Wednesday, 2 October 2013

WIP's............

Hello Ladies,

I think autumn is finally here in Kent. I see the trees turning from green to reds and oranges. The grass still needs to be cut, but is quite wet in the morning from the heavy dew. My small veggie plot has given up the last of its summer supplies and my flowers are coming to an end. At the weekend I went and bought some winter pansies and some such gorgeous coloured cyclamens. They reminded me of coconut ice.



It seems to soon to have to give up my evening after dinner in the garden, even with the chimnia going to keep the chill away, it's getting to dark to read or crochet. But I do like this time of year, I like to watch the changes as we go from one season to another. I especially like when we have cold frosty mornings, but the sun is out and warm by lunchtime. My Nan always called that Hopping weather, as it would be this time of year they would start bringing the Hops in.

And I finally relented yesterday and wore my boots after dragging them out from the back of the cupboard.  I haven't put my Flip Flops away yet, but I don't think they will see any sunny days now till we go on our Hols.
So with the chilly evenings coming my crochet seems to have turned to winter warmers and maybe a few Christmas presents.
The only problem being I have a few too many projects on the go and my "To Do" list is getting longer. 
It doesn't help when I browse other blogs and see such wonderful work " I need that in my life", I say to myself, "Or I know someone that would".
So I rake around in my yarn stash, to see if I have enough yarn, to make what I've seen and more often or not I haven't so I have to go get or order it. And my stash is getting bigger :)

So, so far I have on the go at the moment, this blanket that I started at the end of August.  I wanted something warm and soft to cuddle up with while I was crocheting all the marvellous Christmas presents everyone is going to get.


I'm probably only about a quarter of the way through it, but it is such a lovely pattern and so nice to do of an evening. I used a yarn that I read a fair few ladies were using called "Stylecraft Life DK" and I wasn't disappointed, it feels lovely and is a dream to crochet with.

Then I saw a blog called "My Rose Valley"  by Annette and she had a lovely motif that I thought would make a perfect lap blanket for my Mum for her birthday. 


I love making these they don't take long and they are so easy. They are called "The Maybelle Flower" motif. I think I'm over half way on this one. I did contact Annette, to ask her preferred method of joining as I tried Join as you Go and it didn't look right. She sent me a lovely email, explaining that she used the Double Crochet method and how to do it. It was wonderful, it was like a mini tutorial. Extremely grateful I was as I had never used this before and now it's something else I've learnt.  Hopefully I'll have it ready for her birthday.

Then while blog browsing I found another lovely blanket being made by Barbara Smith of "Made in K-town". The colours she uses are so yummy. They reminded me of a fresh fruit salad.
I'm a tad rubbish when it comes to picking colours, I always seem to stick to the same ones. Yet when I see other peoples work I always admire their colour choices and wonder why I never think to put those colours together.


She calls it "Dots and Dashes Crochet Throw" and she got it as a free download from Red Heart.
This is a stitch I've never used before, so again it was something new I learnt. I love the texture and the affect you get from using the different colour yarns.

Maybe I should put my Christmas gifts on hold for the moment and concentrate on getting at least one Blankie finished and maybe I should just make note of projects I like and love, instead of trying to do them all.

Take care everyone
Sally xxx






14 comments:

  1. All of your things are looking lovely Sally! As long as you are enjoying yourself, that is all that matters.

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    1. Than you Amy, I enjoy crocheting so much, my problem being, as you see, that I don't finish something before starting something else. But as you say, it doesn't matter :)

      Sally xxx

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  2. My goodness you have been so busy, your projects are wonderful. I love those blogs and get a lot of inspiration from them too.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you Meredith. Don't you sometimes find your head full of ideas an inspiration, from others. This I suffered from greatly lol.
      Take care
      Sally xxx

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  3. Love both your projects, the pattern and colours on the first one is lovely, and the granny squares surrounded by cream (or white) look so pretty with the differnet coloured centres. Now I'd like to have a go at one like that, it looks a great project for chipping away at and for using up scraps of yarn.
    Wish I'd asked Annette for her advice joining my motifs, as although neat, I would've liked a back that looks as good as the front - using dc sounds like it might do that.
    Happy hooking Sally!
    ps whereabouts in Kent are you - I'm in Kent too!
    Gill xx

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  4. Thank you Gill. This is one of the reasons I love blogging and bloggers, everyone is so happy to help others.
    Sally xxx

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  5. Love all your projects and colours. I think I need to throw off the mantle of guilt when I have one or two unfinished projects! It seems that its way more fun having a few to pick and choose...

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    1. Thank you :)
      I think it's good to have a few going, especially if one is a large blanket and crocheting is so easy to pick up and put down.
      xxx

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  6. What stunning crochet makes and the colours are vibrant and gorgeous. Thank you for sharing the links.
    irene
    xxxx

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments. :)
      xxx

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  7. Al your WIP's are gorgeous, I especially like the flower granny square, that will be going on my to-do list. Have a good weekend. Deb x

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    1. Thank you so much. You have a good weekend too.
      xxx

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  8. Looking lovely! I really like the flower motif squares such lovely colours x

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  9. Thank you for you lovely comments.
    xxx

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