Friday, 19 August 2016

Patchwork July

Hello.......... patchwork time again

July was quite a busy month here, lots of get together's with friends, for birthday's, a wedding and even a spot of garden table decorating, which of course took a bit of a toll on my health, that's the nature of ME/Lyme disease there is always a price to pay for spending too many spoons (spoon theory), there was of course a little bit of crochet though........

While I was inside recovering, out in the garden summer was in full bloom. 

Well not much else to say about July it seems such a long time ago now, I really must get better at posting the patchworks on time

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Work in progress Wednesday

Hello.......... I thought I'd do a bit of a WIP Wednesday post as a bit of a catch up, as well lets face it I've been a bit rubbish at posting lately.

In my defence I didn't really have too much to share as energy levels are low and pain has been high and to top it all off this happened, I have no idea why !!! but the knuckle on my little finger came up all red and swollen and that kind of put pay to any crochet for a while, how I missed the yarn.  I'm guessing it's related to the Lyme disease as I'm currently off my antibiotics so lots of my joints have been playing up, but a red and angry looking joints is a new thing here. 

Any road mustn't grumble as of yesterday the hooks been back in my hand.

So a little catch up on the fingerless gloves, well it was all going so well and I was following along with the pattern for the thumb rows, until I hit a snag, as you can see I have teeny tiny hands and well the gloves are turning out to be just too big. So after much huffy and puffy and lamenting my tiny hands, it's time for plan b, just need to figure out what that is, as I adore these pretty gloves.

I'm still plodding along with my rainbow drops wheelchair blanket, which is coming along just fine.

Now it's confession time, as you may know I already have many ongoing blankets on the go eek, well I just thought I'd try to see if I could make one of the flower hexi's, from 'Cute and Easy Crochet with flowers'  That was my plan until oops I accidentally bought some yarn in colours that would be just perfect for this make.......

Well that's about it, hopefully once the Summer's over I'll be around a little bit more.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Wrist Warmers

Hello....... This week I've started a little yarny prep for Autumn, don't panic  I'm sure there is still much more summer to come, it's just with my limited energy it take me a while to finish a project.  

So I decided to make myself some Wrist warmers as I tend to get very cold hands stuck in bed not being able to move about too much.

So I had a hunt about online and found a beautiful pattern for some lacy fingerless gloves 'Here'
over on Henk's blog.  The pattern is free and has been very kindly translated into lots of different languages, so super helpful.  

I also splurged a little and treated myself to some very luxurious yarn it's Orielle by Lousie Harding, and it's baby alpaca, (how cute must they look)  I'm using the white which has a lovely delicate golden sparkle running through, (well you know me and sparkle, it just has to be done)  I have to tell you I was torn colour wise as there was most gorgeous aqua colour that I fell in love with, but I decided to be sensible and go with the white as it matches my winter hat and will go with more of the clothes I own, although, depending on how well this make goes I might not be able to resist making me another pair.

Now I have to tell you that this took a lot of concentration for me, but in no time at all I had the beginnings of my wrist warmers and so far they were looking pretty much like the pattern

Energy levels low and brain fog high, I've been working on them two rows at a time but I'm pretty sure for a fit and healthy crocheter you could probably make a pair in a weekend.

 As for me and my two rows at a time plan well so far so good, I still have to keep checking the pattern to know where I am and can you see as a memory aid I'm using a pretty peg to know what row I'm on (I'd be lost without it)

Oh but I'm loving this yarn it's soooo soft and wonderful to work with, I'm also loving how my wrist warmer are looking so far, aren't they pretty ?

I'll keep you posted as to how I go and hopefully before the Autumn I'll have a Ta-Dah for you, just got to get past the thumb hole first !!!

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Patchwork June

Hello............. Sorry for disappearing off again, I'm just not sure where the time is going at the moment and as always there is not much spare energy for getting things done around here.

Any road, let's do a little bit of catching up with some patchworks from June, it all seems so long ago now.  Looking back there was a fair amount of crochet in June, granny squares a mandala and some crocheted coasters I made as a little yarny gift, you can read more about these makes over in Junes blog archive if you want too.

There was also some dodgy health stuff, that left me feeling very tired, but I did make it out to visit a local castle gardens and of course the knicker bunting went up in the local library !!!

Out in the garden it was roses galore, how I love it when they all start to bloom, plus the summer bedding, and some new fuchsias for the wall planters, despite it being such a mild winter we lost all but one of the fuchsias we had over the winter, not quite sure why as they have been happily flowering away on the wall for many a year !!!

Well that's about it for now.......... Hopefully I'll be back soon with another post.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Rainbow Drops Blanket

Hello.......... I've only gone and done it again, yes I've started yet another blanket even though I'm still yet to finished one.

In my defence, it's because of this stunning yarn from 'Three Violet Buttons' that I received as a birthday gift last year, I've been saving it since then for the perfect project originally I was thinking poncho or shawl, but in the end I opted for a small lap blanket that I can use when I'm out in the wheelchair.

