30 July 2015

Colour Collaborative: July


Although I didn't turn the picture above into a colour a palette, I'm sure you can imagine the 'ombre' selection I didn't have the yarn to create, that colour sums up 'mend' more than any other to me.
Or rather, I suppose it sums up 'not mended' more than any other.

You see, that yarn is the one that I made my absolutely favourite pair of socks out of.  The yarn was gorgeous, soft as can be and the colour is divine.  The socks themselves turned out just beautifully too and although I wore them sparingly, their little life was all too short and swift.

I must be one of those people that are hard on their socks I suppose because I had barely noticed the threadbare patches before fully blown heel holes had appeared.  As you will no doubt imagine, I was fairly distraught about this tragic development.  All hope was lost, my work ruined and my favourite socks gone.  Nothing to be done for them I thought sadly to myself and I slowly, reluctantly, dropped them... into the bin!

Now I know that right at this moment you'll be saying to yourself (or maybe screaming at your screen) 'Why the heckety heck didn't you darn them?'  Well, quite.  I know.

I'm afraid it just didn't occur to me.  I don't know how aware of 'darning' I was back when this occurred.  I'd heard of it certainly. People always had to darn their stockings in Enid Blyton or Agatha Christie books, but I'm not sure I really knew exactly what was involved.  What's worse is I had plenty of the left-over sock yarn to do the job with.  Heartbreaking isn't it?  My only defense is time, it was quite a while ago...

Still, it was a lesson learnt because I did finally work out what darning was and realise just what a marvellous thing it might well prove to be for me in future.  So now, as well as understanding the merits of using sock yarn with nylon content to help prevent the pesky holes in the first place, I also know exactly what to do if they do start showing their ugly little faces in the heel regions.

So now, I always make sure I keep a little of any used sock yarn back, ready to leap into action should the need arise.  And that's why it's sock yarn that's inspiring my 'mend' palettes today.

Of course, I haven't actually tried darning yet.
I sense there will be a few more lessons to be learnt lurking in my future...

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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 Annie Cholewa
Jennifer at Thistlebear
Claire at Above the River
Sarah at Mitenska

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



26 July 2015

New Pattern: Quite Quant

I'm really excited about this one!

Actually, I could probably always say that, because if I didn't love it so much I'd never manage to get the pattern all written out and ready, but it is true.  I just am so happy with how this little blanket turned out.

It is a pretty small blanket, it'd be just right to use on a push-chair.  It's the sort of size blanket I use when I take my little niece out for a walk (and hopefully nap).  It'd work for a large pram or carrycot too though I would think. 

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It's the first time I've made a blanket entirely from Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino and it was such a treat to do it.  It's so lovely to crochet with and the colours are just gorgeous.  The ones I went for are hopefully in keeping with the sort of sixties 'flower power' type feel I was going for with these little quarter petal flowers.  I think they are very Mary Quant and overall it's got quite an Orla-ish feel about it too.

Rarely, for me, I actually wasn't very far at all into the blanket when I decided I had to come out with some sort of layout plan so that I could get all the colours nicely arranged and 'just so'.  I did a little thing on the computer so I knew what colours were going where.  I had a few goes at it, trying to get it all just perfect but to be honest it seemed impossible to order them perfectly without falling into a repeating pattern, which I prefer not to do.  So in the end it's still a little random in places but doesn't make it any less perfect in my eyes.

As I say, it's not my usual way to plan it all out in advance like this but I must say it does speed things up when you do.  Normally I enjoy making decisions as I go, it's all part of the fun.  But this method means that once you are ready to join, you just whizz through it.  Pretty cool!

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The part that caused the most agonising, was the border.  I had an idea for a quite wide border, which was going to echo the petals and be very in keeping with the sixties theme.  It was all quite lovely and thinking my test piece was perfect, I edged the whole blanket in it.  But when it was done, lovely as it was, it just wasn't right.  It was too overwhelming and so it had to go in favour of something simple and understated that allows those cute flowers that somehow manage to look geometric too, doing the talking instead.  Much better.

