#yarnlovechallenge days 13 -16

#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 13- 16.

#yarnlovechallenge feb 2018

 

Day 13 : Publication…This book was published by Readers Digest in 1981.  It’s the best stitch dictionary I have ever used and I have a few! Timeless.

Day 14: Yarn Love…a heart for Valentines Day.  I love all yarn…it’s that simple ♥

Day 15: Cheer…This is the ‘Very V’ blanket…rows and rows of beautiful V stitch.  This blanket was a joy to hook and never fails to cheer.  The free pattern and tutorial are available just here.

Day 16: Join…how about a lovely double crochet (single crochet if you use American terminology) join, to give you a gorgeous raised frame around a granny square.  Tutorial just here.

We are now over half way through this challenge but it’s not too late to join in the fun, just jump over here.  Each day in February has a prompt, as long as there is a tenuous link to yarniness in some way your good to go!

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Hooking and Healing…

If you read my last #yarnlovechallenge post, you may have gathered that I’m a bit laid up… but every cloud has a silver lining and my enforced rest has meant lots of crochet.  

broken foot and crochet
guilt free resting!

and a spot of jigsaw (ing!!),

but mostly crochet and cuddles with my buddy.

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Jess, my crochet buddy… 

I have really made some headway on my Charming Harbour blanket .  I hadn’t picked it up for a while and I was just beginning to feel burdened about the possibility of it becoming a long standing PHD. I am so glad to have pulled it back out as I have found the simplicity of hooking this blanket most pleasing lately. 

broken foot and stuff to do

#seasidestashbustingblanket CAL

Additionally, I have been thrilled to be taking part in a CAL hosted by Coastal Crochet.  I found the CAL a little late in week 2, but I soon had the rows completed, thanks to my prescribed idleness. I have kept up to date ever since too.  We are now in week 5 and this stash busting blanket is growing into a mighty fine array of mixed stitches, with beautiful waves of long stitch abounding currently.  

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mixed stitches…

I have still to make a start on the Granny Square CAL details of which are just here, but I still have another week until my stitches come out so I’ve got time.

Enjoy the rest of your week whatever you have planned.

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#yarnlovechallenge days 9 -12

#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 9 – 12.

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Day 9 : View…I’m getting tired of this view now…I’m loving the extra hook time, but would like to loose a few stitches (surgical ones that is!)

Day 10: Novelty…If you are new here and you have not been introduced, then this is the quirky Grandma Florence Tea Cosy.  A mesh of crochet woven with ribbon for a very novel way to dress your teapot.  The free pattern and tutorial are just here.

Day 11: Smell… These alpacas smell like popcorn and of course their yarn is divine.  Taking them for a walk is also pretty cool too.  You can read about such adventures just here.

Day 12: Worn…I generally gift most of what I make…but, I kept this lacy infinity cowl for myself. Details of this gorgeous pattern are just here.

It’s not too late to join in the fun, each day in February has a prompt, as long as there is a tenuous link to yarniness in some way your good to go!

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#yarnlovechallenge days 5 – 8

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#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 5 – 8.

Day 5: Style… Rocking my own style with these barefoot sandals

Day 6: Colourwork… One of the best things about starting a new project is planning which colours to use. These are my colour pegs and these are the colours of my latest blanket on my hook.  

Day 7: Designer.. My current design crush is Eleonora at Coastal Crochet and this is the beautiful CAL blanket.

Day 8: Prep…Following on from day 7’s designer prompt…I love to design my own hooky makes.  This takes a lot of prep and I do like to be near to the kettle!

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#yarnlovechallenge days 1 – 4

#yarnlovechallenge

#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 1 – 4.

Day 1: Intro…Well this is me…

Day 2: Volume…I had to think a bit more about this one. I was going to post a snap of a bright and vibrant crochet blanket, like the Very V blanket.  But, then I thought about those rare precious moments, when all is silent in the nest, and I can curl up with a coffee and some yarn….ssshhhh! 

Day 3: Soothing… That is exactly the essence of this ripple blanket, happy and soothing with a bit of an addictive bobble edge! 

Day 4: Snack…You just can’t beat a clotted cream tea for a real bit of indulgent hooking!

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#yarnlovechallenge 2018

yarnlovechallenge 2018So, it begins…

I will be posting daily on Instagram, you can click the Instagram button on the side bar to follow me. 

I will post every few days here on my blog collating a few days prompts together.  If you want to join in then please do, it is a great way to meet fellow crafters and it’s good fun too!

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#seasidestashbustingblanket

As if having one large blanket on the go isn’t enough!  I have accidentally, well…ok…I spent 2 hours rummaging through my yarn stash, so not accidentally at all…but I couldn’t help but chain the starting chain for this mystery CAL, which is being hosted by the talented Eleonora over at Coastal Crochet.

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  In my defence I am using only stash and there are only 4 sweet rows of the pattern being released each week…so that’s doable isn’t it? 

