Summer Holidays and further adventures!

Well hello. How have you been? The final end of term rush is over, a huge sigh has been heard echoing around the Toadstool – children and parents are very happy to be chillin’ for a while.

Now the holidays are here I am snatching every available moment for a little bit of relaxing crochet. So far I am getting on very well and borders, blankets, bunting and barefoot sandals are all in progress!

First – the dotty blanket! Squares were placed …

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Then sewn together and I now just need to crochet a border. I am thinking … Still thinking … Hmmmmm we’ll see.

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As you can tell I still have quite a lot of ends to sew in too but here’s hoping for a sunny day, a beach umbrella and a glass of something cold to drink whilst I happily finish it off.

Here is the surprise that I left you guessing about lasts time …

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Yup, you can’t beat a bit of crochet bunting to get you in the mood for summer! My lovely friend has a caravan and so I got busy and crocheted a little bit of hooky goodness for her as a pressie.

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I have also made a smaller version for ‘the tent’. It had its first official outing this week and looked resplendent in the summer sunshine. The hot water bottle cover worked a treat too – warm, cosy, comfy tent – mmmmm.

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Do excuse No 1 Son’s clodhoppers in front of said tent! It was beautifully sunny the night that we camped and the full moon was utterly stunning – so much so that no torches were required throughout the night.

A week or so ago another lovely lady who co-owns the most magical shop asked me if I might be able to make her some barefoot sandals. ‘No problem’ I thought, as patterns are everywhere at the moment – how difficult could it be? Well, the lady in question wanted three circles which got progressively larger in black and white. Let me tell you, I hunted the internet – could I find a pattern? No! So I sat down and persevered and this is what I came up with –

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I can’t tell you how happy I am with them! I added little beads to the ties which you can see if you look really closely! I will definitely be making more of them. Watch this space and in the words of my lovely friend ‘Who needs shoes, when you have these?’ Although we did think cliff path walking might be a bit tricky in them!

My creative mind is a bubbling at the moment – so many different ideas popping up – some of them toadstool themed and very ‘faery’! Must go and write some down!

Until next time, happy camping!

Emma x

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Summer is here!

Hello Everyone!

About ten days ago I had given up hope of ever seeing Summer and so I crocheted myself a mini hot water bottle cover. No 1 Son, Little Miss H and I often wander off with a tent in the summer and having a little hot water bottle just makes it that much lovelier. Up until now the HWT had been cuddled nude, but then you always have the first cuddle where it is just too hot. So I solved the problem with this very quick and straightforward make. I double crocheted a long rectangle inserting a row of trebles followed by three chain stitches and leaving a gap of two double crochets before joining them up (hope that makes sense – it did in my head!) to make the gap for the bow to go through and then double crocheted up the edges and voila – there we have it. It still needed a little something so I gave it a multi-coloured fringe … I love it!

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In the background you can see the Tulip Etimo Rose crochet hooks that I have been longing for ( the ones I am using do the job just fine but my fingers ache after a while) so I am yearning after these for the comfort factor … oh and have you noticed? They’re PINK!

In typical fashion since making the hot water bottle cover the weather has been beautiful – long sunny days begging to be filled with Barbeques and beach trips, gardening and sitting admiring the roses. Which is exactly what I have been doing!

Our first proper outside barbeque of the year was held at a lovely neighbours house and involved eating these:

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Oh and this

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YUm YuM! Soooo tasty I can’t tell you. Mouthwateringly good and tasting all the finer for being outside in the glorious sunshine with good company and kids that splashed in pools and were as happy as we were.

Since then it has been beautiful weather which has resulted in my garden springing into life and providing me with beautiful roses to ooh and ahh at as well as gorgeous fuschia – one of my favourites.

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On the hooky front – I am still dotty!

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But growing slowly – about ten more little circles to make into squares now, then the exciting bit arranging them all and popping on a border. Then another blanket will be complete for all the many babies due to all my wonderful friends!

And a SeCreT project which is on the go at the moment which is complete but is a gift to a lovely lady who reads the blog so I can’t possibly show you at this stage! Suffice it to say – it’s summery. That’s it, my lips are now sealed! Feel free to have a guess and I’ll let you know after the gift is presented if you are right!

Until next time, enjoy the weather and keep crocheting!

Emma

x

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