Monday, February 18, 2013

A perfectly delightful Saturday

We broke up for half term holibobs on Friday and a welcome relief it was too. I decided that on Saturday I wouldn't do very much at all. I would stay in bed and do a little crochet or whatever took my fancy and just RELAX as relaxation was very much needed. Children were quite happy to watch films on Netflix in their den, which they built themselves, I might add. So this is what I did and because I am still off, I thought it might be nice to spend a leisurely Monday morning in bed, catching up on blogging too. 

I began with this....


Little "Saturday morning project", I call it. You know, the ones that are easy, no brainers. This was destined to be a cowl/snood type thing and I found the pattern from here. Yvestown's shop. She sells the wool and has the pattern for free underneath. Well, I remembered I had some similar looking cottons in one of my many yarn bags. James Brett dk cotton I think it was. And so, the project began. Such an easy, hooky project. Just round and round in doubles. The colours just seemed to work. I followed the pattern in that I chose a colour and worked 4 rows then 2 rows, 2 rows, 2 rows and then 4 rows. I just kept to this and it resembled something similar to the one in the shop. This was the finished outcome after I hooked all day till the midnight hours!



Taking this opportunity, I thought I would show you my other new hooky project. You might remember my last Elmer blanket project from last year. I made it for my friend's new baby boy. I wanted to do one with the special Stylecraft pack of 17 colours which I made my Granny Stripe out of. I was inspired by this one and this one and just really wanted to make a big one. I originally asked daughter if she would like to design it on squared paper and she agreed but then couldn't be bothered so I am doing it ad-lib. This is where I am up to with it now.



It is growing so quickly, I can tell you. Such a pleasure to create this colourful blanket of fun. 

So, back to Saturday. There I was, hooking away quite pleasurably, kids in their den:



.... when there was a knock on the door. The postlady!!! What should she deliver but my very recent order of Drops Delight. Must tell you.... it is on sale at the moment... only till end of Feb. My order came from Wool Warehouse who I cannot compliment enough. They have a superb service. Things get delivered very quickly and they have a great range of wools in stock. They also sent me some very useful wool needles - how did they know??? Thanks so much Wool Warehouse. 

Anyway, onto the Drops. This is what came...



...and this is what I am going to make with it....

This hat.

These wristwarmers.

This blanket. 
Both are free patterns which you can get from the Garnstudio website.
I can't tell you how happy this made me. My Saturday was going well. Even the sun started to peep out the clouds.

So, I decided to take a break from hooking my cowl and march the kids up the hill behind my house. We took a flask of hot chocolate, some juice and snacks which son carried up in his backpack.It's not a big walk but I was breathless by the time I got to the top. I am so unfit! This was our view:


Happy day. Hope yours was too.

21 comments:

CJ in OK ;-) said...

Sounds like a great day and the crochet work is lovely. CJ in OK

Margaret said...

Sounds like a lovely day to me! Relaxing and hooking in bed, kids content on their own, a nice walk with a beautiful view -- perfect! Love your hooky projects!

Vickie said...

So nice to see relaxing times. Beautiful work Hazel.

Shirlee said...

It's always so inspiring to see your crochet work! The Elmer blanket is wonderful, & I love the kids' den : ) Your new projects & wool from Wool Warehouse are great!

Stress Less said...

Sounds like a you had a very restful weekend. I hope you are fully recharged now! I love the projects you are working on. And those new projects you just received...makes me wish I would do that too. Hope you have a wonderful week.

moleymakes said...

What a fabulous day. I do so enjoy those days when you can just do what your heart desires. Whether it's baking or crafting. It really does renew one's spirit.

Can't wait to see your upcoming projects. Drops yarn is just brilliant and such good value for money too.

Julie said...

Sounds like hour half term hols have got off to a wonderful start.

Colorado Stitcher said...

I love the colors of your Granny Square afghan and the cottons for your cowl are so Easter/Spring like!

Jane said...

Love this post Hazel, exactly how life should be and we all get to do it so little so good on you!
Just love your creations, you always choose such lovely co-ordinating colours and fun designs.
Hope Half-Term continues to be just as chilled xxx

Gillie said...

Good for you, I got dressed today for the first time since Friday, had a lovely stitching weekend. Gorgeous crochet and I need a hill or two (hard to find in Michigan, lol) too!

Christine said...

Beautiful crochet Hazel and I love the new wool

Chris said...

Lovely post!

Nicola said...

What a lovely post Hazel. Brought back memories of den building many moons ago.

Maureen said...

I'll be honest and say I am not normally a fan of crochet but your stuff is fab! Love all the colours you have chosen. Those wriswarmers are just so cute..

Bernardeena said...

That drops blanket was part of the inspiration for mine, it will look great. I hope you are having a great and relaxing holiday.

Carolyn NC said...

Love your crocheting - and the new colors and patterns - beautiful!

Catherine said...

Love seeing all of your projects and plans!! The view from the top of your hill is beautiful ~ and what a cute family picture!

Carol said...

What fabulous new yarn and great choice of patterns for it, love the hat!
Carol xx

Karoline said...

Your new wool is gorgeous and those patterns are great

Your wips are looking lovely

stitcherw said...

What a great post, loved all the pictures. All the crochet and yarn was so colorful, I just wanted to pick up all your pieces and fondle them. Gorgeous pieces all.
Sue

Annette-California said...

All your needlework is so beautiful Hazel. Sounded like you had a most lovely and Happy Saturday:) I hope you have many more relazing days to come. Those patterns are truly pretty. I've not seen such incredible colored yarns before - Wow. love Annette