Friday, 20 January 2017

Fiddly Bits (using up your yarn scraps)

January is a long cold month, Christmas is a distant memory and I find myself wishing for Spring to hurry up and make an entrance. I'm trying to be good, not spend too many pennies and not be tempted into buying more yarn (very hard!) So when I came across this pattern on Ravelry by accident it was the best find ever. Fiddly Bits by Hipknitizer. I have a whole box of yarn scraps I keep in my craft room and a bag in my loft, maybe some in my desk at work too! All Debbie Bliss Rialto DK merino yarn in yummy colours and this box was screaming out for a nifty project like this. All those colours, some discontinued from various granny square blanket projects all put to good use in a colorful cowl to keep me warm. All you do is knot them together, all those bits of  cut offs or end of ball and then knit to watch the stripes emerge. So easy but I did have to learn provisional cast on using a crochet hook, so I'm learning new things too.  Oh and kitchener stitch for the grafting of the two ends.

I'm loving the way its knitting up and its so easy, a totally brilliant pattern to take to work and keep with me for when I get a spare five minutes and want to keep my hands busy. Trouble is its very addictive and that's all I've done for the last two nights! I'm posting my progress on my Instagram account if you want to follow me or join in the pattern can be found here

look at all those stripes

a little lunch time knitting at work

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Brrr its cold!

It was another cold start this morning, -2! Hat time, ice scraper in hand and even gloves on to de-ice the car this morning. If you are a hat lover, I have two hats for sale in my Etsy shop with a whopping 25% discount during January, bargain! Two colours available denim blue tonals range and luscious purple (they won't be available for long)

blackberry stitch beanie hats
I've been busy making lovely granny square cowls for Mother's Day and two are also listed (the first one sold straight away) so soft in Cashmerino charcoal and Merino grey yarns both by Debbie Bliss. The colours are so pretty too and some are now discontinued. I sold my first granny blanket a couple of weeks ago, such a pleasure to make and the new owner is totally in love with it and bought it just in time for this cold snap. So I'm busy making another one, this time in Cath Kidston colours, its looking lovely and will keep me warm whilst I add further rows.

Thinking about doing a spot of gardening, but I think that will have to wait a bit longer until the ground is soft enough to dig and I can empty my compost bin. I have some seeds (courgette and tomatoe) to get me started in March but still lots of planning to do on my little patch that I neglected last year.

Keep warm. Here are some recent projects, I will add the pattern for the granny cowl this weekend. Amanda

vintage inspired granny square blanket

Charcoal grey granny cowl

grey granny squares being joined

grey granny square cowl in merino yarm (Debbie Bliss)

Thursday, 29 December 2016

Happy New Year!

I'm still here knitting, crocheting and taking far too many photos! Wow almost at the end of 2016 where has this year gone?! Some good news, my dad is doing really well and looks like he is on the mend, I wouldn't say cancer free, that would be too optimistic, but his consultant is pleased with his progress this year. He has another big operation for 2017 then he should be ok.

Really I should be saying its been a tough year, what with Ian being made redundant and my dads cancer treatment but it hasn't been, we have got through this and come out the other end. We enjoyed our holiday in September, then Moss fell ill again (but he's now ok, phew) and things just need to get a little bit back on track and Ian needs to find a job again and I need to keep up my swimming to keep  me going.

This year I made 6 blankets, endless hats, a couple of snoods, bought far too much yarn but it keeps me sane and happy. Working with colour and yarn is so good for your health (but not your bank balance!) The next few days will be busy with clearing away the Christmas stuff and cooking for family on New Years Day then a days rest (probably walking in the woods with Moss) and back to work again, ten days holiday does go so quickly. But its been great being at home and staying over in London for a concert on the 23 December. Its been colder here in Kent, which has seen lots of activity on my blanket and one almost complete for my Etsy shop (I plan to list more blankets in 2017)

Here are some recent photos of my work, I hope to find time to write more on my Blog in 2017 and do more to the veg patch when the weather warms up to dig over and make some plans, sort out my seed tins.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. Amanda

my latest granny square blanket

23 December charity concert

some of my Christmas gifts

Christmas day lunch

crochet pom pom on my latest Etsy shop blanket

a customers completed custom blackberry stitch hat

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Crochet book mark

crochet book mark
This is so easy and makes such a lovely gift when giving someone a book for a present.
First Make one Lusciouslyloopyflower then chain 50, add your tag, button and ta dah you have one beautiful crochet book mark. This one was made for my niece Kira to go with her book, she's just started hairdressing and she loved it.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Rainbow granny square blanket

Another granny blanket for #sixtymilliontrebles. Just couldn't get into the other one. This is going to be a rainbow granny stripe but its gone a little wobbly, I hate that. Tempted to start again, I probably will!

I have over 30 colours plus parchment and I'm guessing it will be about 46 rows. So most of the colours will get used.

It was a quiet weekend. Sunday I woke at 6am with a headache which lasted most of the day. Hay fever is bad at the moment and the windy conditions didnt help. But by 5pm I felt a little better and took Moss for a walk in the sunshine. Yes the sun came out after such a miserable day, typical. But I did get all my ironing done and a lot of crochet

the start
the yarn stash
and more colours!
Sunday evening crochet in bed

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Craft room (clean up)

What do you do on a warm summers evening? Clean out your craft room of course. Being part of the original garage to our house (at the back of our kitchen) its one of the coolest rooms in the house, and doesn't it look tidy?! We, I say we, mainly my husband and son - made the back of the garage into a craft room about four years ago. I've not used it much recently and it was such a muddle, but now I've actually sat in there this week so crochet and put some things together watching catch up tv on my Kindle. I just need to make a granny square cushion and I'll be comfy in my den.

craft room clean up
After a lot of selling off on one of local selling sites of stuff I'm not likely to use and yarn de-stashing my loft ready for the sixtymilliontrebles project, I had a very productive weekend. I now have spare yarn to give out to anyone who wants to join in.

Tuesday night I felt a little ill after being bitten three times on Monday night by some sort of mosquito. So I got to product test my new granny blanket a little earlier than expected. So cosy and the perfect size to snuggle under on the sofa.

product testing on Tuesday night

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Yarn bombing (for sixty million trebles)

production line
Last week I met up with Claire to chat about sixty million trebles  project and to get aquatinted. So much better than just a virtual friend.

Anyway I had an idea whilst were were talking and Claire said to post it on the Facebook groups page there and then. I was amazed at how it was accepted in literally minutes (there are over 950 members now and growing plus a silent army of grannies, my mum included!

The idea was to crochet small flowers and tag each one with the hashtag #sixtymilliontrebles (we decided on flowers as we didn't want people getting confused with pink MacMillan hearts) Since then Ellen has made over 80 tiny flowers and I'm way behind with my first ten. I've only started mine late last night and have to say the pattern is addictive! If you'd like join in please visit lusciously loopy for the pattern, it's easy and I bet you can't stop at ten.

tiny flowers