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Monday, 25 July 2016

Bits and Pieces

Hello there - The weather over the last week has been beautiful and summer has at last arrived - we took a picnic to Quarr Abbey and sat in the tranquil garden enjoying the peace and quiet before taking a stroll around

...... not a cloud in the sky - beautiful

Wallowing in the mud, mud, glorious mud

Swimming in the lake

Then we had a paddle down the beach
Look at the little fish in the water
When you paddle you get the ripples in the water
and lose the fish as they swim away
Beautiful seaweed
We got a new shed - so I made some bunting to put on it
The knit n natter ladies have been busy making squares again
this time for a very special project.
A Woolly hug site asked for squares for a Jo Cox blanket,
so we made these and sent them off in the colours they asked for

Squares from the Medina IOW parkrun knit n natter ladies!
We did squares for Refugee blankets too
I put these on the cherry tree
I made this little sheep to send to Yarndale
I made a baby blanket
I have this for a make!
I started a sock
And made another sock
Which makes a pair of socks
With the yarn left over from the pair of socks I made this trainer sock
I have one more to make
I had all these middles of something or other hanging
 around - so I unpicked them
And made these little beauties

and some more
and some more
I made some more of these
You may be wondering about these squares! I follow some knit and crochet friends on Instagram and one of those ladies Amanda has an 18 year old daughter called Jenny.  Three years ago Jenny was diagnosed with cancer and had a brain tumour removed followed by all the treatment that goes with this horrible illness.  Jenny has been feeling a lot better and had an appointment with her specialist last week to be told that she has another brain tumour.  Kate another lady on Instagram put a shout out for squares to make a blanket for Jenny.  Kate designed the above pattern and sorted the size of the squares, what size hook to use, what wool to use and chose the colours in Jenny's favourites colours.  She had a fantastic response to her shout out and asked people to send just three squares in any colour combination that they chose and she will do the joining.  Kate has received my three squares and I am very, very proud to be part of this fantastic project
 #jennysblanketofhugs for dear Jenny ........
Sending Amanda and Jenny all the love in the world
Thanks for popping by
Xx Joy xX

Monday, 4 July 2016

Harmony Blanket

Hello there - It's been a while since I have been around so here are some catch ups.  Some time ago I started to crochet the beautiful harmony blanket designed by Lucy from Attic24.  The colours she chose were beautiful and I wanted very much to make one of these harmony blankets

cloud, lime, clematis, rose, bluebell, raspberry, 
parma violet (for joining)
petrol, lavender, storm blue, aster, violet, meadow, petrol, plum  
all joined together with parma violet
Lucy made a single bed blanket for which you needed to make 9 strips
across the bed with 14 strips down = 126 squares
I decided that I wanted to make a double bed blanket so that I could look at it
every day on my bed, so another five rows to make
 so that meant I needed another 70 squares = a total of 196 squares
and so my squares began - little piles of them
and then there were more - I needed 14 different colour combinations
Lucy had designed a new granny square and it was lovely to make them as
they were quite different from the classic granny squares

piles and piles of them all with letters on trying to keep track
of the rows I needed and whether I had enough of the
right colours for the 14 piles of 14 squares
Eventually I could start the joining to make the rows
Starting at the top of the row and adding down
until there were 14 squares in a row

Then to start joining on the next row
Then more
And more
Yet again more
Oooohhhh the blanket was coming together and I was lovviingggg it
Then of course there is a border of 8 rows to put around it
the first row was to be cloud then
lavender, violet, plum, raspberry, meadow, sage, storm
and finally 6 months later it is finished and on the bed!!
Isn't it gorgeous? 
A few weeks ago this beautiful blossom was on the cherry tree
and then it blew off and looked like pink snow
leaving the tree looking rather bare
so I crocheted some covers over some plastic balls
and hung them in the tree to give it back some colour


Yay I love it and there is more to come!!
Another of Lucy's patterns that I couldn't wait to do,
so once the harmony blanket was finished I starting
making some bits and pieces

Starting with covering a polystyrene ring

then a few of these

then some more

some of these

 a few of these

one of these

then some more
some of these
 one of these
and a bit more crochet in a different colour and you get
this little lady
Assemble everything you have made and you have
a lovely Autumnal wreath

a few squares joined together and there is a
cushion cover
some of the blue strips on the left
become these scanner pockets for parkruns
and the greens
become these little worms
I started to make a few hearts

After seven rounds and changing colours this heart is finished

and some more are finished
All done
some baby knitting
some bunting!
these few bits

become Peter the parrot - ready for a pirate parkrun

some shorty trainer socks
The knit n natter ladies have started some squares
for our next project
A few of these
OOOOOOooooo and what are these for??!!!
and finally this little chap
Thanks for popping by and hope to see you again soon
Xx Joy xX