His satchel was for the very important function of holding the smallest get well card:
I don’t have an exact pattern to share with you I’m afraid. It came in a quilting pack with all the supplies so I can’t share it here. However if you search online you will find some very similar patterns.
To get you started here’s a good tutorial for making the squares and crocheting them together. The three layer rose is added afterwards when the quilt squares are all joined together… here’s a nice pattern.
Hope you are having a wonderful week! J xox
Our cat, Billy, has decided that he loves this wool. He actually loves most wool, and crocheted blankets especially… but this wool must be special! Never mind that I want to use it, to you know, crochet with…
He says, ‘Its so warm, and comfy and purrrrfect for resting my chin on when I sleep. Go away with your annoying camera and wanting to move it around, Im trying to sleep here!’Later that night, when I was trying to use the wool he was determinedly perched on my knee letting me know how much he loved it … you’ll need your volume on to make sense of this video (and heaven only knows why it turned out so big) :)
If you are on a mobile device you might have to view it here.
There’s not a lot blooming in my garden to be honest… but if you search carefully there are a few spots of color, and even the very first bulbs starting to appear – all without any help from me (as the poor slug eaten polyanthus will profess):
This white tipped cyclamen is gorgeous and it has a nice scent too…
Calendulas bloom all through my (sad looking) vege garden…
Early cheer, braving the chill…Poor polyanthus are slugs’ favourite feast…There is going to be a huge haul of tangelos this year…Pretty pelargoniums from Great Nana Williams and a few red rhubarb stalks that should be brought in and cooked up: Paler pink cyclamens…Unassuming hellebores; their downward facing blooms required all kinds of trick photography to share their beauty with you! Got it!And finally, delightful Daphne…Daphne is quite possibly my favourite winter flower. I don’t seem to have much luck growing it; the leaves turn yellow and once that happens they invariably curl up and die within a couple of years. I have to enjoy this bush while I can. The smell is all lemony and quite delicious – makes me want to eat it (or at least a lemon delicious pudding)!This week I made these new fingerless gloves, like shawls they are a regular make for me – especially at this time of year. I love that my hands and wrists are warm, but my fingers are free to do all the important stuff they need to! These ones are a little heavier than I would usually make, but they are super warm and cosy. You can’t quite see it in the photos but there is a gold thread through the yarn which is very pretty. This is a free pattern, you can find it here. Would I recommend it? Yes definitely, the instructions are good and the cable surprisingly easy :)
What’s blooming in your garden, and what are you working on? – J xox
Today marks the start of two weeks of school holidays. I’m so happy to have finally reached the end of term, we are all in desperate need of a break… And while mine won’t be a long break I’m taking part of both weeks off work which I am VERY happy about. Anyway, as promised, here are the details on my latest shawl…The shawl itself is made using the South Bay Shawlette pattern, this is a free Lion Brand crochet pattern, you can find here. For my shawl I used a 2ply merino angora mix and 3mm hook which resulted in a lovely close weave. I wanted it to be light yet warm, you could use a much bigger hook (and yarn) with this pattern and it would still be lovely, but the smaller hook means that the shawl has a delicate look and while being light has just a little bit more warmth…
You might recognise the edging, its the same lacy edging pattern as I used on my last crochet throw… You can find the pattern here.
So there you go. Im in love with this shawl, it just gorgeous. The colour is beautiful and the yarn is positively scrumptious! As always seems to be the case with shawls, I want to start another immediately! I hope you’re having a great week, is anyone else on holiday this week? J – xo