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Ribbit, Ribbit

Ribbit, Ribbit is my word of choice to describe this mornings events. For those of you up with crafting lingo I have indeed frogged the first attempt at the ginkgo. Not because I did it wrong (for once) but because it really didn’t look right with the variegated yarn.

So what’s frogging? Well it definitely is not to be confused with dogging! It basically means I ripped the knitting apart, as the stitches come out you’re ‘ripping, ripping’ which many moons ago someone thought sounded like ‘Ribbit’ which then led to frogging.

So I am now on the hunt for another pattern….anyone got any good rec’s for a one skein lace triangular scarf pattern?

Blue Lagoon Love

It’s Christmas in just over 14 weeks and normally I would have started to at least plan what I was making for friends and family already. However, this year is going to be different…..I’m getting married in 13 weeks! So whilst planning the major stuff for that and also the little stuff, including D.I.Y. table and venue decorations, I thought it would be a really nice idea to make a gift for each of bridesmaids. All three of them are very special to me in one or another (as bm’s usually are!) but I have never crafted anything for any of them. My friend Hannah from ‘The Hen House’ has custom dyed me the most gorgeous 4ply super-wash merino yarn.

Here it is in skeins:

 

 Isn’t it just the most gorgeous yarn? Hannah has done an amazing job. So what’s the plan with it? well I’ve been searching for something fantastic to make with it, that will show off the yarn but also be a pretty pattern and i’ve decided upon this Ginkgo Shoulderette Shawl available as free Ravelry download. I’ve got four skeins, so i’ll be doing one for each bridesmaid and if there’s enough time i’ll also make one for myself. I’m going to try and add some green in somewhere, maybe some ribbon or embroidery or something to bring in all my wedding colours and then maybe we’ll get some really funky pictures with them on my big day.

Here’s a picture of it balled (a task that I detest)

It may be a really horrible, mindless task, but doesn’t it just look scrumptious? Hannah named it Blue Lagoon and I have to say the shades of blue are so beautiful, I could just stare at it all day.

 

Little lady is now off to school so i get to cast on in a few minutes…..progress reports to follow i’m sure.

What a year!

This past year has been utterly crazy. I’ve moved house twice, once half way across the country, i’ve got divorced, got engaged, sent my youngest off to school with her big brothers, learnt how to have a passion for cooking, finally completed the dreaded Girasole, taken 1000s of photographs and am now planning a wedding.

So once again apologies for not keeping up with this blog, but other things needed my time and attention and to be honest I was in no fit state to post anything. But I am now out of the other side and very much for the better. Life is so very good at the moment, i’m the happiest I have ever been, I really am just loving living life which is an amazing place to be in.

Technically, the blog name now needs to change as I have moved house and it was a nod to my road name, but I really can’t be bothered to start a new one so for the time being, here is where we will stay.

The children and I moved from Kent to the Cotswolds in May and it has been fab! We now live amongst hills and rolling countryside, simply beautiful surroundings that are stimulating my creative senses but i’m trying really hard to resist!

Crafting has definitely taken a back seat in recent months, but I was spurred into action by my lovely friend Naomi, over at Bilgewater blog, to complete the dreaded Girasole that has been a part of my life for what feels like forever. We motivated each other and we grrr’d with each other. It was simple pattern to follow, my first ever time of knitting in the round and using a chart, bu that doesn’t mean it was fun! Oh my goodness, no words can express how depressing knitting some of this was, 640 stitches per round at one point, each took 40mins even in plain knit rounds. I’m really proud of myself for doing it, and it really would not have been possible to complete without Naomi cheering me on, but would I ever do another? NO! ABSOLUTELY NOT! NEVER! Lots of people have commented on how beautiful it is and it really really is, but when i look at it I just see all he hard work, the sweat, the tears and the torment that went into completing it. I used aran weight yarn and so it is huge, big enough for two to snuggle under nicely. Here it is with my daughter to give a bit more representation of size:

I’ve entitled this picture ‘Beauty and The Beast’ I think that sums it come quite well. (I just need to block it, then it is truly finished!)

I got engaged 3 weeks ago, to the most incredible man. T and I have a very deep, intense and complicated history, which I promise to post about soon as it is a true love story, with high, lows and redemption right at the heart of it.  I could waffle on for pages and pages about that though, so i’ll save that for another post. We finally confirmed all the venues last Friday and we are in fact getting married on 15th December 2012. I’ve jumped into action, i’ve got lists, lists and more lists and i’m loving the fact that it’s taking my mind of my littlest starting school. I’m going to be D.I.Y.ing a few bits for the big day, so no doubt i’ll be posting here about them.

I’m going to stop writing now and start stalking my postie for some gorgeous hand dyed yarn that my friend Hannah over at ‘The Hen House’  custom dyed for me for my bridesmaid gifts which i’m making, so watch this space….

 

I started this a few months, so am cheating a little in using this for day 5! It’s a very plain and simple dining table which I have decoupaged an old road map on to. Unfortunately it has had a table cloth on it for a while as I didn’t have time to finish it. In the end it was actually a relatively short project probably only a day plus a day drying time.

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I thought that for today’s challenge I would use up some yarn scraps and do some upcycling.

I’m using up my leftover style craft yarn from my granny stripe blanket and making a granny square cushion for the sofa. I’m hoping to back it with an old fleece jumper, but that will be tomorrow I should imagine. So song WIP progress pics:

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This what happens when my other half leaves me alone for an evening – perfection

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And the evenings offerings

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I cannot tell you just how relieved and excited I am to finally write this post. This blanket is inspired by Lucy at attic24 It has been great to be able to pick it up as and when I have time. Pic overload now follows:

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The biggest and hardest part of this project is now most definately over – I cleared the toys out! Lol! It’s amazing how much junk gathers in the bottom.

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So the next part is the shelves, however this will have to wait as I’m going to need to use a saw.