Saturday, 27 September 2014

Crochet Notes - Canterbury Bag II

Having turned my original Canterbury Bag into cushions for my Aunty and Uncle, I needed to once more turn the bag for life I received in Canterbury into a crocheted masterpiece.

Canterbury Bag

Conversion to two cushions
This time I decided to use up all my odds and ends - always a satisfying moment - in order to create a new bag.


Bag for life
4mm hook
double knit yarn
yarn sewing needle and scissors

I decided to use the centre from Attic 24' How to Hexagons and then square them instead of turning them into hexagons. A simple procedure - you just have 4 corners with 2 clusters in between.

I divided the yarn into four groups: dark blue, mid-blue, and turquoise for the centres and one colour for the edging to tie it all together.

Once I had made enough centres - 40 - 20 for each side - I arranged the them and used the edging to join-as-you-go.

Once joined I did one round of 3 clusters to tidy it all up, then I crocheted the two sides together, fastened off the ends and sewed in the lining (the bag for life).

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Crochet Notes - Study Bag

Finished Study Bag containing 2 lever arch folders. 


Bag to cover - I used a bag for life type bag - this one was given to me on a spa day.
4mm hook
Three shades of yarn.

  • Twilley's Freedom Echo
  • Patterns Smoothie
  • Gedifra Samina

Crochet Hexagon Throw pattern - you can find it here on Ravelry.
Yarn sewing needle.
Scissors (obviously!)


Width: 50cm
Length: 50cm
Strap length: 60cm


Make enough hexagons to cover your bag - I did them all the same.
Join as you go.
I made 45 hexagons which gave me five rounds of nine hexagons.

After 4 rounds of hexagons. 

 To fill in gaps along the bottom I made three squares for the bottom in the same style.

I also did 2 rounds of half trebles in my edging colour around the top of the bag. 

Straps X 2

Chain 95 stitches. 
One row of trebles.
Change to edging colour - 1 round of half-trebles. 
Sew on using edging colour to blend in. 

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Mad about Bridget Jones

I have been a big Bridget Jones fan since the first book back in the 90s and just love the films too - I think I have watched those two films more than any other film (apart from perhaps the Back to the Future trilogy).

So Bridget Jones the third book - Mad about the Boy - has some poor reviews but in my opinion these are not justified. Bridget is back, 50 and has young children - she also finds herself in difficult circumstances.
Same old Bridget with a new set of problems and some friends.

It's funny, witty, honest, real, well-observed..... I could go on. I loved it. The worst bit was coming to the end and not having anymore to read and I really hope they make a third film. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Summer Reading

This summer I have read these four books:

Bones Under the Beach Hut by Simon Brett

This book is from a series about two amateur sleuths Carole and Jude, who solve murder mysteries that they happen to stumble upon.  It is very "Rosemary and Thyme" in style and kept me interested but I wouldn't rush out to buy any more in the series. 

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

One of those books that I kept meaning to read one day. Used by many schools in the UK for GCSE English Literature but not liked by former Education Secretary Michael Gove because it is American literature. Being a teacher I have heard the students talk about this book over the years and so I knew where it was heading but that didn't distract me from the tension that slowly builds up over the course of the book. Steinbeck paints you a picture of the setting and the characters that you won't forget. The shear hopelessness of their situation is lesson for us all in so many ways; I for one hope this remains on the GCSE reading list.

Secrets of the Lighthouse by Santa Montefiore

This is the second book I have read by Santa Montefiore as I read The Summer House a year or so ago. There is similarity between the two being that of rich families and their troubles, which might put me off reading any more if I'm honest. Whilst I enjoyed these books and the stories that gradually unfold, I did find them predictable. Anyhow - this book follows Ellen as she runs away to Ireland to escape her forthcoming marriage, she falls in love with the place, her long lost family and of course - a man, Conor! Part of the story unfolds through the eyes of Conor's dead wife, which does give an interesting aspect to the events as you move along. 

One thing I do like about Montefiore's books are the front covers which all have the back view of a woman alone in a large landscape. 

Indelible Ink by Fiona McGregor

I bought this whilst on holiday in Australia and I chose it because it is set in Sydney. I think having been to a lot of the areas mentioned in the book really helped bring it alive for me but if you haven't been to Sydney don't let that put you off reading this book - it's a gem. I should just say though, if you don't like course language then this isn't the book for you. 

Indelible Ink is told through the eyes of Marie King - aged 59 and her three grown up children, but mostly through Marie. It is a realistic and gritty tale of these Sydneysiders and their trials and tribulations. Marie is divorced and finding a new way of life through getting tattoos; her daughter Blanche is a career woman struggling with her ticking hormonal clock; Clark is a single dad in love with a married woman and Leon is in love with a man who has moved on from him. 

A memorable book that leaves me wanting to read more FionaMcGregor (I would love to see this as a film or a mini-series too). 

Knitting Knotes - Bremen Reyna

This wrap is so called because I bought the yarn in Bremen. I began making a pair of socks but wasn't feeling it, then I decided t...