Thursday 27 February 2014

Patchwork Cushion

I am sure you know that it was Half Term last week...well that means I get days off in the week so on the Friday I went to Linda's. We both have several of those little patchwork 2 1/2" squares and didn't know what to do with them but Linda had found a pattern for a cushion.It was meant to be 5 squares by 7 squares with no border down the sides so that it resembled a photo contact sheet. However, I decided that I would take the idea and fit it to my own cushion. I chose to go with 5x5 squares.
I will confess that I did just bang it all together, with little regard to squaring it all up. I even made the classic error of stitching each row to the one above, in the same direction. The result of my slapdash-ness? Well it was dead wonky! I couldn't really be bothered to undo it all but after looking at it for a bit I decided that I just would not be able to quilt it so I did unpick the worst row and jiggle it so it was a bit straighter!
A quick whizz up and down (in alternate directions this time!)with a fabby pink thread, and the front was done. Just need to add the back and pop it on a cushion now.

Friday 21 February 2014

Am I late......or early?

So this week I have something knitted to show you....
Yes IS a Christmas jumper. I started it in December. But it is knitted in 4-ply so took aaaaages and grew really slowly! It is a pattern from Ravelry and is based on a 1940s style. Jess (eldest daughter) is really ino all things 1940s so it was her choice. I even managed to find some vintage buttons from my stash; although I think they are more 60s than 40s!
She is away at Uni so I posted it to her. Apparently it fits beautifully. Another UFO bites the dust.

Sunday 16 February 2014

52 Weeks of Happy

What with all the rain and that we have had recently, I have found it quite tricky to be inspired by happy things! I have focused on the fact that I am not flooded; that I am better off than many in the UK at the moment, but these aren't things I can take a picture of! So for my week 5 I decided to take a picture of a Lego Day we had at school. In the morning the younger children spent the time learning how to build properly, by overlapping the joins, and how to construct a roof with supports. I have to confess that I was prepared to not enjoy this day as I find Lego frustrating in the extreme. However there was such a huge array of different bricks that I was able to build this church....complete with graves! Now I am converted!
Week 6 was easy-peasy. Burnice and Linda and I went to a "Vintage Fair". I think we were all expecting it to be crafts, tea-sets and collectables but it was mostly vintage clothing. We had a great time rummaging through the rails and spotting things we wore "back in the day"! Vintage seems to cover clothing right up the the 90s and there was a good selection of 80s shoulder pads and 70s hippy styles. Some nostalgia for all of us!

Tuesday 11 February 2014

A little bit of Ripple.....

My husband is a police officer and one of his colleagues is expecting her first child soon; a baby boy. Hubby asked me if I could make her a little something....well I needed no further excuse to get out my hook and order wool so a baby ripple it was to be! I bought several shades of blue and used a random stripe generator and this is it....
I found a rather lovely edging pattern on the Attic 24 blog that fills in the wiggle and then looks like blanket stitch...
All done and ready for the new arrival!

Monday 10 February 2014

My hat.....

I don't like posting pics of myself....especially when I have no make-up on. Believe me, I have tried to photograph this hat without me in it but I just can't! The straight on views were even more awful so you get a side view. Basically it is a beret, embellished with these rather subtle flowers. Took me one evening and it is cheering me up wearing it on these dreary, wet days!

Saturday 8 February 2014

New crochet project.

New year, new project needed! Each month, Burnice, Linda and I meet in Burnices'cabin to craft. We do a variety of things but this year I suggested that we stick to one, build it up a month at a time, type project. So we have decided to crochet a few blocks each month from this book.
We have each chosen five colours of yarn. These are mine; cranberry, wine, hot pink, gold and orange. Very bright but I hope they will make a cheerful throw eventually.
Then we chose six granny squares each to do. These are my six....
Now I have to crochet Burnices' six and Lindas' six! I will shoe you them as I finish each six.

Wednesday 5 February 2014

52 Weeks.

Now I have worked out a way to get onto Blogger I can post again! So I have been keeping up with my 52 Weeks of Happy. Week 3 and we heard the fabulous news that a work colleague is expecting her first baby! It made me feel all warm and fuzzy all week! Out came the knitting patterns, ready to knit!
Week 4 and I had a lovely surprise on Sunday morning. Katy appeared at my bedside with toast! Very lovely!

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Some catching up.....

Not quite sure why but I have not been able to get on Blogger to update. I expect it is a PC glitch but I think I have found a way round it so here goes with some catching up. First off the second week of happy....It was Burnices' birthday and we went to a restaurant in Brighton to eat with a live opera singer! Great fun and def made me very happy!
I treated myself to a new book in which was this great little pattern for a pony! Soon as I saw it I knew I HAD to make it! Took an afternoon to whizz up. The mane was what took the longest time; I can a see a whole stableful on the way!