Attic 24 Cosy CAL Part 3 Scandinavian style

22rd November

It's beginning to look a lot like a blanket





This blanket is almost making itself. In three weeks of I feel very little effort I am now half way to completion. Any one making this great blanket? Do you feel the same?












Those of you who maybe interested the previous posts relating to what colours I use, where they can be purchased from and colour order to date can be found on the following links: 
here
here
and here

This weeks 15 colour order is as follows:  
This week I  began and ended with white rows

White rows 61 & 62
Cream rows 63 & 64
Silver rows 65 & 66
White rows 67 & 68
Cream rows 69 & 70
Stone rows 71 & 72
White rows 73 & 74
Silver rows 75  & 76
White rows 77 & 78
Parchment rows 79 & 80
Cream rows 81 & 82
Stone rows 83 & 84
Parchment rows 85 & 86
Silver rows 87 & 88
Cream rows 89 & 90


I think the blanket is coming alive and growing well.
A few pics of it in situ around the house ...



A sea of neutral

Wherever I laid the blanket the cat found it!
 

I love the contrast of the calming blanket
colours with the hot pink bench
 
I am also beavering away with Christmas decorations and gifts to make and thought you maybe interested in making incredibly quick felted slippers, just in case follow this link and enjoy! felted-slippers
Enjoy your week and I will post
the next colours next Sunday, the last Sunday of November!
 

Felted slippers

21st November
 
My mother has always knitted and crocheted for as long as I can remember as did her mother and her
Felted slippers are toasty warm
mother before that.  I crochet, a lot and I knit, a little.  It is one of the things that next year I would like to correct and even out the balance a bit.  Saying that, one thing I have knitted recently are slippers.  The pattern I use is an old one my mother swears by and goodness knows how many hundreds of these she has made over the years.  When I told mamma that I wanted to write a blog about these slippers, she set to for me and began knitting in earnest, these are her slippers and her pattern.

You will need:

100% wool, you will need just over 100g
recommended knitting needles size 5.5

These slippers can be made in a variety of sizes

age 2-4 (age 6-8)  age 10-12 (female) male      [So there are 5 sizes in this pattern] 

These slippers have to come with a warning I  am afraid! 
They are warm, toasty warm.  There will be no cold toes in your house with these felted slippers!

Cast on 48 (52) 56 (64) 68 stitches



Knit in garter stitch till the work measures 12 (12) 13 (13) 14 cm    


 
Cast off 8 stitches on each side of the children sizes
and cast off 10 stitches on each side of  the adult sizes
so you will have 30 (34) 38 (44) 48 stitches left
 
 
Carry on with rib stitch until the work measures 18 (21) 24 (28) 31 cm
 

 
On the next row you will need to knit 2 together till the end of the row
 
Then knit two rows without decreasing
 
Now knit another row knit 2 together until the end of the row
 
Again knit two rows without decreasing
 
Knit a further row of knit 2 together till the end of the row
 
Finally knit two rows without decreasing
 
Cut off the yarn leaving a very long tails, so you have enough to sew the slipper together
 
It should look like this...
 

 
Fold the slipper in half, using the long piece of yarn, sew the slipper together...
 
  

...so it should look like this. 
The top section is kept open, enabling ease of getting slipper on and off
 

 
Now your slipper is ready for washing and felting.  I tend to wash them with my usual washing detergent, in Norway mamma uses something called gronnsape,
a product often used for washing wooden floors!
Place in the machine and wash on a high temperature, about 60 degrees.
 
When washed and wet, leave to dry naturally, but they may need a little shaping and pulling here and there, quite a good idea to put them on to help the shaping!
 
 

This is what the knitting should look like before final decreasing rows

Slipper sewn together and ready for felting



Lots of slippers, great as gifts, or to have ready in the house for guests

Almost a little elf's workshop going on here!

These belong to Mr H and number one son

I have a few pairs, but these girlie ones are my current favourite,
of course in December my ultimate favourite pair will be worn,
RED of course!

This pose took some photographing, I can tell you!


I dare you to make a pair, you will be hooked and everyone once they have tried a pair on will want some.  Get the wool in and start knitting!!! Let me know how you get on!  As an aside, mamma once made these as table presents for everyone on Christmas day, it went down really well.  just an idea ;)

♥ CAL blanket update will be posted on Sunday ♥
 
Thank you mamma for making these slippers so I could write this particular post, love you to the moon and back

Cosy cal with Lucy from Attic 24

November 16th

Loving the look of the stripes



I am loving this CAL with Lucy from Attic 24.  It is the easiest blanket and project ever, I am able to be with the family and fully interact in conversations and yet crochet too, just one stitch.  Genius.  Thank you Lucy !  Also thank you for featuring my blanket on your gallery too.

