Saturday, 31 January 2015

Something you really need to do

After the problems of the last few days, it has become very clear that backing things up is not only desirable, it is an imperative.  It has also been explained to me that it is indeed possible to actually back up your blog posts and your blog.

The wonderful and amazing Anne from My Blethering Blog has just published a tutorial in her post about how to do this.  There are also some tips in the comments of my last two posts from various wonderful bloggers.  You can find them here and here.

My advice?  Hot foot it over to Anne's and see her tutorial and follow her advice!  Now!  The tutorial is here.  Go, now, do as she says!

Thank you Anne for such great advice!!  You are a star!

I am still working on my blog repairs, I took most of the day off today from my blog and e-mails, although I was just having a quick peruse and spotted Anne's post, so I had to share it straight away for those who don't already follow her.

So, I might not be commenting much, but I am trying to catch up on my reading, and I am also behind on my e-mails and replies.  Please bear with me!  It is all taking a long time....

A new month begins tomorrow and hopefully spring will follow very soon, at least as far as the weather goes.  We have finally had a small sprinkling of snow on Thursday and this morning, but I am hoping that doesn't mean that winter is planning on settling in!

Hope you are all having a good weekend. 


Friday, 30 January 2015

How NOT to do what I did

Thank you ALL for your kind comments on my post yesterday.  I will be taking up offers of help with the badge thingy and will explain what that is all about once I have it sorted - after a good dose of help from the lovely clever bloggers out there!

As far as the photos, I spent pretty much the whole day yesterday putting pictures back into my posts, one picture at a time, one post at a time.  I post most days, with lots of pictures, so that is a lot of posts and pictures!  So far I have gone back to the end of November and still have to go back to sometime in September before they will be OK I think.  There are also some earlier posts than that affected too.  It will be a long job.

The photos are all still there in Picasa, and once I started to repair the damage I realised what I had done.  I had clicked something that I shouldn't have and it meant that the link between the photos on my blog and the photos in Picasa was broken. 

Unfortunately, though, although I can make a jolly good guess at what the photos were and where they were placed because of the words, they might not be totally the same.  So if you go back and look at a post and the pictures are different than you remember, that is why.   I have mentioned below how I am hoping - should another catastrophe ever happen - to not have that happen again.

So, in order that you don't make the same mistake - although I am sure that you are far too clever for that! - do not, I say, DO NOT!!!, change the privacy settings on each photo album.  Once you have put the pictures into your blog, whatever the privacy settings are on that album, you jolly well have to leave them there.  Picasa will tell you not to change them if you try and will warn you not to do it - it is cleverer than me.  But if you ignore it, you too will end up in the same sticky sorry mess as me!!  If the privacy setting for the album is changed, Blogger cannot find the pictures, and then you have those nasty no entry looking signs where your photos should be.

Just wanted you all to know in case you too are tempted to go fiddling around!  Of course, if you want to delete all your photos from your blog in one easy fell swoop, well, easy peasy!  Just do what I did!!

Some of you mentioned backing up your blog.  Now, I am clearly NOT a technical person, but I did have in my head somewhere that the backing up is of your template, not the actual blog posts - but please - PLEASE - tell me if that is wrong.  In order therefore not to be in the horrible position of having no blog posts or photos ever again, as I rectify each post I am copying and pasting it into a word document so that I have a record of them (and then backing that up too!).  If anyone knows a better way though, please let me know.

Oy!  I know they say you live and learn, learn by your mistakes, don't make the same mistake twice and all that, but really.  I could have done with not learning this lesson.

My stomach is churning over less now and I did sleep last night, unlike Wednesday night, so that has to be an improvement doesn't it.  As I sat putting the pictures back, post by post, I had hubby's Kindle sat beside me so that I could check that the pictures really were there in the posts as they got repaired and updated.  Then last night I made him - poor man! - go through the posts that I had repaired on his laptop to see if they were there too.  Some of you e-mailed as well to say that they appeared to be there - they are the repaired posts - so that was good news too.  Thank you for letting me know!

