Saturday, June 17, 2017

I am still here

Helloooooo, I am still here. I have been a busy needlewoman and have some things to share....
I feel quite accomplished to have finished, at long last, Block 3 of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow.  I still have nine big old blocks to go, several are very dense stitching..., but this beauty sure is worth it 😉
I also crocheted another big blanket since I last visited my blog.  This bright beauty was inspired by Cherry Heart (Sandra Paul).  It incorporates many squares from Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks book, and uses Sandra's pretty join and border (which finishes with Edie Eckman's Border 93).  I used Stylecraft Special DK in very bright colors to suit my niece Erin's palette... this is a gift for her... Jaffa, Tomato, Spice, Bright Green, Green, Kelly Green, Citron, Sunshine, Magenta, Aspen, Petrol and Teal with Graphite for the join and border.

I hope that all of my blogging pals are well. Come visit on Facebook, am always over there. Miss Amelia is popping in to tell you it is Sum, Sum, Summertime and she LOVES it! 🤗

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Big, Snuggly, Colorful Blanket

Helloooooo, how are you, my friends??  Life is so busy here.  We are seeking to put our house on the market due to some difficulties with a huge landscaping company that moved in behind the house.  I hate to leave my lovely home, and gosh, new housing is so expensive.  Scary times, we are in our 50's, don't want a big mortgage now :-(

But on some brighter notes, I shall be attending Celebration of Needlework this week.  A great friend is taking Niky Farruto's class with me, and we will enjoy the shopping, food and fun with another great friend as well.

Also, I stitched up this big, snuggly, colorful blanket in late winter.  The weather was beautiful yesterday, and I managed to bring it outside for some quick photos.  I used DROPS Designs free Seaside Blues pattern.  I decided to grab my big box of Stylecraft Special DK yarn and a few balls of white for this project.  I interspersed the flower squares with traditional grannies.  I copied this idea from a stitcher on Ravelry.... sadly, her name escapes me....maryfairy, maybe??  I finished off with the border from Cypress Textiles Vibrant Vintage CAL... ta da!  Super colorful, and I love it!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

OK, I lied...

I really thought my next post would be about cross stitch. Life is fluid, things change. Am still stitching, but have crochet aplenty to share now, so please forgive me.
Last night I finished Hopeful Honey's  Sunflower Hat and Booties for a certain special someone.  This was a special request from her mom.  Quick and fun!  Hope we can coordinate to deliver it soon.
And, of course, this does lead to a gratuitous pic of Miss Amelia herself, a recent pic texted to me by her mom.  Getting big!!
In other projects, my niece Erin is graduating from college in May.  I think this is the start of a gift for her.  This will be a good sized afghan, using Drops Designs Seaside Blues free pattern.  I am following the example of another stitcher on Ravelry and am alternating flower squares with traditional grannies.  It does break it up a bit.  
I recently finished Emma Varnam's  Garden Route Blanket (free on Ravelry).  I love, love, love this.  I have renamed it "My Girlie Blanket" due to its colors of Aspen, Fondant, Apricot, Lavender, Spring Green, Sherbet and Empire in Parchment, all in Stylecraft Special DK yarn.
And, at last, I finished my Make-For-Anyone Blanket in an older issue of Mollie Makes magazine.  This was put aside for some time now, and the recent (very) snowy weather has given me a chance to finish.  It is super snuggly, uses several shades of Sirdar Crofter yarn - Greenock, Flora, Seagrass, Jessamy, Orkney, Glen and Fairisle.  The join is Cypress Textiles Junior Celtic Lace Join in James C. Brett Top Value DK in Black.  The border is from Edie Eckman's  Around the Corner Crochet Borders book in King Cole Big Value DK in Mid Grey.

Seems to be impossible for me to get a good pic of this blanket.  This is a close look of the solid grannies in the various Sirdar Crofter variegated yarns...  hope it is better...

