Sunday, April 30, 2017

Big, Snuggly, Colorful Blanket

Helloooooo, how are you, my friends??  Life is so busy here.  We are seeking to put our house on the market due to some difficulties with a huge landscaping company that moved in behind the house.  I hate to leave my lovely home, and gosh, new housing is so expensive.  Scary times, we are in our 50's, don't want a big mortgage now :-(

But on some brighter notes, I shall be attending Celebration of Needlework this week.  A great friend is taking Niky Farruto's class with me, and we will enjoy the shopping, food and fun with another great friend as well.

Also, I stitched up this big, snuggly, colorful blanket in late winter.  The weather was beautiful yesterday, and I managed to bring it outside for some quick photos.  I used DROPS Designs free Seaside Blues pattern.  I decided to grab my big box of Stylecraft Special DK yarn and a few balls of white for this project.  I interspersed the flower squares with traditional grannies.  I copied this idea from a stitcher on Ravelry.... sadly, her name escapes me....maryfairy, maybe??  I finished off with the border from Cypress Textiles Vibrant Vintage CAL... ta da!  Super colorful, and I love it!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

OK, I lied...

I really thought my next post would be about cross stitch. Life is fluid, things change. Am still stitching, but have crochet aplenty to share now, so please forgive me.
Last night I finished Hopeful Honey's  Sunflower Hat and Booties for a certain special someone.  This was a special request from her mom.  Quick and fun!  Hope we can coordinate to deliver it soon.
And, of course, this does lead to a gratuitous pic of Miss Amelia herself, a recent pic texted to me by her mom.  Getting big!!
In other projects, my niece Erin is graduating from college in May.  I think this is the start of a gift for her.  This will be a good sized afghan, using Drops Designs Seaside Blues free pattern.  I am following the example of another stitcher on Ravelry and am alternating flower squares with traditional grannies.  It does break it up a bit.  
I recently finished Emma Varnam's  Garden Route Blanket (free on Ravelry).  I love, love, love this.  I have renamed it "My Girlie Blanket" due to its colors of Aspen, Fondant, Apricot, Lavender, Spring Green, Sherbet and Empire in Parchment, all in Stylecraft Special DK yarn.
And, at last, I finished my Make-For-Anyone Blanket in an older issue of Mollie Makes magazine.  This was put aside for some time now, and the recent (very) snowy weather has given me a chance to finish.  It is super snuggly, uses several shades of Sirdar Crofter yarn - Greenock, Flora, Seagrass, Jessamy, Orkney, Glen and Fairisle.  The join is Cypress Textiles Junior Celtic Lace Join in James C. Brett Top Value DK in Black.  The border is from Edie Eckman's  Around the Corner Crochet Borders book in King Cole Big Value DK in Mid Grey.

Seems to be impossible for me to get a good pic of this blanket.  This is a close look of the solid grannies in the various Sirdar Crofter variegated yarns...  hope it is better...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Eve's Journey

As two storms dumped two feet of snow here in three days, I hunkered down and finished my Eve's Journey pillow, soon to be a gift for someone special.  This was a CAL, from late last year, I believe.  I had downloaded the pattern and did it up all at once.  I used my usual Stylecraft Special DK in silver, gold, violet, pistachio, pale rose, petrol and wisteria.  I added border #8 from Edie Eckman's brand new release, Every Which Way Crochet Borders.  I love the results. I hope my friends are all well. I will post some cross stitch soon!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Peace Christmas Angel

Helloooo, it is me again :-) I wanted to share a little ornament I finished yesterday. I came across this old chart, and decided to give it a go.
Peace Christmas Angel Ornament
Birds of a Feather
R&R Reproductions 30 ct Busy Bee Blend linen, GAST, RG Petite Treasure Braid

And also.... an update on my Temperature Blanket.... it's very Cloud Blue, typical for near freezing temps in January in NH, though the January Thaw we had Jan 11-12 (sis's bday) is forever recorded in cream and soft peach...ha!!
And from my phone, was messing about in boredom at the office last Friday... sitting on the patient love seat across from the window and snapped a pic of the snow... pretty dark...lol. I can see my car through the tree. I do like how the clematis on the windowsill looks, though.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Satisfying Finish

My goodness, I found this in my post folder as a draft!  In the summer of 2016, I finished a very, very enjoyable CAL by Cypress Textiles.  This is my Vibrant Vintage Blanket.  I used her suggested colors of Stylecraft Special DK yarn, subbing Teal for her one other color that I could not get.  I used King Cole Top Value DK in a gray shade for the join and part of border.  I went lacy and used the Celtic Lace Join for mine.

A bit of stitching

Hello!! I am happy to be here and committed to better blogging habits. I hope all are well, as I share with you some recent cross stitch and crochet.

Last night I finished Evergreen Lane on my Anniversaries of the Heart Sampler.  I am really excited that this sampler is nearing it's conclusion.  It has been a very fun stitch, but I am anxious to frame and hang it soon.  This block is dedicated to my parents' wedding,  Sadly, there was more frogging of over one stitches than I had expected :-(

I finished crocheting a blanket earlier this week.  This is The Garden Route Blanket, a free hexagon pattern on Ravelry.  I call it "my girlie blanket."  I used Stylecraft Special DK in Fondant, Sherbet, Spring Green, Apricot, Aspen, Lavender and Empire.  The hexagons are bordered and joined with Parchment.  Now for the tedious part... I still have to block it.

I broke down and joined the FB craze, and am making a Temperature Blanket for 2017.  I decided to use Geometric Lace by Cypress Textiles.  I found a pastel palette on Pinterest using Stylecraft Special DK.  My temp ranges are a little bit broad, as I did not want to get as fiddly and precise as I see some crocheters are being.  From coldest temps to warmest my blanket uses White, Parma Violet, Cloud Blue, Duck Egg, Cream, Soft Peach, Apricot and Pale Rose.  I have King Cole Top Value DK in a gray for additional corner blocks  and the border/edging.  Each hexagon takes mere minutes each day.  I think I can get this done...Am up to date so far!  Every day involves asking Alexa for the temps :-)
I was blessed once again this past Christmas to receive some truly beautiful ornaments from dear friends.  Katrina, Andrea, Karen and Marie sent these lovelies that were so gorgeous on the tree.  My fave time of year!  Thank you so much my friends, I will cherish these forever.

I also have one last ornament to share.  This is Snowflake Reindeer by Daffycat.  I stitched this for sweet Andrea on R&R Reproductions 30 ct French Vanilla linen with CC and DMC floss.  I love Daffycat's  delicate reindeer designs.

And more of our little Amelia!!  Here is my very perky, expressive and interactive little girl at 5 weeks!!
And at six weeks, just out of her first tubby!  Her grandma helped and is cuddling her here.  I have been told that she loved it :-)