16 April 2015

Cherry Heart Podcast: Episode 3

Finally....  a new podcast!

You Tube Link


♥ WIP's..

The 20 year blanket

My Ravelry Page
(See above page for pattern links and my notes)

You can read a little more in my Easter Holiday post

Retro Stripe Socks

My Ravelry Page

Pattern:  Slip stitch Basic Heel Socks by Wendy D Johnson
(From the Book: Socks From the Toe Up)
with Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist

Yarn: Eaden Yarns Self Striping Sock in Retro

♥ TA-DAH's...

Slyther Forward

My Ravelry Page

Pattern:  Spring Forward by Linda Welch

Yarn: Alina Shea Creations Sunrises in Slyther On Colourway
Alina Shae Creations Etsy Shop

Dash of Lime Mitts

My Ravelry Page

Pattern: Shell Wrist Warmers by Drops

Yarn: Erica Knight by John Lewis

Vanilla Cancan Shawl

My Ravelry Page

Pattern: French Cancan by Mademoiselle C

Yarn: Random Stash from my Nan,
possibly Sirdar Country Style DK (the old style, softer one)

Keep Warm Granny Cowl and Mitts

My Ravelry Page

Pattern:  Doesn't exist, I made it up.  Sorry!

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino


Self Striping Sock Yarn in Selena
75% Merino, 25% Nylon
366 meters / 100 grams

 from Eaden Yarns
I think shop updates are generally on Fridays

: :

Madelinetosh Tosh Sock in Cosmic Wonder Dust 
100% Merino
361 meters

from Meadow Yarns

: :

Sublime Sock in Purple Speckles
70% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester, 20% Silk, 10% Cashmere
100g - 400m/436yds

Strong Sock in Cupcake Sprinkles
75% superwash Wool, 25% Nylon
100g - 400m/436yards

Luxury Sock in Light Blue Speckles
80% Superwash Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Cashmere
100g - 365m/400 yds

all from The Wool Barn
shop updates announced on Etsy


Little Bobbins Knits by Dani
(littlebobbins on Ravelry)

Tilly Trout by Tilly
(tillytrout on Ravelry)

Stitch and Loop by Dagńy
(it'scolduphere on Ravelry)

S x



15 April 2015

Guest Appearances

I guess I shouldn't really be blowing my own trumpet but you know what, I just can't help get excited when I see something I made in a magazine.  I don't think that can get old, do you?

And if I need another excuse to share it with you then, it's also because I can now show you a couple of the patterns I've been working on behind the scenes lately and it's always nice to be able to let the cat out of the bag too.

First of all, I treated myself to a Simply Crochet the other day, it's been a while since I've enjoyed the pleasure of a cup of tea and a browse through some crafty pages that aren't digital.  I'd completely forgotten that I'd agreed to have a picture of my Blossoming Bag in the 'Fab Finds' section, so it was a very nice surprise to re-discover and remember it this way.  I'm so grateful that this pattern has proved interesting to other people as well as myself.  To think I nearly didn't want to finish it at one point!

Then, a day or two later, a copy of the new-ish magazine #Crochet popped through my door.

I was really excited about this one too, because it's got no less than 3 of my patterns in it and, if you need more, it even has a little interview piece about me too.  'The Sandra Paul Edition' as hubs called it!  How exciting is that?  Of course, it has got lots of other fabulous stuff in it, not remotely related to me, so don't worry it you fancy getting a copy there's plenty of other pretty and interesting things to choose from.

But it does have my cute little jewellery set in, as sported a very pretty lady in some gorgeous shots.  (Another reason I get so excited by these magazine releases, so I can see how it's all been styled.  Always beautifully.)  And also my little jewellery bowls for holding the said trinkets.  All crocheted, of course.  It's one of the things I enjoy about magazine work, thinking about and making things that are a little bit different.

Finally, the pattern I was most concerned about but actually the most pleased with and consequently, fairly pleased with, is my little bluebird design.  It's just the cutest thing.  I sort of had an idea of the look I wanted when I heard the brief but was quite frankly a little worried if I'd be able to achieve it.  Happily though the sun was shining on me that day because I got it almost exactly right straight away.    I think he's actually based on a swallow type shape and I do love him very much.

These are made with Rico Essential Cotton in three different sizes but I'm quite tempted to try them in some crochet cotton.  I wonder how tiny they would be?

