Friday, 20 July 2018

Friday Finish Off

Hi everyone 

Just popping in briefly as I’m trying to finish off the Call The Midwife blanket today. 

I have a bit of finished work to share with you all. 

I’ve finished the 24 hexies called Oriental Magnolia from the Hobbycraft Water Garden CAL. I’ve used lots of different beads on them. They look soooo pretty. I wanted to take ‘posh’ photos in the park or garden but that will have to wait cos it’s throwing down with rain at the moment. 

Anyway bye for now
Have a nice weekend 

Take care
Tanya xx 

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Thursday Treats


The sun is back and it’s glorious. I sat in the sunshine on my lunch break working on my Call The Midwife blanket and I’m loving the colour changes. 

But in the meantime here’s some stash enhancements to share with you. 

So on Sunday I bought two balls of Caron Cakes to make two of these tops. 

And I snapped up two balls of this lovely pale green Brilliance to knit this cardigan 

Last weekend I received this beautiful shimmering yarn from an Etsy shop called Gamer Crafting and some sock yarn minis to match. I’m going to be making a pair of socks for my mum. You can find the Etsy shop right here -

The sock pattern will be from this book from Truly Hooked. There’s some beautiful patterns in it. I’ve only ever knitted plain socks (or vanilla socks as they’re called amongst sock knitters) so I’m going to get stuck in and hope for the best. You can get your book here

And there’s a second book available on pre-order at the moment. 

And this absolutely gorgeous yarn has arrived today and this will become a pair of socks for my dad. You can get it from another Etsy shop called All Wool That Ends Wool right here->

So that’s my stash enhancement for the week and I’m now going to get in with some crocheting before I go out for a run. 

Take care
Tanya xx 

Wednesday WIPs

Hello everyone 

Well the weather has changed and got a bit cooler and we’ve had a little bit of rain, but it’s not stopped me running and I’m now finished with Week 5 of the Couch to 5K and raring to go on Week 6.  I’ve been crafting in between though and planning a fair bit for my next projects but more on that tomorrow. 

The bag I bought from Hobbycraft on Sunday has now become home to a WIP. It’s a Call The Midwife blanket in Sirdar Pattercake shade 750. I’ve done six repeats so far. Not sure how many I’ll get from the 150gm ball but I plan on edging in plain white.  You may notice my new hook in the photo as well. It’s quite frankly the best thing ever.... a pastel unicorn 🦄 with a long flowing mane that winds around the hook. It’s uber comfy to work with. The shop is on Etsy and called Pedros Plaques and can be found here I’ll definitely be back for more. 

So I’ve finished the Oriental Magnolias this week for my Water Garden blanket and will share those on Friday but have strung my beads on yarn ready for the buttercup and daisy hexagons. 

And finally for today’s WIPs I’ve got my sock which is nearly finished. I’m in the ribbed cuff doing a 4 knit 4 purl stitch around and plan on doing a stretchy cast off. My needles are also waiting ready to pick up the heel stitches. 

That’s all for today.  I’ll be back tomorrow 

Take care 
Tanya xx 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Sunday Blog Two Days Late


This should have been a post for Sunday but I was busy after the Knitcraft Social group meeting so I’m here now. 

Well it was another glorious summer day and the table was set up with the usual drinks and sweeties and magazines and books.

We had a lovely turn out of eight ladies all working on something pretty. Look at the lovely octopus 🐙 in the yarn bowl (available from Hobbycraft) 

I worked on some more hexagons from the Water Garden cal (pattern free in the Hobbycraft blog) and treated myself to some more yarn and a project bag. 

A new lady brought some of her lovely premature baby blankets in to show us. 

And Elaine who had been knitting a lovely jumper had given up on it and since me showing her a few weeks ago how to crochet has got stuck into granny squares using the fab tutorial from Bella Coco on You Tube. 

And another lady is making a beautiful blanket using the basket weave stitch. 

A flat jelly fish was born too 

And we were all hard at work chatting and laughing. I adore this group of ladies and how we all get on with one another and the support we give to each other. If you fancy popping down it’s on every other Sunday (the next one 29th July) from 1 till 4. 

Take care
Tanya xxx 

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Thursday Treats


So I’m back to share some treats with you that I bought at the weekend. 

It’s taken me a few weeks to visit a new shop that’s opened at Heskin Barn but I went along on Saturday to give Charlotte my support.  

I first met Charlotte at Hobbycraft in Preston back in April when I went in to discuss my knitcraft social meeting.  She’s such a lovely girl, full of passion for yarn and a determined cookie too. You can find her on IG by clicking this link here ->

I’m a firm believer of this quote.....

So I went ahead a bought this cute tote bag in the prettiest of colours. It was hard to choose which colour actually cos there’s not a colour I dislike 

Charlotte informed me that this is the details of the creator of the bags right here ->

And of course I slipped some uber soft baby yarn by Sirdar into my bag for a baby project I have in mind. 

