I wrote this post up yesterday and set it to publish in a few days time – but as soon as I hit the schedule button it lost all the text! I couldn’t face re-writing it again straight away, but thought I’d do a slightly abbreviated version for you today.
Some of you may remember that I made a cardigan for as a birthday present for a lovely Little Girl back in April. Well, it was her sister’s first birthday last week and I thought I’d make another one!
Thankfully it doesn’t take long to make as I only started it on Monday and her birthday was on Wednesday!
Because I was less organised this time around I didn’t have time to order more of the cotton yarn I used before, so used some good old Stylecraft Special DK. I wanted to make it a little different (I didn’t think Little Girl would be too impressed at being made to wear the same thing as her Baby Sister!) so added a different type of flower.
And I added scalloped edges to the sleeves too.
I finished it off with a nice green button.
You can buy the pattern here. It’s not very expensive and I feel I’m getting my money’s worth – I’ve made 2 cardigans and I can see me making more in the future too!
The rows this week were pretty straightforward – mostly trebles (US doubles) or half trebles. The most complicated part was the star stitch, and even that wasn’t too taxing!
I felt that the stars really should be in yellow and I’m happy with my choice. I think they look quite sweet. (There’s a great star stitch blanket on Little Woolie’s blog – it’s amazing!)
It turns out that my Catherine wheel stitches last week do have a right and wrong side! The first week there was no obvious right or wrong side, so I just stitched the ends in without really thinking about it. It was only when I saw the instructions about the stars this week (that also have a right and wrong side) that I realised I should have sewn the ends in on the opposite side! So while I was sorting out my car insurance (and on hold on the phone for quite a while!) I pulled all the ends loose. I now have 3 weeks worth to sew in – but I think they can wait for now!
I also noticed today that one end is pulling in a bit where the Catherine wheels are. It wasn’t too noticeable last week and I’m hoping that with a border around it at the end it’ll stretch out!
the middle nearly the end of a busy week. I am so ready for the weekend. I don’t have a long post for you – there has been a little crochet activity this week, but I haven’t photographed it yet.
But I did want to share something with you. As I’m sure you’ve guessed, I quite like buttons. And it turns out that there are other people as dotty about them as I am! Have you met the girls at Buttons and Paint yet? They have only been blogging for 6 months but they sure don’t seem like newbie bloggers. (In fact, they seem to have a much better grasp of the blogging world than I do!)
Anyway, a few days ago they posted the most amazing pictures! Pop over and have a close up look at the goodies they found.
I especially love the embroidery hoop clock – I actually have a few hoops (plus loads of buttons!) so it wouldn’t be too far fetched to imagine that I might make this one day. Perhaps in the summer holiday…
I was so excited to see the next CAL post! I got started straight away, and finished my rows just a few minutes ago. I immediately took it outside to get some photos…
I think I’m happy with it, but I’m still a little bit undecided. I quite like the Catherine wheels, but it seems like they’re backwards – the ‘wrong’ side seems to be on the front. This might just me being picky, but it’s bugging me a bit. But if I want to change it I’ll have to unravel the last 6 rows, add another dc/hdc row then start the Catherine wheels again. And I just don’t know if I can be bothered.
I’m also wondering about my colour choice. I like the colours I’ve used, but wondered if I should have perhaps added a couple of other colours before repeating the sherbet and parchment.
Anyway, while I think about that, let me show you the finished flower I told you about, beads and all.
Here’s a close up of the heart at the bottom…
I love it! Happy flower decoration is definitely the right name for it!
It’s currently on my notice board. I’m not sure where it’s permanent home will be, but I’m happy admiring it where it is for the time being.
After checking my email another hundred times or so, and twiddling my thumbs for a while I decided that I’d get on with a half finished project that’s been waiting for attention for a few weeks.
I had felt ‘in between’ projects, but my fingers were itching to make something, so I did what I often do at those times and turn to Lucy’s blog. She has so many beautiful patterns that I want to try out, so I was sure I could find something to keep me occupied for a while. I chose to make her Happy Flower Decoration, and had the main flower part and stem with leaves already finished.
I dug them out from under a pile of paper (I have no idea how my desk gets so cluttered!) and stitched them together. I also took a few minutes to whip up a tiny heart to go on the bottom, then took them out into the garden.
Lucy recommends ‘painting’ the back with PVA glue so it will hold it’s shape. I figured that since it was such a sunny day the glue would dry better outside than in.
I pinned the flower and heart to an old blanket with a pillowcase over the top. This is what I use to iron on when I can’t be bothered to get the ironing board out! It’s also very useful for blocking small projects.
While I was waiting for it to dry, I thought I’d take my friend up on her offer of a walk and a coffee. We strolled through a couple of fields (carefully avoiding the nettles) and made our way to a garden centre at Cuttifords Door which has just opened a coffee shop. We had a (very) brief look at the plants – neither of us are particularly in to gardening – before making a beeline for the café. I did stop for a few seconds on the way to take some photos of some pretty flowers…
…but my main aim was coffee!
It was beautiful sitting out in the sun with a warm breeze blowing through the trees. Bliss!
On our way home we dropped in to see a friend who’s just moved house and chatted for a while before making our way home. It was a great way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon.
The glue was dry on my flower by the time I got home, but you’ll have to wait to see the finished article!
I thought that my next post would probably be about the next few rows of my CAL blanket. But even though I’ve been clicking the refresh button on my email every few minutes this morning there is still no notification telling me that the next rows have been posted! So I thought that rather than sit around impatiently I would do something to occupy my mind instead.
My first step was to go out to the garden and take photos of a couple of things I’ve done/made over the last 16 hours.
