Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Baby Cardigan & Hat

This is the latest cardigan and hat I have made for my beautiful grand-daughter. For the cardigan I used a free pattern from Ravelry; and for the hat I also used a free pattern from this lovely blog Stitch 'n' Ting and added a flower using a pattern from the clever and very generous Lucy at Attic24.  

I wanted to use a ditsy patterned bias binding around the neck and to cover the buttons and decided that this lovely dusky pink Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino would look good with it.

I have used machine washable wool in the past for baby knitting and have been very disappointed with how they fare in the washing machine.  I haven't used the Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino before, so time will tell!

Monday, 31 December 2012

Last Calendar Challenge

I have been very lax about posting my completed pages, but just for the record I have managed to keep the journal for a whole year!  This is definitely a first for me.  I have really enjoyed this challenge and will be looking for another one to do in 2013.

So just to catch up here are my pages - July to December:


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

2012 Calendar Challenge

This is my page for June, based around the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - of course - lots of red, white and blue.

And just to show that I have kept up and filled in - even though I didn't blog about it or post ...


and May

I am enjoying this challenge at The Kathryn Wheel.  I have tried to keep a diary before, but never stick to it - so even getting as far as June is a bit of a record.  I am hoping to be able to keep it up for the whole year, then it might be a habit - and easier to sustain.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

2012 Calendar Challenge

I liked the look of this challenge over on The Kathryn Wheel blog.  It has taken me a while to get going, so I have got quite a bit of catching up to do, but I am really enjoying it at the moment - lets hope it lasts all year!

As my new year mantra is reduce: reuse: recycle I thought I had better start with my own stash - I am going to try and do this challenge without buying anything new and do a bit of stash-busting!

I looked around for a suitable journal and decided to use an old Designers Guild catalogue.  The paper is a nice weight and not shiny, I had two copies so I took a couple of pages out of one and added into the other so that I had enough pages for the year.

This is what it looked like to start with.

Just to catch up this is my January page - will have to think hard about what I did in January.

This is my February page - this will be a bit easier to catch up as I have been doing the photo-a-day challenge. :)

and this is my March page - all ready for filling in.

Going to get started on the April page right away.

Photo-A-Day Challenge 2

It seems to take quite a bit of organising to take a photo-a-day.  It appears to be such an easy task, but I am now always looking for something to photograph.  Here are the next few photographs I have uploaded to 365Project.

25 February - My Favourite View

26 February - Shadows

27 February - Prickly Birthday Present

28 February - OCA Course Work Has Arrived

29 February - This is the View On My Way To Work, I think I could take a photograph every day and it would always be different, the scenery is stunning in this part of the world.

01 March - Back to Weight Watchers.  I decided not to make the usual new year resolution of lose weight, get fit, but did decide to try and live by the reduce: reuse: recycle mantra.  So really I could use the reduce part and apply it to myself!  Have decided to add it to my blog in a hope that if someone else is reading it I might apply myself more and stick to the diet.  Here's hoping anyway.

02 March - First Page In My Sketchbook - finally made a start on my OCA Textiles Degree, I will be blogging about this on a separate blog - more details later.

03 March - Indie - the wonder cat! :)

04 March - Honesty Seed Heads - so delicate in the evening sunlight.

05 March - Calendar Journal - this is another challenge that I am taking part in.  Will blog about this later as well.

06 March - Beautiful Rusty Horseshoes hanging on a rusty nail.  I find these old shoes when I am digging in the garden.  I love the rusty colours and textures.

Just a little glimpse of my life.  I am loving this photo-a-day challenge, just hope that I can keep it up.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Photo-A-Day Challenge

I have wanted to take part in a photo-a-day challenge for a while, but always seem to miss the start and then can't get into it.  I found this challenge on chantelle's blog, so decided to start it on my birthday.  I am going to post my pictures on here and here.  so here are my images from 11 Feb to now, rather a lot of them to start with but I will post them once a week from now on . . .

11 February - My Birthday

12 February - off to Anglesey in warm, soft, stripy socks

13 February - Wales - cold, windy, wet - and fabulous!

14 February - Be My Valentine xx

15 February - Lovely new lamp from Next

16 February - w..w..web - spiders web catching the light ... and flies!

17 February - Birthday Roses - still lovely.

18 February - Indie - adventure cat

19 February - Indie - relaxing cat

20 February - lovely new yarn

21 February - Cat Sitting these two cheeky monkeys!

22 February - Work in Progress!

23 February - Mini Love Hearts

24 February - Biba - very nosey horse

So that's all up-to-date now  ... will post more about my crochet work in progress next time.

Friday, 17 February 2012

I'm back at last!

Everything seemed to have conspired against me blogging - no internet and broken computer and phone.  However everything is sorted now so I'm back - and I've got a lot of catching up to do.

Firstly, Being Creative - November and December.  Too late now really but I did take part so I am going to post them here and onto the Flickr group.

The theme for November was vintage.  I want to make a picture for our newly decorated room so decided to try out a small version first.

I divided a small canvas into squares with string, covered everything with newspaper and inks then used bits of all kinds of everything to make little square collages - scraps of pretty paper, leftover fabrics, vintage stamps, book pages and buttons, a rusty washer, stamped images.

I like how it has turned out and I think it will go really well in the room.  So now I am going to work on a much larger version.

The December theme was Winter.  I have been making quite a few baby hats lately, so I thought that this snowy white one would fit the theme well.

That's all for now, but I will defiantly be blogging again very soon - lots of projects to share!