Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Crocheting socks


Hello my lovelies, I hope we you are well and that the hay fever isn't bothering you too much, I don't suffer from it myself but everyone here does. I really feel for those who suffer it can make simply going to work hell , as my Mr likes to tell me 

I am having quite a few problems with blogger I cant seem to  resize my pictures so please excuse these tiny pics. Is any one else having problems?. I cant  post and I'm struggling to update all reading list .It is beginning to bother me so much so Im considering moving to another host.
I made this one side of sock with a skein of yarn from uk dyer
I am sure you noticed I said I only made one side .I adore random dyed yarns and I am constantly seduced by them however,I must say I do struggle with them .they look beautiful in a skein but I find with crochet they seem to pool in a way I don't find pleasing to the eye .I don't like the movement of colour. As much as I find knitting a long process I think stocking stitch makes the best of these types of yarn.. What are you making at the moment ???

Saturday, June 13, 2015

I need advice on travelling with a baby .

Hi Dear friends,
 I hope you are all well. I need some advise please. We are all travelling  with our almost 8 month grandson . I have never travelled with  a little one abroad , I am a bit concerned. For much of my children early years we always felt the UK was perfect . We didn't go on a plan with them until they could speak and could at least tell me if they felt unwell. With that in mind dear friend I'm sure you will understand I am clueless, I call upon your combined experience. My daughter keeps coming to me but I simply don't know. I've googled stuff but advise is often conflicting.

Okay so here goes; How do you deal with a little one on the plane? Will his ears hurt, we always suck a sweet or chew gum but what do you do for babies? where do they put the baby's buggy? how on earth do you change a nappy  in those tiny toilets?

We are staying at a five star spa resort. We have two suites but no kitchen facilities ,  it is all inclusive. I have no experience with how you will prepare the baby's bottles when away from the UK, Should we carry a travel kettle ? how do you sterilise his bottles? Should we buy all the nappies here or can you bring enough for a few days and them buy from a supermarket there? do they sell Pampers?, if not do you happen to know a brand out there that we can use?As baggage allowance for babys is only 10kgs is that enough if you have to bring all these bits.
With regards to baby food  when we are out n about he eats those organic pouch foods, at home he eats what we eat .Do you think it will be safe for him to eat what we are given at the resort ? I'm sorry if I sound silly but I really don't know.

 Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm going crazy. If you ladies have any advice about anything, what to pack? sunscreen, feeding, sleeping, travelling, anything I would really appreciate it. Many thanks.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Postman always ring twice

I'm smiling right now, the postman has just delivered a new parcel of yarn, if you believe in coincidences how's this, it happened to be the same postman that delivered my last parcel from Germany yarn company ,way back in May 2013. silly I know , but it didn't half make me chuckle.

47 balls of my favourite cotton.  Over the last few days I have been looking at some of my work and I shared with you in the last post my shawl that I made with this stuff. I had quite a lot of leftovers that I decided to make my grandson a blanket I have just finishing the border and he is using it as we speak .I will share photos but this parcel has got me in a tizzy.

 I have a Mr that  has only ever wears a  Navy, black, brown scarfs and he always asks me to make him an entire scarf in one colour .For us that love yarn ,love colour I cant find anything more soul destroying and mundane as working in one colour. Needless to say I don't  make him very much.

Anyway, the Mr  said that my shawl is so nice if I made it the minus all the really bright colours, definitely no pink and he didn't want a flower motif,  he would like one. Yes, he actually said he would wear  a granny square scarf with colour. Well, you can knock me down with a feather. One thing leads to another and before he changes his mind I decided to visit the website and what do you know they have a sale. Catania yarn from here.

            47 balls , I settled on these sets for him I will be adding a bit of yellow to warm it up, but don't tell him .

I decide to buy most of the colours because, well you just have to have the lot don't you??.A rainbow isn't complete without every colour. I am so excited I have taken out my fancy pants camera .I bought it a few years back I rarely use it now as we all seem to use  camera phones. However, there is no denying it takes fab photos. The top two picture are from my phone ,the rest are taken with my camera.

                                          I love the clarity , I think I  will start using it again. Right , I'm off to get some granny square inspiration. Have a lovely day.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

New blanket

Way back in October 2013, I bought some yarn from here. This yarn is the most delightful cotton ever. The colours are so mesmerizing I could just stare at them all day.

 I made my most favourite shawl ever, its a big thing  .I had made it to wear on the airplane as a shawl that would also be useful as a light blanket , however it is so heavy and too hot for the plane. I have ended up using it in the winter and it brightens those wet cold days.
 Gosh, I love this shawl. I adore the way the colours are so harmonious.Normally, I sit for hours trying to work out the best combinations for each square , it takes a lot of time  . With this one I simply put them in colour groups ie, shades/hues of blues, greens etc . With every completed square a smug smile was on my face.

