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

16 April 2013

Readers For Blogs

Hi everyone!

I hope this finds you well!

As some of you may have read lately Google Reader will retire on July 1, 2013.
This has caused quite a stir in a few communities as a lot of people use this service to keep updated with Blogs and other website feeds.

Martine the owner of the iMake website has made a great post explaining what's happening, and explains about some alternatives.

I felt there wasn't any need for me to write a long detailed post as I would only repeat what has already been written.
So if you're interested why not pop over to Martine's place. HERE

Personally I've been using Feedly
on both my iPad, Android phone & laptop and love it!
I have all my subscriptions in Catergories and it's display has a clean, fresh feel.

I hope you find an alternative that will keep you up to date, and you have found this post useful *smile*