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).
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.
Rest of rows: Repeat row 2, colour repeat – Yarn a,b,c to end. Measure against your dogs collar for length.
Sew in the ends and whip stitch around dog collar as shown.
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.
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?
Well put out the crochet bunting….I’ve qualified!…a long hard slog, but it is done.
So of course celebrations have been ongoing (both alcoholic and non alcoholic), but my favourite (and the one I am going to share with you) was a blissful week at home, pretty much to myself. Doing this sort of thing…
Well where did that last week go to?
With only about 8 waking hours left of the spring break, to cram in as much fun as possible…I will leave you with some photo’s which capture my week.
Hope you a had a good week
This last few weeks has seen Jess turn one…
It has also seen my eldest two robins start year seven at High school…
I also passed my return to practice course in nursing… (happy dance) and have commenced training as a Health Visitor (happy dance…feeling overwhelmed…happy dance)
not sure I have time to celebrate with another yarn bomb! There has also been a lot of disruption in the Robin’s nest
Which is still ongoing, but will be worth the extra grey hairs it is giving me.
So far this year I have truly lived by BRAVE… and now Autumn is nearly here… my most favourite time of year and to embrace this season and welcome it with open arms… I’ve spent a little time pinning my Autumn happies… I just hope I can weave in some time to create.
My usual walk with the dogs lately has just been so beautiful….chilly at an average of -3, but beautiful. The bright, freezing mornings that fill my lungs with crisp air have also cast long shadows, which make me smile, as I make the short journey over to the fields with Alf and Jess.
The field down in the hollow, with all it’s grass and mud iced like the top of a frosted chocolate cake
As I climb out of the hollow and up the hill the sun shines in a blue, blue sky, but it can not chase away the bitter cold
Alf stops and pauses for a photo
Not one to be out done, Jess poses too
Tiny footprints temporarily fossilised by the ice
every bare and exposed surface has been visited by Jack Frost, over night.
Today I have had a lovely cosy afternoon hooking happily, listening to the radio, I will show you some pictures of that gorgeousness in a minute.
This however, is where I walked this morning with the dogs, unbelievable that this little path which runs alongside the brook, is just 2 minutes away from my home.
This morning was so sunny, but very cold, in fact my little thermometer read -0.5 degrees centigrade, so I didn’t stop for long but instead walked briskly up the hill!
Once at the top I was rewarded with this… I see this most days as this is where I walk the dogs, however, today I appreciated it more than ever…maybe the bitter cold coupled with the glorious sunshine had something to do with it.
Little Jess enjoyed it too, Alf didn’t hang around for his photo! Anyway, here are the pictures of ‘that gorgeousness’ I promised you…this is what I have been hooking this afternoon
Yes this is the glorious, heavenly to hook Cosy blanket which is currently part of a crochet along that is being hosted by the enormously talented Lucy of Attic 24. This one is the ‘her’ part of the ‘his and hers’ set I am making for my Mom and Dad for Christmas….the colour way is beautiful and is from the Attic 24 shop at Wool Warehouse and comes as a pack called ‘cottage’… my Dad’s colours I selected individually and look like this
My Dad’s blanket will be the same pattern as my Mom’s to complete the set. Do you want to have a look at that pattern again… close up
So simple, but so beautiful.
You might remember me mentioning the nomination that I received for the Leibster Award, from the lovely Lauren that writes her equally lovely blog, called the handmadehandmaiden.
Well, here is my post in response to that nomination. In a nutshell, I answer some questions, set some new questions and pass the Leibster on by nominating others, there are some more detailed rules which I outlined before, which you can take a peek at just here
Here are my answers:
Have you ever lived in another country?
No, but sometimes I think it might be nice to!
Do you have any pets?
What is your favourite icecream flavour?
that would have to be Peach Melba…or possibly bubblegum…or rocky road..or… lets be honest it depends on what ever takes my fancy.
What do you desire most to do in your life?
That’s easy…to influence and inspire people positively.
Countryside or City?
I need both.
If you could travel where would you go and for how long?
Bikini Island, Fiji for at least a month, then Australia for at least 6 months!
What is your hobby?
like that needs an answer, but just in case…
Least favourite thing to do?
Clean the oven!
What tv/ current book are you watching / reading?
If you could time travel – who would you see – where would you go?
Another easy one… I would revisit the younger me and say…
worry less, it will all be just fine,
you are beautiful just the way you are
and maybe consider avoiding eating chicken in the Lake District!!!
Here are my nominations for the Leibster Award,
I highly recommend you take a peek at these blogs.
Here are your set of questions guys:
1. If you could have a shop what would you sell?
2. What is the meaning of your name?
3.What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
4. Margarita or Pina colada?
5. If you had a super power what would it be?
6. What is your favourite book?
7. win the lottery or work your perfect job?
8. Do you have a favourite quote?
9. what sound do you love?
10. tell us what your happy song is?
Hope you have as much fun as I have had with your
Apologies for my distinct absence lately… I’ve found myself waking each morning yearning to create and yet by the time I’m home from work and the chores are done and I have the opportunity to hook, that a severe melancholy rises up from within and my hook stays in it’s case….
I fear I may have lost my crojo!!!
I’ve looked high and low…I have tried and tried… I have put my hooks away and I have got them back out… I’ve thumbed the delightful pages of books and magazines… trawled through many of your lovely project pages on ravelry, where fleetingly my heart skipped at so many inspiring creations, only to find myself with yarn and hook in hand and still no hooking action.
My brother dropped round last week, to my horror with the blanket I had made as a wedding present last year. It had a hole in it and he wanted me to repair it, as now the evenings are chillier, the blanket is required once more. A hole!!!!
As I mended, I certainly didn’t feel inspired and worried about other gifts I had made… what if?….!!!!
With the repair done and my brother gone, I reflected that actually, that wedding blanket is super heavy and probably with hindsight, should have had a more substantial joining method than the pretty but delicate flat braid join that I gave it… hence the hole. I did take some close up pics to cheer my soul a little…
It is a very pretty blanket.
In other news, Little Jess has finally found a best friend in Alfie and this has really warmed my heart, after 2 weeks of grumbling and growling our Alf decided that Jess was not so bad after all.
Importantly, the evenings are now drawing in nicely, I so love this time of year,
drawing the curtains, lighting the candles and snuggling in for the evening… what could be better… maybe just a little crochet
So, please would you have a little look to see if you have any extra crojo that you could send to me… I’m desperate!
It’s been 48 hrs since little Jess arrived and so far so good… the first night she yelped for 10 mins before settling to a full nights sleep and last night she took herself into her crate and drifted off for the night without so much as a squeak. I think having Alfie our lab around has much to do with the suprising amount of sleep we have managed since this little ball of fur arrived.
She did require a bath however as she wasn’t that fragrant and the smell of her litter mates and no doubt her Mom, was sending Alfie a little grumpy…
Jess, protested throughout her bathe, but seemed to enjoy the hair dryer and she smells much more pleasant both to us and Alfie, I think!
House breaking is also going well, only x2 accidents so far, so I am very proud of how well she is doing. Her favourite thing is exploring the growing garden. That is where we have just come in from now and she is zonked!
Other progress made is that Jess is happy to wear her collar complete with name tag, which I am pleased about as you can always hear where she is, as it jangles gently when she runs, which is also very sweet as she runs and springs about like a baby lamb with a slight tendency to lean to her left as she goes.
All in all she is lovely xx