Wednesday, 13 August 2014

A quick hello again...

Still no time to blog properly, just a quick hello and thanks for all the support.
Second posting of Book 2 Design went off yesterday so half way with the projects and i'm on target so far.
The Stylecraft designs i did last year are selling well Iam told....all in
 My two favourites are these two patterns below, the teacosy and the pots and mats

I am also in the HOMESPUN MAGAZINE 
 a blanket I made for them earlier this year

The Homespun rug below

I've been using Rooster yarns for a couple of book projects...Almerino super soft and great to crochet with, along with Stylecraft Alpaca, Senses a mohair yarn, and more of the Classique Cotton too...all lovely yarns to crochet with.
Rooster yarns were only in Cheshire, not too far away so I popped in on route to Blackpool Breeze last weekend, and now I have already run out of the 4 balls of a whole pack is winging its way to my door.
Have fun, hugs to all xx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Necklace from left over sock yarn...

Hi all, a lovely friend who is a fabulous sock maker made me a pair of black and white socks, thanks Sue love them.
 She sent me the left over yarn and as my black and white scarf, I wear with my black trousers and white top was in the wash and I needed something black and white to wear at my neckline.
 So while having a morning cuppa  yesterday, I made a new black and white necklace from the left overs, might add a few tiny seed beads to it at some point.
see what it looks like with beads, but for now i'm wearing it as it for me.
It looks totally different from the knitted socks.
Hugs to all x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Painting the bedroom Blue...

Bit of redecoration going on in the bedroom...seaside, costal, pale blue, aqua and the
palest sea green.
Used a new costal picture as inspiration.
 New wall quote, to remind me how precious TIME is...
 Dug out all the blue bedlinen I have, all went together quite well, then I feel asleep with a cuppa in my hand...oooops!
Me and everything else was soaked in a delicate shade of brown.
All in the wash, and it's a good job the sun is shining to get it all dry and back on the bed

 and of course there needed to be a touch of cotton crochet too...
A 22 white flower garland in the making to hang on the curtain rail,
Hugs to all xx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

I'm willing but the eyes aren't.....

Please remind me not to leave 21 pattern to write up and translate until the end will you?
Just the last 2 to do now but my head an eyes are struggling for today.
Another half made project to was a long scarf.
But when i tried it on this morning it sort of looked like a waistcoat.jacket front so i might continue on at a later date.
What do you think?
Don't you think it would make a great little waistcoat under a cardy or top coat, or even with sleeves as a jacket?
Made in rows of cross stitch, changing colour for every row and turning every row so the crosses line up easily.
Hope you are all enjoying the sun shine?
 I'm off to have a cuppa, sit in the sun and rest my eyes for an hour I think.
Hugs x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Remodelled Granny finished...and a bit of felting to share.

Didn't go for the full on lacy effect but a decorative red finish, I'm happy is Mr T, turn your back for 2 seconds and one or other makes a new bed.
Felted Sunflower cuffs and hat
A book reject for you to see....

 So a totally different style asked for.... watch this space.
Almost finished the pattern writing for this week...thank goodness!
hugs to all x

Monday, 14 July 2014

Hi.....still in the land of the living

Hi everyone.......Seems like months since I had time to do a blog post, not just weeks.
So much commissioned design work and almost half the projects finished for Book 2......
Had a couple of melt downs over the last few weeks but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now.
Even managed a day off on Saturday...and guess what I had a tidy up in the bursting at the seems craft room and remodelled a granny blanket, from months, if not a couple of years ago....found it in all the boxes of half made samples.
I just have 3 rounds to do I think, might manage a couple of hours 'me crochet' tonight and finish it....pattern writing by the bucket full at the moment

Just another couple of weeks and I hope things should be getting back to, something like normal again and I will be able to do a few blog posts again.
Missing you all
Hope everyone is OK and well?
Sorry to anyone who's mail hasn't been answered i will get back to you as soon as I can
Hugs to all x

Friday, 30 May 2014

Book Update for anyone following the progress......

Granny Squares 2......colour and shape
Thank you for all the congratulations on the new book, it is well on it's way, after 4 months of planning, deciding and playing with ideas from the last twelve months,
plus quite a few new designs.
In total I submitted about 80 designs and 2 different options of book for GMC to look at back in early February.
They went for the 20 projects again, with may be the second option as book 3!!! wow i am going to be busy.

Not that the cover will be my decision but a fun project to play with.
I promise there will be lots and lots of colour and new shapes,
I'm also hoping to include a few felted designs....I promised Vogue Crochet and Knitting I would try to include a couple of ideas.

The Title is still to be decided but the 20 projects are almost in the bag, they liked the 80 I sent and I was asked to pick my favourite 20 designs.
So now I am just waiting on the final go ahead from the GMC Team.
The Contract is signed and the work begins.......

Monday, 12 May 2014

How to Add Granny Square Corners to a large circular motif...a mandala may be

How to turn a large circle or Mandala into a square using Granny Square corners
NOTE: To see how many rows of granny shells you need to add to create each corner place Place your circular motif onto a basic granny square made in the same yarn as the motif to give you an idea of what needs to be added.
Divide the circle into 8ths and mark with a length of yarn
It's not an exact science but it will give you an idea of what you need to add to the corner markers 4 times.
looking at the picture the first row of granny shells need to cover about 6 sts either side of the marker.
ROW1: Att. yarn 3 sts away from the corner marker, miss 2sts,
3dc, ch3, 3dc in the corner marker, pulling out the marker.
miss 2sts, sl st, into next st.
ROW 2: ch 3, miss 2sts, sl st into next st, turn,
2dc into sp between circle and last dc of row1.
3dc, ch3, 3dc into point of corner, 3dc in the sp between the circle and the first dc of row1, miss 2 sts, sl st,into next st.
ROW 3: ch3, miss 2sts, sl st into next st, turn, tr,2dc into sp, between circle and last dc, of row 2, 3dc, in next sp, 3dc, ch3, 3dc in point, 3dc into next sp, 2dc,1tr into sp, between circle and first dc of row 2, miss 2sts, sl st into next st.
ROW4: ch3, miss 2sts, sl st into next st,
Turn, tr, 2dc into sp between circle and last tr of row 3, 3dc in next 2 sps, 3dc,3ch,3dc in point, 3dc in next 2 sps, 2dc,1tr in sp, between circle and first dc of row 3.miss two sts, sl st into next st. This completes the corner.
The corners were added to a circle of 9.5" and a corner of 30sts total number of sts was 120 all the way around
Repeat for the next 3 corners.
The next round will be all the way around the now GRANNY SQUARE with a mandala in the middle.
This should work on similar circles of similar size, with a few sts or half an inch of diameter more.
If you have a lot bigger circle then add as many granny row corners as you need using the pattern.
If you love to make mandalas or circles but don't know what to do with them make a square and join together in blocks

Monday, 28 April 2014

Flowers inside and outside..

The Black tulips are really black now, from the red they started as...
and the pink roses inside are in recycled beer bottle vases and thee sun has been shining.....happy time

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Black Tulips....

Remember the January Picture of them just popping the heads out of the soil?
I have watched them grow along side the Christmas trees I put outside and hoped would survive....
well look at them now
 As they were growing I could see little tips of a pinky red/purple but they are going blacker the longer they are out and the mini trees are covered in new growth too...
 I'm so pleased I haven't killed them or the Christmas trees...I wonder how big the Trees will be for next Christmas?