Graffiti Robin…

*There is still time to enter the yarny give-a-way here*

I stumbled upon an arty robin last weekend, well I say stumbled… it was more like rode.  I dusted off Bella and wheeled her out into the day light, hoiked her onto the bike rack and off we all went.

WP_20160731_16_37_23_ProIt had been way too long since the last time we had an afternoon out in the countryside together, and as we cycled our cares flew from us and we felt light.  We stopped at points to play in the stream

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WP_20160731_16_02_03_ProAnd then we stumbled upon this…

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We rode on some  more, and returned home fulfilled and tired.  The perfect excuse to put up my feet and get out my hook.

InstagramCapture_a30fea23-613a-4f2f-8788-4163b29b22ddI didn’t move until I had finished the main body of this Very V blanket, but I had been undisciplined throughout and had not woven in the ends as I had been hooking!!!  Oh my, that is what I have been doing this week…Its a good job I don’t mind weaving in those ends isn’t it!  

Now to border it before next Friday…

xxxxx

 

 

 

A Yarny Giveaway…

Yes, that’s right I’m having a little yarny giveaway here at the Nest.  The purpose for such frivolity I hear you ask?

Well, it is a belated celebration of my 2 year blogging anniversary; which was actually back in June.  Whilst I was aware this occasion had come and gone, life was a little too hectic to mark the occasion.  So, I parked the celebration temporarily and am now ready with a little yarny give-a-way.

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This year has been frantic and I want to thank  all of my regular readers for being patient with me along this journey and for all of your cheering on! It has really helped me and if you’re relatively new around here consider it a welcome. 

So before I get to the give-a-way, I thought I would just highlight some of my favourite posts from the last 12 months.

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100 patch granny

The 100 patch granny blanket…

blog post here

joining tutorial here

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wp_20160217_21_40_10_proA yarny little leaf pattern

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Robins nest square pattern

I love a little look back, don’t you?

So Give-a-way time…cue the party poppers!!! It’s easy to enter and is open to all.  The prize to covet is this…

WP_20160729_19_28_04_ProA gorgeous hank of beautifully soft baby alpaca wool in Lichen by Louisa Harding; which has an added touch of sparkle with a fine gold metallic thread. 

glorious alpaca yarn
glorious alpaca yarn

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This yarn is gorgeous, I hooked with it a while ago…remember?

lightweight glamour...
lightweight glamour…

So the entry rules are simple.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is leave a comment below.  If you are reading this on facebook then like the page and leave a comment also.  Simples!  Closing date for entries is 22nd August 2016.

xxxxx

My PHD!

I thought it about time I returned, I know its been a while and it has been far longer than I had planned.  So I return with a familiar confession. 

I have come to realise that I am actually not as clever as I like to think and so this post is about my PHD….Projects Half Done!  I much prefer this to the acronym WIP (works in progress) as PHD sounds so much more positive and well….lets be frank; what I am about to show you is not in progress.  Not even by any stretch of the imagination!  Abandoned may be a better description.

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 So, first out of the box is the baby blanket awaiting  the hooking of one final square and then construction.  So close to a finish, but I need some more cotton.

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WP_20160403_19_24_13_ProThen there is my knitting loom project, a sumptuous alpaca cowl…I really must restart this…if I can remember how to that is!

WP_20160522_00_14_07_ProThe rainbow V stitch blanket is still on the go, not abandoned at all but most definitely a PHD!

And it is with this in mind I need you all to do me a small favour…if you don’t mind that is.  If you ever read my words that might even hint I am going to study again then I would like you to hit me over the head with something very heavy!!!

xxxxx

Sharing a good thing…

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How Kind!

Thank you to Eleanor over at Harebells  crochet for the nomination. 

I love playing a very tiny part in such a BIG community of bloggers and am always amazed and humbled that even one person bothers to read what I type.  So to be nominated for such makes me both smile and blush! The award comes with a few guidelines and in the true spirit of

‘Love is something if you give it away’

‘sharing a good thing’

‘pass the blessing on’ etc, etc…

The rules for the Creative Blogger Award are:

Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog….. (tick)

Share five facts about yourself…..(tick)

Nominate other bloggers and add their links…..(tick)

Notify the bloggers you included…..(tick)Keep the rules in your post….(tick)

So, my 5 facts are:

1.

just had to stop the car the other day for this cheeky chappy!
just had to stop the car the other day for this cheeky chappy!

These are my absolute favourite animals…Alpaca’s! The yarn is divine and when my middle little Robin was very, very little he called them ‘naccapaccas’.  We still use that word for them now.

2.

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100 patch granny

I am addicted to coffee, I just love to have a cup close at all points of the morning.

3.

wpid-dsc_0155.jpgI rely on hope, at all times and in all circumstances it is hope that drives my soul.

4.

already a firm favourite!
already a firm favourite!

I love a lazy afternoon, I don’t get many, but they are perhaps my most favourite thing… a lovely cosy blanket, snuggled up with my family, a cup of coffee, a hook and some yarn…bliss!

