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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Spiderweb Shawl WIP

I am really liking the progress of the spiderweb shawl that I am crocheting, especially after searching for months a shawl pattern/idea that I liked! 


Once I complete this shawl, I am going to make another but in purple as they are for my friend's bridesmaids.

I'm joining in with WIP Wednesday over at Tami's Amis blog (I will edit the link in later as I'm blogging from my phone)

I hope you are having a good week!

Take care,

Hazel x

Sunday, 24 August 2014

My Busy Summer

I have been dabbling in lots of things over the summer, so I decided to make a blog post of quick photographs that I took.

 Experimenting with crocheted roses.

Hooking up more of my sister's chevron blanket

Making these lovely ripples for a cushion cover!

 Making more squares for my mood blanket!

I made this lovely cushion for my sister's birthday!

 Trying on a spiderweb cardigan, making for my friend for her Halloween wedding!

 Making more spiderwebs, this is for a spiderweb shawl - it is so much fun!

I have more exciting news that I haven't shared with you yet, and it is partly why I have been distracted...Andy and I are getting married next year! Last month we decided to officially set a date! It is going to be a summer wedding in Ayrshire, as that is where I was born and I have a very big family! It has been so much fun setting things up, and I haven't turned into bridezilla like many people keep asking. 

I just want a simple, happy and lovely day with my best friend that I love to bits without all the fuss and extravagant spending! 

Hope you have been a great summer!

Take care,

Hazel x

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Giveaway Winner

Hello lovelies!

Just a brief post to let you know that the winner of the book launch tickets giveaway is the lovely Gilly from gilly makes...Congratulations Gilly!!


I have emailed her already and she is a very happy lady, and I hope she enjoys her trip to TOFT with her lovely friends.

Hope you all take care!

Hazel x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Summer Blanket WIP

I have had this project on my hook since May last year, as I just add squares whenever I am in the mood for it. I love how happy, bright and colourful all the squares are!


At the moment I have it measuring 16 x 16 squares, but I am thinking I would like to have it 16 x 20 to cover the whole bed!

Totally LOVE it!


There is still a chance to win a pair of tickets to the book launch of Edward Menagerie! The giveaway is open until Friday 4th July! Check out the details here! The giveaway is open to people in the UK as the book launch is located at Toft Alpaca Farm in the Midlands

Hope you are all keeping well!

Take care!

Hazel x

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Giveaway: Tickets to the Edward's Menagerie Book Launch

At the beginning of this week I mentioned I had a giveaway for you, tickets to the launch of Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord, the founder of TOFT.


The official launch of the book is 25th July with the book priced at £15.99.  

To celebrate this launch, I have two pairs of tickets to the launch to give away!! How awesome is that?!


The day is going to be a marked with a whole day of workshops, alpaca treks and cream teas at Toft Alpaca Farm in the Midlands.



Fancy joining in on the fun?! Just comment on this post, and share to get a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the book launch! (Only open to people in the UK - as you have to make your own way there).

Leave your comment before 10pm on Friday 4th July, and I'll pick the winners at random on Saturday 5th July. I'll then pass the winners' details to the organisers so they can send out the invites. All those that comment must leave me their email address so that I will be able to contact them if they win, those who don't provide an email address may lose their chance of winning!


So please get commenting if you want to party with this cutie!

P.S. If you want to know more about this book, you can check out my book review!

Take care!

Hazel x

Monday, 23 June 2014

Book Review: Edward's Menagerie

Recently I have been given the opportunity to share with you a book that has yet to be released! The book is Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord, the founder and director of luxury knitwear & yarn company TOFT.  


Kerry learned to crochet while she was pregnant with her son, Edward. Using her tucked away yarn stash she began to create her first animal toys for her son, which became crochet patterns and kits sold by TOFT. Eighteen months later after having lots of success with the individual patterns, they are all going to be put together in a book.....Edward's Menagerie, a paperback with over 40 unique animal patterns. 

Now to give you my book review.

