Just a quickie.. I have finally got round to starting the tutorial for the vstich lap throw I made. As I was recording this today I thought I would share it with you. xx
Hello again! I am so sorry I have neglected this space..
I have had great intentions to sit down each night but two or three crochet projects have kept me busy and I have simply not been able to put them down :)
The first one to finish was the lovely bright granny square throw I shared in the last blog post. I have still got ends to weave in as the compulsion to start a V stitch throw to accompany it over took me ;))
I gave the granny square throw a simple border. I had initially intended to give it a more elaborate border but as I came to it I decided simple was what was needed. I added a couple more rounds on after this picture was taken and will show you the finished item..when I get round to weaving the ends in :)
I finished it right before my trip to Skipton to go to Yarndale. So the night before I travelled I started a V stitch throw to take on the journey with me :) I found a chart to follow on Lemondedesucrette Now, I have never been able to follow a chart at all but I was determined to take this throw away with me and so there followed hours of doing a bit, frogging it, doing a bit more, frogging some more and looking at the images of her blanket on the blog and I eventually got a piece that looked OK and had straight edges!
I'm still not 100% convinced it is how the chart actually is but it is good enough for me :)
First image is on the train journey going to Skipton where I enjoyed listening to music and crocheting away the two hours it took to get there :)
Second one is in the travelodge. On the first night I was very kindly invited to eat a take away curry with my good friend Liz and two of her friends. They were staying in a cottage a couple of miles away. It was lovely. Really great company and a really tasty meal :)
After I got back to the hotel I had a lovely hot bath ( I remembered to pack some rose geranium oil to put in ) and I lay on the comfy bed ( they have replaced them all as part of a mini refurb) with a cuppa and the tv on and my throw to work
Not a bad way to spend a weekend :)
I missed Milly and Alan sooo much but I had such a fabulous Yarny time, met some lovely people and also....learnt to cable knit!!! I absolutely loved the workshop with Hannah from The Knit. I have known her online for many years but it was great t meet her in real life. I managed to find my Mandala amongst over 1000 . I couldn't get a good picture as it was above some pens that were blocked off. On the last day I also found my friends mandala. As she hadn't been able to attend I managed to get a picture to send her :)
Alan had taken the week off work and he met me at the Station on Monday.
The next day he started decorating the living room. I am aiming for a light and bright end product.. Kind of scandi inspired with a retro vibe ;) Lets see how it ends up! It has to be done on a very tight ( almost non existent) budget so I am using things we already have and will be looking around for bargains on line and in charity shops or Ebay
I was gifted some Cable and cotton lights for Christmas last year and had put them in the dining room. I love them so much I wanted to have them in the living room where we could see them all the time. I was sat in the sun room watching strictly whilst Milly and Alan were watching a film on Now TV - a great bit of kit and a dinky little box :) - and I got the benefit of them from in there too :)
So all in all a really colourful month of crochet topped off by a most wonderful weekend in Yorkshire. I am going to get booked up for next year and start saving in my little jar that I used this year. It worked a treat and I had enough to pay for train and travelodge and thanks to the generosity of family who gave me money for my Birthday - handy that it falls within a week of Yarndale ;) - I had enough to treat myself to a couple of nice meals and bought some lovely things from Yarndale. One of which was this splendid project bag from The treadling woman.
I've had to take things slowly since I got back and as Milly has been ill with a really nasty cough and cold it has been easy to recoup whilst sitting watching films with her :)
I started a new project the other day ( not finished the v stitch throw but decided a smaller project wouldn't take me away from it for too long :) I wanted some coasters for the living room. I have used Bergere ecoton and I have been really pleased with it.
As the name implies it is a recycled yarn and it has a knobbly, tweedy, stonewashed effect. I love it and it works up a treat without splitting. I love the colours too. I have five shades in the shop. When I chose all the yarn I have in stock I had in mind patterns and kits that I wanted to create with them.
It is a long, slow ( but ultimately enjoyable) process and I look forward to making my way through the different yarn types and creating the kits :)
I sat this morning to weave ends in on the coasters and ended up playing with the colours and added two new rounds. I think they have a slightly retro look and the colours go well in the living room :)
Milly is still unwell and we have had to cancel plans to have a sleepover with El but I hope she is on the mend now and we can organise something for the end of the week or the weekend.
The next week or so will see us painting the fireplace and finding the bits and pieces we need to finish this half of the room and I will head of to a charity that sells unwanted furniture. I am on the look out for a low coffee table. Ideally I'd like one with tables underneath to pull out.
It's been nice having a catch up.
