To you and yours
From me and mine
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you
All the very best for 2014
|The groom is my brother Yoda, the best man is my brother Qui Gon Jinn - I just might still owe him|
a dressing gown!
|I finished the Princess Bride cross-stitch that I made for a wedding present - |
we were banned from buying gifts but handmade is better :)
|Please excuse the flash, in the current dark weather I couldn't seem to avoid it.|
|He spent ages taking apart a vintage typewriter (it really was beyond repair) and cleaning |
everything up to make these for the wedding party , I think they turned out brilliantly
|Going around the table, clockwise from the left: Polly, Emmie, Rachel and Cris. Polly's mum, Julie is also a member of our group but unfortunately was double booked last weekend, although she did keep us updated with photos of dessert!|
|Polly had the right idea - she took one project, that she'd done all the prep for beforehand, literally everything cut, bagged up and ready to go. Isn't it super? It's a quilt top she's secretly working on for her little boy. She got all of this done in the 4 hours we were together.|
|And Cris was recovering chairs, with no pattern as such - she made great progress too despite literally having to make it up as she went along :)|
| I am delighted that my brother Yoda is getting married (this is a photo of us at my wedding in 2005) |
|This is the Tiramisu Baby Blanket by Alicia Paulson - |
beautifully modelled by my god daughter's little boy.
The pattern is a free download on Ravelry.
The pattern recommends worsted weight yarn - I used double knit with no
problems - I just used an appropriate size hook.
It's handy if you don't know if the baby is a boy or girl because you
can make the blanket in a neutral colour and add the
ribbon of your choice at the end.
Note - the pattern is written in US crochet terms so 'sc' is UK double crochet -
and that's pretty much what you use all the way through - very simple!
|This is Elmo guarding the beginnings of a Ripple Baby Blanket, |
the pattern is from the brilliant Lucy of Attic 24 link here.
I have made this pattern a couple of times - funnily enough on the
second occasion for the little chap above - once he'd outgrown his baby Tiramisu
I made a Ripple for his cot.
The pattern is a bit more complicated but, once you get going, has
a real rhythm to it and is interesting enough to not get boring.
The first one I made had 4 colours and a set repeat,
the second was random - both looked fab.
Lucy explains it expertly on her blog, with a detailed
This pattern uses UK crochet terms.
|My DD is using Hayfield Baby Change DK|
I don't usually pick variegated yarn but this looks
super crocheted up and makes a very
simple pattern look more complicated than it is
which is really satisfying for a beginner.
|Just a snapshot of my Stylecraft Special DK stash :)|
|Doesn't this bowl full of yarny goodness just make you feel cosy?|
|The blue (which is more of a Teal IRL) is for the pattern above|
|I can't decide which view to make - I think I'm veering towards the version with the collar|
|I really like the wavy pattern|
|View from the dining room - not the weeding weather I was banking on|
|All the lamps on at 10 o'clock this morning - not a bright and sunny day|
|Dave Myers and Karen Hauer - Photo - BBC|
|Revisiting an old friend - in case you've been under a rock somewhere for about 3 years, |
the free pattern is available here
|I love this print and I think it will go brilliantly with a couple of grey skirts I have.|
I have 75 cm length, it's 145 cm wide and I paid £6 for it at a craft fair last September
|This is the second Sorbetto I've cut out. I got this remnant at a craft fair in June 2012 (pre-blog),|
It was £4, I have a paltry 65cm of 145 cm wide fabric - again it's a lawn
|I had planned a Sorbetto out of this one but I don't have nearly enough|
|I love this fabric, lots of my favourite shades in it. |
However, whilst I have just over a metre in length it is a vintage piece,
consequently only 36" wide
|The plain black is from my stash too so I'm going to make a dress, |
with patterned top and plain skirt.
|The 2 top back pieces from the Coffee Date Dress skirt backs|
|I've had to do away with the centre front pleat but that|
means I can squeeze this out of the previously cut Coffee Date Dress skirt front
|This is what's left of the Coffee Date Dress - I'll take it to pieces and use it |
for patchwork. Poor dress :(