Manic few weeks

It’s been a little busy to say the least, my parents have now completed on the sale of their property and moved in with us, I’ve got my new craft room, well half of one anyway!  

The whole house has been turned upside down, but it needed a good organising anyway.

I’ve carried on with a little bit of my manual madness but find I struggle with counting stitches when I’m tired, and boy I’ve been tired! I’ve not carried on with anymore if my star of wonder, and I really need to, because I’ve got my new sofa! 


The grey, white and lime would look really nice with this, I think once I’m back into a routine next week I can get stuck back into it.

So I’ve had to stick to some easier things, things that don’t take so much concentration.

I’ve used up the rest of my James c Brett flutterby and made a nice cushion for my daughters bedroom, It’s just a simple granny square but the James c Brett makes it look lovely 


I also nipped into Aldi today as I keep getting told they sell yarn, ok so the selection isn’t huge but I managed to get a really nice grey super bulky chenille yarn with a bit of a twinkle to it, it’s nowhere near as soft as it looks, but I thought it would look nice on the sofa for the dogs to sit on, I got 400g for ยฃ3.49!!  I reckon it would make great cushion covers too

So Aldi is worth a look if you ask me….
Happy hooking xx

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Colour ways and crochet

The build up to Christmas was absolutely manic, for Mr.H’s business but also for me getting all last minute orders out and finishing gifts, so once all festivities were out the way, (Happy New Year to you by the way) I sat there on January 1st thinking wow! No deadlines!  

I had a sense of crochet freedom, bare in mind I’ve still wips left from last year, but there’s no rush, so I’ve cracked on again with my mandala madness from Crystals and crochet and I am just madly in love with it, Helen Shrimpton has to be one of the most talented designers ever, simply beautiful patterns, but the mandala madness is free!!!  I’ve been using women’s institute DK acrylic yarn in black white and grey for mine, from Hobbycraft its really lovely stuff on parr with Stylecraft special DK, but they don’t have very many colours

This photo is up to round 70 I’m on 73 now, but I really want to get it finished so I can start on helens new star of wonder.  In the pattern Helen writes that she found (us terms) DTR then BPSC combination by error, what a fabulous error! It adds so much texture to the blanket.


Anyway, she’s just launched a new pattern Star of wonder, not a freebie or a CAL, you can find her pattern through her blog page and clicking on the link to ravelry, it’s simply beautiful.  I’ve pinched a picture to show you, this isn’t mine!


Isn’t it magnificent?!  

Now on her blog she also talks about choosing your own colour way.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit you’ll know I’m not very creative when it comes to colour, however helens blog has really helped me.  

She says that as a guide you should chose your main colour, now I’ve got a new sofa coming in black, and I think grey is really nice at the moment and it would go with my sofa, so my main colour is grey, she then said to pick 3 shades of your main colour, so I’ve gone for graphite, grey and silver, then she recommends to pick a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel, so I should of gone for a blue, but to be honest, I’m really not a fan of blue so I went a little to the other side and chose lime then finally to chose a neutral light, dark or medium, too much choice for me! So I stuck with white, but how lovely they all go together?!


I really think this will compliment my new black sofa, and quite pleased with myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone!  And a clever way to help choose colours I think. These are Stylecraft special DK, I’ll be using them as follows:

Colour 1 – silver

Colour 2 – grey

Colour 3 – graphite

Colour 4 – lime

Colour 5 – white

Anyway, in going to crack on with my mandala, and hand it over to my sister….
Happy hooking xx

Crochet calm & 2016

On a personal note it’s been a bit of a tough year, i work full time and help my husband run his business, ok, not so much help, I run his business and he goes out to do the work! But it’s been a nightmare this year, we took on some new employees and then brought in the work to help pay for them only for them to leave, and since then we’ve been pretty much chasing our tails behind on jobs etc. And too busy to take on more people, it put a huge strain on my husband and me but we made it to the end of the year without divorcing each other, just!

I put it down to crochet, as the stress of his business increased my hook started to move faster and my yarn stash got bigger, and boy I really have created some beautiful things and I’m proud of me, even if I do say so myself.

 I’ve always been known for having a short fuse and stressing about things when there isn’t anything to stress about, that fuse seems to be a lot longer now and I generally feel a lot calmer in myself, again I put it down to crochet.  

It still amazes me how with just one hook and ball of yarn I can make something beautiful. 

I’ve pushed myself too, I’ve looked at projects that look complicated and where normally I would not even attempt to complete them this year I’ve really gone for it I’ve started them and completed them and felt a real sense of achievement.

I started a crochet group at hobbycraft and doubted myself, I didn’t think people would turn up, but there has not been one week where I’ve been sat on my own, even on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!  I’ve made what I would call real friends at our little group they’re all so lovely, we help each other with crochet problems, enable each other to increase our yarn stash and we have a laugh, it’s not my group it’s ours and I look forward to it every week.


I’ve taught my sister to crochet, like wow! Now that is amazing, she’s doing so well with it!  She loves anything with repetition and she too feels a lot calmer which is good.

I think what crochet has given me this year is time for me, time to switch off, to create, push myself and give, I love giving things away to those that really appreciate it.


