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!
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!
Timmy often feels a bit gloomy. He’s not really miserable or grumpy, but he’s never exactly cheerful. This morning he was feeling particularly gloomy.
He went for a walk to see if a visit to his favourite plant would cheer him up.
He wasn’t really looking where he was going, so it took him a while to realise that he wasn’t alone…
The turtle with the pretty blue shell was interested in this rather gloomy looking guy. She asked who he was and why he didn’t look very happy. Timmy replied that he often felt lonely. He had no one to talk to and the days could seem rather long.
The turtle with the pretty blue shell replied that she had a simple solution for his problem – they should become friends. She told him that her name was Tamara, she loved to play games and that she was nearly always cheerful.
Timmy was a little unsure about this idea of becoming friends – he’d never had a friend before and had no idea how to play games.
But Tamara wasn’t put off. She showed him how to play hide and seek.
Timmy was surprised to find that he quite enjoyed games. As he thanked Tamara, he asked if she’d like to share some leaves with him.
As they chatted over lunch they found that they had more in common than they first thought. Timmy enjoyed having someone to talk to. And Tamara loved cheering Timmy up. She found that she could even make him smile!
After a while they decided it was time to go – but this time Timmy did not walk off alone, he had a good friend by his side.
P.S. In case you missed it yesterday, this lovely pattern was found at Little Muggles. Go and make some lovely turtles of your own!
Last week my friend got a fancy new phone. It’s a touchscreen and she was worried about keeping it scratch-free in her handbag. She has four children and therefore carries about a million things in her bag! So I decided to make her a little case to keep it safe.
The photos aren’t great quality. I only finished it last night, and my friend was with me so I gave it to her straight away – no chance to wait for good natural light! But this is what it looks like…
I had to guess at the size. It turns out that it’s a little bigger than the phone, but not bad for a guess! I started with a chain of 15, then worked in rounds of half trebles until it got to what I thought would be the right length. I then attached the pink and worked a row of trebles to make the strap, before edging around the top and strap in doubles. I added the flower (pattern from Attic 24) and then all it needed was a few buttons and it was finished!
I used Stylecraft DK for the whole lot. The main colour is Sherbert, the strap is Fondant and it’s edged in Pomegranate. The flower is (from the inside out) Candyfloss, Fondant, Pomegranate, Lipstick. I was really pleased with how it turned out – although you can’t tell the full effect from the pictures, the colours work really well together.
The best part was that I was working on the case as my friend came to visit. She commented on how much she liked it, and the look on her face when I said it was for her was just brilliant! I love surprising people 🙂
This weekend has been full of family. My Grandad’s brother and sister in law live in Florida and only make a visit every few years, so it’s always special when they visit. Usually their visits are marked with a family get together and this time was no exception. We had a great time together, eating great food, playing football with the kids (they were much better than me, but I loved it anyway!) and generally catching up with everyone. A big topic of discussion was how we were all related to each other – Grandad and his brother were part of a group of 7 cousins, some of whom were there yesterday along with various offspring. So working out cousins (and second cousins and third cousins, and cousins once or twice removed) was a little complicated. Thankfully we had a family tree to help us figure it out. We also had several family photo albums dating back a few generations which were alotof fun to look at!
As I wasn’t driving I managed to get a few rows of my stripy blanket done in the car. I also took it in with me and worked on it while we were chatting. Which prompted two of my aunts to get their work out too! We had a chunky knit jumper and some crochet being worked on. We had a little crochet lesson part way through the afternoon, discussing the ins and outs of starting from a foundation chain and working rows of half trebles – just as I’m doing for my blanket.
The blanket is a great portable project – it doesn’t take up too much space in my bag (at the moment) and doesn’t require a pattern. This weekend it’s been to the family gathering, to my friend’s house while we watched dvds and ate pizza, and to Granny’s house to be worked on after a big roast. The only downside to getting to work on it so often is that I’m running low on some of the colours! Anyway, here it is so far…
I have to say, I wasn’t entirely convinced about the colours when I started, but the more I work on it the more I love it!
After seeing a whole lot of people this weekend I’m now home alone and loving it 🙂 And becuase I have the space to concentrate I’ve got round to finishing the slippers I started the other day. They’re bigger than the ones in the original pattern, and would probably fit a toddler (but I need to try this out, so don’t take my word for it!)
These ones measure approx. 12cm long (the green cotton pair are about 8cm) and are made from Stylecraft Special DK.
I also made a teeny tiny flower to go on the side. Cute, huh?!
My next challenge is to work out how to make them big enough for my feet 🙂
Good morning! Some of you may remember that I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’m turning 30 soon. I’m still trying to decide if I’m more excited or scared about it, but have decided to celebrate regardless of how I feel! And part of those celebrations will include my second giveaway 🙂
The winner will receive these goodies…
1 flower brooch
2 egg cosies
4 fabric napkin rings
5 fabric covered buttons
6 books and buttons pegs
12 crocheted flags of bunting
And hopefully (if I’ve added correctly!) this adds up to 30! Let’s have a closer look at some of those things.
First of all, the flower brooch – 5 layers of fabric with a cluster of beautiful buttons in the middle.
The 2 blue egg cosies will comfortably fit over both an egg and egg cup.
The front of the fabric napkin rings…
… and the back.
Five fabric covered buttons.
6 books and buttons pegs (see the post about them here).
And last but not least, 12 mini flags of crocheted bunting. Each flag is approx 1.5 inches wide and long, and the whole string measures 32 inches from end to end.
Each end has a loop and a cute little button (you could even wear it as a necklace if you felt like it!)
So there you go, a lovely little bundle of goodies all handmade by me 🙂 If you would like a chance to win all you have to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling me what you love most about your birthday, or if you have any special birthday traditions.
I will put all the names into my high tec hat and will draw one at random on 12th May, so you have a whole month to enter. I look forward to hearing from you!
After just a few more hours work the scarf is finished! It took me a while to decide on the order I wanted the flowers to be in, but had fun shuffling them all around on the floor.
I then worked a round of treble stitches (US doubles) around each flower in dark purple, joining them as I went along.
After they were all attached I worked two rows of double stitches (US singles) around the whole lot to strengthen them.
At this stage it was nearly finished, but was quite curly! A bit like a sandwich a few days old. It kinda looked ok, but not quite.
So then came the blocking process. I’ve not done this before, but it seemed to work quite well. I stretched the scarf out across a couple of towels, the pinned each point to hold it in place. I then spritzed it with a nice fine mist of water and left it to dry for 24 hours.
This afternoon I removed all the pins (which was a lot quicker than putting them all in) and ta-dah! Had my properly finished scarf 🙂
And here it is:
If you would like a chance to win this scarf, just post a comment on this post. I will draw a winner either on 12th March, or when I get 20 followers. So get commenting!
On another note, I was having a little browse at some lovely blogs yesterday, and came across Stocki, where I read about a truly great idea! Jill is making a Beautiful Blogger Blanket, made up from squares sent in by people from all around the world. (Click here and scroll to the bottom of the page if you want to be involved yourself, but be quick about it as the closing date is next week!) I couldn’t resist and whipped up a couple of Granny Squares to be part of it.
The one on the left is based on a pattern found here at Rose Hip – just lovely. And the one on the right is a plain old Granny Square, as taught to me by my very own Granny!