This week I’ve been crocheting at every opportunity, I’ve really been trying to finish something, anything, from my growing list of projects.
And what do you know, with a little bit of perseverance and a healthy dose of self restraint, I’m excited to present my newly finished (right down to the ends all being sewn in, gently washed and blocked) Square Sweater:
Really? Square Sweater? A name like that doesn’t really do this top justice, its beautiful; light and delicate, a blend of two yarns, one pure wool, one wool mix with some threads of green, blue and red… so I’m calling it something much more inspiring: my Sea Foam Sweater.
Although in all fairness to the designer it is a square shape and made up of hundreds of little squares. But I’m sure you will agree, its way too cool to be called square!
While I’m here, I can’t resist sharing this gorgeous rose which is now in full bloom.
Who doesn’t love an apricot rose? And the smell… heavenly!
Ok, back to the top… close up of shoulder:And a close up of the pattern detail. I’m happy to report this pattern is an absolute gem, it’s super easy. This delicate, complicated looking pattern is made with only a two row pattern repeat, and each row is almost identical, so that means minimal counting, which translates to being easy enough to crochet in front of the the tv (or when kids are around) without too much concentration! I enjoyed this so much I want to start another. Immediately!And finally, this is me, in my Sea Foam top.
Not a back view or a shot with the head strategically cut off like you usually find around here! Gulp!
Have a wonderful week, friends ☺️
I’ve been crocheting up a storm! At last count I had 4 projects on the go AND I have ordered some yarn for a cardi for Maia, so there’s a flurry of activity to try and wrap up at least one of the projects currently underway before I go and pick that up… not to mention a moratorium on any more new projects! So much crochet to do, so little time :)
In the photo below, I’m working on a simple shell top. I’ve finished one side, and should (hopefully) finish the other tonight, then be on the home run to blocking and edging. If you’re interested, you can find out more about the pattern here, but I’m sure I’ll be back with more progress soon!
How’s your week going? What are you working on? xx
Thank you for all the lovely comments about my last post, I feel so blessed with your kindness :) The weather is still all over the show, and while its no weather for tomatoes or cucumbers, most of the garden is looking gorgeous, and this weekend I have three roses, and my peony coming into bloom – lets hope there’s not too much wind! I’m sure there will be more flower photos soon!
What’s the perfect way to spend a wet Saturday? At the local pottery workshop open day! The children tried their hand at throwing a pot on the wheel, free form clay sculpture and raku glaze. It was a first experience with clay for them and they both had so much fun. One of the (many) unexpected joys of motherhood is seeing my children experience something new for the first time, especially when they adore it! I have to admit I was itching to have a go myself, pottery is something I have always wanted to explore more and I think today’s visit has convinced me to sign up for classes next term!
Here’s a couple of little video’s, Maia building her pot on the pottery wheel:
And Carter building his:
What are you up to this weekend? Have you tried any new crafty experiences lately? Much love, Janette xox
How’s your week going? We are in the midst of some very changeable crazy weather, it’s hot, cold, wet, fine, thundery and windy – sometimes all at the same time. But then I guess that’s allowed now we are in mid-spring!
Despite the weather (or maybe because of it) my garden is blooming into life. I’m loving the almost black of those darkest purple violas…
Not to mention the vibrant blues, mauves, yellows, brightest cherise and palest pinks. Ok, I admit, I love them all!
Maia and I walked around the garden, chatting and snipping, then brought our collection in to scatter and be admired on our kitchen table…
Later, the blooms were arranged into 4 tiny posies by the children.
Aren’t spring flowers just beautiful whichever way you look at them?
They really make my heart sing! So what’s blooming in your garden just now? What’s colouring your world?
I hope you have a bright and beautiful week xoxoxo
Top Row L – R: Dr Hauschka rose hand cream, embroidery cotton, sharpie, pencil, quick unpick, Mousie, hooks! Crochet stars (Ill post a pattern sometime) small container with lots of important stuff, pink beads, scissors.
My project work continues, but is going to require a trip to the shop this afternoon… see that short length of white. Yep it ran out. Hope I can remember which brand I brought (the band is long gone), wish me luck!
So what’s in your crochet work bag? Anything you can’t live without? xxxJ
Here’s a few random little snippets from my world recently…
We are now mid-spring here in New Zealand and the weather is warming up. My garden is growing at warp speed – more on that soon. Its a rare occasion to see Tui in my garden, but this week there were a couple sipping on flax flowers. Birds, you will note, are well outside my photographic expertise!
As well as raising seeds and planting seedlings like crazy, I’m propagating a variety of plants… this is my kitchen windowsill, and I’m happy to report that every eastern and southern windowsill in our house is also home to a large number of small jars with lots of other potential plants for my garden!
What’s happening in your world? xxxoooxxxx
You can find the superb simple sweet and not at all silly scaly or scary crochet snake pattern right here.
