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August

August flew by so quickly. I had lots of plans but time just seemed to disappear and my to-do list is still very long. I tried to write a pattern for those sunflowers – I imagined a long post with clear instructions and lots of photos – but it’s just not working out that way! The more I tried the less sense it made, at one point I ended up with a cross between a pattern and a tutorial that made no sense at all 😀 I’m so annoyed, especially as these are so easy to make. I also took lots of photos but they didn’t come out very well at all. I’ve a written it out as best I can, I’ll keep working on it (and those photos!). I’m going to give it it’s own Pattern category, work on it some more and hopefully I’ll end up with a beautifully constructed, makes-complete-sense post.

So here it is –

I used Stylecraft Special DK, Sunshine for the petals, Walnut for the middle and Bottle for the back. I used a size 4 hook. The flower measures 4.5 inches across.

The flower centres are made by working between the stitches, rather than into the top of them. Make two of these, one Walnut and one Bottle

Round 1 – ch2, 7tr into a magic ring (8 stitches)

Round 2 – ch2, tr in same space, 2tr in spaces all round (16 stitches)

Round 3 – ch2, tr in same space, tr in next space, then 2tr, tr all round (24 stitches)

With Sunshine yarn, work into the front loops only of the Walnut circle –
Into 1st stitch – dc, tr, ch2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook
Into 2nd stitch – tr, dc
Repeat all round (12 petals)

Using Sunshine yarn, dc through the back loops of the Walnut circle and both loops of the Bottle circle to join them together (dc, dc, 2dc – repeat all round – 32 stitches). Before it’s completely closed, push a little stuffing in.

Through both loops using Sunshine yarn, make another round of petals –
Into 1st stitch – dc, tr, ch2, sl st into 2nd ch from hook
Into 2nd stitch – tr, dc
Repeat all round (16 petals)

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We’ve had plenty of food from the garden. I’ve been chopping/slicing/spiralising/freezing/pickling and eating tomatoes, chives, courgettes, cucumbers, runner beans, potatoes, salad leaves, aubergines, carrots, shallots, onions, radishes, garlic, sugar snap peas and beetroot.

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tomatoes

tomatoes and garic

sugar snap peas

chopped tomatoes

aubergine, garlic and marrow

 

 

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Friday, 7th September 2018 at 8:59 am 2 comments

Lovely Lovely Rain!

I can’t cope with hot weather at all. I want to be one of those people who loves being out in the sunshine, having a stroll down the canal while eating an ice-cream or sitting on a bench in the park while reading a book. I’m not just imagining this, I’ve seen people actually do these things. And they do it while looking as fresh as a daisy. I have very pale skin so will start to burn within half an hour of being outside, even with a high factor sunscreen smeared all over me. And I constantly feel like I need a shower, even though I had one just two hours ago. I’m in a permanent state of wilt, my brain isn’t functioning properly and I can’t concentrate on anything for too long. I’m just not built for the summer 😀

We’ve had a few days where the mornings start off relatively cool, I’ve tried to get the housework done then (I don’t want to, but needs must!). I feel very proud of myself for making the effort each time, then it gets to around 10am and I start to wilt again. Crocheting my blanket is impossible so I’ve been playing around with small projects. Even those are difficult, just working with yarn makes me feel hot and it’s hard work.

But this morning at 5am I woke up to the sound of rain, I was so pleased and jumped out of bed just to look at it. But it was dark and I couldn’t see a thing. This was the view of my garden an hour later – grey skies and rain. Lovely 😀

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I managed a few more rows on my blanket a couple of weeks ago but haven’t touched it since.  I’ve just discovered a mistake – when I start a row of what I call ordinary stitches (a row of trebles, half trebles or dc), I do the chain then work the next stitch into the same place. This gives a perfectly straight edge – when you’re turning the work. I carried on working the rows in my usual way, forgetting to take into account that I’m not turning it and now I have wonky bits. I’ll keep it in mind from now on and hope that when the border is done, it doesn’t show. Much 😀

Gardening is being done late at night or early in the morning, I’m not stepping foot in the back garden once the sun has come round. We’ve eaten plenty of strawberries, salad leaves, carrots, cucumbers and courgettes. The potatoes are looking good and we’ve managed to grow a melon. The melon is tiny at the moment, I have no idea if it’ll ripen properly in the UK but I’m just pleased it’s grown at all. The tomatoes have gone into a state of suspended animation – will they ever ripen? I’ve plaited some onions and have hung them on the side of the shed, when I sit out there under my little shelter in the shade, I look at them and feel very Pioneer Woman.

