I mentioned that I am a great believer in the power of positivity but I also believe in “helping yourself”.
One method of self help is to use hobbies as a form of therapy and relaxation. As I mentioned on an earlier blog I have struggled to pick up any of my planned hobby projects.One craft that I have been bumbling along with is one ( of many) knitting projects. I am knitting squares from re-used yarn, into a blanket ( or Afghan). The yarn was originally knitted into a sweater but turned out as big as a marquee so was unravelled and is now in a new life as a throw.
I will assemble them using a contrast yarn and crochet. I also plan to back the finished throw with micro fleece for cozy snuggles. Goodness knows when it will be finished but I will let you know!
I am collecting brooches, broken or not, with a view to making a collage. Here is one that I found on Pinterest
I arrived at my Happy place today, driving through heavy rain and mist into the sunshine. My happy place is also known as my Craft Caravan!
Today I hit the knitting! This is another UFO ( unfinished object) from my Supersized stash! It started out as a sweater project but was too big so is being reincarnated as a throw or Afghan. Well it was BIG!
I love this yarn and it is so soft. Hopefully it will be good to snuggle under when eventually finished. I will keep you posted!
Also I was not in a happy place when I first arrived as my Peace Lily was very sad. I’m guilty of neglect as I have not been here for a few weeks due to global travelling. The Peace Lily is now in intensive care and hopefully recovering. I must admit to running more of a Hospice for plants than a nursery as my fingers are definitely not green.
I recently visited Chester Cathedral with the intention of seeing a knitting exhibition. There was a display of knitted Bible stories, Hand crafted and lovely.
There was a “side” show of knitting hats and scarves for the homeless. Very admirable and kind idea.
The cathedral is a beautiful, large church, warm and cosy. What I couldn’t understand was why ?
Why Heat the lovely space to such an extent when all the visitors are warmly wrapped up in scarves and good coats?
Why have such a large attractive space open to the public when some of the public are homeless ( for whatever reason) and sleeping rough in doorways?
Why close the doors at night to keep the Church warm when some are shivering with no bed to sleep in?
I know that the homeless is a complex issue. Many people do help and do their best. Maybe I’m doing Churches in the UK a disservice . Maybe they do open their doors at night. Just maybe a little more could be done?
I must give full credit to the Chester shareshop and all their hard work for the homeless people of Chester and elsewhere. When I shop in Chester I always buy myself a coffee. It costs me only a little to buy another coffee for someone out there.
I couldn’t make my mind up which of these two books is my favourite. The book “A Trip around the Wool” is a great book and up there among my current favourites. It’s a bi lingual book in both French and English and beautifully illustrated. I’m just starting a project titled “52 Happy Memories of 2007”. The aim is to create an embroidered hexagon each week culminating in a 52 hexi quilt. I’m already falling behind so nothing new there.
The second book “Stitched Memories” by Tilly Rose is a glorious book sub titled “Telling a story through cloth and thread” which sits well alongside the other book. I’m using old embroideries and Harris Tweed to create my memory quilt. But lots more about that as it starts to come together.
I stareted this throw in January 2017 and I made a supreme effort to complete it for January 2018. I didn’t buy any new yarn but used my stash of multi coloured wool. I chose random colours and used random crochet stitches, just following my creativity.
There is nothing cosier than making a blanket ( or afghan) in the winter months. Fire lit, crochet over the lap and dog by my side. Bliss.
Working on one of my many Works in Progress(WIP) There’s nothing better than working on a blanket in front of the fire in the Winter. Here is my current blanket which is crocheted from yarn in my stash. It’s a life time objective to reduce my enormous stash of yarn and textiles. It would work if I didn’t keep buying more!