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: :   Q U I T E   Q U A N T   : :

by Sandra Paul

A full written pattern which includes:

UK Crochet terms and stitch abbreviations (with a guide to convert to US terms)
Helpful pictures
Layout information (if you want to duplicate my colour layout)
 Photo tutorials for special stitches
Crochet chart
Also includes guidance on yardage for making larger sizes


(Find more details in the Cherry Heart Pattern Shop)

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S x



23 July 2015

And relax.... Sort of!

The holidays are here.  Phew!

So school has finished, the bags are unpacked, the uniform is washed (or chucked) and the feet are well and truly up.  Well, sort of.  We're not having to get up so early at least, which is a very good thing.   We don't always hurry to get dressed, another good thing, especially as far as Little Miss is concerned.  
But as ever, holidays with children are not idle affairs and this week we have a riding lesson every day, a pony day, a trip to the library, play time with a friend and a visiting niece to keep us busy, as well as all the usual mundane chores to fit in.  Yikes.

I think the first steps in the gradual transition from Mummy, 'Entertainments Officer', to Mummy 'Taxi Driver' are beginning with this holiday though.  Today I will ferry her to 3 different locations, tomorrow only 1.  I suppose this will all become very tedious, but at the moment the pockets of time that I get between trips are welcome opportunities to get things done.

The hot play things of the holiday so far are Play-Doh which is having a massive revival at the moment.  Many hours have been spent at the table, rolling, cutting, squeezing and moulding so far.  Colour changing cars, hot and cold water necessary to make the miraculous move from one colour to another.  Watching 'You've been Framed' or 'Brainiac' on You Tube, which makes a refreshing change from 'Pets that make you laugh out loud 2' that was popular for a long time.

But then the subject of pets is also not far away.  The campaign has been under way for some time.  Since she's realised a pony simply isn't going to happen she's turned her thoughts to various different pets. Dogs, rabbits, hamsters and gerbils are all under consideration and she informs me that she's bookmarked a few of her favourite dog breeds that would work best for our family, should we go for that option....

Watch this space eh?

 As for me, I'm trying to take it as easy as I can over the summer.  We'll be going away soon, so I've just started a small and portable little knitting project (top pic) with this amazing yarn, Angora Merino by Regia.  Have you used it?  It's amazing - so soft!  I'll fill you in more on that later though.

I just wanted to tell you grateful I am for all your help and wonderful suggestions for potential yarn and fabric emporiums that I might be able to visit while on the other side of the pond.  I'm not getting so much time to keep up with emails and messages at the moment, always difficult in the holidays.  So, apologies if I haven't gone back to you personally but it really is very much appreciated I promise you.

I'm also most grateful for your input on Flotsam and Jetsam.  Who would have though tassels would be so divisive?  Some of you loved them, others would happily lose them.  Being a well documented lover of 'dangles' of all sorts, I do have to say that I'm all for them but I was most inspired by your thoughts on the subject and (as mentioned on Instagram) have merrily dismantled 'Flotsam' to make a new and improved 'Jetsam'.  I think it's going rather better this time round too, but I'll keep you posted...

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Last of all, I just wanted to let you know that the little Flowery Baby Blanket (shown here) is finished.  Yippee moment!  I'm just checking over the pattern and will hopefully get it out before we jet off to sunny climes.

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S x



19 July 2015

Sneak Peeking and Advice Seeking!

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(From my IG feed)

I thought I'd just pop in and show you a little something I've got cooking up that I'm really excited about...

These cutesy flowers are making up a little baby blanket and I've almost finished it too.  It's all a bit Orla-ish and Quant-y and I love it so much.  I'm just trying to get the last bits together to I can get the pattern out before we go away for the summer.  Yay, holidays!

Anyway, that brings me nicely to the other thing I was going to say...

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(Calling all Floridians (is that a thing?))

We're going to sunny Florida this year (we'll be in Orlando) and I was just wondering if any of you know any good yarn or fabric shops that should be on my list of places to visit while I'm there?

You know the kind of things I like, yummy yarns in all colours and sizes.  Good sock yarns, something I can't get in the UK maybe?  And fabulous fabrics, I love the cute and ditsy kind best.

Where do you like to go for your craft shopping, friends from Florida?

S x



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