Wednesday, 17 March 2010


My spirits have lifted a bit over the past days, the warm sunshine and blue skies have certainly helped. It's amazing how a bit of sunny sun can cheer you up. It has been warm enough to sit in the garden the past few afternoons and watch the birds gathering nest materials and see the gnats dancing in patches of sunlight.

No daffodils as yet, they are sat sitting, buds tightly closed, waiting. Man person planned hundreds of new bulbs last autumn, and when they do eventually open to reveal their glorious golden goodness, such a sight it will be.

My hooky blanket is coming on a treat as you can see. Originally, I had intended to use lots of different stitches for the squares as mentioned in an earlier post. However, I was having difficulty making them all the same size. The different stitch counts became too complicated. The pattern that started me off on this project was from the Art of Crochet. I really like the design, and more so from the back view as opposed to the front. So I frogged all the others out and re-worked them all the same. By the way, why do we call it "frogging" when we unravel crochet work, I have always wondered?

Of course , I have to have more than one project on the go. With that in mind, I saw this little fellow and fell in love with him straight away. He is perfect for a little boy that I know.

I ummed and aahed over my choice of fabric because, if I am honest, I rarely have anything that isn't pink! So a trip to the local charity shops was called for. I eventually settled on a wool skirt which is very soft and the right colour. I just hope it looks like the picture when it is finished. I am sewing it by hand rather than use my machine. I just prefer it.

Another little project was inspired by this lady. I can't make sense of the headband part of it unfortunately, so have just made a long chain of trebles and used a button to close. The trebles make it easy to adjust the size to fit either a child or adult. I think the red bow is a tad too big, but that is easily altered.

These are actually prototypes, but I am thinking beads and sequins might pretty them up even more. They are so easy to make and perfect for little gifts. I wish that I had seen them when I made the party bags up for Littlest Fairy's birthday. Maybe for next year instead.

I have a question that I am hoping someone can help me with, especially my American readers perhaps. I have come across a lot of patterns that call for "worsted" weight yarn. Can you tell me what the equivalent wool in the UK is please? I take it that it is thicker than our DK...or is that what it means? Then we go up to chunky, could it be that perhaps? I am a bit lost. Can someone recommend a brand that I can look at online maybe so that I can see some?

I want to thank you all for your kind comments on my last post. It means a lot to me that you have taken the time out of your day to leave me a message. Thank you.

Dev x


marigold jam said...

I missed your last post so sorry that you were feeling low and glad you feel brighter now. Have come across this website which may answer your question
I think a DK yarn would be the nearest but you could try out a tension square and see couldn't you?

Those squares look good can't want to see them joined and finished!


Tabiboo said...

The sun has certainly worked wonders and we've spent most of this week outdoors though the house is feeling a little neglected now - darn the housework!

take care,

Nina x

the pig lady said...

So glad you're more cheered. I just love that dog, that's one lucky boy who will receive that. I am busy making easter bunnies - not very original but keeping me busy and the mind distracted! Hugs Debs xx

Linda Gilbert said...

Just doing a little bit of blog hopping and came across your lovely special palce. Some really inspiring crafty loveliness going on. I will pop in again soon
Kindest Regards Linda

Alexandra Mason said...

That dog is wonderful and i love your headbands xx

Kate said...

I love the headbands, they're very pretty and I totally agree with you about how a little sun can make all the difference - let's just hope it continues.

Glad to hear you're feeling perkier.

Kate xx

melanie said...

I am so pleased to hear that you are feeling happier now. xxx

a mermaids purse said...

those crochet blanket squares are so wonderful- i must get learning the art of crochet myself!! hehe x
love the doggy fellow! he will look fab!...and those sooo wonderfully cute head bands!
its lovely when the sun is out and blue sky really does lift ones spirits ;0)xxxx

AMZi said...

Worsted weight is technically a little smaller than DK, but if you have a tight tension, it shouldn't make much of a difference.

Anonymous said...

the hair bands are so sweeeet!

a happy easter to you dear fairy in the glade xxx