::Kaleidoscope blanket- progress::

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Lots of pictures for my colourful Kaleidoscope Blanket Mystery CAL from The Natural Dye Studio, I’m just completing the attaching of the motifs for February and have started to hook the ones for March. I’m a little behind, having been rippling along on my ripply blanket for a little hooky break, but I’m love, love loving the progress and therapy of this blanket. I introduced this blanket back in March after making some progress with it and finishing other WIP’s.Image

It’s beautiful hand-dyed merino wool and I’m working it on a 3.5m hook, so that my tension matches the size the triangles need to be. The beauty of this blanket is the mysterious nature of receiving a package in the post, filled with the scrummiest and loveliest yarn, winding it all up, then exploring and figuring out the colour combinations for the motifs. The Photo album on my Facebook page has the very beginnings of the blanket and shows the progress made, even with the travelling motif making in the car!ImageImage

Anyone not familiar with the Natural dye Studio, should have a peep over at their Facebook page (there are links to their website too) and revel in the colour, designs and magnificence of Amanda Perkins’ designs. I first saw her at yarn dale and I will be meeting up with Amanda at Woolfest this June. She has some fabulous ideas, including the completed and cryptically photographed finished Kaleidoscope Blanket!

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This is her recent Supernova Blanket.

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So I’ll be hooking away at my colourful Kaleidoscope Blanket for the next few weeks, winding the newly arrived package of yarn and watching the pattern unfold. We even have a Ravelry group to see each others progress- but no peeping at the next stage. Spoiler Alert!!!!!!!!

::Ta-Dah – Wild Wood Wool neck warmer cowl ::

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This is my first Ta-Dah post in a while but what a super-duper quick little project this turned out to be- a neck warmer cowl for the not yet arrived cold weather and in the perfect rainbow dyed colours of purple, pinks, raspberry, teal and greens called Wild Wood Wool. Last week, before I felt super ill, I went to the amazing Wool clip in nearby Caldbeck to buy some yarn, I talked about it in my post about Half term, my beautiful Wild Wood Wool which I knew I was going to make a gorgeous neck warmer cowl. They have such an amazing selection of hand spun, hand dyed yarns from British breeds and they are mostly farmers/ farmers wives them selves. They are the amazing group behind Woolfest, celebrating it’s 10th birthday this year! WooHoo!! I’ll be going, and you really shouldn’t miss it if you love anything yarn, textiles, creative, crafty of any kind, at all, whatsoever!!! It is a cooperative of 15 members with a diverse range of textile skills and styles. I LoVe LoVe going to the Woolclip; it’s so inspiring.

Anyhoooo…. I bought this wonderful yarn. Beautiful blue-faced leicester by Cecelia and Jean called Wild Wood Wool. 100g, one skein, cost about £12.00 and I knew what I would do with it. A cowl (neck warmer thingy).

So… I wound it.

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Then started crocheting it. Hmmm, I only wanted it to just go over my head without messing up any hair do I might have (not!), so decided after a bit of frogging and pulling out, to do (lots of 3) +2 chains for turning (I knew I’d do double crochets to start with). I used a 4mm (g) hook.

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For the foundation chain I did 93 loops (I knew the main pattern would be in triple clusters) and after a tricky dc first row, when you have to be absolutely certain it hasn’t twisted, I was off! I then did two rows of single triples (1 triple in every loop) before settling into a pattern stripe of alternate, single triple row, then triple cluster row ( 3 triples in every 3rd loop).

CAM00111It grew and it grew and it grew… then I realised I wanted a firm edging to finish it off, so after again pulling it back so that I had enough yarn, I ended with 2 rows of single triples ( after the last triple cluster row) and then a last row of double crochet. I had 3 inches of yarn left! Ha ha wasn’t that great?

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Ta-dah the finished item. So beautifully random and rainbowed.

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It had it’s first outing on Saturday, you may have seen in this post Outside again.

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And here is a not very flattering shot of a ‘poorly’ me wearing it for the day to keep me super-warm whilst working.

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Hey ho… I do love it soooo much and it was really easy peasy. Hey, this has turned into my first proper tutorial type thingy, Hope it all made sense. Go on have a go, it really can be done – one skein, that’s all, this one cost me about £12.00. A bargain I think for something so unique and beautiful. They make great presents. Any problems or advice needed please let me now. :O)xxx

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::Half Term – It was all going so well::

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Half term week was ahead with all it's promises of finished blankets, wool winding sessions and family times, see it started really well here and here. Despite a cold and a cough, I had a lovely lunch out with my boys at Green's of Grassmere, then later in the week with my Hubby at the gorgeous Watermill cafe, and a pootle into the Wool Clip – the ladies behind Woolfest! I even bought me some glorius Blue Faced leicester from Cecelia and Jean.

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I have nearly completed Little Em crochet granny square blanket, and watched the first two of the Lord of the rings trilogy, something I've attempted to do for some time, but never had chance to watch seven hours of film before in a oner!! Then, just when you should be careful what you wish for…

BAM!

Me coughs, colds, and viruses just don't get on very well. It's my asthma, doesn't like it when my airways are at all compromised, I can see that! (and feel it too!)

So once that feeling starts, and sometimes, (like this one, that didn't even creep up) it just HITS me with a PUNCH in the chest and a STAB in the lower right back lung region!!

:: So snuggly days ahead this week…

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And my lovely hubby, well he bought me tulips!! He knows how to cheer a poorly girl up!

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other more cheerful mixtures

:: Tulips::
::Summer holiday bits and bobs::

:: Tulips::

After a difficult week at work, followed by an even more difficult weekend as a result, my lovely hubby brought me flowers home, and knowing how much I •adore• tulips he brought a •Mix•Ture•


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Aren't they beautiful? What I can never understand is why they droop so quickly. I filled the vase up with as much water as possible, as someone once told me that they need it up to the top of the stem if you can. Anyway, they got me thinking about the beautiful tulip fields. I looked some of them up, if you Google Tulip Fields there is an array of amazing images, equally as inspiring as they are lovely. Such an inspiration for blankets, crochet and knitting, the colour combinations and ratios of the patterns are stunning!


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I can just see my next Afghan Blanket!


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Such a range of ideas and beautiful colour pallette.

I'm looking forward to Woolfest this weekend and the array of fantastic crafts people that will be showing. Last year I made my bunting, red, white and blue (for the Jubilee of course), and overall there were over 200m of crocheted and knitted bunting made and lovingly donated by the public. The Woolclip have provided much of the support in West Cumbria and the Lake District region nearby,with skeins and skeins of naturally dyed yarns from local farmers and small businesses.


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I always feel so inspired yet so inadequate when I visit, as there just isn't enough time to do all the projects I want!


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Such a contrasting colour scheme to the strength of colour in the tulips and the tulip fields, but still as beautiful and natural in their own way.

Sunshine blanket is coming on so beautifully, I'm hoping that it will be ready for when we go to The Cambridge Folk Festival in about a months time. We will be taking •BIG• tent and all the camping gear for our jaunt down south, meeting up with D, K and Little Em. I can't wait to see them and also to relax and take a well earned break from the busy life I have at school. It will probably be our last holiday together before E goes off to University and off into the •Big• wide world. Oh well not to dwell on that before bed; too much sadness and happiness mixed up together. Thinking happy thoughts!x

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