wasn’t a sigh of relief from you then, dear reader) as I reveal another of my lockdown lovelies and latest obsession: a crocheted shawl pattern called Paintbox Palette by Laura Strutt from her beautiful book Modern Crocheted Wraps & Shawls. First I crocheted a super summery version in a dk cotton blend yarn from James C. Brett called Harmony (and it was) in glorious greens and petal pinks…

Ooh, you even had a work-in-progress pic there as well dear reader, how I do spoil you but you’re worth it. My other version was crocheted using a sumptuously chocolaty, chunky yarn from King Cole called Tonal in a Zinc shade, which was exactly the same pattern but turned out obviously much, much bigger and ended up being a real beauty…

Look at you being thoroughly over indulged with another work-in-progress pic! Amazing what a simple change of yarn can have on a pattern, isn’t it? I think you’ll agree though, she’s a bounteous beauty!

Let’s have a bit of stitching of the sewing variety now, just to mix it up a bit, keep it fresh and keep you entertained dear reader. First up, a cute kitty key chain, embroidered from a Mollie Makes magazine free kit…

Perfectly pretty, isn’t she? A treat to stitch too and she rekindled my love of embroidery, so expect to see more like her soon. Next up on the catwalk (sorry, pardon the pun) a delightful doggie, all wrapped up for winter in a wee coat and a perfectly peach scarf. He was fashioned from another Mollie Makes magazine free kit, this time in fabulous felt…

How jolly is he? I love working with felt to create cute creatures, so expect more of those soon too. Still keeping with the Mollie Makes magazine free kits (I like a consistent theme) I crocheted a marvellous mandala wall hanging, which was sparkly-sweet…

Have to confess, I found the sparkly silver yarn a thrilling treat to work with, so I’ll definitely be using that again! More Mollie Makes magazine free gifts again, this time in the shape of a diddy dino as a playful pincushion, fashioned from felt. Of course he was a most indignant Dino, with a strong opinion regarding his purpose in life, as he declared quite distinctly: “Stick pins in me? Are you quite mad? No wonder us dinosaurs became extinct!” So there you go, no pins for this disgruntled dino…

Continuing with the cute theme, if you remember during lockdown, everyone was displaying a rainbow in their window to show their support for the NHS and to provide a spot of much needed jollity to passers by, out for their local, hourly exercise? Well, here’s my little crafting contribution to the national effort to lift the spirits…

…a lovely little smiling rainbow, crocheted from my own pattern, with cute accompanying clouds. Isn’t it adorable? It’s no longer dangling jauntily in my front window now, but is instead brightening the blinds in my new craft room (more about that later).

Now for my last finished project, a new neutral blanket, crafted from knitted squares using a pattern from Jane Ellison of Purl & Jane, who is based in Skipton, North Yorkshire, called the Carlton Gill Blanket. I used Stylecraft dk yarns in nicely natural shades of Cream, Parchment and Mocha; a very simple to knit pattern, which once the squares were combined, produced a stunning effect, as you will see…

Gorgeous, isn’t it? But don’t stare too long or it will make your eyes go a bit wibbly-wobbly and I’ve more goodies for you to feast your eyes on yet, dear reader. Let’s start on my works-in-progress now, beginning with a couple of granny blankies (you were warned right at the beginning dear reader, so there’s no backing out now) both of which are using a super soft, variegated range of yarns from James C. Brett called Stonewash, with the unassuming shade names of SW4 and SW12, but oh my, do not be fooled by those unimaginative titles, for sheer magic and majesty is contained within those yarns, as you shall see…

So so pretty, is it not? That was little old SW4 for you: who knew a couple of letters and a number could produce such glory? It has an aura of Monet’s watercolours about it, don’t you think? Well if you like that one, you’re going to love SW12, hold onto your hat…

Told you, keep breathing dear reader, for I expect you too are blissfully basking in a balm of peachy-pink heaven right now. Plus, did you spot cute kitty key fob and my new beautiful bunny progress keeper from Cosy Barn Yarns? Go check out her little shop on Etsy, for it is full of fabulous crafting goodies, more of which will no doubt pop up in my future bloggings. And yes, that is a pink pineapple crochet hook you spy, enough said.