I promise I won't leave it as long next time <3
I have no pictures of the cheesecake but loads of pictures of everything else in the title :) The cheesecake was rather delicious! A great big slice of creamy baileys cheesecake with a sticky, syrupy sauce finished off a Sunday lunch at a local pub :) Found it difficult to move after the roast lamb and cake but after a short breather at home Alan and I set off for a stroll around Crummock water. Milly was due to join us but she decided that after her 3 mile walk with Amy that morning she would stay home and watch a movie :)
Alan and i had a lovely walk. We are so very lucky to live in the Lake district and don't always make enough effort to get out and about to the stunning countryside around us..We had so many wonderful memories tied up in the walk around the lake. Walks with family, many walks and picnics with home ed friends, walks with Milly throughout the years.
The one that came to mind on Sunday was a snowy Christmas day walk we had - we worked out that she was about 8 at the time...
We found an ice heart shape in the snow that day <3
The next day Milly and I had a date at the Cinema to see Lucy ... great film! Mind boggled ;)
Before we went in we decided to visit the cove. It is a rather bleak area. A wind farm near the sea. Run down and down a long pot holed road. But the cove holds more special memories made with great friends :)
Milly lights up my life on a daily basis but did so quite literally in this image
August has been a wonderful, colour filled crochet month!
I started a lap throw for the living room and am well and truly hooked and am sat surrounded by yarn and tiny circles are growing nicely ..so are the ends! Despite my best intentions I just can't seem to stop making them to weave the ends..I am planning to have a happy meditative evening (probably a couple actually!) weaving ends in after I have it all joined together.
September is my birth month and to celebrate I am offering 20% off all sales and free postage for the whole month :)
I have a few other offers in the pipeline to share with you.. I will keep you posted :)
Love and light to you all <3
Finally, I have the colours chosen for the lap throw in the living room! We are going for a light, bright Scandinavian feel. I am using #Bergere ideal and#bergere caline - all available in the shop at competitive prices ;)) I have in mind that the ideal citronnier in the middle will be the main colour. This may change once I get going. I always get butterflies at this point. There are endless possibilities even though I am going in with a plan. Also love that a throw to snuggle in is being made with Caline which apparently translates to cuddle.
Happy crochet days ahead!
Wednesday morning was full of preparations....The smoothie of the day was such a wonderful, vibrant colour thanks to the fresh beetroot juice. I started with garlic chicken being prepped for later in the week, chickpea falafel and courgette cake for pudding that night . Milly's hair was dyed - as was my favourite nightie ooops:) - thankfully the towel we put on the floor saved the landing carpet from yet another pink splodge!
In the afternoon friends came to play :) We had arranged to eat together and Lisa brought some ingredients and I provided some and together we made a selection that all of us would enjoy. In fact as it turned out we only had to make two dishes. Three of us had kidney bean burgers in buns and chickpea falafel with salad and the other three had sausage, potato waffles with beans :) Then cake and cream for pudd.
We had a wonderful time and luckily the forecast of torrential rain was wrong and the day was warm and sunny. Lots of interesting conversation for Lisa and I and happy children bouncing - not just random tiggerlike bouncing.... there was a trampoline involved ;) playing, taking a walk to the park.
Then, last night Milly and I enjoyed the first Bake off together:)
We love getting to know the new characters and they seem like a great bunch. Mel and Sue make the show for me.
Another unmissable Wednesday night tradition :)
The alarm went off this morning at 9.... Another sociable day ahead with friends from Northumberland coming to visit!
I took the slow approach to getting out of bed and after a shower made a cuppa and pottered around...
Washing was put on, floors were vacuumed and I made up some more room spray - essential oils and water in a spray bottle - this time I chose patchouli, frankincense and geranium .
I refreshed the pot-pourri in the hall with drops of rosemary and bergamot and turned the reeds in the reed diffuser and they quickly filled the sun room with the musky, warm scent of patchouli and frankincense.
I also filled a burner with water and added a few oils for clarity and put that in the dining room.
I look out every day at a gorgeous pink hydrangea and decided this morning that there were enough blooms on it to continue enjoying them outside but enough on it to bring some in to brighten the kitchen counter. I cut some blooms from a white hydrangea as well and one at the top of the garden that has blooms that range from palest pink to a beautiful purple/ blue.
The resulting bouquet gave me inspiration for a vintage colour palette for a future crochet project :)
As I pottered the sounds from upstairs were of Milly getting ready and the accompanying music from All time low.
Another lovely afternoon, chatting, omelettes for a late breakfast/lunch, tea - copious amounts - sunshine, impromptu visit to town, Beauty barking at and trying to catch numerous wasps, more chat, sitting in the garden and a bit of crochet for Liz, wasps galore and more barking and trying to catch them from Beauty, baked potatoes and salad, wasp sting on toe for me!
Obviously Beauty had had some success in her wasp catching mission and a stunned wasp was under the table when I sat down!
Round three tomorrow as My Nephew and his girlfriend come round for tea and a movie :)
Round four of the social whirl on Saturday when we visit Carlisle with Amy and Milly.