Be sure to pop in and show Charlotte some support in Heskin as she builds up her fabulous stock. I know she’s interested in expanding her range to include hand dyed yarn and other locally sourced yarn goodies so if you’re looking for a new stockist drop her a DM on IG. 

So after a brew and a catch up with mum I picked up a copy of the new magazine out called Your Crochet & Knitting. It’s a monthly mag costing £8.99 an issue that comes with balls of yarn and a hook and needles to complete some projects in the magazine. The yarn isn’t that bad actually and although the needles are too short for me they’ll come in useful for teaching children to knit. There’s some lovely projects in the mag and a really useful beginners guide booklet. I love the Mr Men and Little Miss projects do think I’ll be making them.....another project for my list.  Ha ha ha. 

Not sure I’ll buy it every month but love this issue so we’ll see.  

Anyway that’s it for now. 
Take care. 
Tanya xxx 

What’s in my work basket Wednesday

Hi everyone 

It’s been a busy busy week for me. I’ve been out and about walking, cycling and running. Yes me....running. I’d done a lot in the past but I’m starting right back at grass roots with the c25k plan. I’m doing great and now on Week 5 day 2. But in the meantime what’s in my work basket ? 

Well it’s packed to the handle as you can see !!! 

So I’ve got a Call The Midwife blanket on the hook using Sirdar Snuggly Pattercake yarn in shade 750. It’s working up like a dream and so soft and snuggly. I’ll have it done in no time. It’s for a friend of a friend who’s having their first baby very soon. 

I’m nearly done with my first Cuddlebums happy sock. Just the ribbing in the cuff to do and then I’ll start the next one before I do the heels. 

I’ve added some beads to some of the hexagons from the Water Garden CAL. Need to get cracking really on this cos my friend wants one too. 

And then last of all I’ve got a cross stitch pattern on the go. I’m just using up threads I have in my stash (the binder you see in my basket has a tiny bit of my thread stash in). The pattern is from an old copy of a magazine 

That’s my WIPs for the week. I’ll be back tomorrow to share some treats with you all. 

Take care
Tanya xxx 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Thursday Treats

Hello everyone 

Well the sun is continuing and I made the most of it by sitting outside for a bit today knitting my socks. 

I treated myself to the new Simply Crochet mag today and have added some more things to the ever growing TO DO LIST. 

I’ve also got some 14 count Aida for a cross stitch project I’m going to start before next week. Stay tuned for that. 

I’ve ordered a few things today so I’ll share them when I’ve got them. 

Nothing to show on the finished front either so  I’ll be back blogging next Wednesday. 

Take care
Tanya xxx

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Wednesday Work In Progress

Hi there

Oooh it’s glorious sunny and warm still and set to continue for a while longer so I’ll be able to carry out going on my bike and running. Especially now I’ve had my bike and mirrors repaired. 

I’ve not much to share this week just a bit more of my happy socks using Cuddlebums yarn 

My first sock is growing. Only one more little 5gm ball to use and then the ribbing for the cuff to do. Then I’ll start the second sock before I do the heels. 

That’s it for now. 
Take care 
Tanya xxx 

Sunday, 1 July 2018

The Third Meeting Of The Dropped Stitchers [The Day Andy Learned to Knit]

Hi everyone 

Oooh it’s scorching today but it didn’t stop the Knitcraftsocial going ahead. 

We’d got water and cordial to quench our thirst and lovely air con units to keep us cool. And a llama to oversee us too. Elaine brought some lovely refreshing melon with her. Thanks Elaine. 

The concentration is real 💗

Just check out the lovely Octopus 🐙 and jellyfish making their way to Preston hospital to the neonatal ward by Chrissie the co-ordinator. 

This week we were joined by Andy who wanted to learn to knit. He soon grasped the casting on process with his 8mm needles and WI wool. 

And ta-dah he learned the knit stitch and then cast off and is going home to practice his skills. Amazing Andy. Well done !! 

That’s all for now. 
Take care

Tanya xx 

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Thursday Treats

Hi everyone 

The weather has been glorious again today so I took the opportunity to photograph my new book and pattern stash in our garden. 

I’ve looked at these mini books from Scheepjes for a while now and so took the plunge and ordered ‘Dutch Masters’ and ‘Tropical’ 

There’s some amazing blanket patterns in the ‘Tropical’ book 

And also in the ‘Dutch Masters’ one 

Along with these really ingenious sleeved scarves, both knitted and crocheted. 

I also got the After Party Honey Bee blanket pattern as I just love the Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn 

Now I’ve got more things on my To Do List 

I’ve not got anything finished to share with you tomorrow so I’ll probably be back here on Sunday or Wednesday with my next post. 

It’s the Dropped Stitchers meeting on Sunday at Hobbycraft Preston from 1 till 4 if you fancy popping along. 

Take care

Tanya xx