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.

https://zeensandroger.wordpress.com/

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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Let’s Talk Tea

 

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Welocme to my very first blog posting on Country Cottage Crochet.  I live in a country cottage in Oxfordshire and lots of crochet goes on here along with many other things. I hope to share all of them as time goes on.  But, as the blog post title says, ‘Let’s talk Tea’   Last week I went to the new shopping centre that has opened in the centre of Oxford. There to my delight was a T2tea shop. I was in heaven before I even entered. How can there be so many wonderful teas in one place. The choice was endless. It was tea heaven for sure. I love tea leaves better than anything. There is nothing better than sniffing the aroma of tea leaves and as soon as I sniffed the leaves of ‘White Rose’ tea I was hooked. Divine is the only word. I could have sniffed it forever. The lovely man in the shop offered to brew some so I could taste it. Oh, that was it. I was at the till with my box of ‘White Rose’ before you could say ‘Tea up’ If that wasn’t enough I then spotted their beautiful teaware. Well, seriously, how could I resist. So, the tea of the day today is ‘White Rose’ It’s not cheap, I warn you. It was around £12 for a box but you do get a fair amount for that and I think it’s worth every penny. I usually buy my tea online so this shop was a wonderful discovery. I love loose tea. I have teabags too but the best cup of tea is made with loose tea, I think.

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My lovely new tea cup.

You can never have too many tea cups can you?

Visiting the shops reminded me just how near Christmas is and I’ve still got lots of thing I want to make as presents. It’s the first Christmas I have been confident enough to make things for other people. I started to learn crochet last December. I needed something calming. My stress levels were far too high. My blood pressure was up and I needed something to focus my attention on other than work. Andrew, my husband went away on a course in London and I bough myself a hook and some yarn and followed some crochet tutorials. Bella Coco and Jayda in Stiches were my favourites to go to. I’ve linked them so you can check them out too. Although if you’re into crochet I am sure you know who they are. I also follow some fab crochet and knitting podcasts and you should be able to find them under blogs I like. I’ll be talking about a different one each time I post.

I thought I’d start by sharing my works in progress, of which there are many.

My favourite project at the moment is the doily I have been working on for

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It’s the first time I have crocheted with Cotton and I enjoyed it so much. It was so relaxing once I got the hang of the repeat. I have now made two and am thrilled with them. I hope she will be too. There’s still some weaving in to be done. But I’m pleased with them. I used a pattern in Emma Lamb’s book ‘Crochet Home’ It has some gorgeous patterns. I don’t have the yarn band to tell you what the yarn was. I don’t know where it has gone. This is the story of my life.

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The second Christmas project I am working on is an Oxford United football blanket for my grandson. The colours are navy and yellow and I must admit working on the navy in the evenings is difficult. But it’s fun.They’re basic patterns I realise and I’m so admiring of people like Rosina of Zeens and Roger podcast who produce some marvellous things. I’m desperate to crochet a shawl. I’ve had a go at some basic shawl patterns. But more on shawl patterns in another post. Let’s talk blankets. I love granny squares but I’d love to crochet rows and make a blanket that way but I always find my blanket, after a time, curls in. Can anyone tell me why this this is and what I need to do to stop it happening? I’d love to try again.

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Oxford United Blanket

This most exciting thing that has happened on my crochet journey was Festiwool. A yarn festival held in Hichin, Hertfordshire. It was fabuous and I bought some lovely  yarn there. I’m dead excited to use it but nervous at the same time. I want to make something special with it and have my eye on several shawls but the question is am I brave and experienced enought to give them a go?

I’d love to hear about your crochet journey. I’m looking forward to making some new crochet friends and knitting, of course. Some weeks I’ll also feature some knitting I’m doing. Until next time. Lots of love.

Lynda xx