Thursday, 16 February 2017

Patchwork January

Hello........... Here's a little Summerhouse round up from January, seems like an age ago now.

I'm afraid January here at the Summerhouse was mostly viewed from my comfy bed, I've been really poorly since Christmas with a relapse, the lurgy and then a horrible new symptom affecting the nerves in my face and head, so painful.  I did try and keep crafting, it's my escape after all !! and managed to leave the house only three time the entire month.  So I'm hoping things will start improving soon.

Over on Instagram the month of January looked like this......

As for the Summerhouse garden I didn't really make it out there much, but not a lot was going on as it's been so cold it was lovely to see the visiting woodpecker though. Everything is behind not even a crocus to be seen, one of the very few times I ventured outside I managed to have a fall oops, slipping on route to the summerhouse, one muddy Clare my own fault as I was really to poorly to be out there.

This year I've decide to add a new mosaic to each of the patchwork posts, it's going to be all about WIP's (works in progress) that I hope to finish or get back to in the next month, here we have my Angel wings shawl, Rainbow drops blanket, Seaside pebble blanket and my Purple leave cushion which has recently had it's ta-dah moment

Well that just about sums up January, the sun is shining here today at the summerhouse and I ever hopeful for Spring being on the way.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Friday, 10 February 2017

Purple Leaf Cushion (take two)

Hello........... Today's post is a long awaited Ta-Dah, that dates back to the early days of the blog, yes I have been intending on making a purple leaf cushion with this yarn since 'here' yes that's right since 2013 !! 

Back then of course I was foolishly attempting to knit a cushion, this was long before I discovered crochet and it's lucky I did because my knitting is shockingly bad.  I persevered and it was only last  October that I finally called time on this make after yet another disaster.

A knitter I will never be...........

So I was left with a huge 400g ball of Hayfield bonus Aran, Plus some leaves I had somehow managed to knit.  I decided I still really wanted a cushion however I was just going to have to crochet mine.  !!!!

I decided to make a round cushion as it's so much easier with crochet and found a wonderful tutorial for a flat circle over at Attic24 'here'

Using a 5mm hook the circles worked up really quite quickly

something even full of lurgy my foggy brain could manage

I just kept adding rounds until

the circles were large enough for this 14 inch cushion pad, which I bought from amazon at the bargain price of less than £2.

I then simply crocheted the two half's together

Then it was all about whether to add a border or not, decisions decisions.....

In the end I opted for a simple 5 treble shell edging

Which really helped to neaten up the join.

I'd been playing around with so many design ideas, with the original knitted leaves.

here are just a few

In the end I just loved the rose leaf combo, I borrowed nicked some of the roses and leaves from my Autumn wreath, opps I'm going to need to replace them later in the year !!

and finally settled on a more is more look for my cushion, with a trio of Roses set amongst the leaves.

I then just had to stitch them in place

one by one until...........


My purple leave cushion was finished, completely different from what I originally set out to make but I got there in the end and I'm very happy with how it's turned out.

It's ready just in time for the Craft Club exhibition.
Happy Crafting
Clare xx

(who needs knitting anyway !!!)

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Angels Wings and Sparkles

Hello............  I make no apologies for today's post it's going to be photo heavy and all about colour and sparkle, with a tiny public service announcement. I am now five weeks into a horrible lurgy here at the summerhouse and I'm feeling terrible, so it's colour therapy all the way today.

That's the trouble with chronic illnessis a healthy person gets ill with a cold or virus and they bounce back in a week or so, not so much people like me with a complex chronic illness, yes five weeks on my cold has now finally broken but for the first few weeks my immune system just didn't have a clue what to do, it had immune response's just not the right ones it attacked my joints it made by ME/Lyme disease flare to the point I couldn't get out of bed and has probably put me in a relapse that will take months to recover from, it also decided to attack some of the nerves in my face leaving me in awful pain and it disturbed by autonomic nervous system, so much my heart spent 11 and half hour in tachycardia one day last week.

So this is a very polite ask on behalf of all the people you may know with a chronic illness, please if you have a virus or a cold or any other bug, please please think before seeing them and stay away as it could make them very ill for a long long time.

OK sorry rant over.. back to the colour


Isn't it lovely

I think I mentioned in my first post I'm using Rico Creative Reflection for my shawl

and I'm loving how it's turning out.

It's a fine yarn so it's taking me a while but it's a real pleasure

to work with these sparkly colours

they make my heart sing, one very happy Clare

Still a long way to go, but here's where I'm up to so far...........

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Monday, 23 January 2017

Wrist Warmers Ta-Dah

Hello......... It's time for a long awaited Ta-dah today, I started making these wrist warmers here 
way back in the summer and I guess I was right to start early as it has taken me a quite while to get them finished.

They are made with this gorgeous yarn by Louisa Harding which is so soft and has slightest glimmer of golden sparkle to it, ( you know me and sparkle I just can't resist) the pattern is from 'here' 
you can find more details in my original post.

So I made up the first glove with ease following along with the pattern, I did have to make a bit of a adaption towards the end of the pattern as I have tiny hands but other than that things were going great...........

Until glove number two that is, I'm not sure what when wrong, but I got myself in a bit of a pickle and had to frog the entire glove.  I think part of the problem was I was following a written pattern and with the cognitive symptoms that I suffer with from the ME/Lyme disease it's never easy. 

So this happened............

Then this...........

Until I had to start yet again from scratch, you have no idea how frustrating it can be when you have one completed glove mocking you, saying ' you can do it, as you made me' grrr

Any road not being one to quit, I started again, counting and checking constantly.

and it all started to come together, as I mentioned earlier I stopped following the pattern at thumb row 5 otherwise they would have been way to big for me, so instead I finished off with two rows of double crochet before stitching the thumb hole in place


and in the nick of time as it's been so cold here at the Summerhouse and my POTS (Postural Tachycardia Syndrome) medication means that my hands are always freezing cold.

So they were ready just in time, next came me trying to take a pic of the finished gloves, not easy too manage a hands free selfie.

So instead here's a pic my nephew took for me. 

They really are super soft snuggily and warm.

I think I may enter them in out craft club exhibition under the 'fairy theme' as I'm sure no self respecting fairy would ever consider attending the frosty snow ball without a pair of fine woollen gloves with added sparkle.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Linking up with Frontier dreams KCCO

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

2016 : A Year of Crafting

Hello......... I wasn't planning on doing a year in review post, this year as well I didn't think there would be a awful lot to share, 2016 was not so great here at the Summerhouse I spent most of the year trying to recover from a relapse of my ME/Lyme disease that hit in the Autumn 2015.

So instead of a general review I thought it might be good to just focus on the fun stuff and look back on all the crafts, so this is going to be a happy little post. 

  Over the past week I've been putting together 12 colourful crafty mosaics, enjoying seeing the colours change throughout the year with the different makes but all in a way still linked by the same colour palette I always seem drawn to here at the Summerhouse. 

You see she maybe a bit old and shabby but magical crafty things happen inside this grand old lady, who is known affectionately around these parts as 'the shed'

I hope you enjoy them.













So there you have it, a whole year of Summerhouse crafting fun, although I have to admit a great deal of it has take place and been created from my comfy bed.

Here's to 2017.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Thank you for all the kind comments left on my last post, I'm going to try my very best to stick around in blogland, I might not be able to post as often as I'd like to and I'm sorry I probably won't be able to make it round to visit all you're lovely blogs but as always I'm going to keep trying.