Saturday, May 28, 2016

Hello Again!

I've gathered up the courage to write on my blog again. Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments expressing your concern and wishes for me to start up again. I really appreciate it and it has made a huge difference to me in coming back.
I won't go into the full story but sadly there were a couple of tricky people who engaged in some nasty plagiarism which made me question whether it was all worth it. And of course it is, I just had to retreat for a while and think about how to stay true to myself, what is worth protecting and how to keep singing (metaphorically - I won't be popping my shower tunes up for you....).
And it is so good to be back. I was starting to forget the wonderful community that exists in the blogosphere.  Hello!!!!
Now, the photos above are some that I took for the latest edition of Taproot. Traveling Stanley has finally had his pattern published. Stanley is now a teenager and loves to go camping with his banjo. I think making the banjo was one of my favourite things ever.
Lots more to write about but I will save it up for my next post.
Lots of love,
Kate xx

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Dog Days...

 I can't stop making these new characters. Every time I go to pick up my crochet hook, another puppy appears. 
Even on the walls!
Lots of love,
Kate x

Monday, November 9, 2015

Family Life and Roses

 Oh thank the stars above my roses are in full bloom. The joy they bring me each year is almost indescribable. 

 Nowhere near as much joy though as this little chappie brings me. Hugo made a salad for dinner tonight - see below. 

 Or the Shepherd's Hut that Jonno is making for the boys. He is going to tow it to one of their most special spots on the farm near the 'Fire Crystal Tree'.
 Happiness or from the look of Archie above, contentment.
Lots of love,
Kate. xxx

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Christmas Lighthouses.....

Sometimes I find myself pondering things in the middle of the night when I find a pocket of wakefullness. The other night saw me thinking about a Christmas tree in a lighthouse - and so I started making these lighthouse baubles - or babules as I keep going to write. And another exciting thing..... I dipped my crochet Christmas babule (see) from this pattern in glitter and glue. It worked!
As for the toadstools, I have another whole post waiting to be written but I need a little bit more than five minutes to do it in. For the meantime, read about them here.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Mini Crochet Advent Caravans!

 I just wanted to remind you of this project I made for Christmas last year. This is one of my favourite patterns ever and I am so looking forward to filling them up with goodies for our tree again. You can find the pattern here.

Lots of love,
Kate. xxx

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

How to Crochet a Mini Christmas Wreath

With Christmas creeping up (at least in the world of handmade as there is only so much 'making' time until December), I thought it would be fun to add a festive project to the Lakeside Cabin from "Let's Go Camping! Crochet Your Own Adventure". A wreath for the door. Of course, once I made that, the caravan (also in the book) looked bereft. Now, I can't stop making mini decorations....
p.s. please ignore the paint on my fingers in the photos.
gold or silver 4ply yarn
embroidery thread (or 4ply yarn) in red and green (or white)

Abbreviations (US terminology)
ch = chain
st/s = stitch/stiches
ss = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
sk = skip

N.B. All rounds are worked in continuous spirals
 Round 1. Using 2.5mm crochet hook and gold yarn, ch10. Ss back into the first ch to form a loop.
Round 2. Working over the 10ch loop rather than into it, crochet 12sc evenly distributed around the loop. Ss back into the first sc. (12)

Round 3. *1sc, 2sc into the next st. Repeat from * until end of round. (18)
Round 4. *2sc, 2sc into the next st. Repeat from * until end of round. (24)
Round 4. *3sc, sk one st. Repeat from * until end of round. (18)
This will cause the wreath to start curving back around like a donut.
Round 5. *2sc, sk one st. Repeat from * until end of round. (12)
 Fasten off leaving a long tail to sew the first and last round together through the central hole.
For the French Knots 
Secure the thread to the wreath then wrap the needle anywhere between 1 - 4 times. 
 Place the tip of the needle back through the wreath and draw through the wraps.
 After a few french knots have been embroidered, thread the needle with green yarn and scatter some straight stitches to create leaves. Continue on with french knots until you think "Wahoo".
At this stage, my wreath is so new I have it stuck to the caravan with a needle. However, because it's going onto the door temporarily, I will fastsen it on with small pieces of double sided sticky tape - then it will be easy to remove after Christmas.
The  Lakeside Cabin wreath was made with a gold base and white embroidery thread for the french knots. 
If you are feeling particularly festive, you could attach a brooch back and wear it on your shirt!
Let me know in the comment section below if you have any questions.
Lots of love,
Kate. xxx

Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday Morning

 The boys are back at school today. The holidays have been wonderful but there is such a sense of joy that floods through my being when they hop onto the school bus ready to fill their minds with all sorts of things (mainly at lunchtime when they hang out with their friends). 
As you've probably picked up over the past few years, I'm not one for housework. But there is something almost mystical about that moment when you sweep and the floor stays looking sparkly for more than 5 minutes. I'm having a moment aren't I!
Anyhoo - I wanted to show you the watercolour above that my neighbour Dominique painted for my birthday.
 And that's me, blue hair and all, balancing on my own pair of stilts. I did have blue hair for the first half of this year but now it's blond. I like to think it's been captured for eternity in this painting. Look at the tiger's expression!
My dogs were looking a little sheepish this morning being used to store pav hats and birds so I had to take a photograph of them. Poor little things.
And I couldn't not show you my wisteria wisteriaring away. It's a glorious spot for a cup of tea or glass of wine.
 And my first bunch of roses. Yip, yip, wahoo!
Lots of love,
Kate. xxx


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