August…October!

It feels like it jumped from August right in to October without September ever being!  Sorry I have been absent…my excuses are below; however if you don’t fancy reading about them you can skip to the crochet I have to show you, below!

It feels like we have entered a whole new life season here at the nest…all of my boys are now in high school and we are all trying to figure out a new normal.  My evenings consist of co-ordinating logistics with Mr R, ferrying each to various sporting activities, or taking girlfriends home or picking up from girlfriends houses or trying to figure out whether it is ok for them to get the train to and from football on a Friday evening…I feel like I am constantly asking myself the question, is it safe?   Turns out very little seems safe these days, but I guess that is how they grow up…I’ve just got to let them…some how!

Whilst we’ve been adjusting autumn has tiptoed in quietly but surely, but I am yet to appreciate its glory and splendour.  Mr R has done some serious damage to his knee and it has put pay to our usual long walks.  So all in all life has been up in the air a bit, but we are beginning to settle now, I think.

I do have some crochet to show you though.  The arrival of Autumn compelled me to start a new blanket.

mosaic crochet

The blanket pattern is called ‘The dark wave Throw’ by Redsparrowcrochet

mosic crochet

you should really pop over and take a look, Esme, has some stunning patterns available…I am in awe!

It is a brand new skill set for me as it is mosaic crochet, which I have never done before.  The pattern is very well written, but it is definitely not a project for in front of the tv as I do have to concentrate very hard  and focus on what I am doing.  As a consequence I am making slow progress, but the thrill of watching the pattern emerge is hugely satisfying.

I have also been making some more bear hats

baby bear hat

pattern by Rachel Glassco 

(some alterations to pattern made by myself)

 and I have been making orders for this very cute Santa hat.

santa hat for baby

The pattern for this hat is the  ‘Mint elf hat’

santa baby hat

 

by East Coast Stitches

The faux fur trim is a polyester yarn by James C Brett called ‘Chinchilla’.  I have never used a faux fur yarn before as I thought they would be tricky to work with.  However, I found this easier than I thought I would.  I felt for the stitches rather than seeing them and I just love the look of this hat.  The faux fur is just so super soft and the oversized pompom finishes this hat off just perfectly; needless to say I have a few orders for these so will be hooking some more in the coming days.

I have also been working on a pattern for a sensory teething ring, but I am still in the very early stages of this, so I will update as I make progress.  So, I think that is about it, if you have got this far…thanks for stopping by.  I’m off to do a little more mosaic crochet, with a cup of coffee…now there’s a nice safe thing to do!

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My Charming Harbour Blanket is finally finished!

Wow…I have a finished blanket to show you!  You may want to take a seat at this point as it has probably come as quite a shock to you.  It may be even more shocking when I reveal that it has taken me over  18 months to get this stunner finished.

crochet blanket

You can read the original post I wrote way back, when I initially put it on my hook just here.  It has been neglected and unloved for much of that time, which is crazy because I have thoroughly enjoyed hooking every last stitch.   The new owner of this handsome blanket now has it in his possession and I am so thrilled as he always was the intended heritor of this creation.  I am also thrilled that I finished hooking the main body and border of this blanket in and around Brixham Harbour which seemed so fitting as I had named it the Charming Harbour Blanket.

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I couldn’t resist adding four enormous pom poms to each corner.  Mr R did not approve…but inside I squealed with delight at those fat poms!

crochet blanket

I love this blanket and I love that it is certain to have more seaside adventures in a happy little camper van…because every camper van needs a little (lot) of crochet!

crochet blanket

Now I’m pretty certain that a finished item equals buying more yarn…right?

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My Make Do Blanket…

I have been reviewing my yarn stash…I have lots of little balls and some big balls of mainly acrylic yarn…mostly Stylecraft special dk and some balls of ‘I just don’t know what’. They are leftovers from projects long gone by like my Happy Ripple

crocet ripple blanket
from 2014

and my Very V Blanket

crochet v stitch blanket, rainbow blanket
Very V blanket from 2016

and the Cosy Cottage Blankets I hooked way back in 2014

the ‘his’ colour way
Cosycattage blanket, ayarnyrobin, crochet blankets
Cosy Cottage Blanket by Attic 24

Of course, I did well last year de-stashing a lot of what I had with the lovely coastal crochet CAL

I was going to gather the rest up and take it to the charity shop…as I have felt for quite a long while that the numerous odd balls of this colour and that colour have been blocking my creative mojo.  But, as I gathered what was quite a tangled mess a pang of guilt coursed through me…it seemed so wasteful. 

