24 April 2014

Colour Collaborative: April

Photo credit: Boris Schapira


It is sometimes hard to split apart the words 'tradition' and 'old'.  Traditions are of course repeated and handed down, often for many years and generations and that is why I think I associate the word with dark colours.  Colours that have become weighed down with age and responsibility .  They are classic colours that are used again and again.  They are respectable and solid.

It's Gryffindor red and British racing green.  It's noble navy blues and worn brown leather bound tomes.  That why that first picture is there, to represent the age and history of tradition.

But then what could be more traditional than the pomp and ceremony of royal parades and military regalia? Here we still have the somber navy and and ubiquitous black but we have bright scarlet too and, as this is for celebration, bright shiny silver and gold.  A much brighter palette that the fusty old library feel I was thinking of before.

Photo Credit: UK Ministry of Defence

But traditions don't have to be old of course.  We make new ones all the time.  I always eat one brussel sprout at Christmas, I don't like the things, but a it's become a tradition.  It's a word which is often used as a defence.  Many things are held onto and continue as they have done because of tradition but what is a tradition, but a routine?  Something that has worked before and so therefore gets repeated.

Routines are probably a little easier to break than traditions.  Routines don't have the weight of history on their shoulders.  So, how would I break with routine and use my traditional colours in a new way?

Photo Credit: Death to Stock Photos

I love this palette, even though I'm not usually happy to contain myself to the warmer end of the spectrum.  But here I like the perky pink against the aging brown and terracotta colours and the mustard which give the darker colours a lift too.

Photo Credit: Death to Stock Photos

I've always loved a dark green against a pale, teal or aqua blue, ever since I saw the two paired on a beautiful womans outfit in a film long ago.  It has a 50's feel to it I think and I love that this palette manages to bring the deep red in too.  I wouldn't have thought the deep forest green and the rich red could ever have worked together.

Photo Credit: Christian Guthier

Then there is something more surprising.  This makes a pretty unusual palette, the dark green is still there, but with a peachy orange and a musty purple.  The contrasting pale blue sky and the yellow of the grape are a classic combo and help hold the whole thing together but here are colours I never would have picked out to work next to each other,  but mother nature knows her stuff and I shall just look and learn.

So, do you have a 'traditional' colour palette that you like to use and would you dare to break out and throw in some new colours?

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Don't forget to check out the other great 'Colour Collaborative' blogs
for more of today's great posts...

Annie at Knitsofacto
Gillian at Tales From a Happy House
Jennifer at Thistlebear
Claire at Above the River

What is The Colour Collaborative? 
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff.
Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together?
Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too.
We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination 
our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.

S x

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22 April 2014

Loopy Lou Poncho

I hope you've all been enjoying your Easter break, if you get one.  We have had a lovely time and, as always seems to be the case at Easter, an awful lot of eating was involved.  Time to get back on the wagon and as school is back today, time to get my head back into 'getting things done' mode.

I don't know about you but to me sometimes the holidays feel like a waterslide.  (Bear with me!)  You go whooshing through them and they are great fun while they last but all too soon you are suddenly dumped out the other end feeling slightly disorientated and half drowned in a pool of water.   

Ok, so the 'pool of water' has to be changed to ' great big pile of jobs' for the analogy to work, but hopefully you can see what I'm saying here.  I've had the fun, now it's time to tackle the jobs that have been building up and see if I can bob back up to the surface.

On which note, I'm here to announce that a little job I've been working on lately is about to be ticked off the to-do list.  My Loopy Lou Poncho pattern.  You might remember that I made a version for me back in March and then, because I wanted this poncho to be available in sizes, I made a version for Little Miss too.

Well, my lovely testers have been busy (thank you so much if any of you happen to be reading!) and after a few adaptations and re-workings to tweak the numbers into line I have a pattern to share.

As usual, I've tried to make everything nice and clear and easy to follow.  The pattern is in the form of written instructions, using UK terms and I've included extra information for deciphering stitches and a key to translate the terms to US crochet too. 

I've also included a photo tutorial for that bottom border, that I know you might worry about because it looks all complicated and intertwined.  It's actually very simple though and the photos will walk you through step by step.  

This is my first pattern which includes different sizes too, six of them altogether.  I've started with a little girl size, about 7 or 8 is the youngest I think it will fit.  That's about a 20-22" chest size, then it goes up in increments to a womans size 44" chest.

