Friday, 26 January 2018

January 2018 Photo Scavenger Hunt

Once again, despite a chaotic a busy life, I've managed to get myself ready for Hawthorn's Photo hunt.  So shall we see what I have come up with?

1   Yellow

I know a lot of people hate dandelions but I love them!  They make me smile
and some grass verges near us are bright yellow - wonderful.
Bees and insects love them so I think we ought to.

2  Starts with O...

What begins with O?  Owl of course, in fact Boris!
Any excuse to feature Boris.

3  Light

We set out walking locally and it was a dull and grey and overcast day.
But look at the patch of light that appeared!  Just for us.....

4  Found

I've made several blankets from Attic24 and have saved the unused yarn. 
Recently I came across this stash and decided to wind all the same colours together.
However I've started a new Attic24 blanket and it uses these colours.
So I put them to one side, in a safe place.  Two weeks later I wanted to find them.
I could not find them.  I looked and looked but my eyes did not alight upon them.
Then I FOUND them.  I was looking for a plastic bag, having forgotten 
I'd put them in this wicker basket.....
Normally it is Beloved who asks (generally daily) 'have you seen XXX?' - it
is rare for me to 'lose' anything......

5  Colourful

Well, with about 12 hours before this goes live I changed my mind about the photo for Colourful!!!  I'll save the other one for another time......

I hope you agree that the new quilt make the sofa look colourful.....
I only collected it on Wednesday from the lady doing the long arm quilting,
trimmed it down the same day and yesterday I managed to sew the binding on
which I have yet to hand sew on.  I'm really pleased with it and love
to see all my colourful fabrics.  I took the 2 arm chair quilts to her
on Wednesday and I might get them back within a fortnight....
If anyone has any spare hours they are not using, please send them to me, thanks!

6  Own Choice

I saw a small bag made from hexagons months ago; I took a few photos and
thought no more.  Later I decided to make a bigger version.  I had a bit of a
struggle with it as I'd not realised that had to be pentagons on row 3
so make the sides appear.  I had to make alternate hexagons into pentagons
so that the sides would appear; I did this by folding them.
The bag is about 44 cm wide and about 28 cm tall.
Photo 1 - the base
Photo 2 - side view 1
Photo 3 - side view 2
Photo 4 - side view 3
Photo 5 - side view 4
Photo 6 - yarn for latest Attic24 blanket ready to be used.

Well, thanks for stopping and having a look.  Don't forget to look at Hawthorn's photos by clicking here.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

November 2017 Photo Hunt

Once again, despite a chaotic few weeks, I've managed to get myself ready for Hawthorn's Photo hunt.  At the beginning of November I had almost decided I'd not be able to join in but I found bits of time here and there; thank goodness for photos from my archives!

So off we go!

1   Blue

Years ago a good friend (who inspired me to quilt) gave me a mobile with 
several blue fish.  Here is one of them.  They still make me smile.

2   Me

Years ago (20 ish) I fell asleep on the sofa (my own quilt by the way!) and Mickey the cat
was also tired.  I'd no idea Beloved took this photo ....  ah, the darling man.

3   Starts with W ....

WOW, look at this crochet blanket!  Hawthorn sent me a link to the pattern and when I saw
it I said WOW.  So I made it!

4   Rainbow

During the evenings, when I am tired I find making crochet blankets for cats/kittens that
are looking for a new home is an easy and rewarding task.  Can you see the rainbow?

5   Arch

A few years ago, whilst driving around, we stumbled across Pendragon 
Castle; there was just the ruin, trees, sheep and us.  A lovely place.
I wonder what action these arches saw....
Click here to read about it.

6   Toy

Beloved decided earlier this year that it was time for a new toy!
Soon after he got it, he brought it home as there was a job for it.
I've yet to drive it....

7   Swirl

All those lovely swirling colours; I've yet to decide what I will do with them!
Bottom left is destined for a kitty blanket.

8   Brush

So what's special about this brush???  Well down one side of the garden
(where the adjacent field slopes down to) there is a man-made
water course to channel the water that rushes out of this field
away to the river proper at the end of our garden.  I've named
our water course Zambezi.....  every now and then I climb down
into it (wearing wellies!) and brush all the detritis down and
away into the river proper.  Now, with the trees shedding lots of
leaves, I need to get out and keep it clear.  So out with my brush
and off I go!  The above photos don't show how many leaves
there were.  There are still loads on the trees to fall down!

