Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Falling for Autumn

Today is Post day.
So me and my little side kick bundled ourselves up and went on an adventure to post Mummy's parcels.
And my, Autumn is in full swing!
We've only been house bound for about a week, but it seems that we've already missed so much!
Kicking leaves and jumping in puddles is by far the best way to travel!

What do you love about Autumn?

I think I may be in love with the entire season!

Crunchy leaves
Cool mornings
Time to bring out the woolly warmers, hats scarves and gloves
The seasonal veggies are by far my favourites!
Apple crumble - my god apple crumble!
All the animals out and about, busy collecting food 
All of those beautiful colours decorating the earth
Hot chocolate

And it could just be me, but everyone just seems so much nicer in the Autumn.

It'll be a shame when Winter gets here and it all goes away, but hey, then we'll build snowmen!
- hopefully.

What do you love about Autumn?


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Pure Wool Love

Unfortunately the bug is still in the house and now we're all poorly!
*cue sarcastic woop!*
Fingers crossed the bucketfuls of hot lemon and vapour rub will see us right

I don't know if it's just me, but I refuse to work on anything for my customers whilst I'm ill. I don't know, it just doesn't feel right, especially if it's a wonderful snuggly blanket for a little one!
So, work aside, I've decided to treat myself to a few crochet goodies myself!

Today's project, a lovely crocheted bowl made from a gorgeous pure wool from The Lost Gardens of Heligan 

Since I started my love of wool through felting, it's always been very important to me to make sure that the wool I use is actually wool and not a plastic hybrid.
I love wool! 
It's beautiful, practical, wonderful to work with and in all honesty pure magic!
Read a few points here to get an idea of its total awesomeness:

I thought I'd treat my house to a pure wool bowl (it's found a home in my bathroom, keeping all of my hair bobbles in one tidy place at the moment).
It's a very simple crochet pattern, but I'll write it down in case you want to have a go:

(UK crochet pattern)

Using a crochet hook sized 4.50mm
and Heligan Garden Twine, 100% pure wool

~ Ch 4 and sl st
(working in continuous rounds)
~ htr 12 sts into the centre circle
~ 2htr into every st
~2htr in the 1st st and 1 htr in the next st - repeat to the end of the round
~ 2htr in the next st and 1 htr in the next 2 st - repeat to the end of the round
~ 2htr in the next st and 1 htr in the next 3 st - repeat to the end of the round
~ dc into the front loop of each st to the end of the round
(changing to a size 4mm hook)
~ dc in every st to the end of the round
~ repeat the previous step for another 8 rounds ( or to your desired height)
~ change the colour of your yarn for the finishing st (I chose a scrap piece of blue yarn from my stash. You don't need much)
~ sl st to the end of the round
~ fasten off

I love how the twine gives the bowl more rigidity than what a softer wool would.
I've made bowls from normal, household string before too, and that's worked out quite well.
Perhaps even replace the blue edging for red and make an adorable Xmasy bowl and fill it with treats for a present with a personal touch!

Fall in love with wool!


Saturday, 24 October 2015

A Bit of Cake Solves All

Today I am a poorly soul.
 I hate being ill at the best of times but I swear it's worse when there's a whirlwind of a toddler flying around that you need to keep safe!

Naturally today we've been standing on chairs, throwing food all over the place and demanding in the cutest, 'how could I say no' way that mummy reads his books, when mummy has absolutely no voice to read them with. 
So I'm afraid there will be no crocheting or felting today. There will only be cake and warm lemon drinks.

I do have a couple of projects on the go though. 2 Xmas blankets, one felted sculpture and I'm currently turning my sister's wedding bunting that I made into a lovely crochet blanket for her and her hubby to snuggle under now that the weather's turning. 
It might be a fair trade for the scrummy chocolate brownie that she delivered this morning. Yum! 

These projects will have to wait a day or two though. I have absolutely no body power to create loveliness 
- plus I really don't want to be sneezing all over my sister's wedding bunting/blanket!!


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Coming Back

It's been long overdue, but I feel the urge to submerse myself back into my writing.

For all of you who read blogs, write blogs or just plain live for the written word, I think you'll understand that it feels like there's a certain call to it. I used to surround myself. I'd write diaries, read non-stop, scribble little stories and poems whenever there was a spare second going. 
Hopefully I'll be able to find those spare seconds again!

Nearly two whole years ago, all that I thought was important and normal found itself eclipsed by a single, tiny, wonderful human.
Yep, I earned the title "Mum".
Every second belonged to him.
But now... don't tell... I'm trying to sneak a few back!

I don't think he's noticed yet. He seems more interested in the thousands of cars he seems to have accumulated and determinedly trying to figure out how the plug sockets work. (help!) 

Not to say he isn't my entire world, but I think a few precious moments to yourself are vital for sanity's sake. Right? 

Anyway, the egg timer calls.
I'll try and catch some more seconds tomorrow and tell you some more about my crochet work and what's happening with my little felted creatures.

Pop back soon!

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