My biggest crochet accomplishment this year has to be my mandala madness, and I’m no where near finished with it yet, it never gets boring, it’s beautiful and I’ve made it.


Another big achievement has to be my carousel I finished it, it’s not perfect but it’s mine


Anyway, I’m a little superstitious, we didn’t see 2015 out and 2016 in with a bang, so after this year we will be seeing 2016 OUT and 2017 in with a family party, best go and sort myself out!

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for taking the time out to follow me.

For the last time in 2016 Happy Hooking xx

So excited I could burst!

It’s was my birthday on Thursday, no biggie, another year older and all that! But I got the best gift I could of asked for, besides, family, health and happiness naturally! 

I’m lucky and I don’t really want for much, but I’d never go and spend a lot of money in myself, unless it’s yarn of course ๐Ÿ™ˆ, anyway, for my birthday my parents and my sister and brother in law clubbed together and got me something amazing!!! 


How lucky am I!!!! A whole day of pure relaxation, crocheting by a log fire in a country barn, being waited on hand and foot, with frank and olive!! Eeeeeeekkkkkkk!!!!! Apparently we arrive at 10am and have a bite to eat, then we go into a session with Frank and olive, break for lunch at 13:00 and then they have a guest designer coming in to do another workshop, the day finishes at 18:00, all yeah is included and there’s a Christmas gift under the tree, are you jealous!!!!! 

As designers I really like Frank and olives modern designs, so I can’t wait to meet with them! If you want to find out more about it or make yourself green with envy have a nosey at their page for the retreat www.thecrochetretreat.co.uk

Lily pond cherry blossom 

Ive finally gotten my head around block 3, I kept going wrong and couldn’t figure out why! Then I realised that I stupidly had 9 petals instead of 8 ๐Ÿ™ˆ anyway I’ve done all 4 now and I’m pleased with them, just goes to show, don’t crochet tired!


And I’ve moved onto block 5


I’m trying to bit of each bit of wip each day, if I can.

Carousel


A bit behind on this, I had to frog some of part 4 as I’d put my hexagons in the wrong way, again, tired! But just need to finish the other side, then block 5 which has already been released.

I love making blankets, and tops, but I’m not very good at anigurami! But I thought I’d give it a go, my brother in law is going into hospital on Wednesday to have some of his bowel removed, unfortunately they’ve found pre cancerous cells, luckily they’ve found them before anything more sinister occurred, but he’s obviously scared, he’s also a mega geek! He commission paints war hammer figures and is very talented, loves anything marvel, so I thought I’d make him an anigurami to take into hospital, I chose captain America, he is the bravest super hero (apparently!) please don’t laugh, it’s not very good, and my first attempt, if @itchy crochet is reading this she’ll have a chuckle! Anyway, I swapped the A for an I for Ian


Bad I know!!!

Anyway on with my mandala madness which is becoming hotter on my knees as it gets heavier!!
Happy hooking xxx

All things shiny, shiny…

Am I the only one who is a bit like a magpie when it comes to yarn and crochet patterns? Common sense would say to start one thing and bloody well finish it! But no not me! 

I’ve not blogged in a good week or so because for a few months I’ve been eyeing up Helen shrimptons Mandala Madness CAL, it’s already started and finished, but the pattern is all available on her blog.  I thought I’d just give the first round a bash because it looked quite complicated….big mistake…I’m hooked!  There are 18 rounds, and already I’m on round 7, I can’t get enough.  A few weeks ago my sister had asked me to make her a king size bedspread out of flowers, I found the pattern she wanted but when I really looked at it I realised it would take 2,700 flowers to make, so dismissed it quickly.  She’d asked for black white and grey to match her bedroom colours, so I stared round one using some Women’s Institute DK, well now I’ve had to buy more because I am going to finish this mandala! Here’s my progress so far:


Sue pinner carousel 

Magpie eyes has stopped me from doing a lot more on my carousel, but I’ve started round 4 today and I’m really enjoying it! I’ll get it done on time for Tuesday’s next release that’s for sure.

Hobbycraft news!!

Sometimes I avoid hobbycraft for buying yarn as they don’t do a lot of what I like, but a few months ago they took on a new knitting guru and she seems to have brought some life to hobbycraft for yarn!! Because they’re not starting to stock Janes c Brett noodle yarn (big thumbs up from me), Caron simply soft, which is fabulous s there are so many patterns out there for Caron and I often admire other people’s work when they’ve used that brand too.  They’re also sticking sugar and spice!!! I love their cotton! I’m so pleased, and even better news, they’re doing them on the 3 for 2!

Caron cakes 

It really gets my goat that Caron have given exclusivity for Caron cake yarn to Michaels in the US, really annoys me, because Michaels won’t ship to the uk, it makes absolute no business sense whatsoever, why limit your target market?! I’d love to get my hands on some Caron cake but my only option is Ebay at ยฃ30 a ball, so forget it, anyway, Blacksheep wools have actually started sticking s new yarn, very similar to Caron cakes, called Wendy evolution take a look at this!!


How nice!!!! And work from the box! One is for my sister who wants a cowl, she’s chosen the green, and the pink and black is for my bestie, another cowl as a Christmas gift, gorgeous aren’t they?! Who needs Caron cakes anyway!!

Anyway happy hooking xx