About time! Talking crochet and more crochet

Hello, lovely crafters,

How are you?

It’s been a while since I posted. So much has happened that I doubt I will remember it all. I tend to write about our life over on my other blog which I mention below. So feel free to pop over and have a nose! 🙂

We have builders next door and to say it is a nightmare would be an understatement. But tea, music and crochet are keeping me sane.

The weather has been beautiful. What lovely weather at last.

Just a quick mention of my new book and I hope you don’t mind. If you’d like to hear more about my novels pop over to www.renham.co.uk where  there is loads of information about the books, me and my life.  Suffice it to say that I have a new romance out on June 9th. ‘WHEN ARCHIE MET ROSIE’

An Unexpected Love Story.

‘Rosie Foster has two dreams. The first is to move off the Tradmore Estate, and the second is to see Paris. Archie wants for nothing. He has his five-bedroom house but no one to share it with now that his beloved wife, Cath, has died.  And then … Holly has a disastrous night out and, against all the odds, Archie meets Rosie.

A funny, sad and poignant tale of how love can be found in the strangest of places.’

 

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My current book ‘WATCHING YOU’ is available now for 99p to download. This is for a limited time only.   https://goo.gl/JYytX9

Right now onto crochet, which is what this blog is all about. It has been so long since I wrote a post that I can’t recall what projects I told you about last time. But first, let’s talk tea and what new teas I have discovered.

I went to Oxford Street with my lovely friend Maritza and we, of course, visited the T2 shop where I bought the lovely Madagascan Vanilla tea. It’s gorgeous and I’m drinking it as we speak. T2 is fabulous and I’ll put a link here just in case you want to pop over and see their fabulous teas for yourself. I also bought two fabulous cups from Anthropologie. Check them out too. Another glorious tea I discovered wa ‘Fika’ by The Tea Experience. A smooth black tea base with hints of vanilla and caramel, a tasty tea.

http://www.teaexperience.co.uk/catalog/fika-scandanavian-inspired-p-499.html

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https://www.t2tea.com/en/uk/Home      https://www.anthropologie.com/en-gb/

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Let’s start with finished objects because I have quite a few. So I should hope, considering it has been weeks since we last spoke.

I’ve been in love with the granny square. Who isn’t? do you love it too? What fab things have you made using the granny?

I took part in Zeens and Roger’s Grannyalong18 Cal. It was my second Cal and they are so much fun. If you haven’t checked out Rosina’s podcast and blog then you really should.

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It’s brilliant. I decided to make Rosina’s Rainbow Edged granny blanket. The pattern is free on her blog. I entered that into the Cal. It was so enjoyable. I love this blanket and it now lives in our summer house. I simply used the DK yarn I had in my stash.

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I loved making it so much that I made another for Project Linus. My crochet teacher has arranged with Project Linus for us to make blankets for them. So, off I went again with the granny. Don’t you just love the granny? I decided to try something different with the granny and found a granny block blanket tutorial on You Tube and made another blanket for Project Linus. These are only baby blankets so they don’t take too long and are such fun to do.

 

My other finished object was my ‘Buttercup shawl’ I think I showed this in progress in my last posting. I may even have shown the finished object but just in case I didn’t, here it is. I love this. It is from ‘Inside Crochet’ issue 96. I used West Yorkshire Spinners signature 4 ply in Butterscotch. It came out smaller than I had hoped and there were some errors in the pattern which was irritating but I got round them. Here’s a pic of me wearing it. I look knackered. I probably was. I’d been working round the clock to finish ‘WATCHING YOU’

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I’ve also bought tons of yarn. It’s ridiculous how much yarn I keep buying. I see it and then I just have to buy it. I’ll share those in the next posting. I also couldn’t resist this beautiful knitting pattern book when I was in Liberty’s. The patterns are glorious. I have so many pattern books now that I’m torn what to make next. I do want to do some knitting too and there are some perfect cardigan patterns in this book by Kim Hargreves.

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So, I will keep you updated on that.

Works in Progress.

I bought some Lion Brand ‘Feels like Butta’ yarn. It’s lovely and soft. However, the shawl I wanted to make was a bit too hard for me so instead I’ve opted for the ‘Yes Yes’ shawl. I’ve enjoyed the crochet although I find you do have to concentrate on this. It’s almost finished though and I do like the yarn for sure. It would make a beautiful soft blanket. I’m going to look at Granny squares again. I’d like to make something unusual. If you have ideas, do let me know. I want it to be romantic in its theme.

I love making shawls but they never seem to come out as I expect. Does anyone else find that? I guess it’s all a learning curve isn’t it?

