Archive | February 2014

My Beauty

Bella has many different meanings across the Internet. Most agree that it means beautiful and when I see pictures like this of my Bella who am I to disagree?P1010374

Oh the weather outside…

20140214-225532.jpg… is FRIGHTFUL! Of course it’s nothing as bad as the South West and Surrey to the North but by golly it is howling out there!

Bella, Rosie & me are visiting my parents at the moment down in West Sussex, taking advantage of my maternity leave to travel outwith the school holidays. The downside, of course, is that we have to leave my husband, Ad, back up in East Anglia!

The weather is really starting to get me worried now. All those people who have been flooded for so long and with no respite in sight as reports of yet another storm approaching. My grandparents live in one of the affected areas of Surrey and whilst so far they have not been hit by flooding, as each day of bad weather occurs their chances of escaping are ever decreasing. How will they cope? Both approaching 90, one suffering with Alzheimer’s and living in a bungalow. There is no chance of them moving their belongings upstairs to safety.

All I can say is I am immensely proud of how our communities have pulled together to help each other in this hard times. Long may that community spirit continue.

Scandi Bootees for Rosie

It’s true to say that I am all about Scandi patterns and design at the moment. Two Christmases ago I decided to completely rehaul our Christmas theme. I had always gone with a very traditional theme of red and gold for years before but something in me needed a change so I collected together a load of gorgeous Scandi inspired fabric, dusted off the sewing machine and created some beautiful decorations. I supplemented these with shop bought delights in red & white, and bedecked the tree along with some traditional peppermint candy canes.

Since taking up crochet the Scandi theme has stuck with me and so I was delighted to come across this gorgeous Mamachee boots pattern by Tara Murray on Ravelry. I really do recommend her designs, they are very well written, totally gorgeous and easy to follow.

Bootie yarnI took the design and adapted the colours using Stylecraft Special DK in Lipstick and Robin Chunky in Moorland. I love the depth of the Moorland as it has beautiful flecks of natural colours running through the wool and I am a complete Special DK addict and own the majority of colours. In fact the Special DK is used in nearly all of my projects because it is a lovely yarn to work with and an inexpensive option for those on a budget.

BootiesI was very tempted to put pom poms on these booties but on reflection think my heart button is a better choice for a baby as pom poms do pose a bit of a risk if they start to undo and shed little pieces of yarn!

These bootees took one day to complete, that’s with a demanding 15 week old baby in the house so you can see they are a quick little project to undertake. The design includes different sizes for children and looks to be very adaptable. No doubt Bella will be wanting her own pair very soon.

I am busy lining up Tara’s designs on my Ravelry account and hope to share my finished results with you soon!

I Love Crochet

That’s right I do!

A few friends have been hooking for a while and I jealously looked on from the sidelines for far too long. I started really to try and find some focus during my antenatal depression and found I loved it, it took a while to get to grip with the basics but I’m glad I stuck with it as it’s now something that brings me a lot of happiness.

I am currently working on a few projects, the biggest of which is a giant granny square blanket, but for the most part I tend towards the smaller decorative items. For me I like the quick turn around of these items, the fact I don’t lose interest with a massive undertaking. My Pinterest boards are currently filling up with flower patterns, soon I should have a full garden of crochet flowers!I love crochet

I hope to share my WIP as and when I start & finish them, I welcome any comments about them!