Edward's Menagerie is a lovely and simple book, which is definitely crochet beginner friendly. The projects in the book are divided into three levels indicating how many techniques are involved in making the animals. Level one uses one colour, and is crocheted only in chain, slip stitch and double crochet. Level two is introduces basic colour changing, and Level three requires more complex colour change and uses the loop stitch in certain animals. The patterns all use UK crochet terminology and common crochet abbreviations. US conversions and full explanations can be found in the Technicals section.

Before you delve into patterns, Kerry lets you know all the materials you need for making these lovely creatures. In this book she has used ten shades of natural coloured yarn from TOFT, but you can make these animals with any yarn you like as she provides you with a sizing chart which is a great guide for letting you know what yarn weights and hook sizes you need. 


The patterns allow you be very open with your colour choices but it lets you know if you need to use a light, medium or dark yarn which is pretty cool! Each pattern has been kept pretty simple to give the book a clean and spacious look, as the 'making up' of each animal after you have finished crocheting it tells you to refer to a section just for the sewing and stuffing of the animal as well as sewing their face details on.


Keeping things simple, the animal designs are a "family" of patterns as they are sharing common body shapes and construction techniques. Which help you get a sense of familiarity with the patterns, but creating unique animals with every individual project.


At the back of the book there's a Technicals section with a great photo guide to the techniques and other info you'll need to create the animals like counting, marking, the right and wrong side of the crochet, the stitches, stuffing, sewing, adding faces and washing instructions.


My most favourite thing about this book is how each animal has his or her own name and they all have little character descriptions, which makes the book delightfully child friendly and fun! My favourite character from each level is Emma the Bunny who is an "an extremely lovable bunny whose aura is kept in balance by regular dates with her yoga mat", Hank the Dorset Down Sheep is "a seriously well-travelled ram with a ewe on every farm" and Blake the Orang-utan is "a self-employed tree surgeon". So much fun!

This is such a great little book to ooooh and aaaah over, and I love how it allows beginner crocheters to move through the levels with their experience, as when they are able to make an animal from level one they should be able to make an animal from level two and same with level two to level three. Very ideal for those who have families as children would love these adorable toys.



The official launch of the book is 25th July with the book priced at £15.99, and the day is going to be a marked with a whole day of workshops, alpaca treks and cream teas where Toft is based. To celebrate this launch, I have two pairs of tickets to the launch to give away which I will post later this week! How awesome is that?!

The book is currently available on pre-order from TOFT and if you directly purchase from them, you will get a bonus PDF of ten additional patterns that aren't included in the book which are a badger, camel, kangaroo, moose, reindeer, sloth, lemur, skunk, snow leopard and armadillo.

Remember to visit my blog again this if you are interested in winning a pair of tickets to the book launch!!

P.S. I was sent a free digital copy of this book for review, if you have any questions feel free to email me.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Still Here!

Today I have finally had an urge to do a little scribble on my blog, its only been over a month! I can't make excuses, as I just plain didn't feel like typing and the same has been with my crochet. I have had one project on the go for a whole month and a bit, and today I feel like showing you it.


A friend made an order request for three cushions for his mum's birthday as he always liked how good my cushions are. He said I could design them anyway I wanted as long as they had the letters MUM on them, and this is what I came up with. I gave the cushions a solid plain granny square on the back in the colours to match the letter on the front. This means she can change it up every now and then if she doesn't feel like having the letters on show all the time. I am around 50 little cream squares away from finishing the fronts, then I just need to buy the cushion pads so I can join the front and backs of each cushion together. I have until the beginning of july to get them finished, but hopefully it shouldn't take me too long to do them.

When I said this was the only project I have been doing, it means that my mood blanket has been on hold...and I don't even want to count how many weeks I am behind!! However I have been recording my moods, to make it easy enough to catch up again so that is something at least.  I hope others are still getting on really well with their mood blankets, and I will definitely need to check out blogs to see how they look.

Hope you are all enjoying the sunshine!

Take care,

Hazel x



Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket - Week 18

Hello there! It's been 7 weeks since I last posted about my mood blanket, shocking huh. I suppose the main thing, is that my blanket is still fairly up to date minus my week 18 square and a birthday square. I am really pleased with how the colours are turning out even though I don't really have much control over them, but it shows that I am a relatively calm and happy person with the odd bleh week.