I was a little late to the hook up, starting in week 2, but I am fully caught up and I can’t wait for week 3.  The bobbles were fun to hook and I am pleased with the mustard (gold) against the raspberry.  The yarn is stylecraft special dk and I’m planning on using these colours.

yarn pegsIn addition to these colours I will also be using Graphite (charcoal grey) and Gold and possibly candyfloss pink…I am still undecided about the candyfloss…mmm…we’ll see…What do you think?  

I am slightly disgruntled that I have not been able to find my yarn pegs for these missing colours in the picture, but I am unable to look properly because of this…

It really hurt! and I am a big baby!

Yes, It’s all done and it wasn’t very pleasant and I still feel queasy, and I am not a good patient (it must be the nurse in me!) but I am grateful to be this side of it.  

I have always wanted to complete a CAL like this but have always been a bit cautious about being able to follow the pattern instructions, but Eleonora’s instructions are written very clearly  and she has also made a video tutorial to help out if needed, so I think it will all be gucci.  

The blanket is going to be a fair old size when it’s finished in the Autumn.   You can checkout other blanketeers in this CAL by using the #seasidestashbustingblanket or #coastalcrochetcal.

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CAL Granny Style

February is just in view, in fact it’s approaching so quickly it may possibly arrive before I finish this post…you see every time I have sat down to type, something has needed my urgent attention.  It seems this has been the reoccurring theme here at the nest this January, so much so that not a lot of hooking has taken place!!

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My crochet has followed me around in this bag…but has not come out to play since Scotland 😦

But… I have plans a foot for February…which start with being immobile thanks to some planned foot surgery early next week.  On the bright side this will require a period of recuperation mainly with my foot up and sat right next to a basket of yarn… hooking perfection! 

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First on my hooking list is a delirious granny CAL (crochet a long) which begins on the 01st Feb and which is being hosted by the lovely Rosina over at Zeens and Rogers…do hop over and check out one of her podcasts they always make me smile and always inspire me and of course feel free to join the CAL too.

Top 5 things to crochet when it's hot and number 1 is ironic!
Robins nest square

Thinking about what to hook for the CAL has got me looking at all things granny and I realised that the simple treble stitch nestled next to two other simple treble stitches…classic granny stitch…is actually one of my go to stitches…

Crochet granny square blanketIt is also #yarnlovechallenge time again. Check out last years prompts here and if you want to join the fun check out the #yarnlovechallenge  on Instagram or check back here on Thursday.

So I am going to try and post short daily posts throughout February inspired by the daily prompts and crochet out rather than being too spaced out on pain killers…I hope!

Have a great weekend.

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A Wee Scottish Adventure…

Last weekend Mr R and I took the train and embarked upon a wee Scottish adventure. 

It was business for Mr R but I tagged along with my hook and yarn.  The temptation of a long train journey without the little Robins was just too much, even if it did mean an early start!

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  It provided a whole few hours of just sitting watching the world go by with just Mr R for company and the opportunity for guilt free hooking…what was not to love!

ayarnyrobin crochet on a trainI got some more rows done on my Charming Harbour Blanket…I am still hooking away at this.  It is rather slow going, not because of the pattern, more the sheer size of the thing and the fact that I am only working on it every now and then.  But, I am enjoying the hook and I do not have any deadline pressures with this one.  

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Charming Harbour blanket PHD

The journey to Glasgow and then onto Ayrshire was hassle free and I can highly recommend hooking on a train…there is something  about the rhythm of the hooking combined with the uniform clickety clack of the train which hushes one into a calm serenity.

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Mr R got the business thing done quickly and we wound our way down to the north Lake District and found a charming little place to stay in Cockermouth before heading back home to the little Robins because by then we were really beginning to miss them!

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The Grandma Florence Tea Cosy

captureIn my haste to release the fourth gorgeous tea cosy of the Grandma Collection…The Grandma Florence tea cosy; I realised that I hadn’t posted the formal introduction.  So here it is…

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

Dedicated to my lovely Momma…Florence.

My Mom: the woman who raised me and  who has quietly influenced me throughout my life.  

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorialI followed in her duty shoes and trained as a nurse, inspired by memories of her putting on her nurses hat and cape…of course that style of uniform has long since gone…but I wanted to help people just like her.

Crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

 

My Mom has been such a creative influence in my life too, for as long as I can remember she has made stuff.  Clothes, flower arrangements, knitting,  patchwork quilts…no wonder I have the desire to create and craft.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

  My Momma has also taught me how to be a Momma to my boys…and if I do half as good as her then I’ll do alright by them!  But most of all she is always there and she is kind and that is just what I want to be.

Crchet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial  So this is the Grandma Florence tea cosy, a pretty cosy woven with bright ribbons to represent the encouragement, love and inspiration that my Momma has woven throughout my life… Thanks Mom!

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crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

So that is the Grandma Florence tea cosy in all of her glory, here is the pattern linky thing which is free and has a photo tutorial also.

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