Friday, 1 July 2016

A bit of A Cheat.

Ever since I decorated my lounge earlier this year I have needed  a doily for my coffee table the one that was there and I really loved just didn't match my colour scheme anymore.  I have been searching for the perfect pattern but have been unsuccessful so far.

I have been making do with this..

I made this doily 35 years ago and gifted it to my Mother, when she died ten years ago I found it in one of her drawers, I'm not sure if she ever used it I know I didn't until recently, I washed it and blocked it and it's been sitting on my coffee table.  Looking at the intricate detail in this doily I feel quite proud of the fact that I made this when I was quite young and relatively new to crochet I know that I wouldn't have the patience to make one like it now.

Anyways although I think it's lovely it just doesn't look right on my coffee table as the table is rectangular. I have been pondering for a while about this state of affairs and then while I was looking through my stash look what I found unexpectedly...

Squashed in a bag at the bottom of another bag these african flower motifs left over from the previous doily I had for my table but in more neutral shades.  So I dusted them off and weaved in all the loose ends sewed them together and came up with this...

So although one of the targets for last month 'a doily for my coffee table' has been met I have cheated a bit by using motifs I already had but it's always good to unearth a bit of treasure like this don't you think? 

Take heart all of you who, like me, have UFO's in all kinds of places you will find a use for them one day. :) 

I'm still not completely happy with it, it will do for now I suppose but the search for the perfect doily goes on.

The pattern and tutorial for the African Flower motif can be found here

Have a great weekend and I'll see you all for the new Stash-Link Party on Sunday.

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Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Just The Thing

There's nothing better than a stroll around a beautiful garden to lift the spirits, last weekend a friend and myself went to visit Wynyard Gardens and I thought I would share the beauty with you.

I hope you enjoyed your stroll as much as I did which one was your favourite? 

Have a lovely day it's my Loving Hands meeting day so I'm looking forward to it. :)

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Something For The Weekend

Just the thing for the warmer weather, these cute little puppets are light, quick and easy to make and all for a great cause too...

I have challenged myself to make at least two of these a month and these are my June puppets.  OCC Barton upon Humber  need lots more to meet their target, the latest total is 5413 bears.

Why don't you all join in and and make a bear or two you can read all about the appeal, find the patterns and the address to send them here.

I hope you all have a great sunshiny weekend. xxx

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Now That's More Like It!

This time I stuck to what I know best which resulted in this....

An easy crochet sweater made with Aran yarn

and it took me only five days! It would have been even quicker of course if there wasn't a thousand other things to do in the day.  Just think in the time it took me to do the May sweater I could have made  three of these!

I used poundstretcher Aran which is quite soft and very reasonably priced and an Aldi variegated yarn  which I'm not too keen on but it was perfect for this sweater

You can find the Free Pattern here

I will be linking this to the latest stash-buster party why don't you link your latest stash busting make just click on the stash-buster icon below.

I intend making a hat and scarf with what's left of the yarn at some point. If you can remember I was going to finish a sock by the end of the month but something else has been urgently asked for so the poor sock will have to wait once again. 

I hope the sun is shining for you today it's cloudy but warm here, leaving you with a picture of my favourite rose it's looking beautiful just now and the scent is heavenly.

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