Carnival time

17/02/2013 § 32 Comments

Is this the most colourful crochet blanket ever?

I think it might be!

Carnival blocks

Carnival blocks

simple tweed border

simple tweed border

Carnival & Ripple 1

Carnival & Ripple 1

Hanging around on the sea wall

Hanging around on the sea wall

Rolling around and around

Rolling around and around

Catching some sunshine - just look at that sky

Catching some sunshine – just look at that sky

Just perfect - making a beautiful bedroom even more beautiful

Just perfect – making a beautiful bedroom even more beautiful

Carnival blanket in all its glory

Carnival blanket in all its glory

My favourite photo!

My favourite photo!

Carnival is huge and began its journey here and here.  Well over 2m square, there is some method in my madness of colours.  There are large blocks, each made up of 4 smaller squares.  The big blocks have a double border of either Scarlet & Mustard or Fuschia & Blue Thyme.  These are arranged alternately …

Alternate blocking

Alternate blocking

There are 42 big squares in a 6 x 7 pattern.  I worked an outer border of 7 rows, following the granny square pattern and then added my favourite Tweed Stitch border with scarlet and teal.  To make the border lay flat and prevent it curling up, I always work a final row or two with the wrong side facing me.  Similarly, the scarlet row in the outer border was worked with wrong side facing – that’s what makes the stitches look like ‘V’s!

The yarn deserves a very special mention.  It’s the remaining yarn from my Gypsy Rose blanket – Julia by Kristin Nicholas.  Julia Yarn is now discontinued but like Phoenix has risen again and goes by the name of Color by Kristin.  It really is the best yarn I have EVER used. Apart from the stunning colours – and they are truly stunning – it’s the perfect weight and texture.  My remaining 30 balls of Julia yarn were eeked out with some other pure wools, but I made sure that every square had at least a couple of Julia rows.  I treated myself to some vintage Jaeger Matchmaker in Teal, and that’s the outer border – luscious.

I can’t tell you how much I love the colours in this blanket.  Kristin, lives her whole life in colour – see her home here in Houzz. I love visiting her blog to hear the vivid accounts of life on a sheep farm in Franklin County, Massachusetts, her collie dogs, workshops and latest designs.

Do pop over to Handmade Monday (No 104) later on, to catch up with all the other ‘creatives’.  I’m going to walk the dogs on the beach and decide what to make next.  My sewing machine, a neat stack of fabrics and just one bag of wools came with me on holiday!  I’ll be showing you some pictures of my just-completed Songbird Quilt in a day or two, so do pop back.

Anchor Cottage, on loan for a photo!

Anchor Cottage, on loan for a photo!

Missing you already –

Yours, in a cottage by the beach in sunny Cornwall!

Adaliza x

Happy:Smiley

16/02/2013 § 4 Comments

I forget which week we’re in now, but here goes …

  1. Feeling much better.  It was a case of kill or cure and I’ll share the recipe that I think cured me!
  2. Finished Carnival and Songbird – here’s just a taste.  Which one would you like to see Ta-Dah’d first?
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Carnival – the most colourful crochet blanket in the world, I think!

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Songbird – a quilt full of songbirds & Valentine hearts

3.   Seaside and sunshine – yes, we’ve just arrived in Cornwall and the sun has got his hat on!

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Misty’s first paddle of the New Year!

4.   Anemones –  some of my very favourite Spring flowers, fresh from a little market stall in Truro on the way.

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Now, for the cure-all recipe – I hope you like ginger!  You know that feeling?  Heavy, aching, very sore throat, hot then shivering – well, that’s how I was feeling a couple of days ago.  Very unhappy!  I sat back one evening and thought that if I listened to my sore throat, what would it say it needed – yes, I know it’s a funny thing to do, but I really, really didn’t want to be ill.  It said it needed GINGER and lots of it.

So I blitzed 2 mega pieces of root ginger with a splash of cider vinegar then added the paste to the remains of a jar of honey.  I popped in a few cloves then put the jar into a bowl and let it stand in boiling water, to melt.  I gave it a quick mix around and had a few teaspoons full (minus the cloves) and then decided it would be really good as a drink.  I dolloped a few teaspoons of the sticky, gingery, vinegary paste into a huge mug, added some just-off-the-boil water to about 3/4 full and then topped it up with some fruit juice – pomegranate – only because I like the colour!