Monday, February 13, 2017

Eve's Journey

As two storms dumped two feet of snow here in three days, I hunkered down and finished my Eve's Journey pillow, soon to be a gift for someone special.  This was a CAL, from late last year, I believe.  I had downloaded the pattern and did it up all at once.  I used my usual Stylecraft Special DK in silver, gold, violet, pistachio, pale rose, petrol and wisteria.  I added border #8 from Edie Eckman's brand new release, Every Which Way Crochet Borders.  I love the results. I hope my friends are all well. I will post some cross stitch soon!!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Peace Christmas Angel

Helloooo, it is me again :-) I wanted to share a little ornament I finished yesterday. I came across this old chart, and decided to give it a go.
Peace Christmas Angel Ornament
Birds of a Feather
R&R Reproductions 30 ct Busy Bee Blend linen, GAST, RG Petite Treasure Braid

And also.... an update on my Temperature Blanket.... it's very Cloud Blue, typical for near freezing temps in January in NH, though the January Thaw we had Jan 11-12 (sis's bday) is forever recorded in cream and soft peach...ha!!
And from my phone, was messing about in boredom at the office last Friday... sitting on the patient love seat across from the window and snapped a pic of the snow... pretty I can see my car through the tree. I do like how the clematis on the windowsill looks, though.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A Satisfying Finish

My goodness, I found this in my post folder as a draft!  In the summer of 2016, I finished a very, very enjoyable CAL by Cypress Textiles.  This is my Vibrant Vintage Blanket.  I used her suggested colors of Stylecraft Special DK yarn, subbing Teal for her one other color that I could not get.  I used King Cole Top Value DK in a gray shade for the join and part of border.  I went lacy and used the Celtic Lace Join for mine.

A bit of stitching

Hello!! I am happy to be here and committed to better blogging habits. I hope all are well, as I share with you some recent cross stitch and crochet.

Last night I finished Evergreen Lane on my Anniversaries of the Heart Sampler.  I am really excited that this sampler is nearing it's conclusion.  It has been a very fun stitch, but I am anxious to frame and hang it soon.  This block is dedicated to my parents' wedding,  Sadly, there was more frogging of over one stitches than I had expected :-(

I finished crocheting a blanket earlier this week.  This is The Garden Route Blanket, a free hexagon pattern on Ravelry.  I call it "my girlie blanket."  I used Stylecraft Special DK in Fondant, Sherbet, Spring Green, Apricot, Aspen, Lavender and Empire.  The hexagons are bordered and joined with Parchment.  Now for the tedious part... I still have to block it.

I broke down and joined the FB craze, and am making a Temperature Blanket for 2017.  I decided to use Geometric Lace by Cypress Textiles.  I found a pastel palette on Pinterest using Stylecraft Special DK.  My temp ranges are a little bit broad, as I did not want to get as fiddly and precise as I see some crocheters are being.  From coldest temps to warmest my blanket uses White, Parma Violet, Cloud Blue, Duck Egg, Cream, Soft Peach, Apricot and Pale Rose.  I have King Cole Top Value DK in a gray for additional corner blocks  and the border/edging.  Each hexagon takes mere minutes each day.  I think I can get this done...Am up to date so far!  Every day involves asking Alexa for the temps :-)
I was blessed once again this past Christmas to receive some truly beautiful ornaments from dear friends.  Katrina, Andrea, Karen and Marie sent these lovelies that were so gorgeous on the tree.  My fave time of year!  Thank you so much my friends, I will cherish these forever.

I also have one last ornament to share.  This is Snowflake Reindeer by Daffycat.  I stitched this for sweet Andrea on R&R Reproductions 30 ct French Vanilla linen with CC and DMC floss.  I love Daffycat's  delicate reindeer designs.

And more of our little Amelia!!  Here is my very perky, expressive and interactive little girl at 5 weeks!!
And at six weeks, just out of her first tubby!  Her grandma helped and is cuddling her here.  I have been told that she loved it :-)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Floral Pillows for Christmas

I spent the past few days making pretty flower sofa cushions for my mother and mother in law...

I used Painted Roses by Cherry Heart Designs, and made a nine patch that fits a 14" firm pillow form.  I added borders to each from Edie Eckman's  Around the Corner Crochet Borders book.  The pillow on the left uses border 69, while the pillow on the right uses border 33.

Both pillows are made with Stylecraft Special DK yarn.  On the left I used Parchment as the main/background color.  On the right I used Stone.

Between the two pillows I used scaps of White, Turquoise, Denim, Shrimp, Pomegranate, Lipstick, Saffron, Cloud Blue, Bluebell, Gold, Fuschia Purple, Apricot, Pale Rose, Raspberry, Spice, Claret, Burgundy, Silver, Clematis, Magenta, Sherbet, Boysenberry, Lobelia, Wisteria, Violet, Lavender, Duck Egg, Storm Blue, Petrol and Parma Violet.

