Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Strike Day...

...and to be honest a welcome break from the daily grind.  The boys and I took a trip to Newton Dee,(our local Camphill Community) and I let the tranquility of this special place wash over me...

We had a mooch around the gift shop at some of the Christmas goodies..

and took a trip to the Bakery for some organic bread...

Followed by an hour sitting on this bench..

whilst the boys had a kick about..

Friday, 18 November 2011

❅Snowflake Garland with Pattern ❅

It's getting towards that time of year again so thought I would try my hand at a lacy snowflake

Very addictive and easy to make - you could rattle off a string of these in no time at all.  Due to the flimsy-ness of the thread  I used, I ended up having to pin and starch my snowflakes as the points were beginning to curl a bit.  I pinned each 'point' to a cork board and sprayed on a bit of fabric stiffener:-

....Left them to dry over night, and by morning I had a lovely firm string of snowflakes

For some reason I started off with a 6 point snowflake, but after hooking a couple more they ended up with only 5 - either way, they both look ok, so it's up to you if you want to add another point or not.  Here's the pattern but after 2 or 3 I promise you won't even need it!

Snowflake Garland   (written in US crochet terms)
Using a yarn of your choice with an appropriate hook size (I used crochet thread with a size 2mm hook):-

Chain 58

Count back to the 50th chain and  join the last 8 chain stitches from the hook with a sl st to form a ring of 8 chains.

Rnd 1: Ch 3, work 1 dc into ring, ch 3, * 2 dc into ring, ch 3 * rep from * 4 times (5 times if you want a 6 pointed flake), join with a sl st into top of beg ch-3.

Rnd 2: Sl st across until you get to the first ch-3 sp,  - ch 1, * 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc, ch 6, 1 sc, ch 3, 1 sc*  into ch-3 sp, rep from * 5 times, (or 6)  join with a sl st into first sc.

chain 28, and the slip stitch into the 20th chain to form a ring of 8 and repeat the snow-flake again -continue in this way until the garland is your desired length - finish off with 50chains - this will give you enough length to tie up the garland at each end.

Monday, 14 November 2011

Tea-Towel Art

Happy Monday - and a splash of colour amidst the damp, dreich weather which seems to be hanging around up here in the North East of Scotland- my new vintage tea towel of 'Fergus' the bright orange bull, printed for 'OXO' on Irish Linen. I tried very hard to iron those crease marks out before stretching out in the frame, but alas to no success.

In other weekend news, I turned 37 on Saturday - a good excuse to eat too much cake and drink lots of alcohol - thanks to my loved ones for throughly spoiling me - my parents came to visit for the weekend and it felt like such a treat to have a birthday cake made for me and tea cooked by my lovely Mum.  The boys are at home for a couple of days this week (teacher training days), so I can feel a bit of indoor crafting coming this space..

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

This and That...

Well Hello - that was a bit of an unexpected blog break! Life has just been a bit busy around here lately with coughs and colds and building work going on at the house, that kind of thing.. But I have managed a bit of crochet work of an evening -  The above bracelets were made using fine cotton yarn and a size 2.5 hook - a basic single crochet band sew around a thin metal bangle for added support - I'm building up a stash for Christmas present, so will have to refrain from wearing them myself!

Had a result on Monday at my local charity shop - 2 sweet little enamel mugs (30p each) I'm already picturing two little boys sipping hot chocolate  from them on cold winter days....

and a bit of retro Danish melamine in the form of this Rosti bowl...

ahhh, lovely...