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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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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…

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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