‘Crochet a long’ so far

When I first started reading blogs there were a few crafty terms that I just didn’t understand. What was a WIP? What Is a CAL?

Well, a CAL is a ‘crochet-a-long’. You buy a kit and then the pattern is released a week at a time and you all work on it together. At least that’s the theory. If you get behind it’s not the end of the world. A WIP is a ‘work in progress’. It took me ages to figure that out!

I am really enjoying doing the Scheepjes CAL called Hugge designed by Kirsten Ballering. It’s been great to have a timetable to stick to and I’ve learnt how to do bobble stitches and surface crochet. img_0821

This is the tension square that you start with to work out your hook size – and the following pictures are the CAL so far. Unbelievably, I am up to date. I’m loving doing cross stitch onto crochet.

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flowers

The garden has a few flowers during winter which is very welcome. The clematis is ‘Freckles’ (at least I’m pretty sure it is – it was here when we bought the house ). The yellow flower is winter jasmine.

So far 2017 has been all about toothache – Paracetamol is my best friend till the dentist opens tomorrow. The good thing is, I can’t indulge in all the chocolates.

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goodbye 2016 -why did you fly by?

This year has just gone by so fast! My son did his GCSE’s and we all survived. Decorating was done. The allotment weeds were almost vanquished. Our family holiday was one of the best ever. But a lot was left undone and the year just sped by. I am thinking that the years when your children are at school go by more quickly than any other part of your life.  Blogging wise I uprooted myself from my old ‘could do worse’ blog and after a few failed attempts plonked myself here.

The photos are snapshots of my year – the featured image is cows crossing the motorway. I just love it when we time it just right so that we see them. Happy 2017!

delivery

This week I had a delivery of three books, wool, seeds and my free plants! So glad I was home as our sorting office is miles away. You’s think that if you live in a built up area with a massive population that local amenities would all be on your doorstep but sadly the post office closed our local sorting office a couple of years ago. The building is going to be flats.

Anyway, moan over. Thompson and Morgan sent me some lucky dip plants and as this morning was an absolutely beautiful start to the day I got on and planted them in some pots. I have wallflowers (which I’ll put in the garden when they get a bit bigger), pansies and primulas. We still have roses, hollyhocks and calendula flowering and the tomatoes were picked this morning from the plants growing in pots by the back door. It’s a sheltered garden for sure. No frost here yet.

I hope you have a very happy weekend.