11 Feb 2012

Crochet flat circle

After crocheting the daffodil tub jackets I have now moved on to the crochet flat circle, another tutorial from Attic 24.  The flatter one is the second attempt, you can see from the circle on the right of the second picture that there was a good reason why you should count the stitches exactly.  I suppose everyone was aware of that except me and t was a good few rounds in before I noticed that something was going wrong.

So on I persevere, getting it kinda right. I started another one so I have a front and back and my mum dad and sisters are away up to Ikea today so I have asked mum to get me a circular cushion insert and I can just keep doing rounds till it fits.  That being said I did ask mum to use common sense and not get me one the size of a tractor wheel.

As I was nightshift Thursday night my sister came down yesterday to look after the kids once my other half went to work.  I need sleep after my nightshifts and get very grumbly without it.  This is Emma challenging the dog for its dog toy.  She thought better of that one once she got the toy, dog was a bit drably yesterday.  Ewwww.

Emma did do art with the kids yesterday.  She is really good at being crafty with the kids and keeping them amused and there was no mess when I got up.  Love it.  The picture above is what they achieved yesterday and it is now up on my living room wall, is quite big.

This picture was made by my youngest at school for his fairyland topic.  I love the trees, its so bright and cheery and I've put that in my kitchen.

What with colourful pictures and colourful cushions, you would be right to say that muted tones are not something that we have much of in this house.


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8 Feb 2012

Learning to crochet

For ages I have been dying to learn to crochet. Ive been a long time reader of attic 24 and marvelled at Lucy's lovely crochet creations.  I poured over books but to no avail.  Then I discovered this tutorial by bethinks and it all started to slip into place.  How to knit a Granny Square for beginners

I started, I stopped, I rewound  and I repeated this more times that I care to mention.  Then it clicked and I started crocheting like a demon.

First ever granny square cushion.

I had these whaler cushion covers and attached the granny square to that while I was crocheting the final round.

This is another cushion made the same way for my feel girl.  She requested one of her very own, she was so impressed when it was finished.

The kids have daffodil bulbs home from school, the idea being that they will take them back in a few months and sell them to raise money for Marie Curie.  So I thought they were a bit bare sitting in the hall so I have knitted them some jackets much to the amusement of the ceramic dog.
I love cornishware and don't have enough of it but now I can crochet my own.  Obviously when the daffs go back to school the jackets go too but then I can do some more now I know how.

 The last one is almost finished and then to decide what I can do next. Its very exciting now I can finally make these things and I'm finding it easier than knitting.  (Sorry knitting, i still love you)

3 Feb 2012

Belle, me and Eglinton Park

Belle and I ventured out yesterday morning to Eglinton Park,  Irvine.  I dropped our wee people off at school and went home for Belle.  I only have a small car so space is limited hence the two journeys.

Belle enjoying a good run in the open air.  She looks as if she was flying almost.  I love these action shots of her.

For being a very good girl Belle got a treat.  She had to sit first though. 

I love this view.  Its just as stunning from the other side too. 

Galloping through no doubt chasing some imaginary dog. 

 This is Eglinton Castle, whats left of it.  They were doing work round it and there are ugly but necessary signs all round it telling you not to climb on it so it was hard to get a god angle without the signs.
I was trying to be clever taking shots that were in focus and blurred. 

This lovely bridge was closed so we turned back.... 

and down this lane.

I was a lovely morning.  Afterwards I popped to the supermarket to get the March edition of 'making' which i was really looking forward to but I still haven't had piece to read it.

Both kids had playdates last night so it was a rush all night , picking up, dropping off, making teas but it was all good fun.