Today I will be doing more and will keep on until it is all fixed as I cannot bear to have all those nasty no entry signs on my blog after all the work that I have put into it.  One thing at a time hey.  It does mean though that I will be around and about less, so please bear with me.  I am reading your posts somewhat and trying to comment, but I will be sloooooooooowwww!!

Thank you again - I know, I am always saying thank you, but it is because you give so much to be thankful for!! - for being so wonderful.  I will be putting the thanks that I have into my special thanks jar, but I might miss out the reason so that I don't have to relive this all again next January!!

I knew that bloggers are brilliant, already, and this week, meeting Selma and having all of your support and offers of help has just confirmed that.  So remember, don't fiddle with the privacy settings in Picasa and BLOGGERS ARE BRILLIANT!! 


p.s. just off to copy and paste this now!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Huge mess... Need some help...

I have made a huge mess.  Not even of the crafting making kind.  Or the digging up the whole garden kind.  It isn't even the decorating the house kind.  In fact, it isn't the kind of mess that has been made because of something fun or because there are big changes afoot in a good kind of way.

No.  I have messed up my blog big time!  Actually, it is my pictures that I have messed up.  I was trying to do something - which I will explain in a second, because I have messed that up too! - and I was fiddling around with my pictures and that meant that all of my pictures from my posts got deleted.  It seems that it isn't quite as bad as thought - initially I thought that all my pictures were missing, and then that they might not be.  Now I am just not sure.

I have put some back already - the last couple of posts, but might have to go all the way back to the very start of my blog.  I hope that I have all of the pictures and can work out which ones are which.

As you can imagine, I feel stomach churningly sick.  Actually, I feel as though I am going to cry, but I am not going to give a computer the satisfaction of crying over it!

One of the missing pictures is my profile picture - the one of the front of Basildon Park - so I had to make a new picture.  In for a penny, in for a pound, I thought I might as well use one of the ones of my that I showed last week!  So this is my new picture.  Just letting you know, so that you know it is still me!  If I can change back I will, but for now, this is who I am!

It is a good job that you all liked this photo last week, you might have to look at it a lot more!

Now, the reason that all of this occurred - and I could do with some help if you can offer it - is that I was trying to make a badge for the Five on Friday posts so that others could link to it.

I managed to make a button that would go in my sidebar and when you clicked on it, you went through to all of my Five on Friday posts.  That is all great and all well and good.  However, what I need is the code for that so that others can copy the code and insert the button in their blog!  That is the bit that I cannot get.

When I was fiddling around trying to work this out, I changed the settings in my Picasa Photos and that is how I ended up losing all my pictures.

So now, I have a lost a load of pictures, the best part of a day trying to make this darned button, and my profile picture!  I will also have lost the best part of another day once I have put the pictures back into the blog posts.

If anyone knows how to make the badge, that will link to my Five on Friday posts and to get the bit of code and how to put that beneath the button and you are willing to share that information with me, please please please can you get in touch and let me know how to do it.  I would be so grateful.  I have tried so many things - button code generators, all sorts of different widgets in different ways - and none of them are working for me.

Thank you for bearing with me.  Normal service will resume and I will be back to visit and I will never make this mistake again!


Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Well... It was a great day!

Well...  Yesterday was a very exciting day for me!  I met, in person, for the first time ever - that I know of!! - another blogger!  Although I have e-mailed some of you extensively and made great pen pals with you, and you are of course utterly wonderful, and I have spoken to a lovely blogger on the phone - who is incredibly wonderful!! - until yesterday I had never met a real live actual blogger.

Having met my first blogger, I really hope that I will meet lots more of you now.  It was SO exciting.  I was incredibly nervous and so was she.  We had swapped pictures of our crochet brooches - there wasn't a crochet brooch convention going on thankfully!! - and so we knew who we were looking for.  The waitress described us as being on a blind date!  Goodness knows what she thought we were doing.  Probably best not to think about it actually.

