Monday, 27 April 2015

Bright Jewel Blanket

Yay!
All the ends are sewn in, finally.
Oh hello, got a little bit over excited there!


I am loving this blanket so much.
 Just have to decide on an edging, nothing too fancy I think and I'm thinking the navy blue is the perfect colour. 
The yarn is Patons Diploma Gold DK which is a practical mix of wool, nylon and acrylic. It comes in lots of scrummy colours and is a dream to crochet with, having a beautiful drape and handle making it feel much more luxurious than it is!

Isn't it wonderful that Spring has sprung, flowers, birds, lighter evenings and the promise of long lazy summer days.

Blossom time!

Seeing blue sky and blossom has lifted my spirits a bit because frankly I've been feeling rubbish, since well AGES as I mentioned before.
Today saw another trip to the doctor and finally a diagnosis.
Post Viral Fatigue/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Hmmm not nice.
At least now I know what I'm dealing with.
I'm doing a lot of sleeping and 'resting' eating properly, not that I didn't before.
I am getting out and about but not half as much as I would expect to, projects have slowed right down and enthusiasm is a bit low.
 So any suggestions on managing what may be a long term condition my friends?
I am finding spinning the most relaxing, stress free activity so am trying to spin my finest yarn yet. 
A pretty merino I dyed last summer.

It's thin, really thin. 
Small triumphs, tiny steps make me feel better.
Hoping that you are all full of the joys of Spring.
Talk soon.
Love
♥Sue♥



Thursday, 16 April 2015

Summer's here!

Hello, how are you all?
I'm still feeling yuk and waiting to find out what's wrong, 
but am just ignoring it cos being ill is sooo boring!
Here in Sunny Portsmouth, we've been enjoying glorious weather this week, it feels like Summer's here!
We've been enjoying some serious deck time, it's wonderful.
Best thing we ever did in our garden! 
Last night we fired up the chiminea, and just spent time together, so relaxing.
Ha ha you didn't expect it to look like that did you! 
It is the creation of my Lovely Man of course and is an actual work of art, by the way it doesn't normally have a saucepan on the top, there was some experimenting with heating water going on here!

Beautiful isn't it. Made from an old beer barrel!


By the way it is enormous and weighs a ton which is a bit of a hallmark of Lovely Man, we love it.
I've been spinning a lot this week too and having a sort out of all my yarn.
There's quite a lot!






Some of them have found their way to my shop. I'm hoping to add some more and some of my hand painted roving, so keep a look out.
How's the blanket going? Slowly is how's it's going I'm making myself sew in at least ten ends a night, nearly done now but next time I'm going to definitely sew as I go!


So that's a little round up of my week, it's been lovely hope yours has too.
Take care my blogland friends see you soon.
Love
♥Sue♥







Monday, 30 March 2015

At Home

Oh hello, I know back again. so soon!
What's going on?
Well I have a little bit more time on my hands at the moment. 
I'm signed off from work while the doctors try to discover why I seem to have been unable to shake off the Christmas flu!  I spent weeks trying to carry on as normal until I just felt so ill I had to see the doctor, where obviously I wept and wailed about how ill I felt. One doctor said it was all perfectly ok, I just kept picking up colds from the children at school, (really for three months) I stayed home for a week resting, sleeping, then went back to work and felt even worse. Back I went to the doctors and saw a lovely lady who immediately said "that's not right you shouldn't feel that ill, lets get you tested!" I was relieved to have someone acknowledge that how I felt wasn't normal!
So blood has been removed from my arm (yuk) and 
I await the results of blood tests. The doctor thinks it could be a thyroid problem (easyish to fix) or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (not so easy to fix!) I'm hoping it's the first scenario if it has to be any!
On the up side I have time at the moment to browse the internet and dabble in some of my favourite crafts, interspersed with loads of sleeping, so much more comforting under a crochet blanket
I knew I made them for a reason LOL!

Lounge Life crochet blankets

We take our health so much for granted don't we and when things go a little wonky it's such a shock! 
It's been really hard to get used to not doing SO much, actually it's driving me a bit mad having to choose one thing to do as too much wipes me out and planning cooking and shopping has been an absolute nightmare, thank goodness for Lovely Man and Heather who have held the fort magnificently.
I'm really concentrating on looking after myself, good food, rest, no stress,
 vitamins galore and gentle exercise.
I'm also torturing myself by sewing in the ends of my Jewel Bright blanket.

crochet blanket sewing in ends

Oh goodie another blanket to snuggle under!
I've really enjoyed catching up on my blog reading too and seeing what all you lovely people have been up to, such a creative and talented bunch!
Thanks for visiting, I rambled a bit today!
Take care look after yourselves.
See you all soon
Love
♥Sue♥

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Spring!