For the Parchment pillow, I used Pistachio and Cypress for the leaves,  while I used Pistachio and Meadow for the leaves on the Stone pillow.  I used Mocha for the square joining for both pillows.

The back of each pillow is a colorful granny incorporating colors used in the flower motifs.  I added one round of half double crochet granny stitch on each side before joining the back to front.  This helped me easily reach the required 14" and not distort my work.  As a happy coincidence, I think it looks very delicate too.

Now to make one for myself after all holiday crafting is finished ;-)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Welcome Amelia Bedelia!!

Welcome Miss Amelia!! We had an early arrival on December 1st. My beautiful niece and her sweetie are the proud parents of little Amelia. I could not be prouder! Amelia is the recipient of the baby blanket in my last post.
Ho Ho Ho!!

I recently stitched this ornament for a friend who loves samplers, especially reproduction samplers.  I thought the deer on this one suited the theme, so it was an easy choice.  The chart is in a relatively recent issue of Cross Stitch &  Needlework, which I tucked away when my work was complete.  Now I have no idea where I put it.  No idea who the designer is.
This cutie is for a dear friend. I know she likes The Little Stitcher. Choosing Blue Snowman in the 2016 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue was easy.
It was very fun to stitch Lizzie Kate's Dash Away for another friend... complete with table centerpiece from my office waiting room as the photo backdrop ;-)
This little holiday robin is a freebie I found on Pinterest. I think the designer's name may be Alioka?? She is in Itay, I may recall. Her blog is having issues and finding the chart link has been difficult to date....
And lastly, a good friend just celebrated a birthday... for her I crocheted Corner Hearts Cushion in Crochet Now, Issue 9. The reverse of the pillow is all in cream. I chose to use leftover yarns from my Vibrant Vintage Blanket, along with one other color in my stash. The cream hearts are James C. Brett Top Value DK (almost a full ball, not a leftover yarn), while the colors are Stylecraft Special DK in Raspberry, Turquoise, Cypress (not used in the VV blanket), Denim, Wisteria, Aster, Fondant, Aspen, Clematis, Bluebell, Teal, Spring Green, Plum, Pomegranate and Magenta. Hope she enjoys using it in her stitching chair ;-)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Baby Blanket for Caitlin

Cape Cod Baby Blanket
in Crochet by DK
Deramores Studio DK Seascape Colour Pack
Pearl, Oatmeal, Mist, Jade, Malachite, Fir, Peridot, Amethyst, Blue Velvet, Sky, Topaz and Smoke

My doll of a niece, Caitlin, is expecting her first child quite soon.  She and her boyfriend have opted not to know their child's gender, which initially created a color challenge.  Luckily, I found this pretty color pack in my stash.  Caitlin has spent a good part of each summer of her life on Cape Cod.  Her maternal grandparents have had a home there for many years.  This color pack reflects the colors of the sea... seems a perfect fit to me.

I was finally able to give this to her yesterday at her baby shower.  It is quite thick and soft/silky, hope it keeps Amelia or Declan warm on those cold New England nights.

Love you Caitlin!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mystery Meadow Blanket

Yes, here I am again, two days in a row.  I have another new finish to share. This is my DROPS Mystery Meadow Blanket (CAL), and if you are not familiar with it, you can still take your own stab at it here. It was a fun crochet a long, however it is from a Dutch yarn company and the English directions were a bit wonky. Glad they had diagrams to go by, and sadly, they wanted us to start in middle of rounds and I am start at the corners crocheter, so I had to study and prepare each week to find my starting point in the directions.

The blanket is a bit smaller than I had hoped it would be.  I used Stylecraft Special DK and Stylecraft Life DK for mine, and upped my hook to 3.50.  That was a good move, but do designers forget some of us are tall?  LOL.  I chose my colors from a link I had found on Pinterest...

...lovely Stylecraft Special DK in Parchment, Mocha, Sage, Pale Rose, Parma Violet, Grape, Cream, Soft Peach and Storm Blue, plus Stylecraft Life DK in Ice Blue and Mint. I think it is a pretty Victorian, feminine combo.

I do love how this came out!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

BoHo Chic

I haven't been on here in forever. Truth be told, I am all messed up with taking photos from my phone and trying to blog. It is hard for So I uploaded the photo and am using the desktop computer in my office. It is OK, the boss does not mind. I am my boss ;-) So... I have tons to share, but for today I have this cute BoHo pillow I started over the weekend and finished last night while watching the MLB Home Run Derby. I love, love, love this pillow.
Back view...
Front view...

