Saturday, 31 March 2012

Readings...March

I've not managed to squeeze in as much reading as usual this month, although I'm still ahead of my book a week Resolution, and I've read 28 books so far for 2012, so I'm still pretty happy with that! I finished "Private Life" by Jane Smiley last night (it may have ticked over into this morning...) so here are the books I read in March...
"The Waterproof Bible" by Andrew Kaufman
"The Broken Bridge" by Philip Pullman
"The Understudy" by David Nicholls
"Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes
"Surfacing" by Margaret Atwood
"The Tiny Wife" by Andrew Kaufman
"Private Life" by Jane Smiley

I'm not sure what to read next, I have a lovely bundle of books waiting for their turn!

Shopping List Saturday

It's been such a lovely week, so full of the joys of Spring, and it's inspired my Shopping List this week!
Geometric Rabbit Neon Brooch - Harlequin Bunny by SketchInc
reCYCLEd tea cup with gold honey beeby reCYCLEceramics
Blue Bird and Flowers Ring Hand Sewn in Cross Stitch
Bunting, Crochet Pennants, Granny Chic, Garland by Eaden Yarns

Friday, 30 March 2012

Buttons Buttons Buttons!

Today I had one of my favourite jobs to do - sorting buttons! I bought these buttons last Saturday from a customer - there was a carrier bag full! So I started sorting, and this was what my desk looked like...
 It was so full that I had to put them all away (in my perfectly organised colour coordinated button jars) and start again! This was the second batch...
 I now have so many white buttons that they've spilled over into a tin now too!
These were some of my favourites - lots of plastic and bright colours!
There is a very pretty green one with flowers on it, but it's too small to get a good photograph!
There were lots of bits and bobs in the bag, as well as buttons, as with any good button stash! There were lots of little metal loops, which sparked the idea that I could make stitch markers - so I picked out some of the lovely mother of pearl buttons and some pretty metal ones, and started work! And here they are...
I made eighteen, and now I'm sure I'll be looking out for patterns where I'll need to use them!

Fabric Birds!

I've finally finished my fabric birds! They're rather pretty too!
 Here they are all in a row, and some close ups...
 Red and Black
 Blue with birds
 red, black, pink and grey
 rosebuds
 floral
blossom
They're all out for sale in my stall, and they've already attracted some attention!

Weekly Granny Square Update!

I've been busy working away on my Granny a Day squares, so I thought I would share my weekly progress!
(From left to right) 
All from the lovely "200 Crochet Blocks" book;

Sunshine and Showers
Edwardian Fancy
Spinner
Gothic Square
Into the Blue
Wisteria
Anemone

I've been sharing daily over on my facebook page and my Flickr! I'm having a lovely time trying out all of these new patterns. To join in with Granny a Day, pop over to see lovely Pip at Meet Me at Mikes!

Thursday, 29 March 2012

My Creative Space

Today I have been out enjoying the glorious Spring sunshine - I had a lovely mooch around town, ran some errands and had a look in the charity shops - it's been a lovely day! I did a bit of work when I got home, and now I am settling in for a quiet bit of making. I'm working on a few different things at the moment - my on-going chevron blanket, socks, my Granny a Day squares, and the front of my second cushion cover (the back is done, and I've already finished the other cushion). 
I'm not sure where to start yet!! I am hoping that tomorrow's space will be full of little fabric birds, my thumb feels much better so I should be making lots of little wire legs! I also picked up some nice green yarn today so I'll be able to add a couple of rounds to the blanket I started yesterday. I love productive making days!
Pop on over to Our Creative Spaces for more making fun!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

My Busy Day!

My poor thumb still hasn't quite recovered from my crafty mishap on Saturday, so unfortunately my fabric bird-making is still on hold, but I'm not one to waste my day in the stall - I started working on a present for one of the stall-holders, who will be welcoming her newest family member next month! We had been chatting earlier about the problems relating to her not finding out the sex of the baby, and how she had mostly been buying white clothes to avoid gender stereotypes, and I thought it might be nice to make a nice bright blanket for the new arrival! So I got cracking, and this is what it looked like when I left the stall!
I need to do a bit more to it yet, because it needs to be quite a bit bigger, but still, not bad for a days work!
After I finished work I went and had a cup of tea in a local cafe, and had a look at this fantastic sock knitting book that was given to me by lovely Linda from Siop Cwlwm!
There's a really funky pattern for chevron socks which I think I'd like to try out, it looks pretty straightforward, so that might well be my next pair of socks! 

