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.


  1. It is a beautiful shawl! Glad you had a good Christmas. Happy New Year! xx

  2. It is a truly beautiful scarf in great colours they are certainly a lovely combination. Best wishes for the new year.

  3. IT is stunning! I am in love with it and I am so proud of you designing it. I am with you not wanting to look back at 2015, it was a tough year but I am trying very hard to make 2016 much better. Hugs to you and Happy 2016!

  4. I love those colours, I tend to always lean towards bright colours these days, as you will see on my next post.
    We took a slower pace to christmas this year and it turned out to be lovely and relaxing. I know that you have had a tough time in the last year so I hope things are so much brighter for you and your family in 2016.

  5. Happy new year to you! I bought this magazine and plan to make the beautiful shawl you's just gorgeous. In fact, I'm currently working on another of your patterns....the Catherine scarf from issue 34 of Inside Crochet. I have to say that I'm enjoying every stitch - thank you.
    Marianne X

  6. Lovely pattern and color combo. The mention of goldenrod brings to my mind (as a bee keeper) the Autumn staple food for honey bees.

  7. That is really beautiful. And yes, would not want to relive 2015 but 2016 is going to be a good one.