Thursday, October 18, 2012

New SAL starting and what I have been up to..(linkies sorted)

Hi all. I haven't found the cable for my phone but I have found another one so all is well and now I can pop my pictures onto the computer at long last.

Well, what a miserable month this has been weather wise. The air in the UK has gone decidedly chilly and downright drizzly to boot. Just the right sort of weather for scarf wearing I figured so off I went and gathered up supplies.

I continued to work on the flower scarf and although it is just long enough to wear, it is not quite long enough for me so I will hold off from posting until I have got that one fully completed.

I did manage this one though:

It's from Nicky Trench's book "Cute and Easy Crochet" and took me about 3 nights to put it together.

I also made up this one:

Now I cannot remember where I got this pattern from so I will let you know as soon as I find it but it was super easy and took me an hour to make. Gorgeous snuggly cowl using a hand dyed yarn I bought from Woolfest a couple of years ago.

Edited to add: This is the Pavement Infinity Scarf but I only made it short.

I also got those pinky/purpley squares together and made not only one granny cowl but two! I found the inspiration for finishing this from here.

I can wrap it around me three times!
Here's the other one I made for DD as I had enough squares left. This time in the cream I originally wanted to do. Not as thick as the purple one. Just a simpler design.

I look very tired in these pictures!

Okay onto some stitching if you are still with me! I recently took part in a birthday exchange on the Friends Through Threads blog and I was partnered with Jill. Here is what I sent her. I made a pincushion with a Blackbird Design from One of their books - again I am so tired I have forgotten and need to check! I looked at her wishlist and got her a few things I thought she would like and fortunately Jill seems very pleased. So Happy Birthday to you Jill for the Big day. xxx

I stuffed it with some walnut shells that Jill had actually given me as part of my birthday gift.

Right, onto something a little bit different then. I decided not too nlong ago that I wanted to stitch a design for Christmas that wasn't too taxing or too ambitious that would be a fun stitch. Tina (no blog) and I decided we would do The Sampler Girl's Glad Tidings design together as an SAL. Then Tracy agreed to Join in and then my neighbour Sue - a recent convert to the needle also said she would join in too. I have set up a little SAL board over on Needlecraft Haven - a YUKU board so if anyone wants to stitch this wonderful design then hop over to Tanya's shop and buy it and then come along to Needlecraft Haven and join in the fun! No rules. No pressure. You know me ;) Just a bit of Christmas fun before the big day. If you need any other info then feel free to email me. Please don't ask me for a copy. The designs are available through Tanya for, I would say, a very reasonable price. Anyway, you are all very welcome to join in with us. The more the merrier. Here is my before pic:

We are planning to start this very soon - possibly even this weekend so if you want to join in then don't delay!

Right. It is late and I am tired and I have to be up and out early so I will publish this then pop back tomorrow evening to put in all the missing links to people's blogs and patterns etc. Please forgive me for the delay but I will get it sorted for tomorrow.

PS What on earth has happened to Webshots???? Arggghhhhh I could scream!!!



Cole said...

Beautiful cowls!!! I love them! It's just getting cold enough here to wear them in the mornings - I'm going to have to make some too! Lovely :) xo

cucki said...

Hello deary your scarfs are so pretty..very sweet
Such a cute Stitchy finish..and lovely new stash
Happy stitching xxx

Louise said...

Hello Hazel! I must say you are quite an inspiration to me. I wonder how you keep up with crafting while working too. I wish I had your energy. Everything is beautiful as always. Thinking of you!
Louise xx

Margaret said...

That should be a great SAL! Love your stitchy gift -- so pretty! Love all the wooly goodness too!

Anne said...

Love all you've made. The cowl in an hour WOw, can't wait to see what that pattern is, some of my friends would love that for Christmas!! I love the stitching you did, and what a great idea stuffing with shells. Arew they quite tiny pieces? Hope you all enjoy the Christmas Stitch SAL. Looks good too!! :)

Clare-Aimetu said...

Great scarves Hazel, mine ill be appearing gin soon, lve the stitching too :)

Lesleyanne said...

Your scarves are lovely. A gorgeous birthday gift for Jill. Have fun with your SAL. Look forward to seeing your progress.

Sally said...

Lovely crocheting Hazel. Your hooks must have been smoking :)

Looking forward to seeing your SAL. I would have joined but I've already stitched it!

Giovanna said...

Love your crochet, so pretty. And what a lovely exchange gift, well done.

Chris said...

Your scarfs are beautiful Hazel!!
Your gift to Jill is lovely. I saw the post on her blog about receiving it.
Have a great weekend!

Shirlee said...

Lovely projects Hazel!

Jackie's Stitches said...

Beautiful cowls and scarfs! They look warm and cozy. I hope your weather improves - it seems early in the season to be dreary already.

Vickie said...

Hooray for you! But... you only have one neck!! ;)

Carol said...

Beautiful work, Hazel!! (And of course, you're tired--you're a busy working mother with young children :)

Christine said...

Fabulous crochet and stitching Hazel

Julie said...

The granny cowls look nice and snuggly, they'll brighten up the darker days of winter.
Going to be fun watching your SAL grow, looking forward to watching that.

stitcherw said...

Love the scarf., The granny square ones are so different, haven't seen anything like those before, what fun ones I think they would be to make.

Joysze said...

Gorgeous scarf, Hazel!

Hope the weather improves for you.

Karoline said...

Gorgeous cowls & pincushion, congratulations

Brigitte said...

Oh my, so great, your two crocheted scarves. Particularly the one with the granny squares. What a creative idea.
A very nice exchnage gift for Jill - and I'm sure she also loved the colours you stitched it with :)))

Chris said...

Love those scarves, and they look so cosy...glad to see you're better. I have joined in the LHN and CC SAL with Barb and co. and am enjoying stitching with them.
Enjoy your half term.
Blessing and happy stitching
Chris xx

Catherine said...

Love all of your scarves ~ there's nothing like a warm scarf to make one feel all snugly when it is cold.
Great stitches too!