Friday, 19 September 2014

Seasalt Inspired

I have finished the Seasalt inspired blanket and it is now in The Crafty Phoenix Lady unit at The Emporium in Yeovil.


Do you remember how I was dithering over colour choices and combinations?  And then suddenly hit on the idea of using my Seasalt bag colours as inspiration ...



I did a simple granny square style border in alternating colours with the parchment background.  Unfortunately didn't have enough mauve to use that in the border but I do think the other three look good, and a border always finishes it off well, doesn't it?


When I measured it I realised I'd made this one square!  I hadn't planned to, but isn't it funny how your work turns out sometimes!




I took it into The Crafty Phoenix Lady unit yesterday and it's looks pretty good - albeit I say that myself!


I've loved working with this colour combination too - it's been refreshing to use colours that perhaps I wouldn't usually chose.  I do feel that the more I work with yarn and fabric - the more I enjoy experimenting with different palettes.  It's nice to have a play around!



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Monday, 15 September 2014

Wise Owls keep keys safe!

Today I have finished off four of my little owl keyrings.
 




Aren't they cute?!
 

I decided that I'd name them this time for them to go into The Crafty Phoenix Unit
and give them a bit more character!


 
I did have trouble getting nice clear photos of them singularly. 
For some reason it looked fine until I pressed the button and then it all blurred. 
Technology eh?
 


Finally managed to snap them hanging over the top of Loki's hutch!
 

So ... introducting Ophelia, Olivia, Otto and Otis! 

 
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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Trixie and The Blues

I have finished The Blues crochet blanket!



I absolutely love this one, I think mainly because one of my favourite colours is blue - and I just think that this one with the different blues all bordered by white look so fresh and pretty!
 
 
 


I think Trixie agreed with me.  Trixie is one of our cats.  She's a petite tortoiseshell with the hunting skill of a tiger!  She has become quite partial to this blanket and "helped" me several times with the border and the sewing in of ends!















The Blues is now ready to go into The Crafty Phoenix Lady unit at The Emporium ... hopefully to find a new owner soon.  I have also posted it onto my Etsy page as a product that can be ordered and made up especially by ME! 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/203271693/crochet-afghan-blanket-blue-and-white-53?ref=shop_home_active_1 

That way The Blues is "out there" in two places!








 
 
 
Oh and I've also "pinned it" on my Pinterest board - The Crafty Phoenix Lady. 















I would really appreciate any feedback (and not have to rely on Trixie's!)

 
 
 
 
Doesn't she look so sweet here?!  Honestly you wouldn't believe what a demon she is - and the little dirty stop-out has had two nights' out this week and not come in for her supper and bedtime!






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Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Project Bag Swap

I can now show you the Project Bag I was making the other week. 
 It has arrived at it's USA destination - so I won't be spoiling the surprise.
 
This was part of a Project Bag swap that was organised in the Project Bag Forum on www.ravelry.com
 
I love taking part in the swaps
- not just because of what I'll receive -
but of what I can make for someone else and how to find things that I think they will like.

 
The request was for a bigger project bag and to be preferably zipped as her children quite often knock her project bags around, so she wanted the work in progress to be kept safe.


It is lined with pink - one of her favourite colours
 
 
  - and the outside is one of my favourites - the Italics and Cherubs fabric (as I have christened it!).  This fabric is thicker and hopefully more durable.


 
A nice thick handle long enough to have over the shoulder.

 
Here's the little extras I added to the parcel...
 
 
 
And here is Heather's daughter beautifully showing off the bag for her mum. 

 
 
Isn't she adorable!
 
Here's hoping the bag gets lots of use.
 
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Now for the bag I received. 
 
We had different partners so mine was beautifully created by Karen in the USA.
 
It arrived in such a pretty box
 
 
Sneaky peek ...

 
And look! 
My fantastic new project bag has cats and sewing machines all over it ...
 
it's absolutely spot on for me!



 
And look at the base - it is clear!  Ideal for seeing what's in the project bag!

 
And these were the goodies inside ...

 
Lots more Kool Aid for me to dye with! 
I'm like a kid in a sweet shop when it comes to dyeing with Kool Aid
 - I just love the combinations I can create.

 
And two fat quarters which are perfect for me!

 
So - a huge thank you to Karen - for my wonderful swap package!
 
 
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Blues ....





I had a fall over ten days ago.  It had been raining after being quite hot and dry for a while, and the bricks in the footpath were quite slippy.  I was going down some steps holding a bag and my "craft" trolley" and slipped a bit on the first step, managed to right myself and then on the third slipped again and wasn't able to save myself from falling.

It hurt, but what made it worse at the time was that there were people around - and no-one - not even one - asked if I was okay! 

Anyway, the bumps and bruises have all cleared up, except for my ankle which I must have knocked or twisted as I fell.  I have been able to walk on it, but it feels rather strange - a bit like something is chipped or sticking out or something.  Well by the end of last week it was swelling up in the evening and starting to hurt even more. 

So Jonathan and I spent Bank Holiday Monday afternoon up at A&E.  They x-rayed it and couldn't find anything fractured, so told me that they think I must have sprained it quite badly and that I was to rest it, have it up and it will take time - but it will get better.  So that's good news - just got to figure out how to rest up with my daughter and the four kids around and Jonathan away at work!

Anyway, knowing that we would probably be waiting a while I grabbed some yarn and a pattern I hadn't tried yet and stuffed them in a bag.

I have chosen to crochet blue squares


and all out of my stash - so it's a great way of using up what I have ;-)


and surround them all in white.  I am joining as I go which is so much easier and means it works up quicker for me!


I love blue - it is one of my favourite colours.  And I particularly love blue and white together - it just looks so fresh and pretty.


I'm even using my blue crochet hook!


So - another blanket on the go!  However, look what arrived today ....

 
 ... so my other Seasalt inspired blanket can be finished soon - I hope!

And, of course, I can have my foot up and rest whilst I'm crocheting ....

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

Crochet Away ...



Woo hoo!
 
My pink flowery blanket has sold! 
 
(dancing a little happy dance)
 
I do hope it's gone to a good home!
 
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So now onto my next crochet projects. 
 I have two on the go - one that is red and blue and cream - and all stars. 
This one I'm hoping to get it to a single bed size.
I will post photos another day.
 
As today I want to show you the other one I've been working on.
 
Do you ever get stuck choosing colours? 
#There are times when I just stare at my wall of wool and just can't decide what to put with what.
The other week I was in such a quandary. 
I'd got several balls out and put them together but nothing was speaking to me.
Then I spied my Seasalt bag hanging on the back of my chair.
 

And inspiration struck!  Why not try those colours together?


The yarns I had didn't match exactly but I was extremely happy with the colours I had together.
So I had navy, mauve, turquoise and a green, which I thought I'd surround with a parchment shade from Stylecraft Special DK range.
 
 
I decided to use the Sunburst pattern. 
This is a lovely pattern I've found on www.ravelry.com and I love! 
So here are my sunbursts ready to be squared off and bordered by the parchment shade.
 

And here is the blanket as work in progress ....
 

 
I am loving it! 
The shades are definitely now speaking to me,
 and I think they look superb surrounded by the parchment shade.
One slight problem - I ran out of the parchment last night
- so have had to make an order for some more (sshh don't tell Jonathan!)

 
What do you think?  And do you have the same problem with choosing your colours sometimes?
 
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