Saturday, 13 September 2014

Autumn Workshop

I'm just planning another workshop, My theme is Autumn and I am busy collecting lots of lovely yarn in soft autumn hues. I want to make an "Autumnal Wreath" but my challenge is how much can be achieved in a 4 hour workshop. I have been researching lots of crochet blogs for ideas and inspiration and of course Lucy is famed for her crochet flower wreaths. Some wreaths are covered with yarn wrapped around them and some have a double crochet jacket. I much prefer the ones covered with a length of double crochet. They look so much more substantial, this method of course takes a lot longer. For a 25 cm ring using a 4 mm hook and 25 stitches you need to crochet a length of 75 cm as you can imagine I am busy making prototypes.

An important message to myself is "write everything down" I have a habit of making little patterns up and then forgetting how I made them. I made a teeny tiny crochet mouse to add to my wreath but have completely forgotten how I made it!

I have found some lovely beautiful free patterns for pumpkins and acorns, but if you use them please link back to the original source. Lovely pattern for a small pumpkin here and here and an amazing acorn pattern here.

My first ever covered wreath...............

Just a few little embellishments

Starting to pin into place

Starting another one !!!

Before I go back to my crochet wreath I must tell you some incredible news, I had quite a surprise yesterday I was looking at my blogger stats and couldn't believe that I had reached the amazing milestone of over 100,000 hits which is unbelievable. So a great big thank you to all the people that take the time to click onto my blog.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend xxx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

time for a spot of fun.............

I've just finished tidying the house, washing dishes and putting laundry away so I think I deserve a little bit of me time. Comfy chair found and crochet hook at the ready, I have been trying to master colour change in crochet and have always loved the harlequin pattern written by Jules . This is my third attempt, my work is looking neater and I'm improving but still have away to go - what do you think.................

 back to concentrating - talk soon x

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Join as you go

My Monday Night Crochet Club is getting busy and I'm worried that soon I will run out of chairs and I think I may need to invest in an extra kettle. Crochet is thirsty work or maybe it's all the chatting and laughter!

Most weeks we all bring something to work on but last week I did a mini tutorial on how to join granny squares as you go. I had always found joining granny squares daunting, I love making them but the finishing off was my least favourite part and I still have a few projects waiting to be completed. This changed when I stumbled upon Irene's blog last year, Irene had made a beautiful blanket and used the join as you go method, it was based on the technique that Lucy uses. I had tried following Lucy's pattern once before and couldn't get to grips with it but Irene's inspiration made me have another go. The pattern sounds really tricky but actually it is quite straight forward, just make sure you can sit quietly and concentrate the first time you try it.

I had a bag of small granny squares from an unfinished project so I split them into groups of four and shared them out and away we went. With very little help and guidance everyone picked the method up and we quickly had a pile of joined granny squares.

I didn't want to waste these lovely squares so I have joined them all together and made a small blanket which we are going to donate. The original small squares were green and pink but they have been joined with a multitude of vibrant colours.

Not quite my colour palette but the mini blankie has come together really well.

I've got to get my thinking cap on for next week's crochet club now.

Hope you all have a fab weekend x

Friday, 5 September 2014

Friday Happies

My Friday Happies are all photos taken on our lovely family holiday - 8 adults and 6 children what a crowd - such fun........................

When the sun shines family beach holidays in Anglesey can't be beaten.

talk soon x

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Life goes on

It's a beautiful September morning, the sun is shining and I have just been sitting outside on my patio with a cup of coffee reminiscing about life. The funeral took place last week and so many lovely people, friends, family and neighbour's came. It was obviously a very sad day but the service was uplifting and a real celebration of my mother in laws life.

Laura did a reading and chose a beautiful poem

She is Gone

You can shed a tear that she is gone or you can smile because she has lived

You can close your eyes and wish that she'll come back or you can open your eyes and see all 
she 's left

Your heart can be empty because you can't see her or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she's gone or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what she would want: smile open your eyes, love and go on.

David Harkins 1981

Laura loved the sentiment of the poem and felt that her Grandma would have liked it too, when she researched the poem she found out that the Queen had included it at her own mothers funeral. This would have pleased my mother in law as she was a great fan of the Royal family.

Life does go on and we all have such rich and happy memories to keep us going. I really appreciated all your lovely comments on my last post, which had been quite difficult to write.

I promise that my future posts will be more uplifting and I have a few fun photos to share with you now before I go.

Monday was the last day of the school holidays, and Vicky was back at work so I looked after Alex, Finn and Daisy for the day.

We made dens

set up a shop
 did some writing
 and decorated buns

lots of fun and no time to be sad.

talk soon

Sue x

Thursday, 21 August 2014


Just a quick post today but I will be back soon as I have lots to share with you. We recently had a lovely holiday in Anglesey with our three daughters, plus husbands and grandchildren. Such a big crowd in fact 14 in total. I had planned the holiday back in January and found two lovely cottages next door to each other on a fabulous farm, with lots of fun activities for the children and only a short drive from the beach. 

Unfortunately back in January I had no idea that my mum and mother in law would both be unwell. When we set off for our holiday my mum was beginning to recover from her hip replacement but still in quite a lot of pain, but my two sisters encouraged me to go as they planned to keep a close eye on my mum and dad. My mother in law was poorly but stable and was being well cared for. It still felt hard leaving them both but we were only a few hours away and able to telephone every day.

The holiday did us all a lot of good; it has been many years since we had a holiday with all of our children together. But sadly not very long after we arrived home my mother in law died unexpectedly. It has been a shock for us all but thankfully we were all home and able to spend time with her before she passed away.

Life feels strange at the moment, I feel quite numb but I'm busy with lots of things to organise, I've never helped plan a funeral before but luckily all of the family are involved. On Saturday I still ran a crochet workshop as it had been booked several months ago, I nearly cancelled as I wasn't sure I could manage but the four women who came were lovely and it really helped lift my spirits. I find keeping myself occupied is the best thing for me at the moment, but I am also feeling pretty tired and worn out.

Thank you for the lovely comments you leave on my posts I read and value everyone of them, I seem to have been apologising a lot recently for not being a very good blogger, sorry for not getting back to you all.

talk soon x

Friday, 15 August 2014

Yarn along - V stitch

I have been admiring a number of crochet projects using V stitch. This is a new stitch to me and after seeing Sam's V stitch blanket on instagram I was hooked. The pattern Sam has used is here you will love this blog written by Angie.

My pattern is a slightly different version it was one I found on youtube and is slightly more lacey but when I make my winter blanket I am going to use Angies pattern.

After missing many months of yarn along I am really pleased that I have my V stitch project to share with you and a new novel. My friend Barbara gave me the book, she is a great fan of Nicci French novels and highly recommended this one. It's reviewed as a psychological thriller that hits the ground running, early days yet but so far I am really enjoying it.

 I hope you have time to pop over to Ginny's blog and dip into some of the other yarn along projects.

 Talk soon x