Even though my week 18 square isn't on show here, it is a yellow one as I was all excited about spending last week in Cardiff for a holiday with my fiancé and friends. It was the best holiday I have had as an adult, and I definitely could see me going back there again. Although hopefully next time without having to recover from being unwell just before it and having to pack my medicine collection for the trip!

Back to the mood blanket, to remind everyone here is list my colours and what they mean.

Colour Moods
Purple - Happiness
Blue - Calm
Green - Unwell
Yellow- Excited
Orange - Creative
Pink - Loved
Red - Extremely Emotional (Anger/PMS)
Grey - Meh
Hearts - Special occasions/birthdays

Friday, 25 April 2014

FO Friday - Flower Cushion

Hello! I hope you have all been keeping well in the time I have been away from blog land. April has been a rather quiet month for me as I haven't really been up to much, just chilling out and taking a break from things. I have been doing a little bit of crochet here and there, but not as much as I usually do. 

However, I thought it was maybe time to show you the cushion I that I finished at the beginning of April....a bit overdue!I have been wanting a new cushion for my living room and I have always been inspired by Attic24's Blooming Flower Cushion. I decided to hook my own, and I absolutely love what I have made.

With the pretty petals on the front!


And the simple colourful rounds on the back, perfect if I want a little change from time to time.


Looks like a such perfect blooming flower!


Here is a little photo showing you all my cushions together on my sofa, in the order from oldest to newest! They are such a joy to look at whenever I am in the living room and a collection I plan to keep adding to over the years with all different colours and designs.


Other than this cushion I have been kept busy crocheting my sisters chevron throw which is coming along very slowly, and I have recently just got back up to date with my mood blanket as I fell behind a few weeks with it (although still kept a note of my moods to make it easy enough to catch up).

Linking in with Tami's Amis FO Friday at her blog!

Take care everyone and have a good weekend!

Hazel x


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Spring Flower Crochet Coaster Pattern

Today I get to show you the tutorial I made, as I was contacted yesterday to say that my tutorial has been published on Country Baskets.....very excited!


Yarn: Wendy Mode DK (Cameo, Sorrel, Lychee), Robin DK (Cream
Hook: 4mm

I mentioned this briefly in my last post, however back in February I received an email from a lovely lady on behalf of Country Baskets asking if I would like to make a contribution to the Country Basket's Idea Library. They mentioned that they had seen my blog and really liked some of the items I have crocheted, and said that I would be an ideal crafty person for making a craft idea for their website. All I had to do is come up with a simple gift/decoration idea for Mother's Day, crochet and write a tutorial for it!

It was such a fun challenge, trying to put into words what I am doing. Even though I know this pattern very well in my head and by hand, its very difficult to transfer that into a simple tutorial but I managed it. After a few edits both Country Baskets and I were happy with the results, and now I get to share it with everyone. Let me know what you think. 

I am also linking in with Chrissie with What's On Your Hook!

Take care everyone,

Hazel

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket - Week 11

This is going to be a quick-ish post as I am not long in from work, and just had something to eat. I really want to relax with some crochet and a cuppa right now rather than being on the computer! I know we are quite far ahead but for those who haven't read about the crochet mood blanket, the details are on my first post right here.


This week's square is a lovely bright orange one as I have been feeling really creative again recently, especially with my latest colourful project! I have also been writing a tutorial for a website called Country Baskets for their Ideas Library. I was asked if I would like to make something and write a tutorial for a simple Mother's Day gift/decoration, which I gladly accepted! I am still waiting for it to go live, as I think it is going to be added in with various other craft ideas! 

Back to the mood blanket! To remind everyone, here  is list my colours and what they mean.

Colour Moods
Purple - Happiness
Blue - Calm
Green - Unwell
Yellow- Excited
Orange - Creative
Pink - Loved
Red - Extremely Emotional (Anger/PMS)
Grey - Meh
Hearts - Special occasions/birthdays

Sunday, 16 March 2014

My Birthday Week

Well that is my birthday week almost coming to an end and I just wanted a quick little post to show you all the lovely things I got this week!! 

