Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Inside crochet Issue 76, Boules Necklace

  My my. the weather is so lovely today. I  am sitting outside the coffee shop writing on my ipad enjoying  this beautiful spring day. Being outside having a latte in the sun makes me feel happier. It always feels like I'm holiday. I hope it is warming up where you are.
 Hello mu loves,
I have no idea where time is going, I still can't believe it is April. Easter whizzed by so quickly. I am sorry that I have not been visiting all your blogs , life just gets in the way. As ever I am knee deep in designs and I am also in the middle of having a  deep spring clean. I bought a new bed side table and cleared out the old one, I found a bill in there from 1998, I mean why in god's name would you have a bill that old in my file of paid current bills. Please, tell me I am not the only one.??????

Once I started clearing out I decided I should  tackle the other things on my to do list and 6 black bin bags later . I feel a wee bit better, Decluttering is a wonderful tonic. Plus, it means I now have more space for more yarn, hahaha. In my defence I am a designer, it is all totally work related. Well that is what I tell others, you dear friends know the truth. I simply love yarn and need to be surrounded by the stuff , it comforts me.
 I am very happy to share my latest published design in this month's Inside Crochet.  It is called The Boules necklace ,Inspired after  playing boules with my grandson. We used a colourful children's version .We had great fun .I am finding lots of inspiration seems to be coming from playing with the little one. I am constantly  surrounded with bright and beautiful colours , it is wonderful to see the joy colours can bring. It reminds me how much I do enjoy working with colours . A day with him always results in a new colour combination and design ideas.

 If you are ever stuck for colour ideas I suggest you get a packet of pencils and simply play around. Or get out your balls of yarn make a five round  granny square using colours you normally wouldn't use and try and be random about it , I promise you will be surprised at your results.
I think this pattern is great for those small balls of yarn we all have .I used double knit cotton. I am making one in beautiful blue gradient colours for my jean loving youngest daughter, and a neutral shaded one for myself .The possibilities are endless.
It has suddenly cooled right down, I am off  home to make dinner, tonight I am making a seafood linguine. I  also have some large scallops that I will sizzle in some butter noisette , squeeze of lime .Nom nom.
Have a lovely evening
What are you having for dinner?
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Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Easter

Happy Easter dear friends ,
 it seems I've finally got rid of the pesky flu ,I'm still coughing but at less it isn't constant. It's Good Friday  I'm not deeply religious ,but my mum is a devout Catholic . She rang last night to remind me to tell the family not to eat meat today , she does this every year I'm not sure why she seems to think I'm not going to observe this rule that has been ingrained in my life forever. It's sweet really I think she thinks I'm still a little girl .

My my ,what a beautiful sunny morning .We started the day with smoked salmon and eggs with delicious hazelnut coffee. It will end today with good old fish n chips . Haddock for me with freshly made tartare sauce and lemon . I'm spending the day blogging , catching up with your blogs and some hooky goodness tonight .
Lately I have been feeling desperate to work with pastel colours . It's something I've never felt drawn to in the past . Even when my daughter was expecting I didn't make a thing in the usual pastel tones ,rather, I plumped on a vivid rainbow coloured blanket using my Catherine pattern.

I spotted this yarn on Instagram ,it's  from the three bears yarn .co.uk website . It's cotton called affection. It is a double knit . 

. I'm not going to lie I did struggle with the pastel tones ,a life time of not using pastel colours  is difficult to overcome. I'm one who prefers deeper tones but  I persevered .I once again settled on my Catherine pattern , I think it looks rather good, don't you ? 
Two rows of pastel followed by a row of white breaks it all up and makes it harmonious and pleasing to my eye . I love the undulating pattern , it's very addictive . I think I'm warming to the pastel shades, incidentally , my Catherine pattern is available  on Ravelry if you go to my side bar you can ether click on the image or go to 'buy my designs on Ravelry sign ' at the very top of my blog .
 I leave you with this cute image from Pinterest . Wishing you a very Happy Easter .


Monday, March 14, 2016

Inside crochet magazine Issue 75 , Gadget Cover

 Hello lovely people, hope you are well?
 I have been away for a while as I caught that dreaded flu bug thing that everyone seems to have caught. I have been sick for three weeks .In that time antibiotics, flu capsules have been taken. I have drunk copious amounts  of  honey, lemon and ginger tea .Finally I feel a little bit more like me.

I'm presenting my latest design, a bright tech cover. Have you noticed those beautiful yellow satchel fasteners? Great aren't they ? I think they make the  other colours really pop.  The addition of these fasteners makes this a very fashionable modern piece .I love the editors description of my project. This has to be one of my favourite designs I really enjoyed making this. This is for my kindle however, I am now making one for the ipad  but I think I might  use red  satchel fastening and  border it in red this time. As with all my pattern it is an very easy pattern and it can be adapted to fit any gadget.

