Sunday, 17 July 2016

Summer Garden 2016

17th July 2016

Better late than never - today I did all of my back garden tubs and tidied up my Cool Bed. 

I wonder what this will look like in September. 

First of all the patio area. The best thing about doing this so late is that it is now very cheap and I picked up some great bedding bargains. 






Next the Cool Bed - so called because I don't have orange, yellow or bright red. 

I love this Hydrangea


This area is looking very cottage like with the Hollyhocks, Lythrum and Monarda.

Dahlia Mero Star looking healthy again.

Penstemon

My Shady bed extension - this year in pink and white. 




Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Crochet Notes - Three by Three Scarf



Generally I don't really make up my own patterns - but I had an idea for a scarf and after frogging several beginnings I managed to get the effect I wanted. I love the stitch effect but the triangle is a bit too deep where it didn't increase enough each row - however when wearing it this doesn't show - so I'm declaring it a success.

It is called the Three by Three Scarf because it is: three sided, uses a three row repeat, all of the stitches are grouped in threes.



Yarn used:  Shamu 4 ply Camel/Silk bought at the I Knit Fandango in 2015.
Hook used: 3.75mm
Other: beads for middle point.

Abbreviations: 

ESB - Edge stitch at the beginning of the row.
Chain 5, Treble

ESE - Edge stitch at the end of the row.
Treble, Chain 2, Treble

Instructions:
UK Terms throughout

Row 1 - Chain 3 - slip stitch into 1st chain to form a circle.

Row 2 - Chain 3, 2 trebles into circle, turn.

Row 3 - Chain 3, 2 trebles into 1st space, 2 chain, 3 trebles into second space, turn.

Row 4 - ESB into 1st space, 2 chain, 3 treble into 2 chain space from Row 3, 2 chain, ESE into last space between trebles, turn.

Row 5 - ESB into ESE from previous row, 3 chain, double crochet into 2 chain space, 6 chain, double crochet into 2 chain space, 3 chain, ESE into ESB from previous row, turn.

Row 6 - ESB, 3 chain, treble into double crochet, 3 chain, treble into 6 chain space, 3 chain, treble into double crochet, 3 chain ESE, turn.

Row 7 - ESB, *2 chain, 3 treble into 3 chain space,* repeat * to* until you have 4 clusters, 2 chain, ESE, turn.

Row 8 - ESB, 3 chain, *double crochet into 2 chain space, 6 chain,* repeat * to * until you have 4 loops, 3 chain, ESE, turn.

Row 9 - ESB, *3 chain, treble into double crochet, 3 chain, treble into 6 chain space,* repeat * to * until 9 trebles have been completed, 3 chain, ESE, turn.

Row 10 - ESB, *2 chain, 3 treble into 3 chain space,* repeat * to* until you have 10 clusters, 2 chain, ESE, turn.

***3 row repeat begins now***

Row 1 - ESB, *12 chain, double crochet into middle treble of the second cluster from edge,* repeat from * to * until either 1 cluster is left, in which case it is 6 chain ESE, turn to finish or if you have 0 clusters left go straight to the ESE and turn.

Row 2 - ESB, 6 chain, treble into middle of 6 chain below or 12 chain below, *6 chain treble into double crochet, 6 chain, treble into 12 chain space,* repeat from * to * to edge stitch, ESE, turn.

Row 3 - ESB, *3 chain, 3 treble into 6 chain space,* repeat from * to * to edge stitch, ESE, turn.

Repeat these rows to desired size.
Last row - of pattern is a row 2.

Last row - 2 chain, double crochet into space twice, double crochet into treble below *6 double crochet into space, double crochet into treble below* repeat from * to * to ESE complete as per start of row and fasten off.







Monday, 13 June 2016

Out and About - Stockholm

I was lucky enough to go away with some friend to Stockholm last weekend. We had lovely boat trips, lovely walks and a trip to the Abba museum. I don't we scratched the surface though so I would love to go back because the city had a lovely feel to it. Abba is a cashless museum - so bear that in mind if you want to buy something in the shop. I can recommend the archipelago tour - stunning.

Here is a little montage.