Tuesday, 16 September 2014

FO: Matinee Baby Jumper

I'm sure you remember the baby sweater from a few weeks ago... well here it is completely finished, ribbon and all!

This was a quick and easy knit, but I'm not sure I would make it again. I found it quite boring to knit as the majority of it was a plain garter stitch. I do, however, like the ribbon detail - it makes it very cute :-)
I think perhaps this is more of a feminine knit - something more unisex may have been better, as we don't know the gender of the new arrival yet!
I am pleased with the result though, and hope it is equally appreciated by the recipient :-)

Full project details HERE.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Friday Link Love

Are you all still guessing about those squares and crocheted motifs? I promise all will be revealed soon :-)

In the meantime, how about some Friday Links?

This is a cool transformation (Can you spot the sewing machine?)

We are heading into my favourite time of year, and I can't wait!

Some beautiful photography...

Something for your inner Harry Potter geek :-)

This story is beautiful - we could all do with a bit of positivity!

Something for Monday...

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Top Secret WIPs...

If you've wondering why I was so quiet last week, it's because I've been working on some top secret knitting and crocheting for the upcoming school year...

Hmm, I wonder what these squares will become?

I have also been honing my crochet skills to make 28 of these little motifs...
Some granny squares...

And some African flowers... (Pattern HERE)

Can you guess what they are for??

Friday, 5 September 2014

Friday Funny...

As you know, I recently went away on a trip to the Cotswolds. There were many funny moments during the holiday, but I thought I might share one that particularly made me giggle, thanks to this beauty:

We were walking along, when all of a sudden I see her:

Me: Oh my goodness, no way!!
Boyfriend: What?
Me: It's her! It's the neighbelline horse!!
Boyfriend: The what?
Me: The Neighbelline horse! You know, like the commercial! ((Starts singing)) Maybe it's neighbelline!
Boyfriend just looks confused.
Me: Seriously? You haven't seen the meme? You're missing so much by not being on Pinterest.

I proceeded to take several pictures anyway - how could I not when it was Pinterest royalty?

The original meme can be seen HERE.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Holiday Snaps Part 2: Country Walks...

I'm sure you can tell from several of my Friday Link Love posts that I love being outside! So it was natural for me to take the opportunity on my recent holiday to go on some beautiful country walks...

Past some pretty signs...

How can you not love a view like this? Stunning!

Lots of pretty flowers to be seen...

And of course some amazing country cottages...

Can the front of my house have an arch and garden path like this?

It was so amazing to get away from the hustle and bustle and to step out into a different world which is quiet and green... very peaceful, and has made me love the countryside even more!
Which do you prefer? City or country?

Friday, 22 August 2014

Friday Link Love...

I hope you've had a good week! Mine has been very productive - lots of projects in the works, which it has been good to see progress on :-)

Here are some interesting things to look at to start your weekend!

This is so interesting - the stories behind the seemingly "perfect" photos we see on the internet.

These are such beautiful images... magical!

I used to love Barbies when I was a kid (mostly for all the pretty clothes!) and some people still do.

Do you know the A-Z of Quilting song?

So true - I always knew Anne Shirley was a kindred spirit!

And finally, some inspiring words to get outside this weekend (makes me want to go for a walk in the woods!)

What are your plans this weekend?

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Holiday Snaps: Chipping Norton

I love taking road trips to see different parts of the country - this past weekend we packed up the car and went camping in the Cotswolds. It is a very scenic part of the UK, full of rolling hills and stone buildings. We spent our first day exploring the areas surrounding the campsite.

 We decided to find our way to Chipping Norton - a lovely little town with lots of places to explore. Of course no visit to a town can truly begin until one has fuelled up for the day! The place we decided to stop was the adorable bookshop/cafe Jaffe and Neale. I love books, and I love Hot Chocolate, so this was the perfect place for me! The atmosphere was lovely, and the drinks delicious...

(They haven't told me to review it, by the way - I just thought a bookshop/cafe was a great idea!)

Next stop was St. Mary's Church, named a "wool church", so called because the building was paid for by the booming wool trade in the area. It was a beautiful place to stop...

I found it particularly cool, as a knitter, that wool could pay for such beauty :-)
It was only fitting then, that all around the area were little signs that there were knitters... yarnbombed door knockers being especially common...

My knitting radar must have been on, as while we were wandering around, I turned the corner to see every yarn-crafters favourite sight...

This was a lovely little yarn store. Small, but wall to wall yarn! Lots to choose from! I didn't end up buying anything, but I was very tempted! :-P

The next day our first stop was the historic Chastleton House. Unfortunately it was closed, but we still went for a walk around the area, and found this beautiful building...

I loved all the country walks available in the area, and took several more photos - but I'll save those for another post! :-P