Thursday, 29 December 2016

Happy New Year!

I'm still here knitting, crocheting and taking far too many photos! Wow almost at the end of 2016 where has this year gone?! Some good news, my dad is doing really well and looks like he is on the mend, I wouldn't say cancer free, that would be too optimistic, but his consultant is pleased with his progress this year. He has another big operation for 2017 then he should be ok.

Really I should be saying its been a tough year, what with Ian being made redundant and my dads cancer treatment but it hasn't been, we have got through this and come out the other end. We enjoyed our holiday in September, then Moss fell ill again (but he's now ok, phew) and things just need to get a little bit back on track and Ian needs to find a job again and I need to keep up my swimming to keep  me going.

This year I made 6 blankets, endless hats, a couple of snoods, bought far too much yarn but it keeps me sane and happy. Working with colour and yarn is so good for your health (but not your bank balance!) The next few days will be busy with clearing away the Christmas stuff and cooking for family on New Years Day then a days rest (probably walking in the woods with Moss) and back to work again, ten days holiday does go so quickly. But its been great being at home and staying over in London for a concert on the 23 December. Its been colder here in Kent, which has seen lots of activity on my blanket and one almost complete for my Etsy shop (I plan to list more blankets in 2017)

Here are some recent photos of my work, I hope to find time to write more on my Blog in 2017 and do more to the veg patch when the weather warms up to dig over and make some plans, sort out my seed tins.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. Amanda

my latest granny square blanket

23 December charity concert

some of my Christmas gifts

Christmas day lunch

crochet pom pom on my latest Etsy shop blanket

a customers completed custom blackberry stitch hat

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Crochet book mark

crochet book mark
This is so easy and makes such a lovely gift when giving someone a book for a present.
First Make one Lusciouslyloopyflower then chain 50, add your tag, button and ta dah you have one beautiful crochet book mark. This one was made for my niece Kira to go with her book, she's just started hairdressing and she loved it.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Rainbow granny square blanket

Another granny blanket for #sixtymilliontrebles. Just couldn't get into the other one. This is going to be a rainbow granny stripe but its gone a little wobbly, I hate that. Tempted to start again, I probably will!

I have over 30 colours plus parchment and I'm guessing it will be about 46 rows. So most of the colours will get used.

It was a quiet weekend. Sunday I woke at 6am with a headache which lasted most of the day. Hay fever is bad at the moment and the windy conditions didnt help. But by 5pm I felt a little better and took Moss for a walk in the sunshine. Yes the sun came out after such a miserable day, typical. But I did get all my ironing done and a lot of crochet

the start
the yarn stash
and more colours!
Sunday evening crochet in bed

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Craft room (clean up)

What do you do on a warm summers evening? Clean out your craft room of course. Being part of the original garage to our house (at the back of our kitchen) its one of the coolest rooms in the house, and doesn't it look tidy?! We, I say we, mainly my husband and son - made the back of the garage into a craft room about four years ago. I've not used it much recently and it was such a muddle, but now I've actually sat in there this week so crochet and put some things together watching catch up tv on my Kindle. I just need to make a granny square cushion and I'll be comfy in my den.

craft room clean up
After a lot of selling off on one of local selling sites of stuff I'm not likely to use and yarn de-stashing my loft ready for the sixtymilliontrebles project, I had a very productive weekend. I now have spare yarn to give out to anyone who wants to join in.

Tuesday night I felt a little ill after being bitten three times on Monday night by some sort of mosquito. So I got to product test my new granny blanket a little earlier than expected. So cosy and the perfect size to snuggle under on the sofa.

product testing on Tuesday night

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Yarn bombing (for sixty million trebles)

production line
Last week I met up with Claire to chat about sixty million trebles  project and to get aquatinted. So much better than just a virtual friend.

Anyway I had an idea whilst were were talking and Claire said to post it on the Facebook groups page there and then. I was amazed at how it was accepted in literally minutes (there are over 950 members now and growing plus a silent army of grannies, my mum included!

The idea was to crochet small flowers and tag each one with the hashtag #sixtymilliontrebles (we decided on flowers as we didn't want people getting confused with pink MacMillan hearts) Since then Ellen has made over 80 tiny flowers and I'm way behind with my first ten. I've only started mine late last night and have to say the pattern is addictive! If you'd like join in please visit lusciously loopy for the pattern, it's easy and I bet you can't stop at ten.

tiny flowers

Friday, 12 August 2016

a little bit vintage

I'm not sure if its my age or a fascination with bygone days but I do love a bit of vintage. I think it stems from my grandmother and counting buttons from her button jar and pairing up her knitting needles at a young age. But I do love vintage knitting needles and associated accessories such as my collection of bakelite beehive wool holders. I love the fact that someone else has knitted garments for their loved ones using these needles and now I'm doing the same.

So when a lovely resident contacted me via Facebook this week because she'd read my plea for knitters and crocheters for the sixty million trebles project I rushed over there to pick them up. Oh what a lovely collection of knitting needles that are now proudly all mine.

I couldn't wait to use them, my husband saw that cheeky glint in my eye. So when he climbed the stairs for bed last night I cast on a new snood. Not just any snood, but a Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky big hug of a snood for the lady that gave me the needles. So we shall name this snood Denise!

snood in progress

Thursday, 11 August 2016

ta dah! My granny blanket is finished

After months of not touching this blanket, and my holiday getting closer it was time to crack on with the border. And ta dah it is finished, and over 6 weeks to go to my holiday. Now to tackle my other WIPs!

I decided to take it to Chatham Dockyard or rather the marina that is next to it for some dramatic photos. As the blanket will be used on the Broads it seemed fitting. And to be honest I can't think of a better place to be on a nice summers evening. I did get some odd looks walking around with my blanket! But it did make a conversation piece and I managed to enlist another person to the growing army of ladies joining in the 60milliontrebles!

on location at Chatham Dockyard (marina at St. Mary's Island)

on location at Chatham Dockyard (marina at St. Mary's Island)

on location at Rochester, near my office

a simple 2dc, ch3, 2dc border in turquoise to finish