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Spring decor

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I had lots of fun decorating my house for Christmas. As well as all the usual decorations I also added red cushions and a super thick red rug to the lounge which made the room feel even more cosy and Christmassy.

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But with Christmas over and the decorations packed up and back in their boxes for another year, I decided it was time to get rid of the red.

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Red is a great colour, and I particularly love it at Christmas time, but it’s not how I want my front room to look all year round.

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Pastels are my most favourite colours, and they just shout ‘Spring’! Now, it’s not really spring yet. Although we’ve had some wonderfully sunny days it’s still very cold. But it feels like winter needs to be given a bit of a push to make way for spring, so out come the pastels!

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It didn’t take much effort – I simply swapped cushion covers, putting away the red ones until next winter. Some of the cushion covers didn’t need to be changed because they work with both colour schemes.

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I like having blankets around no matter what time of year, so I just put away the red ones and brought out the pretty pastels again.

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When I first moved in I had the pink rug on the floor, which I’d put away for Christmas. But it’s back from under the wardrobe, looking slightly grubby (I think I’ll need to wash it, but only when the weather’s a bit warmer so I can dry it outside!) but very spring-ish.

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The look is completed (for now – I’m sure I’ll be adding more Easter related decorations soon!) with my colourful bunting and some flower fairy lights…

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…and of course some beautiful flowers in colourful vases.

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Lovely!

Patterns and Tutorials

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Good morning!

I just wanted to pop by to let you know that I’ve added a new page. You will see a link for Patterns and Tutorials at the top (hopefully!) where I will occasionally add either patterns or tutorials (did you see that coming?!).

I’ve kicked it off with the pattern for my Cable Cushion Cover. It’s taken me a little while to work out what all my scribblings mean, and turn it into proper knitting language, but hopefully it all makes sense. However, if you try it out and you fnd a mistake, please let me know and I’ll fix it!

Now, I need to stop procrastinating and get sewing. Have a good day!

Distraction

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What a gorgeous sunny day! Yes, I know some places had snow today and yes, I know it was crazily windy, but it just looked lovely. I got out in the garden this morning to take some pictures of the beautiful flowers coming out. I’m not a gardener, and I have no idea what most of these are called, but look how pretty!

As I was trying to get a shot of the primroses next door, their 3-legged cat Clive came to say hello too, trying to fit his face through the fence and sitting on the flowers!

I also found two half dead plants indoors (as I say, I’m really not a gardener!). I gave them a drink, pulled out all the dead leaves (which is why the pot on the right especially looks quite bare)  and put them out to enjoy the sun. They did seem to look a lot happier when I brought them back in this evening.

I was also full of plans for finishing my cushion. I planned to do all my jobs (exciting things like washing, planning, catching up on emails, etc.) as soon as possible so I could get on with it. But by the time I’d started pottering round I’d been well and truly distracted by the sun. Although it wasn’t all that warm it didn’t really feel like a day to be working with wool. It did, however, put me in the mood for bunting. Sun seems to do that. So I decided to make some mini bunting using some of the fabrics I got last week. As I was reaching for them I came across some other fabrics which would work well with them. These were things I bought in the January sales – they cost £1 each, but with most things in the sales I either didn’t really like them, or they didn’t have it in my size. But I loved some of the fabrics! And as they were so cheap I couldn’t resist.

These three featured in my bunting, alongside the lovely cherries, strawberries and flowers from last week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This blue, boat fabric immediately shouted ‘beach bag’ at me, and although I have no idea what to do with the skirt it’s just so pretty I couldn’t just leave it there!

Anyway, back to the bunting. I cut smallish triangles (I think they were about 4 inches from top to bottom) with pinking shears, then cut 72 inches of cotton tape, ironed it in half and pinned each flag into place. After a brief encounter with the sewing machine the bunting was finished – simple! Photographing it, however, was not quite so simple. I felt it needed to be shown outdoors, but it was just so jolly windy that the flags danced all over the place. Normally this would be a good thing, but not when trying to take photos! Anyway, here is my first attempt:

But just as I was reaching for another couple of pegs to tame the fluttering, there was a sudden brief lull:

Lovely sunny bunting! But no finished cushion cover. Maybe tomorrow?

A Cardiffy Weekend

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Mum and I have been treating ourselves again, and spent some time in Cardiff this weekend. We stayed with another cousin and his family and had a great time with them. I was especially excited to see his nearly 7 year old daughter doing her knitting! Such a look of concentration on her face, and so proud of her work.

Then last night we went to see Straight No Chaser and they were amazing! If you’ve never heard of them you’re not alone – most people have a very blank look when I mention them, but you need to listen to them (here is a good place to start. And here. And maybe here too.) Just brilliant! And so very funny too – it must be hard to act so goofy and sing amazingly at the same time, but they do it so well!

So after a great evening yesterday and a slightly damp walk to school this morning, we decided to take a detour to the Mall at Cribbs Causeway on the way home. I enjoyed browsing through the shops and flicking through books and magazines, but the things that really caught my attention were the balls of wool! John Lewis and Hobbycraft both have a selection of colours and textures that make me drool a little bit just looking at them. And of course I wasn’t content with just looking, and ended up coming home with 4 more to add to my ever growing collection.

This Norse wool is just beautifully soft and snuggly, and is destined to become a snood or scarf. I’m not sure yet whether to knit or crochet… it needs serious thought!

And this kid classic is just gorgeous – and was half price (I love a good bargain!) I can see this becoming gloves, or possibly a lacy, elegant scarf.

Last week, when I got back from the oh so exciting craft fair, I was so excited to get using some of my beautiful new wool. But so far I haven’t touched it! But there is a good reason for this, I assure you. I knitted a cushion cover for my Aunt and Uncle for Christmas, and they liked it so much they’ve asked for another one. This did throw me into a slight panic at first, as I made up the pattern and had it scribbled out on a piece of paper, which for all I knew could have been thrown away weeks ago! But, thanks to my compulsion to keep everything, I managed to find it screwed up in the bottom of my knitting bag. Hurrah for not throwing things away! So I’ve been busily knitting away and have nearly finised the first flap of the back (I’ll knit it all in one long piece – half of the back, the front and the other half of the back). And here it is so far, looking all lovely and snuggly and warm 🙂