Yarn a long Sunday #4

yarn a long March

Well this is the last yarn a long Sunday in this March series.  It feels like ‘blink and you will have missed it!’ 

Easter has hurtled at us and March is almost through!

Thank you so much for last weeks natter…I loved chatting with you about life’s little motto’s.   I found it quite inspirational and have carried them with me through this week…not always successfully, but I have tried.

If you are not quite sure what I’m on about you can check out last weeks comment thread just here.

You can find week 1’s ‘Why do you craft, crochet, knit?’ yarn a long,  just here

and week 2’s ‘How to fix a crochet blanket’  just here

just in case you wanted to catch up and of course you can still join in with any of them. 

If you are returning then welcome back…and thank you.

Now, as this is our last yarn a long for now, this week’s topic is

‘Ask me a question…yes you can ask me anything!’

ayarnyrobin

Go on don’t be shy!

xxxxx

 

 

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Yarn a long Sunday #3

yarn a long March

Welcome to the third yarn a long Sunday…March is certainly flying by!

Thank you so much for last weeks natter…I really enjoyed your suggestions and helpful thoughts about how to fix my unravelled grannies…I think the general consensus was leave longer tails and weave them in  more thoroughly!!!

If this is your first time here, firstly welcome. 

You can find week 1 yarn a long just here

and last weeks just here

just in case you want to catch up and of course you can still join in with any of them. 

If you are returning then welcome back…and thank you.

Now, this weeks yarn a long is based upon one of my life mottos

 Ray Bradbury Quote

I have loved this quote for a long time; I know some people say to me why would you want to jump out of a window?  Mr. R included…he is not a fan! 

But to me the sentiment behind these words is extremely powerful.  I guess no one would jump out of a window given the choice…well most people wouldn’t. I’m guessing the window is high up…if you have to grow wings on the way down, then there is a bit of a free fall one would assume. 

Jumping out of a window is a last resort, it’s desperate, it’s uncomfortable and frightening and your on your own.  I have found it is in these places in life, in the struggle, in the heartache, in the mess, that you find a strength you did not know you had…your wings if you will. 

For me my faith soars and the thing with wings is… you can fly.  And if you can fly then you can flutter higher than any window you have to jump out of, you can rise and swoop in freedom.  

So, I cling at times to this Ray Bradbury quote and at other times I am motivated by it and occasionally I soar, and often I just seem to flap about like mad!

Do you have any life motto’s  I’d love for you to share in the comments thread below.

xxxxx

 

 

#seasidestashbustingblanket weeks 5 – 8

I thought you might like a little update on the slow CAL (crochet a long) I am participating in which is being hosted by coastal crochet…details  of weeks 1 – 4 are just here. You may have seen it across social media with the #seasidestashbustingblanket.

#seasidestashbustingblanket
mixed stitches…

There are several things I am enjoying about this CAL.  The first of which is the pace.  Eleonara, is releasing just four rows a week; two on a Monday and two on a Friday and so it feels very relaxed. 

#seasidestashbustingblanket
as approved by little Jess

The second little gem is that I am busting my stash!  The CAL’s focus is using up what you already have and so this blanket is being made entirely from stash.  I have a lot of stash, not as much as some, but too much to be just lying idle.  I feel like I am achieving something very positive  using up my hoard and turning my treasure into  usable wealth. 

#seasidestashbustingblanket

The third pleasure is the online community element of this CAL.  I have met and chatted with so many talented ladies and gentleman and have been inspired and encouraged.  It never ceases to amaze me how folk can hook the same pattern and yet the different colour choices make it look so different. 

Creativity…I just love it!  

#seasidestashbustingblanket
week 8

Eleonora, has called it her seaside blanket because she lives by the sea and takes her inspiration from her surroundings and therefore that is reflected in her colour choices. It made me smile when she introduced pink into her blanket… stating she new she would have to as it was in her stash. Eleonora, likened it to strawberry icecream on the beach, which I liked a lot.

#seasidestashbustingblanket weeks 5 - 8

It got me thinking about the colours in my blanket and what they reminded me of and after some thought I think they remind me of a stormy sunset. 

So I am going to call this my Stormy Sunset blanket…what do you think?

xxxxx

Yarn a long Sunday #2

yarn a long March

Welcome to the second yarn a long Sunday…I hope you have grabbed yourself a coffee or something else to drink.  Last week’s yarn a long was all about why you crochet, knit, craft… and I shared my story of post natal depression. 

Thank you for sharing your stories. I think the two common elements were overwhelmingly how crochet links us with our memories of our older relatives such as grandparents and the importance of passing skills down through the generations.  Secondly, how crochet and creativity links with easing stress and impacts upon our wellbeing.  I also enjoyed exploring new to me blogs too!

If you want to read last weeks thread you can access it just here. 

 

Todays yarn a long is about your help: Just take a look at this

This is my 100patch granny and some of the granny’s have come unravelled…

 x2 questions really…

Why is this happening?

and

How can I fix it? 