This particular project is something of a rainbow blanket which I am making up as I go along and it uses a lot of yarn. I’m about half way through so the wool pile will be quite reduced by the end. That is if I don’t have to buy more wool for the border……
I love this monogram…
B Is for : Better get on with it! I am still trying to complete some of my UFOs! I have completed a Christmas present this week. Last year’s not this! I can’t show it to you as I haven’t had chance to give it to Darling Daughter and she is the intended recipient! Watch this space……
B is for Blanket ( or Afghan or throw depending on where you live!). I have tried hard to get ahead with this Blanket this week. Today I spent my time at craft group Darning in ends. I hate that job so try to keep up as I crochet. This is a “use up stash sort of project”
B is for Beach -I love the beach!
Yet more soy candles ready for the craft fair on Saturday. Slightly different this time as I’ve used some glass jars and Citronella oil as well as my usual China cups I’m looking forward to the actual fair as it’s great to see what others have made and I meet loads of people.
I started to crochet a shawl for my expected fourth grandchild next spring. I didn’t have a pattern but away I went. After some hours of crochet I was excited as it grew. When I checked it looked a little big but I thought that it would make a nice pram cover. Onwards it grew even bigger. Well maybe a cot blanket. I couldn’t make it smaller as it is a linear pattern, very nice but HUGE. I jest not, it will make a blanket for a super king bed!! Maybe a wedding present when the unborn baby marries! Happy days.
Yippee! I’ve finished my crochet blanket, or is it an Afghan? I have worked this blanket in front of a roaring fire all winter. The colder the weather became the faster the blanket grew. I am delighted with the end result. It’s very fortunate that it is complete as I was making this for my campervan. We go away in Damnvan1 tomorrow so hooray.
I bought this crochet kit to make a blanket way back in September last year at Yarndale. I bought the yarn from Attic24 and intended to make their Coast Ripple Blanket. This colour scheme is so representative of the sea, beach and cliffs it is perfect for a camper-van. The yarn pack is Stylecraft Special DK.
I started the pattern provided but WOW! As a fairly inexperienced crochet girl I really struggled with the “wave” or ripple pattern. My waves didn’t ripple at all. Obviously a major problem with my technique. After multiple attempts at the waves I abandoned hope. At this point I stumbled across “Spice of Life” crochet blanket by Sandra Paul. Sandra is also known as Cherry Heart http://www.cherryheart.co.uk
This Spice of Life pattern was perfect for me as it was like working a sampler. There were multiple stripes using many different stitches. I worked my way through the pattern ( a little slowly) and built up my stitch repertoire. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The yarn is soft and warm, the pattern lovely and the end result very satisfying.
I deliberated long and hard about whether or not to do a border but I’m really glad that I did. The border was a further learning experience and really finishes off the blanket. The blanket didn’t need blocking.
The finished blanket is made from the Spice of Life pattern by Cherry Heart and Black Sheep Wools. http://www.cherryheart.co.uk www.blacksheepwools
The wools and colour sequence are from Attic24 at http://www.attic24.com
I think that now I would be able to work the ripple blanket. In fact I noticed that Attic24 have a new kit, so maybe at Yarndale this year……
Way back in September last year I attended Yarndale 2015 and I’m already looking forward to Yarndale 2016! I have GOT to finish at least some of the projects that I purchased before returning and yes, you got it! Purchasing more.
One project that I invested in was a crochet throw ( or afghan ) from Attic 24. It is called Attic 24 Coast Ripple Blanket. I adore the colours with the sand, sea and surf tones it’s gorgeous.
The instructions for Coast Ripple Blanket were clear and precise but I couldn’t get a grip of it. I’m a fairly novice crocheter never having followed a pattern. I decided to abandon the Coast ripple and try a pattern that I had my eye on from Sandra Paul at http://www.cherryheart.co.uk in conjunction with Black Sheep Wools, old friends of mine.
I made a colour chart card before I started the work and this has proved an invaluable aid to sorting out the colours. It’s also a good use of one of my hundreds of postcards!
This pattern is called “Spice of Life” and is a great way to learn new stitches. It is rather like working through a sampler of crochet stitches. I am making very good progress and love the “Coast Ripple Spice of Life” throw that is emerging from my crochet hook. Cozy days ahead!