Easter Set WiP

 

Hello dear readers, how have you been? I hope you all had a great week.

I had a lovely time with my sister visiting, spending many hours catching up whilst drinking tea, eating cake and knitting…a lot!

Sadly, as always when having a lovely time, the week went by in a flash and my ‘little’ sis has gone back to Germany already (sad face!)

Even though we did a lot of knitting I didn’t get much time to work on my Easter Table set using my beautiful Scheepjes Larra and Lizzy yarns. I have made a good start though and really like the look and feel of it so far. Finger’s crossed I have it done by next week to show you the completed set in a proper Easter table setting.

Have a lovely weekend all!

X.

Easter Collage

Hello everyone, welcome to March! This month we will celebrate the official beginning of Spring with gardens and countryside coming to live again. Days are definitely getting longer and, when the sun is out, warmer and Easter is just around the corner.

Thinking ahead to Easter and decorating the table for a lovely family get together over lunch or afternoon tea, I have started working on a festive little table set with a wee bit of added sparkle.

Ever searching for the perfect mercerised cotton yarn I think I have finally found it. This is Larra by Scheepjes, 100% mercerised cotton and available in 49 shades. The yarn has a sheen that is soft and subtle and is an absolute joy to work with as it doesn’t split and is easy to handle. I am adding a little glitz by using small quantities of Lizzy which unlike so many other sparkle yarns is made up of 80% Viscose and only 20% Polyester and comes in amazing 11 colours.

Test swatching is complete, sketches have been drawn and the Maths worked out. Knitting will commence shortly and hopefully by next week I have some progress to report and show.

Come and see me again then. Have a good week, fingers crossed for some sunshine!

X.

dear diary,

Most of you would have seen pictures on the television about the snow-chaos that gripped the UK yet again during the past week or so. I usually smile about the exaggeration in these reports, as mostly there really isn’t a lot of snow on the ground to get all tizzed about (well, not in comparison with the amount of snow we get where I come from). It was a very different story this time as even in our, usually lucky from too much snow fall valley, we were hit hard.

WEATHER - Snow in Flintshire on Friday. Snow drifting at Calcoed

denbighshire march 2013 – courtesy of the daily post newspaper

WEATHER - Snow in Flintshire on Friday. Monastery Road in Pantasaph

flintshire march 2013 – courtesy of daily post newspaper

It was almost impossible to think of Spring and Easter looking out of our windows, the only reminders being school holidays starting and shivering just born lambs in the fields around us.

I had been working continuously on my next book over the last few weeks as well as the ‘homely blanket’ quest, and needed a wee break from it all. Thinking of what to make that would be very different from my usual knitted or crochet items I remembered seeing something in the April issue of Country Living Magazine that had caught my eye.

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country living magazine april 2013

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simple things to make – country living magazine 2013

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simple things to make – country living magazine 2013

Sarah Moore has a monthly section in the Magazine called ‘Simple Makes’ in which she introduces new, and not overly difficult, items to make to us the reader. These bunnies had caught my eye when reading the magazine and I knew just the person to make one for…’my girl’. She would love it I was pretty sure…she loves bunnies!

Having had a clear out of some old jumpers and other stuff recently I went in search for the best thing to use. To my surprise the bag full of unwanted items held this old cardigan which couldn’t have been more perfect as ‘my girl’ loves pink.

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old cardigan

In all the excitement I totally forgot to take photos during the making process…silly me. At times it was a bit fiddly, poking through the arms and ears of the bunny and then trying to sew the last bit of the seam neatly after filling it, but I got there in the end. Using dried wheat and lavender as the filling this little bunny can lie on ‘my girls’ bed and scent her pillow to aid sleep at night and as the finishing touch a crochet mini heart will let her know how much I love her.

What do you think…

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easter bunny made from above old cardigan

Happy Easter everyone 🙂

PS: You can find many inspirational ideas in Sarah Moore’s book and monthly in Country Living Magazine.

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beautiful ideas by sarah moore

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