Isn't this wonderful? It's a dinky little DAB radio in a leather duck-egg blue case. Bought by my son Mike and his lovely partner Vicki for Christmas ESPECIALLY to fit into the summer house. It just looks so PERFECT in there.
Looks equally good on the shelf or on my little pale green side table. Just THE PERFECT gift!
My Cosy Stripe Blanket (Lucy from Attic 24 pattern) I omitted a couple of her colours and changed the order here and there. Not too fond of the spice (orange) but accept it is part of the autumn colour scheme she chose. Actually, we think it feels quite Christmassy.
Below, some crochet shapes I've been experimenting with. The first circles are crocheted in Noro Secret Garden - I love the variegated nature of this silk/wool yarn.
Granny Squares. I get a bit fed up fastening off and restarting but I do enjoy the way the colours blend.This is of course good old Stylecraft Special DK. Cheap as chips and lovely colours.
Now then, this was an attempt at free-form crochet, which turned into a kind of wavy circle… I may carry on, do a little decreasing to mitigate the frilliness, and see if it becomes a shawl…. the yarn is Lisa Harding's Amitola which is a 4-ply wool/silk mix. It looks wonderful in the ball, but I hated the way it crocheted in rows, the colours do not meld together very well in lines. However, I do like the way it works in an ever increasing circle.
Here you can see a basket of yarn and the beginnings of ANOTHER blanket - the Granny Stripe no 2. I started out looking at Lucy's Harmony Squares colour scheme, but then decided to do my own version. Same shades as the granny squares above. My Granny Stripe Mk1, made about 5 years ago, will move into the caravan.
Below, some felty colourfulness in the sewing room. Also known as The Black Hole of Calcutta!
My collection of pro markers, for all that "grown-up colouring-in" we are so fond of these days!
And to finish up, a couple of photos of some brightly coloured pottery in my kitchen. Love it!
I hope these colours have brightened up your day - they certainly keep me feeling happy. This will be my last blog-post this year, and maybe into 2016 - but I shall definitely be back! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy healthy and fortune-filled New Year, and I will be back very soon.