So how is it coming along this week, as said, I couldn't help but pick it up at odd times and whilst it is still relatively small has made a few outings with me, but that may have to stop soon as it grows...

 




Crocheting whilst out having coffee this week



I even crocheted at the hairdressers!



It now covers my legs, yeah, it is growing


I am really enjoying the CAL and I must confess to being delighted and surprised by the gracious comments people are making about my colour choices.  I had hoped to post the next 15 colours, but am only posting 14, apologies...

So the next colour stripes are:

16  Parchment rows 31 & 32
17  Cream rows 33 & 34
18  Silver rows 35 & 36
19  Stone rows 37 & 38
20  White rows 39 & 40
21  Stone rows 41 & 42
22  Cream rows 43 & 44
23  Parchment rows 45 & 46
24  Silver rows 47 & 48
25  White rows 49 & 50
26  Stone rows 51 & 52
27  Parchment rows 53 & 54
28  White rows 55 & 56
29  Cream rows 57 & 58
 
and colour stripe 30 will be Silver will be rows 59 & 60
 
To see the previous colour stripes list follow link  here
 
 
So what does the blanket look like so far, here are a few snaps taken
outside my house this fine Sunday morning.
 




 
 
♥ Do let me know what you think
and share your photos of your blankets too ♥

Scandinavian influenced Attic 24 Cosy cal COLOURS

November 11th


I would like to say a huge thank you for the over whelming response to yesterday's post about  my CAL blanket with Lucy at Attic 24.  If you missed the post, you can find it here

Also as it is Remembrance day, I have popped my poppy ring in the corner.  should you wish to make your own follow the link here
I love colour and have been adding as much as I dare to our home before the family tell me it is enough.  But even I needed a colour break and so when my son switched bedrooms with the spare room a couple of weeks ago, before I moved all the spare room furniture back in I decided some redecorating was in order and do you know what?  I didn't choose gorgeous vibrant happy and cheerful colours.  Instead I opted for a Scandinavian influence of calm and natural.  I painted the blue wooden floorboards an off white cream colour and will be slowly adding more and more neutrals into the room.  So Lucy's CAL Cosy blanket came just at the right time for me to add a little personal touch into the bedroom, so it had to be calming and neutral. Not my normal choice!



Lucy recommended using Stylecraft Special DK and having used it before myself was keen to do the same.  I hopped over to one of my favourite wool websites, follow link here , searched through the vast array of colours, finding it very difficult I might add, not putting in beautiful autumnal colours in my basket.  But I held off and stayed focused. 

 


The colours that I finally decided on were: 
Stone, 1710, Parchment 1218, Cream 1005, White 1001
and Silver 1203.




Colours influenced by Scandinavia and nature


So for the first 15 colours the random choices for my CAL with Lucy are as follows:

1  Parchment rows 1 & 2
2  Cream rows 3 & 4
3  Silver rows  5 & 6
4  Parchment rows 7 & 8
5  Stone rows 9 & 10
6 Silver rows 11 & 12
7  White rows 13 & 14
8  Cream rows 15 & 16
9 Parchment row 17 & 18
10  Silver rows 19 & 20
11 Cream rows 21 & 22
12 Stone rows 23 & 24
13 White rows 25 & 26
14  Parchment rows 27 & 28
15 Silver rows 29 & 30


...and it should look something like this!

From top to bottom rows 1-30

All folded and ready for me to pick it up again this evening
Hope this helps those that wanted to know the colour choice of my CAL with Lucy and the order in which I am crocheting.  I do think that I will end up making a second one and it will be in her vibrant autumnal colours, I just cannot resist!  Lucy has kindly said she likes these colours herself and finds them calming and may add them to her CAL gallery on Sunday!!!  Link to Lucy's wonderfully easy and perfect for wintery evenings pattern can be found here .


♥ Have a great week and thank you for all your comments and support ♥

Knitted blankets, crocheted blankets, mood blankets, and Attic 24 CAL blankets

November 10th 


1. crocheted granny squares
2. knitted showing a variety of stitches
3. knitted using various Fair Isle patterns
Blankets, blanket, blankets.  I just cannot get enough of them and at last count we had 21 in our house, yes, you read that right, 21.  AND that does not include picnic rugs/blankets.  I love them and cannot get enough of them, want to make me happy, make or buy me a blanket 