The first is another tassel! Almost as soon as I’d posted about my bead tassel I felt the need to make one entirely with buttons. So I got out my colourful threads and button box and got to work.
I made this in a slightly different way to the beaded tassel. I used a different colour thread for each strand, weaving it through the buttons all the way down and back to the top again. When I had 4 strands I simply knotted them all together (I’d made sure to leave the ends fairly long) then picked the two longest threads to be the loop at the top. I threaded these through a larger button, then stitched them to the knot to secure. It’s not particularly neat, but my eye is drawn to the buttons rather than the knot, so I think it’ll be ok!
Here’s the other one as well (I felt it needed to be photographed in the sunlight!)…
On Thursday evenings I meet with a small group of people from church. We spend time praying together and looking at what the Bible says and how we can apply it to our lives. This week we were discussing the importance of the Bible itself. Reading the Bible is something that a lot of Christians (myself included!) find hard at times, so one of the things we discussed was how to get the most from the times we read it. I often find (just in life in general) that if I write something down I remember it better. So I decided that I should use my journal more often to jot down things that jump out at me as I read the Bible.
This morning I read Isaiah 40. It’s filled with amazing imagery, so I thought I’d get my colours out and write it in a jumbled up kinda way.
I’m not a great artist (as much as I’d like to be!) but I had a go at adding small pictures to the text anyway. I like the way it all looks on the page and it was a great way of getting me to focus for a much longer time than usual! It’s definitely something I’ll be doing again.
Anyway, I must just go and check my emails again…
I’ve been back at school for one week and it honestly feels forever since I had a holiday. I feel completely drained.
I think part of the exhaustion was caused by a trip to a local farm this morning. It was all organised for me (so I had no idea what was going on) and it was only my class going so I felt a little stressed!
We found out about potato farming, looked at some worms and talked about how they’re good for the soil then looked at some animals.
The chicks were the favourite – they’re just so cute!
It ended up being a great morning, the kids loved it and it was all really well organised, but by the time we arrived back at school at lunchtime I was ready to crash! Unfortunately I then had to teach for the rest of the afternoon (although ‘teach’ might be a stretch – we wrote thank you letters to the organisers of our visit then had golden time!) before I could finally leave.
I had barely been in the door 2 minutes before I’d eaten a chocolate bar (I needed the energy boost) and I’m just about starting to relax and unwind and enjoy the fact that it’s the weekend – hurrah!
As well as some cute animal pictures I wanted to show you a bead tassel I made yesterday. I was inspired by Jill’s post a few days ago, and with a little prompting from her (although she didn’t have to use huge powers of persuasion) I got out my bead box and had a go.
I started by choosing the beads I wanted to use. I went for a seaside theme and set all the beads out on my laptop. That was fine until I needed to move the cursor and sent beads flying everywhere!
I set these to one side as I wanted to use them at the ends.
And here’s the finished item!
It’s currently hanging on my sewing machine (which hasn’t been used for anything other than storage space in quite a long time!) until I decide where it will permanently live.
If you’ve not had a go at making tassels yourself, I’d definitely recommend it – they’re really quite easy and quick to put together. Just don’t try to pull the thread too quickly back through the beads at the end of each strand. You may think the thread will easily glide through the beads with no problems. Not true. It will twist and wrap itself around all the other strands (and your fingers too if you’re not careful) and cause all sorts of headaches as you try to untangle it all. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
…I had more fun with Turtle Tales. (See the full story here, here, here, here and here.)
…I made pompom animals with lots of children at an Easter family event.
…I made a cute cardigan as a birthday present for a cute little girl.
…I had some lovely things in the post from Tamara and Jane.
…I finally showed you the Riverbed Blanket.
…I enjoyed bright splashes of colour as spring arrived – at long last!
…I spent a bank holiday with a lovely friend and a crazy cat.
…I had some lovely presents for my birthday.
…I revealed the winner of my birthday giveaway (and even managed to send it before the month was over!)
…I spent my half-term holiday making granny bunting.
That’s actually a whole lot more than I thought I’d done! I think it feels like I haven’t done much because I haven’t been blogging much, but perhaps that’s not the case…
This morning felt a lot like Christmas. I had a wonderful parcel in the post – new yarn!
Ooo, look at all the colours!
It was just so exciting, and the best part is that I only ordered it yesterday! I love that it arrived so speedily. I guess it helps that I live fairly close to where the shop is based (Bristol) so it didn’t have too far to travel. And I love the fact that I didn’t even have to pay for the postage (because I spent over £15). The wonderful shop I got these goodies from is called Get Knitted. I may well pay them a visit in the summer holidays!
Anyway, (part of) the reason I ordered so much new yarn is because, starting from today, I’m taking part in the ‘As we go stripy blanket CAL’. This has been organised by Hannah of Not Your Average Crochet. It’s not too late to join in if you haven’t already!
Hannah’s first few rows look like this…
…and mine look like this…
Oops, it’s upside down! But you get the idea…
I’m using the same yarn as Hannah (good old Stylecraft Special DK) but she’s using a 5mm hook and I’m using 4mm, so mine will be slightly smaller. It measures about 46.5 in/118 cm across. I’ve also decided to use a wider range of colours, partly because I already have a lot of colours in the right yarn, partly because I want to use some new colours, and partly because it just feels like this needs to be a super colourful blanket!
The colours so far (from top to bottom) are meadow, apricot (I think! I’ve had this for a long time, and I’m pretty sure it’s apricot, although it’s a lighter shade than the ball that’s just arrived), fondant, sherbet, parchment.