Velo BIRMINGHAM 2017

15000 riders came past the bottom of our street yesterday, on a 100 mile ride on closed roads.  I made a coffee and took the very short walk in the early morning sunshine with the boys.

velo Birmingham 2017

I sat with my neighbours as we watched all sorts of people from all walks of life zoom past.

They rode so fast it made me a little dizzy, but they were so inspiring.  I guess all of them having different motives to complete the challenge.  

A lot of folk had been moaning about the extensive road closures…but I was excited, a few hours of something completely different and a rare chance for our community to come together and drink coffee on the pavement together and chat. 

I can’t tell you what 15000 riders looked like, I just know that for hours they poured down our hill, determined and pumped and probably a little exhausted, but exhilarated and achieving. 

I returned home, empty mug in hand

Velo Birmingham

I made a fresh coffee and settled down with new yarn and began to hook my newest project

crochet blanket, a new blanket…

a masculine and handsome edition to the blankets I have hooked in the past.  I’m 13 rows in and  loving it!

xxxxx

 

Corfu Barefoot Sandals Free Pattern.

 

As promised Ginny, here is my pattern for these cute Corfu barefoot sandals.

crochet barefoot sandals designed by ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com, summer feet

You will need approx. 7m of yarn for each sandal, I used Paintbox dk cotton in cream and a 4mm hook. 

You will also need x5 beads for each sandal, I used beads from a cheap bracelet.  Just make sure the threading hole in the bead is large enough for your yarn. 

Other useful items you will need are a pair of scissors and a darning needle to weave in the ends.

This pattern uses English terminology and the following abbreviations:

Ch – chain stitch

st- stitch

slst – slip stitch

dc – double crochet

htr- half treble

tr – treble crochet

dtr – double treble crochet

 

By adjusting the number of chains in the ties, you can make them longer or shorter to suit.  Additionally adjusting the number of chains in the toe loop for comfort may be required. 

To skip photo tutorial, head to the end of the post for written pattern without photo’s.

So, assuming you have gathered your supplies cut at least 7m of yarn from the ball, knot one end and thread X5 beads on.  The X2 beads nearest the knot will be located at the end of the ties of the sandal, the following X2 beads will be located, just before the tie chain starts, and the last bead you thread will be the bead nearest the toes (I used a different bead which was larger and sparkly for this)…the darker bead in the photo.

crochet barefoot sandal free pattern
move the beads to the end of the yarn for later…

Now, starting at the other end of the yarn to the beads, leave a long length, approx. 50cms.  You will use this at the end to make the toe loop.  Make a loop 

crochet barefoot sandal, corfu, free pattern by ayarnyrobin

Chain 6 and bring first bead down

crochet barefoot sandal free patternJoin with a slip stitch into 1st chain – catching / incorporating the bead in the centre

crochet barefoot sandal free patternCh4 (counts as a dtr)  As you make the next stitches around the bead be careful not to weave in the long tail that you are saving for your toe loop.

2dtr into loop (this can be a bit fiddly getting the hook in next to the bead)

crochet barefoot sandal free pattern

Continue working in the loop around the bead as follows

2tr, 2htr, 2dc, 2htr, 2tr, 2dtr

and join with slst in top of beginning ch4 (feather made).

crochet barefoot sandal free patternNow ch6,

crochet barefoot sandal free pattern at ayarnyrobin

in 2nd ch from hook *dc, 2tr,dc* (1st cluster)

miss a st and repeat *—* (2nd cluster),  slst into top of feather.

crochet barefoot sandal, Corfu, free pattern, ayarnyrobinTurn work so feather is on the your right hand side

Crochet barefoot sandal, a free pattern by ayarnyrobin

The next set of stitches will be made in the base of the  1st cluster st, (see photo).  But first, bring the second bead down and rest it on top of cluster, now slst in base of cluster st to secure.crochet barefoot sandal free pattern by ayarnyrobin

*Dc,2tr,dc* in same space. 

crochet barefoot sandal, free pattern by ayarnyrobin

Bring down third bead and repeat  *—* in second cluster.

crochet barefoot sandal, free pattern by ayarnyrobinTo finish cluster slst in 1st ch at the start of 1st cluster (see photo above).