9   Nail

1  Using my NAIL to prise open a split needle.
2  Pushing a loop of yarn from my crochet hook through the open needle.
3  Putting a bead onto the needle.
4  Fingers crossed!  Can I pull the bead over the yarn loop?
5  Yes I can (not every bead went on so easily).
6  Yarn loop back on the crochet hook ready for the next treble

You can see the finished shawl in photo 10, as I managed to finish it in time
for this month's photo hunt.  It took me ages to add all the beads.....  but I did it.

10   Own choice

Here I am modelling my third Virus Shawl; I saw it at Yarndale this year and the 
lady said it was a free crochet pattern from Ravelry.  Click here to see it.
So I used some yarn I had bought at Yarndale in 2014 and set to!  
I had plenty of yarn and kept going to try to use most of it up.
Putting the beads on was slow; I put them on alternate trebles on row 3
 of the 4 row pattern repeat.  At the moment I am saying never again!
I even took the time to block it...  It is so easy to make.

Well, thanks for stopping and having a look.  Don't forget to look at Hawthorn's photos by clicking here.

Friday, 27 October 2017

October 2017 Photo Hunt

I am once again joining in with Hawthorn Spellweaver (click here to visit her blog and see links to other people who are taking part). 

You will be looking and reading about my photos on Friday 27 October but today (9 October!) is the day I'm sorting them out.  It has been a hard and hectic few months for us so, realising I had a slot of time yesterday and today, I was determined to prepare this post in advance. Apologies for the lack of Boris photos but I've had no time to go and see if he is there.  However, of late I can hear an owl at our new house so I like to think he has moved here!

1  Making

I've found it therapeutic to concentrate on making a large quilt which I started in early
September 2017.  It is a Kaffe Fassett pattern; I've made it twice before and I like its
simplicity so I can let the colours talk.  I needed to cut 252 rectangles from a variety
of colours that would match the orange/brown contrast fabric and then also
252 rectangles from this fabric.  Each rectangle was 3" x 7".  I have a huge fabric
stash and found it easy to find over 252 fabrics ...  Beloved came into my craft room
and commented that I had a lot of fabric; then he left.  I said nothing!  Then there was
all the sewing, pressing and more sewing but it soon grew.  It kept me quite (and sane)!

2  Empty

An empty top bobbin and one of the several empty bottom bobbins from my sewing machine.
I tend to use pale grey when sewing my quilt pieces together.

3   Starts with F....

Did I mention I have a large fabric stash?  Top photo shows the Really Useful
CD/DVD boxes holding fabrics of the 'same' colour but they are not full
as I've removed loads and spread them out on the bed (bottom photo).
It took me about 5 hours recently to put them all back into 
their correct boxes...

4   Paper

I love hand-made paper.  I've even made some myself.  This lovely card was gifted to me
by an ex-work's colleague when she went to Sri Lanka this year.  Little did she know
I also love elephants.

5   Neat

I think I have managed to get most of my seams to line up and inter-lock!!!

6   Street

Where we live (Cumbria/West Yorkshire border) we are used to see stone houses so to come across
this terrace in various colours of blue faced bricks was interesting.  It is called Guy Croft and 
is near Otley.  Click here to read about it but there does not seem to be much information
available that I could find.

7   Kettle

Beloved's old kettle.  It took ages to bring the water to the boil and was replaced by
a quicker kettle.  When we beginning to move house, I came across it and 
sold it on eBay with his approval!

8   Unexpected

We were out on a walk recently and I had to stop Beloved in his tracks as otherwise this
Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar would have been flattened.  I managed to persuade it to 
climb onto a leaf and moved it from the edge of the road back into the verge.  It did protest
and later I did wonder if it was trying to cross the road....

9   Vase

Many years ago I spotted this vase in a local second-hand shop and bought it, intending to
gift it to my friend who started me quilting.  But I never did!  As you can see I still have
it and will hang onto it!

10   Own choice

The quilt top is finished and resting on the sofa upstairs.   I have spoken to the lady 
with the long-arm quilting machine who told me what the
maximum size is that she can put on her machine.  
Long gone are the days when
I would layer up a quilt on the floor (my knees and back no long play!); also
it is so big that I don't fancy hand-quilting it....  must be getting lazy in my
old age!!!  I will be taking it to her next week.

Well that's my offerings for this month.

Now I must go and look at everyone else's photos.  Don't forget you can click here to see other people joining in with Hawthorn this month.