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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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Mothers Day, Quilting and Frogging my crochet

Morning everyone,

I hope that you are all well this morning.

Weather Report

I think the best thing is to get this over with, it is not a great start to the day today.

I can’t see across to the hills from our bedroom, it is misty…..  and cloudy….. and dark…..

WIPs

On a much brighter note I have almost finished the knitted shawl only another 30 rows to go.

 

 

Quilting

I have also started a machine quilt top using a Jelly Roll.

These are pre-cut 2 inch strips of fabric. I bought the roll in January and have not had time to start.

I had my machine out yesterday to make a tablecloth smaller, so thought I would watch a few you tube videos on how to use the roll. I picked a simple ” just sew them together in approx. 45 mins.”  I think that that is wishful thinking, unless the lady I watched has a Ferrari machine and I only have a steam roller.

I think my class ladies would say that I always say something is easy and quick, when it really does take more time when I do something that is not my specialist topic. I have to take more care, perhaps all teachers are the same 🙂

Here is a picture of my effort so far, it just looks like a jumble to me.

Crochet

Frogging, the art of pulling out your work

I started a new design and got quite a long way with it, but I have decided to pull it out and start again I think that the beginning is too complicated and I need to simplify the instructions.

It was more complicated because I have used 12 colours all at the same time…….. so really the design needs to be easy to understand, too difficult in colour use and difficult instructions will be a disaster in the making.

My motto years ago was ” If it is wrong pull it out ” so I will take my own advice and pull it out.

 

Mothers Day

Last Sunday was Mothers Day here in the UK.

I had a lovely day, I received beautiful flowers and plant as well as new hooks and a crochet book from my daughters, Sarah and Louise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Yarn

I have ordered some new yarn for Wool to your door, I have had a letter to say that some will be coming this week. I can’t wait, although I love the variety of colours that I stock in Stylecraft Special for my doll and toy patterns, we don’t seem to sell lots of it, I suppose that that is because it is available in so many places. We are going to try some Caron yarns, we have ordered just a few to see what they are like and will order more when I have tried them. They are new to me so I will need to test drive them, Hurrah !!!

Come on delivery man which day are you coming?

Update

As soon as I posted this blog, there was a van outside and……

The parcel has arrived.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woo hoo how lucky was that.

 

Right, on with the jelly roll first, then play with the new yarn..

Talk to you again next week

Ali xxx

 

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Knitting and WIP

Good Morning,

Very busy day for me today, I have a check up at the dentists and do a bit of shopping, home for lunch and then later back out again to go to the hairdressers for a colour and a trim. Not much time left for computer work today, because I like to crochet or do crafts in the afternoons.

This week I have been finishing some more of the WIPs ( work in progress ) from the cupboard under the stairs. I finished a shawl which only needed the border to be designed. I will post a picture next week because it is a yarn that requires washing to remove some of the dye, my fingers and hook turned blue while I was working the stitches.

Found a knitted shawl that I started a long time ago. I bought the yarns with the instructions from a lovely shop in Whitby, which is no longer there, sadly. It is a feather and fan pattern which I am enjoying knitting in these beautiful yarns. I am still finding it much faster to knit using the Continental method, I don’t feel so fingers and thumbs working this way.

 

All these projects are shelved at one time or another, because a crochet idea pops into my head that I just have to design and everything has to stop. I suppose that I am a bit like a writer when I have an idea I have to get it worked out straight away. That can sometimes mean that I work quite late or start early in the morning.

I love doing all kinds of crafts, my cupboards are full. Lots of lovely new ones to start and many more to finish. I found sewing and embroidery and tatting projects.  Hmmm maybe I should take some of these away next time we have a trip.

I just wish that I could work faster. There are not enough hours in the day, or is there something stealing a few minutes out of each hour, or could it be that as you get older the time seems to pass so much quicker.

 

Pattern news

My friend has taken 2 more patterns to test so it should not be long before we have some new patterns ready.

 

Weather report

I seem to always mention the weather so here is todays, looking out of the window and popping out to the bin, no fancy gadgets to record the temerature or wind chill here.

It is another bright start to the day today, with a cold wind, I hope that it won’t change before I get home.

What a joy to know that the first official starting day to Spring was here this week.

Have a lovely week

Ali xxx