Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Mustard blackberry stitch beanie

My latest blackberry stitch beanie is available to buy from my Etsy shop

I've hand knitted this using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Its beautifully soft, keeps you warm without itchy scratchy yarn!

Pop over to my shop to see this and my other knitted autumn makes My Etsy shop

mustard makes

Friday, 21 September 2018

Pinwheel cushion

Wow I'm just loving this new pattern, isn't it fabulous? The first 9 rows set the pattern then its quite easy to follow without the need for a pattern. It looks so cool in mustard and I plan to make more.

You can find the pattern on Etsy under Ivy and Mabel (Angie)

And some of my mustard makes on my Instagram account

Pinwheel cushion

my mustard makes

Monday, 10 September 2018

Autumn is in the air

Don't be fooled by the warm sunshine during the day, Autumn is just around the corner and cosy nights in front of the tv.

My colours are reflecting the changing seasons with warm hats on my needles and warm blankets on my hook. Some photos of my progress shorts

Friday, 31 August 2018

August 2018 a colourful month

Goodbye August a colourful and surprising productive month. I finished a crochet shawl, Amma granny square top and started s new one, started a new stripe knitted jumper, finished my cactus tea cosy pattern and started my Macmillan granny square coffee morning granny square blanket 🌸

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

My Macmillan coffee morning

I hatched an idea yesterday, like you do when you have an extra day off! And it involves yarn and crochet, my two most favourite things. Normally I bake for Macmillan coffee morning, this year I am holding an alternative coffee morning via my Just Giving Page here 

My blanket journey started 5 years ago when my dad was first diagnosed with cancer and I’d learnt to crochet. I started with a granny stripe blanket taking it along to my dads hospital appointments. I was amazed at how many people stopped to look at me crocheting all the bright colours, it wasn’t a gloomy visit, far from it. At the end of my dads treatment I gave him the blanket which he still uses today. I decided that rather than bake this year I’d crochet instead - one of my Orla Kiely 1970s inspired blankets, big and cosy for autumn nights in front of the tv. 
Its so easy, I'm doing all the hard work, all you need to do is pledge £2 to be in the draw to win my blanket. And live in U.K. (due to high postage costs I’m only posting in the U.K.)
Macmillan Cancer Support are here to help you find your best way through from the moment of diagnosis, so you’re able to live life as fully as you can.Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs.

So if you would like to win my new Orla Kiely 1970s inspired blanket just pop over to my Just Giving page and pledge away  

Here are some of the photos of my progress, more rounds were added last night and its growing steadily just to give you an idea of the fabulous colours.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

my crochet blanket stack

August, summer, mmm not so sure. After the heatwave we had that last for a month here in the UK, today's weather resembles Autumn! Definetely a blanket cosy on the sofa day if I wasn't working. Oh well just have to snuggle underneath one when I get home, I think it will be my Orla Kiely one, its my top favourite at the moment.

Granny blanket stack

Saying that I do have one blanket on the go, like it when the weather turns chilly and I can watch TV and snuggle under it keeping me warm whilst i add more rows.

my new Orla Kiely inspired granny square blanket

I think I will make another one of my rainbow blankets next, tempted to start one tonight.

Optical illusion
my favourite rainbow granny square blanket

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Granny Square Day 2018

Granny Square Day is an international online celebration on Instagram, which began back in 2014 by Susan Regalia (@suregal27 on Instagram). Susan had just learned to crochet and was enamoured with the cheerful little granny square, and the idea of having a Grannysquare Day was born. Making it should be a public holiday too, now wouldn't that be fabulous. I plan to crochet a few more traditional granny squares in my lunch break and tonight too.

Preparation for Granny Square Day 2018

Anyone can get inbolved. The rules for Grannysquare Day are simple: on Wednesday 15th August, take a photo of a granny square (a 4-round traditional granny works best but feel free to be as creative as you want) and crop it so that the single square fills the entire screen of your post. Be sure to include the hashtag #grannysquareday2018 in your post, so that everyone can see all the different types of squares!

my little stack of granny squares

One of the best things about Granny Square Day is that when you search by the hashtag, all of the squares will fit together like a virtual granny square blanket! What are you waiting for, go get your hook and join in.