Sheds, eggs and a finished blanket!

Ooooh, what an exciting time I’m having! Where to begin I wonder? Let’s start with some hooky news. My stripey ripple blanket for No 1 Son is finished, complete and done. This has to be one of my favourite blankets to hook of all time (well in my limited experience anyhoo!) Would you like a tah-dah? … ok here it is!


I’m totally in love with it and steal it at any given opportunity! It’s everything you could want in a blanket – snuggly, unique (can you see where I ran out of one particular colour and filled in with another??) It even has a relatively straight edge! I did have to tweak the edging slightly to make it straighter and ended up doing two lines of half double crochet but I think it worked.


Now onto something not at all hooky related! In my garden I have a dilapidated shed. It needs a good coat of paint, new roof and basically we’ve been discussing the options (chalet – to fit all my yarn in! or another shed to just store garden equipment) look here it is:


Now you see what I mean – definitely dilapidated – especially next to Little Miss H’s plastic one! Anyway from a humble garden shed came huge – and I mean huge – excitement! Little Miss H and I were in the garden enjoying the weather when we noticed a gap at the top of the door and through that door hopped a robin. A few minutes later it hopped back out again. This went on … and on … with Little Miss H and I watching intently. Every time it came back it had some twigs and other good stuff in it’s beak. A nest must be being constructed we concluded. On we watched – intrigued. I have never had a nest constructed so close to me before and I was in awe of the amount of journeys this small bird made over the next couple of hours. If that was not exciting enough the next day there was an egg in it – sorry I have no photo of the egg, however the next day there were TWO … yes TWO and this is the sight that met me on sneakily opening the door!


Squeeeeee! How excited am I – two perfect eggs. I think robins are meant to have four to five in a clutch so I will be watching intently tomorrow to see if there is another one. I really hope that she manages to sit on her eggs and that we have gorgeous robinlets (not sure of the technical term for baby robins!)  in the garden! Will keep you posted.

Next – more hooky news! I have quite a few pregnant friends at the moment so am now crocheting blankets like mad. One of them wanted a gorgeous white blanket for baby to be Christened in. Now I started ages ago making a plain white lacey blanket – I have to say that it is probably the hardest thing that I have ever crocheted. Not because it is particularly hard but I got bored after about two lines – it is not something that you can do without concentrating – there are four repeating lines but they just haven’t stuck in my brain so I have to look at the chart for every line! I don’t do well at using charts (more of a wing it and see girl!) but anyway I think that I am going to leave it at the size that it is and add the little picot edging. Here is a piccie ably modelled by Jemima (Little Miss H loves to cover her toys with blankets in mid stages and I snapped just at the right time!)



And here is another one which you can see the pattern on


I’m quite please with it but phew it was hard work!!

Got to go now and cook tea before grabbing a bit of hooky time when kids are in bed!

Until next time I’ll be using my binoculars and be on the look out for robinlets!




About Toadstool Tales

Hello, welcome to Toadstool Tales! I am a wife of a lovely man, mother of two who loves to be crafty! I love anything crocheted, vintage, with owls or shrooms. I am inspired by the outdoors and enjoy long walks or long cups of tea after the long walks!! I hope that you enjoy my Toadstool Tales!

6 responses to “Sheds, eggs and a finished blanket!

  1. Both of the blankets look lovely!

  2. Oh O wish I could find the time/motivation to finish my ripple – I keep on seeing blog posts of finished blanket and mine just seems to be never ending, after months of stop-starting I’m still only halfway, I really need to knuckle down and take inspiration from seeing finished pieces instead of getting depressed!!

    • I’m exactly the same with a baby blanket that I’m crocheting … The white Ione in the post is now sitting looking at me reproachfully because I’ve started a pink bobble blanket! We’ll all get there I’m sure! X

  3. Pingback: Robin update and yet more blankets! | Toadstool Tales

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