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Retro colours and old books

Good Morning,

Lets get the weather report out of the way first, we have had the hottest days last week, then on Bank holiday when most people are off we get gloomy and wet,  a typical English summer day. Today is cloudy and not so gloomy, let us hope that it will improve.

I used to find it hard to think of things to say when I started blogging, I found it difficult to write and now I seem to love talking about anything and everything. I hope that you enjoy this weeks look into my life.

 

Old Books

I have lots and lots of crafting books collected over the years I was looking for a few to talk about and found this one The Blue Peter Make, Cook and Look book it was printed in 1978 and is full of recipes, things to make and places to see. It was a time when John Noakes was working on the program and I heard yesterday that he had died, so sad. It makes me realise that we are all getting older and I still remember him when they had Shep on the program, he really loved that dog.

Blue Peter
Blue Peter

Some of my books go back to the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s here are just a few knitting , embroidery and mixed craft books. I really think that I should start parting with some of these, they have not been used for years. I find it so difficult to part with books, they all have a story to tell, wether it was bought on a holiday or for something inside that I wanted to make, I never bought a book that didn’t have anything in that I wanted to make. So I must have found something in each of these that I found interesting. What it was I have no idea.

Craft books
Craft books

The cross stitch book is very Scandinavian with lots of decorations.

From cones for sweets to hang on the tree and cloths, to covered match boxes !!!! very strange.

The patterns though are lovely if you like to work cross stitches.

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The Kids knits and Crochet has not much crochet and many colourful knitted jumpers and cardigans. I can’t find a date on this one.

 

The Creative Needlecraft is mostly embroidery techniques from Canvas work to Patchwork

Nice book with a page of  background history to each technique and instructions of how to work the stitches

 

Crochet catch up

I have finally caught up with the knitted squares so I can now concentrate on my crochet work, hmmm what to make next I don’t really have a set idea, but I do have lots to finish off, and lots to type up as well, I think that that is where I will start this week. I have a scarf to put live and a blanket to type up.

 

Wool to your door

My daughter Louise has taken over the blog on Wool to your door and is doing a super job of telling everyone about our new stock, this week we have been adding new packs of yarn using rainbow colours. She is also making my Higgledy Piggledy blanket and showing her progress, she is working this in Retro colours I love the muted tones that she has used.

These are available in the shop as well as other yarn packs. The packs are proving to be a popular seller, do you like to have the colours chosen for you or to choose your own colours? when you buy a pack do you have a project in mind or break them up to use for different things?

 

I am going to the post office now with the next batch of parcels, I look forward to next weeks blog.. to keep up with any news on both our sites don’t forget to fill in the notification form on the right hand side….

Alison xx

 

 

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Washing, weather and WIPs

Hello

Super day for crochet ; )

Weather Report

What a beautiful start to the day today, the sun was shining early, I have managed to get a full line of washing out for the first time.

I have had a busy morning, popped down to the doctors early for a blood test, came back home, popped out again to the post office to send a letter and a parcel of yarn away, then on to the Halifax and to Barclays and finally food shopping…

 

And now for the blog

This week I am afraid to say I am still trying to catch up with the knitted squares, they seem to be taking a bit longer because there have not been many plain squares, I don’t know how I have managed to get so far behind I was being really good and doing the 4 each month when they arrived. Somehow I had 12 to do..

Business cards

Our new business cards have arrived from Moo this week along with bags and bags of Stylecraft Special DK, I have still not found a home for it all, I really don’t think that I will, there is not an inch of space left in the wardrobes. We are stocking more because the sales on Wool to your door have been picking up over the last few weeks, I think that this is because my daughter Louise has been going on Instagram and Facebook.

Moo cards
Moo cards

 

Harris Holiday

Here is one of pictures that we took while we were away I am going to use them for colour inspiration I can now see where all the colours come from for the Harris tweed. It is very easy to do choose your picture and select the most prominent colours. You can also add a contrast to this as well.

I have chosen white, graphite, silver, stone, duck egg and vintage peach as colours from this picture.

 

Patterns

There are lots of crochet patterns here on Ali Crafts Designs these are PDF for you to print out yourself, I am in the process of adding printed versions on Wool to your door for anyone who is unable to print out their own at home. If you have seen one here on Ali Crafts Designs and you would like a printed version and it is not there yet, please email me on  info@wooltoyourdoor.com then I can add it as soon as I am able to get it done.

We now have a box on the right hand side panel on both sites for you to sign up for blog updates if you want to be notified when we have written any blogs on both sites. You will need to sign up on both, because unfortunately we can’t join the 2 sites at the moment.

 

WIP

This week I have been experimenting with stash buster ideas and have enjoyed not making a whole blanket or project, I don’t know about you but we always seem to have 2 large bags of wool left over from designing new patterns, this is because I like to be able to tell you how much yarn is needed for each project and I start with new balls most times.

This simple little flower only takes approx. 5 metres. as you can see it is still a work in progress, I have not darned the ends in yet. Sorry Anne I promise I will darn them in before Wednesdays class.

