April 2015

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Giant Granny SquaresYou wait ages, then two come along at once! I should have waited until I finished my corner-to-corner before starting this one, but the colours were calling to me. I couldn’t resist, so I’ve been working on both of them. I wish I could claim a wonderful eye for colour and say that I looked over my stash and picked out these colours, but the truth is this combination was a happy accident. All my Stylecraft Special DK is stuffed into organza bags in a closet. I glanced in one day and noticed that stuffed down in the bottom corner of one bag were these four colours: spice, saffron, lemon and sherbet. They just looked so good together! Read the rest of this entry »

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Kaleidophonica

I haven’t done one of these for a while. This week, I have mostly been listening to Kaleidophonica by Spiro. Enjoy!

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Autumn BlanketIt amuses me that the pattern for this blanket is called Spring into Summer and the colours in this yarn are autumnal. I just love the colours in this blanket, but it was extremely difficult to get good photos that did them justice. I think I’m going to have to break out the camera instead of snapping photos on my iPhone. I’ve been wondering if it would be viable to sell the corner-to-corner blankets, but am sorely tempted to hang on to this one. I love the colours so much. Maybe that’s the sign it’s commercially viable? Read the rest of this entry »

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Hello Fall Tote BagI’m beginning to wonder how I ever found the time to hold down a full time job! So much yarn, so little time… and then there’s the sewing. I sprained my ankle quite badly at the end of March. I’m embarrassed to admit that I fell off the doorstep, and even more embarrassed to admit that I was stone-cold sober at the time. The only saving grace was that there were no witnesses to see me go arse-over-tit and spend the next 5 minutes rolling around on the grass swearing like a sailor, on the verge of tears. I spent the next hour melting a packet of frozen peas on my ankle, and it was remarkably effective in keeping the bruising and swelling to a minimum. Thankfully, I have my own private nurse who has an impressive array of bandages and dressings in the boot of his car, so David strapped my ankle up as we were quite sure it wasn’t actually broken. I was almost disappointed – something that hurt that much, should have been broken! Fortunately, I had made my second bag earlier in the week. This one is the ‘deluxe’ version and I made it for my sister’s birthday. This one had quilting, an internal pocket and a magnetic snap. Read the rest of this entry »

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Claret SquareI was intrigued when Deramores announced their competition as I have mixed feelings about trends. I’m too contrary to do what everyone else is doing. Some people see a beautiful project and want to reproduce it exactly, but I’ve always liked to put my own mark on things. As I read more, I realised that this is what the Deramores competition is aiming for. The trends are the starting point; they are not supposed to be replicated and reproduced, but rather to fire the imagination, to inspire. Read the rest of this entry »

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