Beautiful Caron Cakes

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I thought I was pleased when I saw that Caron Cakes were coming to Hobbycraft… not half as pleased as I was when I saw they were going on the 3 for 2 offer! I decided not to order online and wait until I could squish them in store and I certainly wasn’t disappointed, they are lovely and soft.

I initially bought three so I could have a play with them (I chose Rainbow Sprinkles, Mixed Berry and Funfetti, the plan is to make scarves for Christmas gifts) but this morning Lurch asked me to pop to Hobbycraft Warrington with him so he could choose a cake as he wants a scarf too. Seen as he was paying I suggested he got two in his chosen colour so he can have a matching hat and I could have the free one! He chose Blueberry Cheesecake for him and he got me a Cherry Chip (pink is my fave colour after all)

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Seen as he is working late this evening I decided to throw something in the slow cooker so I can sit this afternoon and start on his scarf. I wanted to make it something quite simple as I know he’ll never wear it if it’s too fussy so I decided on a simple treble infinity scarf, it’s working up really quick. I’m using a 6mm hook instead of the recommended 5mm as my tension is on the tight side, I know it will sit a bit rigid and not drape how I want it if I used the 5mm.

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Lynda-Rose xx

Finish! C2C cushion

 

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I love the colours in this self striping yarn (It’s Ice magic light acrylic baby yarn and can be found here) I think the c2c pattern shows the colour changes really well but it took me a while to decide what to make using it… I eventually decided on a cushion cover 🙂

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The front and back parts were very quick to work up, it then sat a while in the craft room before I got around to crocheting it together. It then sat a while longer before I got the camera out (yay for procrastination!)

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Because I love the colour of this yarn so much I thought I’d keep the cushion for myself but I’m pretty sure Valentina Cat is going to claim it, she was doing everything she could to stop me taking pictures of it!

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Lynda-Rose xx

Granny squares and colour decisions

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I had a lovely long phone conversation with my sister last week all about crochet! She has recently taken up her hook again to make herself a snowflake square blanket and we spent ages on the phone talking about what I’ve been making, how she is getting on and generally reminiscing about things our mum used to make ‘back in the day’. My mum taught me to crochet when I was five, I only learned how to chain and make a granny square before I lost interest but I did pick it back up on and off during my childhood.

I still have a huge blanket my mum made for my bed when I was about ten, it’s made from granny squares all sewn together with a nice simple border around it. From the day she gifted it to me it was always on my bed, either in use or folded at the bottom. It moved with me from Penrith to Liverpool and then here to Widnes, sadly it’s all packed away now and rarely used. It’s getting on a bit and it would devastate me if it became damaged so I only get it out on the odd occasion to curl up and read in it 🙂

Petra told me that she finds granny squares quite boring and if she decides to make another blanket after this one she’ll need some suggestions from me and it got me thinking about the fact I haven’t made a granny square since picked my hook back up as an adult (weird right!). I do love starting new projects when I’ve already got too many on the go as it is so I started making some squares out of Hayfield Baby Sparkle dk in Fancy Pansy, I Lilac Your Style and Vanilla Ice.

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I don’t have many squares left to do now as it’s baby blanket sized so I’m hoping to have them joined and a border added by the weekend and then maybe I’ll start the next project I have my eye on! Every Saturday morning I go to a crochet group at Hobbycraft Warrington, it’s run by Lisa from Wee House of Crochet. She has recently started The Star of Wonder blanket from Crystals and Crochet  and I’m in love with it (both the blanket and the colours Lisa has chosen!) I’ve been playing around with what colours I’d like to use and I think I’ve made my decision, initially I was going to do it brights and black but I *think* these are the colours I’m going with….

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Thanks for stopping by, any opinions on the colour combo are welcomed!

Lynda-Rose xx

Crochet coasters and a nice cup of tea

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Last year I made some simple crochet coasters in red and green to use over the festive period and as I was packing them away a few days ago it occurred to me that I never bothered to make any for general use during the year!

I went and raided the Craft Room for cotton yarn (which is sadly lacking I might add) and picked out 6 or the 8 shades of DMC Natura I have lurking up there (Safran, Orquidea, Turquoise, Agatha, Tournesol and Amaranto)

When I made the Christmas ones I looked on Pinterest for coaster pics and saw these flower shaped ones everywhere, I didn’t bother looking up a pattern I just winged it from the pictures, they are made up of trebles and are very easy to work out.

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I don’t drink a lot of hot beverages, I hate coffee and I’m a little bit of a tea snob (I only drink Earl Grey) but when I do have hot drinks I like to use one of my weird collection of cups, this Crazy Cat Lady mug was a gift from my sister Petra and fits me so well 🙂

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Lynda-Rose xx

Stephen the Sheep wandering around Wigg Island

 

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The sky was so clear and bright this morning that I thought it would be a perfect day to take out first walk of the year 🙂 One of our favourite places to walk (and by our I mean my other half AKA Lurch and I) is Wigg Island in Runcorn. It has bird hides that look over the Mersey, you can usually see many ducks, moorhens and swans on the canal and it even has a Troll Trail with awesome wooden carvings. All in all it’s a great walk and I decided to kill two birds with one stone and take my recently finished Heidi Bears Shoop the Sheep for some nice daylight photos. (I say recently, he’s been finished for a couple of months now. I just haven’t taken any decent photos of him. I’ve called him Stephen as he doesn’t look like a ‘Shoop’)

sheep3I’m sure people though I was crazy walking around with a camera and a crochet sheep but I really didn’t care, I would of taken many more photos of him in weird places but it was a little frosty! I did manage to take a couple of pics of him on the troll trail.

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Lynda-Rose xx