Friday, 18 July 2014


Errgghhhh it's so humid.

Rain and thunderstorms tomorrow.......I cannot wait.

I'm like a bear with a sore head when it's humid. I wilt. I have no energy, and I hate it when everything's an effort.

Moan over.

It's been a busy week. Family have been visiting. Lots of outings. Lots of coffee and cake. Lots of full evening meals and glasses of wine. Eeeeek. I had salads and light meals planned in my head, but it didn't pan out that way. 

I'm not complaining though on that front. What's life without a few pleasures? I got to visit some of my favourite places.

Oh well. I will be good again next week.

Onto new projects. But i'm irritated. My fault, but i'm still irritated. I had wanted to make something for quite a while. I was sure that I recognised the pattern book. I wasn't sure if I had it or if I had seen it at a relatives house. Not really trusting my own memory at the moment since 'flask gate', I thought i'd maybe have to try and get the pattern book on ebay or try and see if the pattern was available to buy online. Last week, after one of my book sorts, low and behold I came across the book. 

Yay. Happy me.

Buying the said yarn amount on one of my trips out, I couldn't wait to get started. I chose a different yarn from the one specified. Same style, similar colour, but I hadn't realised that my yarn had 20m less a ball than the one specified (WILL I EVER LEARN?), so i'm out and I can't finish it yet. Grrrrrrrrrrr. I'm liking it though, and it just means another trip out next week when the weather is a bit fresher.

Oh well, I can't be distracted from the mundane cleaning and ever increasing washing pile today.

No rest for the wicked as they say.

Happy friday all


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A Blankety Ta-dah........

Gosh, I am loving this blanket sooooooo much.

It's been so nice to work on something over the top and bright for a change.

It packs a punch that's for sure.

By late afternoon yesterday, it had clouded over a little, so it was better to take pictures.

Here is my

Summer Lovin' Blanket

It sort of reminds me of 80's, rainbow, disco stuff.

Really cheery and happy though.

I did feel that I needed to go all out flamboyant though with colourful pom poms were added to each end. To me, they totally make the blanket. Completely over the top....but totally fun.

I'm totally smitten with it's vibrancy. The red is the reddest red i've ever come across, a real bright cherry red. It matched the vibrancy of the geranium red very well.

I am loving those pom poms so much. 

To say i'm pleased with my little blanket is an understatement. I think I really needed to make something bright and cheerful.

So....are your eyes going all funny yet? 

Yes, I know, Pic overload.

I made this blanket with it being an 'outdoor' blanket in mind. It's a large single bed size.

It was all made using various colours of cheap branded acrylic yarns......sirdar, and Womens institute. As usual I don't have brand colours or numbers....because I'm useless at recording that stuff. Knowing that it was for outdoors, I could go less luxurious and it be a little less soft on the old skin. Some acrylics are just plain awful, but some are actually pretty good. You just have to pick and choose. I find some colourways in some brands fair less well, so i'll chop and change to suit me. I actually found it was the really cheap brands that did the best and brightest colours. I knew, it needed to be robust and be easily shoved in the washing machine if it got garden grubby and these cheap acrylics work well for that. It was all dk yarn and made using a 4mm hook. I used a 14 chain repeat ripple and the basic colours used were:

Cherry Red
Baby Blue
Mid Blue
Mid Pink
Bright Yellow
Spring Green

I think Stylecraft acrylic would do the trick and would have all the colour ways for a blanket like this if you are interested in creating something similar.

I'm thinking that if I ever decided to make one for indoors, it'd be nice to make one in cotton. Rico creative cottons have very vibrant colours which would work really well with this colour scheme.....although it would end up costing at least three times as much I reckon to make for a decent size. It might just go on the list though.

I liked varying up the ripple colour thicknesses. My last ripple blanket was a two row colour all the way through, so it was nice to add variation to this one.

So, all in all, I love this blanket.

It's bright

It's fun

It's all about the summer

It doesn't take itself too seriously, and it's made to be used and abused.

So, I may just make myself a coffee, pick up my blanket and have a few mins out in the garden.

Tootle Pip


Edited: I worked out that it took me 29 hours to make from start to finish. I've never really worked that out before on any of my makes. One hundred and four rows each taking 15 minutes, then the sewing in of the ends, the edging to be done, and the pom poms to be made and attached.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Monday Excitement......

The sun is shining.....ahhhhhhh so uplifting.

Such a gorgeous walk to school and back. 

But I am excited.

I rushed back up my little hill. I have emptied my bag full of groceries, and I have made myself a coffee. I feel all fluttery in my tum. I am trying to slow myself down a little.

Why am I excited?