5.

wpid-dsc_0621.jpgAccording to the internet, my bakery name is ‘Sweet Brownie Patisserie’ 

Nominations

So time to share this good thing… My nominations for ‘creative blogger’ are:

Stefanie over at Wooly cakes and wooden spoons

(because I love her attitude and more recently her awesome podcasts)

Lundy Girl over at Could do worse

(because I love her posts about her allotment and wordless Wednesday’s also)

and Anna over at Boys and Chickens 

(because I love the honesty of her writing about the everyday)

 

These are really great reads. 

xxxxx

 

Feeling Chuft!

Wow! Another whirlwind week, which marks the start of the final Semester of my Health Visiting course.  Feeling a little daunted about moving teams and having my own caseload of 100 children;  in true ‘yarnyrobin’ fashion I created my fellow student Health Visitees a little crafty survival pack for their Semester 3 journey!

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The list of contents needed for Semester 3 survival!
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All packaged in a pretty little box
perfect to keep on an office desk
perfect to keep on an office desk

I think the girls liked them! 

A special shout out to them here is also needed as yesterday we all passed our nurse prescribing exam (feeling chuft!).

I also need to thank Eleanor over at Harebells crochet for nominating me for the creative bloggers award.  Thank you for the nomination, I will get round to posting about that later in the week….promise.

xxxxx

South African yarniness…

I am soooo super excited to share this post with you.  I love reading other blogs some crochet related, some not.  Exploring new blogs within the community is never dull, but I also have my firm favourites which are always a good read and I look forward to their posts and what they have to say.

WP_20160519_19_05_11_ProOne of those firm favourites is written by Joey over at littleblackdogsa  who recently celebrated her 4th fantastic year of blogging with a give-a-way.  Here comes the exciting bit…

I WON! Yes….. I won! 

I received an email a few weeks ago from Joey letting me know I had won, right in the middle of a ‘research and specialist inquiry’ lecture.  Which incidentally was soooo tediously uninteresting, that when I read the email congratulating me on my win, I was so surprised that a rather loud gasp escaped into the classroom….ooops!  Needless to say I did not listen to the rest of the lecture, but instead ruminated what I may hook with the yarn I had won.

  I have waited very patiently since, and then just yesterday I came home to a wonderful parcel which had made it’s way from South Africa…Isn’t this yarn simply stunning.

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simply gorgeous

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it is super soft
it is super soft

  I can’t wait to hook with this yarn and create a beautiful something or other….I’m still undecided as to what to hook, but I will be blogging about whatever it is for sure.

So if you have  a spare couple of moments and want a really good read, pop over to South Africa and visit Joey

THANK YOU SOOO MUCH JOEY!

xxxxx

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Down but not out….

You lovelies who read my blog regularly will probably have noticed that I am not producing so much hookiness of late.  You will also know that I am up to my eyes in assignments, exams, placements and juggling the family.

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I’m still working on this… but it is a slow burn…
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This has been relegated into the ‘ I will start it again in Autumn’ pile

  It has really bothered me lately that my hook is not frantically producing crochet lovliness at the rate I was before and if I’m honest it has got me feeling a bit blue.  Admiring other hookers (you know what I mean!) being so efficiently productive caused me to ponder if I should continue my blog… after all this space is predominantly for such hooky show offing and if I haven’t got it to show off…. then what should I do?  And then I came across this 

bd7d56f6820700fbe889fcc8aed18f98I love this little space that I get to write in. 

I love this little space because it links me to communities and wonderful people…just like you all across the world.

I love this little space even if no one visits or presses like because it’s mine, because this space celebrates my journey.

  So I’m not out…I’m just slower!

xxxxx

 

 

Crowning glory

It seems that I am busier than ever before which makes any  spare time very precious.  So as the sun has chosen to shine for  a brief couple of days (Seriously…this could be the sum total of the British summer time!!!) I have chosen to spend my time outdoors and make the most of it.

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Dining al fresco in the garden

The warmth of the sunshine has caused an explosion of foliage and weeds!  So I cleared a patch of rogue nettles in the growing garden and rediscovered a little hosta…

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Can you see it at the back…it is tiny!

Mr. R dug up the blackberry and raspberry bushes which quite frankly were looking very ugly.  I have pondered their removal for some time, but sometimes you just have to cut your losses.  Their fruit bearing has been lousy and that’s a polite way of putting it!

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So we have a blank canvas of a flower bed which is going to include Jasmine

Talking of losses, we lost our last chicken this week…sad news! We have decided not to replace them, so the chicken run has been dismantled and we are deciding what to do with this space. 

I also made a return to bluebell wood, and was met with this utter spectacle…

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And I just had to stop the car to photograph the present crowning glory of the British countryside…

Fields of just WOW!!
Fields of just WOW!!

All this colour led me to the garden centre

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a sweet pea tipee

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lettuce and spring onions

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so not much crochet time, but I did get half an hour in this morning

InstagramCapture_b1e1474d-aadc-4596-9ef3-9d5bcd71e7d0Have a great week.

xxxxx