Experiments and the problem of armholes!

 

 

 

 

Hello all!

It’s half term here at the moment and we are enjoying some sunshine and some of the inevitable rain! I’ve decided to play around to see if I like bigger photos appearing on my blog – I hope they don’t impact on my loading time. Please shout if they do.

So here, to get us all feeling summery is my newly sized photo – ahh beach. Albeit a bit cloudy it was still warm. Little Miss H still enjoyed digging and making mermaids out of the sand.

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After my successful experiment with the mandala I was feeling brave – possibly a little over confident – but very brave. Little Miss H has had a cardigan since she was teeny which she still wears today (she’s now 6!) It now is more of a bolero than a cardi but she still loves it. Several thoughts went through my brave little mind, one of them being ‘I could make her a bigger one – how hard can it be?’ I could see that it had been made in pieces but decided to give it a go in one rectangle.

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Apologies for the strange colours in my pictures – it’s the same top honest.

‘Ok’ I thought ‘Now to shape the top’ … then a horrible thought struck me – just as I was starting to feel all pleased with myself! ‘Hang on a minute – armholes! She’ll need armholes!’ and with that I promptly had to frog the entire top piece to take off the circly bits. Boo hoo. Miffed does not cover it! So now it is sat on my kitchen work surface – waiting. Waiting for inspiration to strike. I’m sure my armholey dilemma will solve itself soon but until then I’ll have to get used to a half made blue cardigan staring balefully at me from the kitchen worktop.

To cheer myself up yesterday I went on a treasure finding expedition! Oh how I love the warehouse style charity shop. Look at my lovely finds. Veritable treasure indeed!

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I love the spotty jug – it called out to me – very loudly in fact! So it just had to come home. The napkins were actually what I was looking for really. I have a cunning plan for them – you’ll have to bear with me though while I scavenge a few more! I love the hand embroidered one at the bottom. I wonder who made it – whether it was used all the time or just for special occasions. I build a picture in my mind of the person who made it – little old lady living in a beautiful thatched cottage with an armchair in front of an open fire. (possibly not the most imaginative I could be but nevermind!)

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Sooo pretty! The blue flowery napkins remind me of Dutch pottery.

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Last but by no means least are the wicker hearts in the background. I have a yearning to add crochet flowers to these. Or maybe something to hang in the middle of them – hmmm my creative mind is a buzzing!

Anyhoo – best be off to complete Little Miss H’s school project – under the sea scape. Imagine lots (and I mean lots) of glue, cellophane in sea like colours, seaweed style plastic (recycled from a bottle) and fish cut out of sparkly card and you’ll see the potential for a huge mess in the conservatory! Especially as the cellophane seems to be reacting with the PVA glue and going a little ‘gloopy’ for want of a better word!

Until next time, I’ll be treasure hunting!

Emma

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Mandala making for Yarndale!

Hello everyone in blogland! This week I have been experimenting, frogging back and redoing … a lot!

It all started with Lucy from Attic 24  – oh how I love her happy posts. Inspiration leaps from the pages of her blog. Anyway, for Yarndale this year she decided to create a most beautiful mandala filled wall (you can see how many lovely peeps have already sent their mandalas in here). So I rose to the challenge!

I’ve painted mandalas before and this mandala was my inspiration and always reminds me of my little island home.

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I think of sea and sky and lighthouses when I look at this mandala (not sure why! – might be the colours) Here’s our lighthouse – pretty huh?

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Well I had an idea of what I was aiming for – although I do find that sometimes this is worse than having no clue! So off I merrily went – forming a circle from trebles ( no frogging required here!) then a smaller row of half trebles next (in the white) again no frogging required. Then came the tricky bit! I wanted something that resembled the waves in the painted mandala. Hmmm … lots of thought … and frogging later! …I managed to come up with a plan. A row of double crochet first, then four double trebles, three trebles, two half trebles and two doubles later my wave was formed. I’m not entirely sure that you can tell that it’s meant to be a wave – but hey – Imagination is the key!

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I added a row of white double crochets to define and link together my waves. Then another tow of turquoise double crochets to form a ring around the original shape before ending with a white row of doubles and I was done … well nearly!

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To really define the wave shape I sewed around the bottom of it with my white wool.

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Then I sewed in all those pesky ends, blocked it and applied my pva glue to it as per Lucy’s instructions. Now all it is waiting for is a jiffy bag and off it will go to be added to the rest of them.

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I have to say that it came out better than I thought it would! It makes me smile anyway!

All my energy over the last few days has gone into this so I hope Lucy likes it. I hope you like it too. If you fancy adding to the Mandala Goodness there are lots of instructions on the Attic24 block. (LoVe).

Until next time, I’ve discovered coloured text!

Emmx

Mermaid party’s and more baby blankets!

Hello all! Hope you are all enjoying the bright, if blustery, weather! I have taken five fifteen minutes while both children are occupied with technology to send you a very short longish blog post!

Here’s what I have been frantically trying to finish recently.

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Yup, Little Miss H decided no other party bags would do … so sewing machine at the ready I made twenty of these teeny bags for all her friends. Oh the wonder of calico and ribbon. I was really pleased with the way they turned out and all her friends seemed happy too.  Although going to the shop and buying the plastic ones would have been easier I think these will get far more use, won’t end up as landfill and made my girlie happy – all in all worth the effort.

Her party was mermaid themed and although I did not take too many pictures of the actual festivities I did manage to get one of the cake before it was presented to her. This beautiful cake was made by a super talented friend of mine. The picture does not fully do it justice – it was glittery and sparkly in real life and the little yellow spots were actually the most beautiful shells. Just stunning. In Little Miss H’s words ‘You’ve blown my mind!’ I know – too cute!

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So after all the cake had been eaten by friends and family I needed something yummy but sweet to put in lunchboxes and these flapjacks fitted the bill perfectly.

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Yes they have copious amounts of golden syrup – but Hey they were gluten free… oh and they involved the children (yes even my biggest!) so happy days!

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Ahh now this is more like it! A little bit of glorious crochet to relax and rejuvenate after all of the manic party throwing. This piccie was taken just before I sewed all the squares together and added the border. (for where the pattern came from have a gander at my last post!!)

 

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Ah, it was so snuggly! I just couldn’t help but stretch it out on my favourite chair with the night night owl.

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Sorry for the overload of pictures but it’s not often that something works out the way you picture it in your mind! Joining the squares together was inspired by Sandra at Cherry Heart and was used for her gorgeous sampler blanket. I did it slightly differently as I worked double crochets into the finished squares to make them 24 dc long before trying to add in the join (sorry if that make’s no sense – if you read Sandra’s instructions it will do!) Then because I couldn’t access the internet I made up my own edging.

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I used a 4mm hook to make my blanket and it took 8 (I know 8!!) balls of Sirdar Snuggly wool. I gave it to the lovely lady it was intended for this morning and I am happy to report that she loved it. (Phew!)

My next project will be revealed shortly (also might be a present!! so under wraps at the moment – ha ha!!) then I want to make a pretty mandala to send off to Lucy from Attic 24 for Yarndale this year! Busy busy busy!!

Until next time lovelies, enjoy the sun.

Emma

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