From my sister This Girl Is.. I got a few Cath Kidston things, a travel sewing kit, a spotty mug, and a lovely hearty biscuit plate. She also gave me a black cat necklace and on the day we met up for my birthday lunch she bought me a beautiful three-piece china tea set. For our lunch we went to The Sloan's Cake Salon for an afternoon tea served with a glass of Prosecco, truly spoiled me!


With my birthday money I treated myself to a few things from my favourite store Joy, as I only usually buy things from there when I feel like being good to myself. I bought a lovely satin leopard print dress and a very soft spring looking jumper! A result to buying myself these, the store gave me the beautiful rainbow ribbon necklace for nothing.


This weekend I am also getting time to spend with my friends, so there has been very little time to crochet but I am a very happy girl and loving life at the moment!!

Hope you are all having a good weekend!

Take care,

Hazel x

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket - Week 10

It is so nice being able to write to you during the day, where the sun is shining through the window and I am listening to music and drinking a lovely cup of tea. That is a result of having a holiday from work for a few days, it leaves you feeling more upbeat, refreshed and also quite productive. My mood blanket is now up to date as well, as last week I only showed you up to week 8!! I know we are quite far ahead but for those who haven't read about the crochet mood blanket, the details are on my first post right here.


My week 9 square is the blue one, as I was pretty chilled out on the day I made this one because I wasn't doing any overtime at work that day. My week 10 square is a yellow one as I was feeling quite excited that I only had one more night to work before I was I on holiday from work. I also have a happy purple heart square to represent my birthday, which was yesterday (I'm 27 years old now!). I am going to do another blog post this week on my birthday presents, and other projects!

Edit - I have had several people asking me about the pattern for the granny heart square I am using in my blanket, I found a tutorial on Ursula Glitch's blog. Hope this helps!!

Just to remind everyone, here  is list my colours and what they mean.

Colour Moods
Purple - Happiness
Blue - Calm
Green - Unwell
Yellow- Excited
Orange - Creative
Pink - Loved
Red - Extremely Emotional (Anger/PMS)
Grey - Meh
Hearts - Special occasions/birthdays

Friday, 7 March 2014

Candle Jar Covers

I have been quite productive this week and slightly addicted to making candle jar covers. They have always been on my list of things to try and crochet. The ones I commonly see are made with cream yarn, so a cream jar cover is what I made. Isn't it so pretty!? I found the pattern through pinterest, thanks to a lovely Fondrari who has written the pattern for us on her blog! 


Although I could't stop at just one cover! I made another one using the same pattern but with pink yarn!!


Oh I can't be too sneaky can I? As you can see another in the background....a purple one! Well for this one I wanted to try another pattern which has been found on Nature Nut's blog. I think both patterns are very pretty!!


However.........they aren't truly stunning until you capture them in the dark being lit up with a small tea light candle. They are absolutely magnificent! I have been so excited to show you these all week!


Now I better get back to crocheting some blankets!!

Take care and have a good weekend everyone!

Hazel x




Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket - Week 9

Oops! I seemed to have missed week 8, the side effects from being addicted to games he he. Although I think it was a small much needed break from bloggy land. Last week I just had no motivation whatsoever to blog, but I hope you still managed to see other peoples' mood blankets! I have soooooo many blogs to catch up on but I am looking forward to spending this evening reading them with a cuppa tea and some biscuits! I even have other pictures of crochet goodness to show you, but I am keeping that for a blog post later this week!!

As well as not doing my weekly blog post, I am totally a square behind....so maybe next week will be another double square show! I do have a long weekend since, which will definitely give me time to catch up on all the crafty love! Any I know we are this far ahead but for those who haven't read about the crochet mood blanket, the details are on my first post right here.


My week 8 square is a happy purple one, although I don't think I was happy for any particular reason except for work possibly being a good day when I made that square. As I always do, is list my colours and what they mean as a reminder every week!

