Aside

So there we were Friday night settling down with a glass of wine in front of the fire to watch ‘Not Going Out’ on Bbc1 when Daisy (Katy Wix) walks in wearing one of my handmade brooches. I nearly dropped my glass of wine as I stood up pointing and shouting thats my brooch ha ha.

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A brooch I crocheted and stitched, carefully choosing colours that compliment each other and vintage fabric to edge it with. How lovely to see it being worn by ‘Daisy’ who has a personality not dissimilar to mine (as Tony pointed out)Image

I did finish the evening with a couple more celebratory glasses of wine 😉

I have spent today topping up my website with a few more of these brooches. As a few have sold over the weekend. 

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I hope you’ve had a great weekend  

T x

Crochet Necklace inspired by the sea.

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I have been trying out some more textured crochet stitches and using the Rowan Tweed Aran wool.  The combination of wavy texture and the blues and greens in the wool remind me of the sea, I have added little beads that catch in the light as the sun would catch sparkle in the water.

This is what a holiday by the sea does even if it is cold 😉

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I love the texture of this wool and the bumpiness of the stitch.

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This picture was taken last summer in cornwall, the colour’s are exactly those found in this gorgeous wool.

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I will be concentrating on writing some patterns for my website over the next few weeks, I have so many ideas bubbling away and sketchbooks full of designs. I must concentrate on one at a time 😉

An evening walk in search of a flock of starlings at Shapwick Heath.

I was lucky enough to go to Ham Wall NNR with my eldest son for an evening walk on the Somerset Levels. I had discovered this beautiful place with my partner and youngest son on Sunday and forgot my battery for my camera doh! We had noticed in one of the hides that a massive flock of starlings had been seen around the lake. So I thought I would go back with George who is into photography.

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We got to Shapwick Heath about 6.15 and started to walk around to the hide over the lake.

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It is such a different view of Glastonbury Tor. You’d never believe that this peaceful place is just 4 km from Glastonbury. 

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I love the inky blue colour of the water.

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The reflections.

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We saw Swans and ducks, and heard a Bitterne. There are also otters that live in these reed beds.

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We got to the hide over the lake and  sat enjoyed the view and the sound of birds, and waited to see if the starlings would appear. 

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At 7.30 we saw the starlings fly past… lots of them all heading to a massive gathering way into the distance, just visible as a black swirl above the trees on the left of the Tor.

We were on the wrong side of the lake. Whoops.

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We walked back as the sun went down.

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The colour of the sky changing slowly to night.

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It was a fantastic evening and so nice to be able to natter to George as an adult. 

We drove around to the other side which is Ashcot, now we know where to go we will be back.  I can’t believe this place is so close to us and we never knew it existed. One of the most gorgeous places I have been to, so unspoilt and we didn’t see anyone else all evening.

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Inside Crochet and a Peek inside my Studio

Last Thursday Inside Crochet’s April edition came out. Knowing I was in it I rushed to Sherborne (approx 10 miles away) to get my copy.  I had been tweeted about the feature early in the morning (my favorite time on twitter) by a few people and was getting very excited. A fellow tweeter and crochet designer Kat Goldin was also featured with a book review on her new book Crochet at Play and  a Pretty Tutu pattern taken from the book.

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Unfortunatly I could not find it in any of the news agents in Sherborne and did not feel like driving to the next town, so had to wait until the Friday to get my copy in Frome.  With my phone pinging all day from people who had seen it 😉

When I finally got my hands on a copy I was thrilled to see the lovely colourful photographs and read the 2 page feature beautifully written by Lindsey Harrad.

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Inside Crochet has changed a lot over the last year and is looking and feeling fab. There are some great patterns, book reviews and lots of gorgeous photographs to get you inspired to pick up your crochet hook!     I am planning to make the Dream Catcher by Sara Sinaguglia for Arthur, may change the hearts and flowers to little cars to make it boyish. It looks like a lovely pattern.