Saturday, 28 March 2015

Crochet Notes - Ely Scarf

Ely Scarf and Drama edit!

Last October on the way home from Hunstanton in Norfolk to my little London suburb, we stopped at Ely. It was raining quite heavily as I recall and Mr Daffy thought we were stopping to have coffee and cake (which we did), however it was no surprise to him when I miraculously said "Oh look a yarn shop" of course I knew the Yarn on the Square was there! There was a traditional butchers nearby and Mr Daffy was happy to go and buy his dinner (I don't eat meat, only fish - so I rarely go into a butcher).

The Yarn on the Square is a gem of a yarn shop, I wish my London suburb had something similar - alas it doesn't. I decided on a skein of Manos del Uruguay Lace yarn for a little scarf and we left the square in the pouring rain to find our car. Unfortunately we spent an hour looking for the car park, it was funny at first but after 45 minutes we wondered what on earth we were going to do as the car park had vanished. It turned out we had missed the car park entrance right at the start of our search. Oh well exercise is always good.

I decided to use Cassia Scarf for the pattern. It was easy but a bit boring if I'm honest - however the project fitted nicely into a little make up bag for a portable project and here it is a lovely little neckerchief scarf, which is soft and warm too.

Monday, 16 March 2015

Crochet Notes - Granny Hex 'lap' gan

Yarn to be used up. 

I decided to use up another batch of odds and ends that have the same colour way as my lounge and I fancied a hexagon shaped lapgan. I used Granny Hexagon Afghan which is available on Ravelry for free and so the the Granny Hex'lap'gan was born.

I did the usual join as you go method, rather that the joining method on the pattern, this was because I wanted more of the oatmeal to show.

Two rounds done. 

I bought a lilac yarn and a sparkly grey yarn to bump up the amount of yarn available.

Close Up
For the border I just did one round continuing in the same two treble grouping style.
Finished Granny Hex'lap'gan 

In its place - and you can see it works perfectly with other colours in the room 

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Out and About - Faro Portugal

I was lucky enough this weekend to pop over to Faro in Portugal for a bit of exploring - Faro has lovely nooks and crannies, grim churches and the superb Ria Formosa, a wetland with a beautiful island.

Beautiful church with a grim secret.

The Chapel of Bones

Off to the Ilha de Deserta in the Ria Formosa

Empty stork nest.

Crochet Notes - Tudor Rose, Cappuccino Lace and Daisy Loop Bed Topper

Using Wendy Supreme Cotton Chunky and Rowan Aran Cotton with a strand of lace added. 6mm hook. (8 balls of blackcurrant and 1 teal.)...