Monday, 26 March 2012

Granny a Day - Ten Day Roundup!

Here are my first ten Granny a Day squares! 
I've been using three books for the patterns I've made so far "200 Crochet Blocks", "250 Crochet Stitch Motifs" and "Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs", they're coming along very well!

Square One - Catherine Wheel from "200 crochet Blocks"
Square Two - Circle in a Square pattern from "200 Crochet Blocks"
Square Three - Arcadia pattern from "200 Crochet Blocks"
Square Four - Primrose Square from "200 Crochet Blocks"
Square Five - Double Crochet Square II from "250 Crochet Stitch Motifs"
Square Six - motif #95 from "Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs"
Square Seven - Openwork Popcorn Motif from "250 Crochet Stitch Motifs"
Square Eight - Sunshine and Showers pattern from "200 Crochet Blocks"
Square Nine - Edwardian Fancy pattern from "200 Crochet Blocks"
Square Ten - Spinner Pattern from "200 Crochet Blocks" book (*note about the pattern - on round 4 where it says miss 2 Trebles, you actually need to miss 3 each time, otherwise it doesn't work!!)

I've been posting my squares daily over on my Facebook page and my Flickr as I go along, I think I'm going to start joining them soon!

Candle Making

Yesterday I spent the day relaxing with my lovely husband - we went to pick out some plants and spent the afternoon pottering around the garden, chatting to the hens and spotting ladybugs as we went! When all of our garden jobs were done, my other half washed the eggs and made cups of tea, and I got started on making some tea cup candles! We've been saving all of the excess wax from the candles in our living room,  and I've had a stash of teacups put aside until we had enough. So here they are...

They're all different colours from the mix of wax that we had, apart from the two pink ones that are in snazzy jam jars - I found a stick of red candle wax dye so I threw it in with some old white candles to make these two, and they came out strawberry milkshake pink! I couldn't resist lighting one as soon as it was set...
So cute! I love that we've managed to recycle our excess candle wax too, I hate wasting anything!

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Makings...

After my crafty mishap yesterday I decided to spend some time working on my zip-fitting skills. I haven't ever had any instruction in sewing so I think I probably do things the hard way, and I've tried to tackle zips a couple of times with varying success. I found out yesterday that my new stall-neighbour is a trained seamstress, and we had a chat about zips, and it would seem that I'm pretty much doing it right, I just needed some of the sneaky tricks that she knew to get it right! So I started out by making a large bag for carrying around my knitting, and then a smaller bag to go inside it for my hooks and random bits and bobs!

I used some of the stash that I picked up a couple of weeks ago for the large bag, and it has plain yellow fabric for the lining. The floral bag is from the gorgeous Laura Ashley samples that I was given recently, and I used a different pattern in the same colours for the lining...
I feel like I'm making progress with my sewing, but I think I might look into going to a local sewing course because I think some of the little tips that I've missed out on by being self-taught might make my sewing adventures a little bit more straightforward!

Flea Market Finds

I haven't really had much time for thrifting this week, but after I finished in the stall yesterday I had a look in a couple of charity shops and I found this lovely fluffy yarn with it's wonderfully kitsch labels! I think this will probably end up as a small granny square blanket, but I'm not sure just yet! I'm hoping to get some thrifting in next week, I think it would be a good way to celebrate the recovery from the tonsillitis!
For more Flea Market Finds, pop over to see Sophie Isobel at Her Library Adventures!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Shopping List Saturday

Shopping List Caturday

My list this week is inspired by typewriters, for no other reason than typewriters are delightful!


Typewriter Necklace (Dictionary Jewelry) for Writers, Librarians, and Antique Collectorsby Michelle Mach
Pink Typewriter by skippydesigns
Clutch bag - Typewriter in pink - metal frame purse with shoulder strap by Octopurse

Fabric Birds!

Today I had one of those days where best laid plans went a bit awry. I had every intention to make legs for the ten little birds that I've been busy sewing this week, and I was happily plodding along with them when I had a bit of a mishap and ended up ripping my thumb nail. It wasn't drastic, and I've certainly had worse making-related accidents over the years, but it was enough to put birds off the agenda! So I have four finished birds instead of ten, but they are four very sweet little birds! And here they are...


