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      Boats and bunting

      August 30th  

      The coming weekend heralds the 15th year we host a family and friends boating regatta on our stretch of the Thames, it is chaotic, boisterous, full of energy, fun and laughter.  

      The regatta, as we grandly call it,  does require much effort in organising and getting everything ready and with four days to go what have I started... but crocheting boats to make into bunting.  I must need my head seeing to I really must!   And what on earth am I doing sitting here at the computer writing and blogging about it when it's not even finished.  If you don't hear from me until after the weekend you know where I am, recovering from the week end or burying my head in the sand as I was not quite ready for everyone but the bunting was finished...

      So I'm doing this...
      So quick to whip up, wish me luck in finishing it
      and everything else that needs to be done by Friday...
       instead of more of this...

      With 30 people staying with us from Friday
      to Sunday, there's a lot of food planning
      that needs thinking about...
      and I'm still playing...

      Children's foam play mats make excellent blocking boards

      Such an effective pattern

      The bunting pattern is not mine, did not have time to think something up as well, but the tutorial and instructions from Jacqueline are brilliantly clear, go see for your self.  I shall be using this pattern again I  am sure:        Boat bunting

      Each year I make up a photo book from the previous years
      regatta, it's incredible to see how everyone changes...

       Being very selfish, wish me well...  

Chunky cushion

Chunky yarn and huge needles
August 24th  

Every year, every summer I hide away in my bolt hole, my security blanket if you will.  I sleep better, I breathe the air around me and I craft every day without guilt.  I have done this for most years of my life and hope to continue to do this for the rest of them too.  It's my annual spa so to speak.  Where is this magical crafting clean air breathing space...Norway of course and home with mamma.

Chunky yarn galore a mix of wool and acrylic
I seldom know what I am going to make when I am in Norway, I let the inspiration and the wonderful yarn shops influence me.  The first project that caught my mind was this incredibly chunky yarn that required 15 mm knitting needles.

Just look at the size of these needles and chunky yarn

Using the 15 mm circular needles I cast on 44 stitches which was enough to cover one side of my cushion and leave enough to have seam space.  It knitted up quickly but I must admit it was a work out on my arms and hands, any bigger a project and I think it would be one of those projects like reading a mammoth book that you have to read others in between. Saying that it was fun  and I am delighted with the end result.  Its' chunky and soft, what's not to like...

Before I made it into a cushion,
I tried it on as a cowl

Mamma had a spare cushion that
I used to cover with the chunky yarn

Crochet slip stitch seam

A knitted cushion but a crocheted seam

Once completed I had fun putting it in different places around mamma's house. I make no apologies for the abundance of photos to follow...

Mamma has a lot of cushions,
mine was almost hidden

It was such a fun and quick knit