 I love the styling  and photography . I used Schachenmayr Catania 100% cotton. I love this stuff, it comes in the most delightful array of colours.
  Inside Crochet magazine is available at many retailers. You can also  order direct  from their own website.  Inside Crochet   .
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That's it for now dear friends as I am now going to spend make some green tea, eat a slice of cake  whilst catching up with all your lovely blogs .Have a lovely day.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Diamond in a square

I can not quite believe it is February .Once again time keeps flying by. I am so busy . I am struggling to keep to my plans. I have had to start  yet another notebook  in order to help me prioritise. Designing, looking after my home, shopping and trying to find a moment to  simply be, is getting harder and harder.  All I an say is thank goodness I can crochet during these moments of stressful living
At times like these I always like to play around with different granny squares .I do love granny squares they can be as easy or as complicated as you like. They are a small project I can commit to. They don't make me feel any guilt that I ought to be doing something more important. Hopefully one day I will fulfil my dream of sewing them all together to create a comprehensive crochet stitch dictionary blanket.
 I came up with this diamond in a square. I used  4ply crochet cotton a 3.5mm hook. Sometimes it can be intriguing to go to your yarn stash and pick colours that you would not normally put together. I must say I rather like this combination. I like coral but whenever I make something with it I always seem to unravel it ,somehow the tones just don't suit me, or they simply don't fit into my home.

I am joining in with Jennifer's linky party. Please do check out all the wonderful projects others are making. Thank you Jennifer for hosting it.



Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Are you a craft hoarder?

I have been  buying ,'collecting' yarn for years , others might call it obsessively hoarding , (That is what my family think) . Secretly, I agree when you start hiding yarn  you have a problem. However, I would never admit this. In fact I think I might just delete this paragraph , if  I didn't say it, write it then  it isn't true, don't you agree? . Anyway, hoarder, collector , squirrel , whatever you want to call me I will invariably not find that perfect skein/ ball for my projects .

One of my favourite blogs is  Mereknits blog .This lady knits so fast I'm always blown away by her fantastic super fast fingers .She made a zickzack scarf .I have had this stunning scarf in my list over on Ravelry forever. So I opened the  six floor to ceiling wool /yarn cupboards and believe me I searched for three days and every ball of yarn I pulled out was yes, you guessed it, not quite right. I swear I tried really really hard to find the perfect skein but it was too no avail. What was this girl to do ?? buy some more yarn of course. Mereknits, it is all your fault, hehe.

I ordered the suggested yarn from here  ,please be warned  don't visit here  if you are on yarn diet or you are a hoarder or you are trying to 'bust that stash' ,they are on sale and they deliver really quickly.

After this blog post I have unravelled this piece as I can not ignore my mistakes. , why does the phone ring, or why does the Mr or girls ask me a question whenever I tell them I'm off to knit and I don't want to be disturbed ? as you are all aware  knitting is a bugger to unravel, I know that's why I prefer to crochet , mistakes are so easily rectified.
I love the way this piece develops .I am so eager to see the colours unfold . I am a sucker for patterns that produce complicated looking pieces of art work but are in  actual fact a very pattern repeat. Bravo , to the wonderful designer.
So the question remains ,are you a hoarder?

Thursday, January 07, 2016

New Year ,New Pattern

 Happy New Year,
I hope you are well. I am Guessing you have packed all the decorations and the house doesn't feel quite right with out that Christmassy glow. Or is that just my home ?.I must say I don't really like putting up the tree but once its up ,it makes the place really feel homely ,cosy and very happy. My eldest is 27 so I have been blessed to have 27 years of the joy a family brings especially at Christmas. It is always a bit sad when I have to pack the decorations back in the loft. Our Christmas was slower than usual in fact we have had a much slower run up to it. It has been very casual and we all agreed it was much better for it. 
So it is 2016, I hope it will better than last year. Last year was tough , really tough. I never want to go through that stuff ever again. I am not one for  a long list of resolutions, I know how incredibly hard they are to keep and I hate the disappointment when once again I have failed to tick off one thing of the list. So this year no list, I just want to  be positive, be happy, try my best to help and love others. I want to kiss and hug my family and friends more, laugh much much more.

Funny, how as you get older  money doesn't feature as much on your list. Of course , money is a necessary evil, I mean without  it how on earth would we buy WOOL ,hehe, but the things we crave more as we get older are the things money can not buy, don't you think? I will be visiting all your blogs to catch up with all your resolutions.
So back to reality and I am very happy to have a pattern published in this month's Inside Crochet Issue 73. I am totally in love with these two colours, it features quite a lot in my yarn stash. Gold and grey I find so soothing , calming .I have been spending quite a lot of time researching colours, their origins and definitions it has been so interesting. This shawl is named after the colour goldenrod which is a representation of the deeper gold coloured flowers. The first known recorded use of goldenrod as a colour name in English was in 1915.How fascinating , I would like to learn more so if you have any suggestions please let me know .
 It uses one skein /hank/ball 100g of the gold merino yarn and about 30g of the grey.  Incidentially, for those of you who don't like the prominent gold, reverse them and it looks amazing, the gold border really adds that pop of colour. As with most of my patterns it is a very simple easily memorised one , making it a perfect project for the commute to work , whilst catching up on those TV programmes you have managed to miss . I still have not watched the Christmas "call the midwife " .

Right, no rest for me I'm off to bake a cake .Have a lovely day 

All images are © Leanne Dixon / Inside Crochet.