*Ch55, bring down 4th bead, slst into 4th ch from hook and pull tight to secure bead.

crochet barefoot sandal, Corfu, a free pattern by ayarnyrobinDc in each ch back to cluster, slst into top of cluster* (tie made) repeat  *—* to make second tie.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

crochet barefoot sandal, Corfu, a free pattern by ayarnyrobinReturning to length of yarn left at start, weave end to bottom of feather

crochet barefoot sandal, Corfu, a free pattern by ayarnyrobininsert hook into top st of central dtr and pull up a loop

crochet barefoot sandal, Corfu, a free pattern by ayarnyrobinCh12 and slst into top of central dtr which you started ch from.  Tie off and weave in ends. 

Now to make another! 

I really hope you have enjoyed making these barefoot sandals, I would love to see some pictures if you have.

xxxxx

Written pattern without photo’s.

Corfu Barefoot sandal by ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com

crochet barefoot sandals designed by ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com, summer feet

cut at least 7m of yarn from the ball, knot one end and thread X5 beads on.  The X2 beads nearest the knot will be located at the end of the ties of the sandal, the following X2 beads will be located, just before the tie chain starts, and the last bead you thread will be the bead nearest the toes

Now, starting at the other end of the yarn to the beads, leave a long length, approx. 50cms.  You will use this at the end to make the toe loop. 

Make a loop, Ch6 and bring first bead down, join with a slip stitch into 1st chain – catching / incorporating the bead in the centre.

Ch4 (counts as a dtr)  As you make the next stitches around the bead be careful not to weave in the long tail that you are saving for your toe loop.
2dtr into loop (this can be a bit fiddly getting the hook in next to the bead).

Continue working in the loop around the bead as follows
2tr, 2htr, 2dc, 2htr, 2tr, 2dtr
and join with slst in top of beginning ch4 (feather made).

Ch6, in 2ch from hook *dc, 2tr,dc* (1st cluster)
miss a st and repeat *—* (2nd cluster),  slst into top of feather.

Turn work so feather is on the your right hand side.

The next set of stitches will be made in the base of the  1st cluster st.  But first, bring the second bead down and rest it on top of cluster, now slst in base of cluster st to secure. *Dc,2tr,dc* in same space. 

Bring down third bead and repeat  *—* in second cluster.

To finish cluster slst in 1st ch at the start of 1st cluster.
*Ch55, bring down 4th bead, slst into 4th ch from hook and pull tight to secure bead.

Dc in each ch back to cluster, slst into top of cluster* (tie made), repeat  *—* to make second tie.  Fasten off and weave in ends.

Returning to length of yarn left at start, weave end to bottom of feather, insert hook into top st of central dtr and pull up a loop, Ch12 and slst into top of central dtr which you started ch from.  Tie off and weave in ends.  

Sandal made, now repeat to make another!

crochet barefoot sandals - Corfu designed by ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com, summer feet

 

 

Chased Home by the Rain…

The profit of a non working day is, I have a little crochet to show you. 

I can’t tell you of the glorious simplicity that being at home has afforded; even if it is just for one day in the working week. 

I just know that Tuesday is going to be my favourite day of the week from now on. 

I took Little Robin to school…Oh how I have missed doing that!  Then,  I headed straight for my crochet hook and finished off my barefoot sandals.

crochet barefoot sandals - Corfu designed by ayarnyrobin.wordpress.com, summer feet

Which I am super thrilled with. 

Shame it was too cold to wear them!!! 

Instead, Mr R and I headed out on a little bike ride

Which took us around our local paths where Autumn is beginning to creep; kissing the leaves  with it’s colour.

The leaves are just beginning to turn Autumn yellow in places

Our ride took us over the golf course,

 and by the old church.

To the café at the park, where we stopped for a bit of fruity refreshment.

Before being chased home by a very large rain storm. 

