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?
 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Beth's Blue Blanket progress..bit slow

Not growing as fast as I would like..just 21" long by 7' wide at the moment...looong way to go
 Easy stitch but takes me 2hours to do 3 inches...
 Every Stylecraft Special and Life Blue and purple I have, with a little green thrown in....
 
 

Monday, 7 April 2014

A blue bag..

Flower Granny Square bag...19 motifs to make the bag and sc top band
 phone case to go with it...
 James C Brett Marble chunky and 5 mm hook
 Hexagon or square
Forgot to say its almost 3 years old...and been well used...although not recently, having a sort out I found it again....Perfect to go with a new Blue top and navy trousers I have just bought.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Eric's Seat Cover needs more squares...

All 40 put together but only big enough to cover a dinning chair, so at least
another 60 needed...I guess

Turned a bit grim when I got home today after a lovely sunny morning so the pictures aren't the best
Pity I wasn't making a dining chair cover, it would have been finished now.
 
Yes to those that asked it's a version of 'V' stitch to put them all together.
I like the way the v stitch makes to solid granny square look like a square flower.
 
 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

I FOUND A BOX OF GRANNY SQUARES....

......from a project a couple of years back. Stored in a box, I couldn't decide on how to join them together, now i knew exacly how to join them together....with black, V stitch
made with all the colours of my Stylecraft Special colours and a sock yarn,
 mixed and worked together as one yarn to give a little texture and a 5mm hook.
 
 I had put a couple of the squares together when Phil arrived home last night, he took one look at it and suggested it would make a great blanket/throw for Eric,
his new Classic VW Variant that he bought the other day and is now ready for an MOT and a touch of crochet for the back seat
 It needs to be 4' or 1.22m wide and about 10 squares long so....
  I will need to make a few more to cover the complete seat but for now I have 40,
20 already together and I love it...it would have made a great wrap too...
 
but Eric won.
 
 
 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Happy First Day Of Spring....

 
The tulips are now open and have gone an even paler shade of pink
 
I don't have a view from my kitchen sink but it is still full of colour....
 
Washing all the cat bowls this morning made me smile..
Ikea colour by the bucket full
and my plastic picnic/garden plates have been washed ready for days in the garden to come......I hope.

All the cat blanket and the crochet chair covers washed.
 
The warmth of the last few days...has made me feel Spring had arrived but are we in for a cold snap and snow even?
 
There's a warm glow of colour inside anyway.
 
Happy First Day of Spring
 

Monday, 17 March 2014

ALPACAS....sooooo cute

And the yarn is yummy too...
I bought some gorgeous cream Alpaca from a lovley lady who spun it herself
and I managed to cochet up a large Rhombus in motifs, almost 100g last night.
sory cant show you the motif....might go in the the new book
BUT LOOK AT THESE CUTIES...
 Two Breeds of Alpaca.....Huacaya and Suris
 
 Short and fluffy and Long and silky lol
 But aren't they adorable?.....how can something so cute not be cuddly?
They aren't great on cuddles I'm afraid, they really prefer you to keep a respectful distance, although I did see one or two children very close to their pals in the show ring.
 
And one or two were more interested in the camera than others.
Sorry the pictures aren't the best, but it was quite dark in the show ring area and I didn't want to upset any of these gorgeous beasts with a stupid flash.
 
Thanks Leslie for a fabulous day out...did you manage to have a little go with the Alpaca yarn last night too?
Phil was presented with a present of Alpaca sock too...he loved them in a purple/plum colour.
We will both be taking a trip to
Thanks for all the info, very interesting
 
 
THE TWO BREEDS OF ALPACA
Huacaya (pronounced as wuh-kai-ya) have fluffy fiber. Huacayas are the most common and popular type of alpaca. Their popularity is largely due to their cuddly, teddy-bear look. They achieve this look because their fiber stands upright, perpendicular to their skin. Huacaya fiber is popular among spinners because it is easy to spin. It is also easier to weave, making beginning weavers more productive. A dense Huacaya may shear up to 10 pounds of fiber per year.

Suris are rare, unique, and more elegant alpacas. They are also more expensive than Huacayas. This is largely due to their rareness. Suris have long, shiny, locks of fleece which are both soft and wavy. Suri fiber is also more valuable than huacaya fiber. Many beginning spinners mix Suri fiber with cotton, wool, or silk because suri fiber is much more slippery to spin. However, experienced spinners prefer Suri fiber because of the extreme luster. Suri fiber is quite long and has an almost string-like appearance. High-quality Suris have tightly twisted locks with very high luster.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

To feed or not to feed?

I'm no gardener and was wondering the other day if my pot of black tulips needed feeding?
Just found the above link so may be they do.......with minerals?
 
Really busy here with all sorts of exciting things.
Keep an eye open for a piece about my crochet felting in Designer Knitting, it is called
Vogue Knitting in USA.
Not sure when it wilL be avaliable here, around May time I've been told to look out for it,
but if you take the magazine let me know if it is on the stands with you?..thanks

I' ve been adding a few variations to block st this week....not sure if all the variations can be lumped together as block st. if I can, I try to find the original source of a stitch.
Victorian  origins usually for most stitches, but this version turned up in my research.....


Couple of interesting Block Stitch links to look at...
Link to Tamara's Design from 2013 below
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leaping-stripes-and-blocks-blanket
When the interlocking block st is used in a tonal way with just 2dc and 2ch between tamara has called it leaping stripes and blocks
By  Tamara Kelly

Here is an interlocking block st felted bag another option for block st.
Done in 2010

http://www.myiartflirt.com/2008/11/first-post-on-new-blog-free-crochet-bag.html

must try this one out soon