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

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

60 million trebles

For those of you that read my blog and follow me on Instagram will know that I am totally obsessed with granny squares! I post pictures of them quite often and I've got a box of them, I love to look at them! It also drives my husband Ian crazy with wool all over the house in the car and also stashed in a cardboard box under my desk at work! So when one of my lovely followers, Bridget over at Malbridgehouse contacted me to tell me about an exiting new project, I was itching to learn more. At first I wasn't sure that this was a project for me, but after watching the recent program on the BBC that followed the plight of the Syrian refugees I decided to give it my attention. I couldn't image having to leave my home, my country in search of a safe place, could you? 

my first 36" square in progress

So here are some of the facts and why the project was started by a group in the UK.

The UN at the end of 2015 estimated that there are 60 Million refugees Worldwide.

The objective is that in the summer of 2017 we create a world record for the largest crochet blanket. It must contain 60 million trebles.  This blanket will then be a yarn bomb in London. After the event the squares will be taken apart and half of the blankets will go to UK charities and the rest to Hand in Hand For Syria

The squares you make must be 36 inch square, any pattern any yarn weight but they must come to that size. With no fancy borders because they need to be joined together. Are you sitting comfortably? to beat the world record and to do 60 million trebles, that's an incredible 8,050 36 inch squares. Go raid your yarn stash!

So your job is to spread the word an talk to knit and natter groups, Womens Institutes, every crochet and knitting group that you know in and around your area. 

I freelance for the Kent Messenger, my local village magazine and I'm in touch with various groups - so I plan to use social media for a good cause and tweet a lot! For every one person that reads this and decides to join in, others will follow. So if you can spare just a few minutes to pass this on, we will be one step closer to the target of 8,050 36 inch squares. And if you decide to join in, even better.

The admin team are going to need people to stitch them together, an artist to make posters, someone to talk to the press when we are near the time, we are going to need beds in London and loads of people on the day itself. This is an enormous project. Lets show our Government that we do care, lets give hope to 60 Million.

Full contact details : or FaceBook  and Blogger 

And the team will be featured in the September issue of Simply Crochet magazine, how exiting is that?

Monday, 8 August 2016

sunshine and trebles

The weather was beautiful (again) in the UK this weekend and I was lucky enough to make time to sit and crochet. My granny stripe blanket is coming to an end; I'm happy and sad at the same time. I have loved every stitch and sewing in ends on this colorful creation and the turquoise border is giving me a lot to smile about, I just love it. So bright and cheerful and it will be perfect for our holiday in September on the broads.

I've ordered some more Stylecraft Special DK in some new colours that I don't have in my stash so that I can start a new one, probably for my shop. I have to finish my granny square shrug first, I may even get three projects finished this month! I plan to use the same border for the shrug as I have for the blanket but in the same silver grey colour, the sleeves will be just a plain band. Its taking forever to make this shrug, but I don't think I have that many more rows to complete. The Lion Brand Heartland shrug will be much easier to work on.

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Grannysquare shrug (cocoon jumper)

I love this Sirdar Cotton DK, it took me while to like it. After attempting to knit a summer top last year it got discarded in my wips pile, unloved as I didn't enjoy knitting with it. It just didn't have the stitch definition I wanted or was used to with Debbie Bliss yarns. But to crochet with, now that's another thing, its just lovely and a soft sheen making it look vintage in the grey colour I chose. And the ball bands are so retro and cute. I managed to grab some crochet time outside on a small patch of grass!

cocoon yourself in cotton
I was lucky to find another ten balls on Kemps website last week in a lovely shade of green. I did use one of the original grey balls then managed to match the dye lot at my local yarn shop and started this granny shrug or cocoon jumper a little while back. Its growing slowly because I decided to use hook size 3.75 to keep it less open as the chunky wool suggest. Also using cotton it will be cool and lovely to pack for my holiday in September on the Broads. It looks very luxurious too!
You can find free patterns all over Pinterest of Ravelry. I ended up buying one pattern from Ravelry but have since saved more to my Pinterest crochet board and Instragram has lots of tags too.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

granny blanket update

We've had some beautiful weather here in the UK so it was bound to rain at some point. I'm not complaining, because my squash plants will love this and it saves me watering them (more time for crochet!) I took the opportunity to sit down last night in front of the tv, hubby went to bed early, to have some lovely crochet time

border time

I managed to sew in the last of the ends on my holiday blanket last night whilst simultaneously adding the first row of the border (like you do). I have to say I'm amazed at how straight the edges are and that I can see the finishing line now. So satisfying crocheting your own blankets in the summer to keep you warm during the winter.

love my new knitted basket

Here are a few photos of this colourful creation. I hope to finish this soon.

colourful granny stripe blanket

Monday, 1 August 2016

where did July go?

Wow its already August, where did July go? What a busy month with lots of good things, sunshine, gardening, crochet and knitting. I have managed to do a little gardening and I have 5 courgette plants bursting with new flowers and fruits with two green courgettes ready to pick tonight when I get home. I have to remember to pick them otherwise a marrow will be in its place tomorrow! Some cues are coming along nicely, with the amount of water I'm giving them the rest of the summer I won't have to buy from the supermarket (I have ten plants I think!) Ok maybe too many but as I'd killed off most of my veggies before I'd even planted them I was kind of lost for variety and ended up with just cues and courgettes! I have time to sow some dwarf beans (again) so I plan to do that one evening this week, directly sowing I think to save time and I need to buy a cloche to keep the dog off them. Oh and the rhubarb plant is pumping out again, so more jam or maybe a nice pudding this week with fresh cream or creme fraiche.

summer squash (round)

home grown calendula


my garden where I sit to crochet
project holiday blanket

This weekend was really busy, well Saturday was anyway. There I was attending my neighbours salon opening in the sunshine, glass of proscetto in one hand answering the phone to my frantic mum in the other who'd called the paramedics out. I can just picture her now, red faced and pacing the house looking at her watch. And off I drove to Margate (again) with hubby as co-driver! After only being discharged on Wednesday it was some what of a shock to me and my siblings who all managed to get there despite all being in three different places dotted around Kent.

the fields surrounding my house

Funny how things happen isnt it? You don't visit a place for years then all of a sudden you are catapulted back there for 4 days! Not in my overall plans to spend Saturday nights date night with my hubby in A&E for over 7 hours but my nephews, Joshua and Jakob kept me busy. In the restaurant we downloaded the Pokemon Go app (yes I know I said I wouldn't join the Pokemon team!) and off we went in search of Pokemon in the hospital grounds. It certainly took my mind off the worries of monitors, drips and morphine! He's on the mend now and should be allowed home on Tuesday this week. Big lesson eat little and often, that's all I need to say on this subject (for now) I've seen my fair share of hospitals over the past few years and they are not a place for the healthy.

So lots of colorful projects still in progress to take my mind off hospital visits. I lost momentum and my mojo briefly but now back on track. Plan A : finish granny shrug, granny square blanket border and holiday blanket border BEFORE starting any news projects. Well that's the plan, lets see if I can stick to it! I hope you are enjoying some summer shineshine, the outdoors and of course crochet or knitting projects. Don't forget you can follow my progress daily over on Instagram

project granny shrug

project granny square blanket in duck egg