a look over my shoulder

This is my end of 2014 review… a chance for me to look over my shoulder and reflect on the last 6 months…yes…this little sanctuary of mine is 6 months old and as we trip in to 2015, I feel both excited and content, which I think is a good place to be.

June 2014 saw not only the birth of ayarnyrobin… but the completion of my friendship blanket.

already a firm favourite!
already a firm favourite!

and the Robin’s nest!

tree house rules... "there aint no rules, there never was none, there aint never gonna be none"!!
tree house rules…
“there aint no rules, there never was none, there aint never gonna be none”!!

In July I completed charity headbands

basket of headbands
basket of headbands

a happy ripple blanket

happy ripple in progress
happy ripple in progress

a vintage tea cosy

these little roses are gorgeous to hook
these little roses are gorgeous to hook

and wrote my first tutorial

my first tutorial
my first tutorial

as well as spending some ‘down time’ on the river

messin' about on the river
messin’ about on the river

August saw me settle outside to crochet in the warmer weather and do a spot of blog hoppin’.

crochet corner
my crochet corner

I also broke into my sumptuous alpaca stash

 

alpaca yarn - Louisa Harding yarns - Orielle
alpaca yarn – Louisa Harding yarns – Orielle

and enjoyed the summer holidays with the boys, making some special memories

down by the canal
down by the canal

and completed a light weight summer scarf

lightweight glamour...
lightweight glamour…

and wrist warmers ready for the autumn

fingerless wristwarmers
fingerless wristwarmers

and a much needed Summer break away was enjoyed also.

Tenby harbour
Tenby harbour

September saw the struggle with my hook to complete this basket weave baby blanket

basket weave baby blanket
basket weave baby blanket

which led to a frivolous yarnpom in the park

yarnpom
yarnpom

and the arrival of Jess!

Jess
Jess

I lost my crojo completely in October…partly Jess’ fault

crocodile flower by Joyce Lewis
crocodile flower by Joyce Lewis

eventually finding it, after much help from some lovely readers, and completed a couple of beanies for the boys.

brainwave beanie with ear flaps
brainwave beanie with ear flaps

and more than a few poppy brooches,

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poppy brooch

and Summer turned to my favourite time of the year…Autumn.

 

walking the dogs x
walking the dogs x

In November I hooked myself a beanie

my beanie love
my beanie love

and had a great time at the circus

balloons
balloons

and was very kindly nominated for the Leibster award

 

Leibster Award
Leibster Award

and very proudly offered my first free pattern.

my first pattern
my first pattern

I continued to enjoy the changing landscapes walking with the dogs and rellished the tranquillity that the peace allowed in my mind.

Gloomy day
Gloomy day

and then there was the last minute Christmas hooking in December,

Cosy blanket by Attic 24
Cosy blanket by Attic 24

which did get completed in sort…and which I have yet to post about in finished splendour (I will in the New Year…I promise).

The 'his' cosy blanket by Lucy of Attic 24
The ‘his’ cosy blanket by Lucy of Attic 24

And finally a traditional Christmas spent with the people I love the most… a perfect way to celebrate my most favourite festival.

our Christmas tree
our Christmas tree

And there you have it… my 2014 review.  May I take this opportunity to thank all of my lovely readers for sharing this journey with me.  I have honestly loved sharing my journey with you and appreciate you all so much.  I guess all that is left to do this year is to wish you all  a very peaceful and healthy 2015.

xxxxx

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update

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A quick update this week.  

This week saw my first pattern release on  a yarny robin… and it’s free

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This is how my list is looking today, 

COMPLETED

  • headbands for Bowdazzling (charity for young girls undergoing chemotherapy) 

  • fingerless gloves (added to the list Aug 2014)

  • x1 yarnbomb in my community

  • winter hats for the Lil’ Robins and Mr R  

     minion hat for my winter robin by request

      – beanies for my Summer Robin and  Autumn Robin and for Mr R.

