Monday, 24 February 2014

Spring is in the air


The smell I got hit in the face with it this morning
as I went into the conservatory.

Hyacinths they are gorgeous I'm sure the sunshine makes 
them smell stronger.

I thought I'd show you my new spotty jug I couldn't 
resist a bargin from Home Bargains.
I picked a bunch of carnations to put in it, I know they are not 
the trendiest of flowers but I don't care I love the colours you
can get them in and they last ages.

My mini daffs are making an appearance as well, these are
from last year

Blue skies, smiling flowers, washing on the line spring is in the air.


Sunday, 23 February 2014

Nordic shawl no. 1

Looking round blog land I kept seeing some beautiful
shawls, Nordic shawls in a variety of colours and I knew that was
right up my street.

I purchased the pattern from Annette at my rose valley etsy shop
and off I went.

I had some Debbie Bliss Andes sat there waiting for that special
project, I also had some Rico alpaca in grey just enough for the main colour.

I took my new crochet hooks out for a test, the knit pro ones I mentioned a
few posts ago. They get a big thumbs up from me, comfy to hold and glide through the wool.


It's turned out well I love the colour combination, I've already started on no. 2  this time 
I plan on adding more rows to make it longer.


Tuesday, 11 February 2014

My Boshi at Winter Olympics

Have you been gripped by the Winter Olympics I have, those snowboarders
are so fab. One thing I have noticed is that a lot of people in the crowd seem to be wearing 
crochet bobble hats in some fab colours.  Me want one.
I bought some My Boshi wool in my fave colours and set to work last night.

The good thing about chunky wool is that it makes up in no time.
I'd finished before bedtime. Now I can sit and watch the games in my hat 
Whoowho!! Come on team GB.


Sunday, 9 February 2014

Crochet cushion Ta-dah


Finished my cushion it looks really well I am so pleased with the colours, the best bit is it used
up leftover DK yarn from other projects, the cream was all I had to buy so I went for

Debbie Bliss cashmerino DK it's so soft and fab to use. I bought 3 balls but only needed 2.
The cushion came out at 14x14  and I decided to button up one end instead of completely 
closing it.

ooh it's fab the buttons finish it off nicely.

My local yarn shop has a fab range of buttons, they have a fab range of everything, it's 

leathal when I'm in there all you can here from me is 

ooh! and ahh!

I also spotted these

Knit pro hooks with soft grip handles but it's the colours that attracted me first
Aren't they delish?

and the case is pink   yeah!!   that was that I had to have them, 
I haven't road tested them yet
I didn't want to change hooks half way through a project
but I'll let you know what I think when I have.

The sampler blanket took a back seat this week so I best get back to that.


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Crochet cushion

I'm beginning to think I have a serious crochet problem and wandering around
Blog land doesn't help. 
I keep seeing lots of beautiful projects I want to make and
i have to tell you that I've started yet another project, this time it's a cushion.

This picture is my inspiration I love the colours they just grabbed me hook, line and sinker.
The cushion is made by Gillian at Tales from a happy house, she has made some wonderful things  well worth a visit.
I couldn't wait to get stuck in so I raided my stash for similar colours and made up a similar 

Thank goodness it's a quick project these squares make up in no time at all.  
I've also spotted another throw to add to the long list of things to do but I'll tell you about
that another time.

Look at these pretty roses I couldn't resist when I saw them
they are such a delicate colour.
Well we have to treat ourselves now and again it's the law. He! He!
And look at the tissue box it's got balls of wool and buttons on it so I couldn't say


Sunday, 2 February 2014

Crochet sampler blanket

Thought I would pop in and show my sampler blanket progress. 
The colour pallet I wanted was to give that vintage feel, nothing to bright and in your face.

A basket full of lovelyness, it never fails to make me smile when I 
see lots of gorgeous yummy yarn altogether.

Nearly half way  I'm doing 10 rows of 10 blocks

The different squares come from Jan Eaton's 200 crochet blocks book (fab book) and I've used
23 different patterns so it doesn't get boring. The inspiration came from Sandra over at cherry heart and I have used her pattern for joining the squares together she is so clever a trip to her blog is highly recommended.
I'm really enjoying this project.



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