Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Inside crochet issue 81 ,Granny square shopper

Hello dear friends.
I hope you are all well. Did you have a good summer? I did but my goodness summer has whizzed by and autumn  my favourite season ,is upon us. I truly love the colder seasons I guess that's the reason I love yarn. Nothing makes me happier then putting away the light cottons ,linens of spring and summer and delving into my beautiful wintery yarns. 
We have had a very busy time my youngest daughter graduated in politics. I am a very proud mother of two graduates. My work here is done. (I am doing a mini dance.) I am so proud of them both. My parents really stressed that to survive in this world you should either have a trade/skill or you get  a educated, so your earning potential is much better and the opportunities abroad would be better for you. My parents were right, my giddy aunt , you know you are getting old when you start to  think all your parents advice was right.
 This month's Inside Crochet Magazine is out. Once again I am thrilled that my design is one of the many fabulous designs featured.  even after all this time I still have to pinch myself when I see the  magazine everywhere in supermarkets , newsagents. I don't think I will ever get used to it. I think that the time I get blasé about it ,it might be time to give up. I love what do.

My granny square shopper uses double knit cotton . I get great pleasure taking the old craft of crochet  and adding my own  modern contemporary touch. The bright yellow faux handles are not only beautiful but they are practical .The bag is lined making the bag very sturdy. However, if I am honest I really  struggled with the lining I am not the best at sewing . The amount of times I have said I ought to enrol on a sewing course but I never seem to find the time.
Goodness me , I do love the styling .It always gives my designs a life, does that make sense ? I know a bag is inanimate object but when its features in different surroundings it becomes animate, I promise I am not drinking wine, hehe, Its just how I feel about the right kind of styling.

For instance, I designed the bag because I got fed up with being charged for a carrier bag, I designed a pretty practical bag that I would not forget. If this bag was styled at the supermarket till It wouldn't be as pretty as the styling above, see what I mean ?
All images are the property  @mavricphotography , 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Hello dear friends , I hope you are well .I have been neglecting the one place I really love and that's my blog . It is very hard to get the correct balance . I'm really enjoying Instagram , trying very hard to get to grips with Twitter and other social media . I know I am not alone in wishing i didn't need to sleep , can you tell me why I can't have two sets of hands ? It would certainly make life easier. I'm feeling very guilty and I am ashamed to admit I am neglecting my mum. I phone as often as I can but I really need to get myself around there a bit more . Im filled with constant guilt , I guess that's the life of a catholic . 

Guilt aside , I really enjoy creating mood-boards I have always done them but never ever thought to share , until now . Often it isn't yarn that trigger my moodboard .In this picture it was the hand blown egg I bought years ago in The South of France . My latest yarn purchase contrasts perfectly with it . It's from a fabulous lady calling herself the perfectly apt The Wool Kitchen , as she dyes her yarn in her kitchen . This
gradient blue jeany yarn is so soft . I can't wait to use it . From here I stroll around the house grabbing this and that . In this months issue of Inside crochet  Magazine you get these yellow crochet hook , mini blue scissors  I'm drying dahlias flowers at the moment the yellow looks great here . On and on I go until I'm happy . I do love these board .
As you can see the moodboard has ended up as a knitted  scarf for my grandson .  I'm knitting with Rowans denim yarn . I have used this yarn years ago but I recently bought some , it looks great after every wash as it fades just like jeans , it will be perfect for my little man. I will make a few yellow balloons as the contrast . 

Goodness me I have just realised I have a date with my daughter , we are off shopping for her graduation , I'm so excited . Kisses to you all .

Friday, June 24, 2016

Three happy things

I m busy these evenings making myself some crocheted sockettes. I m not sure what they are called but they aren't full socks or ankle socks either. I wear them in the house . I love making them .i am calling it operation sock drawer , in the aim that I will one day have a bottom sock drawer filled with them , well a girl can dream, can't see? 
For years I make mood boards for my designs almost anything can trigger me . This one was the rubber duck that belongs to my little man . He loves his rubber ducks . Off I go around the house looking for things to add to the yellow mood board . Hooks , pen, lemon ,blooms washi tape , scissors Shall I tell you something I ended up designing something not in yellow but I loved the bit of blue felt and I went to my stash to find the perfect skein. As I said inspiration comes in ways you least expect.
I love Regent's Park and I often visit in the warmer months to look at the glorious riot of colour  that they plant. It's like a sea of roses in the most beautiful shades. I could spend all day taking photos and smelling the delicate fragrance that is simply roses. What's your favourite rose..?
Have a lovely day and thank you for stopping by.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Crochet flower

Hello my lovely friends , hope you are all good and I'm sure you are enjoying the weather. Here in London we are getting a glimpse of sunny days. I've been embracing it . We have driven down to the seaside . I have not been to Southend since my daughter was 6 , twenty odd years ago. Oh we had a great day the Mr and I . We dined at restaurant with a view of the sea . Had a Fentimans ginger beer with haddock and chips and tartare sauce . Yummy . A stroll along the pebbly beach ,taking all the sights and sounds of a busy kitsch seaside . 
We bought some rocks and some lovely fudge , it was a lovely day.
Some days I can crochet and design all day . Planning ,writing , blogging making sure my social media platforms are up to date and other days I simply cannot help but play . At the moment I am addicted to making these crochet puff flowers . A while back I designed my Blommor bracelet 

This pattern is one of my favourite designs . I constantly made and gift this design for friends. I often personalise them to each persons favourite colour, I will make it in hues of that colour . It looks very effective. I  am offering this pattern for sale over on Ravelry  .