OUTSTANDING

  • scrapghan 

    fabric buttons

  • bunting

    hook holder

    a crochet wall hanging

    charity SIBOL blankets (Sunshine International Blankets Of Love) charity for the elderly… have a look at SIBOL

    tree house decoration

    broomstick crochet photo tutorial 

    purse

    9 more yarnbombs in my community

If you would like to take part in a year of projects it’s never too late to join in with us or if you would like to take a look at some other blogs taking part, take a look here.

 I have also set myself the crazy challenge of hooking a ‘his and hers’ blanket for my Mom and Dad for Christmas, hence this quick update… my hands should be hooking!

All the fun of the Circus!

Well as the title suggests, we’ve been to the circus this half term and had sooo much fun…. I’ve got some hookin’ done to show you and some exciting news to tell you also.

all thrill is an understatement!
all thrill is an understatement!

The Circus came to town quite literally and up went the big top and the signs and I thought that sounds like quite a lot of fun, so we headed off  and that’s exactly what happened… we had lots of fun together and were treated to some outstanding entertainment that in places were quite terrifying to watch.  Not a harness or safety net in sight, there were gasps from the audience and the modern day clowns (that were not scary at all!) made us chuckle out loud.

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balloons
balloons
our ticket in
our ticket in
mmm...candyfloss
mmm…candyfloss

So, if this circus should come to a town near you, then it is well worth a visit.  Did you notice my hat… that is one of this weeks finishes… It’s not on my YOP list, but I needed a beanie and it only took an afternoon to make.  Here are some clearer pictures of it…

my beanie love
my beanie love

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love notion
love notion

I adore the love notion which really finishes it off a treat, the yarn is delicious and was not only lovely to hook, but it is warm and snuggly too!  Project notes can be found here.

I’ve also made lots more poppies, much like these ones as I have been inundated with requests for them, as I have for brainwave beanies so guess what I am currently up to!

So to my exciting news… I have been short listed for interview, this Thursday coming for my Return to Nursing Course at Uni….. as I’ve written that I realise that may not be hugely exciting for you and it might just be for me… so I will also let you know that this week I have started on my first crochet pattern, that will be free to my lovely readers and will be coming very soon.  

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I have also received a nomination for the above, which is lovely, so will post about that separately in the week!  If you would like to be nominated for the award click here and leave me a message!

So with all my news shared, I’ll be off…have a good week and enjoy the fireworks!

xxx

Year of Projects Progress

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This week has come and gone in a flurry it now seems and I am happy to report that some progress has been made on my year of project list.

bliss x
bliss x

I had a lovely couple of days at the beginning of the week, catching up with friends sharing latte’s and maybe the odd cake here and there!  I have enjoyed several long walks with the dogs through the autumnal leaves that are now carpeting most of the fields and parks nearby.

walking the dogs x
walking the dogs x

We also had a Parent’s evening thrown in mid week – which was a pleasure on all 3 counts I am both pleased and proud to say.  Even work has come and gone quickly this week and so I find myself as I write this at the start of half term, looking forward to and easing into a long weekend (4 days) to be precise, of fun and family and no alarm clock!!!

I have some finishes to show you, if you are a regular reader you will have already seen a couple of  them in the last 2 posts…. 

brain wave beanies for the boys...
brain wave beanies for the boys…
remembrance poppy
remembrance poppy

If however, you have not read the finished posts, more details on patterns and yarn can be found on these links:

Beanies

Poppies

I did manage another brain wave beanie, this time for Mr. R, who was super thrilled as he is working on a roof this coming week.

Mr R's beanie
Mr R’s beanie

Details of how my list is now looking can be found here and if you would like to join in or take a look at other folk’s progress you can check out the group just here

xxx

A beanie or 2!

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Autumn Robin enjoyed choosing his own colours!

 

So here are the promised pics of the beanies I hooked up last week.  The pattern is called the Brain Waves Beanie by Liz McQueen.

