I hope you are all keeping well. We have had the most wonderful sunshine here for the last few days and have been outside tidying up the garden and enjoying all last years hard work on the veranda. Hubby was not convinced we needed a veranda outside out back door but I stuck to my guns and we now have a fab decking area covered partly with a tin roof and partly with a smoked perspex.
And yes, that is a sofa 🙂 I cannot tell you how comfy it is out there. I can’t sit in direct sunlight and certainly can’t work or craft outside on a sunny day so this is the perfect solution. Yesterday I was able to sit outside all afternoon, reading, crocheting and messing about on my ipad while the boys played in the paddling pool. Bliss 🙂
Also in the last week or so I have finally felt ready to start sewing seeds. So far we have sweetcorn, cucumber, sweet peas, cosmos, sunflowers and tomatoes on the go. Our tulips have finally flowered and I have trays of geranium, petunia, saxifrage and fuscia waiting to be planted up into baskets and containers. I love this time of year, everything is new, the weather is warming up we have the summer to look forward to.
I’ve updated my Crochet-A-Long page with progress on my sisters hexagon blanket a-la Polka Dot Cottage. I have finally settled on a colour scheme and purchased the wool. I suspect it will take me all year to make enough hexagons for this but she is worth it 🙂 Details and photos can be found on my CAL page.
It’s been a busy week for me. Lots of ‘real’ work as well as lots of time spent on my new website, listing items and making plans 🙂 Very exciting for me 🙂 Today I thought I would update you on the progress with Benny’s blanket as plans for this have changed! You will see that this happens alot as I love to let projects like this just evolve in their own way. So far I have completed the 6 large blocks of 20 rounds each.
Originally I had planned to mix these with a whole series of smaller blocks but when I laid them out together they looked just right and so I have decided to add a border of smaller blocks. Each of these will be 10 rounds and I have stuck to the same design for each but different colour combinations.
What do you think? I am so very happy with it and Benny can’t wait for it to be finished. It is supposed to be for his bed but he wants it for his ‘tv blanket’ as well so I can see it is going to be well used and, I hope, well loved. I already have plans for Jack’s blanket and have decided to let him choose his colours and perhaps help to make it as well 🙂
I shall finish by updating you on the seeds we have been planting. The sunflowers have been repotted and are hardening off outside now. After last year when the slugs got ALL of them, we are going to wait until they are nice and big before planting them in their final position.
We now have 4 strawberry plants and our little cuckoo is doing well. Still no idea what he may be 🙂
Finally, we have planted peas, beans and sweetpeas indoors this week, all of which have started to germinate. Its just beautiful to see the joy and amazement on the boy’s faces, I love them so very much.
I am unashamedly skiving for half an hour this morning as I just couldn’t wait to share my latest news with you all. One of the perks of working for yourself 🙂
Firstly, I wanted to update you on the strawberry seeds the boys planted a couple of weeks ago. We got all excited last week as something had germinated but a bit sad as it was just one from a whole pack of seeds. Well I am now beginning to suspect that this cheeky fellow isn’t a strawberry plant at all! He’s just too big. We now have three more tiny germinators and they look much more like strawberry seedlings to me. Still, I can’t help but be excited to see what exactly our little cuckoo will turn out to be. We will keep you posted 🙂
The other news I wanted to share was my newest crochet project. This one is a granny square blanket for Benny’s room. We recently redecorated his room for him to celebrate his move from a toddler bed to his ‘big boy’ bunk beds. Blue was the order of the day so we picked out some gorgeous ‘mini’ wallpaper and an ‘Italian job’ print for him. These are the inspiration for his blanket.
Here are the colours I’ve chosen. The bright, turquoise wool came to us from Scotland after my Mum and Dad’s latest trip. Hand dyed and pure wool, I’ve been waiting to use it in a special project and I think this is it 🙂
The design is based on the traditional granny square but I’m experimenting with combining squares of different sizes. I’m first making 6 large squares of 20 rounds each and will then make 18 squares of 10 rounds and 24 squares of 5 rounds. I have a rough plan which I’ll share with you when I’ve transferred it from the back of the envelope it is currently on to a proper piece of paper 😉
It’s a week since I was last able to blog but here I am today thanks to a horrible cold and a lovely hubby who has taken Benny to his gym class today 🙂 I’ve somehow managed to get lots of crochet done this week. First I think I’ll show you the finished bed scarf I shared with you previously. Here’s the finished blanket.
I’ve made this for my lovely Mum and Dad to keep their toes warm in bed and brighten up their bedroom a bit. I know they are going to love it because they’re my mum and dad but I have to say I’m really pleased with how its turned out. I just love big projects like this 🙂
I told you before that I planned to join in the the Wooleater CAL with Sarah London. Well, I got so excited that I made this cushion for my friend but forgot to take photos of it as a WIP! It was a lovely stitch to crochet and grew really quickly. I made the front in the wooleater stitch using three colours that will coordinate with the wallpaper in her bedroom.
I made the back as one large crochet square using a treble stitch just slightly smaller than the front as I wanted the fan stitch of the front to stand out a little.
I then stitched front and back together with wrong sides together.
Finally, I created a button band in the same way I do for all my crochet cushions by picking up 60 stitches evenly across the inside of the front piece and working 6 dc rows. I picked out 4 coordinating buttons, stitched then evenly along the button band and then poked them through the back between the treble stitched (no need to make a button hole for this, in fact I find it holds the button better if you don’t).
Et voila! A finished cushion 🙂
I have already made a start on my next project, a blanket for Benny. The yarn is ready and waiting and I just have to decide on the exact design. But more on that when the plans are in place. Finally, I couldn’t leave you today without showing you the seeds the boys planted last week. The sunflowers are huge! They need potting on and that will be a job for the boys in the morning. Thankfully, a strawberry seed has come up for each of them. Just one though which I’m a bit disappointed about. Still, we have lots more things to plant tomorow. Here’s hoping for a drier day.