Thursday, 23 March 2017

Crochet Takeover

As you may have gathered, I have rediscovered crochet and am currently in the process of making a temperature blanket.  As this is a year-long project I wanted something to do in the meantime so those lovely people from Wool Warehouse have sent me some goodies.  Okay, I did part with some money before they sent the parcel.

My plan is to make a bag following a pattern from Attic24's blog.   If you crochet too and have never visited this lovely blog I thoroughly recommend you to do so without delay.  You'll find it here - Attic24.

The bag I am going to do is the Jolly Chunky Bag (follow this link - Jolly Chunky Bag)

As I've dusted off my old crochet hooks, I thought they deserved a new place to live so last night I knocked up a roll to store the hooks along with a pair of scissors and sewing-up needles.  Now I know I will have the size hook I need when I am travelling in case I get diverted on to another new project.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Something different

I seem to have several things on the go at the moment what with Journal Quilts, Temperature Blanket and a patchwork project that is a gift for someone special so I don't really want to say too much about that at the moment.

But despite these I find myself sitting unoccupied some evenings and that is not something I enjoy!

A couple of weeks ago I was in Wimborne with my sister and we went into the Tourist Information shop just for a look and I came across a Dorset Button kit.  I had been thinking about having another go at Dorset Buttons for some time - well if you live in Dorset .........

I've finished one so as soon as I've done a few more I will post some photos.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

March Journal Quilt

For this month's Journal Quilt I used Strelitzia Nicolai as the inspiration.

The stems of the leaves grow in a overlapping pattern which I interpreted using some of my own dyed fabric.   Once pieced, I machine quilted the edge of each strip and then machine quilted a leaf pattern along each strip.

Once again I have used the same fabric as in previous months to bind the quilt.


February temperatures all done

I've finished February on my Temperature Blanket and as you can see the temperature increased enough on a few days (13 - 16 deg C) to get some green rows.

Looking ahead at the higher temperatures on my chart I'm beginning to wonder whether I will use some of the colours I've bought so will have to decide whether to adjust the bands.  Think I needed to have a discussion with my daughter as she is using the same chart.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Temperature Blanket - January Completed

Very pleased with the progress I'm making with my Temperature Blanket as I was late starting.  January is now finished and as you can see from the photo, it is very blue!  I'll be glad when the temperatures rise a bit and I can get on to some different colours.

Looking so closely at the temperatures (I'm using the highest recorded for Bournemouth each day) you get a bit obsessed and how much they change.  Also looking back on January I was surprised to see we started the month on 10 deg C although it did drop to 2 deg later in the month.  Glad to say that was when we were in 25 deg C in Gran Canaria!  Looking forward to February when some green will be appearing.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Inspiration on a Woodland Walk

We went for a walk today to one of our favourite places, Blashford Lakes just outside Ringwood.  We love to go there because they have lots of hides where you can see not just wildfowl but also woodland birds.   There was no shortage of birds and we managed to see many varieties for the first time.

A walk through the woodland found many signs that spring is definitely starting so I was glad to have remembered my camera.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

New Project

A lovely bag of wool arrived in the post today bringing me a new project!

I've been seeing temperature blankets on Pinterest for some time and following a weekend visit from my daughter Karen, who is currently crocheting one, I decided it was an ideal project to take away on our caravan breaks.  The wool was ordered Monday and thankfully a quick delivery means I won't have to wait long to get started.

I've done some homework on temperatures and where to find my local ones since the beginning of the year, so am pretty much ready to go. Just want to do some samples to decide on which stitch to use and how big to make it then I'll be off.

Watch this space for updates....