Colour Moods
Purple - Happiness
Blue - Calm
Green - Unwell
Yellow- Excited
Orange - Creative
Pink - Loved
Red - Extremely Emotional (Anger/PMS)
Grey - Meh

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Getting Distracted

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well! I'm here writing this post because lately I have been distracted, and it is my crochet time that has suffered for it.....usually this bothers me but for once I am grateful. Though I  do have a moment of truth to tell you when it comes to my much loved hobby, don't worry it is nothing bad....I apologise for the rambling post.

When I started crocheting back in 2011, it was the most perfect solution to filling up my time since I had become a university graduate, I was in the search for a job and had no money. I feel pretty lucky that it is a hobby that has stuck with me and progressed right through to today....in 2014! I feel even luckier that I have gained all my blog friends and readers too. The truth about crochet is that it is has been my happy distraction through feeling lonely and fed up at times....fills up the little void inside of me, it is what has kept me going through the years. I guess you could say it is almost therapeutic? See I told you I was going to ramble, but I suppose I am in a reflective mood this morning.

However something has changed in this past week, and it has been the best distraction from crochet that I have had since I ever started it. One of my closest friends was generous enough to build a computer for me from spare bits he had in his house, he is like a computer wizard!! You think why would I need a computer when I have a perfectly functioning old laptop? WELL....for the actual moment of truth, he gave me it as a gaming computer. It is so great to have my old hobby back and to be connected back to my friends, and especially my fiancé. You wouldn't think that something like this could have such an impact on your social life, but when yourself and all your friends are gamers. It really does. I feel so connected now, I feel happy. Do you guys understand where I am coming from?

You can see why I am distracted, as I have barely lifted my hook this week since I have been glued to computer games! It means that my crochet will have to be prioritised, since I don't have all of my non-working time to play around with my hook and yarn. Not to worry, its not going to make me any less of a hooker that I am!


This month I have been messing around with my very small stash of Drops Paris yarn, I have been making cup coasters for my living room and above I have a rather psychedelic grandala. I am hoping to make more of these as I want them to be my new dinner placemats, totally in love with it!


This chevron throw is my biggest priority right now as it is for one of my sisters, and I have been crocheting it since the end of December. This week I have been balancing crocheting this blanket and gaming with my friends, so it is still progressing!!!

Well, that is me all rambled out for now. I feel a little better for it.

Hope you all have been having a good weekend!

Take care,

Hazel x

(P.S. I totally love my computer wizard friend to bits right now)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 - Week 7

Hello, it has been a very busy long day! I didn't finish work until 7 pm tonight! My mood blanket photograph doesn't do justice as it is quite dark. For those who haven't read about the crochet mood blanket, the details are on my first post right here



Week 7 square is an orange one as I had a rather exciting photo shoot with a friend. I forgot how much fun it is to get out and about with a camera, as I don't give myself much time to go out and take photographs. As I always do, is list my colours and what they mean as a reminder every week!

Colour Moods
Purple - Happiness
Blue - Calm
Green - Unwell
Yellow- Excited
Orange - Creative
Pink - Loved
Red - Extremely Emotional (Anger/PMS)
Grey - Meh

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket - Week 6

Hello! It's Tuesday again, which means I get to show you the progress on my mood blanket again. For those who haven't read about the crochet mood blanket, the details are on my first post right here

Although this week shows you an additional two squares in addition to my weekly mood square, as I decided to crochet granny heart squares to represent a birthday in my family. I have already worked out a layout of where all the birthday squares will go in my blanket, which means my blanket will be 8 x 8 instead of the 7 x 7 like I originally planned.


I didn't want to choose a singular colour for the birthday squares, so I am using my mood on that particular birthday, which means my sister's birthday got a blue heart and my Nana's birthday got a yellow heart. My actual mood square for week 6 is a grey one, this is due to me feeling all bleh as I am currently on night shift at work. I have a funny feeling you will see the red or grey squares whenever I am on nights as that is usually whenever I tend to feel low. As I always do, is list my colours and what they mean as a reminder every week!