The only change I made to the pattern was to insert a couple of pipe cleaners wound together (and the ends bent over so they don’t poke out) inside each snake to make them nice a twistable :)
They were an almost shocking contrast to the bare branches of the surrounding trees…
What’s blooming in your world? xx
I’ve had many, many requests for a crochet coaster pattern since I originally posted making coasters because the original pattern seems to have disappeared. If it does pop back up Ill link back to it, but in the meantime, here’s a quick little tutorial for you to whip up some crochet coasters, for yourself or as a lovely gift!
To make these crochet coasters you will need…
- DK (8ply) yarn – I like to use a cotton or cotton blend
- 3mm or 3.5mm crochet hook – use a slightly smaller hook than usual because you want a nice firm fabric.
- Needle to sew in ends
Have a lovely weekend everyone! J xox
The weather has warmed up considerably in the past few days, and with it so to has my enthusiasm for spending time out of doors.
There are signs of spring everywhere, but not least in the magnificent magnolias which are blooming in our street. My heart lifts every time I see them. Usually as I rush by, this way or that… to school, to work, to gym, to violin, to swimming and (somewhat exhausted) home again.
Today I went out walking not once but twice – with my camera in tow – to enjoy the spring air and to photograph these amazing blooms to share with you.
In the morning…
As the sun set went down they seemed to get only more beautiful.The evenings are getting longer, tonight it was just bright enough for a quick ‘scoot’ around the neighbourhood after dinner.
I recently made this crochet cowl for a friend.
Lets begin shall we? This one is made using 2 strands of 4ply held together, because I wanted an 8ply/ DK weight cowl. I loved this color, so used the two strands to achieve the weight I was looking for with a 6mm hook. Really though, you could use and weight yarn and a suitably large enough hook.
Keep working until your cowl is the desired length…Then slip stitch your two ends together:Weave in all ends (there should only be two!), and put on your new cowl! Then take a photo or two and post it over on the Green Dragonfly Facebook page!
Have a very happy day :) ~ Jxox
There’s been a bit going on around here recently, here’s a few snaps of things from my world just now.
♥ Admiring this orchid because it just keeps on blooming and blooming…♥ Smiling. Don’t you love birthday cards? (yes, last week I celebrated another year passing…)♥ Baking, like reading, is something that seems to happen more when its cold (the oven warms up the house, the smell warms up the soul!), brownies… and slices for lunchboxes, try this one (pic below) or this one. Yum!♥ Enjoying this amazing bromeliad… it has the most beautiful flower don’t you think? Just one of the many signs that spring is on her way!♥ Wearing my green shawl, yes I have been wearing it (and loving it!)…♥ Reminded that although spring is nearly here, winter hasn’t quite let go her grip yet… we’ve had so many frosts the garden is looking very sad. I’ve also had to resort to planting seedlings inside cut off milk bottle to stop the chickens scratching them up and/or eating completely!
♥ Traveling… is a necessity of my job and there has been a fair bit of flying of late. At least the weather has been gorgeous, so the flights have been full of spectacular sights…
♥ Grateful that my Mum can come and help out on those hectic days when I have to be away… it makes life so much easier when Nana comes and does all the school (and trampoline and swimming…) pick ups and drop offs, the children love it and I really appreciate one less thing to worry about.
♥ Arranging my new printers tray, which has become home to an eclectic miniature collection… each day the children find something more to add to it.♥ Cherishing my girl and this now toothless grin – the big new tooth is growing in so that smile is never going to be the same again! Time seems to be passing by so quickly just now, I can barely keep up!
I wonder what you are loving, baking, crocheting, arranging, reading, wearing, enjoying, thinking, smiling about and doing?
Lots of love, Janette xox
Well it’s been a little while coming, mostly due to bad weather and not being able to get a decent photo of it, so I’m excited to finally be able to share my big green sidewalk shawl with you… This was a really enjoyable pattern to work with, although I will admit to some frustration at the beginning because it seemed to take a long time for the pattern to become apparent and, due to the complexity and number of rows, even longer before I had the pattern committed to memory. Once I did get the pattern figured out I really enjoyed the l-o-n-g (and steadily longer) rows. It was a lovely meditative kind of project, not at all mindless; but not so hard once you get the hang of it.
And the result? Well, what do you think? It’s glorious, gigantic and green. I think I love it! Now I just have to get up the courage to wear it out in public… but if Kate can, then I guess I can too! It’s certainly cosy, like being wrapped in a big green hug :)
If you want to make one too you can find the gorgeous free pattern here.
Have a lovely week! Janette xox
It was bitterly cold here this morning… Everything glistened in the early morning light under a thick coating of ice, so I couldn’t resist braving the cold with my camera. We are heading for another one tonight -4 C which is VERY chilly for us! But I love this weather, the days that follow a good frost are so clear. What’s it like where you are? xox