Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Crochet comfort..

I am in definite need of some TLC and the crochet has been a comfort to me in these last few weeks. I do want to share my heart and what is going on with here with you all as a number of you have been following my little blog for some time now. You have seen me from the start and saw my second child being born. I have shared many memories and many finishes with you. You have seen me at my best and at my lowest. I do want to share but I feel there is only so much I can say online. There are people in real life who read my blog and there are certain things that I could not possibly share as it would cause great upset and distress. So suffice to say that things have not been exactly heavenly round here and being on my own a lot with two young peeps has indeed been a struggle.

So, I have thrown myself into my crochet this last couple of weeks in an attempt to take my mind off things. Remember the Autumn blanket I was so excited about that I started last year? I took a special trip to Rowan in Holmfirth and met the lovely Lisa from blogland there. I was sooo excited about it and made an initial good start. Then I got way laid by all the ends and also realised I needed more wool. Several balls were by this time discontinued and it took me a while to find suppliers on the net. Anyway, to cut it short, I finally got going with it again and here it is - almost - all finished. I still need to do the border and for this I will need more wool so it looks like another trip to Holmfirth might be in order. I have seen a border I want to do in the book Crochet Borders and Corners. Here it is for you all to see. How comforting and warm this blanket is. It isn't massive by any means but it is a good snuggle size.

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I also finally got round to making a back panel for this cushion front and have finished the Tiny Squares cushion. I need to get 6 buttons for this just to fasten it but couldn't resist showing you it. Another snuggly!

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And just before I rush off, let's not forget the istitch mystery I have been keeping up with. Here's part 6:

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Well, I hope that is enough of a colour explosion for you all today. Wrap up warm if you're in the UK as it is mighty cold here today.

Chat soon.
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38 comments:

Shari said...

love the crocheted pieces....they are so pretty...
the mystery SAL looks great as well....
so sorry you are dealing with so much on the homefront...hugs & prayers to you in this difficult time...
we are very cold here today too....a cozy blanket & fire place & stitching sound wonderful, but alas, the day awaits!

Rachael xxx said...

I just love those colours in that blanket!! The cushion is so cute with those ickle squares!
Here have a Virtual ((HUG))
I hope things are better for you soon Hazel!!

staci said...

Many hugs Hazel during your struggles. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers that things get better for you.

I hope you continue to find solace in your crocheting and stitching...your projects are lovely :)

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely crochet work, it's good to have something on the go that you can lose yourself in when times are tough. I always think of the saying "this too shall pass" when things are difficult.

Hillery said...

Lovely work, Hazel. I really love that blanket with some autumn colors and PINKS mixed in. It really is a great combo. Hope everything is going better. God Bless.

Margaret said...

Wow, your crochet is sooooo gorgeous! I love the blanket so much! And the pillow too -- beautiful! I envy you being able to go to Rowan in person. I would so love to visit there! I hope things get better for you. You should never feel obliged to tell about your personal life. There are some things that are too private to go on a blog. Just know that we're out here thinking of you and giving you virtual hugs.

Becky K in OK said...

One can never have too much color as far as I'm concerned. Your afghan is simply gorgeous. You do what ever it takes to make you feel good. You have been in my thoughts and prayers. I do hope you have many bright days ahead.

gracie said...

Wonderful explosion of color...{{{hugs}}} to you. We all at one time or another have some bumps in the road....thinking of you.

natalyK said...

I love your crocheting. It is beautiful. I often turn to my needle when I am struggling with a difficult situation. I hope you find it easier soon. Hugs!

anneke said...

Wishing you well!

Kathy A. said...

Sending big hugs (((((((((hugs)))))))
Hang in there!

Cole said...

Hugs to you Hazel... your blanket looks wonderful, you can see the love that went into it. I hope things start looking up soon.

Giovanna said...

Lovely finishes - what gorgeous colours on the blanket!

Julie said...

I love your blanket, the colours are gorgeous. There is nothing more comforting in the sad times than making yourself something beautiful. Take care xx

Christine said...

Sorry to hear things have been difficult Hazel, hope they improve soon.
Your crochet blanket is stunning

valerie said...

