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Firstly, something that hardly ever happens…Stanley and Bobo snuggling together on the big crochet blanket…

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…and then – oh how exciting!  My house is being featured in next month’s Style at Home Magazine and in this month’s there’s a little preview and there’s my bedroom!!!!!  Right there!  In a proper shiny magazine!  The very same bed and blanket as Bobo and Stanley are on up there!  I literally could not be more excited and just can not WAIT a month to see the whole article.

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Right everyone, I really need some crochet help.  A little while ago I started making the Fiesta Siesta Blanket.  I had it in my head how wonderful it was going to be and made lots of two coloured circles that look like this…

I then added two layers of cream round the edge of each one so now I have lots of circles that look like this..

I then added the third layer which is a lovely purpley heather 12 pointed star so now I have circles that look like this…

Isn’t it scrummy – look at them all together…

But here’s where the problem starts and where I need the help.  What now?!  I imagined the purple stars sitting in white hexagons all joined together but I can’t work out how to do this bit…

…how to get the star sitting neatly in its little white hexagon.  I’ve made it and unravelled it all day and not got it right yet.  Any suggestions?

I don’t know why I do it but you probably do the same. Despite not having even nearly finished the harlequin blanket, I’ve started a new one. I’m calling this one the Fiesta Siesta. It’s going to look a little bit like this, this, this, this, this or this and this or even this, this or this. And hopefully, when it’s finished, I’ll be taking lots of siestas tucked up under it…

 

 

 

What an exciting weekend it’s been!!  I’ve had to keep a secret for the last month and it’s been awful!!!!  I can’t keep secrets about anything for any amount of time, but the husband kept convincing me the pay-off would be worth the wait.  And finally, this saturday, I had my little article published in The Guardian!  http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/oct/15/letter-to-family-kitchen-table  I hardly slept a wink knowing that my family would stumble across it as we were reading the papers together the next morning.  It was brilliant to see their reaction, and as the husband said, well worth keeping the secret.

As well as that, my little sister has been staying with us and we spent a lovely sunny saturday strolling around Bridport’s lovely second hand shops and vintage market http://www.shackletonphoto.co.uk/blog/2011/04/27/bridport-vintage-market-dorset/.  There were so many happy and colourful little things that caught my camera’s eye….

Well, this was supposed to be ‘Bridport Hat Festival Part Two’ but my computer has eaten my photos and refuses to give them back to me.  I still may find them yet but for now you’ll have to make do with www.bridporthatfest.org.  Look under 2011 photos – there are some brilliantly wonderful people and hats there.

So instead, in order to try and cheer myself up, I’ve gone round the house taken pictures of things that make me happy…I hope it works for you too…

I love the new papercut commissions  – I showed you the initial sketch, but they come to life in paper…

I’ve realised the house is full of birds I’ve made, painted and sewed.  They’re all different and all have their own characters…

I love it when it starts to feel chilly.  Not that I need an excuse to snuggle up under a blanket in front of a fire.  And this is my favourite blanket.  It’s the first crochet one I ever made and it’s massive – around 8 feet square!  I wasn’t an experienced crocheter at the time and underestimated how much wool I’d need so it’s a real hotch-potch of colours, but I love it and am so proud of it.

I’m going to start a new blanket soon using these gorgesous star squares.  I’m off to buy the wool on monday and haven’t decided what colours to go for.  I’m leaning towards autumny olives, mustards and reds but when I get to the shop I’ll probably fall in love with something else….

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At last. I've been working on this little blanket for ages as I keep getting distracted. I'm just using up old tapestry wools and I love the rich mix of colours.

I'm completely in love with the papercut I'm making at the moment. It's a commission for a first wedding anniversary but I want to keep it.

I was given this gorgeous bottle of elderflower cordial. I can't bear to drink it!

It always amazes me when gorgeous sweet smelling flowers emerge from the little brown seeds I planted in the spring.

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Oh how I love half term.  I’ve got so much done today – here’s a sneak preview…

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