We sat and talked and talked and talked for literally hours.  It was amazing.  I don't think that I ever met anyone who can talk as much as me, and it was wonderful!!!!  Those who I e-mail with though will know I can talk a lot in e-mails, and from your replies, I imagine that you can too - I hope that you do!  So, who was this blogger, and how did I know that it was her you are asking.

It was Selma from Eclectic Home and Life!  We decided not to photograph each other or ourselves - which I was more than a teensy big glad about as I was already wondering what the waitress thought of us as I said....  However, I knew it was her because she was wearing the cutest little Scottie Dog crochet brooch.  It looks a bit like this one. 

Except it isn't this one.  Selma's doggie is brown with a creamy edging.  Selma made this one for me!  You can see Selma's in her post about our meeting.  Wasn't that so nice of her to make this.  Of course, I then whipped out my keys to show her the Stanley felty dog (who is looking a bit shabby now!) I made and have on my keys and keyring that I have (if you are a CK person you will know Stanley!) and of course the little Scottie Dog Selma made looks just like Stanley.  How did she know.  I love dogs, especially ones that look like this.  Yes, Teddy and Poppy, that means you!

There are no pictures to show you of the beautiful package, wrapped in red tissue and tied with some lovely red twine - I love twine! - because it would have been far too difficult to wait for that.  You can imagine that part though. 

I had hoped to make something for Selma in red and white Scandinavian Style - because she is, as you will know from her a blog a lover of all things Scandinavian and Norwegian - but time had got away from me.  However, I handed over, with great delight in my heart, my flower brooch that I had been wearing and asked Selma - expert crocheter that she is - not too look at the stitches too closely!  I have never given anyone anything that I have crocheted before apart from a few Christmas trees two Christmasses ago.

It was a great meeting, the location was great, close to us both, and wonderful food and drink.  It never occurred to me to book a table for our chosen meeting place, but Selma heard that we would need to because it is really busy.  She managed to secure a table thankfully.  It was very busy, but that was good because everyone was talking so much they didn't notice our gabbling on for ages!  Of course the company was brilliant as well as the food!.  We plan to meet again and I hope that we will be good friends because, well, she is lovely and I think that she liked me too!

So, if you are ever in doubt about meeting a blogger, provided you do it in a public place and tell someone where you are going and who you are meeting - just think about what you would tell your children!! - go for it I say!  (you will understand what I mean here when you read Selma's post!).  If you have half as much fun meeting a blogger as we did yesterday, you will not regret it for one moment!  Thank you for a great time Selma!

Now I am looking forward to meeting some more people.  Blogging is great fun, but it is great to talk in real life too!  Any takers??


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Have a heart

This year I plan to decorate my mantel differently each month, in as seasonal a fashion as I can.  The plan is to either make things or use what I already have at home as much as possible.

February of course means that Valentines Day springs to mind as a theme for decorating.  A few weeks ago, I showed you this fabric and buttons, they were meant to be main part of my February mantel.

I had planned to make a heart decoration using buttons sewn to a piece of fabric and then displayed in a heart shaped picture mount that I had bought.  It didn't work at all and looked totally wrong.  So I undid what I had started to make and decided that I would just glue the buttons down on a piece of card and put that behind the mount instead.

Before I had chance to start that I saw this wonderful post from Chel and knew straight away what I had to do - copy her!  I hope that you don't mind Chel. I have copied your idea, but to be clear everyone, it is Chel's idea! 

I already had the fabric that I had tried to use to start with and I had an old embroidery hoop tucked away, and of course the buttons.  So taking Chel's idea I started to make a freeform heart and then just kept adding more and more buttons until I had a shape that I was happy with.  I noticed that there was a 3D effect forming so I kept adding more buttons to increase that and give it real dimension.

This is the work in progress.

I have a little bit of shopping the house to do and another couple of things to make and then at the weekend I will make the switch on the mantel from icy and cold January to the warm hearts of February!  The first element is finished though.  Here it is - a button heart!