                          I added the same pom pom edging I used for my Houndstooth scarf .I love bobbles/ pompoms they are frivolous and fabulous

I was bought up in a roman catholic home .Mother was very insistent that we were roman catholics, sometimes parents can be such snobs .Whatever she called it  I really hated going to mass. I thought churches were very scary, it  was filled with creepy rituals and the very distinct smell from the thurible can still make me feel uncomfortable.
I recently looked at my shawl and it suddenly reminding me  of all the stain glass in all the churches, cathedrals I prayed at. The one thing I did enjoy in church were the wonderfully elaborate stained glass .I loved the way the sunlight on the glass would give of an incredible display of colour and in the evening the  same piece looked so different ,darker .
Even if you’re not a church goer ,not sure this is even a word??  it’s hard not to appreciate the beauty of  Churches, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship .They are quite beautiful,
 Images  from google

I had quite a lot of yarn leftover from my shawl  I have decided to make a blanket from my grandson. It's a simple circle in the square motif. Every circle thrills me to make. Please excuse the grainy quality of these photos I took them on my phone .Once its finished I will of course share . I have decided to use the technique and make every  line hues of blue, green etc.

I have almost finished, a few more lines and then those blooming sewing in  of all the ends. I am curious to know if you sew all the ends as you go ,or are you like me , leave it  all to the end ?????
As soon as I've finished I will share it all, hope you had a lovely weekend

Thursday, April 23, 2015


Hello, I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful weather. I certainly am, there is nothing as nice as having the sun beaming through the blinds. I love opening the back door and the sky looks so blue. I don't have a garden I just have a balcony that I grow a few pots of herbs oregano, rosemary, thyme and sage but it make makes so happy to see them really thrive in this great weather . I think that is why I love blogs so much, I can pop over to your blogs and enjoy all  your beautiful photos of your stunning gardens, so thank you for sharing. It just makes me feel happier.
 When I was a little girl many many years ago in primary school , I was introduced to the magic of weaving . I remember being amazed that by simply weaving threads, intricate patterns could be achieved.
I woke up the other morning eager to recreate that feeling. I made a grid pattern  in cream and then I made a very long chain in the other colour . It was then a case of sitting down with a coffee and a homemade flapjack and off I went weaving over and under. I can't tell how addictive this is. I'm sure you will agree that when you use a random dyed yarn you get a beautiful fabric. I've made quite a few ,I just cant stop . I am going to weave in the other direction to try and made a plaid pattern I will share the results when I do.

 I found an interesting website called The Plaidmaker . My goodness this place is fun . I'm off to plaid .hehe.

Friday, April 10, 2015


Hello dear friends, Happy Easter to you all .It has been awhile since I last posted things have been very hectic around here. Hope you are all well and I will be visiting you all in the next few days.

I saw an image on Pinterest of a potholder but it didn't have a pattern and I had just had to make one. I really like dishcloths they allow me to work with colour and pattern on a small scale . I recently gave a friend a stack of dishcloths , she looked at me incredulously and asked why on earth I would do such beautiful work only for it to end up as a dishcloth /face cloths.

I explained that for me  the reasons I crochet varies .Some days my crochet is often about the process , the simple act of yarn over hook, the comfort of repetition. It is on those days that a quick dishcloth is the perfect piece. I don't have to commit to something that requires time, something that is  lacking at the moment . I told her it made me feel relaxed and that completing one dishcloth  was the equivalent of the few glasses of wine she has in the evening. She told me I was a really lucky person .When you are make to think about why you do something it makes you really think ,don't you think?  I'm so glad I have such an easy way to relax and apart from the occasional bouts of pain we can get in our hands its whole heck better than wine every night. Don't get me wrong I love wine ,hehe, but I'm glad I don't need it to relax .Why do you crochet?

My daughter and grandson have moved in for awhile and I had forgotten the amount of stuff that is needed for a baby. I'd forgotten the sleepless nights and the constant cuddling .He is the perfect companion for me as I never really sleep and I adore cuddling, we couldn't be happier .

Right , must dash ,I'm needed for kisses and hugs , lucky me.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Inside Crochet issue 62

 It seems in life you must have some bitter parts that then allow you to appreciate the sweet. That's a bit how I feel about learning to crochet .I learnt to crochet whilst battling illness. I had a stroke which resulting in paralysis of my left side .It suddenly meant my knitting was something I couldn't do. It devastated my live , I know that sounds dramatic but I  have always knitted and the thought of never playing with my beloved yarn was something I was not prepared for. My best friend suggested I come to her knitting and crochet class and learn to crochet. I enrolled and the rest as they say is history.
So there is my bitter sweet pill. If I had not had the stroke I know I wouldn't have put down my knitting needles ,which means I would never have fallen in love with crochet . I would never have set up my crochet group .A group that has made me meet some wonderful people over the years. I would never have learnt that I have patience to teach others and the patience it takes to design .The design process is very lengthy. inspired by Harris tweed and their wonderful duotone textile patterns.

This is my latest design, The Houndstooth Scarf .It is inspired by Harris tweed and their wonderful duotone textile patterns. We are all familiar with the classis black and white  I decided to make it in red.
 It is a very simply pattern and the two yarns are carried throughout the scarf and swapped at every row resulting in a very thick fabric. Perfect for those cold months

My love of pom poms and my  clover pompom makers (I have three sizes I really like pompoms and firmly believe everything looks great with a pom pom) lead to this lovely crocheted pompom edging .
It is a great unisex piece minus the pom pom edging if you are my Mr.