It’s making me reluctant to start another modular blanket and I so want to, but I wan’t it to stand the test of time too!

Pearls of wisdom welcome in the comments thread below.

 

xxxxx

#yarnlovechallenge February round up

February #yarnlovechallenge photos all in one place. 

This was so much fun and a challenge too.

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days 1 – 4

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days 5 – 8

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days 9 – 12

#yarnlovechallenge feb 2018

days 13 -16

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days 17 – 20

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days 21 – 24

#yarnlovechallenge

days 25 – 28

I’m going to miss my little daily challenge!

xxxxx

 

 

Yarn a long Sunday #1

yarn a long March

Yay…Welcome to the first yarn a long Sunday…If you have just stumbled here by accident, I do hope you will stay for a while and join in too.  I am  a teensy bit anxious about this to be honest as I have not done anything like this before and I’m worried no one will join in, although I have had some very positive feedback…thank you if that was you…you will know who you are.

The purpose of my yarn a long is to get to know you a little better and you I; and so I am hoping that you will join in with me by commenting in the thread below.  My hope is you will also get to know each other a little better too and discover new blogs and other such yarny lovliness. 

So, shall we begin… Todays yarn a long is: 

‘Why do you craft…crochet…knit? 

Shall I start?

I have wanted to write about this for a while because crochet has become my default…it is almost like my reset button.  I was introduced to crochet a long time ago now; about 8 months after my youngest Robin entered the world and I was suffering with post natal depression.  My Health Visitor was great and along with other structured support suggested I attend a local group of Momma’s that ate cake and drank coffee and crafted…well she had me at cake! 

An elderly lady named Eileen, came along soon after I joined and she taught me how to hold a crochet hook and chain stitches.  There was something very soothing about the rhythm of making those chains and before long Eileen, had me making treble crochet stitches (double crochet stitches if you use American terminology).  Those first stitches were far too tight and I got frustrated easily, but the company was healing and Eileen, was patient and kind and the cake tasted good!  I must have swatched 20 or more uneven little squares before it clicked…I’m a slow learner…but, when it did, click that was, I made a giant granny square blanket for my boys.  We still have that blanket today and do you know I have never taken a photo of it, because it isn’t well hooked or perfect or in great colours… but it is in the colours they chose!  My boys still use it though and who knew that it would lead me on the most wonderful hooky adventure. 

I have taken a photo of that 1st blanket and here is the exclusive just for you… but  don’t look too closely!  

 crochet blanket

That was nearly a decade ago and since then I have immersed myself in learning new stitches… thank you to video tutorials, blogs, books, magazines and good old trial and error.  I have also immersed myself in yarn and lots of it!!

Crochet saved my mental health back then along with some good medical support and the love of an amazing family and crochet continues to soothe me still in the beautiful chaos of life… 

Thanks to a tuned in Health Visitor and Eileen.

‘Why do you craft…crochet…knit?

I’d love it if you would share…

xxxxx

yarn-a-long Sunday…

yarn a long March

I am so enjoying blogging…and more recently getting to know some of you a little better.  It is a side to blogging that I wasn’t expecting at all and it has led me to all kinds of lovely blogs, all of which are unique in their own way even though the shared theme is often the common thread. 

And it is to this end that I  am launching a series in March called

‘yarn-a-long Sunday’. 

A short  interactive post each Sunday through March kicking off on Sunday 04th; asking a question, or seeking  your opinions and advice.    I do hope you will make a cuppa and join in  and have some fun; and then maybe I can get to know you a little bit better too!

xxxxx

Hooking and Healing…

If you read my last #yarnlovechallenge post, you may have gathered that I’m a bit laid up… but every cloud has a silver lining and my enforced rest has meant lots of crochet.  

broken foot and crochet
guilt free resting!

and a spot of jigsaw (ing!!),

but mostly crochet and cuddles with my buddy.

scnoodle dog
Jess, my crochet buddy… 

I have really made some headway on my Charming Harbour blanket .  I hadn’t picked it up for a while and I was just beginning to feel burdened about the possibility of it becoming a long standing PHD. I am so glad to have pulled it back out as I have found the simplicity of hooking this blanket most pleasing lately. 

broken foot and stuff to do

#seasidestashbustingblanket CAL

Additionally, I have been thrilled to be taking part in a CAL hosted by Coastal Crochet.  I found the CAL a little late in week 2, but I soon had the rows completed, thanks to my prescribed idleness. I have kept up to date ever since too.  We are now in week 5 and this stash busting blanket is growing into a mighty fine array of mixed stitches, with beautiful waves of long stitch abounding currently.  

#seasidestashbustingblanket

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#seasidestashbustingblanket
mixed stitches…

I have still to make a start on the Granny Square CAL details of which are just here, but I still have another week until my stitches come out so I’ve got time.