You can see what I mean about the dimension here.  The back was finished by cutting the fabric in a circle just over an inch larger than the hoop and then I did a running stitch around the edge and pulled the thread fairly, but not too, tight to gather it together.  If I was planning to display this for longer I would then add a backing on to that.

I am so pleased with the way this turned out.  It is much better than my first attempt and just what I wanted - all thanks to you Chel!

Before I end, a last chance for a look at January...


P.S. Could I have made that any clearer, Chel's idea, not mine!

Monday, 26 January 2015


I wanted to share with you my poppy.  It arrived last week from the installation at The Tower of London last year that was made to commemorate the start of The Great War - also called The First World War.

No doubt you will have seen lots of blog posts about this last year and other news articles too.  You can read more about it here.

I don't know where I am going to display or keep my poppy.  In fact, I am not sure that I want to display it as it doesn't seem appropriate somehow.  I will live with it for a little bit and then make a decision.  Perhaps I will keep it safely stored away and only put it out in the two weeks or so before Armistice Day each year.

This is a very sad piece of history to own, but a momentous one as well.

The funds raised from the sale of these poppies have been distributed between various military charities that support members of and families of service men and women.

After Armistice Day last year I had a comment from someone who was very emotional about my post on that day.  I did respond to the comment at the time, but I have been waiting for the arrival of the poppy to write to you all a little about my feelings about Armistice Day.  It seemed an appropriate way to share, at a time of year that was perhaps less emotional for us all.

There is a long history of military service in my family that has continued throughout the last century.  Members of my family and spouses have served in different branches of the military, at home and abroad, in the English services and for other countries as well.  My family has served in both The Great War, World War Two and more recent conflicts such as the Iraq War. 

I don't think that any of these wars are a good thing.  Far from it in fact.  However, I do think that it is incredibly important to remember those who have served their countries in the past and who continue to serve now.  Remembrance isn't glorification, it is just what it says, remembering.  If we do not remember the past we are doomed to repeat it as the saying goes.

I remember in many ways, all the time.  Not just on Armistice Day.  However, on that special day when people the world over take a minute out of their day to stand in silence, as I do, it seems only appropriate to remember on my blog as well.  A few simple words, a photograph or a poem is, to me, the right way to mark that moment.

Just as it is your right to be offended by that, it is my right to leave that mark.  I support your right to be offended, and hope that you will support my right to say what I feel.

That is, after all, what a lot of wars are fought for.  Freedom of speech, thought and deed.


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunlit Sunday

Last year, about this time, I started a jar to put all my happy and good things in on a little piece of paper.  It went well to start with.  I prettied up the jar and added a label.  I even added a few things as you will see from the notes in the bottom of the jar.

These were to be things that I was thankful for, happy about or grateful for.

Sadly though there was only a very small pile of notes to myself in the jar at the end of the year.  Not because I wasn't happy or thankful or grateful last year.  I was all of those things, on many occasions.  I had let life get in the way though and stopped noting those things down.  I had stopped being aware of them.

The jar just sat there, unloved and unattended to for most of the year.

I am determined that it will not be happening again though.  So I took out the notes and read them and remembered the occasions they referred to.  Then I wrote a new little note and returned it to the jar.  Since then I have added more notes and I really do hope to keep looking for the good things and making a point of noting them down all year long.

Then in January next year I will open the jar and read the notes and remember the good times that I made sure that I took notice of.  It isn't about big, expensive or fancy.  It is about noticing the little things and really paying attention to them and being glad about them.  So that is what I will do!  Not that I am not grateful for the other things that may come along from time to time of course.

This might seem an odd choice to talk about on Sunlit Sunday, but it is all about being sunny in your outlook and thoughts.  So not so odd really!

I am joining Karen for Sunlit Sunday - go and see who else is shining some light today!


Friday, 23 January 2015

Five on Friday

Five things that have made me happy this week.

