28 May 2015

Colour Collaborative: May


You can get the best sort of mornings in May.  Nice, sunny, promising ones and are fresh and bright.  Not that we've been enjoying much of that kind around here lately.

Whatever the weather though, my mornings are generally a matter of routine.  Things change in the holidays of course and there's a great deal of pleasure in that, but by and large I enjoy my days of samey sameness.

Once I have dragged myself and pulled the unwilling child out of our respective beds and we have made ourselves ready for the day, we trip downstairs.  Our house is one that is filled with light, especially in the mornings and any sun there is will burst through the windows as I go around opening curtains.

Next it's to the kitchen.  The window looks out over the garden and, if there is sun to be seen, I can catch it glinting in the dew on the grass.  It always looks greener and fresher with the dew laid on it.

The first downstairs job is food.  Packed lunch and breakfast.  Simple cereal for me mostly and maybe cereal for her, but she's partial to porridge too.  These are my favourite morning colours.  The brightness of the orange juice, the colourful spoon, the birds of the table cloth.  Again, all improved with a splash of sunshine.

We generally sit together and have a quiet moment while we eat, me with my phone, her with her ipad.  I wouldn't normally allow electronics during meals you understand, but this seems to have evolved and it's actually quite nice to have these few moments to catch up.  I show her any cute animal pictures I happen upon on IG, she updates me on her Sims progress.

Once that's all cleared away and the school bag is packed and ready to go, we head out of the door.  This is a fairly luminous business since my new running shoes came on the scene.  Sometimes I have my pink socks on too, they clash horribly.  Hopefully no-one is really looking.

Then we are off and at this time of year I always walk a little slower down the driveway as our cherry tree is out in blossom now and it's an absolute pleasure to see.  It looks at it's wonderful best against a clear blue sky.  I love the colours I see then.

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Don't forget to check out the other great 'Colour Collaborative' blogs
for more of today's great posts...

Annie at Annie Cholewa
Jennifer at Thistlebear
Claire at Above the River
Sarah at Mitenska

What is The Colour Collaborative? 
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff.
Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together?
Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too.
We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination 
our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.

S x



19 May 2015

Emergency Cushion

What, you might well ask, is an emergency cushion?

Good question.  It's the kind of cushion that you just have to make right now, after purchasing a brand new Ikea craft room chair.  That's what.

I've wanted to change the chair for a while, the one I had was an old dining room one and although it worked well in the dining environment, as a working seat, positioned at a desk, it didn't cope so well.  I tend to be a bit up and down as I sew and the chair would always be trying to tip backwards whenever I hopped up to grab a bit of ribbon or the ruler that was just out of reach.  A little awkward.

So a swivelling chair on casters seemed to be the way to solve my chair tipping troubles.  It is too.  Lots better for moving around and so on.  The only problem is, being a rather stark wooden affair, it doesn't offer a lot in the way of posterior comfort.  'Stark Wooden' as a look, I like.  I'm thinking it might fall victim to my vintage wallpaper and glue brush before very long.  But, the butt bruising hardness I can live without.  So, as you see, quite the emergency!

I knew straight away that I wanted to make a mini granny square cushion.  I've been seeing and coveting them lately and so I grabbed some stash in random colours and got cracking.  I was quite surprised how bright and colourful the selection I picked came out in this pattern.  It looked a little more subtle in the basket, but I just went with it.

It's mostly good ol' Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, one of my long time favourites with some Rico Baby Classic DK thrown in.  Some of the colours are discontinued ones I'm afraid, so it seemed like a good time to use what I had left.  Such a shame about that orange though.  That's a Rico Baby Classic one and it's one of the nicest, richest, vibrant rusty oranges I've ever come across.  I only just found it recently and it turns out it's being discontinued.  Typical!

Still, at least I am using it in something I will see most days, so I can enjoy it that way.  Of course, it will often be making itself useful and will therefore out of sight but I love having it in the mix all the same.

