Taken by surprise …..

I had a lovely late afternoon walk yesterday and happened upon an unexpected surprise. Someone had been busy brightening up the world with wonderful woolly fish and flowers, crocheted, felted, fun and fanciful. I would like to share some of these be-beached fishy creatures and flowers……..
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I love the free form crochet but I have not attempted any myself. The thought of some crochet ‘WOOL BOMBING’ in the garden could be fun.
And finally the sun is setting…….
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Good night.

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Obsession…….

Another day another bag…….pale chalky pink. I have started a third. I find that when I get past the initial stages of increasing it is the ideal carry around and do in an odd moment item, and there are plenty of those! A coffee stop break make, a five minute pick up and crochet a couple of rounds item, when there is not enough time to concentrate fully. Hoping to complete a third bag tomorrow.
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Roses to reduce stress levels…….

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I made a decision that tonight should be dedicated to crochet and have made two flared roses using Debbie Bliss, ‘Andes’, alpaca and mulberry silk blend. A purple and a grey. Stress free and relaxing to make…… The doily with the little pansies was another charity shop find. DSCF1154
The pale rose is made of bamboo yarn.
As for the collar I have a devised a plan!!
1) Work at the table so that the pattern is easy to follow. (NOT slumped on the sofa!)
2) Concentrate. (DO NOT attempt to watch the television at the same time!)
3) Writing the pattern rows out to gain familiarity with the pattern and make it easier to read at a glance with colour coding for repeated stitches.
This morning I did one complete section of the pattern without a mistake! Only 156 more rows to go……
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Rosie cosy just for you…..

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The ‘Rosie Cosy’ is complete with twelve everlasting red roses. I had to motivate myself into a rose making mood and have done a box of extras, waiting in the wings for their debut into the world of yarn two yarn.They are easy too make and I often take little balls of yarn out with me so that I can make a petal string or two. I have decided to try and build up a bank of flowers to adorn items.DSCF0688I
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What a stash ……. !!!

Make a rose
Chain 48, Petals 1 – 3, Miss 3 chain, 1 tr in each of next 2 ch, 2ch, ss in next ch, repeat two more times, petals 4 – 6, 4ch, 1dtr in each of next 4ch, 3ch, ss in next ch, repeat two more times, petals 7 – 9, 4ch, 1dtr in each of next 6ch, ch3, ss in next chain, repeat two more times and fasten off. Press petals, roll making sure the base is flat and stitch.
HAPPY ROSE MAKING.

In the Pink…

I started crocheting about two years ago. I love to knit but found I could only knit for a limited time span as it caused my hands to ache. I tried bamboo needles and being lighter to hold they seemed to help a bit. I still knit but mainly, what I call, mini knits! Short periods of time that are manageable. I am now ‘hooked on crochet’ and always have lots of projects on the go in various places in my cottage. I have just finished my crocheted ‘In the Pink’ tea cosy for Valentines day. It seems to have taken a long time to complete ¬†and I am glad to see it finished……… Here it is sitting on the window sill on a very welcome sunny¬†morning.

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