My mother has always surrounded our home with blankets, they bring back memories of snuggling up on the sofa and of good times.  But my patience is not such that I can sit and knit or crochet without having a finished project quickly, but at the beginning of the year, I felt I had found my blanket, the Mood blanket 2014.  And so I began and was quite enthusiastic and very pleased with myself on my colour choices, I did not fall out of love with nor did I become bored with it.  But I have stopped and have not been able to look at it for several months, why, I hear you ask, I will explain.  Recently I have been feeling guilty about abandoning my blanket and slowly my mind it coming round to picking it up again.  I was so happy with the mood blanket, see post here that I rushed and did not take my time and so therefore did not notice my edges!! Not a problem, I hear you cry, crochet a border around it and the uneven edges will be hidden.  But alas, my mistake was too great and I had committed the worst sin, I had on both sides of the blanket, by using different stitches, inadvertently reduced the blanket width by one third.  There was nothing for it but to frog over 40 rows.  It was heart breaking I tell you.  All those new stitches learnt, all that enthusiasm and happiness just ripped out row by row.  I couldn't bear to see it and in the bottom of my very messy wardrobe it was relegated. And there it has sat alone and almost forgotten.  I had so wanted to prove to myself that I can sustain a long project but at this point it was looking unlikely.
 
 

So happy with the colours, but you can even see here
the different stitches produce a different tension.
 
 
 
So it was with trepidation that I saw that one of my favourite crocheters and designers, Lucy from Attic 24 was about to start her very own CAL, (crochet-a-long) called the Cosy Blanket.  Her ability to play and put brilliant colours together is second to none and I thought, ok, I CAN DO THIS! Unlike Lucy, I decided not to choose vibrant happy autumnal colours, but to have a focus and a plan for my blanket.  It was to be for the bed in the spare room of which I had just painted the floor and am trying to create a calm Scandinavian white/cream feel in the room.  So off to the online shop Woolware house and 15 balls of Scandinavian influenced colours and three days later they arrived on my door step.  Lucy posts her progress on a Sunday and several people are following her colours row by row.  Me, I am just hoping to complete this project.  I am not sure yet whether it will be a full sized single bed  or if I will just make it as a bottom bed runner, so a little smaller.  Time will tell. 
 
 What do you think so far? 
 



I decided to CAL with Lucy because she mentioned that the only stitch would be a treble crochet (UK) stitch and that it would be easy to do with your eyes closed and she is not wrong.  I can crochet this whilst chatting with friends, watching the occasional TV and not have to concentrate on it, unlike the mood blanket where each row was a different stitch and tension.  I think I will manage this and I hope to be finished before Christmas and that it may give me my crojo back to pick up the mood blanket in those dull days after Christmas.  Wish me luck on both counts, I think I am going to need it!  If you fancy joining in on Lucy's CAL, it's never too late, the link top her patter is
here





 



♥Wish me luck on my blanket!♥



There has been a lot of interest on this blanket.  For a list of colours used, please follow this link:
 
 here
 
For pattern colour order follow the next two links:
 
 
 
 
 
 




Autumnal London

4th November

My birthday falls in half term every year, rather useful I always thought as a child.  It meant I did not have to go to school on my birthday, but unlike my children whose birthdays fall in the summer months bad planning on my part or was that no planning?!?! the holiday is not long enough for friends and family to forget it!! Apart from this year when my father did!

This year my birthday was a huge success in every sense but mostly because I spent it with my three favourite people in the world and we spent the whole week end together in sun shining London.  Boy did we do a lot!  I make no apologies for the huge number of photographs, in fact I will let them do the talking.  Suffice it to say, the birthday, the half term, the company,  the presents and the good wishes received were all fabulous and I felt, still feel loved and truly lucky.  Thank you all x

Grab yourself a coffee and a pew and let me show you around London, this could take a while...


Saturday
The day started at Camden, something for all of us there

Quirky building adornments everywhere

Fantastic food stalls, good value too.  We each choose
 a stall and then share between the four of us,
that way we taste a bit of everything!

If you have not been, trundle down to the Stable market,
there are so many life size bronze horse statues tucked
around every corner, breath takingly good.

One of Camden's own remembered... Amy

Nothing about Camden is ordinary
From Camden number one daughter and I used our Oyster cards and tubed it to the Tate Modern, whilst Mr H and number one son Boris biked it across town.  Yep, the bikes won by about 15 minutes!

St Pauls, opposite the Tate modern on the north side of the Thames.
Can you tell I was playing with my camera this week end?

I am not a modern art fan, but somehow I am drawn to going to the Tate as often as possible.  Trying to work out why is a mystery, I think I want to try and understand it and to see what all the fuss is about and perhaps the more I immerse myself in it, the more I may 'get it'?  The following photos were taken for a reason however.  Many years ago I used to spin and weave and these pictures would make excellent woven interpretations.  I may no longer weave now, but in the future I hope to again and perhaps, my 'modern' phase may be influenced by pictures such as these.