So hopefully you'll have everything you need for a snuggly poncho of your own.

Here's the links for the pattern...


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Or to buy the pattern now:

I'd love to hear how you got on, so if you'd like to share your projects please pop over to the Ravelry Group, Cherry Hearts Cozy Corner.  It's also a great place to go if you have any pattern queries.

S x

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17 April 2014


At last, it's almost Easter.  It feels like it's been a long time coming this year.  Partly because it's a late Easter but mostly because for us, it's right at the very end of the school holiday.

It has given us a chance to get the Easter tree sorted out in good time for once though.  I'm still very much enjoying the look of my fake branches from last year.  I got them from Dunelm Mill and they are not so authentic perhaps but they are certainly easier to deal with and to decorate.  My Hoppity rabbits are all strung up on the mantle too.  Their third outing so far and of course, the Huggie Bunnies are storing their treats, all ready for the weekend.

I thought I'd share a little of what we've been up to so far...


We're well into our second week now and we've managed to fit a lot in this time around.  My Little Ponies, Hama beading, gardening, days long games of Monopoly, swimming and the sun has meant some time outside too.  The park, assault courses in the garden and a new game, apparently called 'field dominoes'.  Which involves hiding our oversized foam outdoor dominoes around the garden and then hunting down a tile before you can take your turn.

Real Little Ponies

From the plastic play kind, to the real life kind, ponies have featured these holidays.  Little Miss has been for her first ride on a horse and she absolutely loved it.  It was kind of exciting for me too as it's something I did for a long time when I was young and enjoyed a lot.  She's been talking about the idea for a little while so this seemed a good time to try.

She was full of chatter about everything she'd done afterwards and immediately asked when she could go again.  So we've another ride lined up this week.  I don't know if it's something she'll want to stick at, but maybe the fact that Jessie is her favourite dress up costume is no coincidence!

A Plan Comes Together

My slowly progressing stars that I started last month, are now complete and the whole project is starting to come together at a rate of knots now that the more intricate part is done.  I'm now even further along than this photo shows and I am so in love with how the 'V' stitch part is looking.   It's coming out even better than I had imagined,  so I'm really enjoying working on this at the moment.

At Last

If you were here last summer you might just remember this Gypsy Shawl that I was working on in the summer holidays.  I promised a pattern would be coming and I know that some of you have been waiting so very patiently for me to get myself together and get the pattern out to you.  Well, I'm glad to say that the cogs have been whirring in the background and I'm almost at the point where this one is ready to go.

My plan is to get the Loopy Lou Poncho finalised and released and then it will be full steam ahead on putting the last touches to this one, ready to bring out next month if all goes well.

That's all from me for now.  If you are celebrating Easter, I hope you have a lovely one and if you are lucky enough to get some extra days off like we do here, then I hope you enjoy those too.

S x

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15 April 2014

Making me squeak!

 Excitement levels are running pretty high at my house at the moment.

A little package popped through my door the other day.  It had travelled all the way from America containing this magazine and it made me woop a little woop and dance a little jig.  Well, maybe not literally, but I definitely did squeak a bit.

The reason for my mouse impression was the realisation that what I held in my hands was a little bit of fantasy dreamland made real.  Because this magazine, good ladies and gentlemen (should there be any gentlemen reading) contains a step by step tutorial written by my very own self.  Can you believe it?

Look, here it is.  Printed on proper paper with pages that turn and everything.

Look, that's my little face and my actual name.  It's dream-like to see it, but don't pinch me, I don't want to wake up!

The tutorial shows you how to make a Casserole Cover, which you can adapt to suit your own dish size and I'm pretty pleased with how it came out.  It's a sort of cozy to keep the contents warm, perfect for transporting a warming treat to a friend or to take to a dinner party.

The magazine, Hobby Farm Home is only available in American as far as I'm aware and so if you live in that land of plenty and would like to make your own cover, you can pick up a copy of the May/June issue in the shops now.

For those of you in other parts of the world, I don't think the magazine is available online unfortunately, but the good news is you don't have to miss out entirely.  I also made a little pot holder to match the casserole cover and the instructions to make that are online.

I hope you enjoy the tutorials if you try them, in the meantime, I'm going to go and see if I can calm down.  Excited jigs take it out of you!

S x

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