Enjoy the rest of your week whatever you have planned.

xxxxx

 

#yarnlovechallenge 2018

yarnlovechallenge 2018So, it begins…

I will be posting daily on Instagram, you can click the Instagram button on the side bar to follow me. 

I will post every few days here on my blog collating a few days prompts together.  If you want to join in then please do, it is a great way to meet fellow crafters and it’s good fun too!

xxxxx

End of year review…Bring on 2018

2017 has certainly had it’s ups and it’s downs.  I am pleased  to report that it is ending on an up.  I have really enjoyed perusing back through my posts and have picked out my favourite from each month in way of  reviewing 2017 here at the nest.  Before we begin I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of my seasoned readers, to those of you that have recently discovered this little corner of yarniness and to you if you have  just stumbled across this post by accident.

Without all of you, I would just be here, hooking and writing and hooking some more; annoying my family by taking photo’s every 2 minutes and whilst that would be ok, it is so much more fun with you dropping by and saying hi every once in a while.  You encourage me and inspire me to keep blogging about all things yarny and for that I am very grateful. 

So grab a glass of prosecco or the bottle!  or maybe a cuppa if you prefer and lets look back at 2017 here at the nest.

January 2017 

shawl crochet ayarnyrobin
crochet in bed.

2017 began with shawls, having completed x2 virus shawls I had the bug for more.  This‘ is the ‘pink shawl’ by Cecile Balladino,  and it is still one of my favourites although I still can’t call it the ‘pink shawl!’

February 2017

#yarnlove challenge 2017

I had so much fun doing the yarn love challenge during February.  A post a day was a challenge, but I relished the daily prods to share. 

I’d love to do this again in 2018. 

Here is a little link to my favourite #yarnlovechallenge post and another favourite… well I couldn’t just pick one!

March 2017

Sunday Shawl by Alia Bland
Sunday Shawl hooking

Another month another shawl…This time the beautiful Sunday Shawl by Alia Bland.  This project proved to be the perfect way to jump into spring, maybe it was those delicious pastels against the warmth of the grey.

April2017

Alpaca cake…

A milestone birthday, an alpaca birthday cake, and a graduation. I couldn’t have imagined a happier set of celebrations. I was so  blissfully unaware of the catastrophe about to beset us.

May 2017

Interlocking stitch

At least I got some crochet in whilst juggling hospital trips and the absence of a critically ill Mr R…crochet is not only my joy it’s my default when things get tough…my sanity. 

This Baby Wilmer blanket, filled me with hope, a new life just entering this world, whilst life at the nest  felt as if it had paused in some horrific nightmare.

June 2017 

yarnbomb, ayarnyrobin gate installation
yarnbomb

Mr R had prayerfully turned a corner  and our healing had begun, it was time for some fun and this yarny gate installation celebrated that!

July 2017

free dog collar crochet pattern...simple free pattern which you can crochet in under an hour
Jess… with her new crochet collar.

Still healing, but healing well! 

Small projects worked best and this ‘Oh so cute’ free dog collar pattern went down a treat with little Jess.

August 2017

C2C crochet baby blanket, crochet heart squares in paintbox cotton yarn
crochet and coffee

I fell so in love with these adorable C2C (corner to corner)hearts that I just couldn’t stop hooking them!  I couldn’t!! 

They fell off my hook so quickly that before I knew where I was I had enough for a blanket of hearts. 

I have to confess that I still need to border this lovely…yes it is still a PHD (project half done).  In my defense I just can’t decide what colour to border it in!

September 2017

crochet barefoot sandals - Corfu designed by ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com, summer feet
Corfu – Barefoot sandals

September felt much more ‘normal’ although I don’t know why…I spent a large majority of it bobbing around on a lazy river being drenched in golden sunshine on the amazing island of Corfu.  I didn’t forget about you though…look I made these barefoot sandals  by the pool… here’s the link to the free pattern just in case you fancy a pretty 20 minute hook up!

October 2017

Autumn woodland walks a plenty, a suprising wildlife sighting and family…I am so blessed.

November 2017

The Grandma Dot Tea Cosy, crochet tea cosy, The Grandma Collection by ayarnyrobin
Grandma Dot Tea Cosy

Finally, the release of my newest tea cosy in the Grandma Collection…the Grandma Dot tea cosy.  I don’t know why this took me so long to publish but it did.  Anyway, thank you for your frankly very kind feedback about this free pattern…there will be another one coming very shortly in the new year.

December 2017

loom knitted hat, ayarnyrobin
loom knitted beanie…

I told you 2017 ended on an up…the hat fit!

Enough said. 

Thank you 2017 for the joy, for the triumphs, for the challenge and even for the heartbreak…for all the folk that have stood alongside me whether that has been for a few minutes, a few days or for those lifers that are always cheering me on… you know who you are.  

Finally, thank you once again to you, for riding this journey with me… I think you are amazing and want to wish you all a very blessed and  extremely yarny 2018…

wherever it may take you.

xxxxx