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my little corner of the world in England, where you will find me addicted to colour and playing with yarn!

29 August 2014

Back to school

I'm home and normal service will now resume!
Wow what a fantastic holiday we had in Kefalonia
but it was 

yes the sea really was turquoise no edit here!

the people were so friendly and we saw many beautiful things

but just to show you I wasn't idle
I hooked up 2 new scarves for myself
 using the pattern in this months Simply Crochet issue 22

this lovely pink scarf is made in Drops Fabel with a 4mm hook
using 3 x 50g balls and making it larger than the pattern for a bigger wrap

so now its back to school next week . . .
have you smelt it on the air?
there's definitely a nip and the nights are drawing in

I love the changing seasons
and it fills me with excitement
fairy lights candles socks and blankets

yes blankets

my favourite hooky pleasure is blanket making
and so my hooky thoughts are turning to snuggling under blankets
 and making more cosy comforts for my home

I will be back with new blanket makes soon



11 August 2014

Starburst flower baby blanket

Last week
 I showed you the making of a gorgeous set of starburst flowers.
If you missed the rainbow colours do have a read 

as promised here is the finished baby blanket
which is now waiting in its new home for the birth
of a lucky little girl!

I am often asked about the pattern for this blanket
do please read the previous post for pattern details!


x x x

10 August 2014

Afternoon tea

This week has been a week of celebration
 as we marked my step fathers 85th and mothers 80th birthdays

the week begin with a family meal at a local restaurant
where they both enjoyed all the families coming together

then on my Mum's birthday I treated her to a vintage afternoon tea
here at Patchwork House
using my newly collected mismatched vintage china

Oh what a delight it was setting the table
 with such beautiful cups and saucers
and using the hand embroidered table cloths
 that my Mum had made in her youth

at last it was time to give her the blanket I had specially made
Emily's Garden
 has been featured in a previous blog post and you can read about it

Mum is still crocheting every day at the age of 80!
She is a gardener too and so I had created this blanket especially for her
 in her favourite colours.

She was very pleased with the gift
and I was very happy to give it to such a good home
 where I know it will be appreciated!


3 August 2014

Hello August

Goodbye July and Hello August!
Pheww its been hot ... too hot for me,
 but at least we feel that we've had some summer now!

August has arrived with excitement
 as we celebrate the 80th and 85th birthdays of my parents.
This weekend they hosted a birthday meal to celebrate
 and 26 of us joined together in a very special afternoon.
 Mum and I decorated the restaurant with flowers from her garden
 which we love far more than any shop flowers.

I will be giving Mum the special blanket I have made
 on her actual birthday this week
 so do watch next weekend for the big reveal!

Socialising is not really my cup of tea
 and after 2 social events in 2 days today I was exhausted!
 So I took great delight in a much needed
 afternoon of total indulgence and relaxation
 here at Patchwork House.
 I know I'm tired when even crochet is beyond me!

This week I've been busy
 and as well as working on an Elmer blanket and a V stitch blanket
 I've whipped up another set of starburst flowers for a baby blanket.
 This is going to be a beauty joined in cream.
Feast your eyes on these beauties made in my favourite 
in fondant pomegranate shrimp bright pink plum magenta
 lavender turquoise aspen spring green and citron.

This pattern is called starburst or sunburst
there are plenty available on the Internet and there is one
 by Priscilla Hewitt that you can use

This week I will be surrounding these beauties with cream
 and will of course show you the finishes baby blanket next weekend!

I will leave you know with a view of my July

I hope that August brings holidays and relaxation

Happy Hookin!



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