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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Wedding Blanket Ta-Dah!!!!!!!!!

 Wow, this became a bit of a marathon at the end.  

Mr Clicky was away on business the weekend before our Godson's wedding so I had a Netflix Binge on The Killing Season 2 (Danish Version.)  This was my whole Sunday, all 10 episodes.  I've crocheted long enough now not to have to look constantly at what I'm doing and the English subtitles are most definitely shortened from the actual dialogue.  What a good series, I gasped out loud a couple of times with the twist of the plot.

I am incredibly pleased with it, the pattern, Circle in a Square, is sometimes called Flowers in the Snow and you can see why.
It's the first time I have used white in a blanket, I usually go for darker colours, but I love it.
 I had enough colours to make sure that no 2 squares were the same.   
 Had I more time I would have added some more green to the border.


 There were an awful lot of ends to sew in!

 I finished it on Thursday evening, gave it a rinse through with fabric conditioner, dried and wrapped it in tissue paper with a bottle of fizz.
I'm pleased to say that the Bride and Groom were very happy with the result.  

I used a 4mm hook and Marriner Double Knit acrylic which is available from Shaws the Drapers.  

Phew, now that it's finished I can think about another project, it really took everything over!

See you soon......................Clicky Needles.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sunshine

Hello All!

The weather today has been glorious.   Me and Mr Clicky sat in the sunshine, he dozing a bit and listening to music while I settled myself in to my steamer chair and had a BIG push with the Wedding Pressie Blanket.  I'm kinda running out of time, the wedding is on the 20th May.  Today it is the 7th May.  12 days to finish.  I was starting to panic so decided to give myself the weekend to have a good work on it.  I'm pleased to say the circles in my basket have diminished and there is only a row's worth left.  I may make a few more, I'm not sure it's wide enough.  Is 12 evenings enough I wonder? The simple answer is, it'll have to be.
 Behind me in my chair is the lovely clematis Montana where the blackbird pair are nesting.  It's so dense it's the perfect place for them.
 Sadly Mr and Mrs Blue Tit haven't nested in 'their' box this year.  I think they've used it for five years or so, maybe more.  I'm hoping they just found the building work too noisy and disruptive and that they'll be back next year.  The box looks a bit lonely.
That's me for now, my arms and legs are feeling a little sun kissed, and I have had a lovely day.

Let's hope the weather stays this way, but it probably won't. Oh yes, and we need to have some night time downpours too please.
Have a great week............................Clicky Needles.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Garden Stuff

Hello All!

I thought I'd start with a few the only flowers in our garden.
A lovely red tulip
and a primrose, palest yellow.

In my mind all of the garden is looking lush, the lawn is green growing like mad, the tulips are standing like soldiers and daffodils fading away.

In reality it looks like this.  Dug up roots, builders rubbish and concrete blocks.

A skip was called for, and yesterday Mr Clicky, Master Clicky and me had a good tidy up.  Loads of nasty clay and stones were barrowed to the skip, we dug out an old buddleia and rose and we burnt lots of old bits of wood and fence panels.  That's better.
I had spotted a blackbird hanging around inside the extension ~ it's open as we are waiting for the glass doors to come.
I noticed some sticks in the roof space

and found the start of several small nests in there.  
I've been watching the blackbird pair today and happily, they have relocated their nest into the clematis growing on the fence. 
The bluebells around these parts are looking stunning, they seem to glow, these were in our local woods.
I hope you have a super week, bye for now,
Clicky Needles.


Sunday, 23 April 2017

Wonderwool Wales

Hello there.

Me and my knitting pal Romain had a super day at Wonderwool Wales.

There were of course, sheep and goats.


Rainbows of yarn wherever you looked.
A beautiful crochet blanket on the Easy Knits stall.
 An absolutely stunning shawl on the Jamiesons stall.
 We wandered and squished and oooed and ahhhaaad.

Would you like to see what I bought?  

