Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Warmth.......







A grey mist has cast its spell this week.

The temperature has dropped.

The days are dark and damp.







It's now the time for me when candles make a permanent appearance, the smell of stew wafts in the house, 'mulled' stuff sneaks in, and cosy scarves are worn.

Today I have the chance to 'potter'. I am treasuring it. It is rare these days. I need it. Life at the moment is going at break neck speed in my little world.







I am way behind with everything still, but I knew that if I didn't get one day in where I could just take things slow, burnout wouldn't be far behind me.

So, today is a treat.




It's great to have a drink at a reasonable pace. 

It's great to pamper my poor neglected nails.

It's great to put a wash on, and be around when it finishes. 

It's great to be able to plan dinners.

It's great to be able to take pleasure in having candles lit.

It's great to have silence for a bit.








I have needed this. 

It is SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOD.

All go again tomorrow, but for today.......for this moment.......it is heaven.







xxx


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Colour..........











I love doing this.


Choosing colour combinations.

From photos in my home to images found on pinterest, I have taken colour inspiration and put them together.


I just thought I'd share my colour palettes for new project ideas.





Dresser Colours.

I guess probably one of my favourites. I think I need something in these shades for sure.





Mediterranean Kitchen Colours. I think I'm quite liking this palette too. Quite a cosy one, and teamed with ecru could be a winner.



Bright and Airy





Cosy






Retro Brights







Rowan Pure Wool DK Yarn





Cascade 220 Yarn





Autumn/Winter Colour Blocking





Caron Aran





Autumn Brights






Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino DK





Spring Brights







Caron Aran





Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino DK






Caron Aran





Sorbet Soother




Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino DK





Drops Andes





Drops Paris





Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino DK






Drops Andes





Drops Paris




All slight variations on a similar colour theme, with a bit of 'bright' thrown in for good measure. 

I am just loving all these colour combinations at the moment.

Any colour combos take your fancy too?


xxx






Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Hello There......









Just popping in to say hello there.


It feels like it's been ages. It hasn't, but it sure feels like it.

It's been hugely manic in my little world, and to add to it, I've been hit my the mother of all winter viruses. It invaded our home, and hit us all one by one. It's knocked us all for six, and I've been amazed at how much it's taken hold of me. Urgh, I hate admitting defeat, and as a mum, I don't have the luxury of spending a few days in bed to get over it. I think I was a bit run down to begin with and it took advantage of that. I had thought about pressing the pause button on my blog for a bit. Just for a bit. Today, is the first day in what feels like ages, that I've been at home to get stuff done and woken feeling like I had the strength to tackle a day properly. So I'm hoping the pause button can be kept at bay for a while. I've sat and managed to make a dent in my inbox which is good for the head, and a good cup of tea has refreshed me.


Also......



..... the sun is shining today!

Woo Hoo!






I have a burst of colour in my kitchen and they look just glorious.








The sun is shining everywhere......and Oh.........it feels so energising.








Usually, I am a bah humbug at this time of year.

I've said many a time that the last couple of months I find really stressful. It's mammoth family birthday time, and I find, I'm always so concentrated in trying to get them all sorted, that christmas just suddenly appears and I'm not ready. I've started to not feel christmassy AT ALL these past few years.


But, this year, I'm trying to make a BIG effort.

So, I've started early.......








I couldn't resist actually. He was really rather adorable. I think I might want him around all year.








I snuck in a mini tree too. Oops.






I have so much to pack in, and time is not on my side. It hasn't been for the last few months. I'm itching to be able to craft. I'm getting quite frustrated and ratty I think, as I don't have the time to start anything new. I have some projects I really want to give a go. Grrrrrrrrr.

The only thing I have made is a cup warmer. Not exactly thrilling, but I like how it turned out. I am trying cable in crochet. I really am a texture girl. It's the one thing I love about knitting, but, I have to face reality, I SUCK at knitting. So I am trying cable in crochet and have some great projects lined up in my head. I just have to have the time to get them from my head to a finished piece.

I have been gathering colour inspiration from pinterest too, choosing yarn brands and colours from pictures, and I'm SOOOOOO wanting to get going. It'll just have to wait a bit. Probably until after Christmas and hopefully things might have settled down a little more in this little world of mine.