I made both my boys an adult sized hat from the FREE pattern, which has lots of clear instructions and is easy to follow.  The only thing I didn’t have was the stated yarn weight so made these ones from my trusted stylecraft DK Special… it took me a couple of attempts to get the guage correct because of this and my first try was disappointingly huge!! So I came down a couple of hook sizes and used a 4.5mm hook and crocheted using the yarn double stranded… which as you can see has made up a dense, snug fitting hat.

brainwave beanie with ear flaps
brainwave beanie with ear flaps

Summer Robin made a design tweak and requested the addition of ear flaps… I added one of those cute ele buttons on each hat, expecting a protest… but they loved them and you can’t ask more than that!

it was at the bottom of a stash bag!

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Well this week I am posting and posting on time!

It’s been a while I know… but I think that I must start by thanking some very special people.  If you read last weeks post you will know that I had lost my crojo! and I was desperate to find it again.  After searching high and low to no avail, these very kind folk all offered their help in hunting for my elusive  and misplaced enthusiasm;

Lucy, from aknitandacake despite having no crojo herself mailed me some enthusiasm.

Kim, from auntmaudknits kindly offered to send the great Aunt Maud herself, to come and have a good old rummage around in the search!!!

Ruth, from mysparemoments offered to search despite her leg being in a cast.

Iris, over at thegreenonion  offered some of her very own crojo.

Last but by no means least…Sandra, atfarmgirlsam suggested amongst other things a bit of yarny retail therapy.

I am pleased to report that after all that help, I found my crojo at the bottom of an old stash bag… and got x2 items ticked off my year of projects list.  A beanie for my Summer Robin and another for my Autumn Robin…I have no pics as they are away this weekend and their beanies have gone with them!  I will post in the week about them.

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As you can see from the photo I took Sandra’s advice and indulged in some (restrained) yarny retail therapy.  Isn’t it delicious…it’s telling me to hook it into some hottie covers for Christmas!

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I also had a little dabble around in Etsy and got these cute little elephant buttons.

bowling balls
bowling balls

I have also spent some very precious time with lil robins this weekend as it has just been him and me, as big brother is at scout camp and other big brother and Mr. R are on a cubs, lads and dads weekend. Lil robins’ requested we go bowling and eat pizza

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and ice cream

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He has talked my head off about flying cars and ninjago.  We’ve played pool and drunk slush puppies too, had long walks with the dogs in our wellies, watched movies snuggled up together and he has enjoyed sleeping in Mommy’s bed and Mommy has enjoyed that too!

Anyway, have a good week and thanks again for all of your help, I am going to enjoy the last few hours with lil Robins, we’re off to church, before the boys return with all that dirty, dirty washing!!

How Ironic!!

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It’s ironic that I have been hooking a winter hat whilst on my summer holiday.  It’s not that the weather was all that bad, we had days that were windy and rainy and sunny and sometimes all at the same time… but then we were on the beautiful coastline of South Wales, and we had a ball, spent some really lovely family time together and made memories that will last us a lifetime!

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Sunset over Tenby Bay x

I had packed up a project bag that had a ridiculous amount of yarn in, as the boys had asked me to make them beanies for the Autumn Term.  They had all placed their pattern and colour order with me in preparation, and of course they all wanted different colours, hence the bursting project bag!  However, I didn’t  hook that much whilst away, as we were just too busy.  I did manage to finish Little Robin’s hat though…

minion hat
minion hat

This is the minion hat that he chose and once I had it done, he wore it everywhere xxx

I also hooked up another 10 rows or so of the chilli pepper baby blanket, this is not going as quickly as it should, I think I’m just a little bored of it!

I thought I ought to show you these lovelies too, not made on my holiday, but just before, out of some of the left over alpaca yarn from the infinity cowl

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Pattern details can be found just here.  So just a couple of finishes then and some additions to the YOP list… more beanies!

So, I will leave you with a few more holiday snaps as I cling on to the remaining hours that are left before the boys go back to school tomorrow…. and I must return to work!!!

Luke on beach 1

lydstep clubhouse view 2

jack head in bucket

boys kyaking

tenby harbour

silhouette harbourTenby in sand

xxx