Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A simple and quick crochet project

On a summer day - may it be at home in your garden, on your balcony, by the pool in a Mediterranean destination or on your sofa a rainy afternoon - it is nice with a small and speedy crochet project. A quick color therapy fix. Simple stitches, a no brainer.

The Darling Crochet Flower is that type of crochet project. I whipped up this garland in a couple of hours at the most. It will bring some prettiness to the guest house at the Swedish summer house. The guest house that was built for me and my family in the garden as we all have grown out of the main house... This garland will bring that little extra that makes us feel even more comfortable and at home, relaxed and just simmering vacation happy.

You can find the tutorial of the Darling Crochet Flower here and just like the Maybelle Garland, you assemble it all with a string of chain stitches - 60 chains, 5 chains between petals, 15 chains between flowers. See the tutorial on How To Make a Maybelle Garland here. Make as many flowers you want, 5 for a baby stroller, 15 for a window, 25 for above your King Size bed... Decorate bags and dresses with Darling Crochet Flowers this summer. Or your sunhat. I think that would look lovely.

Happy Summer!
Annette






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Friday, July 18, 2014

Crochet pondering outside


It is overcast. But that doesn't stop me from dragging all my cozy stuff outside to have some crochet time in my garden. The wind is making the laundry dance and the bees are buzzing in my flower beds. I play, without any project in mind. I look at all those swatches of crochet that are lying around having no purpose. I'm longing for a larger project again. Maybe another blanket. Maybe solid squares in variations of lace patterns. Maybe a thicker yarn. Wool. Soft wool. Big hook. Maybe a rag rug! Or a doily... Or a few new pot holders for the summer house?

I'm a sucker for lace for the moment. A new thrifted lace curtain is hung in my shed window. The window is broken and desperately need some new glass... And paint... Another day. Not now. No now it is time for a cup of tea and hooky time before the rain starts dripping from above.

Kärlek
Annette




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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Our new garden



The garden before.

The garden after.


It was hard work. Jay, like the incredible man he is, put is head down and got to work after Easter. The garden project had simmered in his head all winter and it was now or never even if it was the most busy time around at work.

He did all the hard labor of moving stones, digging soil, cutting and building boxes. He measured to perfection, leveled the ground, moved the soil. Not just once but multiple times. And 5 weeks later after spending every free moment resulting in hours outside in the garden, he planted seeds and baby plants as it already was late May. And me? I guess I was a cheerleader. Cheering him on in rain and sunshine, overcast and chilly winds. Making sandwiches and admiring his determination.

He is like that my man. He puts his mind to something and the commitment to finish his project is the only thing on his mind. We are very different like that, as you know I tend to start with burning desire and quickly drop out on a project as I easily let myself get distracted by something new to try out.  So my projects tend to be half done around the house. Jay's project are finished. I am so happy that the garden is finished. It looks incredible and all our neighbors have been sneaking around peeking over our fence in admiration. Yes, he did a good job my man.

The plants are finally thriving after somewhat a little rough start. The flowers are in full bloom attracting butterflies and the neighbors bees. We pick our own veggies for dinner and I can't wait for the green beans and beets to get ready... Tonight I'll make a big salad with chicken skewers on the grill.  And maybe I throw some Haloumi cheese on the grill as well. Yum!

Kärlek
Annette




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Saturday, July 12, 2014

How To Repair A Granny Square Blanket Tutorial

It is as good as new! I saved my Gypsy Granny Square Crochet Blanket. You can read about it here, how I discovered a tragic hole in my dear granny square blanket. After reading all your tips and advice, this is how I fixed it. Thank you so much for all your help and I am hoping this tutorial will help someone else as well one day.  From now on I feel more confident that crochet blankets can last for a life time. The pattern for the Gypsy Blanket can be purchased here.


















So pleased to have pro-longed the life of my blanket. It was a minor surgery. Took not more than 10 minutes... It has recovered well and is now gently cared for, back resting on my sofa and allowing us to cuddle up underneath.



Kärlek
Annette

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