Thursday, 19 November 2015


This little cheeky chops on the left grew up and graduated from Sheffield Hallam University on Monday with a BSc in Physiotherapy and first class honours.  Like all the other families there we were full of pride and I felt a bit tearful, but the stiff upper lip held out quite well.  

I love Sheffield, it's a great city and we spent a lovely three days there; more importantly, Natalie thoroughly enjoyed her big day. 

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Not much has been done about Christmas around here, there are lists but not much else.  I have plans for this Rowan handknit cotton, but I haven't left myself much time, which seems to be the story of my life!

I need to get my act together post-haste. 

Hope all is well out there ...

Jane x

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A big granny square

The big grey granny square came about because of a change of plan on another project.  The 'three shades of grey granny stripe' started life as a large dark grey blanket with maybe a little colour around the edge, then a third of the way through I decided to add a different grey and then another.  

So, what to do with the eight balls of now spare yarn?  I went back to the original plan, started with a small granny square that just got bigger.  There wasn't enough to make a bed-sized blanket but it's more than enough to cover a lap and keep feet warm too.  I ended up buying more yarn to make the edging, which is a row of double crochet, two rows of treble crochet and a further row of trebles with three trebles worked into each stitch of the previous row to get the ruffle.  It seems to take ages but I like the effect.  

I used 8 x 100g balls of Stylecraft Special DK in Graphite (1063) and 2 in Raspberry (1023) with a 3.5mm hook.  

Grey seems to be a bit of a theme lately, the latest WIP has a little grey.

And I recently picked up a bit of cross stitch (something I used to do all the time before I rediscovered crochet) and went straight for the grey!  The pattern is by Luli and you can find it here.  

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x

Sunday, 1 November 2015


My little blog turned two on Halloween.  I don't feel like I've been blogging for two years, more just finding my way still really with terrible photos and not much to say.  I thought about giving it up again but it's been a useful thing in recording what I've made and how; although I've come to like Instagram, it doesn't do what I want it to do so blog is still best I think.

There's been some disappointments over the last two weeks.  I'd waited all year for my big night out with some friends to see Hamlet at the Barbican but, because of ill health, it was not to be and alas, I didn't get to see poor Yorick, or Benedict Cumberbatch (ha! see what I did there?).  Then yesterday, we saw an announcement that our local firework display had been cancelled.  The 1st Hildenborough Scouts have organised a firework display for at least the last 20 years at our local rec; over the years it has got bigger and better and has become the major community event of the year.  For the Scouts it is their biggest and much needed fund raiser and so this will hurt them greatly, but the owners of the next field issued a legal challenge because of their animals (horses I think) and so that's that.  How sad.  I wish I had a field, but maybe someone who has will be able to offer them an alternative.  

On a lighter note, not going out much means more crochet and so I've made good progress on a couple of the many blankets I keep starting and some smaller projects.  

And there was a first attempt at amugurumi - I crocheted an apple.  "Why?", said my daughter, to which I could only reply "I have absolutely no idea!".  William Morris said “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”  It's definitely not useful and I'm not convinced about beautiful either so its days could be numbered.  

To celebrate my second blog birthday I'm having a little giveaway, just as soon as I've decided what I'm going to give away.  Meanwhile, hope all is well out there ...

Jane x