 I got the idea from this site. I didn't have any variegated DK yarn in my stash, but I have tons of scrap DK from my many projects. So I ordered up six of the seven available colors of Hayfield Bonus Buzz DK from Deramores... I passed on the one that looked like camouflage on the site.... the yarn arrived on Saturday and I decided to try a pillow. The squares were so fun to make. Many of them are so very bright! The Hayfield Buzz I used are Mingle, Jig, Scoot, Sizzle, Cherry Pop and Tie Dye. Meanwhile, the Stylecraft Special DK yarn was numerous: Claret, Burgundy, Fondant, Bright Pink, Pale Rose, Shrimp, Apricot, Copper, Spice, Citron, Gold, Meadow, Grass Green, Pistachio, Lime, Cypress, Bottle, Lobelia, Storm Blue, Lavender, Boysenberry, Fuschia Purple, Parma Violet, Silver, Mocha, Stone, Cream, Dark Brown, Duck Egg, Grape, Aspen, Pomegranate... it is a burst of color!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

In loving memory...

We lost our Lily very suddenly on 3/16/16. I have been grieving and struggling with whether I let her go too soon. I decided to crochet a memorial blanket, hoping it would soothe me. I am really loving the project and hope to reveal it fairly soon. I am still cross stitching too, just working on BAPs, so not sharing much. Hope all are well!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Circle of Friends... ta da!

Circle of Friends with Celtic Lace Join
Priscilla Hewitt & Baby Love Designs
Border #27 in Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman
James C. Brett Top Value DK
Pattern and inspiration for the squares and the Celtic Lace Join are found HERE
James C. Brett Top Value DK Color Pack plus 3.5 balls of Grey (29) in the same range

Saturday, January 30, 2016

A new blanket under construction

A new colorful blanket is underway.  This one is Textured Circles by Baby Love Designs.  This is based on Circle of Friends by Priscilla Hewitt.  I have not figured out how the two are different, yet Baby Love describes it as an adaptation.  I plan to use the Celtic Lace join.  The yarn is James C. Brett Top Value DK, colour pack purchased from Deramores.   I ordered JCB Grey for the border/join.  May be a while before that arrives from the UK.  Here I have 21 of 48 blocks completed.

Well, Deramores must have pit the yarn on a fast jet, it arrived already today!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Spice of Life Blanket

Finished this morning. My Spice of Life Blanket still needs to be blocked, but the ends are all woven in... victory!
Spice of Life Blanket
Cherry Heart Designs with Edie Eckman Around the Corner Crochet Borders #27
Deramores Studio DK Seascape Colour Pack - Amethyst, Fir, Pearl, Oatmeal, Jade, Mist, Malachite, Blue Velvet, Peridot, Topaz, Sky and Smoke (two balls of Smoke)
4 mm hook, US size G
 ***Edited to add that I really am still stitching, see??  LOL.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Drifter C2C Blanket

 I made an easy, relaxing C2C blanket while on staycation for two weeks, and chose to use it in one of my offices, this time for my Londonderry, NH office.  And it was a cold day today, so I did snuggle with it for a bit.

The simplicity of this blanket gave me ideas, and I opted to use some super soft self striping yarn in 4 colors. As one ball ended, I attached a new color... well, I like it. Looks kind of southwestern in person.
King Cole Drifter DK in Boston, Hawaii, California and Texas

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Painted Roses Blanket Reveal

Finished in the very wee hours of 2016.... Painted Roses Blanket ... a labor of love

I did decide to change out the border on my blanket.  I used border #93 in Around the Corner Crochet Borders by Edie Eckman (a must have book for crocheters available on Amazon).. I wanted a lacier finish than that offered by Sandra Paul (designer)... see the Painted Roses baby blanket I completed just a few posts below this for the original border (November 27, 2015).

I chose to make my blanket 8 x 10 squares, and made 20 each of four different leaf colors, much like a real garden.  No two roses are the same.  DH helped me figure out the layout, and he did a great job.

Blanket is made primarily with Stylecraft Special DK in lime, sage, bottle, meadow, pale rose, cream, aspen, lobelia, mocha, stone, storm blue, wisteria, lavender, clematis, apricot, silver, duck egg, candyfloss, fondant and parma violet in parchment.  I also used Hayfield Baby DK in plum.

Super happy with the final outcome, will be making more Cherry Heart items for sure.... have my second Spice of Life blanket by her on my hook now :-)