Monday, 6 July 2009

Midday Sun

Am I the only one struggling with the intense heat, will I be shot down in flames for daring to say that I am not a sun worshipper? Don't get me wrong, a vivid blue sky and the warm sun on my back is one thing, but these scorching temperatures are proving too much for me. On the plus side, I have access to this on a daily basis and it is proving to be a godsend. Frankly, I don't know how we would have managed the past couple of weeks without it. Sheer bliss!

I have been unwell for a couple of weeks now. I have a terrible chesty cough that shows no sign of abating anytime soon. Why is it always worse at night and especially when you lay down and try to get some sleep? I have managed to complete the goodies for
Melanie's cosy swap despite feeling so awful and hope that my partner likes what I have made. I can't show you the pictures just yet.

So, here at the Fairyglade, projects progress, albeit at a slower pace and on really hot days, not at all. A friend from my craft group leant me this book from the 70's. Oh my, did we ever really dress like this...

Firstly, check out those nails, how awkward to work with!!!!!!!!!!!. So glad that they are not compulsary.

Any one for cocktails darling!

Anyone takers for the psychedelic ripple boots, form an orderly queue please! What a great way to use the ripple pattern, very fetching and just the thing for the weekly tesco's shop wouldn't you say?

I actually borrowed the book for a few new stitch ideas like this one.

I recently found a knitting chart for an afghan which I think is stunning. However, the instructions might as well be in Russian, knitting backwards and other jiggery pokery. I sometimes think that charts are a black art, either that or I am just thick. I have actually printed out reams of instructions on this method, and have glanced through it briefly, but am completely baffled.

Isn't it to die for?

Now comes the reason for the book. This pattern is slightly similar in that it creates large and small patterned waves which is what I like about the afghan. So my reasoning goes that if I use the recommended wool and crochet instead of knit, and use this chart, then in theory I should get something similar looking. What do you think?

I have this pretty thing underway at the moment, what is it going to be I hear you mumble? Well I am going to leave you in suspense for a while! I love the colours though.

I bought this magazine a while back, I was swayed by the cupcakes on the front and the gorgeous wool included in the pack and the purple metallic hook, etc, etc. The afore mentioned things are lovely and I have begun to create a culinary masterpiece, but it was almost the price of a craft book and there are only one or two projects that I feel are worth making. No, no, I hear you all cry in outrage, a bit of a let down I would say. That's the problem when you are easily swayed by gorgeous coloured things in little bags on the front of magazines. I am a retailers dream and fall for it everytime.

On the subject of books, I have gone a slightly mad on ebay and Amazon, but I am only human and have been out in the sun too long. At least that is what I tell the man person! I will share when they arrive, promise. I am also eagerly awaiting my swap goodies. In the meantime, it is the pool followed by the apple tree, followed by the pool and so on and so on......

Bye for now Dev X


Kim McBirnie said...

You are so good at crochet! I really intended to keep up the practice after I went on the day course in January with my dad, but just haven't had the time. This winter I will!
Don't know what you are eating at the moment, but thyme is a really good expecterant for chesty coughs.
Kim xx

Tabiboo said...

I think magazines are designed to draw you in like the sweeties they have displayed right next to the cash register so your normally well behaved toddler throws the most almighty tantrum because they are at there eye level!

Lovely crochet and the pool - lucky, lucky you.

Nina x

Alhana said...

Those nails freak me out but apart from that, I like vintage magazines. You always can get some ideas and adapt them to today's taste for your projects.
Take care of your health and don't complain about heat: here in Spain is 10 thousand times worse! Enjoy that pool :-D

Just be happy! said...

I am from Brazil, so I'm used to the heat.
I think you will achive the look you are going for with that stitch, the blanket will be fabulous!
And now I'm curious to know what you are doing with that ripple you are crocheting...
I hope you feel better.
Take care.
Alessandra xx

gwengoods said...

Even with a terrrible cold, you have been very busy, I have several older crochet books and I love looking through them, can't wait to see you new blankie.

Merruli said...

Oh, I love the green-yellow-white combo. I'm sure you will achieve the same effect with crochet which your dream throw has. And I agree, it's stunning.

Julia said...


You are very lucky to have a pool at your disposal like that, its beautiful!!
I love your crochet work, the new stitch is awesome!!

Thanks for your comment on my blog today, I did the same as you with all the famous five books and they were all given away!! How I regret that now...ah well, time to start collecting again I reckon!

With love
Julia xxx

CT said...

LOL! I'm baffled half of the time while reading some patterns, but I'm sure the afghan will turn out perfect! I've only just stumbled upon your blog, and I love everything you make!
see ya around!

Just be happy! said...

I'll be your yarn swap partner.
Would you like to swap 2 or 3 skeins? Pinks, right?
What type of chocolate do you like best? milk? dark? with some kind of nuts?

I'm so excited!!!

You sure should make some granny square pillows, they are so much fun! I forgot to take a picture of the back, but all dc in solid pink.

Kar said...

Love the blankie you are making. It is going to look FAB! Could you imagine crocheting with nails like that? Not me.

Hope you feel better soon and have a great weekend!

~ Dawn Sparks ~ said...

Devina, I am just now discovering your blog. Love it! Your love of crochet and those colors you choose are yummy.

You had inquired on my blog about the Babette. I am not sure how it got its name. You can purchase the pattern in a PDF on line at I can tell by looking at your crochet skills that you should have no problem crocheting it up!

Anonymous said...

I hope your feeling better Dev. Those nails are just ridiculous, how can you possibly crochet with those nails!
I have that magazine too, and have made a few things from it, though I have not tried the cupcakes yet, I will do though.
I cant wait to see what swap goodies you have made.
Take Care
Love Melanie xxxxx

Cozy Cottage said...

Hello from germany! I just found your blog and it is so so wonderful. Would it be possible to email me the name and number of that great magazine? I love that and here in germany we don´t have something like that. Perhaps I come along it at ebay anyway. Would be very very nice, if you would do that.