The Jewellery set, Jewellery Bowls and Bluebird patterns are available in Issue 4 of #Crochet Magazine.

S x



14 April 2015

Easter Holiday

What a jolly holiday!

Not the going anywhere kind, just the staying around here kind, but it was a good one.  You might have noticed I had a little blog holiday too.  Not an intentional one but I think it was needed.  I wanted to take a more relaxed approached to blogging during the holidays this year, rather than put myself under the daft pressure to keep up with my usual 'term-time' schedule.  It seems I've taken to it like a duck to water and have forgotten to post at all.

It's been a rather lovely holiday all round really.  We had a busy and packed first week, Little Miss had two pony days, there was a wedding, plenty of baking, a dinner with family, birthdays and so on but the second week has been a lot more relaxed.  The sun has made an appearance too, so we've even been able to enjoy the garden and the magnolia blossom, get the swingball out, make a new 'batting record', that kind of thing.

Even time for a spot of relaxing garden crafting.  Always a pleasure.

In fact I've managed to fit in rather a lot of crafting time over the holiday, or at least I feel like I've been very productive.  I've finished off a few wips, including an old one from our holiday to France last summer.  That suffered a setback after the border needed a re-think, but it's been re-thunk and re-worked now which is satisfying.

I've been so taken with my ability to 'finish' this holiday that I've even been inspired to launch into what is likely to be a mammoth and year spanning project of frankly, scary proportions.  A knitted blanket, made from left-over sock yarn.  I know, yikes!

I haven't actually got a vast amount of old sock yarn in my stash, but I've dug up what I have and added a few bits of 4ply that looked like it might work and have made a start.  I've already been out and bought a dozen mini Regia skeins to add to the supplies and all in all I've knitted up about 20 squares so far.  It's been a lots of fun knitting up the old bits of yarn and getting the chance to use some of my favourites again.  I managed to squeeze a square out of the last scrap of PPPM from my Pride & Prejudice Mitts, which pleased me greatly, and re-using my Madelinetosh Sock has reminded me just how nice that is to use.  All of which is definitely not helping to curb my current sock yarn addiction.

I even found time this holiday to do something I've been wanting to do for ages, some embroidery.  I've been seeing lovely little embroidery and cross stitch things about blogland and every time I think that I must do some myself.  Well, this time, when the lovely March edition of Homespun Magazine popped through my door, with a cute little embroidery project on the front, I finally got around to making it happen.

I always find something to inspire when I flip through Homespun and this little bod out in the rain was just too sweet to pass up.  I altered mine very slightly and added the little appliqued fabric pieces for the background colours.  I was pretty sure those trousers would have got all damp in the puddles too, so I adapted the shoes into some cute wellies instead.

I've only just realised that I completely forgot to add the lettering to mine, but actually I'm pretty happy with it the way it is.  Very appropriate for April in England and it was fun too, I must make time to do some more.

S x



02 April 2015

The Cherry Heart Blanket Along Winners

The blankets have been posted, the votes have been cast, and very soon it will be time to announce the wonderful winner of the 2015 Cherry Heart Blanket Along....

But first I just want to take a moment to say thank you to absolutely everyone who took part and made this whole thing a massive success and such an enjoyable 'along' to be part of.

The Ravelry Blanket Along thread has been humming with activity and the Instagram #CHBAL tag has been racking up photo after beautiful photo.  It's been amazing to see and so, so inspirational too.  All you wonderful crafters have knocked my wooly socks off, you really have.  So thank you very much.

And now the winners...

The thread has been locked, the votes have been counted and verified (by Hubs) and the results are in

The winner of the first prize is

(He loves me blanket)

And the four runners up, each receiving a free Cherry Heart pattern, are

(Spring Grannies)

(Weekender Blanket)

(Sunshine Blanket)

(Giant Gypsy Square)

Congratulations to all the lovely winners!

(I'll be sending out messages to each of you on Ravelry today, or you can leave me a comment below and I'll contact you by email if you prefer and then the prizes can be distributed.)

Thank you once again to everyone who took part, you've completely made my month!

Oh and for those of you still working away on your blankets and enjoying the Ravelry thread, I'll be leaving the 'Blanket Along' thread open in the Cherry Heart Group so that you can keep cheering each other on and you can keep tagging your photos with the #CHBAL tag on Instagram too if you wish.

S x



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