Friday, 19 December 2014

Block a Week Friday

Welcome to the final block a week Friday! 

Block 10
Horizontal Ridges

I have been looking at this block for a while and have just passed it by until now thinking it was too easy and there was nothing much to it, it is a simple design but it's lovely when it's made up, I especially like it made with this rico creative cotton it makes an ideal dish cloth, this will be gifted to one of my friends.

I have also used this stitch to make a neck warmer which I will show you when it's completely done.

Rating - easy
Curl - horizontal curl 2
size - 7"x7"
ends - 2
Progress -  number of different blocks made = 52!

Numbers - 1,68,9,10,12, 1417, 19,24,26,30,31,32,34,36 4041, 42,43,44, 45,48, 5256,58,60,62,64
(Click on the number to see the block.)

I can't believe it's actually over I have met my challenge and I have really enjoyed it, I have learnt new techniques and stitches which I will be able to incorporate into many of my knitted projects.  

I would like to thank everyone who has worked along with me especially the ladies from Loving Hands, in particular appledumpling who has posted her  blocks every week without fail she is doing the whole 200 blocks out of the book! quite an achievement. 

I will keep the challenge link displayed at the top of my blog and if anyone would like to give it a try you will have my notes to work from if you wish.

Knit a block a Week Challenge  how it started.

Knit a block up and running

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I will be showing the blanket which I have made from these squares when it's finished, I'm about halfway through joining the squares the worst bit by far.

Have a great weekend! :)

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Emilys Shawl and a little chat

I feel like a spinning top, someone pulls my string and I'm off spinning spinning all day long, I bet you all feel the same phew I'm dizzy with all the hustle and bustle and planning and list making and crocheting and knitting of last minute gifts.

 I just love seeing what you have all been making, so much inspiration! and thank you for all the lovely link up's at this months stash party do take a peek and do some visiting, there are some lovely makes there.

I managed to get Emily's shawl finished......

The pictures are not great as I took them at work on my phone, you have to grasp every minute you have at this time of the year...

so I took the almost complete shawl to work, all I had to do was trim the tassels and take the photo's and I managed to get that done in my lunch break.....

This was super easy and very quick to make, I think it only took me three days and I love it, of course I did model it for the ladies who were attending the Day Unit on that day, they all whistled at my catwalk interpretation and loved the shawl no pictures of my modeling debut I'm afraid :)

The sun came out and I quickly draped it over a chair to capture the suns rays.

This shawl was made with Lucys cosy blanket pattern, it was made with yarn that I had in my stash and I used the random stripe generator it's great fun give it a try if you haven't already 

The edging 1sc, 2ch, 1sc in every other stitch  I'm not sure how Lucy edged her blanket I honestly haven't had the time to check it out but this is very quick and easy. So there you have it I can cross this one off my list.

All the decorating, crocheting and knitting have caught up with me I'm afraid, I'm left with a very painful left shoulder and my thumbs are really hurting but I'm nearly done..

I've been making a cowl and there's just the buttons to sew on, I will show you when it's finished.  I have started a knitted cowl which I pulled out twice because I wasn't happy with it, still not sure! 
 Tree is up.....

I'm going to put the marzipan on the Christmas cake today, 

My lovely son is home from Cambridge and I'm going to spoil him rotten! and his girlfriend Emily will be here in six days yay!

I want to make yet another cowl I'm using this wool

and I would love to make some Christmas tree decorations if my painful hands will let me!

Gosh this post is long I have been on my laptop for 2 hours and I still haven't managed to catch up with you all but I will before the day is done, I hope you are clicking on the advent calendars at the top of my blog, there are some great free patterns and it's fun!  (they are not affiliated links by the way)

Have a great day everyone
love ya! 

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Block a Week Friday

Two blocks to show you this week....

Block 9

This block is a simple knit one slip one stitch resulting in a very thick fabric which is ideal for pot holders.  It is very slow growing, I thought it was never going to finish and I was so glad when it did!
Made with Lily sugar n cream cotton. 

Rating - easy
Curl - 0
size - 7"x7"
ends - 4

Loop stripes
Block 32

Another slip stitch design it's amazing how different they all look, I think this one looks quite complicated but in actual fact it's as simple as can be and I really like it.  This is going to be a pot holder for my daughters new Kitchen.

Rating - easy

Curl - 0
size - 7"x7"
ends - 4
Progress -  number of different blocks made = 51

Numbers - 1,68,9,12, 1417, 19,24,26,30,31,32,34,36 4041, 42,43,44, 45,48, 5256,58,60,62,64
(Click on the number to see the block.)

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Have a great weekend! :)

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Monday, 8 December 2014

New Shawl beginnings and a room transformation.

Last week was a very busy one for me, I took a week off work to catch up on some jobs that really needed doing but more about that later long last I have started making Emilys shawl, Emily is an elderly lady who used to attend Day Unit she asked me to make it for her months ago.

I'm using Lucys cosy blanket pattern and it's coming highly recommended it's a great pattern to work when you just need to pick something up and get on with it without much effort, it was just the thing to work on between jobs, it won't take me long to get this finished and hopefully Emily will have it in time for Christmas.

Life has been pretty much in a muddle this past week and so has my house, every room was packed with bits and pieces I have taken out of the small room so that I can get it ready for another Emily, this time my sons girlfriend.  She is arriving from Hong Kong on the 22nd I know I have mentioned it several times before can you tell I'm excited to meet her, I'm hoping she will let me put a photo of her on here so that you can meet her too.

Please don't faint when I show you these next pictures but be warned they are pretty bad and I do feel ashamed of myself but I must show you the before or you won't appreciate the after, I'm saying nothing I will just let you gasp in horror this is the small bedroom which also doubles as a study and a dumping ground.....

As you can see I wasn't exaggerating

It took a lot of clearing out and wall preparation especially under the window, a few months ago workmen repaired the outside windowsill and all the plaster fell of the wall on the inside, he did plaster it up again but it was a makeshift job and the wall was and still is quite bumpy in places but I did my best and covered it with lining paper.

and yes I'm a messy worker too! I painted the walls with pink harmony a lovely shade of pink, painted the door and the skirting boards then pulled up the old carpet..

and laid a new one then...

hung up the new curtains, aren't they pretty :)

So here it is all finished.....

Emily is a great cat lover so I have placed this little friend on the bed to greet her when she comes :)

So what do you think, do you like it? I love it it's so cosy and warm, I hope Emily will like it too.

Apart from readying the bedroom last week, I also tried to repair the wall under the bay window in the sitting room it had crumbling plaster too! it looks better but certainly not perfect and of course I had to find a home for all the junk I took out of the small bedroom, a lot of it ended up at the skip it feels great to have a huge clear out don't you think?

Now I'm sure I heard something about Christmas coming soon perhaps I had better start thinking about that now. 

Have a great week all of you and enjoy your Christmas preparations. :) xx 

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