Sunday, May 20, 2012


Do you remember way back here, me telling you about a cross stitch project that I had started as a surprise for a friend?  Well I've decided to get it back out of hibernation and for a bit of a break from crochet have started working on it again.
The reason that it was in hibernation in the first place is that the friend that it was originally meant for has dropped off the face of the earth.  In this day and age, friends get spread far and wide across the globe, so it's not easy just to drop by and check someone is ok when they are half a world away.  I really hope that she is ok, I've tried everything I can to try and contact her but so far no response.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that she will pop back up and I can still send the gift, but if not I'm sure it will get used for something.

The crochet is still progressing by the way. I have probably about 10 rounds to go before the back is finished, but as the piece grows the rounds take longer and longer to complete but hopefully it won't be too long before it's done :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Osmington Mills

You might remember a few posts ago I shared some pictures of Portland that I took on a weekend away a couple of months back.  That same weekend I also went on another walk round the coast and countryside near Osmington Mills.

If you look back at the Portland pictures you'll be able to see that the Saturday was for the most part grey and overcast ... well what a difference a day makes, check out the blue skies that kept me company on my Sunday walk.  I had felt a bit ill on the Saturday night and didn't get much sleep, I had pretty much resolved to just drive straight home on Sunday morning, but when I opened the curtains to find blue skies and sunshine I had to stay and walk some more :)

It's nice revisiting these photos now a few weeks have gone by, reminds me of what an amazing weekend I had .... and just what an amazing year I have had in general.  Of course I love being with family and friends but I'm getting more confident in my navigation skills and I love spending time out walking on my own, me, fresh air and whatever wonders mother nature decides that she will share with me.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Messing around in my messy bedroom

I'm having a few problems with my internet connection at the moment, which is making it a pain to get things uploaded.  So in the meantime just for fun and to keep things ticking over here, this is a quick picture taken the other day while messing around with the camera settings on my mobile phone.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Crochet continues

I still haven't managed to block the waterlily squares but progress is being made on the cushion back.  You can see the difference in colour between the dye lots of the yarn, but it isn't bothering me as much as I thought it might.

I'm getting excited by the prospect that my first proper crochet project night actually get finished in the not too distant future....fingers crossed.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Waterlily cushion

My first crochet project seems to be a long time in the making but it's finally getting there.  I really enjoy sitting with yarn and hook, but somehow I just haven't found the time to concentrate on it for any length of time.  But not to worry, working in fits and starts does lead to results eventually and all my waterlily squares for a cushion front are now finished.
I need to make myself a board or something so I can get the squares blocked before they are joined together, but if you can ignore the curly edges and all the loose ends I think you can get the idea of what this will look like.
I spent a while thinking about what I wanted to do for the back of the cushion, and have finally settled on the idea of making one crocheted piece.  There is a way to go to make it big enough but it's a nice thing to work on while sat in front of the TV.
One lesson learned though is think a project through to the end before you start.  To make the back I needed to get another skein of yarn.  Unfortunately I haven't been able to get a skein from the same dye batch ... it's been quite a few months since I bought the original one ..... you can probably see that the top one is slightly darker than the bottom, but I don't think it's going to matter too much for the back.  Something to think about for next time though.

I already have the next few crochet projects planned out, but I'm determined to finish one thing at a time .... for a change ;)

Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Time for another out and about post. I took a trip down to the Dorset coast, actually it was the weekend before Easter so quite a few weeks ago now.  I stayed in a lovely little b&b and did plenty of walking.  Saturday saw me walking round Portland, just outside Weymouth.  It was an overcast day but I had an amazing time in the sea air none the less. 

A few photos from my walk

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Self Pay It Forward - Part Two

Now that I know it's arrived at its new home safe and sound I can tell you about the little picture that I recently finished, the second gift for one of the people that were kind enough to comment on my 'Self' post back in January.  You can read all about the little dragon that is safe guarding the names of the people that commented and sent me their details back here.

This time round the dragon gave me Celia to make something for.  You can visit Celia's blog here.  Having found Celia on facebook a few weeks back I found out that she has a birthday in August just like me.  That triggered the idea for the gift that I made her.
I found a little cross stitch pattern in the book I mentioned back here for a native american birth totem.
I really like how this turned out.  The colours are lovely and it didn't take too long to stitch up ... probably because I was enjoying it so much.  It's nice to have another finished project to add to the list too, there don't seem to have been many so far this year, but life is all about balance and I'm having fun doing lots of different things at the moment so not enough hours in the day to spend on craft as I would like.

Now it's time for me to go off and find out who the dragon is going to choose next.......

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Blue and Green

We've been having a lot of rain here over the last couple of weeks, not that I mind, I love the rain infact.  It makes the world all lovely and fresh and clean again.  I haven't been out with my camera over the last couple of weeks though, other things have kept me occupied and distracted, so here instead for anyone out there that might be getting fed up of the grey skies are a few blue and green pictures that I took on a walk out in the local countryside a few weeks back.