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The ‘Yes Yes’ shawl

I’ve also started the ‘Lunar Shawl’ by Elizabeth Davis De Herraiz. The Buttercup Shawl was by her too.  I haven’t got far.  The pattern is in ‘Inside Crochet’ magazine issue 98. I think ‘Inside Crochet’ is my favourite crochet magazine. Do you have a favourite?blog99

 

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I think that is it for this time. Do tell me your favourite teas and what projects you have made using the granny stitch. It’s been lovely chatting with you. Until next time.

Lots of love

Lynda x

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Yarn Festivals and Tea cosies

 

downloadI had hoped to put up a blog post much sooner but as usual things got very busy. I’ve been very absorbed in writing the past few weeks. I somehow seem to have found myself writing two novels at once. Not very ideal and not something I would have chosen to do. I was three quarters through a new novel when an idea came to me. In fact, a whole novel came to me and I had to get it onto paper. So I am now three quarters into a second novel and I’m loving both of them. I’ll be writing more about those on my other blog www.renham.co.uk in a few weeks.

Meanwhile back to crochet and knitting. Do tell me what you’re making. I’d love to hear about your projects.

First, let’s talk tea and what’s been in my tea cup the past week. As you know I love tea. I can’t resist buying new ones. It’s been fairly chilly here and today we had snow again so I’ve been warming up with a nice spiced tea. This week it has been ‘Spice Imperial’ by Whittard. It’s a full-flavoured black tea with aromatic cloves, zesty orange peel, sweet Madagascan vanilla and a scattering of yellow safflower petals. Perfect on a cold day. I recommend it.

So, with tea made, let’s look at my Work in progress. There are too many. Far too many and I’m going to have to restrain myself. It’s getting ridiculous. I’ve re-discovered my love of knitting too which means I’ve cast on several knitting projects too. I’ve also acquired some fab patterns too which have inspired me. Where to start?

PATTERNS AND PATTERN BOOKS

I bought this beautiful book ‘Homespun Vintage’ by Jane Crowfoot.

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The patterns are gorgeous. I want to make them all. They are mostly knitting patterns with some crochet thrown in. I love it. I’m so keen to cast on one of the cushion covers but am resisting as I have too many things on the go already.

Then there was this beautiful shawl in ‘Inside Crochet’ issue 96 I couldn’t resist this.

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I have purchased the yarn, West Yorkshire spinners signature 4 play in a lovely purple and have started. I haven’t got very far yet so I’ll hopefully have more to share with you next time.

I also bought from Hobbycraft the book Tea Cozies 2.

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So, I picked up my knitting needles as I couldn’t resist this beautiful Strawberries and Cream tea cosy from the Tea cosy book. It’s such fun to knit and will look gorgeous when finished. I’m using a cream Double knit yarn that I had in my stash. The book was only £5 and there are some lovely patterns in it. As I love tea, this seemed the perfect project for my needles.

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Once I got the knitting bug I couldn’t resist looking at shawls and found myself checking out the Shawl Society. If you haven’t done so yet, I urge you to take a look. The patterns designed by Helen Stewart are brilliant. So much choice and the shawls are so enjoyable to make. Over the six months of each season of the Shawl Society, you’ll gain access to six exclusive, secret shawl designs and participate in lively, supportive KALs with your fellow initiates.  You can purchase season 1 from Ravelry. I’m currently knitting the Talisman Shawl and enjoying it very much. I’ll post photos in the next post as I haven’t got very far yet. Here’s a pic of The Talisman. It’s irresistable isn’t it?

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I also started making some mitts but I wasn’t happy with them at all. I’m still not sure whether to continue with them. What do you think? It’s been a long time since I have knit anything so I need to brush up on my skills.

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That’s it for knitting. Now onto Crochet.

I’m really excited to be taking part in my first ever CAL. I’m making the seaside stash blanket by Coastal Crochet. It’s a fun project. Eleanor publishes four rows a week and that’s all you have to do. If you’d like to join in pop over to her blog or her Instagram account and begin yours. Here is mine. I’m using DK yarn from my stash. It’s a great way to use those left over balls of wool.

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I’m also excited to be taking part in the Granny Cal which is being hosted by Rosina of ZeensandRoger.  blog. It starts in a few weeks. I’m very much looking forward to that one as I love making granny squares. You can find more details of this Cal over at Rosina’s blog or her Instagram page. I’m going to look at Granny Square projects over the next few days and choose what I want to make for the CAL.