We made it home without getting wet, stopping briefly by little Robin’s school to hear the children playing in the yard (and to get my breath back!).  Happy sounds of children’s chatter and laughter which made me smile inside very much.  We also stopped at a badger carcass in the woodland, well it was the smell which stopped us…hundreds upon hundreds of maggots feasting upon dead badger! 

I did not take a photo of either the school yard for fear of being arrested; or the dead badger as I could not stomach the stench long enough… and besides I couldn’t decide on the badgers best angle!

crochet yarn bombwhich has stood the test of time

I did get a snap of this though on the last stretch home!

My gate yarnbomb over on the field. 

It is still there after all this time, well worn and stretched by the rain now; with holes where the birds have pecked at it. But, still there…well loved it would appear…which made me smile inside all the more. 

I really hope you had a good kinda day too!

xxxxx

Thank you Corfu…

Thank you Corfu…

Thank you for sundrenched days 

Thank you for time with my brood, for rest and relaxation and time just to breathe a new rhythm for a while

 Thank you for tequilla sunrise and Corfu beer

Thank you that I was able to create x1 barefoot sandal

 well, I was just too busy doing not a lot!  See…

Thank you for time spent in your Old Town, where the streets came alive after dusk with the chatter of the swifts overhead and where the street sellers appeared from nowhere with their wares.

  For your cobbled alley ways crammed with unique gems and treasures. 

Thank you for fun, lots of fun… 

Thank you Corfu for helping our healing and for new memories. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

xxxxx

 

A yarny update…

It seems quite a while back now that I dipped my toe into the world of C2C (corner to corner) crochet.  It is  safe to report that I am totally hooked, if you pardon the pun! 

C2C crochet baby blanket, crochet heart squares in paintbox cotton yarn

It was actually only  in July that this C2C journey of mine began, inspired by the very talented lemonadesucrette  who had posted a series of updates on Instagram of a beautiful heart baby blanket.  In my  soul I had decided I too must create my own, but also had a yearning to learn C2C… you can read more about my inspiration for this project  just here.  

C2C crochet baby blanket, crochet heart squares in paintbox cotton yarn
I am using paintbox cotton yarns

I feel like my progress has been slow and steady.  I don’t have a lot of crochet time lately, but I am hoping that will change as the Autumn approaches as I have taken the decision to reduce my hours at work to restore some balance. 

C2C crochet baby blanket, crochet heart squares in paintbox cotton yarn

I can’t tell you how ridiculously excited I am to be able to take a non working day in the week.  It means I get to take and fetch my smallest Robin from school once a week; something which my heart has ached to do for far too long now.

I am hoping it will give me some more time with my hook also!

C2C crochet baby blanket, crochet heart squares in paintbox cotton yarnI have finally got to the stage in my C2C  sojourn, where I am sewing the squares together.  I am so in love with this blanket that I am not going to part with it.  I am going to treasure it and use it here at the nest.

C2C crochet baby blanket, crochet heart squares in paintbox cotton yarnI just have the decision to make about the border.  I will decide on a colour and keep it simple I think, but it looks like this will have to  wait until September now….

and a non working, taking to school, type of happy hooky day!xxxxx

Homemade Summer Plum Jam

Here are the pictures as promised, of my  homemade jam making exploits.

The plums were freshly plucked from the tree and were deliciously juicy.

homemade plum jam

making homemade plum jam
I de-stoned the plums
making homemade plum jam
and simmered on a low heat in some lemon juice and water

making homemade summer plum jam

making homemade summer plum jam
added a lot of sugar!
homemade summer plum jam
and potted

I had a lovely afternoon in my kitchen making this jam.  The boys think it is delicious; I think it is a wee bit sugary and not set quite right.  I think I will have to invest in a jam thermometer for next time…because there will be a next time. 

It is too satisfying not to!

xxxxx

August

August so far has proved to be super busy…I am still flat out at work and busy juggling the boys summer holidays with Mr R and the help of fabulous Grandparents. 

So here is a little snapshot of some of the finer moments I have managed to grab!

