Thanks to Maia, here’s a little video of me crocheting the edging on my throw this morning. Its a pretty simple little two round shell (I’m working on round 2 in this vid), Ill post the full how to soon. Enjoy!
Goodness me, it’s been a while hasn’t it? No real reason for a lack of posts, except that I have been waiting for topic inspiration to strike – which hasn’t really… Lots has been going on, but nothing that has struck me as truly inspirational and write-about-worthy – or maybe its the added pressure that more of you are now following me and I feel like I should say only noteworthy and sensible things?
This week I’m loving cups of tea from my new dragonfly cup… the weather is cooling, not during the day so much but cooler mornings and evenings, which signal that autumn is indeed here. My blanket is coming along ~ slowly ~ but I promise you, progress is being made. I’m working on the last round of edging… in gorgeous duck egg blue. Once the edge is complete there’s only the ends to sew in, so I’m hoping to have a finished throw to share by the end of the week (sooner if I actually start crocheting more and procrastinating less!).So on that note, now that the children are tucked up in bed and the evening is closing in, I’m off to sip my tea and crochet a little more. How’s your week going, what are you working on right now? Do tell… Janette xox
How has your week panned out? It’s been a lovely week here, the weather holds. It’s still nice and warm, and although rain was forecast this weekend, it has not arrived. School and after school activities are now in full swing, and the pace of life has picked up to match, as have I – needs must.
Today I’m going to share a little more of my garden, but Ill be back in a day or two with some crafty progress and other happenings from around the place.
My vege garden has found a new lease of life, consistent watering and the continuing long hot summer has given it a second wind. We have water restrictions so I’m getting up at 6am every second day and turning on the sprinkler for an hour or two. I’ve got another round of summer crops in, the tomatoes, courgettes and cucumbers are still going strong and many autumn crops are beginning to take off too.
Here are some garden shots taken over the last week…
A golden courgette flower:
We’ve an awesome crop of golden queen peaches this year – YUM:
After a somewhat sedate start to the new year, things really have picked up to the point that I now feel like I am constantly running to keep up. From early morning till (sticky hot!) evening, life is more than a little chaotic and I feel like I’m racing from one task to another… there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day! I took a few minutes this afternoon to ‘just breathe’, and wandered around the garden taking photos – while the children were playing under the sprinkler!
I couldn’t resist sharing these hydrangeas with you…
So do tell, how is the new year treating you? Has 2014 hit it’s stride and racing along at your place too? I’d love to hear! Janette xx
I’m loving these late summer days…
Amazed by the talent of a clever face painter at a birthday party we went to this weekend… Can you tell we went to see Frozen recently? So impressed I got a little arm art painted on myself…Wondering about Maia’s desire to have a barbie photo shoot!
Scoffing lots of delicious homegrown tomatoes (these ones are Black Krim)… They are especially good on toast for brekkie!
Visiting the Hamilton gardens, and especially enamored by the kitchen garden this year…
So pleased with the way it’s turning out, love the grey… It really makes the colors pop!
Still sipping my nightly sleepy tea. The tags may be my favourite part! Preserving plentiful plums, everyone loves this plum sauce…
Just popped by to say hi, and share my latest favourite updo…
Also works with chopsticks, knitting needles, pens… anything you happen to have lying around! There’s a good vid showing you how to do it here.
Smile! xxo J
It’s been so hot here this week, and I’ve been working away (perhaps more accurately I should say sweating away) under my crochet throw. I’m now about half way through joining the squares… the progress is making me happy. However the decision to crochet a heavy woolen throw mid-summer is making me question my sanity. I’ll share some photos over the next few days.
In between the crochet I’m still sewing up a storm…This time new chevron cushions to matchy match my new orange mat…My blue crochet cushion, adds wonderful contrast. I still have an urge to add some more turquoise blue cushions into the mix so I may have to return to the fabric store and see if I can find something suitable. This beautiful phalaenopsis orchid also blends right in.Slowly the room has been overtaken by orange… I wonder if my family will notice?So what do you think… orange, fan or no? Jxox
Here are some photos from the last few days, it’s a bit of a random update I’m afraid. The weather has been so nice and we have been so busy I haven’t been spending any time near a computer. The children painting, and (in the foreground) our stupendous grape crop. We are patiently waiting for them to ripen… the color is just starting to turn so they shouldn’t be far off.
After a week trawling wool shops (both online and around town), I’ve finally purchased the yarn to complete this cheery throw. I love the bright circles, and spent a long time trying to decide what order to place them in so the colors are balanced. I think I’ve settled on what’s shown in the pic above.Im still sewing up a storm, including these new PJ shorts for Maia and Carter. Carter is so not into having his photo taken right now… shame, I love taking photos of them! This was the best of a bad bunch: Billy the cat playing with the crochet mouse family (ok maybe not playing, more tolerating Carter annoying his nap time). A poppy head (random )These guys are growing up so quickly… and they are so cute, but it’s a battle of wills right now. They are convinced the best place to hang out is on our deck. Unfortunately we don’t agree with them…Eating so many cucumbers I may well start to look like one…Still waiting for my tomatoes to ripen, they were planted a little late this year and so the wait seems extra long!
While the heat lovers (like grapes and tomatoes) are thriving, the flower garden is looking far from its best… although these dying hydrangea blooms are still quite beautiful. How’s your week going? Jxox
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A while back Jill over at Nice Piece of Work (great blog – go check it out!) posted a newsboy hat she had made, which reminded me how much I love that style of hat. A quick trawl around the internet and I found this pattern, and set about making a couple – one for myself and one for Maia.
Being that Maia is a MUCH better model, here are some shots of her hat…The pattern is reversible, so you get two hats for the price (effort) of one! Great pattern, lots of photos and clear instructions… I’d never made a hat before, but all in all it wasn’t too hard. The first one took me about 3 hours, the second only about an hour.Hope you have a lovely weekend friends!J xox