Thursday, 20 November 2014

Just To Let You Know...

Rosie has been sold, but I've replaced her with Tanya Tutti Frutti!

Tanya Tutti Frutti

Beware -more monsters are on their way!!!!!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Monster Monday

Save Me! ! ! ! !

The monsters are taking over...

Happy Monster for Dominic

Rosie Raspberry Ripple

The blue and green one is earmarked, but Rosie Raspberry Ripple will be for sale at the HOPE Christmas Fayre with some of her brothers and sisters too...




Thursday, 13 November 2014

Blankets and Bears

Well - just one of each at the moment.

I have nearly finished making this little bears (armless at present) from Simply Notable's FREE pattern...

Armless bear 3

If all goes well, I should finish it tonight.

It is for a little baby, George, who was born last Sunday (9th November), so I have to sew on the nose and eyes to make it safe for him. I also won't make the sweater (which is really cute) for this bear, for the same reason.

But I'm sure I'll make another one for the HOPE Christmas Fayre, so you will see what it looks like very soon.

As for the blankets - I am joining in the Attic24 CAL to make a Crochet Stripe blanket, and yesterday I received my yarn pack for the Wool Warehouse...

Wool Warehouse Pack front

Wool Warehouse Pack 1

I love that they have packaged the yarn in such a pretty way, with their own ribbon too...

Wool Warehouse Pack ribbon

Full Marks to you,  Wool Warehouse!

(They also sent it in double-quick time.)


Friday, 7 November 2014

Wearing the Poppy

I thought you might llike to see my latest project - a poppy for Remembrance Day.

It is from Wendy Poole's' FREE pattern, and I made it using two strands of DMC red No 20 thickness cotton and a 3.00mm hook.  The leaf was something I already had, and I sewed it on at the back and then sewed a brooch fastening over it too.

Here it is...

Crochet poppy 2

...and I think it looks rather good!

I will still contribute to the British Legion as if I had bought one of their (rather cheap-looking) poppies, of course.

I think it's a shame that the current poppy in their range looks so mass-produced, though I guess that this is because it IS mass-produced - thus keeping the costs down.

I remember when the poppies in the tray were actually attractive and there was a variety of styles - even a big, blowsy one for your car radiator.

Such a shame that things have to be tackier the cheaper they are.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Wombling Free - a Trip to the Tip

...or the déchetterie as it is in French.

Janet and I were shown this particular tip a couple of weeks ago, by a mutual friend, Julie, who lives not too far away from it.  It is unusual in that it has a purpose-built 'shop' where suitable items (thrown away by people) are sold in aid of a charity in Burkina Faso or re-distributed to local people in the community who are in need.  A very worthwhile philosophy, in my opinion.

Front

This poster tells you a bit about it...

notice 1

It's  great place to visit - the inside is like Aladdin's cave...

Inside 1

Inside 2

Inside 3

...with something for everyone, including a corner with children's toys and other child-related items...

Toys etc

They also have garden furniture; toys for children to play with in the garden...

Outdoor chairs and toys

...and a varied selection of bicycles if you feel in need of some exercise...

Bicycles

The hanger that houses the shop was purpose-built by the lovely people who work here and willingly give their time and skills to manage the collecting, sorting, mending and selling of the items that you and I (figuratively speaking) have thrown away as our 'rubbish'. All the money raised either goes back into the community (the guys collect and distribute items to the local needy) or to help in Burkina Faso.

So if you live in this part of France, do donate your unwanted items to the nice men at Queaux so they can help others less fortunate than ourselves...

Today I bought this great side table with a tiled top...

...Tile-topped table 1

for the princely sum of 4€!

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Fashionista !

Full Definition of FASHIONISTA

:  a designer, promoter, or follower of the latest fashions

That's me!

Here I am today...

Fashionista

...two jumpers, skinny jeans, black socks (but cashmere!) and M&S slippers!

High fashion in the Limousin!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WOWW

So - this isn't exactly ON my worktable - I've actually just finished it - but it IS my latest finished item.

ZigZag blanket1

It's a zigzag blanket, following Lucy's pattern on Attic24.

I used oddments from a previous striped blanket I'd made, plus a few new balls.

I love this ripple pattern and it's so easy to do.

ZigZag blanket close

I showed it to some friends yesterday, and they all wanted one!  I don't have enough time or yarn ( I know - unbelievable) but I did offer to teach a workshop on crochet and THE BLANKET!

I do have a project on my needles (yes, knitting this time) which is a new pair of socks.  I recently made three pairs of socks using this yarn - Regia Design Line Hand-Dye Effect by Kaffe Fassett.  I made a turquoise pair of Owlie socks...

First owl

...which my DIL now has; a pink pair in just a simple rib...

Pink socks

... and a dark blue pair from this pattern, called Penelope, which does not seem to be available any more...


I must admit, it was a very difficult pattern to follow - at least, I found it was. I made LOADS of mistakes, but persevered until I had finished the first sock.

I started the second one, but bottled out and pulled it and the first sock back.

Even without the complicated pattern, the yarn was hard to work with.  It seemed finer than the pink and the turquoise and the dark colour made it hard to see in any but the brightest light.  Also (and this goes for all three colours) this yarn is quite fluffy and loosely spun and I kept splitting it with the sharp-pointed KnitPro needles that I was using. Put the problems of the yarn AND the complexity of the pattern together and this was a pattern too far for me!

So now I am knitting just a plain pair of socks using the dark blue as the main colour and what is left of the pink and the turquoise as stripes.  I am nearly down to the heel, and that and the rest of the sock will be using just the main colour...

Stripey socks

So far, so good, though I still keep spiltting the yarn and carrying two yarns up the stripes is a bit of a pain!  Still - the yarn was not cheap, and the pink socks ARE lovely and warm to wear, which is encouraging.

What the finished pair will look like with just stripey tops I don't know, but at least they will be warm and I can always just wear them in my wellies!