Sunday, 30 October 2011

Year of projects (wk11)

This week has taken me rather by surprise, it being the half-term holidays and with no school runs to do, I made myself a big to-do list.

I'm quite big on lists, and being able to tick off even a few jobs gives me a great sense of satisfaction.  At the beginning of the week, between other things I saw the tape measure and got oldest boy on measuring my granny stripe and my bed.  Not so long ago, it was a good way off being finished, but this time when measured it was about three stripes off..........totally do-able!

So first things first I have a finished item on my Year of projects........drum rolls please...............

This is already in full use with three boys snuggled under it on any given opportunity!

So onto another project, I've been carrying on with the flower motifs for a shawl/scarf as a Christmas present.

After asking advice from you clever, fellow bloggers about joining these flowers I was given a great idea from Marie at Underground Crafter so when I think I have made enough I will plan my layout and begin to join.!

Staying with the flowers, I bought a ball of Rico Creative about a week ago and after looking at this link here
suggested by goodpurlgonebad (don't you just love the blogging community!) I decided that I would give it a whirl.  I must admit, I haven't stuck to the pattern really as I liked the look of the flowers when I got to round three so rather than carrying on, I stopped there.

This yarn is absolutely beautiful and the colours (not shown well here!) are glorious.  This will definitely do well from blocking I'm sure.  I had in mind that this would make a shawl too, but hubby says he thinks it should be something less showey like a cushion.............hhhmmmmm, not sure.  The person who I have in mind for it, likes cheerful......... so why not wear it........what d'ya think?

So all in all a good week on lots of lots of ticks on my list!!

Before I forget, I would like to point you all in the direction of Fee at Chipper Nelly who is giving away some of her gorgeous handmade wooden blocks........take a look

As others have said before me.......never entirely sure why you want to alert any one's attention to these things when it clearly makes your own chance of winning less........hhhhhmmmmmm.........

Anyway, it's all go in my house today as it is Hubby's birthday ('And you're sat here blogging?' I hear you ask incredulously). I have a roast in the oven, although after the amount of chocolate coconut cake we've all eaten I'm not sure there will be anyone much interested in supper!  There are veg that need doing and batter for Yorkshire must go!

I'm looking forward to having a good nosey about later at all your blogs too........thanks as ever for all the lovely comments and ideas.........always appreciated!

To check out other Year of projects work - please look here.


  1. You are such a busy bee i just wonder how you manage to have any time left for blogging and crotchet......xx

  2. Such beautiful colors! Cheers me up just looking at them!

  3. Wow, I love how you use colours! Your granny stripe is almost edible and both sets of flowers are exquisite. Glad you liked the link. I think your opinion and knowledge of the recipient probably carries the most weight ;) I hope he had a lovely birthday!

  4. Yum I love a roast with a good Yorkshire pud! You have been so busy, the granny strie looks even better in tat photo I love it!

  5. I love a good roast with Yorkshire pud! You have been so busy, the granny strip looks even more amazing crossed over like that, I love it!

  6. Or stripe might make more sense :)

  7. The stripe is so pretty. I don't think the flowers are too much for a shawl. I think it will be a lovely shawl. Love your blog.

  8. Wow! is about all I can say about your beautiful completed blanket-it sure does look cosy. I am a list maker too and feel so accomplished as an item is crossed off-and just want to say how much I love reading your blog. You English/British/Wales gals just make me smile! I would love to visit your corner of the world someday. :)

  9. Oh Wow - your blanket is a real stunner and doesn't it make you feel great when the family love and enjoy using it too. I'd go for the shawl with those pretty flowers - what a lucky friend - I'm sure she'll love it. Hope hubby had a wonderful birthday.

  10. Yeah for you, It looks amazing, I want more photos, it's just so beautiful.

  11. Pictures like these really make me want to finish my granny stripe! :D I'm about halfway, and it already fits around the back of the couch, which is where it is currently residing ;)
    ps The giveaway on my blog is still going, today is the last day to enter! (October 31st) Hop on over and join! :)

  12. I just love your blanket and is just perfect for snuggles.
    Can't wait to see how you join the flowers, and I love the colours in the Rico, they are so beautiful and I'd go for a shawl with them for your friend, what could be birghter or cheerier.
    Hope your hubby had a good birthday.

  13. I love a lists, helps me keep focused and I like to see things have been done. The flowers motifs are fantastic, I love the different colours and styles. They really look great together, I wouldn't want to give it away! I think the Rico flowers would look good in a shawl.

  14. Your blanket and the flowers look great. Thanks for the link love!

  15. These stripy blankets are such a hit with all the family aren't they? Yours looks fabulous. You've been working so hard. It all looks amazing. I'm a list person to, but I started my Christmas present one the other day and had to sit down with a glass of wine to calm my nerves.

  16. What a beautiful granny stripe! Well done for finishing, no wonder your little ones love it :-) xx


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