Have a lovely day.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Savour the moment

Hello everyone, I am taking the time to savour the moment . I have been on the Photograghy for makers course . I am throughly enjoying it. I have learnt an enormous amount . I think my head might actually explode , such is the amount I have learnt.  I find myself actually saying ohhh and ahhs as I learn how to control exposure, aperture . These words actually mean something to me now . I'm now saying "imagine the possibilities " , this postcard was a gift from my daughter , perfectly apt .

 Of all the things I have learnt that has meant the most , it is to simply savour the moment . I am looking at the birds and bees , I'm noticing where the light falls on a subject . I am taking mytime-with my  photography and I am really enjoying it so much .  

I have one more week to go and then I'll be free to catch up on all your blogs . I have missed reading about your makes . I find myself often wondering what you are up too. 
I'm sorry but I must dash off and try a few more photos whilst the evening light is changing .

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Visual social media course

Hello dear friends,
I hope you are all well Oh my giddy aunt it has been a month since my last post. I have just returned from a four day break in Dorset . Honestly, there is nothing quite as invigorating than a few days beside the sea. What is it about that moment we see the sea and that little inner child rears it head. I can not swim, I am terrified of the sea, but every time I see the sea I long to strip off and run into it. We had gentle days of crab fishing, strolling along the beach , enjoying beautiful seafood and loads of laughter. I love Dorset.
 I am in a happier place .Recently, I have been feeling (a little bit too regularly )that I just want to run away. I have been feeling out of control.  I'm struggling with blogging and creating a social media presence.
When you work on your own It's  really easy to get stuck in one way of thinking, one way of doing things and whilst these things work ,I felt something was missing. Those little ruts that we keep ourselves in can be comforting but when you poke your head over the edge, I'm not sure I like the view.
I have been on insta for awhile .I used it primarily as an online diary of my weight loss, rather than write down my food in my diary taking a photo was so much easier and it helped me lose 2 stones. I love insta and suddenly a new world has opened up. A picture paints a thousand words and I found my pictures really could do with some work.
It was here that I  first found Emily on instagram. I am a huge fan of her work. Her feed brightened up my day. Any one of her photos make me feel so happy. She has a great gift. I knew then that I wanted to start having photos on my feed and blog that made me feel a little of what I feel when I visit Emily.
 I  have always been a great believer in  the importance of continuing to learn, to challenge yourself with new things. With that in mind  I signed up for an online course with the fabulous Emily Quinton. 

Not bad eh??I am not going to lie  I struggled .I struggled with the idea that pictures should tell a story. I struggled with that idea a lot ,I didn't feel I could take those contrived photos. You know what I mean the ones where everything is perfect, loads of expensive props and very arty. It requires a lot of planning and I felt that in my already hectic life how on earth was I ever going to find the time to 'set a scene'. However, after a few times of doing it, It is beginning to feel a bit easier.

 I've decide that not every picture has to be complicated . I am a less is more type of person and that is what I will do but  always with emilys pointers running through my head. I  have left the course inspired that you can have a creative life that also has focus and balance . It has ignited passion.

 I find myself taking photos of everything, every single day.In fact my family are beginning to get a bit annoyed as I  often stop mid conversation as I notice a beautiful thing. The main thing I have learnt is the importance of natural light. I now understand the spots in my home that have it. It is such fun ,so much so I have enrolled on another course. So thank you Emily.

 It is such fun ,so much so I have enrolled on another course. So thank you Emily. Please do check out The Makelight studio , If online isn't the thing for you she also runs one day workshops. Thank you so much Emily

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Inside crochet Issue 76, Boules Necklace

  My my. the weather is so lovely today. I  am sitting outside the coffee shop writing on my ipad enjoying  this beautiful spring day. Being outside having a latte in the sun makes me feel happier. It always feels like I'm holiday. I hope it is warming up where you are.
 Hello mu loves,
I have no idea where time is going, I still can't believe it is April. Easter whizzed by so quickly. I am sorry that I have not been visiting all your blogs , life just gets in the way. As ever I am knee deep in designs and I am also in the middle of having a  deep spring clean. I bought a new bed side table and cleared out the old one, I found a bill in there from 1998, I mean why in god's name would you have a bill that old in my file of paid current bills. Please, tell me I am not the only one.??????

Once I started clearing out I decided I should  tackle the other things on my to do list and 6 black bin bags later . I feel a wee bit better, Decluttering is a wonderful tonic. Plus, it means I now have more space for more yarn, hahaha. In my defence I am a designer, it is all totally work related. Well that is what I tell others, you dear friends know the truth. I simply love yarn and need to be surrounded by the stuff , it comforts me.
 I am very happy to share my latest published design in this month's Inside Crochet.  It is called The Boules necklace ,Inspired after  playing boules with my grandson. We used a colourful children's version .We had great fun .I am finding lots of inspiration seems to be coming from playing with the little one. I am constantly  surrounded with bright and beautiful colours , it is wonderful to see the joy colours can bring. It reminds me how much I do enjoy working with colours . A day with him always results in a new colour combination and design ideas.

 If you are ever stuck for colour ideas I suggest you get a packet of pencils and simply play around. Or get out your balls of yarn make a five round  granny square using colours you normally wouldn't use and try and be random about it , I promise you will be surprised at your results.
I think this pattern is great for those small balls of yarn we all have .I used double knit cotton. I am making one in beautiful blue gradient colours for my jean loving youngest daughter, and a neutral shaded one for myself .The possibilities are endless.
It has suddenly cooled right down, I am off  home to make dinner, tonight I am making a seafood linguine. I  also have some large scallops that I will sizzle in some butter noisette , squeeze of lime .Nom nom.
Have a lovely evening
What are you having for dinner?
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