Other works-in-progress include a couple of new crochet blankets (no, not grannies) in their very early stages. Firstly, I have started one consisting of circles of three colours, based on the Blanket of Hope pattern by My Rose Valley (and don’t we all need a bit of hope at the moment) where the circles are later squared off, then joined to form a beautiful blanket. I have to confess dear reader, crocheting these little beauties has been such a tonic: playing with colours has provided a touch of colour therapy, while the simple, meditative roundness of them has been a mindfulness joy…

And there are many, many more of those jolly jewels around here, believe me, for they are truly addictive! Talking of addictive crafts, I have also been crocheting up lots of the little hexies from Katherine of Crafternoon Treats fame on You Tube, both as single colour varieties…

…and three colour ones…

Oh boy, I just love playing with the infinite colour combinations: each heavenly hexie is a little pop of perfection. At some point I will have to cease my colour-play sessions to begin the task of joining the frivolous fellows into a blanket, probably by crocheting a final round of cream, so those colour combos really fizz and pop like fireworks. Such fun!

For my final work-in-progress, I have a super sock (just the one for now) which I’m knitting from a King Cole self-striping (so clever) dk yarn in Lilac Haze…

Lush lilac lovelies aren’t they? Did you spot my matching sheep progress keeper from Herdy? It was obviously meant to be; a perfect purple pair. My new luscious llama project bag from Jo Pickle Lily on Etsy is also a new favourite of mine and such fun. I’m rather pleased my bunny plant pot too and I have a growing collection of creature-themed pots, which bring me such joy in the kitchen whilst I’m ploughing through the washing up!

Well that’s it, dearest reader, for you are now bang up to date with all my latest makings. You made it to the end, well done and I hope you remembered to drink that cuppa. I hope you enjoyed the parade of pics but mostly I hope you are staying safe and well. I will leave you with a parting pic of my new craft room (oh-so-lucky-me) in my new Yorkshire abode and remember: keep safe, keep smiling and keep on crafting…

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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Summery Stitcherings

Well hello there dearest reader! How are you coping with this rather sizzling heatwave we’ve been experiencing? I find any temperature over 22° a bit too sticky for me but I do love the happiness-inducing sunshine. As you can see from the pic above, I have completed the Granny Goes Large crocheted blanket from a pattern by Cherry Heart, using double knit yarn from Stylecraft and isn’t it truly glorious! I just love how it lifts my mood whenever I glimpse its joyous colours. True to form dear reader, I have indeed begun another blanket…

It’s my summery ripple blanket in a delightful mix of many colours of Stylecraft double knit yarn: pomegranate, petrol, teal, empire, stone, silver, cream, soft peach, candyfloss, sage, duck egg, sherbet, turquoise, raspberry and cloud blue. Phew! It’s a cacophony of colours composed by myself and the darling daughter who is the excited recipient of said blanket for, guess what, it is already complete…

…and darling daughter is smitten with it, particularly the border in a petrol shade which really grounds all those riotous colours. Fear not dear reader, another ripple blanket is already being hooked as we speak, a little something I’m calling my Yorkshire Dales Delight in Stylecraft double knit yarn shades of khaki, cypress, meadow, mocha and grape…

Can you imagine the delightful Yorkshire Dales as you gaze upon it? I had the added joy of actually working on it right in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales in our holiday cottage this month, bliss.. Pics to follow at the end of this post, promise.

As you can probably guess, despite the humid heat, I also have a pair of knitted socks on the go although they are a rather lacy summery sock from a pattern called Valentine Socks by Emma wright in Knitting Magazine, which I’m knitting in a delectable duck egg shade of blue-green…

Can you see the little sweetheart pattern emerging? So cute… I have also been doing a spot of embroidery, just experimenting with different stitches over fabric…

It’s such fun selecting different shades of embroidery silks and drawing patterns with thread; I can highly recommend it.

A little charity knitting has also been attempted again, this time for The Sailors’ Society in the form of knitted hats. The charity is an international maritime one that supports seafarers and their families…

I used various shades of double knit yarn doubled to create my own chunky yarn to knit the hats with, as combining two different shades of yarn together makes for interesting mottled effects, very pleasing.

