Monday, 13 September 2021

I've not quite given up blogging.

 We are enjoying our life in Wales. and getting organised slowly, very slowly. Its almost as though we're recovering from all the stress of selling and buying.. 

I haven't given up blogging but just not done any craft work. Crocheting seemed to aggravate my arthritis, so I have left it for the moment. But 2 shawls I've made in the past have been taken by my step daughter. One for my MIL and one for herself.

This sweet pea one for her nan (my mil)
And this one for herself.

So my blankets are decreasing but I do have 4 more, plus quilts I've sewn.

We've lots to do all the time, but slow some days, but it will get done eventually.

With everything going on, (new bathroom to be fitted on 27th) I've a hankering to make a scrappy quilt, dare I?/

I'm blogging on my newsy blog here..


Tuesday, 13 April 2021


 Quite a bit done; I am joining the rows and I have the centre circles done for the next 6 rows. But I've seen a  blanket with only 2 treble cluster stitch crochet, and alternate rows in a light colour  and I really love it. It looked so different and pretty. 

But the whole point of doing this one is to use up my stash, so I mustn't start another one, must I??

I've had evenings when I haven't picked this up. My second vaccine made my arm even more achy than my first and I seemed to have had a serious reactions at the jab site. My arm was swollen and red. It's eased off now but not nice at the time. And I couldn't crochet
My anxiety is less as our house sale seems to be moving along at last. Yeh! (link)
We should be able to move second or third week of May. Hope I'll be able to sleep then. I do hope so,  this insomnia is horrible.


Wednesday, 24 March 2021

A new very colourful project.

 I haven't given up on this blog, just been quietly and very slowly doing my new project, which is this very colourful blanket.

It's suppose to be  stash buster but I had to buy 6 new colours to make it!

I'm loving doing it and am following the colour palette of Marion of completed blanket is on her blog

I am writing about our moving house on my other blog,


Thursday, 11 February 2021

Finished at last


 I started this a while ago and have thoroughly enjoyed doing it, but   because the stitch is one where  you go into the row below, so sort  of two rows equalled one,  it has taken me a while.  Its called 'snuggle' stitch and is really thick and heavy. It's a Marion Mitchel's design called Copenhagen, I used yarn from my stash plus a couple of Style Craft variegated colours, a blue and lime green to match Marion's.

I did sew in the ends and did a boarder of  5 rows of linen stitch matching the colours..

Now? Probably, another crochet throw because it keeps me occupied and stops me snacking!


Thursday, 31 December 2020

Slow but enjoyable progress

 This is very slow, but I'm enjoying working on it.. as the stitch goes into the row below each time, two rows makes one!

It's using up my stash which was the main objective.
And I love the effect of the patterning. 

Not brilliant photos perhaps I should treat myself to a new camera and perhaps I should study how to take a decent pic!


Thursday, 5 November 2020


 I had started another design by Marion Mitchel but I wasn't happy.. I think it was,  I liked the design,  because I loved the batik yarn colours, which I decided not to buy because I have bags and bags of yarn!

But today I came across this blanket called Copenhagen and you can see why.. it's the colours of the houses and I love it.. and have lots of these colours.

So this evening I'm starting this..wa--hoo I have  a new project.

A lovely thing to be doing in this 4 week lock down.

Have you anything planned for these next 4 weeks at home?


Thursday, 29 October 2020

May Blossom Blanket... Ta... da!!!

Well I have finished my May Blossom blanket and to be honest I'm a bit disappointed in it because,  for some unknown reason I did double trebles instead of trebles!! So it's very long and loose! It's ok and I should be happy as there is a lot of work in it.

Not very good photos but it does show the rows of 'grannie' squares and lines of crochet and the colours are gorgeous.

These 'buttons' caused me grief and I did them twice, they look 
ok-ish and as it's for us, it's fine.

We would  use it folded on our feet so its big for that and I do have very cold feet!
Anyway I have thoroughly enjoyed crocheting it and I do like it, I love the colours. 



Friday, 11 September 2020

And being used!

Here is the quilt being used by my son and DIL and I didn't know they had cushions with tulip designs.
It's in their mobile home, and it fits their bed  just nice.
I am very pleased.



Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Tulips made with love.

 I've put my crochet to one side the last two days so that I could finish this.

I started to piece it together in 2014, hand sewing the tulip blocks; each tulip has 14 pieces and then of course my fatal trip when my broke my right arm. I picked it up again in 2017 and completed the top. The pattern is from a book called 'Quilty Fun,' by Lori Holt. A great way to use up scrap pieces. I loved making it. 

My DIL saw it and said she'd love it for their mobile home, in which they travel all over Europe, usually ending up in Spain for a month every summer. 
Of course no trip abroad this year, but a week ago,  she said they were planning a 10 day trip and would love to pop in to see us.
They live in West Wales so quite a way to travel to us, about 500 miles to pop in! So I decided I'd layer this and top stitch  as best as I could. DH helped me layer it and then I started to stitch in the ditch. I had bought a special SITD foot to do it, some super Aurifil thread, which made it easier, but no way easy. I struggled to get my arm up to guide the quilt through, but I did it. I've stitched around each tulip block and across and down the seams. I 'm very pleased with it and wouldn't mind keeping it for me!
Very colourful don't you think?


Friday, 21 August 2020

How am I doing?

 It's growing although I haven't been crocheting every evening, but I am still loving it.

I've got the hang of the grannies too and do all the centres, then round 2 and then round 3.. the 4th round has been easy because it's the JAYG round and usually all the same colour. 

After this row of grannies, there's 9 rows of triples, so I can crochet away with TV this evening and enjoy myself. 

Looking at it on our settee perhaps I should have done the Autumn coloured one, so I might have to do that one too??

The designer Marion Mitchell has a blog if you're interested.

Some very lovely blankets shown and I could make them all.