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No particular pattern but you might find these tutorials helpful:
My Classic Grannie Square Tutorial
Join as you Go Tutorial
Picot Stitch

Debbie Bliss Cashmerino
Rico Baby Classic DK

Ravelry Page
For yarn colours

S x



15 May 2015

Going Dutch

I've heard the expression as cute as a button, but how about as cute as a pin?

Pretty apt in this case, because not only is this pin cushion just about the cutest thing I've seen, it's even called Cutie Pin.  Appropriate don't you think?

The pattern is by a very clever friend in blogging, Maaike of Crejjtion.  I've admired her beautiful style and aesthetic for a long time and although I've been massively inspired by her I hadn't got around to actually trying out one of her patterns until just recently.

But how could I resist this?  I been excited about the pattern coming out ever since I saw a little teaser picture on Maaike's Instagram feed and so was pleased to get to make a little cutie pin of my own.

Actually I ended up making two.  The first one I made came out rather larger than I expected but that is entirely because I made it in the wrong size of yarn.  For some reason I had in my head, from before I ever saw the pattern, that I was going to make this in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.  As usual, my primary thought was of the colours I would use above all else and so I didn't even think to check what yarn I should be using before I leapt straight in and got started.

Of course, there is good reason that they say 'look before you leap'.  I didn't look, I just leapt.  Oh well, it's still adorable but for extra cuteness I wanted something smaller that would fit on the palm of my hand, rather than be more suitable as a dolly pillow, so I made a second.

This time I used my stash of DMC Petra Cotton 5 and it turned out just as sweet as can be.
I'm so very pleased with it.  It's one of those that make you smile every time you see it.

I also have to say how very impressed I am with Maaike's pattern written skills.  Not only does she explain everything beautifully, she guides you through every step of the way, includes photos, charts and  has even released UK, USA and Dutch version.

Wow, this lady is a little bit of a super star if you ask me!

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Pattern: Cutie Pin by Maaike van Koert

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Cotton: DMC Petra Crochet Cotton 5

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That's not the only one of Maaike's patterns I've been enjoying though.

I spoke the other day on my latest podcast about the potholder I'd made and I also wanted to show you the shawl that I made from the same book, Puur Haken.

It's called Zomersjaal, which I believe translates to Summer Shawl.

This is another lovely pattern to work up.  Easy to remember, and grows quickly too.  I made mine from some lovely King Cole Cotton Soft that I got from the lovely Black Sheep Wools.  It was a lovely choice for this because, as the name suggests, it's just so soft which makes it perfect for something to be worn around the neck. And, even though this is a cotton yarn, it does have quite a fluffiness about it so it's really pretty warm too.  I don't know what summers are like in the Netherlands, but you can certainly make use of a nice warm 'summer' shawl in your wardrobe around these parts.

My favourite part of all though, is the oh so pretty edging.  It's just so sweet and adorable, I love it.

You know, this isn't something I often say, but I do believe I could see myself making this pattern again in the future.  Rare praise indeed!

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Pattern: by Maaike van Koert from Puur Haken
(Book written in Dutch, I worked from the charts only)

Yarn: King Cole Cotton Soft

S x



12 May 2015

Podcast Episode Four

You Tube Link

♥ TA-DAH's...

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

Yellow Shawl

Yarn: Rowan Lenpur Linen and others from stash
Pattern:  A work in progress


Yarn: Rowan Fine Milk Cotton

Pattern: From the Dutch book...
Puur Haken by Maaike van Koert

Maaike's blog:  Crejjtion

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♥ WIP's...

Sock Blanket

See this post for details

Blue Shawl

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace in...
Royal Blue - the colour I'm wearing
Sea Green - the colour I'm working with

Pattern: Coming soon!

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Beautiful Ladybird Stitch Markers
by Lisa's Hand Makes on Etsy

Fabulous Swapped things
thanks to the wonderful Emilcarv1963

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Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace

Colour: Dark Teal (80507)

Lace / 2 ply
55% Merino, 45% Silk
1094 yards / 100 grams

From: Knit with Attitude

Misti Alpaca Handpainted Sock

Colour: HS07 Miriam

Fingering / 4 ply
50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 10% Nylon, 10% Silk
437 yards / 100 grams

From: Loop

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S x



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