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March TAST

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 Take a Stitch Tuesday this month has some well known stitches in it. I've used some of them over the years as border stitches and over joins on crazy quilting. The weather in March has been very unusual. We started off the month with dreary skies and heavy winds before it suddenly changed to wonderful blue skies, the sun shining and the flowers starting to pop through the ground. Yesterday on the last day in March we even hit 21° it felt absolutely wonderful...of course today being the 1st April and a bank holiday weekend here in the UK we're back to grey skies and drizzle 🙄 So here is my slice of pie for March.... Week 9 - Couching Week 10 - Chevron Stitch Week 11 - French Knots Week 12 - Cretan Stitch

Meadow Blanket - The End

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 Can you believe we're at the end of the crochet along? This colours were all the beautiful muted pastels that I have totally fell in love with for the last few weeks. I'm making a note of the colours of my favourites so that I can buy them again for something else...although the scraps from this blanket will go towards my Stashbuster .  The end of Part 6 and my blanket has all the stripes done. Next was Part 7 - the borde r, this usually takes me ages to do but as I was on a deadline I made a concerted effort to not pick up anything else until it was done. I wanted to get the blanket all finished, washed and posted down to my wonderful Mother-in-law as a surprise for her birthday which was very near Mothers day.  I've really enjoyed crocheting this blanket, the pattern looks great and is deceptively easy once you get into the rhythm. I posted it down to my Mother-in-law and she loved it..phew! If you fancy making your own Meadow Blanket Lucy at Attic24 keeps the pattern o

February TAST

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 The stitches for this months Take a Stitch Tuesday had a couple of my old favourites... Feather Stitch and Herringbone.  The herringbone I've used a lot over the years in things like leaves, it just fits so well into the shapes and contours. Feather stitch is great for crazy quilting, it goes over the 2 pieces of fabric amazingly and also looks wonderful as greenery in scenic pieces or as seaweed, sea grass in ocean projects. However the weather for February has definitely been either very wet or snow and ice. To put that into my TAST I wanted colours that represented the mud, the snow, the wet fields and paths that I've trodden as I take my allowed daily walk whilst in lockdown. After coming home one morning and taking off my very muddy wellington boots I dug out my threads. Seeing the tracks from the tractor and peoples footprints in the very muddy field had given me an idea for the Feather Stitch.  I decided that I had to have a representation of that for this month. I didn

January TAST

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 Another year means another Take a Stitch Tuesday which is run by Sharon Boggon over at Pintangle. I'll admit here and now that last year my TAST totally fell apart, with everything that went on from March I just didn't have the time or the incentive. Having 3 teenagers suddenly doing schoolwork from home and then a husband being furloughed and being off work for weeks wasn't exactly helpful for relaxing needlecraft! This year I thought I'd do something different, I wanted something that wasn't exactly a picture as I've done previously but something that I could just do a few stitches each week and it would be a journey through the year. In the crochet world people have been doing a lot of temperature blankets and I thought something similar but on a much much smaller scale would be just the thing. I decided that each month would be done in colours relating to the weather here in Yorkshire during that month. January has been easy as it's been chilly, grey, r

Meadow Blanket

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 Lucy over at Attic24 announced at the end of 2020 that she had a new crochet-a-long starting in January...how could I resist?   I ordered the pack from Wool Warehouse quick before they ran out of stock, Lucy has called this blanket Meadow and the colours are wonderful. Again they're all Stylecraft Special DK so easy to get hold of and great to crochet with. It seemed a long time from getting the wool to the actual CAL starting, I'm so impatient when I want to start something new!  Friday 8th January part 1 came out, kids all sat doing schoolwork via Microsoft Teams so I happily started my blanket.  Once I got the hang of the pattern (not hard and very fulfilling) I was away. I've now got into a routine so I don't fall behind as this blanket is for my mother-in-law and her birthday is 2 weeks after the last part of the CAL comes out...eek!  Mon-Fri I work on my stitching or knitting but the weekends are my crochet blanket time. I quite enjoy sitting watching tv or li

Tea Cosy fun

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 I recently bought a mystery box from The Knitting Network , inside were lots of new wools that I'd never tried before. As some were only 50g balls I decided to knit something small to see how they knitted up.  What's better than a tea cosy for using those odd bits and as we're coming into the cooler weather it'll keep my teapot lovely and warm. Here are the photos of the tea cosies that I've already made... My favourite is the one in the centre. The wool is Hayfield Baby Blossom Chunky and is so soft and squishy, it knits up so well I'm going to make our daughter a winter bobble hat and fingerless gloves with it.

Stashbuster Spice of Life Blanket

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 My Spice of Life is growing fast now and the leftover wool going down. Must admit I love this pattern, its varied enough not to get boring and it feels lovely and soft.  If you want to make your own Spice of Life blanket, pop over to Sandra Paul's blog aka Cherry Heart  https://www.cherryheart.co.uk/ My blanket is being crocheted using Stylecraft Special DK wool, all bought from Wool Warehouse