I peered into the bag of what I had managed to detangle, not even sure if I liked the colours anymore, but I couldn’t shake that wasteful feeling.  I also felt tired, but I needed to hook; and so before long a simple granny stripe (there are several versions of the pattern out there) began to fall from my hook.  Even more surprisingly, the random colours were so very satisfying to my soul…as was the feeling that this odd surplus of yarn was not only becoming useful, but it was becoming something rather splendid indeed!

crochet blanketI am calling it my ‘Make Do’ blanket.  I’m not sure what size it will be when it is finished…I’m not even sure how many chains I began with, I’m just making do! 

What’s on your hook?

 

 

Sometimes just being underneath crochet is enough!….

I have not been overly productive on the crochet front since the New Year began, largely down to  a chest infection and it’s lingering gift of tiredness. So I have settled for being under my crochet instead…

crochetI have started my new book which I got at Christmas…it has been on my wish list for a while now and I am really enjoying turning the pages and soaking up the next page of words…I haven’t read a book for a long time.

crochetI have put the border on my second ‘Yala’ blanket…I know I have not shown you the first yet, but I am thinking of ordering some cork disc labels to add to them and they are in need of blocking also, so you will have to wait to see them. 

Whilst adding the border this morning I relished the feeling that time had slowed down and I drank in the atmosphere here at the nest…home, sweet home.  I enjoyed the sound of my youngest two robins chitter chattering to each other and tried to absorb all of them, even their bickering.  They are growing so quickly, and I know that in a blink of an eye I will be sat here hooking, wandering what they are doing and when they might visit.

sunsetI spent the afternoon baking for the week ahead and we managed to catch the sunset whilst walking the dogs.  It was windy and the trees swooshed noisly above our heads. I was grateful to be outside, kicking up the leaf litter and breathing in the cold air; I was even more grateful to come home into the warm, pull on my pj’s and heap my bowl full of slow cooker chilli.

My plans for the week are particularly hectic…today may well have been the calm before the storm; so I plan on spending little snippets of time through out the week doing more of the above, wherever I can…because sometimes just being underneath your crochet is enough. 

I hope you have a good week whatever your plans.

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Sheraby Baby Blanket…

Oh my days! 

Life seems to be on fast forward at the moment…It is nearly December already…how can that be? 

I  have been hooking, but a lot of what I am doing is

Secret Santa type of top secret and the like.  I can show you this, however

crochet baby blanketA pretty linen stitch baby blanket, using up my leftovers from my Sunday Shawl…this yarn has to be my absolute favourite at the moment.  It is Scheepjes Merino dk and it is so, so soft…I mean really soft and plump and squishy.  I started this blanket on a whim and then couldn’t put it down, so it actually hooked up quite quickly.  I hooked it in the car,

crochet baby blanketIn the café whilst the boys were mountain biking,

crochet baby blanketbut, mostly I hooked it in Sherwood Forest, whilst away for a few precious days…hence the name ‘Sheraby’. 

in my happy place

You might be thinking what about all those pesky ends?  Well, I just crocheted over them as I went, so there were no pesky ends at all.

crochet baby blanketIt is only a small little blanket…car seat size, but I am so pleased with it.  This years hooking seems to be about busting my stash and I am really enjoying the challenge of that.  I really do like the ‘knitted’ look  that linen stitch produces to.  It’s a lovely closed fabric effect and is very simple to do.

crochet baby blanket

crochet baby blanketWhat do you think?

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seasidestashbusting blanket…The End!

It’s done!  I have made the last stitch and woven in the last end of my beautiful #seassidestashbusting blanket. 