2 balls of Jamieson and Smith 4ply.
An unexpected amount of sock yarn namely;
 5 mini sock skeins.  Stripy socks coming up!
2 skeins of hand dyed sock yarn.

 2 patterns from Purl Alpaca.
 A pattern for Gathering Raindrops by Belinda Harris-Reid, a holey poncho, Dorne Rising Shawl ~ a crochet shawl and a pattern book by Marie Wallin called Winter Crochet.  I particularly liked the jumper on the cover which combines crochet and knitting.
We had a lovely yarny day and, of course, I fell asleep on the bus coming home, something Romain is used to.

After some lovely spring sunshine we are now forecast coldness again.  *Sigh*.
I hope you have a super week, however warm it is where you are.
See you soon ..................Clicky Needles.







Monday, 27 March 2017

Hello Sunshine

Hello All.

How lovely to see the sunshine this weekend. 
 I've stopped and looked up at the beautiful blue sky with aeroplane contrails and it made me smile.
We took the dog for a walk on Minchinhampton Common and found brightly coloured kites.
I dug a new hole for the washing line spike that had been removed by a digger, and hung out washing.  It feels like the weather is on the turn.

My temperature blanket has reached its fifth row.  I have decided to add a yellow middle for a sunshiny day, and two of the squares are pink in the 13-15 degree range, positively balmy. 
 I continue to join the wedding blanket but I was distracted by the Drops sock yarn sale that is on at the moment.  I bought these balls to make two pairs of socks, these and these.  
 Our building work progresses well,  I am looking beyond the dirt and dust, the windows look like this right now.  It's an excellent excuse not to do any cleaning.  
Let's hope this lovely weather continues. 
 I'll see you soon Clicky Needles.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Time to Join

Hello All!

It's joining time for the Wedding Blanket.  This is my first attempt.  Two clusters of 4 trebles each and 4 double trebles (with 2 slip stitches) on the corners.  I wasn't happy with the way that the squares laid together.  Can you see?  They're not very flat ~ quite lumpy in fact.
The corners also didn't look good to me.  I didn't like the big gaps between the trebles and the corners.
This is attempt no 2.  6 double trebles in the corners 
and an extra join before the corners.  It lies much flatter now, those extra stitches have filled in the bumps.  I'm much happier with this.  
I have fitted in a little bit of sewing lately too.  Mum gave me a cutting mat for Christmas or Birthday,  I forget which, and Mr Clicky gave me the ruler and rotary cutter, so I thought it was time to use them.  OH BLIMEY!!!!  Why didn't I get them earlier?  Cutting out was a cinch.
I made two little bags for small knitting projects, not for me but two girls at school, out of some old curtain material I had.  We spend 15 minutes of our lunch time knitting and chatting.  One of the girls has just lost her gran and she was the one who helped her with her knitting so I offered to help instead.
I'm pleased to say, they were pleased.
The extension continues on at a pace, the roof joists are going in now.  Every evening I drive home desperate to find out what has happened during the day.  So exciting!

Right that's me for now,  I'm off to do some more joining.

Have a good week................Clicky Needles. 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

My Pot Runeth Over

Hello All!

I thought it was time to take stock of my (Wedding Present) blanket and see how many more circles were needed.  I laid them all out in the living room and discovered, to my delight, it's only about 20 more.
I am loving these bright little circles and I think this blanket will be hard to part with.

Almost all the circles have also had the ends sewn in, 6 for each, so my pot of tiny bits is flowing over.
 I separated them all into individual colours and I'm making little pom-poms with them, as I can't bear throwing away even the smallest of bits.
These all need trimming.  I'm not sure what do with them yet, a pom-pom wreath? pom-pom garland? edging on a cushion? 
The weather has cheered up a bit and we have seen some sunshine.  I found myself doing some unexpected gardening today, I went out to cut a clematis down and ended up filling both my garden rubbish wheelie bins.  I'm feeling it now, my shoulders are really aching!

That's me for now, I'm itching to get those circles joined.

Have a great week...............Clicky Needles.