Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Keep Calm Craft On

We had a bit of sad weekend. One of our hamsters had developed a condition called Cushings. It causes muscle wastage, fur loss and a compromised immune system. Unfortunately some small wounds on his stomach became infected and overwhelmed his little body so we had to make the decision to get him put to sleep. We've lost 3 hamsters this year but he was special because he was the first one I'd had since I was a child.

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He was such a gentle character, I'm missing him a lot :-( Sleep peacefully Sherlock x


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I'm working on my cardigan and blanket this week. The children break up for their Summer holidays tomorrow so complicated projects are not an option! I've hopefully worked out the maths correctly for adding extra length to my cardigan and I've got another 2 inches to go before I start the ribbing at the bottom. Then it's just button bands and sleeves.

I think my ripple needs a red row soon to keep the colours in balance. I frequently have to lay it on the floor and squint at it to work out what to use next. I can't bring myself to just pick out a colour at random! Especially with such a wide range of colours.

I'm going to have a hot cup of tea and do some knitting now. Gotta make the most of the house still being quiet! Have a good week everyone, keep calm, craft on

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

FO - Bigger Squares blanket

This cosy sofa blanket was started as a way of playing with a particular palette of colours. I had no idea what size I wanted to make or how the final design would look. It's come out wonderfully though :-)

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As you can see, it's the perfect size for snuggling under :-)

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For the edging I did a row of double crochet in purple, then 4 rows of treble crochet with the stitch worked into the gap between stitches in the previous row to try to get a more blurred colour change. Finally I finished it with another row of double crochet in purple

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Our girl cat, Rosie, was curious to see what we were up to

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Boo!

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She got away ;-)

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I made this blanket using Stylecraft Special DK because it's soft and washable. It was also in my stash! The squares were just simple granny squares, there is a nice tutorial on Bunny Mummy's blog. I joined the squares together using slip stitches.

Linking up with Yarn Along, WIP Wednesday and Keep Calm Craft On

Monday, 14 July 2014

Lady Bower Reservoir

We're really enjoying the children being old enough to go cycling. This weekend we had a long drive to meet up with my in-laws in the Peak District to cycle round Lady Bower reservoir. It was 11.3 miles all the way round according to my bike's odometer. It was a perfect Summer's day, warm but not so hot you don't want to move at all. Gorgeous :-)

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I gave the Smallest a ride on the back of my bike. She fell asleep towards the end, the first I knew about it was her helmet bashing against my back as she nodded forward

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We were surprised how low the water levels were, I guess it fills up more in the Winter

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My little cyclists :-) Can you see the hill on the right of the picture, the path follows the same line! We pushed our bikes up that bit!

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Such a wonderful day out :-)

This week is the last full week of school before the Summer holidays start. Next week the children only go in for the first 3 days. I'm trying to strike balance between getting the house clean and tidy before the little darlings are around to mess it up all the time and also enjoying those few hours of time to myself. I think this morning I'm going to work on my neglected ripple blanket :-)

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Have a good week everyone

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

WIP Wednesday

So busy at the moment, I'm sorry my blogging has dropped off a bit. I'm not really finding much time or enthusiasm for crafting lately.

Yesterday morning I helped my daughter's pre-school with their visit to the local allotments. They got to see raspberry plants, potatoes being dug out of the ground, peas in a pod and even a very rare sweetie tree that they were all able to pick a sweet from ;-)

This morning I was busy doing some work for a friend and it seems to have rather tired me out! I'm looking forward to spending an hour or two this afternoon sat on my sofa and finishing off my blanket edging.

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I've got another round of treble crochet to go and then I think I'm going to do a round of the purple double crochet stitches again to frame it. Just need to give it a gentle block after that and it will be finished :-)

My Dad's socks now have a heel but haven't really progressed much beyond that. We're planning a long-ish car drive in the next few days though so I can hopefully work on them then.

Happy crafting everyone :-)

Linking up with Keep Calm Craft On and Yarn Along

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Sunday in the garden

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- I bought some new geraniums (pelargoniums) to replace the bedding plants munched by the slugs
- I wish I knew what the white flower is called, any plant experts around?
- I also bought a hardy fuchsia called "Dollar Princess". We're going to plant it in the ground once we've moved to our new house.
- I've finished sewing in the ends on my blanket, working on the border now. Not entirely sure what I'm going to do yet!
- The flowers, my blanket and my happy pink table and chair make me smile

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