I am excited because I finished my blanket yesterday.

Boy I love it.

It's bright and fun and perfect for the summer. I haven't made anything really bright for a while, they seem to have all been more muted or vintage in this one has been an AbSoLuTe JOY to make.

I am desperate to take photos of it in all its glory.

But it's so sunny.......and i've just made plans to go out. slurped and photographing will wait a little longer....

...but the excitement is still there.


Thursday, 10 July 2014

Big Deal........

This past week has been a week of big deals.

At the weekend, a 50th Wedding Anniversary was celebrated.

Being a Golden Wedding Anniversary, it was only fitting that it was a 'Gold' theme.


I was AMAZED with the amount of gold china my sis-in-law had amassed.

It was a fun day.

Lots of relatives in one place (a rarity with a big family)

Lots of laughing

And Oh My, lots of cake eaten.

The next day was a garden BBQ followed by a late afternoon on the beach ( a fix of salty air and sand was needed) before it was time to head home.


Another Big Deal....

My garden.

All the poppies had opened whilst I was away. The first time i've had poppies in my garden. Having 2 bumble bee nests in my garden this year, I thought I would try and help them out a little by sewing some wild seed mix I got from the garden centre. It's the one that's supposed to attract the bees. Next year I will plant the packet for the butterflies. I also was given some poppy seeds by a lovely bloggy friend from her garden. So this year, I have amazed myself that I have colour in my garden, and I have not killed anything off! RESULT.


Another Big Deal....

Red Kites.

Growing up as a kid, the biggest bird I would see would be a Kestrel, hovering by the side of the motorway as we drove to London. If I was REALLY lucky, once or twice in my life I managed to glimpse a Buzzard. The Red Kite is subject to the longest continuous conservation project in the world. Red Kites were extinct in England by the 1870's. Wales had only 2 breeding pairs in the 1930's. By the early and mid 90's, Swedish pairs were introduced into Scotland, and the Midlands. Around 2004, some pairs were introduced in southern England. 

I first saw a Red Kite about 3 years ago in my neck of the woods. It was so big, I knew it wasn't a kestrel or buzzard so I looked it up, and became fascinated in seeing them. Now, There are a pair that live around my town, and I see them almost daily. They never cease to amaze me. 

Yesterday as I was driving into my road I saw one flying above a neighbours garden. It was a large adult and it was BEAUTIFUL. They have chickens, so I thought it was after them, but it had a mouse in its beak. I was so excited to see one so close. The Bears were not as excited as me, they thought I was being stupid. In my travels around my part of Hampshire I see many now and it's incredible to think how well they seem to be doing here.. The OH has 8 that live around the field next to his work. They just fascinate me, and it thrills me with joy to see the re-introduction of these gorgeous creatures doing so well.

By the way, I didn't take these shots. These are the one's that fly in the field next to the OH's work. Gorgeous aren't they?


Another Big Deal....

The Lavender fields.

An evening stroll in the fields behind my home. The lavender is out now and what a magnificent sight. I come and walk here through each season, and it never fails to amaze me the beautiful shot of colour here at this time of the year. Even more amazing after the rain has fallen. Last night was a beautiful evening, bathed in a golden light. We walk, first through the upper field. There used to be horses here which kept the grass low, but I think dog walkers complained at them being there and they were removed. Now the grass is long, more of a meadow now. Beautiful none the less with the golden evening glow of the sun. 

We detour first along the corn fields, which are almost as amazing as the lavender fields at the moment.

I do love the Hampshire countryside. Everything is just so beautiful at the moment. The colours are intense and amazing.

At the bottom of the corn field we take a left. Can you see the vibrant pop of purple peeking out there?

There were different colours of lavender too......white, pink and dark blue. All changing colour in the evening light.

We head back up to the top of this picture, passing more corn, then we are home again.


This week has been busy. My Mac isn't too happy at the moment either, so it's hit and miss with blog posts. I may be taking an unexpected blog break for a bit if it get's too grumpy with me and doesn't want to play ball. So many things going on at schools too. Baby Bear finishes his Infant School in a couple of weeks, and if i'm honest, i'm a little but heartbroken. I know on his final day in school, come home time, I shall have to wear dark glasses to hide my red eyes. I love his Infant school, and I just don't feel ready to close this chapter and start a new one. I guess it just highlights how time flies and how much he is growing up.........sigh........

Oh well........on a different note, my new ripple is coming along nicely. It should be finished by the middle of next week I reckon. I cannot wait. It has been so much fun making this one. It's so 'in your face' bright and jolly. So.........lets hope my little hooky fingers can do it, and my little Mac plays ball to do a  reveal next week.

Until then.....