Friday, 3 July 2015

Five on Friday


Hello and happy Friday to you all, I hope that you have all had a great week we have been enjoying some lovely sunshiny weather up here in the usually cold north east of England yes  there have been thunderstorms too but I quite like a thunder storm so I'm not complaining. 

This week the North East Group of Loving Hands met at my home I always enjoy these meetings it's lovely to get together with like minded folk. We were even able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine for a change.

 Everyone had been so busy in June here are their lovely makes.

Ann gets the job of sewing up any squares that come our way and I think she did a great job making up these blankets, the squares come in all shapes and sizes and it's not always easy to fit them all together.


 and if that wasn't enough to keep her busy she made a cute little jacket and used more squares to make a scarf

 Barbara's beautiful makes
 a closer look at that lovely waistcoat

Maureen is teaching herself to crochet and is using the 200 crochet blocks book by Jan Eaton to practice and learn new stitches, I think she has done a fantastic job of this lovely blanket

 she also found time to make these lovely jackets too

From the left, Barbara, Ann and Maureen
All of these items will be sent to Operation Orphan

This beautiful Hydrangea is the star in my garden this week. 

Have a great weekend! 
Linking with Amy's Five on Friday 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

July Stash-buster link party and your May favourites.

Welcome to the July Link Party and a big thank you for linking your lovely June creations.

These were your May favourites...


Top Left - Monica's pillow
Top Right - Ana's Baby Boy Jacket
Middle Right - Ann's Pillows
Bottom Right -  Ljubinka's Chickens
Bottom Middle - Macy's Quilt
Bottom Left - Pammy Sue's Doily
Congratulations ladies and thank you for linking.

July Stash-Buster Party




Rules
  • Please grab the stash-buster link party button.
  • Everyone is welcome to join in but Stash-buster projects only please.
  • All crafts are welcome either complete or works in progress.
  • Link the picture from your actual post and not your blog address.
  • Be polite and click on at least 2 links and leave some nice comments.
Keep visiting your June link party projects too because I will be showing the most clicked links on the 1st August, but only those who are displaying the link Party Button or have mentioned and linked back to the Stash Party in their post will be featured.

Happy linking! 




Any LH pictures are made by ladies who are members of Loving Hands, clicking on the picture will show you an enlarged version, if you would like any information about any of the projects shown please just ask in the comments section. 









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Monday, 29 June 2015

As Promised.



Thank you for all your lovely comments about the scrappy hexagons and as requested here is the pattern ...
I used Dk yarn and a 4.50 mm hook and my hexagons are 3 inches wide..


But of course you can use any yarn and corresponding hook size that you like.
You will need approximately 3 grams of yarn for each one.

PATTERN UK Terms

Magic ring

First round - 2ch into ring(counts as 1st tr) 1tr, 2ch, tr2tog, *2 ch, tr2tog* repeat until you have 6 pairs of trebles each separated by 2 ch, ss to 3rd ch at beg of row and then ss into 2ch space.

Second round - work *3ch(counts as 1st tr) 1tr, 2ch, 2tr into 2ch space, *1ch, 2tr 2ch 2tr into each 2ch space* around, ss into 3rd ch at beg of round, ss into 2ch space.

Third round - 3ch(counts as 1st tr) 1tr, 2ch, 1tr, *1ch, 2tr in 1ch sp of previous round, 1ch, 2tr, 2ch, 2tr in 2ch space* around ss into 3rd ch at beg of round and fasten off.

As you can see mine are just the three rounds but of course you could keep on working them in this way for as many rounds as you like.

PATTERN US TERMS

Magic ring

First round - 2ch into ring(counts as 1st dc) 1dc, 2ch, dc2tog, *2 ch, dc2tog* repeat until you have 6 pairs of dc each separated by 2 ch, ss to 3rd ch at beg of row and then ss into 2ch space.

Second round - work *3ch(counts as 1st dc) 1dc, 2ch, 2dc into 2ch space, *1ch, 2dc 2ch 2dc into each 2ch space* around, ss into 3rd ch at beg of round, ss into 2ch space.

Third round - 3ch(counts as 1st dc) 1, dc 2ch, 1dc, *1ch, 2dc in 1ch sp of previous round, 1ch, 2dc, 2ch, 2dc in 2ch space* around ss into 3rd ch at beg of round and fasten off.

As you can see mine are just the three rounds but of course you could keep on working them in this way for as many rounds as you like.

Have fun with them they are very quick and easy to make and if there's anything I haven't made clear please let me know

Scrappy blanket progress 



It's measuring 66 inches wide and is 24 inches long and so far I have used 466 gram of stash yarn.

Scrappy Hexi Blanket



There were 61 hexagons in the jar by the way and so far I have made 68 altogether and have used 169 grams of stash yarn.

That's 635 grams of scrap yarn used up this month I'm happy with that :)

How is your stash-busting going? can you believe we are at the end of June already and half of the year is gone!  

You still have time to link up your June projects to the June stash link up or just visit and see some of the lovely projects that have been linked this month.

For those who are counting please leave me your totals here.  The July link Party and your May favourites will be up and running on the 1st July.

Have a great week. 




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Friday, 26 June 2015

Five On Friday

I have missed you guys! I have had to have a bit of a blogging break because last weekend I wasn't quite with it, I had an endoscopy with sedation on the Thursday evening, they do tell you not to do much of anything for the next 24 hours but I had to go into work on the Friday, I felt okay until about 2pm and then I started to kind of fade away, I managed to finish my shift but I felt tired and exhausted for the next few days and wasn't able to do much of anything.  I'm feeling fine now and so pleased that it's over and done with, I just have to wait for the results but I'm hoping that all will be fine and I can draw a line under the whole thing.

As you all know because of health issues my poor garden has been neglected this year, the borders still haven't been weeded but it doesn't seem to have bothered my plants they seem to be even lovelier this year perhaps the weeds are enhancing their beauty and so I thought that I would show you five things in my garden that are making me happy this week..
Weigela 
A gift from a colleague that left many years ago, it blooms in late spring and it brightens up my garden and always reminds me of her. 

Pyracantha
I can't believe how beautiful this shrub is this year it's difficult to show just how lovely in a photo, I can stand and just gaze at it and watch the bees dancing amongst its blossom.






Foxgloves
Foxgloves are amazing, tall and majestic look at those beautiful markings inside the flower, summer wouldn't be the same without them I love that it self seeds itself all over my garden and I'm never sure where I'm going to find one.


Californian Poppy
Do you sometimes want to cry when you see something beautiful, well I know it's only a poppy but I'm always happy when I see this flower every June, it's delicate papery petals and cheerful colour always makes me smile.






Ben is saying hi, I gave him a dust off and painted his summer house decking I see that new flowers have bloomed on his fence you can read Ben's story here

Wishing you all a great weekend.

Linking with Amy's







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