As I have been waiting extremely patiently for the postman to bring me a yarn shaped parcel; walking has featured as a daily pass time since the weather has been so cheery.
We have stomped over fields in the sunshine,
rambled down pathways
and climbed over gates.
We have wandered through woodlands and I have admired the dappled sunshine dancing on the ground. In the evenings I have been hooking this…
a light weight artfully simple angled scarf (designed by the very talented Tamara over at Moogly) in a 4 ply Sirdar country style yarn. The colour is 0392….meh! I do so dislike it when a colour just has a number and not a name. It is a beautiful old pastel pink, which now I have started, I cant put down.
Still waiting…we have visited orchards
and walled gardens
and stumbled across these little guys (very cute indeed).
Finally, a yarn shaped parcel arrived and a dilemma.
Well, I just couldn’t resist this gorgeous wool alpaca blend in (0519) or charcoal grey.
Nor this beautiful compilation of cotton. So, now I have the Robins nest squares to finish, my artfully simple angled scarf and new yarn screaming “hook me, hook me!” What a fabulously fantastic woolly dilemma to be in. xxxxx
Following some much needed soul restoration on Friday, the theme has lingered here at the nest over the Easter weekend; and I can deleriously report is continuing today too. However, hooking came to a very abrupt halt yesterday!
After a chaotic but funny Easter egg hunt, in which I muddled the clues up somehow; and hearty singing of praises in church. Followed a mixed weather walk just down by the brook,
I love carefully picking my way back home through this flowery path…
Back home for some quiet hooking
which was fine until…
I realised I had only this much red cotton left and four robins nest motifs left to square…I told you the hooking came to an abrupt halt! Which was only soothed by this wonderful Easter tray that I received from my lovely brother and Sister in Law (Thank you Kate xx)
Which proved just perfect to hold my coffee whilst I ordered more yarn
I spent mine amongst the study books, so didn’t get much hooking time. I did have way too many children in the house, making a lot of noise (not great for studying!)
I also had family over for Sunday lunch, which was so great to just kick back and relax. Although I didn’t get to hang out with my yarn stash much, I did manage some sneaky hooking during a long game of monopoly.
and I just want to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has sent me comments about the new look around here…you are always so positive and it means the world to me
How can x2 part completed quilts just get mislaid???? That is the question I am pondering this week. Several years ago I started on two lovely quilts and I cant find them anywhere. However I did find this…
A square I hooked several years ago… along with my scribbled notes on the pattern. So I hooked up a new one and thought I’d share.
This is my flower fiesta art piece… a colourful creative explosion of all things flowery… and that now occupies prime wall space in the Robins nest. It’s exclusive purpose is to cheer and gladden, created specifically to subconsciously brighten the spirit. Made from yarn, felt, buttons and a few beads here and there.
On a very wet afternoon, just the other day, I began to hook up some little leaves. Simple I thought, no pattern required.
After a couple of tweaks here and there, this is what my trusty hook had produced. I think they are rather sweet, so I thought I would share this little leaf pattern with you. To download a pdf version just click here, or full instructions can be found below.
Little Leaf Pattern.
I used drops cotton dk and a 3.5mm hook. All instructions are using English terminology.
Slst – slip stitch
st – stitch
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
htr – half treble
tr – treble
dtr – double treble
Ch8, slst into 2nd ch from hook, then slst into each remaining 6ch and fasten off.
Join chosen colour thread to 1st st at bottom of leaf vein. Ch1, dc in next st, htr in next st, tr in next st, 2dtr in next st, tr in next st, htr in next st, dc in same st (you should now be at the top of the vein).
ch3, dc in same st, htr in same st.
You now need to reverse the pattern down the other side of the leaf. This time working in the back loops only.
So, tr in next st, 2dtr in next st, tr in next st, htr in next st, dc in next st, slst in next st. Fasten off to finish and weave in ends.
Happy little leaf hooking
‘A yarny little leaf’ designed by Nicola Florence @ ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com….February 2016.
Over the weekend, I stumbled upon an article in the local newspaper, which has led to a little adventure today. Today being a wet and grey and cold day, today being my first week day off since Christmas. So as you can probably imagine, today is a treasured day and one just right for a wee adventure.
So, after diligently completing the school run, I drove just ten little minutes into the very wet countryside
into a sweet little village, which I have only visited a couple of times before, for the annual scarecrow festival held in September, when it would seem the whole world turns up. Today, it seemed as if I was the only one here.
My adventure was not a wild one, but it made me feel hopeful of humanity and I did find the tiny, little library
nestled on the corner of an ordinary street…
from a little way off you would hardly guess what an alternative purpose was hidden inside,
but once inside there were treasures to behold…
and I had come prepared…a gift for the library…an old book no longer required.
So I nestled it on the shelf, wandering who would choose my book. I also left a little yarniness…
and so with happiness in my heart, I drove the ten minutes home, feeling cold and wet…but not a bit grey
and made myself a brew, ready to come and tell you all about what is possibly the world’s smallest library, the back story of which can be found just here, and the often times, lovely spirit of humanity.