Wednesday, 24 June 2015

The best night of the week

Normally on a Wednesday evening, I wouldn't be here. You see Wednesday is choir night. I love choir night.

It begins with skiving off doing bedtime and walking into town instead.

The last couple of Wednesdays have been lovely sunny evenings. I love walking at this time of day but usually I am in the throws of bedtime stories.

I pass this little front garden and always take a moment to admire it.

It is just a little space but it is packed with plants and there is always something lovely to see.

Then into the hall for a jolly warm up, singing, tea, maybe a biscuit, more singings and fun chat with good people.

After that a few of us put the world to rights over one of these.

As I said, the best night of the week.

Sadly this week J is working away so I am staying in. Might go and see if I can find a consolatory drink.


Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Many photos of a pretty blanket in pretty places.

So Gilly challenged me to find seven places to photograph my Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket over seven days. Sadly this was not to be - life just wasn't going to cooperate, so instead may I present...

Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket - the photo shoot

Did you spot my glamorous assistants?


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket - the Ta Da!

Two and a half years.

Four pounds of yarn.

5476 square inches of stitchery*.

One of these.

Four of these.

Four of these.

Forty eight of these.

Seventy six of these.

One hundred and fifty six of these.

And Ta Da!!!!!

I love it!  I love love love it!

I made a king sized bed sized blanket.

Did I mention how much I love it?

Time to put on the summer weight duvet just so I can have it on my bed.

The details:
Pattern - my own,
Yarn - Annell Cotton 8 in colours 5, 12, 14, 19, 21, 22 , 32, 39, 42, 54, 79, and 80

You can see the planning and making of the Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket here...
Pretty colours
Some seeds and some stitches
Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket #1
Persian sweetie shop blanket #2 - Squaring the circle
Persian Sweetie shop Blanket #3
Hookie Therapy
Persian Sweetie Shop Blanket Progress
Around the World Blog Hop

And because Gilly suggested it, I will be toting my blanket around for the next week taking pics of it in unusual places... You have been warned.


*For those that like to keep track of these things that's 2 inches bigger than planned in each direction: an extra 5%.

Monday, 8 June 2015

Nothing like a deadline to make me make...

Take one little girl's christening looming on the horizon,

dust off one of those ideas that languish at the back of my head,

Add a stitched flower here,

 and a button or three there,

a bit on the machine,

and a bit by hand...
And what do you know? Something exists that didn't before. 

Note to self: Must take time to make more often for it is good for the soul.


Thursday, 4 June 2015

A family that camps!

Oh dear me, I didn't mean to be away so long! Our pesky router decided not to bother and it took a while to persuade BT to send us a new one so we have been without reliable internet.
Before all that, we went away for a few days. We were trying out our new camping stuff -  seeing if we had everything we need and whether we could fit it all in the car. It was pretty rammed after we added pillows and blankets on top of this little lot. 

At the end of a weird and a slightly seedy campsite we found an idyllic spot, miles from anyone else.

We did some of this


and some of that

The Smalls love love loved the uncut meadow which was over their heads in places. 

 I was so pleased that I had packed this

And it was lovely to just sit and take in all this

A completely lovely way to spend a few days. Now off to plan the next one...