Saturday, 31 October 2015

Stripy granny blanket progress

As this blog is supposed to be mainly about crochet, here is a couple of pics of how well my blanket is progressing.
So far I've crocheted 44 rows. Still quite a way to go. Am probably only a quarter of the way there... If that.

One pic shows the blanket folded in quarter and the other in half. It's too wide to do a full length.

And the pumpkin is carved!

Well done Ben!

Happy Halloween!

We are all decorated for Halloween and Ben did a chocolate hunt this morning. I hid mini Mars bars and milky way round the room.
We couldn't struggled to find the last Mars bar (I can never remember hiding places for long) but good job we found it. It was hidden in the toaster. Can you imagine what would have happened if we hadn't found it. Ewww.
You can never be too old for chocolate hunts or pumpkin carving. We were out bright and early this mooring and bought this pumpkin off Norwich market. Ben literally struggled back to the car with it. It's a heavy one! 

Doesn't seem very spooky today. The sun is shining through the French doors. I even put towels out on the line. You don't get days like this very often on Halloween.
Perhaps it will seem spookier tonight when the pumpkin is carved, and all lit up in the dark..... 

Friday, 30 October 2015

From sunshine to showers
What a difference a day can make! Horrible weather today. Bob is staying determinedly asleep on the sofa. It's definitely not cat weather.

At least I don't have to go out to later this afternoon. 

Whatever you are doing this weekend, have a fabulously spooky time and don't forget your broomsticks!

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Oh my second post of the day. I thought I would show you the completed scarf from an earlier post.

Although they look quite delicate, they are very warm. 

But not as warm as i hope my new blanket will be. Am making it based on a design from Attic24. Thank you Lucy! 
A granny stripe blanket in bright colours.
This is my progress so far

Most of the colours are style craft double knit which I purchased from the wool warehouse.
But I'm sitting here making a blanket with the sun streaming through the French doors. It's a lovely autumn day.

Picture from a corner of my garden with the sunlight warming it up

Although Bad Bob is enjoying sleeping on an armchair as usual.

As promised, here is my beanie hat... Or I should say hats as have now made two. The grey one is slightly bigger than the brown but both are lovely and warm

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Well it's been 4 weeks since I dropped my son off at uni. The longest I've ever gone without seeing him. Today he's gone on a field trip to the lake district. Hope he has a great time.

I've made a few scarves since the last post but can't put them on here as one is s birthday present and two are Christmas presents... Yes I'm that organised!

Today I made a beanie hat. Really simple to make. I'll take a photo and upload it later.

Am hoping to try and get a couple of things made this week. Try a few different things. It's half term week so I should have a bit extra time. No school lifts to do!

Today we put the garden furniture away. Sad moment. Means summer is definitely over and winter is on its way. It also got dark at 5pm this evening. Cold, short days ahead now. And the run up to Christmas ahead. Still two months to go but you wouldn't think it if you went into the shops.

Hope everyone had a good weekend xx

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Well I am have now finished my third daisy design scarf. They are so quick and easy to do. The one I've just finished is for a friends birthday. Am going to do a couple for Christmas presents as well.

Have actually started my Christmas shopping. I try to get bird and pieces as I see them. I don't like leaving it until the last minute. With my job I'm always busy just before Christmas. A bit like hair dressers. People want their hair to look nice and to feel in good shape. No bad backs allowed to spoil the day!!

Monday, 12 October 2015

Well I've near enough finished the poncho
Quite pleased with it for a first attempt.

I got slightly way laid at the weekend when I had the inspiration to do a scarf. I'd seen a blanket but without any real instructions on how to do the design so I worked a similar one for myself
What do you think ?

It's quite delicate. And only took me a few hours over the weekend to do. Sort of a daisy design and in Norwich city fc colours lol.
Today I started a copy but in different colours. 
Haven't finished or put it together yet but here are the first few that I've made this morning. 

The four on the right I've stream pressed but the other six are still to be done. You can see the difference steaming makes. Edges uncurl but also it makes the wool so much softer to touch.

Right I better abandon my crochet for the day. I have clients in this evening. Working does get in the way at times ha ha

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Yes the weather is looking much better today.... I can see the sun starting to peak through already and its not quite 8am. In true Brit style my washing is already on the line.

So far today I've found a TV retailer near sons uni and given said son directions to it. The powers of Google!

Last night I added the last square to my poncho and finished the neck but still have some sewing up to do. I may add a small scarf to the design as well.... Watch this space.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Mmm I hope the weather is better where you are. Here in Norwich it's miserable. Grey clouds and dismal although the rain has stopped for the moment. Where has the lovely sun gone ?

Anyway I have a quiet day with clients only coming in this morning so... I can crack on with my poncho. Got quite a way with crocheting and sewing it up on Sunday but still a way to go. Need some more squares. Here's a sneak preview of work so far

Am loving the colours. And it feels thick so will be nice and warm when finished. I used petrol plum and parchment from style craft yarns.
Just noticed the time... Youngest (15) will be nagging me soon as time to do school run
Catch you later 😁

Monday, 5 October 2015

Well I really am a rubbish blogger. I think the summer came (or I think it did) and I prefer to be outside. Plus my son got into uni of choice so it's been a bit mad for the last few weeks. So many forms to fill in and things to buy and trying to my head round him leaving! Life is just going to be different from now on.

But I am back to crocheting again. I think I prefer the feel of wool when my hands are cooler. Sum and wool doesn't always work for me. I've just about finished the shawl I was doing (about time!!) and I'm half way through a poncho. Will put pics on later.

Also have bought some pom pom makers and with my younger son we put together the equivalent of a pretty bow for my mums birthday present tomorrow. Well he helped as he ruined the bright pink one throwing and twirling it around the room. He made another.

You can just see it in the pics although thankfully does look a bit better than my photos suggest.