Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Assorted Craftiness....

Hello there!
It really is about time I updated you on some of the crafty goings on around here... I have been busy since we got back from our travels but before I can share these newer makes with you I need to tell you about what I did before we left! It seems a long time ago now - well I suppose mid-February is! I think it also has to do with the change in seasons, the increased daylight each day brings, the feeling that the year has moved on from the raggedy dead end of winter to the newly budding life of Spring, even if it is still windy & wet outside! So what was I working on way back then??? Well I had two stitchy projects on the go, the main one being the Spring Fairy and the other being a Popcorn kit. This is how far I got with them before we went away...

I also managed to squeeze in stitching a Somebunny to Love for Hubbie for Valentine's Day... 
On the yarny front I started work on a new crochet blanket. Inspired mainly by this blanket & this blanket I chose a mixed stitch blanket. I am working with my trusty 4mm hook & thirteen different colors of DK yarn, many of which appeared in my giant granny stripe blanket of last summer. Here is where I'm up to so far...
While I was restocking on yarn for the blanket I bought another ball of the Patons Big Fab Color I used to make my snuggly cowl earlier in the year. With the cold winds the early months of this year have brought I have been living in this when out and about walking the dog! I decided I needed to make a hat to accompany it...
Nothing fancy, I used the Big Chunky Comfy Hat pattern available for free on Ravelry, it worked up in an afternoon & has been keeping me toasty ever since! I am totally in love with this yarn - it is so soft, snuggly, & warm! It comes in fifteen variegated shades and seventeen solid colors all available here - I'm rather tempted to knit myself a onesie so I can wrap myself in it from head to toe & hibernate from October onwards! ;-)
I also started a new jumper which I took away with us to work on in the evenings at the cottage. Much simpler than the Fair Isle cardigan, this will be a basic raglan sleeved sweater based on a pattern I found in a magazine and using some lovely variegated yarn I bought way back here. In this project it's the yarn that does all the hard work, there's no color changing involved I'm just happily knitting back & forth :-) This is the back (which is now finished)...
I wanted to try & hit my goal of two Christmassy projects for February, so I picked a quilted table runner which I hoped would work up pretty quickly on my sewing machine & a small cross stitch kit. I first came across the Peppermint Candy table runner on Pintrest and discovered it's from a book called "Deck the Halls - Quilts to Celebrate Christmas". Then I found that this particular pattern is available as a freebie on the publishers' website here, along with a whole bunch of other quilting, sewing, knitting, and crocheting freebies :-) It came together over a couple of afternoons and I'm really looking forward to having it out on my wee side table come December! Isn't it great when a pattern just fits perfectly somewhere? 


This was also the case with this months' Christmas cross stitch project. I have a narrow wall space in my hall between two doors and as soon as I saw the cover gift on issue 185 of Crazy magazine I knew it would be just perfect there! Unfortunately this issue arrived too close to Christmas for me to contemplate stitching it in time, there was just too much else going on, but it was the perfect wee project to take away with me on our trip to the Lakes. In the magazine there was the option to download an alternative chart so I printed this out & then I changed the colors to match the decorations we put up in the hall each year. I used some red ribbon from my stash to link the hearts together...

 Made to measure right?!!
Here it is with some of the little baubles which go in the hall...
So despite February being a short month & us also going away for part of it I got quite a lot done! Thank you for visiting here today, I hope to be back soon to share some of what I got up to in March...

12 comments:

  1. OMG how many things you've done! They're all lovely, I really like the hearts in particular...
    I have just a couple of projects on the go but I hardly manage them... hope spring will bring new energies!
    Have a nice week!
    R

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    1. Thank you Rose! Sometimes I think I'm mad having so much on the go at once, noone would believe I really do try to finish things before starting something else lol I hope the lighter days of Spring bring you more time & energy to spend on your projects, have a lovely week,
      Helen

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  2. What a productive month you've had! Love all your makes...especially the crochet blanket, beautiful colours and what a fab pattern!

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    1. Thank you Rhona! I've been staying off the computer a bit more too which helps get things done ;-) Do need to go catch up on what everyone's been making in Blogland tho'... Have a lovely week,
      Helen

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  3. You certainly have been busy!! Love the granny blanket start, it looks very promising already :) The little hearts finish is really cute too! Have a lovely day x

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    1. Thank you Mii! Staying off the computer helps a lot, it's amazing what gets done then ;-) Hope your week is full of lovely things and time to stitch!
      Helen x

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  4. Wow you got so much done. Everything looks wonderful. Your work on Spring Fairy is just lovely. That hat does look lovely and cozy and I love the colours of the yarn in both your blanket and jumper.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comments! I need to go check up on what you have been up to lately... Have a lovely week,
      Helen

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  5. I really love the table runner! And the blanket is fab, it's nice to see all the different stitches. Lovely stitchy projects and a very cosy looking jumper :-) Laura x

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    1. Thanks Laura! The runner was pretty quick to do, I think I spent as long picking the fabrics & where I was putting them as I did actually sewing it lol ;-) I'm having a lot of fun with the blanket... Have a lovely week,
      Helen x

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  6. Lots of lovely things Helen. That blanket is looking gorgeous! Well done on the Crimble makes...what's that??? How am I doing with mine.....Bwhahahahahah!!! ^_- XOX

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    1. ROFL!!! The Christmassy makes might all come to a grinding halt here this month ;-) Thank you for all your sweet comments ^_^ XOX

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