Sunday, 28 October 2012

New Doily

I had the sudden urge to  make a doily the other day.

There are so many lovely patterns out there, but in the end I settled on this one.

The pattern is called Passion Flower and it's by Denise Augostine.  You can see details of the pattern over at Ravelry, here.

It only took me one afternoon to make it and it really is a  beautiful design.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Colourful Placemats

I've noticed an increasing usage of the word 'Christmas' creeping into other people's blogs.  Yes - it's getting to that time of the year when Christmas crafting needs consideration.

Being a very keen Christmas crafter, I have a loft full of Christmas decorations - knitted, crocheted, sewn and embroidered.  So this year the key word is 'restraint'.  Sometimes all this Christmas crafting can become a bit too stressful so this year I'm taking it easy and not getting carried away!  (I'll make a note to myself to reread this post as December approaches).

Anyway, it wouldn't be Christmas without something new and this year, I've made some colourful crochet placemats.

These will certainly brighten the Christmas table.

They are based on the wonderful Little Spring Mandala pattern  by Barbara at Made in K-Town.  I've made this pattern several times before and I'm sure I'll think of plenty of other ways to use it again in the future.

For the placemats, I used dk yarn and I simply added some extra rows to get the right diameter.

Right - so that's Christmas started - now what was the key word again?

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Lucy Pattern

I've been very organised today and I've created the chart and typed up the knitting pattern for my Fair Isle vest.  The pattern is called Lucy and has a lovely vintage feel to it.

The pattern was originally inspired by the Ralph Lauren Autumn / Winter 2012 collection.

The pattern can be downloaded for free, HERE.  This pattern has been updated (as at 4 February 2014) to include charts for small, medium, large and extra large.

Maybe Not...

Following on from yesterday's blog, I immediately set to work making some cute covers for my door knobs.

Great fun to make - but oh no - do they look just a little bit like a pair of breasts?

There's a definite hint of nipple there!

The flower one doesn't look to bad...

but I don't think they are working for me.  Maybe a change of colour scheme - some brights rather than the pinks and yellow.  I'll give it one more go before I abandon the idea.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Fair Isle Vest Finished - Finally!

Well it took it's time to get there but the Fair Isle vest is now finished.

No particular problems with the pattern just a lack of motivation in the knitter.  But now that it's finished, I'm very pleased with the result.

I've haven't got any pictures of me wearing it yet - my photographer has gone to university!  I have had to give up my modelling career and turn photographer with the lovely Ada the mannequin standing in as model.

Full details of the project can be seen on my Ravelry page, here.

I haven't started to write up the pattern yet - never a very inspiring task but I will do it as soon as I can work up the enthusiasm.

I'm still preferring crocheting to knitting at the moment and I have just spotted an amazing project that I want to start straight away.  Sara at Tangled Happy has posted a link to a post on Roman Sock in which Brigitte has crocheted some covers for knobs (for drawers and doors!).

Why hasn't anyone thought of this before - our house is going to be transformed!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

My Blanket-Of-Many-Colours

I've been full of cold the last few days - horrendous - so I've been feeling sorry for myself.  My bounce was completely lost.  I've sat on the sofa, snoozed a bit, read a bit and crocheted quite a lot.

I'm a keen follower of Little Woollie.  A lovely blog by Jules which features some beautiful colourful crocheting.  I decided, just before the cold hit, that I would crochet a blanket in her mixed stitch stripey blanket CAL.

Looking on the positive side, the cold has allowed me to work away on the blanket and five days into it, I've caught up with Jules and I am eagerly awaiting the next section instructions.

I've just worked on the basis of grabbing any colour out of the stash bag and taking it as it comes.  It's going to be so colourful and jolly.  It already feels nice and cosy.   It's also great fun to make because of the variety of stitches.

Today my bounce feels like it's on the way back.  I've tackled some tidying in the garden and done some housework.  I think I'll take it easy for the rest of the day, maybe watch a DVD.

To make my day even more special, my study material for my new Open University course has just been delivered.

So exciting, more geology and earth sciences - can't wait to get started - a complete book on plate tectonics - what bliss.

I hope that wherever you are there is something exciting to light up your life.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Cute Heart

I'm not in a knitting mood at the moment.  Just can't work up the enthusiasm to pick up the needles.  The Fair Isle vest is feeling very neglected.  I need to make an effort to get it finished 

What I am enjoying at the moment is crocheting.  It's funny how knitting and crocheting vary with mood.  Crocheting is very much in the ascendancy at the moment.

I bought a copy of Inside Crochet magazine, issue 33 and felt very inspired by the patterns.

As a last minute gift for Eve to take away I crocheted the Lavender Heart pattern by Tracey Todhunter.

The pattern calls for aran weight yarn which would make a heart about 9 inches across. I used dk yarn and mine ended up about 7 inches.

It was a lovely quick pattern - very enjoyable.  I'm going to make some more because they are so cute.

I also finished off a hot water bottle cover that Eve had started but lacking enthusiasm hadn't managed to finish 

The heart is now in place on the mantelpiece in her room at university, together with the hot water bottle cover and the blanket I made for her.

It's good to know that she has so much woolliness with her at university - a home from home.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

New Beginnings

Well, it's finally happened, Eve has gone away to University.  Last week seemed to drag on as we tried to get ourselves organised and packed.  It was a bit of a squeeze getting everything in the car but we set off at 5.30am on Saturday morning and arrived at Cambridge University at 10am.

Eve's room is lovely - very spacious and it was refurbished over the summer so everything looks nice and new.

Look at that gorgeous window seat.

Lots of storage space.

After we had helped her unpack we left her to settle in.  She seems to have done so very quickly and has made lots of new friends - and there have been plenty of activities organised for them.

How lucky she is to have the experience of studying at Cambridge.  I'm sure she'll have a wonderful time and  I know she will appreciate this amazing opportunity that has come her way through all her hard work - we are so proud of her.

My husband and I decided to stay in Cambridge for a further two nights rather than rush back home - our first few days of being 'empty-nesters'.

It was lovely to walk along the river and stroll through the city.

We also visited the Fitzwilliam Gallery and the Sedgwick Museum (Earth Sciences museum).

I saw lots of wonderful rocks and fossils and took loads of photos

 - but I won't bore you with them all - as my husband said, after he had to look through the numerous photos I'd taken, "You got carried away there, didn't you!"

We're now back home and it's going to take a while to get used to only two of us being here.  I'm looking at it in a positive light and planning new projects and adventures - a new beginning for me, not just for Eve.