Thursday, 1 May 2014

Bits & bats

On Tuesday of this week I gained £15 worth of Amazon vouchers which were promptly spent on this lovely book.


I am so, so excited. I entered so many give away's to win this book & because I was convinced I would win one I didn't put it on my book list must haves for Mothers day. Anyway I didn't win one & Mothers day came & went & I nearly ordered it when I was on my spending ban. I stayed strong however & ordered with my £15 worth of vouchers so it only cost me £1.22! It's on it's way.

For some reason I think I am far, far better at crochet than I actually am, I am rather drawn towards this blanket which I spotted in the latest edition of Prima crafts - which I believe is from this book Cute-Easy-Crocheted-With-Flowers
  It has raised flowers on it can you see? Sounds a tad complicated but I'm sure I can attempt it a square at a time. I just need to find some time to concentrate on it. I also really need to learn how to Ripple too, I rather fancy a ripply blanket also. I'm rather drawn to blankets I do like to have them handy to cover up.

Also even though I have ordered a selection of fabric bits this week I do like to save money where I can. I did use a couple of discount codes.

Mike bought me a sewing machine for Christmas 2012 & I ahem haven't used it yet, I have taken it out of it's box & stared & stroked it but I haven't actually used it.  I spotted this sew along on Lazy Daisy Jones, now as I was in the middle of said spending ban I couldn't actually order the pattern. Said spending ban has come to an end & I googled the pattern & a zip on Amazon but was highly reluctant to spend the excessive postage. I have just found this lovely site Jaycotts & until the 3rd May McCall's patterns are half price.

M3341 Misses' A-Line Skirts In Five Lengths
Pattern & zip are on it's way, well ordered anyway.

It is bucketing down here, I hope it brightens for the weekend as I really need to plant my beans, the runners & both the yellow & purple climbing French beans. The sweet peas could also do with going out too.

Enjoy your day

34 comments:

  1. I need some dry weather to plant out sweetcorn and some flowers as well. I'm not very good at crochet, but I'm tempted to try a ripple blanket. Is it madness?

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    1. Saturday supposed to be dry where I live though I haven't looked to closely at the forecast. It is not madness at all, I can do a nice granny square but I really want a ripple one, perhaps we should start one together.

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  2. Crochet? Now you are talking about stuff I don't understand! I'll stick with the beans... I think I may put up the canes for my Runners over the long weekend some time.

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    1. I do believe a great Uncle of mine used to crochet so give it time. Are you going to have some fancy canes or stick to the standard bamboo?

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  3. I got my beans out the other day but have fleece on hand ready for the frost this week end, they were starting to twine around each other so out and takes there chances was my mind set.
    Crochet I love doing its easy to pop in your bag and do a bit when waiting around.
    Good luck with the sewing

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    1. That's the only thing that is putting me off slightly, this weekends suspected frost. I could keep them in the greenhouse for another week or two then they really will have to take their chance! I do love a bit of crochet, I quite often take it out when visiting family.

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  4. I wish I could crochet, I'm going to have another go at it this winter xo

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    1. Oh yes do give it ago. It seemed terribly complicated to me at first so I left it for a while. Granny squares are the best thing to learn first, you can keep on going until you have a lap blanket sized square.

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  5. I tried to win the book to and failed!! Trouble with ordered books like this online is that it could turn out not at all what I have imagined from reviews.

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    1. There were so many give away's weren't there! I have only ever read good reviews on it & am really looking forward to it arriving. I have sown some Sweet Williams for next year's pickings already.

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  6. The pattern looks great. Do you know which variant you're hoping to make?

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    1. Quite a few options aren't there, I am planning on making the shorter red one first. I have several pieces of fabric in mind but am going to start with a small fabric pattern for my first attempt.

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  7. The blanket looks lovely and I'm sure you could master it. I'm yet to try a ripple but as I've only just managed to start and follow a basic crochet pattern it may stay on the to be tried pile a bit longer till I've mastered a few other blocks. I can knit anything but crochet is still very much a learning curve.

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    1. It does doesn't it, I thought it looked a nice summery one. As I am planning to crochet a blanket for each season this year that would be the one to go for. I'm still learning to knit albeit slowly.

