Run Home to Crochet

Run Home to Crochet

Sunday, 31 January 2016

End of the month

Hello there - Here we are well into 2016 and things are carrying on at rather a hectic pace with lots going on.  My craft room was finished a couple of months ago and then Christmas came along and things never really got done as I wanted them.  I have been busy painting shelves and re-arranging and generally getting it sorted as I want it.  I wanted a piece of peg board fixed to the wall to hang things on to save putting them away every time I use them. I was looking for some in the local DIY store, when I bumped into a friend of mine, Steve and he asked me what I was after and we looked for it but no they didn't have any.  He said let me know what size you want and I will make you some.  Well I had an old cork board with a frame around it, so when I got home I measured the frame and let Steve know the size.  15" x 23" and he duly got drilling.  21 rows across by 14 rows of holes down = 294 holes all spaced one inch apart.

It looks as though Steve started the drilling in the middle.

Here it is in the frame.
Out came the paint
Give it a good stir

I was stuck with getting peg board hooks, so Steve made me
15 little hooks from bending and cutting picture hooks

and hey presto!!
Here it is all finished and hanging up on the wall in my new - craft room.  It is perfect for just hanging things near to hand to use again easily without having to pack them all away and it is all just what I wanted.  Thank you Steve - you are a star!!
Then I painted the shelf the same colour as the peg board and recycled some porridge pots - I made some little crochet bands with flowers on and finished off with little buttons to go around them and give them a  bit of colour and again I can pop bits and pieces into them.  They stack inside each other too and look rather nice and colourful.
This lovely sign has been hung on the wall  in my craft room.  It is a Christmas gift given to me by my 'Saturday morning running buddy Alex and his family' and is the perfect colour and matches my porridge pots perfectly - I love it.
I made a cover for my sewing machine with some material I had left over from making my blind.  So I have two more shelves and the bookcase to paint and then all should be finished.
These beautiful little stitch markers were my 'secret Santa gift' from my buddy in a crochet group I belong to.  I am going to hang them from my peg board so that I can look at them when I'm not using them.
A couple of making days and I have a few cards for forthcoming events
These lovely little baby bootees that remind me of strawberries
Rob one of our regular parkrunners did his 200th parkrun so I made him a hat
Arielle was next to do her 200th run so I made her some mitts
I was able to do a few more rows on the hitch hiker scarf
as I had to stay in as we were having a new front door

Then off out for a stroll around the village

We came across these peacocks - what a glorious sight
These little dogs out for a stroll on the beach with their coats on!
Grandson H, hubby and I playing with shadows on our way down the hill
and again on the beach

A carving or two along the promenade
A tribute to lost sailors
Appley Tower
A walk around the park on a winters afternoon and along the promenade
and just looking up between the trees
Thanks for popping by
Xx Joy Xx
Some more squares arrived from Mary
and I joined them on
And then some more
I joined these into sets of two
and joined them on - I need one more from Mary for the top corner
and will then start the border

and started another blanket
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In the meantime
Putting these lovely colours together
The knit n natter ladies started crocheting squares for our current project
little piles of them
and I've started joining them.
Off now to join some more
xx ttfn xx

Monday, 18 January 2016

** Moving into January **

Hello there - as we get over Christmas and the hustle and bustle in the big build up to it, we move on into January and once the tree was down and baubles etc were in the boxes and ready to go back into the loft until next Christmas .........

I started to sort out my stash of wool/yarn and looking for patterns of what to make

A snowflake
Some stars
A stocking - all in mind for next Christmas!
With Christmas 2016 in mind I made these

This ball of wool

made this
This ball of wool
made these
This ball of wool

is making this scarf and is still a 'work in progress'
I found this pattern which I loved - so made these beauties
and some more and have some more on needles so have more
'works in progress'
some strawberry ones

A lady asked for volunteers to make squares for a blanket which is to be raffled - there is a page on facebook called - Alexia's Meadow IG Blanket - the blanket is to be made by 101 ladies on Instagram to raise funds to Help Alexia Walk.  I am one of those 101 lucky ladies to have been chosen to make a square.  We were asked to use 'stylecraft double knitting wool in the colour meadow'.  We could decorate this as we wished or just leave it plain - so I did a daisy and attached to mine and sent it off to Sue for her project.
With this very much to the fore of my mind I put it to the
 'knit n natter' girls
Could we make a crochet double bed blanket with some
classic granny squares - like this - and raffle it????
The answer was of course yes, so that is what we are doing now
and I will keep you updated on this as the weeks go by,
Thanks for popping by
Xx Joy Xx
Some weeks ago when the 'knit n natter' group were crocheting squares for refugee blankets, my running friend Jo asked if her Mum, Mary could knit some squares for blankets too.  Of course she can I said and so
These arrived
OOOOOooooohhhh look
And so I starting joining Mary's lovely knitted squares
Mary will be 85 in April and every time I see Jo I get another bag of Mary's squares
Jo said "shall I tell Mum you have enough squares" - No Jo "please tell Mum to keep knitting them"
So I got more - I need to go now and do some more joining
Thanks Mary - keep them coming - they are gorgeous!!!
ttfn xxx