We are not used to a long spell of hot weather here in the UK, but this week has seen our temperatures soar way above 30 degrees. And oh how lovely it has been, it… More
Just wanted to pop by and let you know that it is a bit quiet around here at the moment. It is quiet for good reason, detail that I won’t drag you down with.
As Baz Luhrmann states
The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind.
The kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
So, forgive my absence it is only temporary.
I will post photo’s of the little bit of crochet I am managing to do as and when I can.
A three day weekend…this should be made compulsory.
Oh, if only I could have a bank holiday every weekend.
We have taken walks along woodland trails,
and enjoyed some down time
I have made slow progress on my hotel of bees shawl #hobcal
but, I am enjoying the pattern, even if I do have to concentrate really hard. I really enjoyed hooking those sweet little bees.
I have also been finishing up my Baby Wilmer blanket, I just have a few more rows to add now before I border.
I hope what ever you have been doing has been just as fun.
Following on from my epic fail I sought solace in my ironing pile and some of my favourite crochet podcasts.
It was whilst watching one of these podcasts that I stumbled upon the perfect remedy for my misery…a CAL (crochet-a-long)!
So, with much excitement I ordered my yarn and made a start.
The pattern is written so well but is challenging my skills also. The design is amazing; I love how the different elements of this shawl work with one another.
I think this CAL runs until the end of May, so if you are looking for a challenge and want to join in it is not too late.
Here are all the details you need:
CAL hosted by Cherry Heart and Betsymakes
I was hoping so much that I would have posted the next pattern in the Grandma Collection by now. Clearly I haven’t!!
I’m just at that point where I can smile about it.
I have been spending the very little spare time I have working on and designing my newest tea cosy and I absolutely hate the finished result…
in fact, I would go as far to say that it is hideous.
I can’t even bring myself to show you a finished picture.
It is such an epic fail!
So for now I have banished the said cosy to the bottom of a bag…a cheap plastic carrier bag at that…and when I can begin to face the redesign I will begin again.
Until then I am going to try and do the following…
and console myself with hooking patterns from other designers which I know will float my boat; because life is just too short to be worrying about a tea cosy!
Take a look at this little creation I just made…
I would have adored one of these when I was expecting! So, I got to work constructing my diaper cake as soon as I received my friends baby shower invitation.
There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to make your own diaper cake, but I did take photo’s of each step and have included them below.
I found the hardest part of creating a diaper cake was deciding on the colours and of course a theme!
I used an old cake board, a kitchen roll tube, card, scissors, sticky tape, hot glue gun, elastic bands, string, ribbons, a teddy, ‘sweet dreams’ bunting and some artificial daisies and about 64 size 2 diapers (nappies).
So this is how I made mine…
I used the kids loom bands to secure, but elastic bands would work too.
Using the scissors snip approx. 1cm around one end of the kitchen roll.
Begin placing rolled up diapers around the base of the tube, in x3 rounds. Secure each round with an elastic band or tie with string. If tying with string keep loose ends short and tuck any remaining ends in between the diapers as you go to keep your cake looking neat.
Now, at this point, the kitchen tube, disappeared as you can see in the photo above, as the height of the tube was equal to the height of the second tier.
You don’t really need to worry if your cake topper is rigid or small. But, as my topper was a cute little bear, that was quite floppy and soft, I added an extension to my tube in the form of a bit of plastic pipe, Mr R had spare.
If you need to extend your tube, card would suffice at this point, but as I did not have any I went with the plastic pipe.
To secure Mr Bear, I tied his leg with a bit of string and threaded the string through the pipe, securing the string at the bottom of the pipe with sticky tape. I then placed the pipe inside the kitchen tube, before proceeding with step 7.
You may find you can go straight to tier 3 and decorate with your topper once tier three is insitu, it will just depend upon what you have chosen for your decoration.
Just like so.
And there you have it.
I just love this sweet dreams theme in aqua and grey. The little yellow centres in the daisies and Mr. Bears matching bow tie add a little extra zing!
It looks so elegant and I have had so many gushing comments about it and requests to make more I may just have to!
If this inspires you to make a diaper cake I would love to see your pictures, your colours and your themes and just how your imagination runs away with this quick and simple project.
This is my Mellow Sunday Shawl by Alia Bland.
I want to start by telling you how amazing this is to hook, how simple, yet stunningly beautiful.
I want to tell you how deliciously soft scheepjes merino is and how it creates such a gorgeous stitch definition.
I want to shout with joy at just how happy I am with these amazing mellow colours; but that will all become obvious when you see the pictures!
I started with this serene grey
This was a therapeutic hook, the subtle tone of the yarn, and the ease of the pattern made for a quick hook up of the main body. I really enjoyed that each stitch was made in between the stitches of the previous row and not in the top of the stitches as is usual.
My heart was skipping towards the next colour though. A teal; and one of my favourite colours of all time.
Next a perfect pink…
This yarn is a dream, it is a dk weight, but it has a satisfying plumpness to it, making it pleasantly squashy! This pale pink was followed by an equally gorgeous spring green.
The quick colour changes make this pattern good for the soul…you know how I love colour.
This mustard colour makes me very, very happy, but then so does this sky blue…
And so this enjoyable colour changing border continued…
Until my heart near burst as the pattern instructed me to hook scallops and I politely introduced this even paler pink.
Just as I was getting a little too giddy with these colours, the pattern rescued me with a tad more grey; sobering me and gently grounding me.
I had a dilemma deciding on which colour to finish this charming shawl with…
in the end it had to be the mellow mustard (Van Gough 641).
I have a lot of love for this shawl and this yarn, so excuse my indulgence in a few more photo’s.