So, I've said my hello. Gosh, I wish I had time to blog hop and say hello and catch up with what's going on in blog world, but housework beckons me. I'm so behind, it's laughable.....seriously laughable.

Cheerio


xxx




Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Trying Something New......











The kind people at Deramores asked me if I would like to try some of their yarn.

I get asked a lot if I will try things out and review them. 

I tend to always say no.  

I said yes, because of one thing really.

When I was a little girl, my mum knitted......a lot. I remember being dragged around to local yarn shops whilst she checked out what was available. Now, it seemed to me, that every village, town and surrounding area we visited, had a yarn shop. I seemed to always be in one.

Not so much now in this day and age.

With fewer yarn shops in villages and highstreets, online yarn shopping is the way to go for many. It's absolutely great that places like Deramores exist so that we can have a huge choice of wonderful yarns all under one roof. 

The problem I find is this. 

I stick to the brands I know. The ones that I have seen (and felt) from 'real' shops. I know that a huge part about choosing a yarn is its 'feel'. When choosing yarn online, you get a feel for it's colour and it's texture, but you just cannot grab it and see if it's what you want, like, need. If you don't have a local yarn shop, how on earth are you supposed to have ANY ideas as to what the yarns are like?

I do always love when other crafters use and talk about yarns I have never used or come across before, as it's the only way I can get a sense of what it would be like in reality. I value this feedback a lot in terms of online purchasing. I also know that many crafters are utterly honest in their opinions of products that they use, and I value that.

So, that's why I said 'Yes' to Deramores. 

They asked if I would like to try some Phildar Phil Coton 4 Yarn

When working with cotton yarn, I have only ever used King cole's Bamboo Cotton and Rico Design's Creative cotton. I was actually quite keen to try something else and see how it faired.









With the shades I wanted to make a  flower brooch. One that could be put on scarves and bags. I liked the idea of making it in cotton for its robustness. In the end, the grey colour didn't work as well as I had hoped, so I stuck with the pinks and the green which I think have worked out nicely





I was pretty pleased with the results. I used a pattern from this book.....






available here



...but I adapted it a little to suit me better.


This particular yarn comes in 50 shades which is pretty good. It fairs better in shade choice compared to King cole Bamboo Cotton (having only 32 shades) and Rico Creative Cotton (having 29 shades).

It states that this yarn has added Aloe Vera, which adds a 'softness and freshness' to the yarn.

It's a dk yarn that comes in 50g balls for £2.89.

So, what did I think of the yarn, as that's the most important thing here.....

Well, I was expecting the yarn to be softer in feel, for saying it was supposed to have added Aloe Vera for that very reason. I noticed that a review of the yarn on the Deramores site, had stated the very same thing. So I'm not sure that would be a 'sole' buying point for me. Having said that, when touching a brand new ball against a half used ball, the half used ball did appear a lot softer in touch. Maybe it softens up when it's being worked.

Whilst it's a very personal thing this, I generally prefer working with 100g balls. I had the same gripe with Rico Cotton. I mainly like to use cotton for pot holders, and find if I use 50g balls, I often have to 'knot' balls together on a project with a big block of colour which I find frustrating. This is a negligable gripe though, as 50g balls are often fine when working with small colour blocks and projects.

It was a pleasant yarn to work with. It didn't split whilst working with it (very important for me), and I liked the depth of colour in the shades that I chose. I thought the shade choice was decent all in all.

Would I buy it now I've used it in the 'flesh'? Yes, I think I would add it to my list of 'go to' cottons. I think I really like the look of some of the shades. 

Chanvre, mercure, tournesol are shades I think I'd quite like to have in my cotton stash for 'go to' projects, and I think the yarn would mix and match with any other dk cottons you had already, quite happily.

So, all in all, a nice yarn, and one I'd happily use in my cotton crafting projects.

The brooch is a happy, fun brooch, and it will go well on scarves, bags and cardigans, and being cotton, will withstand a lot of wear!

Happy week all.


xxx

p.s. This is a sponsored post by Deramores, but the makes and opinions expressed are entirely my own.