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Very pleased with the progress I'm making with my Temperature Blanket as I was late starting. January is now finished and as you can see from the photo, it is very blue! I'll be glad when the temperatures rise a bit and I can get on to some different colours.
Looking so closely at the temperatures (I'm using the highest recorded for Bournemouth each day) you get a bit obsessed and how much they change. Also looking back on January I was surprised to see we started the month on 10 deg C although it did drop ...
Just a note:
My posts will be short and minus the Philippians Bible Study for a while. I'm recovering from cataract surgery and I'm finding the computer is hard on my eye!
I'm trying my surgery sunglasses and they seem to be helping! :)
I'm blessed to be recovering in the comfort of my home and oh so loving family and friends!
My heart is not as lovely as hers because I only had a bigger cotton thread than what she used. And I did not make the picots along the edge (they were not pretty with the big yarn). But I know that this heart is fun to make: easy and fast.
No fabric in or out this week.
After a long, slow decline, my mother passed away last weekend. Most of the week was spent on services and their planning. Even though she didn’t live with us, I took care of many things for her for several years. She was an everyday part of our family and will be missed.
I worked on the crochet rug because I needed to keep it mindless this week. I finally got the knack of it, and it’s going faster. Crocheting with fabric strips is a lot different from crocheting with yarn.read more
This one will be kind of quick. Getting back into the swing of work mean's I have so little time for creative pursuits.
I am sitting here this morning, flicking about the internet – reading the news on several different sites, checking the rain forecast, looking at my favourite few blogs to see what they’re up to, checking to see what animals are for sale this morning (I’m addicted) – and it occured to me that I really really loved the old blogging days when I could spend a good hour reading wonderful stories from women around the world. Reading about the projects that were occupying their hands, their dreams, sometimes their sadness, what their families were up to, the lifestyles they ...read more
I have decided that now is the time to share my Joy of Crochet. And so in January I opened the doors on my Once a Month Crochet Group, open to all levels from beginner up.
We kicked off last month with a Basic Granny Square.
And this month having made five Granny Squares we have progressed to a bag/box.
To view my Beginner Crochet Videos (UK Treble Stitch and ...
A lovely bag of wool arrived in the post today bringing me a new project!
I've been seeing temperature blankets on Pinterest for some time and following a weekend visit from my daughter Karen, who is currently crocheting one, I decided it was an ideal project to take away on our caravan breaks. The wool was ordered Monday and thankfully a quick delivery means I won't have to wait long to get started.
I've done some homework on temperatures and where to find my local ones since the beginning of the year, so am pretty much ready ...
from our loved ones
regarding their salvation.
It is only as individuals
The blizzard took its toll last week. Even with a snowblower, it's an all hands on deck job around here. Gave me such a case of tendonitis in my right wrist. That joint had been acting up recently from too much rotary cutting and crocheting. Kind of frustrating to look forward to retirement and free time to follow your bliss, and find out that your body has other ideas!
I dug out my old Martelli Ergonomic rotary cutter, which had been idle for years since the spring that locks the blade guard disappeared. I emailed Martelli and they sent ...
I've long been a fan of Freeform Crochet and have several pictures on my Pinterest for inspiration in the hope that one day I would have a go at it myself.
A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had a pack of yarns called Moorland so I used this to have my first go at Freeform Crochet. It's not very adventurous but using such a range of yarns - from very thin to very thick, smooth to hairy - did make it hard to get variety, so I tended to stick to doubles and trebles and let the yarn ...
What do you do when you have a problem? Throw money at it! Solves everything.
Yes, I am fully aware that there are several problems with that statement (many, many things actually) but in this case it is quite simply true. My crochet pots, which previously had the unfortunate habit of toppling over, have had a change of heart. Basically I’m paying them to stay upright. Extortion, I know, but what can you do? I shall let you into the secret of bribing an inanimate object into obey your directions, so lean in close, I’m about to whisper ...read more
No fabric in or out this week.
I’m still assembling the Safehouse top and prepping to cut fabric strips for the crochet rug. It was surprisingly easy to come up with several yards of fabric I wanted to use up, even limiting the choices to two colors.
I also did some rearranging in the sewing room yesterday. One of my fabric shelves was in the way and not really working for me, so I moved it into the dining room where it does a great job of storing my son’s work supplies (he does subcontract work from home ...read more
The months just fly by.
In January I completed two projects and creative play. I haven’t posted pictures of the creative play, but will soon.
The Short List includes something old (UFO), something new, a handwork project and Art Quilt Creative Play. I started using this system in November 2014 to keep myself focused. I adjust the categories as needed to add new interests and drop things that no longer appeal.
- Something old – The Applewood Farms BOM from 2009 is UFO #9 that was chosen for January’s Get It Done Challenge at Patchwork Times. I have a lot ...
And speaking of party animals, that brings us to last weekend's women's marches. The marches became an opportunity for ... read more
I love romance, just like any other female. I binge watch Pride and Prejudice, sigh over the man opening the door for his girl, sniff at red roses dreamily and I’ve even taken a photo of complete strangers snuggling on a bench watching the sunrise. But there is only so much hearts and flowers one can sew before one starts getting twitchy. And when there is sharp items like needles and pins around, it’s not a good idea for me to get twitchy.
So in the interest the health and safety of my family of Munchkins I have ...read more
If you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen this one already. I thought I'd add a couple of extra photos.
The pattern is the "Spring" shawl by Bernadette Ambergen. I have used one of her patterns before and loved it. I love this one too. I'm not an overly experienced crocheter. This looks harder than it is.
I was, once again, amazed by the difference blocking can make.
Here is the shawl before blocking, all curly and too small:
I blocked it by getting it really wet,
rolling it in a towel to get as much ...
One of my January Short List goals was to try out a rug pattern by making a small hot pad.
I decided to use a pattern I found in a 1970s woman’s magazine that used fabric strips crocheted around clothesline. If you have ever tried to make something using the instructions found in those old magazines, you know that you might as well not have any instructions at all. I ended up adapting the pattern for a rug crocheted with fabric strips and no clothesline from a rug book I picked up at the thrift shop.