31 March 2015

Easter is here

I must say, I'm glad the holidays are here.  I was thinking I could do with a break.

Although, as usual lately, even our holidays are a mad rush of activity.  This first week I think we have one day where we're not doing anything, but other than that, it's all go, go go.  Maybe the week after Easter will be the one for resting in.  I hope so.

Still, we've got some fun things to look forward to so I mustn't complain.  I think a tiny little break from the health and fitness regime might be called for too though, there are too many temptations about at the moment.  A little indulgence won't hurt me will it?

I haven't really had a whole lot of time for new projects this Easter, so I've just brought out my old ones instead.  It's nice to see them again.  The baskets are full of eggs again...

You can find my 'basket tutorial' here, if you'd like to make some of your own.  They are a quite nice and easy project, so there's still time.

And the faithful old tree is up again too.  Little Miss is very much in charge of the decorating of this tree these days, so I can just still back and pass things as instructed.  It's not my natural inclination, this taking the back seat business, but as long as I retain ultimate power over the Christmas tree, I can manage to let it slide!

I particularly like her Hama bead 'Easter', that she made last year.  Very cute.

Then of course, there is the good old 'hop, hop, hop bunting', in it's fourth year of use no less.  This blogging lark is a little scary when it makes you realise how fast time whizzes by in that way.  Eek!

There's no pattern for the bunting I'm sorry to say, but I did do a little template for the bunny shapes if you are at all interested in using those.


And so we are ready for a fun filled Easter and hopefully there will be moments of relaxation too.  Like just now, LM is off on a pony day and so I really do need to dedicate a little more time to this cushion cover that I've decided I need right now!

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Don't forget it's the last day to post your blanket progress in the #CHBAL - Prize thread on Ravelry.

The thread closes tonight at 10pm UK time.  Thank you so much to everyone who has entered so far, there are so many gorgeous blankets already, it's very exciting.

I'll be back to declare the winners on Friday!

S x



30 March 2015

Last Call for Blanket Along Entries!

Hi Everyone!

Just a little reminder that the official portion of the Cherry Heart Blanket Along will soon be over, so if you'd like a chance to win the prize, don't forget to get your entry into the Ravelry thread before the end of the month.  Here's the link...

#CHBAL - Prize Thread

Thread will close on the 31st March 2015 at 10.00pm (UK time)

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There's been some wonderful entries so far and I'll hope to see your blanket progress too!

S x



26 March 2015

Colour Collaborative: March

Photo credit: Oliver Berghold


I like that photo at the top, it reminds me of that wish I had as a child, to be able to fly, that I mentioned in a previous Colour Collaborative post last July.  It also looks like it was taken late on a nice warm summer's day, I love that slightly yellow tinge to the sky.

And I just had to include the fellow below when I found him, isn't he striking?

Photo credit: Jamie King

I'm not a great authority on birds, although I do remember that we did have a phase of birdwatching when I was younger.  The chief attraction of which was being able to have a go with the 'big binoculars' as I remember.  The garden of my childhood home backed onto some woodland so you could get a glimpse of a satisfying variety from the comfort of the dining room window and there was a time when I could identify a fair few of them.

It's something that's become a little bit more of interest again of late actually.  It seems the natural thing to do, as a parent, to point out things of interest and attempt to educate your offspring whenever the opportunity arises.  It was certainly so when I was a child, birds, trees, farm equipment, historic houses and geological features to name a few would all be pointed out and discussed.

So, to do the same for my daughter, I've felt the need to make sure I remember my goldfinch from my greenfinch.  As a result I've been finding the RSPB's website handy for identification.

 Photo credit: Dave croker

Photo Credit: Gidzy

It's amazing the amount of colours that can be found in the world of birds.  Interestingly they've even inspired a range of yarns.  I came across West Country Spinners range of yarn inspired by British birds when Dani of Little Bobbins knits was talking about it on her podcast.  I'm loving socks at the moment so I'm kind of tempted a bird inspired pair, but how to decide which one to go for?

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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

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



24 March 2015

Calling all Blanketeers! / Weekender Blanket Border Pattern

Hello my friends in blanket making!  And to the rest of you as well of course, but this post today is very geared towards the blanket makers.  Particularly those participating in the 'along', but more on that in a moment.

First of all, I thought I'd share a couple of patten updates with you.



There is already a whole hexie and half hexie pattern available, but I thought it might be useful to have a little 'Filler' hexie to level the ends of the hexagons too.  For those of you who would prefer your blankets to be nice and squared off.  I've included a little picture below so you can see what I mean.

Then there's the border pattern too.  I settled on a one colour border, with straight edges and little bobbles along the ends.  Just in case anyone is interested in doing the same for their blanket, I've made a little chart for that too...



Now that the blanket is complete, I've updated the patterns with all the new information.  So you'll find the written instructions for all the hexie variations and for the border.  I've included the chart pictures too so you'll have them for reference.

I've made two versions of the pattern available, one with UK terms and one with US terms.  You can download either one from the Ravelry page using the link below:

I hope you'll find it useful for your blanket making endeavours and if you'd like to read more information about my blanket, the yarn, colours and size etc.  You can see this post -  Weekender Blanket is done


And now, let's get back to the Cherry Heart Blanket Along (#CHBAL)...

It's still not too late to join in, if you haven't already.  We're working on all blankets, old WIP's and new projects, so it's fairly open and you don't need to finish, just show us the progress you've made.  So feel free to just dive in and join us.

Especially because we are now getting to towards the end of the month and it's time to talk about...


: : PRIZES : :

No 'along' would be complete without an incentive to spur us on.  As I've already seen in the along threads and using the #CHBAL tag, just the companionship and the cheers of our fellow crafters is all we really need to get our blankets moving, but it can't hurt to have a little extra push can it?

So I've been getting together a little prize for our winner to enjoy.  So far I've got:

Two balls of the gorgeously soft and squishy King Cole Cotton Soft
A cute fragranced padded heart hanger
A little strawberry needle keeper to hang on your scissors and keep those safe too - handmade by moi!
A set of six sweet retro buttons
I'll be throwing a couple of other small things in too along with a free Cherry Heart pattern of the winners choice.


The four runners up will also be able to choose a Cherry Heart Pattern to receive.

Exciting eh?

To Win...

1.  Post a picture of your blanket progress in the Ravelry thread:

2.  Tell us how much progress you made.

(Maybe you finished the whole blanket, maybe you made 5 more squares or got half-way through your rows.) 

3.  Vote for your favourite.

The blanket with the most 'love' on Ravelry will win.  So have a look through the thread, choose your favourites and squish the 'love' button on the ones you like best.

The Rules...

Only entry per blanket.
So if you are working on two blankets, you can do two posts.  But please don't post the same blanket more than once.  Thank you!

Remember to post before the thread is locked down.
(I'll close the thread on 31st March at 10pm UK time)

I'll remind you again closer to the closing date, so that you can work right up to the wire if you want to!

Good luck and I'll be so looking forward to seeing all your wonderful work.

S x



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