Friday, 18 July 2014

Friday Link Love...

Hello all!
I hope you've been having a great week. It has been very busy around here, as I have been working, as well as getting ready for a visit from family. Hence the blog has been very quiet!
But fear not, I have been working on my socks for the KAL, and so I should hopefully have something to show you soon :-)

In the meantime, here are some links for you to enjoy :-)


Have a lovely weekend! I have lots of knitting planned... what are you up to?

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow...

Well according to Ravelry, I finished these a month ago! They are on my feet as I write, and are definitely a treasure. They are so soft and comfy, and cheer me up whenever I look at my feet! :-)


These are just plain vanilla socks, as I decided to let the yarn do the talking...


That first picture doesn't do the yarn justice... aren't the colours fabulous?
All the project information is here.

What about you? Do you prefer bright socks or more muted tones?


Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Finished!

I did it! I finally finished the blanket!
It may have taken a month, but since I finished the squares I have gone from this...


To this...


To a finished blanket!


To make the granny squares I used Heather's (Little Tin Bird) tutorial (HERE).
The granny squares were joined using Carina's tutorial (found HERE). Both tutorials were wonderfully straightforward and easy to use! My only mistake was in the purple borders joining the blocks... I think I missed a group of the double crochets in each of the corners, resulting in the lovely swirly effect you can see! :-P
I think it adds character, don't you?


I can definitely see myself making many more granny squares in the future - they are so fun and quick to make! Hmm, what to make next??


I am looking forward to sending this blanket off to the hospice to give someone a crocheted hug - it is always nice to be able to use textiles, whether that be knitted, crocheted or quilted, to provide someone with comfort!


Friday, 4 July 2014

Friday Link Love

Happy Friday! :-D
Hope you've had a lovely week! Mine has been busy - spending time with loved ones, doing some work, and also this:


Can you guess what I've been doing? Yep! Weaving in ends for the granny square blanket! So. Many. Ends. I thought it would never stop! Luckily I had Wimbledon to keep me company, or I might have gone crazy... :-P
I have finished all the squares, and so it is just putting it all together now. I am hoping to get that done soon, so hopefully will have pictures of the finished blanket by next week! Yay!
I am so tempted to start calling this the "Yeti blanket" as it just seems to feel huge to work on. Everything is oversized, but on a 4mm hook that means there is a lot of work to do!!

Okay, okay, I'll stop going on about the blanket now, and get on to what you're probably really here for! Link Loves! Here are just a few things I've seen around the net recently...
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

Monday, 30 June 2014

Sock Yarn KAL

Hello!
Look what I've decided to take part in!


I've been a fan of the My Sister's Knitter blog for a while, and so when I saw Andi was hosting this Knit-A-Long, and I wanted an excuse to cast on another pair of socks, I thought this would be perfect!
I've never taken part in a KAL before, and guess what? I was missing out!! It is so lovely to join a community of other knitters all working on similar things... everything from shawls to sweaters to socks, but all sharing in a love of sock yarn!

So what am I working on?
I have decided to knit another pair of Monkey Socks, by Cookie A. (Pattern info HERE), with some modifications to last time.


I knit my last pair on 2.5mm needles, and they turned out just a little bit baggy, so this time I have gone down a needle size to see if that helps. Also, the heel flap on the pattern is plain stockinette, but after knitting a few pairs with a ribbed heel, I have decided I like that better, so will be doing a ribbed heel on these socks too :-)


I am loving how these are turning out - the yarn is lovely and soft, and the pattern is fun and quick to knit!


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Bits and Pieces...

Hello world!
Phew! These past few weeks have been the kind of weeks where they haven't been busy for any other reason that there has been lots of little things to do. So I thought I would join in with the "Taking Stock" posts that other bloggers have posted (like Danielle's and Julie's) and share a little of what I've been up to...

Making... my crochet blanket! It is still very much on the go - I am adding rounds to the last 4 squares as and when I can, and am loving every minute! Blog post soon to show you what I decided to do about my lack of sparkley pink...

Cooking... CUPCAKES! Oh my, are these cupcakes good or what?!?!

Reading... the Eragon books, at my sister's recommendation - and I can see why! Adventure packed! Also, this gem from the Yarn Harlot.

Wishing... I could go to Paris again - it's permanently on my bucket list!

Enjoying... cups of new flavours of tea bought from the market on a trip to Cambridge earlier this week.

Loving... being home and getting to spend time with my mom (and the rest of my family, but she's the only one who will listen to my rambling on about yarn and knitting :-P )

Feeling... happy! But also tired - lots of things happening to keep me busy!

Noticing... the sounds of the birds in the morning, much better than the city noises at Uni!

Watching... Gossip Girl. I am trying to make my way through all the episodes, simply because all their clothes are so pretty! Only a season and a half to go...

Wearing... these loom band bracelets. They are apparently the hottest new craze for kids, and having learnt from my sister how to make them, I can see why! They are quick, easy and fun to make and are nice and colourful.

What have you been up to this week?

Friday, 20 June 2014

Friday Link Love...

Hello! Happy Friday! I hope you have all had a lovely week :-)
Here are some things which have made me smile this week...

To live here would make me smile so much.

These words are pretty...

I actually teared up a little watching this video - what a nice thing for them to do!

I'm not the first to post this video, but I love it's message - it is so great to get kids away from the computer and creating again.

In fact, not just kids! This is a great article about adults and technology too...


Enjoy! :-)