30 July 2013

I think it's Summer!

Hi everyone!

As you've probably heard if you don't live in the UK, we've had the hottest summer on record since 2006.
Although I don't remember it being that hot then either.
I think it's safe to say that summer finally arrived here.
We've had a couple of days of on and off thunderstorms, but thankfully it has cleared the humidity and we can all breathe a bit easier.

My garden has certainly loved it, and it's been lovely to see so many gorgeous butterflies, birds and bees enjoying our blooming plants.

As for the creation side of things. It's been a tad too hot to settle into something wooly & heavy so I treated myself to this lovely pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits.
I've admired these rabbits for quite a while and when Julie decided to share the pattern to the general public I hopped over to Ravelry (pardon the pun) and bought it. I also bought the boy bunny pattern too.

A few days later she released the pattern for the little dresses these adorable characters wear and of course I had to buy that too. Well you have to have the set don't you ;-)

Here is my first attempt:

I've called her Matilda!
Here is my Ravelry Project Page which lists the wool I've used.

My eldest daughter wants one too, so I've already cast on.
This time with a different coloured yarn for the body, shoes & dress.

If any of you would like to make your own little rabbit.
Here are the links to the patterns & website.

I can't wait until Julie releases the patterns for her other animals!

24 June 2013

Getting Back On Track

Hi Everyone!

Thankfully things are getting back on track and I can update you all with my crafty projects.

If you remember this last post you'll know I mentioned two projects I was embarking on.

One was a knitting project, a cable cardigan for my other half called Northshore by Lion Brand Yarns.

I suffer a lot with concentration & memory which is why I usually choose patterns that I can memorise pretty easily and knit so this was quite a challenge for me.
Well after weeks of deep concentration and a few dropped stitches I got it finished.

As I was struggling with the triple cable inserts on the back ( I actually did it 5 times before I admitted defeat) I decided to reduce the stress levels by changing the pattern to one I could handle.
I kept the beginning & ending stitches as directed by the pattern then changed the centre 26sts that were meant to be cable to a simple Kint2Purl2 rib.
Here you can see the completed back.

Doesn't look too bad.

I found doing the fronts a lot easier as they only contained one cable pattern insert.
Here is a picture of the two front panels

And then so I could concentrate on the increases and decreases required on a sleeve, I chose the same pattern as I did for the back.

And here is hubby modelling the finished result. 

I'm pleased to say he loves it! Which is a huge relief as you can imagine. (Ignore the plastered hand, half an hour before I took this picture he cut his fingers on a glass as he was washing it.)

I do have to point out that the reason for changing the pattern is meant with no malice towards the designer.
I altered it simply to make it easy for me to complete.

Have you come across any projects where you've needed to change or alter them to suit your needs?

As for my Crochet project, that too is also finished!
Here is my Rippled Crochet Blanket sitting on my chair waiting for me to craft some more :)

I think I can safely say I've mastered the ripple stitch of crocheting. I really enjoyed learning a new stitch and seeing an end result.

And purely for yarn and stitch love here are a couple of close up pictures.

It has really brightened up my chair and makes my heart smile each time I walk in the room.

Have you made anything for your home? 

29 May 2013

A Quick Hello

Hi everyone!

Just a quick note to let you know I haven't deserted you all. We have some family stuff happening here at the moment that's taking up my time. I'm knitting & crocheting when I get a spare minute, so when I do post I'll have some things to show you.

Fingers crossed things will calm down soon.

Ellie xoxo

24 April 2013

Update On Projects

Hi Everyone!
I hope this finds you well :-)

I just want to say a huge thankyou to my new & regular followers.
It means so much that you read what I have to say.

So here's my update:

As you know I'm taking part in the GrannyADay project
Well I got to 117 squares and decided that would be enough for a nice little lapghan for myself.

Originally I laid them all out on the lounge floor to sort out which square I wanted & where.
Here's 90 of them. (You can also see Tigger was helping too lol)

After trying it out for size, I decided to do a few more to make sure my feet were covered whether I was sat on the bed or in the chair.
I also added a cream & lilac edge just to finish it off.
Here it is hanging on my washing line on one of the many sunny days we've had here lately.

Isn't it just so bright & cheerful!!
And its soft and cosy to have over my legs.

I'm still doing the GrannyADay project, but I also want to try out other crochet stitches.
So I'm following this tutorial by The Crochet Crowd on how to do a ripple stitch.
Mikey makes it so easy to follow & also gives tips on how to read a crochet chart.
I haven't got very far so I'll show you next time I blog ;-)

The weather has been amazing these past few days.
Last Sunday we had the warmest day of the year, which had the most warming breeze.
It's nice to be able to get outside for a while, listen to the birds sing and get some fresh air without a multitude of clothes to keep the chills out.