No name yet

Stash buster number 4

  1. 5ch., ss. to join in 1st ch.
  2. 1ch., 8dc. into circle, ss. to join in 1st dc.
  3. Pull up a loop about 1cm ( half an inch )  yarn round hook, pull another loop up through same stitch, rep. from * yarn over hook and pull through all loops on hook, 3ch., rep from * working in next st.  ( 8 petals )

I have joined them together when working the 2nd round instead of working  3ch. between petals, work 1 ch., ss. into loop on the other flower, 1ch., work next petal on 2nd flower. I joined each flower to 2 of the 3ch. spaces on the last flower.

You are going to be testers again I am afraid, I hope that you enjoy this one. If you can think of a name please email me, many thanks.

 

Busy day

Must add more patterns to Wool to your door now

Oh and I nearly forgot I have a trip to the dentists this afternoon and a pile of ironing to do, I don’t like ironing, that may need to wait until tomorrow.

 

Happy days

Alison xxx

 

 

 

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Holiday and Harris Tweed

Good Morning

Raining this morning, we have not had lots of rain for a while, you would think that the weather knew that I had been away last week and have lots of washing to do..

 

Holiday

Phil and I have been away with our friend last week for a photography trip, we stayed first in Portree on Skye where we had an amazing few days, the weather was beautiful and the places that we visited were lovely.

Portree
Portree

We then went by ferry across to the Outer Hebrides where we stayed on Harris, again we had fairly good weather only one very cold and windy day. There are not many straight roads on Harris, the one our cottage was on was 14 miles long with many twists and turns, very narrow with passing places, very scary, especially when we met a car coming the other way.

I loved the Harris Tweed shops and the beautiful beaches.

Harris Tweed
Harris Tweed

I did not realise that there were so many different ones this is just a small sample. There was a super book in an art gallery we visited called From the Land comes the Cloth: Harris Tweed by Ian Lawson, this was photographs all from Harris and some of the Tweed so that you could see where the colours all came from. It also had pictures of the sheep farmers and the weavers. To be able to add a Harris Tweed mark the weavers have to weave the cloth in their own homes. I found the colours and the history fascinating.

 

Harris
Harris

This was Luskentyre Beach it looked like it could have been in somewhere very exotic the colours were beautiful.

 

WIPs

I managed to crochet some things while I was away I have finished a C2C blanket ( corner to corner ) which I stared on another holiday.

Made a scarf and started a new doll.  Pictures and more information next week.

Sorry I am a bit late today the computer froze on me and I had to wait for it to start again.

More news next week

Alison xx

 

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A quiet week

Hello,

Weather report

Another dull grey Tuesday morning here but the sun is supposed to be out later 🙂

Quiet week

I have had a quiet week this week, sorting out paperwork, website and orders.  It is amazing how little jobs can take longer than expected.  I have also been helping Louise with a few jobs and school runs with her husband having a broken arm.

Louise’s Blanket

Louise has finished her version of the Louise’s Blanket pattern.  She has finished the blanket off with a simple border in Stylecraft Special DK Lipstick.  It is such a colourful blanket I think the simple block of colour around the edge finishes the blanket off really well.

Louise's Blanket
Louise’s Blanket

Daphne’s Diary

I have been reading the magazine, Daphne’s Diary this week.  It is a lovely magazine with lots of ideas and inspiration. It is not crochet related but has lots of beautiful illustrations and photographs on a number of different subjects.

Daphne Diary
Daphne Diary

Take care,

Alison

x

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Lockton, Hygge and more

Hello,

 

Weather Report

Not a good outlook this morning, it looks very damp and misty. Not a good start to the day, it has made me feel gloomy already.

Now the sun looks like it is trying to come out….. hurrah…..

 

Lockton Squares Blanket

See the free pattern for the squares on last weeks blog. Click here

Update on the Lockton Squares Blanket I have finished mine this week and managed to make a border with the remaining yarn, I have worked 63 squares and placed them 7 across x 9 tall, Joining them diagonally using dc.

lockton
lockton

The border is 4 rounds of trebles with 5 tr. in each corner on the 1st round and 3tr. in the centre st. of the corners in the following rounds. Finally I made a loopy edge with 1dc., 3ch., miss 1tr., 1dc. in next st. I was pleased with the final result.

lockton
lockton

Schjeepes CAL 2017

Hygge

Since finishing the Lockton Blanket I have done a little more of the CAL. I bought the kit to crochet along alas I have been too busy with other things, I was only on week 2, I have now finished weeks 2 and 3. I still have many weeks to catch up though because it is on week 11. I had not realised that there was going to be lots of surface cross stitching to do and it put me off a little, but the brighter our nights are getting I am able to see better to work them. So I really enjoyed working the last panel. The cross stitching for each panel has not taken as long to do as I thought.

Hygge
Hygge

Caron Cakes 

I am still trying to get another idea for using the beautiful Caron Cakes we now have in stock, on our Wool to your Door website. I have worked a granny type blanket and want to do something else so that it will show off the shading more than the blanket did. I loved the yarn though, it is soft and easy to crochet.

Caron Cakes
Caron Cakes

Lots of work to do today and I am picking my Grandson up from school this afternoon ” note to self do not forget” I must add a reminder to my phone. All done 🙂

 

I am trying to decide what colours to use for my next piece of work do I use the green and bright pink ( Fiesta ) or green and bright orange ( Jaffa )

Oh the decisions I have to make…..

If only life were that easy and that was the only thing we all had to decide.

 

I hope you all have a good week

Alison

xx