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Knit and Natter Friday!

Not so much Knit and Natter this week as crochet and natter. I am finding this weeks post hard to explain so please bear with me.

It was coming up to Easter, son, fiancée, two children and a dog were coming to stay. Experience tells me that knitting is problematic with lots of people around, you know counting, stopping in the middle of a row, dropping stitches.. what I needed was a simple crochet project. That way I would stay sane, have to have some yarn in my hand to stay sane you know.

Park that thought.

The Snail has been starting a revolution of craftactivists. Basically using your crafts to put across a message you believe in, in a positive and non violent way. There is to be an event in Manchester at the end of May and items were needed from the start of May. Brilliant, what could I do?

Well the big question really was what do I believe in? Two things came to me as I pondered away, usually in the bath. One to use up scraps be it food, fabric , yarn. Not to waste things that are useful, not to be always buying more and more stuff. Very good, so far , but what to make?

Then the answer came to me. It’s coming up to what was my Dad’s birthday, and I have never forgotten seeing him lying in a hospice with a beautiful, much faded and worn handmade patchwork quilt covering him. It was such a comforting sight to see this outward sign of love and care. Not a hospital blanket you see, but a cover made with or donated through compassion.

Light bulb moment!

Last year I made a couple of lap blankets for a care home.

The time frame for the finished items is tight,  a lap/small blanket would be perfect.

So I  set to work in earnest all Easter long, with small left over balls of yarn. Here is where I am now. Should say I am using Attic 24 s method of joining as I go.

I am beginning to run out of small balls so will start to use some of my larger balls on a border. I may even be finished in time for the start of May.

In close up.

Meantime I have to think of a slogan or a few words to describe what this is all about. So far I have “Cherished Scraps make kind blankets”.

What do you think? How could I say in a few words, what I want to say.

Meantime have you been missing Yarn Along? Rachel has now started Yarning Along, do check it out.

Time to do a bit more crocheting I think….

 

Yarn Along!

Whatever was I thinking?

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Given that I had so much trouble with a cable pattern over 12 rows, why ever did I think it a good idea to knit something with 170 stitches on the needles with a 17 stitch repeat pattern? I have 64 rows of this to do. All I can say was that back in the Autumn knitting a mermaid’s tail for my granddaughter seemed a good idea. Can anyone think of any good reason I started this? It’s double knitting yarn too. I am trying to do two repeats every day, four rows to one repeat. Just thinking about it means I need a lie down. Exhausted.

The pattern doesn’t even make much sense to me. It’s all holes and waves.

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Yikes.

The book is another one lent by a friend. Number three off my bedside heap. The blurb on the back says it’s a novel about coping with bereavement. But the characters are so weird. Shades of Cold Comfort Farm. What am I to say when I return this one? Sorry, I love you friend but the book is weird.

Thanks goodness for crochet.

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I have added the middle section to the blanket,(shown as bottom row in the pcture) now to repeat the first three rows of blocks. I can do one block a night, but my hand is starting to hurt. My brother says his does too and his GP said it is arthritis. Please no.

Linking with Ginny for Yarn Along

This week!

It turned quite chilly here this week. Time for some hunkering down, with all things woolly and stitchery!

I started with a little Secret Santa stitching.

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Project bag from my Secret Santa last year being put to good use again. Thanks Tialys

Then some more Secret Santa stitching.

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Then I got distracted and made up this cushion. I had bought the front piece at the Whitby Quilt Exhibition earlier this year.

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Front and back

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Anyone would think we were nearing Christmas. There was a super moon this week, which did make an appearance here. Despite my best efforts to take a picture on my little camera, I failed so no picture of a super moon. There was some baking of jammy buttons.

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Which nicely emptied three jars of jam which were lurking in the fridge, homemade plum , rhubarb and ginger and shop bought raspberry. I needed the jars for … secret santa

On Friday I attended my family history group meeting which was held in a freezing cold village hall.

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The talk was about DNA testing to trace your origins. Maybe I will do this one day. I would love to know if I have any Viking ancestors.

Finally there was some more crocheting going on. Three more blocks for the Deco blanket. Colours are inspired by heather on the  North York Moors and yarn is by Stylecraft .

 

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Another tinsel Owl arrived last night, but she is exhausted and not up to posing for her picture today, Maybe next week.

Hope you had a great week and wish you all the best for next week. Love to hear what you have been up too.

My coming week is going to be Busy! Bring it on!

Yarn Along!

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The cable cardigan progresses slowly, just reached the shaping for the raglan on the right side.

Still reading through the alphabet. Q proved really easy to find a book. The library gave a choice of 5 authors. So my Q is for Anthony Quinn and the book is The Streets. I have just finished watching the series The Victorian Slum on BBC 2. This book is set in a Victorian Slum and the protagonist works as a researcher into conditions of the poor in the 1870s in a London Slum. Talk about coincidence. The book is really interesting. and the characters engaging.

Meantime I have a TAHDAH moment. Rachel had gifted me some crochet blocks. Here they are all joined together in three blankets and edged.

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This one is destined for a care home as a lap blanket.

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This one for my granddaughter Little Miss F.

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And this one is a sofa snuggly for Mr E.

Looking again at these blocks  which I also crocheted in Rachel’s CAL 3 years ago reminded me that I always intended to crochet one of the blankets in the book 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton. I have made a start. The blanket is called Art Deco. I am joining the blocks and darning in the ends as I go.

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What’s he doing here, that’s not the picture of my blocks. Honestly House Elves aren’t what they are cracked up to be.

