Thursday, 15 January 2015

Looking for scarf patterns...



Its been a funny few weeks.
I started this New Year with loads of get up and go but it seem to be taking me forever to get things done.
As the weather has taken a decidedly chillier turn I have been looking for patterns & ideas to make myself a scarf and a few (yes...more!) wrist warmers.
I finished these Rose wristlets from Toft. I liked this pattern enormously but would like to try the recommended yarn for this next time. Gorgeous.x
 I still keep returning to my fair isle knits book by Nikki Trench, as there was one pattern in particular that I really would like to have a go at.

One of my (many) new years resolutions was to do more knitting as I so love the feel of hand knitted garments. I particularly love knitting fair isle patterns as there is such beauty in their designs. 
I've also been trying out a couple of crochet scarf patterns from my own design and this diagonal block stitch is particularly rewarding. Its looks advanced but is really simple to do.
So they are coming along nicely, but slowly...

 Also been working on mini teeny hot water bottle covers, I mean these are so cute they could almost fit into a large pocket. I wanted to capture a fair isle design that would be cross stitched on wool.

The kids were bought this delicious frangipane from Paris by our neighbours. Inside there was a piece of treasure hidden in the cake. Whoever discovered this would be king for a day, and wear the shiny gold crown. Oh yes, do you like my glass teapot you can just make it out in the photo. It was bought in the sales. (£10.00 from BHS) I've been after one of these for a few years, ever since I saw this one here.

Enjoying...

Alan Titchmarsh's Britains Best Gardens - This has given me a bit of a nudge to try and get our front garden looking a bit more presentable this year. It reminded me that I actually do quite like to garden.

Death Comes to Pemberley P.D. James - Anything with Matthew Goode in is a winner in my eyes. This is right up my street, I love any kind of period drama especially this one which is based on what happens next from the Pride & Prejudice novel by Jane Austen.

Voyager (Outlander Book 3) - just about to finish this one but decided to have a break from this series and read the Flora Kennedy book next.

Instagram - I'm about 2 years behind everybody else with this, but hey, at least I'm here now.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

New Year crochet & some books to read


During this time of year, there are so many expectations to be had and I always feel a tad under pressure to be telling people of all the things I am going to be changing/doing for the next 12 months.
 I NEVER make New Years resolutions but this year is different and I want to make plans,
I feel I want to be a better me.
 
I think this is the first year that I've actually got what this time is all about.
 
My list of resolutions is long, its like the top ten of a better me.
 
Yesterday the house fell quiet as everybody fell back into there normal routines. I had made a mental list over the holidays of all those things I would be eager to start once I had my time back. But the day sped by quicker than ever and before I knew it everyone was back home and my time was gone.
I think its going to be little steps!
 
My brother lived in Japan for many years and his wife is Korean, so we do get the most amazing presents from time to time from them. (Not to mention the food they cook). The Basho book is written in a style that I have always loved and this particular one is a classic. The candle is hand-made by my sister-in-laws family and I lit it yesterday and it smells wonderfully of essential oils. I bought the Flora Kennedy novel just before Christmas with some birthday money and I'm looking forward to starting that soon. I have a few books now that I want to get started on.
 
I also have a few makes in mind, with pompoms as the main theme.
 
Finally, in remembrance to Vanessa,
I am re-reading her most beautiful blog.
Such a heart-felt loss. 
 
Be at peace.
 
XxX
 

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