Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Jack Frost

It's time to wrap up warm and cool down the colour palette, for this week's Treasury! I'm diving into frost and ice this week, to match the beautiful Wintery weather we have been experiencing where I live. It's a gorgeous time of year - as long as you remember your scarf!


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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Festive Reds

I saw Santa coming in to Poole on Sunday, and it's gotten me feeling really festive - I may even wrap some Christmas presents today! I thought I would start making some more Christmassy treasuries, but don't want to go full on yet, so here are some beautiful crocheted earrings, in gorgeous festive reds!


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Thursday, 14 November 2013

How To Stash With Style

So, I was browsing Facebook earlier and saw that the fabulous Twinkie Chan had posted up a picture of her craft room, and absolutely love the way she has all her yarn both on display and to hand for projects!

© Twinkie Chan

It's got me thinking about how awesome it must be to have a room dedicated to your crafting (I can only dream!) and also, really brought it to my attention how great the yarn all looks out in the open, in her shelving! And there are so many ways you can keep your yarn, and make it a real centre piece to a room, as well as functional and practical!

© Knit Today

I'm loving this crate storage idea from Knit Today, which comes from a whole selection of storage methods in this blog post! Not only do I love the colour sorting, but the recycled crates are such a fantastic way to keep everything in order, and they are readily available from charity shops and/or online (search "wine crate" on eBay for loads of fab results).

© Leethal

Lee, from Leethal.net has a brilliant tutorial on her amazing blog, showing you how to use recycled coffee tins as a solution to yarn storage. They are even wall mounted, and you could cover them to fit in with any decor you fancied! I love the effect of this, and you could make the display as large or small as you like. Check out the original blog post here for a really interesting read.

© Prudentbaby

This wine rack by Prudentbaby makes a really gorgeous statement, and is a method that I'd have never even considered. It's a mixture of stylish, functional and plain funky, which I absolutely love. The black exterior makes all of the yarn colours really pop, and I also like the fact that there are drawers for additional storage - mine would be full to the brim with ribbon, buttons, and loads of other embellishments, along with all of my hooks! Another great thing about this storage method, is that if you ever do decide that you no longer want to crochet/knit (how, I have no idea) it's easy to revert back to filling it with all of your wine - it's a win win situation!

 
© Knits For Life

Now this one is really nifty! "The World's Best Yarn Storage Idea" does exactly what it says on the tin, and has a beautiful outcome, which must also function well as room insulation for the winter months! Lorna from Knits For Life explains how she created this amazing wall of yarn, and all you need is a yarn winder, lengths of peg board to fit your desired space, and hooks. You can even add extra attachments to hold all of your crafting bits and bobs! What I really love about this idea is the fact that it takes up next to no space in your room. You have an art feature and storage system all in one, and it's definitely quite breath-taking to look at!

© Wood & Wool Stool

Finally, here's an excellent way to use an existing cupboard space, allowing you to shut everything away after you've finished stash diving! Like the first suggestion, this is a great way to organise all of your colours, or yarn types, and if you have someone that is less of a yarn addict in the house, you simply shut the door and they need never know it exists!

I hope you've enjoyed reading as much as I've enjoyed looking up these great ideas. I am ashamed to say that my yarn stash currently resides in a bin bag and seriously needs some TLC, as there are some massive tangles going on in there. Maybe one day I can implement one of these awesome ideas!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Twinkle Twinkle

The sky was absolutely brimming with stars when I started work this evening. I could sit and watch them all night ^^


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Saturday, 9 November 2013

150 Squares

Been a while since I've mentioned my current blanket project, and today I have made excellent progress, so I thought I'd share it with you all! I have now made 150 out of 361 squares - woohoo!



I'm so close to being halfway! It feels good to have done lots since my last update, as I think I was only at about 80 squares in total, so this is awesome. Now for a few (badly taken) pictures...

As I have probably mentioned somewhere previously, the blanket is going to measure 19x19 squares, and will end up about the size of a double duvet. Dave has chosen all of the colours himself, and I'm randomly placing them as I go along. At the moment it's only joined lengthways, and I'll do the horizontals afterwards once I have the full size. It's looking good at 7 rows though, and you can really get an idea of how it's going to look when it's all finished! I really love the light blue squares, which are a colour called "Pool". They brighten it up, which is unusual for blue tones. The cashmerino yarn is a dream to work with! I think I'm doing ok at randomising though. It's going to look quite impressive when it's completed...very colourful, at least! What do you think?

I also can't wait to get it all pressed and looking a little less "wobbly" on the edges, but that's just the perfectionist in me! It's really taking shape now though.

Tonight, I'm back on the job of square making though. I have a couple of new films lined up to keep me amused for the quieter parts of the shift! Not sure what colour I'm going to go for next, but I've just finished a few balls of dark blue, so it won't be that. Something light, I expect. It's still going to take me quite a while but I'm definitely on the right track! It's all running very smoothly actually. I like the fact that I can change colours ever 12-13 squares or so, when the ball of yarn runs out, so that's quite refreshing. If they were all the same colour, I'd have lost interest long ago! It's great to be working on something so simple though - it's perfect for my night shifts because it doesn't require much attention or brain power, which is always a bonus.

