Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Catherine Scarf /blanket




I designed this scarf way back in 2012 . It was published in Inside crochet magazine ,Issue 34. This pretty scarf uses a traditional feather and fan lace stitch to great effect, causing the variegated yarn to form stunning zigzag stripes as you work, with minimal effort. There is no reason that this pattern can not be adapted to make larger pieces. Incidently, the yarn used for this is called Kauni
                                    With that in mind I decided to use the same pattern to make a larger piece.
 I am really rather pleased. I used my leftover stylecraft  It is  a pack called the Lucy pack and it contains all these great colours .
 
 With the yarn I made this Granny stripe blanket back in 2010. My bed is a super king bed and this blanket is huge. I fell so completely in love  with the stripes, the colours and the random nature I crocheted the yarn. I simply used the yarn that came out of the bag in no order .I really enjoyed making this that I decided to make matching pillows. This set is now used for our family picnics. The pillows come in so handy

 I think that my Catherine pattern works so well in these colours .I have blocked it .Everything looks  so much better when it is blocked.
                            The pattern reminds me of the rays of the sun and the undulating waves of the sea.
                                             I find colours and the waves very calming. It is a very easy two row pattern.I finished it off with a two row yellow border .I really like that contrast of the teal and the gold. Incidently,  this is a cot sized blanket
Have you noticed my wonderful collage? One of my favourites bloggers Marianne from Ladybird diaries introduced me to an app called InstaCollage which I have on my phone. It is very simple to use and you just transfer photos from the camera roll on your phone onto the template you want on InstaCollage. It's a free app and perfect . It is great fun you can then share the results via instagram  or save the picture and then I will use it for my blog .It is really clever. Thank you Marianne.
I have been  thinking that it might be a good idea to back it with a lovely piece of fabric ,but my sewing skills are not great and I am not sure how to finihed off the edges, but that is for another day .
I used  a couple of blocking wires and t pins in a bid to get perfectly straight sides. 
 

                       You  can make a blanket . I have made a wrap in stunning lace weight cashmere .It is perfect for the colder evenings .The  pattern  for my Catherine Scarf is available at  Ravelry  at the bargain price of £1.99.


Not everyone likes bright colours this shows it looks equally stunning in neutral shades.
 

I am not reading a book this week I'm reading magazines at the moment and I'm really enjoying it.
Linking to ; Ginny's yarn along  
 



Monday, September 01, 2014

How to be Happy





Robert Louis Stevenson


) ‘How to Be Happy' 


1. Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
2. Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, and everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.
3. Don't take yourself too seriously. Don't think that somehow you should be protected from misfortune that befalls other people.
4. You can't please everybody. Don't let criticism worry you.
5. Don't let your neighbour set your standards. Be yourself.
6. Do the things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
7. Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.
8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy, enmity, grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
9. Have many interests. If you can't travel, read about new places.
10. Don't hold post-mortems. Don't spend your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes. Don't be one who never gets over things.
11. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
12. Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yarn along

 
My few of my favourite things are yarn and books ,so Ginny's yarn along is a great way to spend an hour reading what others are reading and making with yarn
                                                                                
I joined the Natural dye studio rainbow club awhile back , and this is my selection all lined up. I seem to have one month missing ,I cant find it .I have a lot of yarn and I am usually very good at putting this club in the right box but hay ho , I am only human.

                                                                        Isnt it yummy?
                                                                                  
                                                                           
 I'm sure you have noticed but I have added a few more skeins for my stash.I am thinking about a new warm wool rainbow blanket and I am working on some new designs .
 I now have the rather unpleasant task of wounding these skeins into balls I m afraid it isn't a task I relish. When the girls where little I am not ashamed to say I was not adverse to child labour. Winding wool for their tea ,haha .
I usually bribe the Mr as I have that terrible carpal tunnel thingy I make him feel sorry for me and I always bake him a cake but  when he saw the scale of yarn he said "Not on your Nellie", charming!!
Incidently, if you are admiring my gorgeous hand crafted skein winder I bought it from here.

They also make Nostepinne” or “nostepinde” .It is a Scandinavian word that means “nest-stick.”; the original Ball Winder. It is a tool used to wind a center-pull yarn ball. A nostepinne is portable, easy to use, and creates a center-pull ball that can be used without changing the twist in the yarn. I know you it is easily to  the wool winder but there is something nice on occasion about using the old fashioned way. It connects me with the way women did it hundreds of years.
 
After all that I have decided to continue with the rainbow club. I really want a full spectrum of the rainbow. I will of course share my new purchases as soon as they arrive, yes, that's right I have been shopping and now added some more skeins. I can't wait.
 
 


I am reading this novel is accessible women's fiction, with a darker edge. It's narrated by Saffron Mackleroy whose husband was murdered 18 months earlier. Saffron has a lot to cope with: her 14 year old daughter has just shared a big secret, Saffron has a difficult relationship with food, and her husband's killer has started writing to her and threatening her family. Can she hold her life together and recover from her husband's devastating death?
Joining in with Ginny's yarn along

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vintage Crochet Patterns


                                                                                   

 I love  vintage and antique  greeting cards and postcards These images  are from here .Many of the postcards  from the early 1900s, the greeting cards are from a little bit later in the century, the 1930s through the early 50s. I know it isn't valentines day but these images are so cute


I am like a woman possessed  when I get a thought in my head .I decided to find some vintage crochet images
I found this image and  that lead me onto the Free Vintage Crochet, a website that is devoted to providing fans of crochet with a huge variety of patterns at no cost, has just reached a very impressive milestone. Two thousand vintage, hand restored free crochet patterns are now available to the public .Oh my goodness, this place rocks.




                                                                              
There are literally thousands upon thousands of free crochet patterns that are no longer available simply because they were published many years ago and are now out of print. Fortunately, the Internet gives us the opportunity to share these fun, exciting and long lost designs for everyone to enjoy again. They are currently working on reproducing a library of vintage patterns that have passed into the public domain .

                                                                              

All of the crochet patterns that appear on the website have passed into the public domain. That means that these designs are no longer protected by copyright and you are free to do whatever you would like to do with them! Copy them, share them, make finished items from them and sell them - let your imagination run wild! whoopee, however beware ,you might forget to make dinner once you log on.


Joining in with Ginny