 This one has a very fancy rose on it's chest!


I really love them, they're so sweet, and I wish I'd been able to get them all finished!

Friday, 23 March 2012

Granny a Day and Sock Knitting!

Square 7 - Openwork Popcorn Motif from "The Harmony Guides: Crochet Stitch Motifs
To join in with Granny a Day pop on over to see Pip at Meet Me at Mike's!
I think I'll do weekly updates on my squares now that I've finished my first week - but I'll be sure to list the patterns I've been using in the posts, since it might be helpful! I might even start joining them up soon, I thought it might be nice to have a chronological "Granny a Day" Blanket!
I mentioned on Wednesday that I had started a new pair of knitted socks and here is a little peep at my progress so far...
I worked on them quite a bit yesterday and they will be coming along with me to Stitch and Bitch tonight! I'm also working on a few of my old projects - I really am trying to get some stuff finished!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Granny a Day and Fabric Birds in the Making!

Square 6 - Motif #95 from "Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs" book
To join in with Granny a Day pop on over to see Pip at Meet Me at Mike's!
Yesterday I spent some time cutting out the fabric for ten new birds, and stitching on twenty little beady eyes (they are beady both literally and figuratively) and even made a start sewing the bits together! I must admit that I did get a bit distracted with some knitting too - I started a new pair of socks using some of the lovely yarn I picked up recently! I'm happy to be back to my usual level of productivity after last week's lurgy, it's quite a relief to be back to my usual self!

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Granny a Day

Square 5 - Double Crochet Square II from "The Harmony Guides; Crochet Stitch Motifs" book
To join in with Granny a Day pop on over to see Pip at Meet Me at Mike's!

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Chevron Blanket

As well as making my daily Granny Square, I've been busy working on my chevron blanket. I think I'm at the halfway point now, and I am really enjoying snuggling up under it as I work. 
I have a busy day planned for tomorrow - I have some room for some more fabric birds, and some very pretty fabric ready and waiting!  

Granny a Day

Square 4 - Primrose Square from "200 Crochet Blocks" book
To join in with Granny a Day pop on over to see Pip at Meet Me at Mike's!

Monday, 19 March 2012

Granny A Day

 Square 3 - Arcadia pattern from "200 Crochet Blocks" book, finished on fifth row
To join in with Granny a Day pop on over to see Pip at Meet Me at Mike's!
My lovely mother-in-law gave me a bunch of knitting magazines and all of this pretty yarn to play with yesterday, so today I am working on some squares and looking through the magazines for some pattern ideas. I'm still pretty tired from this lovely dose of tonsillitis - I'm feeling a little bit better every day, but I'm taking the opportunity to relax today!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Granny A Day

Square 2 -  Circle in a square pattern from "200 Crochet Blocks", finished on forth row so that my squares will all be the same size!
To join in with Granny a Day pop on over to see Pip at Meet Me at Mike's!

Sock Knitting


I finished my pink socks on Wednesday, and as I uploaded some photographs of my various sock knitting shenanigans on my facebook page last night, I realised that I have finished seven pairs of socks now! It doesn't seem like a huge number, but I am really very proud that I have mastered the art of sock knitting - something that I had convinced myself was far too difficult for me!
Here are six of my seven pairs - I don't seem to have a photograph of my husband's pair...I shall have to grab one next time he wears them (he wears them quite often, it always makes me very happy!). I'm not sure which yarn to use next, I have about five balls of sock yarn stashed away, so I should probably get cracking! I love that sock knitting is so portable - it is gaining advantage on crochet purely because it is one ball at a time used to make something small, as opposed to crocheting squares, where you generally need a couple of colours, or blankets which could be one colour but are far to big to carry around. I am thinking about making some kind of zip-up bag that's the right size for all of my carrying around stuff for sock knitting, that I can just move from bag to bag as I go along...I'm wondering if that might be slightly obsessive?!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

Shopping List Saturday

With the dreaded lurgy, I have been unable to get out and hit the charity shops, so I am without any Flea Market Finds for tomorrow, but I have been taking consolation in perusing the gorgeous vintage lovelies on Etsy...and realised that there are a lot of very snazzy planters!
Vintage Pink Flamingo Planter from GizmoandHooHa
Little Pink Lamb Planter from claireartiva