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I am so glad spring is here…the light has returned.

 

 

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As well as trying to bring a breath of spring air into our home, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting lately. Another sweater finished, and a new one on the go straight away…really enjoying the pleasure of simple stitching.

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Speaking of autumn…

The cosy season is upon us. At least that’s the way I see it! I truly love Autumn, I’ve probably said that before.

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As I said last time, I find this time of year tends to make thoughts turn inward, to home and hearth. That’s certainly where my thoughts have been the last few weeks. I’ve set about autumn-ifying the house. To me this means just little things like changing up the cushion covers from their pale summer colours to darker autumn colours, rearranging my bits and pieces and nick-nacks so that I have things which I think have a more autumnal vibe on display. I have an obsession with plum and berry colours at the moment, which a shot of mossy green here and there. I know, I know – liking plum and berry colours is not at all cliched at this time of year! But who cares, right? If you ask me, if you love a colour work it in, whether someone else thinks it’s passe or not!

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I have some lovely plum coloured pot pourri in a big bowl in the living room at the moment – picked up on sale from Sainsbury’s. I think it’s fig and something…it smells gorgeous anyway. I did wonder when I bought it, ‘Is pot pourri even allowed anymore, or it is considered too terminally un-cool?…but then as I said, who cares? If you love it…

I’ve been busily crafting away, but due to multiple projects, some of which are quite big I have nothing finished at the moment…except for this little guy…

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My Amineko cat. He even has his own little metal chair by the fireplace. Actually the cat came about because of the chair. I saw this little chair in an interiors shop in Richmond during the summer, and it just tickled me, so I snapped it up. Then of course I needed someone to sit in the chair…so, Amineko. I think he’s pretty happy there. Although he does look kinda surly.

As part of my autumn-ifying of the house, I did have a little bit of a shop. Just a few cheap and cheerful bits and pieces to spread the autumn love around the house. The new cushion covers that I mentioned came from H&M home. I particularly love this charcoal quilted velvet version…

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Also some new tea light holders. I picked up the glass tealight holder in the shot below from John Lewis -just from their basic ‘home range’ for just a few pounds. The label actually said it the tealight holder was black, but I thought from looking at it in the shop that I could see purple glints in the glass which meant that it would probably look more of a plum colour with a lit candle inside…and I was gratified to get them home (I bought 2) and discover I was right!

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So I’ve been enjoying primping my home up. I think I’m done with purchases for now though – the rest will be home made (though it will probably be spring before I finish – but never mind).

Speaking of interiors, has anyone come across Selina Lake’s new book, Winter Living yet? I like Selina Lake’s books and have copies of a couple of her previous publications. I happened across a copy of her latest in a bookshop yesterday and had a flick through. In contrast to the kind of over styled interiors you usually see in home decor mags, I found what I saw of this book very re-freshing. The vibe was more stick with what you’ve got and chuck in a couple of extra throws in some bright colours…maybe stitch on a few pom poms or tassels – rather than completely redecorate. Now an interior update that involves pom poms is definitely something that I can get on board with….I think maybe I need to pick up a copy of this for further crafty inspiration!

Catching up

I didn’t mean to be away so long, but our broadband has been broken since last week…and then I didn’t want to just post another ripple blanket progress post either! The ripple is the only thing I’ve been working the last two weeks or so. I’m quite please with the way it’s coming along…still a way to go though. Maybe a finished object in another two weeks!

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Working on the ripple hasn’t stopped me doing a lot of daydreaming about other potential projects though. The list in my head and in my notebook just keeps getting longer. I really wish I could just focus on one thing at a time, but I don’t think I am built that way…I’m like a grasshopper.

So I’ve been…

…inspiration hunting…

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…colour matching…

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…Oh, and I forgot there was also another slight doily attack…

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I’m not sure which colour combination I prefer on these, and sort of think I haven’t hit the nail on the head in either of them. The one on the left is cream, pale pink, yellow and dark brown and the other is a sort of biscuit shade along with the same pale pink, yellow and brown. At first I thought it was the cream shade that was wrong – it seemed to stark and white against the pale pink. But then after my second attempt, with the biscuit colour in place of the cream, I think maybe it’s the pale pink that’s off, and both would work better with a brighter pink. I have a sort of mid-pink shade which might work, so there might be a third…if I can put down the ripple for long enough to make one.

My day dreams have mostly been about knitting. I had a trip to the haberdashery department at Liberty’s at the weekend, and came back with not one but two Rowan pattern books. A sweater from one of these is definitely next on my list after the ripple…the only problem is deciding which one!

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I think I’m all caught up for now. Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Hello everyone…

I have been away a little bit longer than I intended. Things just happened…life really. We were away last weekend, which was planned, then of course I was ill whilst we were away and still recovering when we got back. Does anyone else’s body seem to do this to them – come down with some kind of cold or bug the second you get a few days off which you plan to enjoy by going away or going out and doing things?

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Then of course there was work, which was just…chaotic and stress-fully busy. Next week is shaping up to be much the same, but never mind.

I did manage to finish my cushion in amongst all this life-type stuff. As I was stitching the squares together I was feeling a little worried. I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would.

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But then, like magic, once all the squares were joined, the pieces together and fastening in made, I could see the beauty, and now I love it!

Sorry, just excuse me for a sec while I wallow in the cushion love….yup, here we go:

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I love it. It’s not perfect – my puffs were a little uneven probably due to my lack of facility with puff stitch. I also had my doubts about some of the colours as I went along. If I were to re-do, I would possibly not include the very pale yellow and the mauve-pink colour. But hey-ho, now that they are in I don’t mind them.

I’m not sure now that this one will make it into the living room though. It just feels like more of a study or a dining room cushion. There’s an old teal tub chair in the study which I think I may replace with something newer at some point, probably in a cream or coffee colour, and if so then this cushion would go great. Hmmm, who buys furniture to go with their crochet?!? I do I guess!

So I think that’s it for now. I am already embarking on the follow up to this one, yup, another cushion. The relentless cushion making drive continues…something different again for the next one, but more of that soon.