Saturday, 9 January 2016

Happy New Year














I can't believe we are into the second week of January already!  We are getting back into our usual routine again after the festive period. I love Christmas and we had a lovely time but I'm always pretty glad to get back to normal! Everyone is back at work and school now, although it's been quite an effort for a certain person (me!) to get used to the early starts again especially with it being so dark in the mornings.


I've been busy with lots of crochet as usual...mainly Christmas gift making the past couple of months so it's actually been really nice to work on some things for me for a change!


I made a tea cosy...it's just a simple pattern which I made up as I went along...it worked out the way I had hoped it would so I was pretty pleased about that. I made it with cotton yarn - Stylecraft Classique Cotton which is great to crochet with and not at all splitty which is real bugbear of mine with certain cotton yarns.


I've also started a cardigan for myself. I'm absolutely determined not to give up with this one...I don't have a good track record with crocheting garments for myself and tend to give up when things get a bit tricky! So far I've had to pull this right back 3 times and I'm only on the yoke. Not good! But I will persevere.  I'm making the Lacy Cardigan from issue 33 of Simply Crochet magazine. I'm really having to take my time with it and properly concentrate because if anyone talks to me when I'm working on it I just lose my place...so it's one to work on when I'm home alone. 


I've also got another blanket in the go (of course!) which I'm really enjoying and it's an easy project to pick up in the evenings when I'm tired after work.


It's been really cold here the past few days and we even had some snow yesterday although it didn't last long at all. We've had some nice family walks but the best part of those for me is getting back home to get cosy with a cuppa and the wood burner!


Hope you're all having a great start to the new year.


X






25 comments:

  1. Lovely to hear from you Marianne. Happy New Year! Glad you had a good Christmas and are enjoying your crocheting. Hope you have a good 2016! xx

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  2. Lovely read , love your IG stuff, didn't realise you had a blog

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  3. Lovely to see a new post and some lovely pics. Happy new year!

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  4. Happy New Year. Lovely post and some beautiful projects. I do love your kitchen tiles too! xx

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  5. Wonderful to hear from you, hope you have a wonderful New Year too. The roses in all their different containers look amazing. I am a great fan of the stove too it just makes the room so warm, cosy and inviting. Good luck with the cardigan.

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  6. You have some lovely projects on the go & your wood burner looks really inviting. I haven't lit mine yet this winter as it's been so mild in the south east.

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  7. Happy New Year, lots of lovely projects going on there x

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  8. Love your photographs - so bright and cheery!
    Liz

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  9. Lovely gentle colours. I love your posts too. Would you be able to share the pattern for your cosy? It is so pretty xx

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    1. I'm hoping to write up the pattern for the tea cosy when time allows and will post it up on the blog. Hopefully over the next few weeks!
      Marianne x

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  10. Happy New year lovely, great pics
    Clare xx

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  11. Happy New Year Marianne! Good luck with your new cardigan! Been xx

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  12. Happy New Year, Marianne. Your tea cosy fits your teapot perfectly and the flower is a lovely touch. I'm looking forward to seeing progress on the cardigan. It will be fab! X

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  13. Hi Marianne, happy new year to you and your family!

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  14. Happy New Year, looks like you are off to a terrific start.
    Meredith

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  15. Happy New Year Marianne, sounds like you're busy with new projects already. Love your tea cosy xx

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  16. Happy New Year! It really is nice ti crochet things that aren't Christmas presents! Lots of lovely projects you have x

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  17. Happy New Year.Love your pics,great tea cosy,and thank you for the info about the cotton yarn,very useful.It has been and still is really,VERY WET here in Cornwall lol.x

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  18. Oooh looking forward to your cardigan, I love a crochet cardigan - grown ups or children! Happy 2016. Jo x

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  19. Happy New Year to you. Good luck with the cardigan... that soft dusky mauve is beautiful, what wool is that please? x

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    1. It's Stylecraft Special DK in Parma Violet. I love this colour!
      Marianne x

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  20. Belated happy new year Marianne! (Think I can just about squeeze it in, we are still in January- just!) lovely projects as always. Your cardigan will be lovely, hope you manage to stick with it, it sounds complicated! X

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