I’m done some more work on my Wisteria Shawl although I must admit to having neglected it a bit as I find the yarn quite splitty. But I will do more. This is my progress so far.

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Finished Objects

I finally finished my ‘Sideways Blanket’ from ‘Beautiful Blankets Afghans and Throws’ by Leonie Morgan and I so want to make more from her book. I love making blankets. It’s so relaxing. I still struggle to understand border patterns but I’m getting there. Does anyone else find borders difficult?

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I made a tea cosy for a friend. A stump teapot cosy. It was fun and enjoyable making something for someone else. I really would like to make another one.

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So that’s it for my projects.

A final piece of exciting news is ‘Unravel’ a yarn festival held in Farnham Surrey. / I have booked my ticket and three of us from my crochet group are going. Please let me know if you are going as it would be great to say hello.

That’s it for this time. See you again soon and do tell me about your projects.

Much love, Lynda x

Let’s Talk Yarn Festivals

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Hello again,

Welcome back to a Country Crochet. Doesn’t time pass quickly? I had every intention of writing a new crochet blog post every week. Wishful thinking on my part. Life and work put paid to that. If you’re at all interested in my every day life, and I quite understand if you’re not, then you can find me at www.renham.co.uk where I share some of the mishaps we had in 2017. If you want a little chuckle then that’s one place to go.

I hope you had a fabulous Christmas and got all your crochet gifts made.

But first, let’s grab a cuppa. By the way do send me your tea recommendations. I love to try new teas. This time I’m going to rave about The Tea Experience.  Their teas are fabulous and some are seriously to die for. Today I’m having a cup of ‘Angel Grey’ which has to be my ultimate favourite. I love Earl Grey and this is a twist on that. It’s so delicious with a subtle combination of black tea, orange slices and rose petals with a dash of bergamot and natural flavouring. If you love Earl Grey then you will adore this. I just love sniffing the bag. It certainly rates as one of my faves.  The Tea Experience did have a sample size of this tea. Pop over and have a look. It really is worth sampling if you can.

So, tea made, let’s now talk crochet.

I’ve been quite experimental the past few weeks and with my friend Louise I went to my first yarn fair. We went to Festiwool in Hichin, Hertfordshire. I was completely and happily overwhelmed by all the gorgeous yarn. I don’t know how I restrained myself but I managed to. I did however buy some lovely things. How can you not at a yarn fair? I’m by no means an expert on yarns but I’m learning so much as time goes on. It was a brilliant day and I really didn’t want to leave.

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I bought quite a few mini skeins. I’m not sure what I’ll make with them. But I’ll have fun deciding.
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I couldn’t resist this beautiful book.

I know we will go to many more as time goes on. The best thing about yarn festivals is that you get to meet lots of other crafters while getting loads of ideas. I was knocked out by the gorgeous hand made items they were wearing and I’m really keen to make more things that I can wear too. So, with the inspiration of Festiwool behind me I decided to try some new patterns and my first work in progress is The Sideways Blanket from the book ‘Beautiful Blankets, Afghans and Throws’ by Leonie Morgan.

I was unsure about starting this as usually when I work in rows I end up with a very strange shaped blanket but hey ho, not this time. I’m thrilled with it. It’s the perfect project for taking anywhere. I’m using all the stash I built up when I first started and I’m thrilled that those yarns are being used. It’s just acrylic yarn but the blanket is lovely and warm. I’m absolutely delighted with this and feel much more confident to work in rows which sounds such a small thing but I’m very excited about it. I thought I was destined to only make granny square blankets. I love granny squares but really wanted to branch out.

My second work in progress is a shawl. I went for a shawl from ‘The shawl Project’ book. This shawl is aimed at beginners which is perfect for me. I’m loving this and am using the yarn I bought at Festiwool.  Unfortunatly I can’t find the wool band. This is my first attempt at a shawl pattern from a book and I’m feeling very proud of myself. It’s slow but I’m enjoying it.

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It doesn’t seem like a year ago that I started my crochet journey and I’m really pleased at my progress.

I don’t have many finished objects as my progress is rather slow. I did finish the Oxford United blanket for my grandson and he was thrilled with that. I also finished some mitts for a friend. I hope to have many more finished objects for my next blog.

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It’s the perfect hobby on a cold dark winter’s night isn’t it? A cosy blanket on your knees and that feeling of satisfaction as you watch it grow?

I hope you received some nice crochet gifts at Christmas. I acquired three lovely books and I’ll chat about those in my next blog. I have so many crochet books that I thought it would be interesting to share them next time.

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I hope you have a wonderful New Year and it is all you hope it to be. Until next time.

Love Lynda x