Another project I'm working on is an Aran cardigan for my other half.
He's always wanted one, and I've always wanted to do a cable pattern.
The pattern I'm working on is called Northshore
I've done the ribbing and one block of the cable pattern.
It's took several attempts to get the pattern to look right & at first I thought the designer had made a mistake.
But I hid myself away and concentrated on each stitch and wham! I got it right.
I've made a swatch of just the stitch pattern, so if I'm not sure it's right i can refer back to that and give a cheer if it's right lol!

As my youngest has taken my batteries (College course took precedent) I can't take any pictures, but I promise on my next post I'll make sure I take some.

Well it's time I went & got on with the cardigan.
Hope you're all having a great week!

See you soon

2 April 2013

Too much chocolate?

Hi Everyone!

How was your holiday weekend?
Did you all eat too much chocolate? Is there too much chocolate?

We had a fairly quiet one, plenty of food, movie watching and of course indulging in easter chocolate.
Up until Friday it was really busy here with one thing and another, so apart from doing my Granny A Day crochet squares I didn't get much crafting done.
MrM helped me lay them all out on the lounge floor and we counted 90 all together.

80 Granny's

I've now stitched them together.
I need to add another couple of rows of squares & then I'll crochet an edge.
Once I've done that I'll show you my finished results.

If you remember, last week's post was about the Spring Swap I was taking part in.
Now my recipient has received her parcel and opened it I can reveal what I sent.

My plan was to make my parcel as Spring like as possible. the weather here in England has been terrible with below freezing temparatures and snow instead of Spring like days.
It even snowed on the first day of Spring, so instead of being out in the garden over easter, which was the original plan, we stayed in the warm and began hibernating again.

I decided to make these Pinwheel Flowers by Frankie Brown
You can see them to the right of the photograph.
I love Frankie's designs as they're always colourful, bright, cheerful and easy to do.
(On the left is a hank of hand spun yarn I had in my stash, that I also added to the parcel)

In the picture you can also see a knitted bunny.

Here's a close up

Isn't she cute!
She holds a surprise though! She's actually an egg cosy!
I added a chocolate egg under her dress as an extra special surprise.

I also sent a blue teddy type sheep, some treats for my recipients dog, some easter chocolates.
Some notes in a vintage decorated box (bottom right) and some soap which was in the shape of roses (bottom centre)
On the top right you can see a sachet of coffee as she's a huge coffee fan & I bought a Biscotti biscuit from our local cafe.

The lady posted to say she was thrilled with her gifts, so all the worrying I did was completely unneccassary lol!

My parcel arrived on the Wednesday and as we weren't allowed to open it until Saturday it was promptly confiscated to DD1's bedroom.
But wow! once I opened it there were lots of oohs and ahhs at the contents.
I opened the lid to find lots of little parcels covered in lovely purple paper.

The parcel wrapped in silver foil was actually a bar of soap that smelt of Lavender!
It is such a lovely spring smell!

Underneath the soap you can see the hand knitted dishcloth.
That smelt of Lavender too, and it's so soft to touch.
I also recieved a pencil with pictures of sheep on, which will be used all the time as I'm old school and have to write down row counts etc on pencil & paper.
Ive yet to find an app that I can get on with.
I also had some cute ribbon with sheep on.
I havent yet decided what to use it for, but it will definitely be used.

As for chocolate treat, I opened 3 packages to find some chocolate with popping candy, that was great fun to eat!
I felt 9 years old again lol!
And also some luxurious dark chocolate which contained cranberries & raspberries.
I love Dark chocolate & any berry fruit so that was a definite win!
Some Cadburys bubbly chocolate too, which I havent eaten yet, but I'm sure it won't be long until that's been enjoyed!

In the above picture you can see the lovely handmade card that was in the box, as well as a little bag.
In a pretty blue with strawberries on.
Ive already filled it with a crochet hook & some yarn & will be used when I go to the doctors, hospital or when visiting relatives.
On the left you can see 2 little balls of yarn.
This was infact to 50g balls of Rowans 100% cotton.
It is so soft! 
Not sure what that will be made into just yet. But it will be something for me.

So there you go, thats my adventurous weekend over Easter.

the sun is actually shining here for once, so we've managed to get some washing outside & I can already hear MrM has the lawn mower out.
So I'm going to put on my coat & join him outside for some sun.

Hope this finds you all well
See you next time xoxo Smiley