Saturday, March 23, 2013

Eventually......



Well, hello there! It has been a while hasn't it? I am afraid life is just getting in the way of blogging right now. I'm still working and loving my new job. I feel like I am meant to be there; that the job was created just for me. It is hard work but I don't begrudge it. I have even started a little crochet group. I asked a couple of members of staff if they wanted to learn and also a year 10 girl. I figured if I could teach them first then I could invite some of the younger peeps. So all is going well and I have 8 more girls waiting to join the group after Easter and learn the craft. So, I am very happy. 

Husband is away on tour again but it is his last tour. He has resigned and will be finished with touring after May. Hoorah hoorah! So, whilst busying myself with watching Lost on Netflix (what a fab series that was), I continued with my hook to make and create so I thought I would post what I have done before yet another month passes. Unfortunately, I have little to show as far as stitching goes although I have had a couple more pictures framed. Once they are up on my "sampler wall", I will take a snap of them all. My wall is looking rather neat at the moment. I think stitching projects will be reserved for the holidays for now as I am really enjoying the relative "quick" finishes of crochet. 

Here is my finished "Blooming Flower" cushion. You can find the pattern here. I used the same colours in my CK stripe blanket minus the cream. It turned out really lovely except I had to fudge the back a bit as it trned out slightly bigger than I had anticipated although the stitch count was right. Go figure. 



Next up is an idea I had whilst looking at a Rowan pattern for a blanket. It was this one that caught my eye. Now this pattern is one that I was already working on for my Drops blanket here and also is the same pattern on the front of my book 200 crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton. Weird hey. So I felt that this blanket was really calling to me. I had to decide on yarn and I wanted something quick to work up. I found that I had a ball of Stylecraft Nature's Way in chunky which is an undyed virgin 100% wool so I trialed it and really liked the fireside look it gave. I ordered more balls in a variety of shades and set to work. It didn't take long to make at all and Love the chunky, squishy feel it gives. So, here it is... My Fireside Throw...







Next up, is a quickie project that I made for dd this morning. I found this on Mikey's channel on Youtube "The Crochet Crowd" when I was browsing last night. He is he guy that taught me to crochet and he has some great patterns. DD has not taken this off all day. She says it is nice and soft and not itchy. 


I suppose all that is left is to say what awful weather we have been having here in the UK. We have been hit quite badly - hence the picture at the top of this post. That was me driving to work yesterday. Today it is even worse! So now, I will retire with one of these:



and watch "Jesus of Nazareth" with my kids - an Easter tradition I think. I wish you all a blessed Easter season. Thanks for staying with me during my busy season. 

Lots of love,

29 comments:

Carolyn NC said...

What beautiful work you do! So glad to hear your DH will be home soon!

Jackie said...

You've been busy! Lots of lovely things in this post. Glad to hear that DH will no longer be going out on tour - I imagine that is good news!

The picture at the top looks like less than ideal travel conditions even for a short drive.

Barb said...

Hazel so good to see a post from you, and I love all your crochet you have such skill with that hook. I would love to own one of those throws but the hook thing is beyond me. Sob. Gosh what weather you are having ,we have had wet but not much snow really.
Sounds as if you are enjoying your job , well done you teaching all the youngsters. Take care

Margaret said...

All of your work is just so lovely! Sounds like your job is a perfect fit -- that's so great! Fun that you started a crochet group there too. Good news on your DH after this tour too.

Tina said...

Wow,love the new throw,you've been really busy with your hook,great news about DH and a great model DD makes

Xx

Maggie O said...

How great a post...too bad you are not near (Canada) as I could use your instruction on crocheting...have all knitted squares done but they are to be crocheted together...I just don't get it. Your throw is quite antique looking. I love the finish. Your job came along at the right time and I am so happy you are "taking it on" and adding your personal touch - crochet - to it. Sorry about your weather - we are in those "siberia" days for months out here...roll on the good weather for all!!Wishing you the best.

Deb said...

Your crochet projects are wonderful. Wonderful news that your DH will be home soon!

Cheryl said...

I want to join your crotchet group! I need a teacher lol

Vickie said...

What a wonderful Easter tradition Hazel.
Your Fireside Throw is FABULOUS!! It all is! You are so talented. How wonderful of you to share your talent and teach. Happy Easter to you and your family.

cucki said...

Wow your throw is so pretty..I love the color and pattern so much..
Wonderful news that your DH will be home soon ..
Hugs x

Heather said...

Love you cushion! The colours work really well. Glad you're happy at work xxx

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

I absolutely ADORE your fireside throw, Hazel! I wish I could be one of your students in the group you started to learn to crochet. I'm trying but it just isn't coming to me as quickly as I'd hoped. Your projects are inspiring. Glad to hear your DH will be home soon and that your job is going well!

Keri On said...

Lovely cushion and lovely blanket! Your work is so beautiful!

Patty C. said...

Love the cushion!!!

Lesleyanne said...

Beautiful crochet work. Happy Easter to you and your family.

Christine said...

That throw is gorgeous Hazel, I love all the neutral shades together,
Still no snow here, I'm quite jealous

Sally said...

Your crochet is gorgeous as always Hazel. I always love seeing what you're up to.

Would you believe we have no snow here where I live?! I really wanted one last good flurry!

Julie said...

Your new throw is beautiful as is the flower cushion.
I was watching the TV news and your region was on there and I was wondering how you were faring with the snow. Great news about DH not being away from the family with his job.
You are a good at teaching others to craft Hazel,your students and teachers will do very well I'm sure.

Carol said...

Lovely crochetwork and what a great idea to start the crochet group.
Glad you are enjoying your job.
Have a lovely Easter.
Carol xx

Heidi Kuijer said...

Oh that pic of the snow! We have not gotten your snow but instead a biting cold Dutch wind. I am sooooo ready for spring and I love winter normally. :-)

I adore the fireside throw. It is just the right colors for my couch too. :) You see those pillows all over online but they look very difficult. Might look into one as a challenge.

Hugs from Holland ~
Heidi

P.S. - I was thrilled to hear that you are enjoying using the cowl I made for you.

Marsha said...

Love everything! The colors in the pillow are so pretty and the throw looks quite sophisticated and warm. You must be getting our leftover snow. I fear we're going to jump right into summer weather. Yuck.

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

OH what a glorious bunch of crocheting you have done! Love, love that fireside afghan in the browns and cream...gorgeous!
Jesus of Nazareth...what a lovely Easter tradition to do!

Anna van Schurman said...

Love your neutrals afghan!

Pigtails said...

Quietly stitching sounds way too humble considering the storm you are hooking up ;-) Your work is beautiful!

valerie said...

So nice to see a post from you Hazel! Love your cushion and that fireside afghan in neutrals is absolutely gorg! Love it! I'm glad to hear that DH is stopping with the touring son and will be home...fantastic news! You and the kids must be thrilled. Hope the weather warms up for you soon!

Catherine said...

Beautiful projects! Congrats on hubby being done with the tours!

Karoline said...

Gorgeous finishes, congratulations

Annette-California said...

Love your crocheted bloom pillow, your fireside throw (spectacular Hazel - love those colors), and that darling hat. I can't believe I didn't see your post till now. google blogger sometimes doesn't list properly others posts for me. Glad I am seeing now:) I so enjoy reading your blog. Beautiful crochet work! love Annette

Rach G said...

Lots of stuff has been keeping you busy, The crochet group is a great idea. I really need to get back into doing something!