Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Only 364 days between posts!


Wow, that turned out to be more than a brief break over the Christmas holidays, with tomorrow being one year since I last wrote on my blog. In that post I was bursting with excitement about the impending birth of my brother's first baby. Well that little baby was indeed born on Christmas Eve and is now the most adorable wee boy, crawling like crazy and utterly, utterly gorgeous. I still can't believe he is going to be one tomorrow. Happy birthday little Mr K!


So, my excuse for not paying my poor blog any attention for a year, well the big change to my life was that I started working again after almost 10 years of being an at-home mum. I'm only working part-time, but boy has it cut into any spare time I might have had in the past. So sadly all things blog related took a hit. I haven't been able to spend much time visiting my favourite blogs or discovering new ones - and to all you gorgeous gals out there who I loved to visit, you know who you are, I miss you!! I have managed to still squeeze in the occasional evening with my crochet hook.  I am almost finished another blanket, this one is for Miss 7 (who has given me very subtle hints that she's keen for it to be finished). The problem being that now the temperatures have suddenly improved, it's not so appealing to have a huge blanket draped over you when it's 25 degrees. It was great over winter, but boy am I struggling with it at the moment.  Only about 6 rows left to go and then the big decision of what sort of border I'll do. Any suggestions?


I got a bit carried away when I was doing my foundation row and made it much bigger than I anticipated. The yarn was starting to diminish so once I'd done three repeats of the wide stripes, I've then extended each side of the blanket with wide white stripes and a thin stripe of colour which makes it seem a lot less 'heavy' if you know what I mean. She chose the colours out of my stash and laid them all out in the order she liked. I'm just kicking myself that I didn't get it finished so she could have it on her bed through the winter. Knowing Miss 7, she'll still insist that it's cold enough so she can use it soon!


I did however whip up a poncho for her which she got lots of wear out of. I added tassels all around it as that was the way my Nana M made mine when I was little. I've now got requests from Miss 7's friends to make one for them too. It was a lovely easy pattern which worked up really fast, so I'm sure a few more won't be too tricky.


Another little project that I've been working on are these cute little bunny ear egg cosies. These are being made for our school Easter fair. They will sit on top of a wrapped marshmallow Easter egg. I made up the pattern and am really happy with them. That's the great thing about crochet, you have a go, if the stitch choice doesn't look great, just undo it and try another one. My first attempt had stumpy ears and they looked weird, but I've managed to get them taller and they suddenly have a lot more personality.


It is absolutely roasting today, so I'm going to end this post now and go and sit in the sunshine with a nice cool drink.

Merry Christmas to you all! Have a truly fabulous festive season and hopefully I'll see you again soon - not in another year...

Leah
xxxx

10 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas to you too Leah! I am glad you have managed to fit in a few projects along the way this year. I love the hats with ears :)

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  2. Hi Leah! Glad to see you're still keeping that crochet hook busy! Have a wonderful Christmas.
    Lynne

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  3. Merry Christmas to you too Leah, hope you have a great few days and that 2015 gives you lots of reasons to smile and laugh.

    Love the blanket, Miss 7 has great taste...i know what you mean about crochet being something that easily grows into what you want, by tweaking bits here and there, I always find I make something perfect, but can never reproduce it again as I didn't do notes! I reckon the border would be good very plain and straight edged such as a line of trebles, then doubles and then singles....or that crabstitch is also nice.

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  4. So nice to catch up with you Leah. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Meredith

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  5. I love how Miss had so much input into her blanket. It's funny how our gals know what they like and what order. I like the variegated colors of her poncho. What a proud mama you must have been every time you saw her trot off with that on.

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  6. Hi Leah - its lovely to hear from you again. I have stopped blogging because of online security issues but I still visit all my favourites. Glad you have had a good year. xxx

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  7. Hi Leah! Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm THRILLED that you have been inspired by the pom pom edge! It melts everyones hearts when they see it in our home!

    I love that you made your wee girl a poncho, I think i'll need one for this winter! I was just wondering what I could crochet over the winter months to keep me warm!

    Thanks for stopping by, I hope you feel inspired to blog some more too ;) xx

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  8. Such a precious photo, the tiny baby's foot on an adult palm.

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  9. Hello, I love your crochet, it is beauty, I love this colors, I follow your blog, I have a blog about crochet with free patterns and free crochet diagrams, visit me , hugs from Brazil.
    Visite meu blog - Tita Carré - Crochet

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  10. Congrats on your nephew! I have one due this June. My first after five lovely and amazing nieces. Such an exciting time. Have missed you!

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