Half term - longed for and needed desperatly as the cold weather and long darkness takes its toll on my asthmatic health. Soooo very tired...need sleep and crafty creative time to recharge my batteries.
So my lovely hubby and big boys decided to take me out to my favourite eatery 'Green's of Grassmere" on Sunday, before E returns to Leeds after being home for 'reading' week. (Not sure any reading was actually accomplished!!)
We had a lovely bistro-type meal, mine of course gluten, dairy free- but so tasty and lovely. They make you feel so welcome and Grassmere is so beautiful.
We only need to travel 35 minutes to get there but through the most glorious scenery.
Yes, we have a sprinkling of snow and it is CoLd!!
So after eating my fill, it's back home to my crochet project- Little Em blanket. You might remember little Em is my best friend D's daughter, we went to Cambridge last year, we visit them around 5 times a year and since it takes us a long, long 5 hours in the car just to get there it's a feat of amazement that D and I have been friends for over 30 years, through secondary school, A-level college, University, marriages and babies!! Em has just turned 7 and of course wanted Aunty K to make her a crocheted big girls blanket.
It's beautiful Stylecraft yarn in a bunch of lovely shades. Emperor, meadow, parchment, raspberry, violet, silver - Style Craft DK from the Wool Warehouse.These pics are a bit better than the other ones!
So far I have hooked about 35 squares and so I have a long way to go before it is double bed sized, however each square will be bordered with two rounds of parchment, then joined with parchment and then the whole blanket witll be edged and bordered with something pretty- don't know what yet.
I have a number of projects on the go afterwards. My lovely kind hubby got me a blanket CAL for Amanda's beatiful kaleidoscope blanket over at the Natural Dye Studio, you can check it out here.
My January pack, complete with pattern arrived and the February pattern update as been emailed. I'm so excited about getting started- just need to get the Little Em blanket finished and I'll be off!
Then.... sneaky man that he is, this arrived shortly after as a cheer me up January present! Awhhh. Cheer me up it definitely did!! A subscription to the website, magazine and two balls of delicious kidsilk. Discount on the yarns in stores and workshops! How to fit it all in!
I've always loved Rowan yarns, so soft and gorgeous and I have a number of the books dating back about 20 years! Time to dig them out me thinks!
So with the weather being nasty and horrid, I am loving that my tiny weeny baby narcissi are trying their best to shine and add delight to my kitchen table, although some of them have exhausted themselves!! Will be visiting the market tomorrow to purchase Tulips - I love tulips!!
As you can see my studio needs a little bit of attention with all these parcels and projects waiting patiently!A Well, it's been lovely chatting but a scrummy cup of coffee and a gluten /diary free raspberry and lime muffin await (made them on Saturday - don't know how there are any left!)- and a bit of hooky for little Em's blanket, and a read of one my very favourite books, Ashlyn Gibson's Creative Happy Home, you can find it here.
Happy hooking and enjoy half term!!