Favourite thing I’ve made…

Day 28 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and this is the final day!! 

The theme for today is ‘favourite thing I’ve made’.  

Now really…do I have to choose? 

Ok…well just for today this is my favourite hook up,

wp_20170225_15_31_39_pro
100 patch granny

because I adore the colours and that bobble edge border is just sooo super cute, and possibly the most addictive thing ever to hook.  Seriously, it should come with a warning!

xxxxx

 

Advertisements

Routine…

Day 25 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and it’s still not too late join in. 

The theme for today is ‘routine’.

 100 patch granny
100 patch granny

It has to be having a mug of coffee whilst doing a little hooking…bliss!

xxxxx

Progress…

Day 12 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and it’s still not too late join in. 

The theme for today is ‘progress’. So here’s mine, progress that is!

A baby blanket...
A baby blanket…that is growing just like the bump… (not my bump!!!!!)

xxxxx

 

 

My PHD!

I thought it about time I returned, I know its been a while and it has been far longer than I had planned.  So I return with a familiar confession. 

I have come to realise that I am actually not as clever as I like to think and so this post is about my PHD….Projects Half Done!  I much prefer this to the acronym WIP (works in progress) as PHD sounds so much more positive and well….lets be frank; what I am about to show you is not in progress.  Not even by any stretch of the imagination!  Abandoned may be a better description.

InstagramCapture_2131d25e-f4ba-4128-a9a3-6a8f70e4a67c

 So, first out of the box is the baby blanket awaiting  the hooking of one final square and then construction.  So close to a finish, but I need some more cotton.

InstagramCapture_b1e1474d-aadc-4596-9ef3-9d5bcd71e7d0Then there is this linen stitch blanket…I abandoned hooking because I felt my design may be a bit to fussy…I’m undecided.  Do I continue or rip it back and reclaim the wool?….I’ve done that before.

WP_20160403_19_24_13_ProThen there is my knitting loom project, a sumptuous alpaca cowl…I really must restart this…if I can remember how to that is!

WP_20160522_00_14_07_ProThe rainbow V stitch blanket is still on the go, not abandoned at all but most definitely a PHD!

And it is with this in mind I need you all to do me a small favour…if you don’t mind that is.  If you ever read my words that might even hint I am going to study again then I would like you to hit me over the head with something very heavy!!!

xxxxx

Bluebells, bulldog and crochet…

Well lets start with the bluebells shall we!  It is fair to say that the weather around these parts has been bizarre.  We have literally had four seasons in a few hours.  Rain, followed by blue spring skies and then a few moments later hail or snow and thunder.  This is what fell from the sky during little ones football training

WP_20160426_19_07_20_Pro

It was absolutely freezing needless to say, and totally out of the blue, as the start of the training session had been sunny.  Any way, I promised you bluebells, which the crazy weather does not seem to have hindered.  Here they are…

InstagramCapture_2813bf9b-9c55-43cb-a62c-557cf88342d5 These little delicate flowers make my heart very happy and I just love climbing to the top of the hill, where the tall trees stand grandly, graciously carpeted beneath with this blue hue of lovliness. 

starting the climb to bluebell wood
starting the climb to bluebell wood
the grand trees
the grand trees leading to bluebell wood
emerging out of bluebell wood
emerging out of bluebell wood

Once through the wood and out the other side, the boys played and climbed and we took the long path back to the van.  Stopping only to watch a kestrel hunt and to watch miss Jess and a rather handsome springer run rings around each other….oh and to play a game of bulldog.  Of which I do not have any photos as in the first instance I was too mesmerised, in the second instance miss Jess was way to fast for me to photograph and lastly an out of breath me isn’t for photographing! 

So to the crochet…

InstagramCapture_ac322cf3-1e4b-4d14-8704-0118ac92a786InstagramCapture_32dae13b-7b34-4c2e-afa8-a8fa4dad19b3

mostly hooked at the skate park, whilst the not so little Robin practised ‘jumping the box’ and ‘airs’ on his bmx.

xxxxx

Linen cherry baby bar blanket

I have had such a lovely slow Saturday; a stark contrast from recent weekends which have been so hectic with essays and research.

WP_20160430_14_29_57_Pro

I’ve played with colour ways finally deciding upon this colour way I’ve called ‘cherry stripe’.  The yarn being Drops Paris 100% cotton in:

green

rusty red

light old pink

dark beige

off white and

moss green

WP_20160430_14_31_05_Pro

Then I hit you tube to learn a new stitch and opted for ‘linen stitch’.  It is actually a very simple double crochet (single crochet), chain stitch combo.  I like it because it hooks quickly, is economical with yardage, gives a lovely solid reversible fabric and is just perfect for my new baby blanket design…’Linen cherry baby bar blanket’.

InstagramCapture_84944299-e89c-4093-907e-9ecceae56c67

So, that’s a sneeky peek, I’m off to hook some more.

xxxxx

 

A yarny day at work

 

WP_20160105_20_24_29_Pro

Yes, your eyes do not deceive you…. it is a knitted boob! Now you know I didn’t  get my needles out to knit this because I  don’t knit, but you can imagine my delight at been given this at work today during some training I was doing.  It’s  to aid breast feeding support and to help with teaching hand expression and positioning and attachment for Mom’s that                                           choose to breast feed. 

WP_20160105_20_25_45_Pro

Now my only problem will be restraining myself from getting out my boob at work…this yarny one of course!

WP_20160105_20_24_01_Pro

 xxxxx

The smallest achievement is better than the greatest intention…

Here it is all complete… and I

love, love, love it.  

wpid-dsc_0690.jpg

 

Made from scraps, excluding the edging, this little blanket has provided me with the hooky colour therapy that I so needed.  I had made many of these charming squares at the end of other projects, not really being sure of their final purpose.

mini squares made from scraps
mini squares made from scraps

Perhaps a cushion or a giant blanket I thought, big enough for all the robins to snuggle under…yes! that is what I decided upon, a large endeavour of love made from these little, beautiful components and so I started. And so it has remained, unloved at times or loved from afar, but most certainly unfinished and alas my latest commitments made the hooky pleasure of this project impossible.

I love a simple granny!
I love a simple granny!

No, a king sized blanket out of tiny granny squares became a lingering burden…and so with some considerable heaviness, the white yarn was carefully frogged.  I felt a sense of failure as I unravelled those stitches and was once again left with a glut of granny’s

a glut of granny's
a glut of granny’s

So, I counted my granny’s out….97….and thought on a smaller scale…hooked 3 more little ones and decided on this 100 granny patch baby blanket.

wpid-dsc_0452.jpg
                                                                                               little beauties…

and as I hooked them back together, in a different way and with a different yarn and with a different purpose, the feeling of failure ebbed away and a new joy arose.

wpid-wp-1442067943122.jpeg

wpid-wp-1442067925299.jpeg

and I discovered that the smallest achievement is always better than the greatest intention… and this little blanket still conveys a large endeavour of love.

 

wpid-dsc_0692.jpg

 

wpid-dsc_0704.jpg

 xxxxx