Colour Moods
Purple - Happiness
Blue - Calm
Green - Unwell
Yellow- Excited
Orange - Creative
Pink - Loved
Red - Extremely Emotional (Anger/PMS)
Grey - Meh

While I was taking a photograph of my squares, my little sweetie decided to come and say hello. I think she was getting all envious of not getting enough attention he he!



Thursday, 6 February 2014

Diamond Striped Blanket

I have so many blankets on the go right now, although only two are my main focus. I have been crocheting a couch throw for my sister using the chevron pattern. However today I am showing you my favourite project right now, my diamond striped blanket. The pattern is so easy, its almost like doing a granny stripe blanket with the exception of the shells being a cluster of two stitches instead of three. I found the tutorial on pinterest, and knew I had to make my own! 


It is great for using up your stash of different colours, although because I have a lot of cream in this blanket....I have used about two skeins already! The blanket is so pretty that I don't mind buying more cream for it every now and then. What I am showing you now has taken me a whole month to do, and I imagine it will take me until the end of 2014 before I have it completed.

It is such a relaxing project, totally worth it.

I am linking up with Chrissie today, where you get to show off what crochet project you are into right now. Well that's me for now.

Take care,

Hazel


Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket - Week 5

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well. Things are much better this week, I am all back to normal and organised. That means that I can show you my mood blanket progress and since you never seen my week 4 square, you get to see week 4 and week 5 today!! For those who haven't read about the crochet mood blanket, the details are on my first post right here.


Week 4 is an excited yellow square for reasons I can't talk about on my blog as it is a bit personal, and week 5 is a pink square for feeling loved as I had a really amazing day together with Andy on the day I crocheted the pink square. As a reminder what my colours actually mean, I have my colours and their moods listed right here! Looking at my square a week progress, its not been too bad for me this year....lets hope it stays this way.

Colour Moods
Purple - Happiness
Blue - Calm
Green - Unwell
Yellow- Excited
Orange - Creative
Pink - Loved
Red - Extremely Emotional (Anger/PMS)
Grey - Meh

I am also joining in with the Keep Calm Craft On link party, as I enjoy finding new blogs to read!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 - Week 4

Hello everyone, I am having one of those weeks so I will show you my progress next week. But for those who still want to show off their progress, I will still provide a link party for you all.For those who haven't read about the crochet mood blanket, the details are on my first post right here.

Though something I can quickly show, is my square blanket...I really enjoy making these squares.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 - Week 3

Hello everyone! I am posting this a bit late today since I am not organised at all this week!! For those who haven't read about the crochet mood blanket, the details are on my first post right here.


My week 3 square is red.....oh dear! The harmony of 2014 didn't last very long. Though not to worry, it didn't take long before I was happy and relaxed again. I was on night shift on my 'crochet mood square day', and it was a truly awful stressful night at work! I ended up really unwell later this day (totally unrelated) and caught whatever nasty bug that was going about. Thankfully I recovered by the weekend, and was able to return to work yesterday.

I have edited green from refreshed (since it didn't feel relevant), and changed it to unwell since that has occurred to me more often than I anticipated this month. A recap of my colour and moods!

Colour Moods
Purple - Happiness
Blue - Calm
Green - Unwell
Yellow- Excited
Orange - Creative
Pink - Loved
Red - Extremely Emotional (Anger/PMS)
Grey - Meh

Friday, 17 January 2014

All The Pretty Yarns

During the Boxing Day Madness, I spontaneously treated myself to some yarn from Raindrops Yarn. Through her facebook page she had a sale, and I got weak and chose two that I favoured most. They came through the mail during the week, and it is so nice to admire how pretty they are!

Extra Fine Merino Wool DK - Navy & Teal

Extra Fine Merino Wool with Silk/Sparkle DK - Chocolate Mint

I don't often purchase yarn without a purpose, and I am now in the situation I am not sure what to make with these two hanks.....as it has to be something that can be made with this amount of yarn. What would you do with singular skeins/balls/hanks?

I hope you all have a nice weekend,

Hazel x

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