Sunday really will be a day of rest! ;)
Love and light <3
A quick wander around the internet this morning and I found a link through to this new - to me - joining method..
Found at Scrappy Blanket love . Looks nice and neat and easy to do.
Alan and I always get our smoothies/juices ready on a night alongside his sandwiches for work. It always seems a bit of a hassle to do them at night but the benefit is a nice cold juice or smoothie ready and waiting in the morning :) Last night, for some reason, I neglected to do the juice and when I got up I decided that as I was going to be making one up for Milly later in the morning I would wait til then to have mine. I started today with a cup of Chai tea alongside my wholemeal toast.
As it turned out today was a "take a load of pictures day".
Some days are like that!
I have an uncontrollable urge to take pics and share them. Luckily, Instagram fulfils that need :)
My main aim today was to finish off a pattern that I need to go in one of the kits.
I had started it a while ago... BES - before energy slump ;)
Ohh.... look how pretty instagram looks on the laptop.....Distractable?
Maybe a little :)
I also have a pile of work in progress that requires some attention...
But.... taking pictures overrode that requirement :)
The time came when I really had to buckle down and get some work done.
I got settled in my little corner and the hours flew by as I uploaded images, edited images, created a word document, wrote out the pattern ( trying to decipher the scribbled notes I took! Must get a larger notepad and take more time when recording them in future) trying to fit all the info and images neatly into *pages* to make the pattern flow. I have it all together now but it needs fine-tuning and prettifying with different fonts and borders and such. That is a job for another day though. One thing I did realise today ( apart from needing to take more time when writing the pattern out ) is, that if I am to sit for so long, I really need to get a cushion pad on the seat and a small cushion for my back!
As I am unable to sit for long periods of time, I break things up by doing little jobs so I can stretch. Throughout the day washing was hung out, floors were vacuumed, cat was fed, cat was let out, smoothie was made, dog was let out and let in again, lunch was made, washing was folded and put away, cat was let in, washing up was done, dog was let out and in again, cat was fed again!
I also wrapped a piece of material on the cushion in the back lobby to see if I could utilise an old pillowcase to make a new cover for it. Alan has just finished decorating the lobby white. The mirror, clock and picture frame ( it is a picture that Milly drew years ago of our cartoon family. I adore it and it makes me smile every day) were white wood but I repainted them last week with this lovely mellow green shade.
This space is just off the sun room and leads out to the back garden.
When we had the extension built ( when Milly was about 2 so.... 13 years ago now! WoW how time flies ) we decided that living space was more important and that we would make do with a smaller lobby. We maximised space by creating a curved wall - an idea seen at my Sisters house :) It works much better and gives more space in the area coming through from the kitchen than a normal, angled wall would have done and enabled it to be open plan through to the sun room.
As it is so bijou we had to think carefully about storage.
The cushion is on top of a cupboard that houses all Beauty's things, clean cushions and covers for her bed and towels for drying off after a walk. It was so tight that there was no way a full door would open so my dad cut the doors in half and capped the ends. The doors on the right open to a coat/shoe cupboard and the doors ahead lead to a compact but adequate loo:)
Another job I had hoped to get round to today was to begin a new shawl pattern for a kit. I have worked up some test pieces over the last month or so as I played around with stitches to get the look I have in mind. I began with a shell pattern and worked from there adapting it until I was happy with the way it looks. I am going to make it up in Bergere Eclipse and have decided to go with the shimmery blue Uranus to make up and photograph as I go for the pattern.
Another project I have had on the go for a while is Milly's bedroom furniture.
We purchased her bedside table, dressing table and a bookcase from a recycling unit about 5 years ago (I think in total they cost £60) She chose well and they are all really good solid pieces of furniture. In that time they have been sanded and painted a deep purple gloss - her first choice to go with her purple walls - then a couple of years later, when she wanted her bedroom a lighter shade, we sanded them and painted them all a light blue. Recently she decided to declutter and make her room easier to clean. As ideas flowed about what she wanted to do, the topic of painting the bedroom came up. In the end she decided that she would leave the walls white and have her posters up but asked if we could change the colour of her furniture. We have a lot going on at the moment and the thought of sanding and painting the furniture didn't fill us with joy. However we came up with the idea of decoupage that could be done in situ and bit by bit when time allowed. Her love of all things Marvel meant it was the first choice...wallpaper purchased online, pva glue from Wikos and away we went. I love the hours I have spent up in her room with her whilst we chat away and she educates me on Pierce the veil and other bands she loves!
No work done on it today though..Time ran away with me and energy did too.
I stopped work and packed away and sat with Milly to watch a bit of Supernatural.
Alan was working late and came home about 5.30 ( he is normally home at 3.15) we all sat together and as time came round to making tea I said it was a shame I had to get up as I had started this blog post and was really enjoying having the enthusiasm for writing and was really in the flow.