Yesterday when I was, yet again, avoiding housework, and in theory tidying up the office I wound all my bits of balls of yarn and had a good tidy up.  Unfortunately, putting everything into my two storage boxes meant that there wasn't enough room left for the yarn that is for my next crochet project. 

So I just had to put it all into a basket.  Doesn't it look pretty!  I will have to keep it like this for a while too as I have other things to work on first.  Such a shame.  It will be a real hardship just admiring it for a while...

Fortunately I have other things to do.  Any idea what it is yet?  The first go turned out horribly, and then I had some wonderful inspiration from another blogger - that I will share with you when I show the finished item.  It is going much better now.

When I was searching in the sideboard for something I discovered these forgotten about Christmas candles.  It was a lovely find and I don't know how they went unused at Christmas.  Not a problem though, we can still enjoy them now.

In all my tidying up I gathered the embroidery threads that I bought to do my quilting with.  The poor quilt is still waiting to be repined, but at least I have the threads ready now.

I made this scarf in - just a moment, going to check back on my blog... -  February last year.  I just went back to look at the post about it.  My photos are horrible.  It is amazing how far my photography has come.  Anyway, that isn't the point.  If you do go back you will see that the scarf looks rather different than it does here.  After I made it, I think that I wore it a sum total of twice.  Every time I put it on it curled up and no matter what I did I could not get it to go straight. 

This week I took the whole thing apart and then reworked the squares together with some yarn that I had left and just added a simple edge of DC crochet around the whole thing.  It is still a bit curly, but nothing like it was and hopefully a good blocking will see to that.   So now I can finally wear my scarf.  Yay!

Five little things from this week that have made me happy.


I am joining in Five on Friday, taking five minutes from our day to enjoy five things.  Please go and visit the other people who are also blogging about Five on Friday this week.

Kristie from North of 49
Patricia from A Place For Everything 
Katharine from Art-e-facts 
Teresa from Knit Bake Cultivate
Selma from Eclectic Home & Life 
Marion from My Two Girls

Just to remind everyone, no Five on Friday next week.


Thursday, 22 January 2015

Thank you

Thank you EVERYONE for all of your wonderful and kind comments on my post yesterday.  I really am overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity.  Some of you were also kind enough to engage in a little e-mail correspondence about a few things that was also very kind of you.

Oh, and just to reassure you all, nothing that any of you said could possibly be even remotely considered as commentitus!

The more I blog, the more I realise that I am just like everyone else, and that is reassuring.  The same things that I take pleasure in, worry about and do are just the same as you all do and that is so calming to me.

Thank you!

As I cannot send you all flowers, I hope that you will enjoy sharing in this bunch of daffodils that is looking just perfect I think.

Everything that you said applies to all of you - that means you! - so know that you are all wonderful.

Amy  xx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Who do you think I am?

I never post pictures of myself!   Have you noticed...  I hate having my picture taken and I am very nervous about what I write here all the time.  I don't have a facebook or twitter account either.  I guess that when I write here I try and tell you the story of something that is always totally true, but isn't personal to me somehow.  That is why I struggle when I am having a hard time with something because I always try and write it in a way that is sharing, but not being personal and that just doesn't work, for me at least.

However, I am taking the plunge!  Firstly because I have been in touch with one very special blogger for quite some time now and over the last year especially we have become good friends and we finally spoke on the phone recently.  After our conversation, she mentioned that I never post pictures of myself and that although she could now put a voice to the name, she didn't know what I looked like.  I realised that must be rather odd as I know what she looks like.  So I promised to take a photo of myself.  I thought, well, if I am sending the picture to her, I might as well share it with you too.

So, here goes...

Ha!  Fooled you!  Although I do think that is the best picture of the ones that I took.

Here you go, this is my actual face.  See, I am a real person...  I do exist, and despite what I think that photo looks like, I am a girl and I do have hair, it is all just pulled back into a bun which is how I always wear my hair.  I am thinking of having it cut though so that might change...  We will have to wait and see.

