Tuesday, 24 January 2012

There and Back Again!

Well it has been a while I must say but I just felt that I needed a break from blogging.  I was having and still am having problems leaving comments on some blogs and I still cannot see who my followers are unless I use someone elses computer.  Have no idea how to rectify it so will have to continue to be anon for some peeps.

I haven't been idle and I thought that I would share a few things that have occupied my time recently and a particular project that has been on going since the summer. 

I love this hat using the pattern from the Gentle Art of Knitting (as mentioned in my last post).  The wool is super warm and a lovely shade of plum with tiny flecks of red and green..... It's Debbie Bliss Donegal Aran Tweed DK.  It is supposed to be a slouchy hat, but it was just a tad too big for me, so I pulled it back a bit.  I only have a small head...don't laugh...it's true.  Hats for me are usually a nightmare as everything falls down over my eyes.  I would love to make another one and try and get the 3 sections of pattern just using less rows. This is reluctantly modelled by Miss Fairy ( no more Littlest Fairy...Her teens are approaching fast).  I was under strictest orders not to show her hair, (she hates it) and the fact that she was still in her pyjamas on a Sunday afternoon!

I also fell in love with the Swishy Scarf from Nicki Trench's new book which is whizzing around blogland at the moment.  This is Rowan DK, I can't remember which shade off hand....  The pattern is very simple to follow if a little time consuming, especially the last round which took me 2 nights to complete.  I would love to do this in a couple of other colours too sometime.  I wouldn't say that it is one of those big snuggly cuddly scarves being a little over 5 inches or so wide, but I love it.

A larger more long term project has been this quilt for Miss Fairy. I started it way back in the summer months, probably about the time that I lost my blogging mojo.  It is quite addictive and uses the English paper piecing method..ie the material is sewn round a paper template.  It is an ideal stash buster, although I have had to purchase a certain amount of new fabric since I started. 

This was my first block.  I love it and have so many other favourite blocks like this one too.  Need to crack on and get this finished.

So that's it for now, there is some wool sitting looking at me and a friends birthday beckons.  It is pouring with rain outside, but warm here by the fire with my chocolate options drink....mmmmm what better way to sepnd the afternoon.

Dev x


Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Dear Devina,

I'm so happy to be able to see your projects! The hat is a lovely colour; I have the opposite problem you do with a big head. :)

The quilt looks like it's coming along nicely; paper piecing sounds like a good idea. Audrey is working on a simple nine-patch quilt that I'm helping with. We're ALMOST there!

I really like the scarf, too; so sweet and feminine.



Romi and Bob said...

Welcome back. I am having trouble commenting on some blogs too.
Your quilt looks amazing. The colours are lovely.Very beautiful scarf too.
A belated happy new year to you. xxx

Country Rabbit said...

hello dev x oh my days its been a while, its my fault since moving to a new blog ive been very slow at linking up with the blogs i used to follow on my old blog- im getting there, i love all the crafty makes and enjoy now following you xx

best wishes x

melanie said...

I am so happy your back now, I have missed your blog posts :) Your quilt is gorgeous, lovely colours :) xxx

Pomona said...

The quilt is going to be beautiful! The hat looks very cosy - I have the book, but have only knitted the hanger covers.

I am not able to comment on a lot of blogs if I use Chrome, but I am generally OK with Firefox. It might be an idea to try a different browser, but best not to use Explorer my techie son tells me. Also it sometimes doesn't work if I click on to a blog from my own dashboard or blog list, but if I just paste the address in the bar, or to via Google it is OK.

Pomona x