 Hi folks the sun is shining brightly here in Portsmouth, birds are busy and flowers are blooming.
Yup Spring is definitely here and very pretty it is too.
Here some beauties I found on Pinterest.

Spring Blooms



I hope you enjoy them. I adore flowers of any kind but especially in Spring after months of muted tones, those little flowers pop up and dance around in the sunshine sending rays of colour into our hearts and making us feel energised and happy.
This year I actually remembered to plant some bulbs so now have a garden full of delight.
Spring

As an added bonus they smell divine.

Spring

I hope you're enjoying the amazingness of Mother Nature too.
I'm off to sit in the sunshine and spin........or crochet............or read........or think........or just be!
See you soon
Love
♥Sue♥

Friday, 20 March 2015

Five Photo Friday

A floral collection this week.
Today is International Day of Happiness!
Have a super happy Friday.






photo still life natural pebbles and seed pod

Oh and don't forget to look up (safely of course) and see the eclipse if you can.
Love 
♥Sue♥

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Crochet Comfort


Hello friends.
Firstly, just want to say thank you for all the visits to my little blog recently.
 It's a lovely feeling to know people take time to read my ramblings. I love the fact that we connect through the blogosphere sharing the things that we all love, 
it makes the world a smaller friendlier place!
I was laid low AGAIN this past week with the flu/cold/yuk bug.
Not happy.
Off work and not able to enjoy all the projects I have on the go at the moment.
Just sleep and daytime telly(yaaaawwwwwwnnnn).
All I managed was a couple of rows on my V stitch blanket.
Oh but what a comfort, snuggling underneath while I slowly hooked my way across the rows.
No thought required, no stress just soothing rhythm and flow. It has grown slowly the colours following in an organic way.
 No pattern repeat the colours blending together or singing out depending where they fall.

crochet comfort striped crochet blanket

This week I'm back at work and frankly exhausted!
So I'm being gentle on myself, not doing too much,  sitting in the garden enjoying the signs of Spring, early nights, whisky(just a little bit!)
Hopefully my energy will return and I can get on!!!!!!
Hope you are all well and busy crafting and enjoying the start of Spring too.
Love
♥Sue♥

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Spinning and crochet

A little bit of this and that!
I noticed the other day that I haven't posted anything crafty for simply ages.
This doesn't mean that I haven't been doing any, of course I've always got at least two projects on the go. It's just sometimes I forget to photograph them and then the moment passes, you know what I mean I'm sure. A day without any crafting is NOT a good day in my book!
So anyway let me share a few things I've been up to.
Look at this glorious squidgy Corridale roving, it's what I made my beautiful shawl with and I have plenty left, it spins beautifully, fine and soft, dreamy, dreamy cloud grey heaven.


I've spun a couple of bobbins without really thinking what to make.



I've also spun some Blue Faced Leicester bought from the talented 
Patricia at Yummy Yarns.
Hmmmm I wonder.............


...............Plied together, a subtle heathery marled yarn which 
I LOVE!


I have an idea to make a jumper or cardigan with some Fair Isle edging.
I'm thinking of using a Kaffe Fassett inspired pattern for a border, something like this pattern.


Haven't decided properly yet but I'll see what emerges!
 I like to let the yarn tell me what to do.
Ha ha that sounds completely crazy doesn't it, but I think you crafty lot will know what I mean!
I'm also making a little purse, here is the yarn being blocked.


And just as a relaxing project I've been making a V stitch blanket.
Have you tried this stitch yet.
DO IT it has to be one of the most relaxing pretty stitches ever.
I found the pattern on Pinterest (of course) and just for a change I'm not using white or cream at all.
I am loving the jewel bright colours.
LOVING


LOVING
LOVING
LOVING IT
So now we're all caught up. 
What projects have you all been enjoying recently?
Are you like me a crafting butterfly flitting from one thing to another?
Or do you stick to one thing at a time keeping going till it's finished?
Do share! 
See you soon.
Love
♥Sue♥