Having shared with you what I look like, perhaps I should share a little bit about me too.  My name really is Amy.  I am married, no children.  We tried and tried, but it didn't happen for us.  A couple of years on now I am still not totally come to terms with that, but I am doing a lot better than I was.  There are some wonderfully kind people out there and also some darned rude and insensitive ones too.  For some reason, it seems that the closer people are the more insensitive they are.  No idea why that should be.

Anyway, this isn't a post about living child free.  It is all about me!  Oh gosh, a poet, and I didn't even know it..

Sorry, I will get back to the business in hand.  That is me too, flippant at times and always trying to make jokes and see the best side of things.  Apparently this makes some people think that I don't take things seriously, but I do.  Probably too seriously.  The humour is a defence mechanism.  I also apologise a lot - had you noticed!!

I am in my middle years, but not about to tell you my age!  Although I am quite a gregarious person, that is more with strangers than up close and personal.  Then I tend to hold it all in.  This stems from when I was working some years ago with a group of people who all seemed to suffer from what I called "commentitis".  They would pass comment on anything and everything that I said, did, or seemed to think.  So I kept as much in as I could so that there couldn't be any comments.  I am working on it, but it is a looooong process for me.  I will tell a stranger anything and can stand up in front of a great big group at work and talk to them about the house, but in person with someone I will see again - I am a clam!

OK, what else.  Assuming that I haven't bored you to bits already.  I was born in Australia, lived in England and America - Arkansas.  You know all the things that I love to do because they are listed in my header.  Up there.  At the top of this page.  I have always been someone who made things and like to fiddle about with home decorating and things.  I would arrange and organise my books and toys and play house and shops when I was a child.  Sorry, that is probably too much information!

I am a fan of the exclamation mark!!  You knew that already though didn't you.  I am a would be writer, I love words, and have started more than one book and never got beyond the first few pages.  One day I will be disciplined enough to get down to it and write something properly.

I have been crocheting for about 16 months now I would guess.  Gardening for a lot longer than that and cannot knit.  I would love to be able to knit socks though, but I'm not bothered about knitting anything else.  That is probably one of the reasons that I haven't tried to do it again after many failed attempts in the past.  Knitting that is.  We have far far too many books in our house in some peoples eyes.  Not enough in mine.  I like wine and chocolate, but not together.  I drink very rarely though.  My taste in interiors seems to have finally revealed itself to be mid century modern.  I love wool and yarn of all types.

Umm.  Can't think of anything else right now.  That is probably far too much in any case.

So there you have it.  That is who I think I am.  A real person, who hides much and is at the same time quite out there too.  That just about sums up the paradoxes of my life of which there are many that I haven't told you about.

It is great getting to know you all, and now you know some more about me too. 

Just to show how hard it is to get pictures of yourself, here are a few more!  After all, if I'm gonna show ya...

Oh, one more thing, sorry for the excessive use of "I", kinda hard not to in a post about yourself!


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Pepperbox Hill

Yesterday, after making my visit to the Nursing Home near Salisbury, I was in need of some fresh air and a few moments to myself before driving back home again to Berkshire.  I grew up in a village nearby and know the area quite well, so I decided to take a quick trip up to Pepperbox Hill which commands a great view over the ancient and historic city of Salisbury. 

Pepperbox Hill is so called because of the Pepperbox Folly which stands atop the hill.  We used to visit here sometimes as children, although it has been many decades since I last visited!

The area is now owned by the National Trust and they have this to say about Pepperbox Hill on their website:-

"Commanding the high point on the chalk ridge south-east of Salisbury, Pepperbox Hill
is topped by an early example of a brick folly. Thought to have been built by Giles Eyre of Brickworth House, it may have served as a viewpoint for ladies following the
hunt, a haunt for highwaymen and a lookout post for the home guard.
Surrounding the folly is a diverse habitat, produced by the scrub-grassland mosaic,
supporting several rare or uncommon species including orchids, juniper and yew woodland.
The adjacent chalk downland is a significant site in Wiltshire for rare butterfly
species, including the duke of burgundy."