Milly said that I should continue and asked Al if he would go thorough with her and start the tea so I could finish what I was doing!
There are a number of things about that gesture that made my heart sing <3
Now, as Alan and Milly watch Holby city together, I am in the Sun room watching Kirstie's fill your house for free!
Might get a few more ideas ;))
Love and light to you all <3
Hellooooo! How are you all?
Hope life is being kind to you...
Busy day here with a mix of housework jobs this morning whilst Milly is out for a couple of hours with my Sister. Then off to visit Rezwanna at Visage Therapy so Milly can have a massage ( Milly has Hypermobility and a regular massage eases her aches and pains and as her knee dislocated a couple of days ago the app has come round at the right time to help with the pain ) and her eyebrows waxed. I was thirteen I think when I took it upon myself to tame my thick and bushy eyebrows...the tweezers were a blur as I shaped and plucked and then had to shape a bit more and ooops a bit more plucking to try to fix that bit of shaping and eventually ......I ended up with a very thin and uneven pair of eyebrows...I kept up with the plucking because as they grew back they looked dreadful..consequently they have never grown back! As soon as Milly started to ask about having her eyebrows shaped it was a no brainer for me to suggest that they could be done professionally. She didn't think she wanted them plucked or threaded so opted for waxing.
Anyhoo..enough waffling ;)
Here is the Friday free pattern link :)
Hope you like it :)
This morning I woke with the intention of clearing some paperwork and organising my thoughts about the hundreds of kits ( only a slight exaggeration! ) I want to create and get a plan of action together to free up my poor old brain :) I started with my usual browse round the internet and emails and then a quick visit to facebook...Which is where it all went a a bit pear shaped..but in a good way...
A friend had posted a link to this you tube clip of an Oprah Winfrey interview...I was hooked with in five minutes! It is well worth watching...
Joining in with yarn along today and the book I *will* be reading ;) is this one!
I have also been dipping in to two books on EFT that I have on my kindle. Positive EFT by Silvia Hartman and The Tapping solution by Nick Ortner.
After watching the you tube clip I decided to add another couple of rounds onto the Granny Square Lap throw I am making. Still trying to decide how many squares I want and am leaning towards bigger rather than smaller squares joined together... I hope to have it finished next week to take into Number Fifteen Gallery in Cockermouth. Kay posted a picture of her window display last week where she had displayed a lap throw I took in the day before alongside a couple of my cushions.... a little Lusciously Loopy crochet corner :)
Milly and I spent quite a while this afternoon just chatting...I love to hear her thoughts on the world.
She never fails to amaze me with her perceptive and mature take on events or situations.. Such good company..
She had her hair dyed yesterday,,She has been colouring her hair with temporary colours for a number of years and over the last few years she has had streaks put in so she can colour them pink or blue...For quite a while she has wanted to have her whole head bleached but after discussing about the cost of upkeep and possible issues with bleach on her scalp she decided to leave it a while. She asked again a couple of weeks ago and after talking about how she could fund the extra costs involved in doing it and the upkeep we decided to go ahead :) We have a lovely hairdresser who has cut my hair for many years and is now mobile so comes to us which works well :)
Here is a 'Cyclamen pink' Milly montage :)
I assisted the head gardener in planting some sweet peas this evening...It was a glorious day and as Alan finished watering the sweet peas I picked some Aquilegia to put in a vase with some foliage and played around with my phone.
I then came in and did the paperwork and planning I had intended to do this morning :) The Shopping list and weekly menus are on the agenda after I have finished here..All in all a productive and informative day :)
Tomorrow we are looking forward to picking up my Nephew from school and spending some time with him :) I am very lucky to have some amazing teens in my life :)
Then, tomorrow night, XMen at the Cinema! Milly LOVES XMen and her passion is infectious, Alan and I are as excited as she is :)
Joining in with Keep calm craft on and Work in progress Wednesday
How are you all this fine Friday?
All is well here in Sunny Cumbria.. The last few weeks have felt a bit like wading through treacle but things seem to have lifted this morning so I am hoping to get into the flow and move things forward in the planning department :)
Here is a summery and simple pattern. It would be great in a cotton blend to make a light and cool garment.
I think that ecotton or Bergereine would make a great choice.
I am looking forward to the weekend..We have an evening out at the Cinema on Saturday to see Spiderman 2 - having seen it with a friend last week Milly is keen to show us how good it is :) Then, on Sunday, a trip out to a local craft barn and tearoom with a walk on the beach is on the cards.. There will also be the usual gardening, housework, cooking, and a bit of work, thrown in the mix.
HApPy WEeKEnD to YoU <3
Hi, I'm Lynn. A love of crochet and a newly found passion for fabric, button's, bead's and charm's has led to an exciting new challenge..
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