This would make a great weaving



Neither of my children are into modern art

The wibbly wobbly bridge as it began, but really the London
millennium walk bridge connecting from St Pauls to the Tate Modern

Fantastic autumnal October weather

From the Tate we walked along the south bank, taking in street entertainment and mooching along people watching.  Again I played with my camera...




 
Taken by request of the children!

Err, what happened to the bridge?

Such an eclectic mix of buildings, colours, sights
and sounds on the South Bank
And still they build more...
 
South Bank skate and bike park, some of them were seriously good
 
Graffiti contained like this in an area for youths,
I think is fitting and suits the purpose
 

Rubbish washed up at the base of the bridge

Look how different the same photograph is in colour

Once we crossed the river back to the north side, we came
 across Kipling's old house.  I love some of his writing and
was surprised I had not known about this blue plaque


Can never resist the vivid red of the phone boxes
and next to an old police lamp too!
 
Indian puppets hanging from the ceiling at the busy Masala Zone,
on a side street off  from Covent Garden, highly recommend it. 
Well priced food too.
 
We managed to pick up last minute tickets to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  We had wanted to see this for such a long time.  We all laughed as we knew we would, but the joy of watching my just teenage son, laugh out loud for nearly the whole show was priceless.  I love this cusp of adulthood that he is becoming a part of.  If you are not after intellect but are in need of a smile and to not have to think but be entertained, you could do worse than see this play.  Try and catch it now before Robert Lindsey leaves, he is fantastic.

I was treated to a night at the theatre to end Saturday evening.

 
Sunday          


The clock 'fell' back and so we had an extra hour in bed, but not me!  I hopped outside with my camera and had some 'me' time whilst the others dozed.  The north side of Kings Cross has been undergoing huge redevelopment and amongst the cranes and the old industrial buildings, new modern works are rising up from the ground.  Rejuvenation is all around.  It is becoming quite buzzy and exciting. 

This is a great coffee shop where you can buy yarn or gifts and in the evening learn new crafts and even some nights dancing.  If you are in the area, pop over.  Link here


I loved the brightness of the yellow in stark
contrast to the  grey concrete



Kings Cross development are trying hard to bring the new and old together, I am sure they are not perfect and make mistakes but as an outsider the garden programme they have come up with seems like a great initiative.  The Skip garden, grew out of a need to get youngsters involved in the community and growing fruit and vegetables seemed like a good idea.  Initially they grew their crops in skips, so they could be portable and moved to different locations as the building developments grew.  The garden now produces food for local cafes and restaurants, including their own Skip café, conveniently situated next to the ball park.  I love how the business areas yellow chairs are used here in the Skip café too, bringing all elements in harmony together.  Want to read more about this initiative, click here

A garden and café within the building development


Almost Halloween, spot the pumpkins

Walking further along I came across these live aboard barges, a boating ideal in the middle of the capital.

Happy boating life in central London
 
 


But on closer inspection and taking in the full view,
living by such dirty canal water may not be so ideal after all
By now I needed a coffee and decided to head to St Pancras International Station to people watch.  I found myself a lovely bookshop that sold coffee and I sat at one of their tables just outside their doors away from the main concourse but in great people watching position.  Whilst there, the piano with the sign, 'Play Me' was played on and I was royally entertained.
 
A perfect simple filter coffee


The buzz of people on the move and destinations
to be reached makes me excited

Yet amongst it all, some find time to stop
and literally hear to the music

By now it was time to re-join the family, Mr H had been for his run and sent about a hundred work emails, the children had had their teenage lie in and in one case completed some homework.  But I was greedy even further and whilst making my way back to them, I snuck into the British library to have a peak at Jane Austen's Persuasion, Elgar and Mozart's sheet music, of which I could not understand and to nose at Da Vinci's notebooks written backwards, genius. 




We decided as a family to be tourists for an hour and headed over to Oxford Street.  We spotted our first street Christmas decorations but were soon fed up of the pushing and shoving from the thousands of pavement beaters that we decided to call it a day and hot footed it to a pub, choosing Karl Marx' local drinking haunt.  After quenching our thirsts, we met up with an old London friend and ate near the British museum in the UK's first Wagamama restaurant, our daughters favourite restaurant.

We didn't last much longer as we were all shattered and called it an early night.  I don't think any of us had trouble going to sleep that night after the full on weekend we had had.  I know I don't even remember going to bed at all I was so tired, but I do know this; I went to bed very happy.



I hope November is good to you