I had loads and loads of these drinks and amazingly they seem to have worked.  We’ll see, maybe it’ll come back and get me, but for the moment I’m feeling so much better and I’m just off to walk the dogs on the beach.

Lots of crochet and quilt photos in the next couple of posts – stay tuned!

Adaliza x

Wonderful weekend …

13/01/2013 § 18 Comments

Dorset - Sherborne, Weymouth & Woolbridge

Dorset – Sherborne, Weymouth & Woolbridge Manor

Some Happy & Smiley moments from my weekend – we’ve been jaunting in Dorset!

We stayed last night in Sherborne and today’s bright sunshine & clear skies were a welcome change from yesterday’s downpours.  One not so happy smiley moment was when my waterproof boots sprung a leak – ugh!  I hate having cold wet feet but in fairness, the rain was torrential and they were overwhelmed!

I popped out this morning, to take some photos in the grounds of the Abbey …

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Sunflower Farm

Sunflower Farm

I finished hand-sewing the binding edge on Sunflower Farm Quilt yesterday and took Carnival with me for ‘something to work on’!  I do get some funny looks when I whip a huge crochet blanket out of my shopping bag and start taking photos!

So – for my 4 things that made me Smile and feel Happy this week:

The Cerne Abbas Giant (in the top collage) – ‘Girls, you just have to smile’!!!
If you follow the link, you’ll see why in much more graphic detail than in my photo!

Being reminded of Wales, by the pub sign at the Plume of Feathers pub in Sherborne

Seeing winter walkers on the beach in sunny (if very chilly) Weymouth at lunchtime

Taking some photos of Woolbridge Manor in Dorset
My husband’s favourite aunt used to live there, when she worked at the Manor as a girl

That’s about all from me for today.  I love a good jaunt and I treated myself to half a yard of pretty fabric & 2 CK cake tins that were in a sale, so all in all a really happy weekend to remember.

 Pop over to Wendy’s Handmade Monday, over at the Handmade Harbour, to see what else everyone’s been up to.

Will we have snow?   I SOOooooooo hope so!!!!!

Adaliza x

Carnival time …

31/12/2012 § 4 Comments

There’s nothing like a bit of colour, to cheer up winter days …

Kristin Nicholas Yarn now called Color by Kristin

Kristin Nicholas Yarn now called Color by Kristin

Here’s my leftover yarn from Gypsy Rose, the first blanket I made in 2012. You can read all about it here and here and I’m delighted that Kristin’s yarn is now available again (Julia yarn was discontinued, but now available again and called Color by Kristin).   Do pay her blog a visit too – inspirational patterns and tales from the farm in Massachusetts – there are pictures of snow and newborn lambs this week!

Oh, those colours – they positively sing and shout and dance about and spread joy and happiness.  I don’t have enough of them to complete Carnival, so I’m supplementing with other pure wools, but there has to be at least one Julia row in each square!

Here’s Carnival in progress …

Simple Granny Squares

Simple Granny Squares

A riot of colour

A riot of colour

Happy colours - or what?

Happy colours – or what?

A total riot of colour.  There’s some method – simple 4-row granny squares, joined-as-you-go into a block of 4 squares.  Each block of 4 has a border of either Mustard & Scarlet, or Fuschia & Blue Thyme.  Then the large 4-square blocks are joined-as-you-go.  I can complete a large square most evenings, without much of a problem and I’m not in any hurry.  I’m enjoying the journey with this one and have no idea about a border just yet.  I’ve almost completed 3 rows of large squares.

It’s huge, and it needs to be – over 2 metres wide!  Whilst Ripple and Misty Morning are lovely, neither drape over the sides of the bed and my feet are getting chilly some nights!!

I can’t resist wrapping up in it for a couple of minutes, before I fold it up each evening – then I drift off to sleep and dream in colour!

What are you working on at the end of the old year and start of the new?  Mega project, or mini makes?

I’ve just read my ‘end of year’ blog report.  Lots of facts & figures that I find interesting, but I won’t bore you with!  I’d just like to say a huge Thank You for popping by.  Adaliza blog is 2 years old in January and I’m having lots of fun.  I love sharing my hopes and dreams and really love your comments.  If you scroll down to the previous post, there’s a 2013 Calendar Giveaway, open for just one more day.

Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Lots of love

Adaliza x

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