24 stripes and counting

24 stripes and counting

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It’s just under 2 weeks since I started work on my ripple blanket and it’s really coming on a pace. I am constantly spurred on with the feeling of ‘I’ll just get the next colour started’ and am rattling off the stripes like nobody’s business.

I ball of yarn is completing a bit over two and a half stripes so I am hoping to have enough yarn left over for a stripey bag too.

With luck I should get a bit more time to work on my stripes as I have just finished work for the school summer holidays and am now off for a good month and a half. I know that I won’t want to go back in September but for now I am just looking forward to having a restful time over the summer break.

I do need to get our bedroom decorated at some point in that time though so it’s not all lazing about for me.


Stripey Goodness

Stripey Goodness

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Five days ago my lovely new stash of yarn arrived. It took nearly two days before I got started on it but I have certainly hit the ground running. I have so far completed a full pattern repeat. 10 different colours with 2 rows of each colour. Actually since this photo was taken earlier this evening it is now 11 stripes of bright and colourful fun.

I am loving this project so far, which is just as well as I have rather a long way to go to finish this blanket.

Will update when I have done the next 10 stripes, I doubt it will be quite as quick as the first ten but who knows.

Yummy colours

Yummy colours

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I am so excited by what the postman brought me this morning. Yes, I know I have far too many things on the go. Yes I know I don’t need any more new stuff. Yes I know there are other things I really should be doing with my time, but sometimes you just have to think ‘hang it all!’ and just go for it.

For a while now I have been pondering making a wavy striped blanket in scrummy colours. I thought it would be the perfect craft project to take camping with me over the summer and something I can pick up and work on a whim.

After talking about this with a friend she sent me the link to this lovely blog where this amazing lady  http://attic24.typepad.com/ has done exactly what has been in my head for the last few months. After a little research – and a dip into my savings – I placed an order for this lovely Rico essentials DK cotton yarn.

Click the pic to go to the photos I took while unwrapping my lovely parcel received from www.crafty-yarn.co.uk today. Oh my goodness what loveliness and what beautiful colours. Some pastel and some zingy brights. I can’t wait to get started. I am hoping too that I have ordered enough yarn to have sufficient left over to be able to make the bag that Lucy of attic24 mentioned above has on her blog. I fell in love with it whilst reading her posts this week, if not I shall be back to the crafty yarn website to order some more.

My biggest fan

Art Deco ship 60th

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My biggest card fan is the husband of a very dear friend of mine. She called me in the week to ask me to make his 60th birthday card. No pressure then?

I struggled to know what to do and indeed to find something in my stash to use. Buying card stuff for men’s cards is not nearly as fun as snapping up all the lovely glittery sparkly girly bits and pieces is it?

I did however have a Hunkydory cardmaking kit called ‘A Gentleman’s Journey’ Very much Art Deco in style it has a range of toppers and background cards with a very male thing. The recipient of this card spent some years in the Merchant Navy and loves ships so this was the most suitable topper from the set.

I went fairly simple with clean lines for this easel card. The backing card is from the same card making set with a strip of subtly patterned paper from Papermania, some gold mirri card and some craftworkcards card candy to finish.

I have uploaded a few more cards to my flickr account too. Follow the link on the side of this page to see more.