Tuesday, 20 November 2012

granny squares and post number 300!

Two months on and still the same amount of granny squares, but I have made a slight change. I kept looking at the pale cream borders on my granny squares last night and decided they needed more colour. So I un-picked half of them and added red, cornflower blue and apple green borders which I think is lovely and bright. So I've ditched the cardi (that can wait will January!) and I'm back into my crochet. It's true the more you crochet the easier it becomes and more addictive! Just one thing, my granny squares have 4 rounds which I think look cute. How many rounds do you crochet yours? Lots of blogs suggest 7 rounds. I have opted for 5 with the 5th round being crochet as I join them together.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Knit a festive Robin (free pattern link)

I've just got back from my sisters, spent the afternoon in front of the fire eating home made fruit loaf (my bread maker did all the work) drinking tea, chatting and catching up with my nieces.

Back home to the lovely smell of beef casserole; I just need to make the dumplings and mash (yummy) ready for when Ian gets home from work.

A quiet weekend, just the odd bit of embroidery for a friends Christmas present, sorry I can't add a photo as she reads my blog. Generally looking at festive projects but only achieving one inbetween normal weekend chores. Had even thought about writing out the Christmas cards; maybe that can wait till next week. Most of the presents are bought (not wrapped) so I think I'm quite well organised this year.



Anyway here is another cute free Christmas knitting pattern for you ... I found this tonight, let me know if any of you blogger friends knit one robin-pattern

Saturday, 10 November 2012

UFOs ... of the knitting kind

I'm terrible at starting projects halfway through the first one I've just started. I have a little pile of UFOs in my craft room. I know I am not alone; most knitters have the same bad habit. What is it about walking into a wool shop and drooling over the balls of wool all lined up to temp us? Or is it just me?

A prime example is this one that I started in the summer. I really need to finish this because its cold enough to wear it! This weekend I plan to crack on and start + finish the right side. I am setting myself a goal of finishing this in November (the quicker the better) so that I can get on with another new project (Christmas presents .... and the calender is going too fast now that its only round the corner) And finish the right hand glove .... here is my first attempt at the Anter Glove pattern knitted in Patons Merino wool (eBay bargain)



Ian has been waiting patiently for three weeks and hey presto he now owns a very fashionable (if I may say so) mens merino wool crochet scarf. Nothing fancy just plain double crochet for every row (which are very very long) and three balls of Wendy 100% Merino wool in Mallard. It's the first scarf I've made him and he said its very warm; perfect for walking Moss. I bought this wool on holiday in Bradford on Avon in the loveliest shop I've visited in ages called Jumble Jelly. I wish I lived nearer to be able to visit every week. The shop is owned by Debbie and we spoke briefly before I had to dash off (hubby waiting on the corner witnessing two vans coliding!) She has a blog if you'd like to pop by




We lack nice cosy friendly shops like these in the South East. Everyone is too busy to stop and sit, knit, crochet and let the world go by. I do visit John Lewis at Blue Water every month; this month with my sister Danielle who loves to shop there as much as me. We get carried away with the big range of fabrics, buttons and crafting materials that we normally spend far too long in there!

Right I'm off to finish the washing up after eating my home made cottage pie, then to get on with my knitting. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Crochet : free snowflake pattern



The lovely people at Deramores have added a free snowflake crochet pattern to their web site today. I think I might try this over the weekend. Amanda x

Thursday, 8 November 2012

knit a Christmas tree


Here is a reminder of the pattern I've posted before, makes a nice gift or just for yourself. If you use wool then these can be felted in the machine and then add buttons etc when dry.

It's almost the weekend; have a great one crafting or gardening. Amanda x

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

free pattern for knitted coasters




Do you fancy a quick knit sitting in front of the TV? The pattern is taken from 30 Minute Knits. I saw this free pattern avertised today and had to share it with you knitted coasters by Carol Meldrum how cute are they!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

and the winner is ......

I just want to say a huge thank you for all of my lovely followers and my new ones for entering my crafty Christmas giveway.

I carefully checked all your entries against your blogs, printed out your comments, popped them in a tea port at work, and my work colleague Mark choose the winner!


And the winner is ..............

Lucy in the Sky


Please contact me via email to give me your postal address and I'll rush your parcel off to you this week. Please do send me a picture when you've made something. Amanda x

Monday, 5 November 2012

Free Cath Kidston fabric : Provence Rose in Red


I've added something to my little give away - some Cath Kidston Provence Rose red cotton duck fabric (perfect for Christmas!) I was very lucky, John Lewis had reduced the last roll so I'll add a long strip that is 10cm (minimum) sorry I can't remember the width but its about 100cm. Same rules as before, just become a follower and you will be added to the draw and add to your Blog for another entry! Click here to enter Good luck