Granny Blankets

Back in September 2013 I was asked to make a granny blanket along with various accessories for a friend whose two daughter were both expecting babies within a couple a month of each other.

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Granny blanket along with two amigurumi elephants, 3 x pairs of boots and a couple of hats.

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In October last year she called to say her daughters were both pregnant again and again they were due within a month of each other.  I was asked to make another granny blanket for one of the daughters in the same style as the first one.

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I can see a rainbow

I’ve been asked to make a very special blanket for a friend.  She recently saw the movie ‘Seeking a Friend for the End of the Earth’ and fell in love with the blanket that one of the characters had.  It’s not quite the same but is loosely based on this Quirky Heirloom Throw.

So I’ve spent a happy few hours over the past couple of weekends dyeing up a storm.

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My New Addiction!

I decided to try my hand at dying the wool I bought a few weeks ago.  I’ve only dyed a couple of skeins before in variegated shades but decided to try multiple colours.  Oh my goodness.  I think I’m in love!

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First off I soaked the wool in a delicate wool washing liquid as it still had that sheep smell. Then I mixed up some teal, scarlet and yellow dyes.  I used the microwave method of dying, so some cling film and a few minutes in the microwave, a rinse under the tap and et voila!

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Seeking a Friend until the end of the earth blanketSo I’ve been surrounded by yarny yumminess this weekend; trialling how the blanket might look to make sure it’s what my customer wants and then checking out some yarn and colours.

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I have a few months before this is needed so will keep looking at yarn and may even decide to dye some more of my own to make it even more unique.

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Crafty Day

I can’t believe it’s been twelve months since the last Hamilton Craft & Quilt Fair but it has.  I went along today with a friend and we spent a very pleasant few hours checking out the stalls.  This year there were three stalls selling yarn which is an improvement on last year.

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The fibre art was once again amazing. It may not always be to my taste but I can certainly appreciate the skill that goes into creating these pieces.

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We then headed into Hamilton to Story on Alexandra Street, Hamilton where some of my crochet is display on the yarn bombed lamp post outside the store.

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All finished off with a coffee in Garden Place.  We even managed to sit outside in the sun.

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Apple and Almond Pudding

Feeling in need of something sweet I decided to make a dessert with tonight’s evening meal.  We don’t usually have one as we have been eating healthily and getting fit but I found the most amazing Apple and Almond Pudding over on Wholefood Simply.  It’s free from gluten, dairy, grains and refined sugar.  Oh my it was moist, light and simply delicious.  Quick and easy to prepare, 35-40 mins in the oven and voila!  This one is a keeper.

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Saturday, Saturday, Sat..ur..day!

It was a lovely winter’s day here in the Waikato yesterday.  A sharp frost but one of those mornings that you know is going to turn into a beautiful day with clear blue skies.  I wasn’t disappointed.

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We visited one of the region’s best Saturday craft markets, Tamahere Country Market. It’s held the third Sunday of every month and no matter what the weather there’s always a good turnout.  You can get everything from fruit and veg, hot food and drinks, health supplements to arts and crafts.

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I scored myself some beautiful natural New Zealand Romney Perindale cross wool.  A whopping 250g for $10.00.

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We headed off into central Hamilton, dropping in on the sausage sizzle being held by the Aspergers Support Group we are involved with.  We’re holding another one in two weeks and it’s our turn to run it.

Next followed a leisurely stroll around the shops and lunch at a lovely authentic Japanese restaurant.  My very first time having Japanese.  It was delicious.  We spent a further couple of hours browsing the shops before heading home.  Dinner was takeout pizza for the boys with chicken tenders and kumara fries for me.

A very enjoyable Saturday.

 

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Shaking off the winter blues

I’ve been suffering from a little cabin fever recently.  It’s winter in the southern hemisphere, work is full on and the last two weekends I’ve been ill.  To shake off the winter blues we took a trip over to Raglan today.   It was dry when we left home but the heavens opened halfway there but we decided to continue and we got lucky.  We spent a lovely couple of hours wandering around the local craft market and shops.

We stopped at The Shack to grab a coffee but when we saw the menu we decided to have lunch.  I had the most amazing falafel which along with the usual hummus had red pepper chimmichurri, tahini and dukkah.  Sam had the soup of the day, mushroom with feta and kale.  My only regret is that I didn’t take a photo of it to show you all.

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On the way back it started to rain again but it didn’t matter.  It created a beautiful double rainbow.  I don’t know about you, but rainbows always make me smile.

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We finished our afternoon off by dropping in to see some friends that we haven’t seen for a few months.  It was good catching up with them and their two beautiful grandsons.

 

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