So that's where it stands at the moment! I've almost reached the halfway point, in terms of construction and square making. I've definitely made the right decision in joining as I go...I honestly don't think I could stomach the prospect of joining 361 squares, with no respite! More updates soon!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Bead Crochet

I wish I had the patience to work with beads! Bead crochet has such stunning results, so hats off to these incredible artists!


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Monday, 4 November 2013

North Wales

I have just sat down and realised that I am yet to fill you all in on my fantastic trip to Wales, and today marks one month (where has that even gone??) since I embarked on my week-long trip! So without further ado...North Wales 2013, with my fabulous best friend Kirsty!

We left on the morning of the 4th October, with the journey taking about 6 hours from start to finish. The cottage we chose to stay in was just outside the village of Pentrefelin, near Criccieth, and was surprisingly easy to find! I was expecting a trek around fields and tiny unheard of roads, as the last time we went to Wales we literally ended up in a field after taking a (very) wrong turn. However, "The Old Cow Shed" was really easy to find, and absolutely beautiful!

"The Old Cow Shed" and the amazing view!

The cottage itself was a converted cow shed, like the name would suggest, and was surrounded not only by mountains, but also had the most incredible sea view. You literally could not have asked for more, from a scenery perspective! We settled down for the evening with pizza and Disney films, tired from the journey!

Criccieth

On day one we went for a walk around the local town of Criccieth, which lay just 2 miles down the road. It's a sleepy seaside town, with a highstreet and a really nice beach (although, October isn't really beach weather!) so it made a nice relaxing start to our week. I had read online during my epic pre-holiday researching session that Criccieth had a Cadwaladers ice cream parlour, so obviously we had to go and sample some of that! I bought myself some "holiday yarn" while we were there, as a souvenir - I need to decide what to make!

We decided to spend the rainy Sunday as our crochet and cross stitch day, staying in our pyjamas and watching films for the duration, whilst indulging in our hobbies - nothing wrong with that! But Monday brought on a new adventure, and an hour long drive to the Corris Craft Centre. Words just cannot describe, so here are some pictures...

Corris Craft Centre

The Corris Craft Centre houses 9 individual artists' studios, including glassblow, candlemaking, pottery, a goldsmiths, and more! When visiting you go into each "pod" and can have the opportunity to buy some of these exceptional gifts, but also to have a go yourself, should you choose to. We both spent far too much money on the Monday, after Corris! The candle studio in particular was absolutely amazing (bottom right), and also played house to an adorable spaniel called "Steve", who had been trained to accept money from customers! If anyone is ever in the area, I would highly recommend a visit! I can also tempt you with the promise of a Welsh food store, and an excellent café!

Tuesday was my day, as such. The one thing I was desperate to visit while in the area, was the village of Portmeirion. The village itself is the work of architect Clough Williams-Ellis, who basically wanted to build an Italian style village in Wales, with the intentions of not spoiling the surrounding area. It is also famous for it's pottery, and was the location for the 1960's television series "The Prisoner". I took so many photos in Portmeirion and I'm glad that I got to visit it! It's definitely one of the most surreal and unique places that I have had the opportunity to go to!

Portmeirion

I just love how happy and colourful it is! Everywhere you looked there was something interesting or unusual. It's a really breathtaking place, and the only thing I was disappointed in was the weather. Alas, it still looked gorgeous so I can't really complain!

On Wednesday we took a trip to Betws-Y-Coed, which is the home to lots of lovely waterfalls. Kirsty is a fairy collector, and whilst researching I came across a location just outside the village called "Fairy Glen", which obviously was a must-visit for the trip! Betws-Y-Coed was lovely though and had a great atmosphere!

Betws-Y-Coed

During our time in and around Betws-Y-Coed, we visited three main attractions - Swallow Falls (which is the most famous waterfall there), The Ugly House, and Fairy Glen. All of them were fantastic, and the rivers looked great because of heavy rainfall the previous night (and just as I took my camera out, actually). The leaves were also still relatively green considering the time of year, but this didn't really matter. I was so glad that we visited Fairy Glen though. It was off the beaten track and quite difficult to get to in places, due to some horrible stone steps. It was quite a climb in and out but was worth it for the beautiful surroundings we were in. It was unfortunately a little wet for any fairy sightings though. We came home considerably wetter than leaving that morning, but both very happy!

Thursday was our final whole day, so we made another hour long journey, this time heading North to the Welsh Mountain Zoo. We got to see so many gorgeous animals, including bears, which neither of us had ever seen before! It's a fantastic zoo though, with plenty of photo opportunities!

Welsh Mountain Zoo

I was totally obsessed with the Macaw! They're such gorgeous birds and I got some lovely pictures of him! It was nice to spend our last day chilling at the zoo though, and we both had a great time.

Friday meant home time again. The week went way too quickly, but I was definitely glad to get the 6 hour journey out of the way again! So there is your very late rundown of what happened on my 2013 holiday with Kirsty! Sorry I'm so behind...I'll make it up to you with tomorrow's Treasury!