Finally, with a nod to the onset of autumn next month (yes really) I have begun knitting an autumn block blanket based upon the pattern by Jo Allport in Knitting Magazine called Mystery Blanket but I’ve just changed all the colours for a more autumnal selection. I guess it will still be a mystery for you dear reader, as the colours and patterns of each block will only be gradually revealed to you as I work on them. I hope you can bear the suspence! To help you out I have two blocks for you today (I spoil you, you know!) the first one in mocha…

…with a geometric effect and the second block a lace pattern in graphite grey…

You’ll just have to wait to see the patterns of the other blocks and the shades I have selected! Enjoy the rest of your summer dear reader and remember: keep on crafting…

As autumn arrives…

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…it’s obviously time to crack out those autumnal shades of yummy yarn again, which I am happily crocheting into a cuddly cushion cover of the circular variety, as shown in the pic above. I must try to slow down a trifle though, as crocheting in speedy spirals can make me a little dizzy dear reader! Such fun! Still on the cosy cushion covers theme, I have also started to hook up a granny square style one in shades of graphite, silver and mustard, mmm…really liking that mustard colour right now, particularly with grey…

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Expect to see more mustard yarn around these parts in the future! Apart from creating some rather grown-up items for the home, a few fun fripperies have also been rolling off the parental production line to keep my darling daughters delighted, commencing with a trio of crochet cacti from a Simply Crochet magazine pattern (yes, you did hear that correctly: crocheted cacti!) …

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Practically perfect pricklies, are they not? My other rather jolly creation, which will definately bring a smile to your face dear reader, is Baby Groot, an adorable Marvel character from the film ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (pattern from Twinkie Chan) …

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Such a cheerful chappy isn’t he? A little more cheerfulness will be filling the household soon once I have finished hooking up my latest crocheted creature – a delightful daschund!

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Of course she will have a super stripy section too as you can see. Ooh, talking of stripes, following a long-awaited rummage through my yarn stash mixed with a bit of sorting out, I managed to gather together a whole bounteous basketful of balls of yarn ends, simply crying out to be crocheted into a scrappy blankie, where each row is a different colour yarn…

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Super stripy and such fun to work on! It’s not the only blanket I have on the go at the moment though ( you know what I’m like) as I’ve been meaning to get going on another ripple blanket, this time in shades of kiwi and cream…

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Well, that’s a fair bit of creativeness for to peruse dear reader, I will bid you farewell and leave you with a few favourite pics from my wonderful week in Wales this summer…

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Beautifully Bashful Blossom Bunny♡

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Hello there craft lovers! Yes as you can see, I finally plucked up the courage to embroider the facial features of the bunny I have been designing. I think she looks quite pretty and thankfully I didn’t spoil her with scarey-nightmare-inducing features! I also designed a fancy frock for her too; no off-the-peg fashion for this little diva! I’m really pleased with how she has turned out and am planning to use said pattern to crochet more bunnies with different dresses on (couldn’t possibly have two bunnies in the same frock, that just wouldn’t do!) and even a mouse, as I would just have to change the ears and swap the pom-pom tail (yes Blossom Bunny does have a perfect pom-pom tail but I couldn’t possibly show you, for she is far too bashful for that) for a long one. Oh and a pink nose too. Watch this space…

I also decided to hook myself up a little summery phone case: a stripy number with a decorative edging…

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It’s crocheted from a cool cotton yarn and I chose grey and pink simply because I’m loving pastels with greys right now. Talking of pastels with grey, I am also knitting a baby blankie in peach and grey. I’m making up my own pattern for it, which is based on decreasing odd numbers of the four row pattern repeat for double moss stitch towards the centre of the blankie, then the stripes increase in odd numbers towards the opposite end. I’m quite pleased with the stripe effect so far and I’m calling it my mathematical blankie…

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What do you reckon? I’m working on a couple of other blankies at the moment too; you could say dear reader, that I’m having a bit of a blankie-fest here! One of them is a black and white striped number I’m crocheting in treble stitch, which is destined to cover the headboard of my daughter’s bed to match her new bedding…

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I just love working with black and white, I think I just like the stark contrast. Mind you, I’m also loving muchly the ripple blankie I’m crocheting. I chose some blue and green yarn from my stash and didn’t realise until I had crocheted a few ripples, just how much it resembled the ripples of a warm, tropical sea…

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See what I mean? Are you feeling that warm, tropical sea vibe dear reader? Fab isn’t it and I have to say that I am well and truly hooked (pardon the pun) on ripple stitch now, so expect to see more rippled wonders emerging from my yarn stash in the future!

I also have a bit of a ‘thing’ about mandalas and have crocheted a few before from the wonderful Wink’s patterns in Simply Crochet magazine and they can be found in my crochet gallery. Here’s my latest mandala, also from a Wink pattern. I just love all the different crochet stitches you get to try out and all the pretty colours always make me smile. I must doodle a mandala sometime too…

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Talking of doodling dear reader, here’s my latest ink artings: a random patterning of summery orange, pink and green…

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I do so hope you are having a lovely Summer so far dear reader, but don’t stay indoors with your makings, go forth and craft in the sunshine!