Hugs to you Hazel at this difficult time. I've been thinking about you and hoping that things get better. I so hope that they do. I'm happy that your crochet is bringing you some comfort. Your blanket and pillow covers are lovely...just love the colors!

Maggie said...

Your crochet pieces always look so bright and cheerful.

I really hope you have better times to come x

Carol said...

I'm so glad your beautiful crocheted pieces are giving you some comfort at this time, Hazel...Thinking of you and hoping things work out in the best way possible.

Aisyah Helga said...

I love your autumn blanket colors and that cushion is so lovely! I'm sure they bring some colors into your life during these hard times. I wish you all the best, Hazel :)

Catherine said...

My needle is the only way I stay sane on many days. Hugs and prayers to you during these times.
I love your blanket and cushions!! So comfy looking!! Great color in your stitching as well!

Carolyn NC said...

I'm sorry that life has been so hard lately - will pray for you. Your crocheted afghan and pillow are beautiful. Nice stitching, too!

Lesleyanne said...

Sorry to hear things are tough going for you Hazel. Love your crochet and glad you are able to find solace in it.

Annette said...

Hazel, your autumn blanket and pillows are gorgeous. Love all the colors you put together. And your sampler is beautiful. Here in California, USA its HOT. Might be getting cooler weather soon. Hugs to you and just know you will get thru these difficult times. Thank goodness for our crafts to keep us sane. Here's some more(((hugs))) just for YOU!

Helen Philipps said...

Your autumn blanket is gorgeous, the colours are so perfect together. I love your tiny squares cushion too. I was sorry to hear you've been having a difficult time recently, and hope life gets better soon. And in the meantime I hope you keep enjoying your wonderful crafting, always a solace when life gets tough. Take care, Hazel.
Helen x

Sally said...

Lots of hugs coming your way Hazel xxxx I do hope things get better for you soon.

I LOVE your blanket and I could well and truly do with one until my boiler gets fixed!

Julie said...

Amazing blanket, the colours are stupendous, it's fab!

Sending you lots of love, you have been in my prayers xxx

Tabiboo said...

Such a pretty blanket - keeping busy can be the best therapy sometimes.

Nina x

Cheryl said...

Im thinking of you Hazel, hope you're ok. Will pray.
I absolutely love your crotchet

Louise said...

Hazel, I continue to keep you in my prayers.
Your blanket is turning out beautiful! I admire your work.
Sending hugs across the ocean!
Louise in FL

Jane said...

Hazel, your crochet is beautiful - hope it's making you feel cosy and huggy. It's a wonderful thing for comfort, and I hope things settle better for you soon.
Jane

Doris said...

lovely crocheted pieces, they are so pretty. The mystery SAL looks great too.

andamento said...

Your blanket is looking lovely, so perfect for this time of year.

Sorry to hear that things aren't going so well for you personally but I hope it works out for the best in the end.

Sometimes I wish I'd kept my blog more anonymous. There are a couple of "real" people who read it who I now wish didn't, so I watch what I say too.

Sending you best wishes,

Anne.

Barb said...

Oh Hazel the blanket is just so simply scrumptious and I could just imagine the snuggliness of it.Love the colours , in fact all your crocheting is beautiful.
Hope things will improve for you soon.
Hugs

Carol said...

Wow, what a burst of wonderful colours. Love your blanket and cushion and your sewing is really elegant.
Sorry life isn't being very good to you at the moment, it is indeed good to have crafts to escape into, hoping that things improve soon and sending you an enormous virtual hug.
Carol xx

Siobhan said...

Hazel, OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!! All your crochet is gorgeous (as is your stitching) but that first blanket really knocked my socks off. Beautiful work!!

Big hugs to you, my friend.

Aussie Stitcher said...

The blanket is gorgeous. ((((HUGS)))) for you Hazel. It is difficult enough parenting children, but to do it mostly on your own must be doubly difficult. Take care and know that you have many friends in the stitching community.

Heather Griffith said...

The autumn colours look so snuggly. The tiny square cushion has got reaching for my discarded tiny squares, wherever it got to!Hope everything gets better for you. Heather x

Suz said...

You've been pinned..added your blanket to PINTEREST...love it so much
Hugs xx