I’ve come up with a crochet pattern for sunflowers, I’ve searched and can’t find the same thing anywhere so it’s safe to say it’s mine! I wrote it in my own weird way and have tried to write it out properly but I didn’t realise how difficult it would be – hats off to pattern writers everywhere 😀 I want to make stalks but I haven’t decided how I want them to look yet, for now they’re balancing on sticks from old reed diffusers.

blanket progress

carrots

green tomatoes

Onions

beetroot

sunflowers

 

Saturday, 28th July 2018 at 12:14 pm 5 comments

Blanket Progress

I’ve made a bit more progress, I was hoping to be further along by now but it takes me ages to decide what to do each time I start a new row 😀

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Sunday, 27th May 2018 at 12:04 pm 1 comment

From The Middle

I need a new blanket and don’t want to follow a pattern, I want to be a bit more creative. I decided on a row of granny squares then was going to do rows of various stitches in various colours. So I made eight squares and joined them together by slip stitching through the back loops

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joined squares

I always turn at the end of each row when I’m making a blanket but I’m doing this one all on the ‘right’ side, for no other reason than I haven’t done it before. The first row is half trebles, with two trebles together across the corners. The second row is half trebles. So far, so good

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There are 121 stitches per row, but now I want to do something different – block stitch. And this is where it goes wrong. If I’d done the maths it would’ve worked out perfectly but for that to happen, I’d have to plan the whole thing. It’s supposed to be random, I want to decide which stitch to use next as I finish a row. So I’ve ended up with rows of 121, 122 or 123 stitches, depending on what I’ve chosen.  I’m hoping the numbers don’t change too much as I carry on 😀

The next couple of rows are block stitch with half trebles, then block stitch with trebles

block stitch 2 rows

The squares were supposed to be the beginning of the blanket, with maybe another row of smaller squares as the blanket grows. But I’ve decided to turn it and repeat the same stitches on the other side of the row, so the squares will be in the middle.

from the middle

The edges may not be perfectly straight by the time it’s finished (though they look fine so far) but they will be unevenly even so that’s OK 😀

One last thing – I’m pleased to announce that my Easter cactus finally has one fully opened flower!

cactus flower

Sunday, 20th May 2018 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

Beach Hut Beginnings

I’ve decided to turn the spare room into a beach hut craft room. I love love love Cornwall and would move there right now if it were possible, but it isn’t. So I’ve flicked through my holiday photos from the past few years for ideas on how to make the room feel a little bit like Cornwall. I’m still not exactly sure how I want it to look but Talland Bay Beach Cafe, Polperro, my money Box, lap tray, treasure chest and Cornishware have inspired me.

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SAMSUNG

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I can’t decorate yet, the walls have to chased out for electric cables first, in the meantime I’ve made a start on some bunting and a blanket

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018 at 7:16 am 2 comments

Christmas Round Things

Round Things, because they’re too big to be called coasters and too small to be called placemats. To make a coaster, I really need cotton yarn. But all I have is acrylic DK, so that’s what I decided to use. But I liked it so made five more, they’re going to grace my coffee table. Then I decided I needed six for the kitchen table so I’ve made a start on them. I have a solution to the size issue – I just need to find somewhere that sells enormous wine glasses and they’ll fit perfectly 😀

Coaster

Thursday, 7th December 2017 at 3:23 pm 2 comments

Choosing Colours

Each time I bought a new yarn, I’d snip a bit off and tape it into a folder with the colour name and number. I soon realised that this isn’t at all useful when I need to shuffle colours around when choosing what to use for a project of more than one colour 😀

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So I did this instead.

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But it didn’t really work, it was as if the colours changed slightly once they were crocheted into actual stitches and they didn’t really work together (does that only happen to me?!). I also tried winding yarn around pegs, that seems to work for plenty of people – but again, not me. So I sat and crocheted a small sample of each colour.  I find it much easier to see what works and what doesn’t.

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I’ve also realised just how many colours of my favourite yarn are missing, so I’m obviously going to have to put in a lovely large order 😀

Thursday, 30th November 2017 at 2:18 pm 1 comment

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