Sunday, 23 April 2017

my vintage Sunday afternoon

Not only am I enjoying this new Drops Puna yarn (new to me) its like crocheting with cotton wool, I love it. My really-easy-crochet-shawl is coming along nicely in this yarn. I've started with the light grey, on my second ball and the next is grey then some rows of colour or maybe dark grey first. I'll decide when my next yarn delivery arrives from Woolwarehouse, I just couldn't resist ordering the colours they had on their Instagram account a few weeks ago (this is what made me buy the grey yarn!) I'm a sucker for yarn adverts, who isn't?

vintage Sunday afternoon


I've enjoyed an afternoon drinking tea from my vintage Alfred Meakin china I bought last weekend in Whitstable and of course yummy French Fancies. Reminds me of Sunday afternoons spent at my nans flat in London, drinking the, eating home made cake and counting buttons out of my nans large jar, fond memories.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

my gardening mojo is back

Earlier this month the weather was very warm for this time of year. After receiving some good news regarding my biopsy results I decided to chill out and potter in my garden. So glad  I did, a few hours on and I was totally loving it again and my compost bin was overflowing with gorgeous new soil! So my gardening mojo is well and truly back. Here are some photos of my work in progress. Lots of seeds have now been purchased, a huge bag of seed compost - I'll start sowing this week. I hope you've managed to get out in your gardens over the Easter weekend.

Next job is to get my veg patch dug over and some fertilser added ready for the dwarf beans - still deciding what else to grow. I have started one sack of spuds and two large pots of salad leaves (they germinated this weekend) Lots happening and lots to do in a small back garden in Kent.

Ladies Mantle
tea break

new life and pretty buds

Head Gardener Moss

gravel garden is tidy again

Monday, 3 April 2017

crochet granny shawl (ta dah!)

Do you remember this post from last week? Well I finished it last night (doing a happy dance) isn't it great? I've just listed it to my Etsy shop and plan to start the next one tonight in blue and grey, also in Sirdar ColourWheel, love this yarn.

my first granny shawl

look at those colours

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

traffic jam (crochet simple granny triangle shawl)

I got stuck in the office on Monday night, not the best of situations but this estate I work on does get congested frequently and not helped by lorries breaking down blocking one lane of two. Anyway all was not lost because I'd had a new yarn delivery that morning and I needed an excuse to stop and crochet. And this is how this granny shawl got its name. Isn't it gorgeous? It's crochet in the new Sirdar Colourwheel DK yarn. On first inspection I wasn't that taken with it, but now I love it. No more colour changes, yipee.

If you'd like to know how to make this here is the Simple Granny Triangle pattern I'm using or this link. Happy crocheting!


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

glorious granny square blankets

I started making this one in January and finished it last night (more pics to follow!) I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, a little vintage twist with the border. I've made this for a friends litttle girl and I'm delivering it tomorrow night after work. Just enough time for lots of photos tonight and then the wrapping and writing out the wash care instructions.


The large colour block one was sold last week, my customer sent me some great shots of it in its new home ............. a new camper van! I love the fact its going to be well traveled.





Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Back to granny squares

granny squares

Last week I was poorly with a sinus infection (one illness after another and everyone has had this!) so I was trying to get well and what better way to cheer myself up with good old granny squares. I know I harp on about it frequently but I do love granny squares. They are so satisfying to make and to look at a whole pile of them, with their ends sewn in are little works of art. So whilst sitting under my granny stripe blanket I made a few of them. I've had to stop to finish the baby blanket I was working on and then I got a commission to make a little girls blanket, so I've been colour planning, which I never do and now I'm stuck on how to start. I'm torn between a heart granny or flower. To be honest I tried the heart and couldn't do it, maybe I should try again.

yarn pegs and Stylecraft Special DK

I did however get round to making some yarn pegs over the weekend, totally in love with them and looking forward to making the blues, greens, browns and creams from my stash. You can find the helpful tips on the Attic24 blog.

Sue Pinners flower granny square pattern
yarn pegs in Stylecraft Special DK


Monday, 13 February 2017

Traditional granny square blanket

Anyone that knows me, know I am just crazy about granny squares. I think I even dream about them! You can't beat a humble granny square blanket in my opinion. Since learning to crochet them straight, that's all I''ve been doing!

just 8 more rows then its border time!

The neat trick is to flip over after each row, simple! Oh and start in the right hand corner. I found this great tutorial over at ThePatchworkheart blog, Heather is very helpful and has always been an inspiration to me.

My latest creation is an up-to-date on trend baby blanket with a vintage feel to it. Its crochet in beautiful Debbie Bliss Rialto DK that's so soft and warm. I've chosen soft grey, oyster, rose, duck egg green, vintage pink, pink and petunia. There is one other pink in there, but because its been discontinued I can't find the colour. I told my nieces about this colour scheme and they told me its so fashionable now, funny how you just pick up some colours and you're on trend, I like that.


this is how it started in early January 2017

This one is destined for another niece, a great niece on my husbands side of the family. We don't actually know the sex of the baby yet, neither does my niece, but I'm going with a girl and will start a boy version next week just in case. Any excuse to crochet. Enjoy the rest of your weekend whatever you are doing and wherever you are in the world. Amanda