Sunday, 31 May 2015

Confessions of a yarn addict!

Hello there!
Well here we are on the last day of May and today I thought I would share some of my current yarny projects with you. Generally I try to restrict myself to one knit & two crochet WIP's (Works In Progress) at a time but this year that has not been happening. I also have two yarny UFO's (UnFinished Objects) sitting upstairs but lets not talk about them...
Of course it goes without saying that I have a blanket on the go. Those of you who remember my Little Squares of Happy baby blanket from last year might recognise these little squares...
Even as I worked on that blanket I decided I needed to make a bigger one for our bed because I am so in love with these colorful, cute little squares! I hadn't really thought about just how many of them it would take though... Each little three round granny measures 2.5", I need thirty of them for each row and probably twenty eight or thirty rows (I am going to see what it looks like when I get that far!) so that works out at somewhere between 840-900 little squares! Well probably by the time I am finished I just might have worked these little cuties out of my system, they are multiplying at a very leisurely pace which is just fine as there is absolutely no hurry on this project at all, it is all about the journey...




But (confession time) I also have another blanket on the go. In mid April I "needed" a more portable project to work on in the car and out and about so I picked this project which has also been on my "to do" list for a while. The yarn was already waiting in my stash so it was quick to get started & maybe I will have it finished by July 4 this year but I am not going to get too fussed about that. A few weeks ago this was where I was at...
Now, mainly due to Chelsea Garden Show TV coverage which it turns out is the perfect accompaniment to ripples, it looks like this...
I felt a little bit guilty starting the ripple blanket because I started this circle cardigan back in March and for a while this was my travelling project. Once the center was done it was a pretty simple pattern for quite a while but now the basic circle is finished & I'm working on the fronts there is a large degree of counting going on! I'm also adapting the pattern somewhat to get the fit I want so I'm working on two sides of the circle at once and this makes it really not suitable for on my lap in the car...
In this pic you can see one of the armholes better...
At the moment it's also quite hard to photograph (it would probably show it's shape better on a hanger but then there are two working balls of yarn attached) & my camera is having another hissy fit about the colors I choose anyway so this is kinda a rough look. Once I have the body finished I will have another try to get better pics...
Then the other week when I finished Little H's sweater I "accidentally" started another crochet project as well as the new knitting project I was allowed... I have no idea how that happened!
My new knitty project has been on the "to do" pile since late last summer. Another toy pattern from the Jean Greenhowe booklet I knitted the wee MacScarecrow boy from, this friendly green monster struck me as the perfect new friend for a little boy I know...
As his birthday was coming up I thought I really should start this for him but when I got this far...
... I realised just how big he is going to be!!! Looking at the picture now I realise just how much he towers over the wee MacScarecrow boy, but of course that never registered before...doh! There is no way he will go in the mail overseas so I think Little H has gained another new friend, but that left me back at square one for a present for my nephew... so while I was pondering that I found myself pulling out some cotton yarn & starting this...
I actually have two copies of this pattern, one from the very first crochet magazine I ever bought four years ago and I had every intention of making this bag back then. It also appears in Cute and Easy Crochet by Nicki Trench, a book I really love which one of my lovely offspring bought me my own copy of last year (much better to drool over your own book than a library book!). I plan on using this bag for knitting WIP's so want it to be practical, sturdy, and big enough to take knitting needles so instead of the expensive DK yarn used in the pattern I am working up the squares with good old Lily Sugar 'n Cream and some Bernat Handicrafter cotton which are both worsted/aran weight yarns. This will mean larger squares so a larger bag which will throw out all the measurements for the lining in the instructions but I am pretty confident I can work that out when I get there.  I picked these seven solid colors and one variegated color for my main color...
& completed four squares with three more on the way... 
When I got this far I remembered a Fresh Stitches pattern that I saw a while back would fit the bill for my nephew. So,as I there's a bit more of a hurry for his present, the squares went away & I made another new start!
I will share the finished monster with you when I know he has safely arrived in his new home.
So as the new month starts these are the yarny projects I will be working on. I am hoping the weather here will improve & feel less like March as we head into what should definitely be a summer month! Thank you for visiting me here today, I hope the weather where you are isn't interfering with your plans & you have a lovely week :-)


Friday, 8 May 2015

Flowers for Friday

Hello there!
Friday already? Wow! So how did your week go? The days and weeks seem to be speeding by here right now & although it's May our weather has taken a decidedly colder turn. This was our view driving back from the city the other day...
Brrrrr.... I am perfectly happy to have snow in winter but not so pleased to see it at this point of the year when our poor cherry & pear trees are trying to blossom! 
I don't think the Camellia was particularly happy about it either... 
Luckily the snow didn't hang around, these are the only kind of snowflakes I welcome at this time of the year!
Aren't they beautiful? I have a few of these Giant Snowflakes nestled in amongst the daffodils at the base of the apple tree and they start flowering just as the daffodils are beginning to fade.
Do you remember a couple of weeks back when I was looking for some garden photos to share with you? Well I found them! At that point our daffodils were in full swing... 
The primulas were putting on a show...


...and the tulips were tight buds full of promise...
The greenhouse was chock full of seedlings & baby plants...
It's only a little greenhouse so it's quite difficult to get pictures in such a tiny space but it makes a huge difference to what I can grow through the year. It's also a lovely space to retreat to when the rain comes on! I can plant up a basket or a tub or sow some more seeds until the shower passes...
This morning we woke to a beautiful blue cloudless sky but boy was it cold out there!


So during this colder snap what else have I been up to? Well I finished stitching Promise Me...
I have thoroughly enjoyed stitching this, I am looking forward to stitching it again for my daughter & will definitely be stitching more Lizzie Kate designs in the future! Now I'm trying to decide if I want to frame it or make it into a wallhanging with a little patchwork fabric frame.... hmmm.... decisions decisions... I haven't sewn the Somebunny stitch into a wallhanging yet either so might finish the two of them together one afternoon.
I found myself missing the hand sewing once I finished the applique snowman kit so I decided to start a new summery wall hanging for the kitchen....
I found this beautiful blue batik fat quarter in my stash, the flower patterns in a magazine, & the butterfly pattern in this years' block a day calendar. I have another butterfly, some embroidery, & buttons to add so it will be a little while before this is hanging on the wall but I am enjoying working on it immensely :-)
After getting very little cross stitch done last week due to my bad head, this week I have caught up on the motifs for Little H's advent calendar...
I am happy to be one third of the way through these now, the gold thread adds a lovely sparkle but there is so much of it I am constantly reminded how much I dislike working with stranded metallic threads! Grrr...
I haven't totally abandoned my yarny projects either, I started a couple of new projects (more about them next time) and finished this sweater for Little H...
The pattern is from the Easy Knitting: Babies and Children book which I picked up in The Works January sale (I often find they have great craft books at very discounted prices to tempt me in there!) and the yarn is Patons Fairytale Soft DK which I bought in February on our trip to Edinburgh. It was lovely to knit with & is very soft & snuggly, and best of all he seems to like it!
Thank you for visiting me here today, I hope you have a lovely weekend doing something you love! I am hoping the weather will be a little warmer so I can get back out in the garden, I shall leave you with one of our pretty tulips :-)