The yarn is called ' Pretty Pumpkin' and is the softest merino, at first the colours kept reminding me of refresher sweets, until my friend 'M' at craft club the other day said no the colours are like 'Rainbow drops' do you remember them, the coloured popcorn like treat.

I spent a lot of time agonising over what colour to put with this pretty yarn, cream or beige but in the end I opted for this silver colour, it's also a merino yarn Super Soft Lana Gatto in Mercury.

I started off my soon to be giant granny square with a few rounds of silver

and then it was onto the wonderful colour, in such pretty sweetie tones.

In order to really see the beautiful colour changes I'm spacing each colour row, with two of the silver to really make the colour pop, well hopefully that's whats happening.

The rounds of repetitive trebles are a little bit addictive and it's easy to get lost in them while watching tv or listening to music.

So much so my blanket is growing fast, it is however quite yarn hungry and I have already got through three balls of the silver and have just had to order some more.

I'm hoping to make the colourful yarn go as far as possible so I'm now starting to add additional rows of the silver between the colour rows, so that the colour gradually fades out across the blanket, I'm  making the design up as I go so fingers crossed this works out and looks ok, only time will tell.

So here's where I'm up to so far......... 

How I'm loving the colours pink, purple, orange, green then pink again how it's makes my heart sing and hopefully the silver is the perfect backdrop to balance out all that wonderful colour.

Happy crafting

Clare xx

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Crocheted Heart Card

Hello....... A couple of weeks ago, two of my good friends got married, so I decided to make them a wedding card.

After a bit of pondering I decided that yarny hearts were the only way to go, I wanted to make a little charm that could be removed from the card and then perhaps used as a Christmas decoration, to remember the day.  

So off I went to cyberspace in search of the perfect heart, I found the pattern for the above heart 'here' and as it turned out it was the perfect size for my card.

I also made this little cutie, using Lucy over at Attic24 tweeny tiny heart pattern, at first my plan was to used both hearts on the card, but in the end it just looked a little bulky, as you can see I crocheted both my hearts in twinkle sparkly yarn, in silver and a silver/blue.

and you know what I'm like for a bit of sparkle !!! I just couldn't resist blinging them up a bit.

For the larger silver heart I made a little charm, threading beads, sequins, and gems onto a piece of crochet cotton, before securing it by

stitching it in place on the heart, I also threaded a couple of beads onto the hanging thread.

I then found this pretty silver doily in my stash and went about blinging that up too, with pearls and sparkles

As I mentioned earlier I wanted the heart to be detachable, so it could be used as a decoration, so I simply attached it to the card with a sticky spot.

I wanted to make my card look a little rustic, so I used a plain cardboard blank and added some larger pearl to the corner, before adding a greeting to help hold the hanging threads in place.


One handmade yarny wedding card with added sparkle.

Sorry I've not been around much recently I've been struggling with my energy levels again,  I did however have a wonderful time celebrating at the wedding party.

Happy Crafting

Clare xx

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Afternoon at the Castle

Hello..... at the beginning of June a friend and I decided to visit our local castle gardens after I'd been for a doctors appointment, now in modern times storming a castle is much easier than in days of old, in fact if you phone them in advance they will even provide you with a trusty steed.

Yes it was great fun to storm along the draw bridge on one of the castles mobility scooter on our way to the gardens.

In no time at all we were pottling along the paths 

our first stop the Queen Mothers garden

such a tranquil place to sit, plus lookie I just love the colour of the water lilies.

 The grounds at Walmer Castle are broken up into to several areas, so after a trip around the woodland you come to the beautiful wild flower meadow, it's hard to capture how pretty it is with some many wild flowers hidden among the long grasses, loads of insects buzzing about (in a good way!)

I loved the mown pathways, which mean even on the mobility scooter you can get right into the meadow

Lovely stuff .........

Hi here I am taking a very rare, selfie amongst the daisies

We then moved onto the more formal part of the garden

with it's gravel walk ways and a bumpy yew hedge

I love how the castle peaks out from behind the hedges

Then it was onto one of my favourite areas, the kitchen gardens

Just so stunning, I'd love a veg patch just like this if I had the energy, I do miss having a allotment.

Just look at those Aliums

and the wonderful veg patch, 
in fact I had a salad for my lunch while we were there, and they actually went out and picked the salad leaves fresh from the garden, in order to make it, so yum you can't get fresher than that.

Even the greenhouse is so very pretty

A feast for the eyes everywhere you look

and wow the Roses were amazing such wonderful fragrance.

Even the cake was Clare friendly, yummy home made Gluten and dairy free, chocolate brownie. We shared a piece as it would have been rude not to after they had gone to all that trouble...

It was the perfect way to spend a afternoon and enjoy my first day sunshine, since last summer, as I'm taking a small treatment break from my Lyme disease medication which makes me allergic to the sun, sadly since I've been sun allergy free the weathers been pretty awful here but hey ho I guess that's life.

You can read a little more about the castles history in this post here

Clare xx