Monday, 30 May 2016

I made it!

It's the end of May already I can't believe how quickly this year is speeding past, I hope you are all having a great Spring, the weather always lets us down on the cold east coast of England, the rest of the British Isles may be bathed in warm sunshine but it's usually freezing cold here with sea fret to contend with I'm hoping that the sun will burn the clouds away so that I can pressure wash my drive this afternoon.

This month like the last one has been extremely busy for me on the home front and I think it may continue for a while but at last the property is on the market which is a huge accomplishment. I have been trying for the past ten years and to be honest I never thought I would see the day, it's such a relief,   I'm hoping it will sell fast and we can draw a line under it and move on with our lives, it is as you can appreciate a very complicated family situation.

On the crafting front I have managed to complete the hat entry for the Crochet Crowd's feel good charity challenge.



I used my chunky yarn stash for most of these and made the smallest size which has turned out big enough for a young teenager.
It's a lovely easy pattern and you can find it here

I have also made my two Teddy Puppets...



You can read all about the Teddy Challenge and find the pattern here

As for my May boys sweater it has been started....


I have never used this method to make a sweater before so it's taking me ages but I am enjoying the process and I will finish it sometime but certainly not for this month thats for sure.

So counting the Afghan my total stash-bust for May is 1,626 grams which is the best month yet, it helps that I have been using bulky yarns of course.

June Targets

  1. Finish May Sweater. 
  2. Complete the sock I started months ago.
  3. A boy sweater for June.
  4. Two Teddy Puppets.
  5. Start a doily for my coffee table, pattern yet to be decided.
How has your May Crafting gone and what are your plans for June?


Have a great week :) 







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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

One Entry Down and One to go!

Thank you for all your lovely comments and good wishes I'm pleased  to say things are progressing albeit very slowly and my fingers are crossed that nothing is going to interfere or hold up the process now that it's started to inch forward.  I know it all sounds very criptic all I can say at the moment is that it involves selling a property please keep your fingers crossed for me. :)

 If you can remember my challenge for this month was to join in with the crochet crowd's feel good charity challenge and submit at least one entry...

Tadaaa.....

One entry all done for the Afghan section



This was an absolute joy to make a fabulously easy granny stripe just the thing to relax with and calm  ragged nerves..



I used stash yarn most of it was Stylecraft Special Aran and I used the Random stripe generator which is such fun and for me  it was great not have to think 'now what colour next?' 

You can find the pattern with tutorial here.

I thought I had another entry for the hat category but when I've counted the hats I've made there is one short so I'm off to make that now I have till the end  of the month so plenty of time to submit them both and get started on my May sweater which will end up as being May/June sweater I think.


For those of you that haven't heard Daniel from the Crochet Crowd has suffered a heart attack I would like to send my best wishes for a speedy recovery. xx








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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Stash-Buster Link Party Ten

Thank you to all of you who linked their lovely creations to the last party! these were your favourites...

Sweet Little Jacket made by Babs from Loving Hands

Meredith's beautiful South Bay Shawlette

Very Cute Baby Blanket made by Hobbyloes

Nata's lovely dishcloths
Congratulations ladies and thank you for linking to the stash party.

   
 Stash-Buster Party Ten


Rules


  • Please grab the stash-buster link party button
  • 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
  • Please mention the link party in your post or display the party button in your sidebar if you want to be featured.
Happy Linking!










Any LH pictures are projects 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, 16 May 2016

Making Time

Just popping in to say hi and to apologise for not being round much lately, thank you to all of you that have left me lovely comments and I'm so touched by all those who have been emailing me to ask if I am ok, I am fine but am having to deal with some issues both at home and at work at the moment and they seem to be taking up an awful lot of my time.  

It's funny how things all seem to happen at once but that's life I suppose.  I hope you are all ok I'm really sorry that I haven't been visiting much but I can assure you I will be catching up with you all just as soon as I can.

I have made sure that I've had some crafting time it's the only thing that's keeping me sane at the moment.....





Even if you are short of time you can still find the time to make something as quick and as sweet as these..



Baby Hug Boots another lovely free pattern from Marianna



Be warned they are addictive but are great for using up those little bits of stash yarn. You can find the pattern here.

Have a great week! 






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Sunday, 8 May 2016

Stash-Buster Link Party Nine


     

Rules


  • Please grab the stash-buster link party button
  • 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
  • Please mention the link party in your post or display the party button in your sidebar if you want to be featured.
Happy Linking!












Any LH pictures are projects 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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Thursday, 5 May 2016

For Little Angels

Some of the saddest things I make for charity have to be the items I make for Angel babies those that are born asleep.  



I don't find it easy to make something that is destined for these sweet little souls but in doing so I like to think that it gives them a little dignity and makes it easier for the bereaved parents to see their baby dressed beautifully or wrapped in a pretty blanket.

You can find the pattern here, just keep going until you have completed 16 rounds and finish with reverse dc (sc)





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Monday, 2 May 2016

I Just Love A Challenge or Two.

April went by without me realising it a month of frantic activity both on the home and crafting front.  I am dealing with a very tricky situation at the moment and it's very emotionally and physically draining but it has to be sorted because it's been hanging over me for ten years this time I have to see it through and draw a line under it and move on.

I hate anything that takes me away from my crafting activities and of course my blog and my visits to you lovely lot but in this case needs must, once it's all sorted I hope that I can tell you more about it. 

Even though I wasn't able to craft so much I still did manage to achieve most of my objectives  for April and busted a 900 grams of stash and better still I resisted the urge buy any yarn last month yay! Unfortunately I haven't been able to show you everything but I will when time allows.

So what have I got planned for May on the crafting front....

I am joining in with the Feel Good Charity Challenge hosted by the Crochet Crowd it started on the 10th April  and will finish at the end of May so I have my work cut out if I'm going to submit any of my projects. I'm hoping to have two entries one in the afghan category and one in the hat category which will tie in quite nicely with another challenge which has been set by a facebook group I'm part of  Knit Your Square To Give Your Share, they too have set a challenge Bash your Stash  Big Hat Little Hat which runs from the beginning of May to October.

I have already made a start on the afghan..




An easy granny stripe blanket made with stash Aran yarn so hopefully it will work up quite quickly, I have missed making a blanket and I'm so happy to be making this.  I'm also hopefully going to make a hat today and I'm looking forward to that too.

I know what you are saying yes but what about the sweater a month and the two Ted Puppets well I'm pleased to say I did manage to make my April Teds and here they are...


crochet toys free pattern easy charity makes
Pattern here
making a late appearance but I did complete them in April.  As you all know I did manage to make an April Sweater as for the May sweater I make no promises to actually finish it in May because of the challenges but I will try and if I don't manage then it will be two June sweaters instead.

So for May then we are looking for..

1 Afghan.
12 Hats.
2 Ted Puppets.
? 1 Sweater.

Will I do it?

What are your plans for May? why don't you join the challenges too it's fun. :) 

Read about the Teddy Puppet Appeal here




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