I don't know where Brickworth House is or was, but it might be interesting to find out.  There used to be a brickworks in the village where I lived as a child, just a few miles down the road from the hill, so perhaps it is related to that in some way.

It was dusk when I arrived at just about 4pm, but as you can see it was still light, but it was icy cold and there was a frost forming on the ground already.  After the very hot Nursing Home though, the cold air was bliss just for a short while.

While standing and looking out across the view, I was reminded of the poem by W H Davies called Leisure:-

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
It was great to take some time to stand and stare and enjoy taking these pictures.

There is a wonderful information board at the car park area which describes all the wildlife that can be found.  It was designed by local school children.

Here you can see the actual Pepperbox Folly.  I only ever remember it with the windows bricked up, I don't know if there were ever actually windows that opened.

This plaque tells you all that you can see from the hill in the surrounding areas.

The views are incredible, although not so good yesterday.  You can see the spire of Salisbury Cathedral - the tallest in the world I believe - but you couldn't really make it out yesterday - and I checked that I was looking in the right direction!.  I think that it is the spire that you might be able to make out to the right of the centre of the picture below.

It was lovely to have some cool air and a few moments to think before getting back in the car and driving home again.  The funny thing was though that it was exactly as I remembered it from childhood.  Usually when you revisit somewhere you went or lived as a child it seems smaller, but this was exactly the same size!


Monday, 19 January 2015

A little more crochet...

Just a quickie with a little more (yes, more!) crochet.  Neither of these things are my idea, but I have given them both a little twist. 

First up is the item that I showed you the start of on Friday.

Ta Dah!  A hat.  Well done to those of you who guessed it as I don't think that it was that obvious.  I tried to disguise it by showing it to you upside down.  Now, please excuse the model!  It is my fishbowl vase that I put corks in!  I didn't have anything else suitable to show it to you on as it is too big for my Teddy Bear!

It is based on this hat, but if you go and look you will see that mine is rather different.  The brim didn't really roll up as I hoped it would and there is of course no additional decoration because the stripes are more than enough decoration I think.  I have worn it out, but only once so far although I will take it out with me today.

At first I didn't think that it would be that warm and wished that I had made it using DC instead of TR stitches, but once you get walking it is plenty warm enough.  I am a bit worried that it is rather summery, but hey ho, it is what it is.  If I get inspired I might make another, but then I would want matching scarf and so on.  Perhaps I will stick with what I have.  At least I have a hat now to keep me warm.  It matches these that I made last year so I am calling it my Candy Stripe Hat.

The other thing is this brooch.  I am meeting up with another blogger next week who I have never met.  In fact, I have never met any other blogger before.  She suggested that we wear crochet brooches.  I said we should post them on our blogs beforehand in case there was a crochet brooch convention going on and then we would know what we were looking for.  I was only joking about the convention of course!  I don't know if she was joking about the brooches, but it was a good opportunity to make one in any case.

My brooch was inspired by this one, which was in turn inspired by this one.  Mine is rather flatter though I think and has more leaves which come from here.  So, you know who you are, look out for me wearing this!  Or my hat!

Having finished these two items means that I am rather bereft of crochet right now.  I have to get on with the quilt and then get going on my tapestry - especially now that I have that new frame!  I see a little chink in this though because I have found out about a nearby (ish) Knit and Natter group, so I thought I might start my next blanket and then I can keep it just to take to that.  I am not sure if I am brave enough to go to the group though as I don't know what they will make of my work.  Very nerve wracking I find!

I am being really good about crochet and yarn right now though because we drove past a new to me yarn shop on Sunday and stopped and went in for a look - that is how I found out about the group - but I didn't buy a single thing!  Not one inch of yarn, no hooks, or sundries.  Not even the most gorgeous hedgehog buttons.  Nothing.

Doesn't mean that I won't go back and buy something in the future though...

Just a little crochet news!!