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That’s better. Now I know I said that was the end of Tinsel yarn for the time being. Seriously did you think I would keep to that.

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Now I thought the owl said he was called Ollie and off he flew to his new home. What’s with this tinsel yarn.  She told me a little white fib, apparently she is called Olivia. Well I never!

Now that’s it with the tinsel yarn. Honestly!  Yes really!

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

 

 

This week.

This week I should write a 16 for 2016 update, but there isn’t one really! I think I have achieved all that I am going to achieve from this years list. I will do a round-up in December. I am thinking hard about  a 17 for 2017 list.

The weather changed this week, big time. It’s colder and wetter now. The wood burning stove has been lit daily. One afternoon I lit it about 2pm. I cutched down on the sofa with a mug of tea and some crochet and life felt very good indeed.

Now that I am volunteering at the library my walking tally has improved. The car park is limited to a mere 90 minutes. Ok if you are shopping, but no good for a library two-hour shift , so I have been walking down. This week I helped put up a display for the BBC’s Love to Read campaign. I had to select books I had enjoyed. A most pleasant task.

Tuesday the weather was chilly but the sky was blue so I set off on a country walk.

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This is Cawthorne Roman camps. These were three temporary Roman camp sites used by the Romans for training purposes. If you look to the left below the tree line you will see the rampart. I was drawn into the middle by a splash of red which turned out to be brambles.

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Who knew a bramble leaf could be so pretty. The reason the camps were here is that you can see for miles around.

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Right across the North York Moors.

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And in the other direction down towards the lake.

I have started to think about Christmas, gifts, decorations etc, as I guess we all have. (Well not Mr E, he starts to think about it at 4pm on Christmas Eve. )I had a trip out to York. It wasn’t very satisfactory. I had in mind some things for the grandchildren and I needed some new shoes. Well maybe not NEED need but need. You know. Anyway the shops were out of the sizes for everything I had looked at. So back home and onto the computer for some on line shopping. I really really really want to buy stuff in proper shops, I hate the idea of a town centre with nothing more than estate agents and nail bars, but if they can’t get stocking levels right before Christmas just what can you do? Buy the wrong size? No wonder M&S are closing stores, they were one of the worst offenders. And yes I did manage to order everything on line. However, York was lovely as ever.

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The Minster! I mentioned crochet didn’t I? The three blankets are all joined now, just the borders to complete. It has been a real pleasure working with Rachel’s blocks. It reminded me that what I had wanted to do after crocheting my way through the 200 crochet blocks book, was actually make a blanket using just some of the blocks. So I have chosen  four colours.

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Yarn is Stylecraft DK. I am going to make the Art Deco blanket , if you have got the book. Just one more thing on the crochet front, have a look at Jenny’s blog on Simply Hooked. She makes some lovely things!

As I finish here , the sky is grey,it’s raining, it’s cold and it’s not yet 3pm. Time to make a brew and light that fire.

Have a good week!

 

Yarn Along!

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I am just about to start the sleeve decreases on the left front of the cable cardigan. Oh so slow!

Meantime I have reached P in my Read through the Alphabet. And P is for Laline Paull and The Bees. Oh My is this a good read. The bee version of Watership Down or Duncton Wood. I am loving it.

I have crocheted together the second of the three blankets made from the Blocks crocheted by Rachel and given to me as she had moved onto other projects without joining these blocks.

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What no Tinsel Yarn? Course there is. The obsession continues.

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Only he’s Mine All MINE! My little House Elf! He said he is Dobie , but I am not sure that’s his real name.

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

This week!

I was told it takes two years to recover after paid work and now I know what was meant. Let’s see if I can convey what life in so-called retirement now looks like  two years in.

There’s time to appreciate nature.

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The changing seasons and beautiful sunsets.

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Time to stop for lunch when you have gone sofa shopping again. ( We started this back in the January sales of you remember. We couldn’t agree.  Finally a sort of compromise was reached with Mr E. He would choose one and I would choose another. The one I choose was delivered back in June. He has finally made his choice.) I digress. Lunch.

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The Humble Pie in Erlby.

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Just loved the interior, and my food.

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Chicken Caesar salad. I love the chicken salt pot. The fish milk jug was cute but messy. OK so it was me that was messy.

There’s  time for baking

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Rosemary biscuits. And for processing the last of the greenhouse crop.

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I was gifted these apples by a lady at the family history group.

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Multi purpose apples as they can be eaten raw or cooked and then  eaten. I made Eve’s pudding(apple sponge) and have enough left over for some apple flapjacks.

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And gardening. Bags of crocus, daffodils and tulip bulbs from the local nursery to plant.

And then the unexpected. Four years ago when I started this blog I joined a CAL organised by Rachel

We worked our way through the book 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton. I created this.

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A gorgeous garden inspired blanket. It came back to me this year for some repairs. Anyway long story short, Rachel completed her blocks but other projects came along and she didn’t join her blocks together. This week she gifted them to me.

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All of them. Oh boy do her crochet skills knock mine into a tin hat. She is so good. They are so neat. These won’t come undone. They are lovely. Rachel is left-handed. Do have a look at her blog if you aren’t familiar with it already.Lots of information for the left handed hooker. I had a happy afternoon sorting the blocks into three piles to make three lap blankets.

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One

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Two, sorry about the blur

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And three. I plan to then gift the finished blankets to a care home where I know they will really be appreciated. Thanks again Rachel.

So that’s just a week in retirement, and of course the washing , ironing, cooking ,cleaning and yarning along!

Wonder what next week will bring? What will your week bring?

Have a great weekend.

 

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