It’s huge and I simply love it!

mixedstitch crochet blanketOh! what a journey this blanket has been…a beautiful, stitchy, vibrant and meandering journey of colour, crochet and community…not to mention stash busting too! 

mixed stitch crochet blanket

Thank you so much to Eleanora over at Coastal Crochet for hosting such a marvellous and well organised CAL (crochet-a-long) and to all the lovely people I have met  a long the way; who have encouraged and inspired me with kind words or blankets of their own.  I have really enjoyed scrolling through the IG feed #seasidestashbustingblanket and seeing so many wonderfully unique contributions.

mixed stitch crochet blanket

I am keeping this blanket for myself because honestly, I just can’t bear to be parted from it.  I have hooked in so many memories of my year…like the sunny glamping rows, the foot surgery rows, the world cup rows, the too hot to crochet rows and the snowy day bobbles and I can relate each memory to the specific rows.  I will leave you with my photographic journey…

#seasidestashbustingblanket CAL

#seasidestashbustingblanket weeks 5 - 8mixed stitch crochet blanketcrochet mixed stitch blanketcrochet blanket calmixed stitch crochet blanketseasidestashbustingblanketmixed stitch crochet blanketLove, love, love this blanket. 

I’m not sure what I’m going to do without the weekly rows…

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Seasidestashbusting blanket weeks 29 – 32

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Here’s the penultimate update on the gorgeous

#seasidestashbustingblanket …

These rows were finished a little while ago and I am onto the border now…but, I wanted to show you my progress in chronological order.

mixed stitch blanketI didn’t think this blanket would match any décor in the nest, since it is just made up of stash I had hiding under Little Robin’s bed, but it is looking fine on my bed…

mixed stitch crochet blanket

and in the lounge…but to be honest it is so flipping lovely it would look amazing anywhere. 

So,  I’m off to finish the border and I will be back soon with the final post for this beautiful blanket.

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Seasidestashbusting blanket weeks 25 – 28

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I am still behind on my 

#seasidestashbustingblanket …

I have just completed  week 29 and I think the CAL is now up to week 31, so I really want to push on and catch up with this as the CAL is almost done.  I think there may be a couple more weeks of rows before it is time to border and finish.  So I am going to make this one of this week’s hooky priorities; especially since it has cooled down a lot around here.  These weeks pictured contained some more filet crochet, bobbles and some more basket weave! 

I am loving these colours there are 11 in total which I had in stash and they are stylecraft special dk. I did have to go a buy a ball of yarn yesterday as I was short and didn’t want to introduce a new colour so late into the blanket and I really felt that it should feature in some of the last rows.  Other than that I am just picking from these yarn balls randomly, and I like the surprise of that.

I have been hooking some other little makes and have found some wonderful patterns and I will share those with you soon.

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Seasidestashbustingblanket weeks 20 – 24

mixed stitch crochet blanketHere’s just a little update on the lovely

#seasidestashbustingblanket …

I confess I have fallen a week behind with this CAL.  I am laying the total blame for this at the feet of Gareth Southgate and the England world cup team for smashing history and those penalties…apologies if you are reading this in Columbia. 

I am also totally going to blame the UK heatwave…the hottest and driest summer since 1976…which was also before I was born!  It is glorious but it makes hooking blankets hot work.  If you look closely at week 24’s photo you will see just what I have been hooking instead… but I will write a separate post all about that next time.

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Gorgeous Glamping…

Just a couple of weekends ago, I abandoned work early, gathered my brood and made a little journey to a truly magical place. We only travelled 30 minutes away but we found ourselves in a different world. 

glamping

We went glamping…that is camping in style!  

And let me tell you it was absolutely luxurious.  Running hot water, flushing toilet, the most comfortable bed in the world (honestly I felt like I was sleeping in a cloud) and a roll top bath with a gorgeous and very private view. 

glampingThe boys happily shunned their screens and devices and spent hours splashing in the hot tub

glamping

and lighting fires

glampingWe cooked contently on the dutch oven (although there was a large wood burning stove inside our abode)

And we cycled the short distance into Arley where the great Severn Valley Railway passes through.

severn valley railway

glampingIn the evenings we lit another fire and made use of the blankets provided for us;

glampingand we chatted and laughed and breathed in and out deeply inhaling as much of the tranquillity as we could whilst toasting marsh mallows and drinking bubbles.

glamping

glampingOf course I took my own blankets and they looked so pretty out on the decking…which has fairy lights at night.

glamping

(Yes, that is a candelabra you can see on the dining table! )

There was also plenty of time to crochet

glampingand knit

learning to knitThis place is a true gem…and look what I found in the dresser…

glampinga happy piece of yarn!!!! 

So thank you Mark and Sonja for all of the fairy dust you sprinkled for our stay with you….we loved it!

woodhouse farm luxury camping

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