Friday, 10 August 2018

Friday Finish Off

Hi everyone 

Yes I’ve got a project finished to share with you. 

A few weeks ago I made one of these stylish wine 🍷 glass covers for a family friend from the bowling club. I told her I’d make her five and so with the other two I made for her a couple of weeks ago, here’s another three. 

I just used beads from my stash, some matching some not and threaded them into the Anchor Cotton 20 before making them. 



I used a 1.5mm hook. Never having used anything this fine it was a bit of a challenge but one I loved every second of. In fact I think I might make some more. 










They’re probably not the neatest they could be but they’re practical and loved by the recepient 

Take care 
Tanya xxx 

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Thursday Treats

Hi everyone 

I’ve treated myself to a few things this week including a cute little drawstring project bag which is part of this year’s Yarndale merchandise. You can get one here 



My new sock yarn was hard to resist especially as it was in the sale by Pebble Beach in Etsy. And is called Unicorn Speckles. 


I have just the right project for it but it’s not a pair of socks 



And lastly from Amazon I bought some more Hiya Hiya circular needles for sock knitting but these ones are bamboo and are plane friendly. 


So that’s it for today. 

Take care
Tanya xx 

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Wednesday WIPs


Hello everyone 

Just two WIPs to share this week 

I’ve made a few of the buttercup hexagons for the Water Garden cal and they’re looking so pretty 


And I’ve cast on another pair of socks using the Lara pattern from Truly Hooked’s The Second Drawer Down book using Gamer Crafting yarn 


And that’s it for this week. 
Take care
Tanya xx 

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Thursday Treats

Hello

Little later than usual with my blog post today but we’ve had a family tea and been out for a run so now it’s time to blog about some things I’ve treated myself to in the past few weeks -mainly books. 

I love a good craft book especially bargains from The Works. 

At £2 each they’re hard to resist. I’m all about knitting at the moment and have found lots of new podcasts recently on You Tube that I’ve become addicted to that I may have to blog about them next week but here goes with the books. 

First up is the egg cozy book. There’s some cute ones in here and great for using up leftover yarn. 



I’m all about socks st the moment and this fabulous book doesn’t disappoint 

And who doesn’t love a hot water bottle. I know b&m and Home Bargains have plain hot water bottles and I think I might have to buy a few to add to my stash as they’d make great presents. 


I’ve been asked to teach children how to knit and I’ve got lots of pairs of little needles ready so when I saw this book in Inspirations in Preston I couldn’t resist it. The diagrams and pictures are really good and the book is well put together 



I’m not just all about the yarn as a I love a good colouring book and especially ones with fairies in. I snapped up this months Colouring Heaven book on a shopping trip to Morrison’s. 


And this months copy of Inside Crochet magazine fell into my basket too. Love the free hooks 💗


Next week I’ll share some links to patterns I’ve bought from Ravelry. 

Take care 
Tanya xxx 

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Wednesday WIPs

Hello 

Just a quick blog post today. 

Two WIPs to share with you 

The first is the Honey Bee blanket pattern by Scheepjes. I’m going for bright colours in a rainbow colour fuelled blanket using the 50 minis 



And here’s the first mini hexie in Stone Washed Lilac Quartz 


And I’ve done so more on my hexagons on my Water Garden cal 



So that’s all for today. 

Take care
Tanya xx 

Monday, 30 July 2018

Party Time At The Dropped Stitchers


Hello

So it was my birthday last week and I decided to make a few days of celebrations and had a party st Hobbycraft on Sunday. 

I was totally blown away by the thoughtful gestures of the staff who provided balloons I’m just a little bit older than 21 😂😂😂😂) 


Julie made a cake and knowing my love of hedgehogs 🦔 she made a rainbow hedgehog cake 

And Bob made some of his famous sausage rolls 




Look at my beautiful hedgehog card from Elaine 

And we had to get extra chairs in too. And a lot of the regulars were missing too. We might need to extend the table. Fiona has it covered though. 

Look at the beautiful projects being worked on....blankets and sunburst granny squares 

And miniature creatures that have been used in a wooden advent calendar. How teeny tiny perfect. 

And I met another Water Garden CAL 

And some flat octopus 🐙 

And a squidgy one too 


It was a truly wonderful meet up and I can’t thank everyone enough for making my Sundays so special and to the staff at Hobbycraft Preston for accommodating us and looking after us so well. 

Take care
Tanya xx 

Friday, 27 July 2018

Friday Finished Objects


Hello 

So a bit late posting today as I’ve been out and not been home for so long. 

I’ve been meeting a friend to hand over the Call The Midwife blanket. I’m super chuffed with how the Sirdar Pattercake worked up and the colour blending. I finished off with a white shell border like the pattern suggests. 







And also another project is partly finished. You may remember I blogged a few weeks ago sharing a project I’d started from the Garden Room table runner by Scheepjes. Some months ago now a friend of my mum and dad’s who plays bowls with my dad asked me to make some wine glass covers for her because when she’s at the bowling green there’s always midgies around as the green is near the reservoir and they get in her wine. That’s when I had the idea of working with fine anchor cotton and beads using the table runner pattern. Well my dad has taken the first two to share with her and I’m waiting to hear what she thought of them before I make her three more. 




All in all it’s been a very busy week. 

I’ll be back soon 
Take care
Tanya xx 

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Thursday (Happy Birthday) Treats

Hello everyone 

So it’s my birthday today so thought I’d pop on and show you my new running workout gear 



And my new book which only arrived from the publishers on Tuesday. And promptly posted to me from Verity of Truly Hooked. If you love sock knitting I’d definitely recommend this one to you 



And check out my cake and balloon 



Ha ha ha. My family know me so well and my love for all things unicorn. 

I’ll be back tomorrow to share some Finished Objects with you 

Take care
Tanya x 

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Wednesday WIPs


Hello

It’s been a glorious day in my neck of the woods so I took myself off on my bike for a 15 mile jaunt. I had a rest half way on a bench in the park. 




I’m on the final lot of hexagons on the Water Garden cal - buttercups and daisies and I’ve incorporated some more beads. 







I’ve also ripped back a bit of my sock cuff cos it was turning out too tight on the cast off. I’ve now researched a super stretchy bind off so now have to get my stitches back on the needles. 



Anyway that’s a little update from me. 
Take care
Tanya xx 

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

Hellloooo

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 -
https://etsy.me/2C5gDla


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 

http://etsy.me/2fLk8Dg

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-> 
https://etsy.me/2LAZtkX



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