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  8. I'm glad you finally got the book you wanted and as it turned out didn't cost you much at all! That looks like a lovely flowery blanket - all the best with it, a step at a time and you'll soon get going, and all the best with the sew-a-long skirt too, that'll be fun, enjoy it! Joy x

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    1. Thank you, I can't wait for it to arrive. It is very pretty & as it is square by square it shouldn't be too daunting I hope. I'm hoping to start my skirt on Sunday should the pattern arrive by then.

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  9. I'm sure you'll love the book, I'm still picking up mine and reading through it, it will be very handy once I set my stall out to make a proper cutting patch at the allotment. I don't know if I like blankets with flowers on them, I always imagine the flowers getting tatty because they're stuck out if you know what I mean. I've just recently picked up the ripple blanket I'm making for Eleanor again after having a rest from it while I did some knitting. I love the ripple pattern, it's so easy to get in to a rhythm with it. I can't sew at all but we bought Eleanor a sewing machine a few years ago and I'm thinking of having a go with it myself, I'll let you know if I take the plunge.

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    1. It looks like my sort of book Jo, & I have only ever read good reports about it. The flowery blanket will be for my use only Harry commandeered my first blanket which was a large granny square. I figured I would be save with one with flowers on it. I had a sewing machine for Christmas when I was 12, I used it for a couple of years then grew out of it. I need a crash training course now. I hope you do have a go.

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  10. I too am about to embark on Daisy's sew along later than everyone else. I am hoping the pattern will have arrived in the post on the ship this week. E xx

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    1. It's a great idea isn't it. I'm surprised they didn't sell out of the pattern. I hope it arrives for you.

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  11. I'm so glad that you are growing so many kind of bean this season. So I can learn about it, especially yellow and purple bean. I hope you will post the every progress forward. I will absolutely notice it. And of course so thankful

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    1. I'm growing them for the colour more than anything Endah well apart from the eating that is. Yes I will be posting lots about them, they are new to me I have only grown the standard green French beans before.

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  12. It's an excellent book, written by blog friend Wellywoman.
    Don't you think that it's still early to be planting beans out?
    Flighty xx

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    1. So I believe Flighty. I have only read good reviews about it & a lot of them at that! It has proved to be a very popular book. You could be right about the beans it won't harm them staying in the greenhouse for a bit longer.

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  13. Lovely post as always likewise I have sewing machine waiting for me to start using it so far my sweetcorn has not germinated sow might re sow have a blessed weekend

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    1. Thank you Linda, my sewing machine has been glaring at me to use it. All bar one of my sweetcorn has germinated so I'm pleased with that. Have a good weekend.

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  14. So pleased you finally managed to get the longed-for copy of Lou's book - get a nice big cup of tea, a biscuit or two and settle in for a good read on the sofa! I taught myself to crochet a couple of years back, starting with a pattern on Attic24 blog. She photographs the tricky bits and explains really well so I was able to get to grips with it. Have nearly finished a quarter of a blanket too!! (Without flowers though). Good luck with your sew along, my machine is in a cupboard; I'd love a sewing room where I could leave it out for when the mood took me. I was taught at school (back in the day when they taught sock-darning!) so am pretty confident. Like the pattern website - if I just lost a few pounds around the middle, I'd have a go at a shift dress!

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    1. Already planned for when it arrives. I might even buy some special biscuits to celebrate. I read that blog & yes there are some very good tutorials on there. We have a large landing which I am planning to turn into a sewing area just for me. I can't quite imagine what the males of the house will think walking through it to their rooms! Fabulous website wasn't it, I was nearly tempted to order a couple more patterns.

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  15. I've just read the book and loved it.

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    1. I've only ever read good reviews about so am looking forward to it being delivered. I'm glad you enjoyed it too.

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  16. I rather like the look of this book - glad you got it in the end. I have the Cute and Easy Crochet with Flowers book but I haven't tried that pattern. I'm sure once you've done one square you'll be away. The ripple is a lovely pattern to work, I found it quite therapeutic in fact. You can find an excellent tutorial at
    http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/neat-ripple-pattern.html
    Glad you found your pattern, look forward to seeing the finished skirt. Have a good weekend.
    Jane x

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    1. It is meant to be very good. I have Cute & Easy crochet with flowers on my ever expanding wish list. I'm hoping to start the blanket next week once my son is back at uni. I read Attic24 & yes there are some very good tutorials on there. After leaving a comment on you blog I googled McCall's patterns & found that website. I hope it comes soon. Have a good weekend.

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  17. Good for you ordering this book! Hope that you love it. xx

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    1. I'm sure I will, I have waited long enough for it.

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