Homemade August, crochet, coffee, banana loaf and garden flowers
C2C crochet, garden flowers, a 13th birthday, banana bread and coffee

I have made some homemade plum jam too, but I need to sort the photo’s so I’ll save those for another time.

xxxxx

 

Summer Holidays…

3…2…1… Summer Holidays begin! 

The negatives… well it is lashing down with rain and I mean…LASHING! 

The positives…the boys are chilled, they’re at home and we are counting down the days towards our Summer holiday.  Mr R is properly on the mend and I’ve got an interview coming up.

I’m still hooking these lovely C2C love hearts

C2C crochet hearts
C2C crochet hearts

and have my first row joined. 

C2C crochet love hearts
C2C love

My progress is slow but happy

C2C crochet love hearts
happy crochet

and I love that the rain is lashing…guilt free crochet!

xxxxx

 

C2C Love…

Just  a very short post to share the newest thing on my hook.

paintbox dk cotton
Paintbox dk cotton

I have had this beautiful basket of yarn for a little while now…and although it has been screaming at me to get my hook out everyday since I have had it; I have been patiently waiting  for inspiration to fall.    You see this yarn is gorgeous and deserves to be hooked into something just as lovely. 

I have been wooed by #lemondesucrette’s beautiful heart baby blanket and have admired her progress from afar.  I have also had an overwhelming desire to attempt C2C (corner to corner) crochet.   

So, I have combined these two desires and am now addicted to hooking my own love heart blanket….

paintbox dk cotton
c2c beginnings
paintbox dk cotton
free pattern by MA Santos

I found the pattern on Ravelry by MA Santos and it’s free!  If you have not done C2C before there are some good links to video tutorials within the pattern that are worth a watch.

paintbox dk cotton
love heart blanket…I’m hooked!

It’s quite addictive and I am totally smitten!

xxxxx

 

Free dog collar crochet pattern…

free dog collar crochet pattern...simple free pattern which you can crochet in under an hour
Jess… with her new crochet collar.

Isn’t she a sweetie? 

I can’t believe she will be 3 years old in August….do you remember her as a tiny pup? 

How time flies, and oh how dirty her collar had become, despite washing it!

So of course it seemed sensible to make her a little yarny cover for her collar and this is how I did it!

 

‘Such a cutie – dog collar’…free pattern:

Pattern uses English terminology (American equivalent in brackets).   You will also need a dog collar.

St/ s – stitch / es

ch – chain

htr – half treble (hdc – half double crochet)

I used Paintbox dk cotton yarn   

yarn a – washed teal

yarn b – lipstick pink 

yarn c – bubblegum pink  

Do not cut yarn at the end of each row.  Instead, work with 3 balls bringing the selected yarn up the side of the work.  This will prevent lots of ends needing to be sewn in!

Row 1: With yarn a, ch 9, 1htr in 2nd chain from hook,

1htr in each st across (8htr). 

free dog collar crochet pattern...simple free pattern which you can crochet in under an hour
Row 1

Row 2: Join yarn b, ch2 (does not count as a st), turn.  1htr in each st across (8htr). 

Row 3: Repeat row 2 with yarn c.

free dog collar crochet pattern...simple free pattern which you can crochet in under an hour
Juggling 3 balls will reduce the number of ends to be sewn in at the end!

Rest of rows: Repeat row 2, colour repeat – Yarn a,b,c to end. Measure against your dogs collar for length.

free dogcollar crochet pattern...simple free pattern which youcan crochet in under an hour
sew in ends…

Sew in the ends and whip stitch around dog collar as shown.

free dog collar crochet pattern...simple free pattern which you can crochet in under an hour
Sew a seam with a simple whip stitch.

tOP TIP:

To increase or decrease width of collar you could use a larger or smaller hook or increase or decrease the number of starting chains accordingly.

freedog collar crochet pattern...simple free pattern which you can crochet in under an hour
Voila…all done.

Jess likes her new collar…I hope  you do too!

Enjoy the pattern and send me photo’s of your cutie sporting a yarny collar if you make one won’t you?

free dog collar crochet pattern...simple free pattern which you can croche in under an hour
Such a cutie…

xxxxx