Sunday, 25 March 2018

A weekend in London

This weekend we went to London for a bit, not a long trip, just one night. We went up early Saturday, chilled out for a bit then went to the national gallery. On Sunday we popped to our favorite shops and then got the train back. It wasn't a long trip but it was a welcome break.

The gallery was rather lovely, I especially liked the landscapes. I even got some postcards of some of my favorite paintings to put on my wall, something to remember my time in London and that I want to go more and see things like the gallery to expand my mind.

We had Korean fried chicken for dinner, its so crispy. I even tried pickled watermelon which was surprisingly lovely, I need to find me a recipe. London has so many foods to try, each time we try at least one new thing and often find things that we really like. Also on my list of things to try and make at home are Koshari and Jerusalem bagels with Za'atar.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Patch Work Crochet

I have been surfing blogs again, and today I am loving this post by My Rose Valley. 


Is this not a lovely idea, it may find a place on my to make list once I have ticked some stuff off. 


And this, I have dabbled in English paper piece quilting but never thought about the shapes converting over to crochet. 


And finally this. The colours, the pattern, its all just so comforting.

Crochet is all about comfort to me, the snuggle cuddly things made, the comfort and relaxation of the making. Its mostly comfy colours that attract me, touchable patterns to snuggle under.

Which brings me to my hydrangea blanket that I have now done 61 of 88 colours on. Its getting really big, and even though its not finished, if I am cold I cant help reaching for it. 

Monday, 19 March 2018

Home with another migraine

I have another migraine, I get them most days lately but today is a level red one, that is to say I am unable to work or do much of anything. My scale goes:
Blue - No pain
Green - Murmur (not feeling right, light pain)
Yellow - Pain but pills work
Orange - Pain and pills only just working
Red - Meltdown, pills not working

I get one or two reds a month, a few blues and greens but lately its mostly yellows. I spend my life on pills trying to operate, and I don't like it. And today I am home, staying very still hoping the pain, nausea, and dizziness will pass soon.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Yarn for Easter eggs

I have had to remove chocolate from my diet as part of my battle agents migraines so instead of buying lots of Easter eggs this year I got my "egg budget" to spend on yarn. Seems like a fair deal, and probably better for my health and weight loss aspirations too.

Rico Essentials Cotton (DK) - Jade Green (47) - 50g

So I have treated my self to a few balls of cotton yarn to make some pot holders and mandalas with. I have pink, white and blue at home so I bought jade green (above), beige, violet, lemon, and silver so i can make some lovely pastel bits. 

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I am still going to be making my hydrangea blanket which I love, but I can take little breaks for some pastel colour love like the above inspirational image. 

Thursday, 15 March 2018

PDF Japanese crochet books

I have been a little naughty and bought another crochet book. But in my defence it is a PDF book of 300 motifs and boarders. and it was only £1.78. It looks so good, cant wait to try some of them out. 

Here is a link to the etsy shop. They have quite a few Japanese crochet books, but don't worry about the language issue its all about the charts in these books.

I must resist getting more from them till pay day. Focus on the hydrangea blanket, its going so well.

Hydrangea love

I am currently making the Hydrangea blanket from attic 24, and I am loving it. The colours are so lovely and comforting. I am especially in love with the duck egg, mushroom and parma violet colour yarn. 
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Picture from Attic24 blog

The pattern is simple and gives such a lovely texture. I just love squeezing and stroking it. 


I am about half way through now (48 of 88 stripes) and can sit under it while I work, which is great on cold days. I look forward to getting home and having some time to work on it.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

I need this crochet mandala book...

So I am having my normal scroll through some blogs, enjoying some colour therapy, when I came across a lovely looking pattern. It was love at first site. 

byHaafner, crochet, mandala, mandalas to crochet, book, blanket, plaid
Picture from ByHaafner blog

Its so lovely, bold but lacy, and I just must have it. 


It turns out its in a book called "Mandalas To Crochet that I have been thinking about getting so I think at the end of the month I may have to get. I have a bit of a thing about mandalas atm, a real craving to make some. I am not sure what I will use them for, but there is a real need none the less. 

I bought another book with mandalas in but I will talk about that another time.