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"A moment spent in wonder is worth a lifetime spent in awe."

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  • Craft Mother Knitting and crocheting do compliment each other well, surprisingly well. Loving the sci-fi stories. 22 Mar
  • Craft Mother I am definitely looking up your book. What a fascinating concept. Looking forward to seeing your case finished. What a wonderful idea to bring joy... 22 Mar
  • Craft Mother Thank you, Deborah. Need to finish it all now. Suspect the cushion cover will be the first. 22 Mar
  • Craft Mother Thanks Lisa. Your knitting sounds good and I'm looking forward to hearing your review of The Nest. 22 Mar
  • Craft Mother The beak worked out well. The shape works better from some angles than others. I could have spent longer. 22 Mar
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Time to smile

"God has an inordinate fondness for stars and beetles."

- J B S Haldane

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Here I am : Almost

crochet daisy chainHere I am. Well, almost. I’m flitting around, doing prep for a number of projects, at the moment, that I don’t feel like I’m in any one place this week. If I had a two column check box system on my To-Do list, there would be one titled “Done” and the other “Almost”. You can probably guess which column has the most ticks.

In the evenings, in my last half an hour, I have been working on a crochet daisy chain. Each one is slightly different, as I try to perfect which method I like. Eventually these will go along the wooden beam above our inglenook, as part of the seasonal garland. With Easter so early, there seems a bigger time gap between the Easter decorations coming down and the summer ones going up. I thought a daisy chain would ease us into the next season. Finished? Almost.

nearly finished handmade topI’ve been working on my new top for ever. I am almost finished. Just the bottom hem to sew, the zip to fit and tidying up loose ends. An hour or two would see it finished. Finished? Almost.

I’ve expanded the Kitchen garden, this year. Reclaiming an area that we’ve used before. It is quite a big plot. The children helped me, this weekend to remove all the weeds. Finished? Almost.  About three-quarters done. weeding to doTo keep the troops motivated, we cleared one end and planted peas. We would have planted more, but for the lack of bean poles. What happens to bean poles? I should have armfuls of the things, the number I’ve bought and chopped down over the years. I’ve bought more, which should do a few rows of beans and sugar peas. The rest of the plot will be for sweetcorn, potatoes and onions. I have pumpkins waiting to plant between the sweetcorn too. Finished? Almost.

There is another garden project almost finished, which I cannot wait to show you all. Also the small kitchen garden and greenhouse is taking shape. Lots of planting going on. Getting there.bean poles waiting to be used

It’s exam time too. Middle daughter is doing year 6 SATs, next week. I think we’ll all be glad when those are over. Plus, Eldest is busy doing end of term exams, this week. Work-wise, I’m busy, as well as a school project that’s almost finished.

So, with the plants calling out to be planted and fabric screaming to be picked for the next project, no wonder I feel ready for bed at the end of the day. No wonder I feel like I’m in lots of places. Almost.


Part of my “Here I am” series. If you would like to join in with your own “Here I am” post then, please leave a comment, and I’ll set up a featured post.

The Reading Residence

Ta Da! A daisy blanket ready for spring!

crochet daisy granny square blanket blue on swinging benchTa Da! It’s finished. My second, crocheted blanket. I’d hoped to finish it for spring and I have done just that.

Although, I have to say, working on the daisies in the middle of winter was odd. It made me wish the colder season away, that little bit faster.

crochet daisy granny square blanket blue on box hedgeI went for a blue, white and yellow colour scheme. I tried to add green, but it took some of the spring out of the daisies. Too dull.

The eagle eyed among you, may have spotted that not all the daisies are white. I added in three yellow flowers. Just randomly. The rebel, buried deep inside me, could not let this blanket be uniformed. Rows of white daisies seemed too ………factory made. So I added the yellow flowers. To buck the trend and break the mould.

In my own quiet way.

crochet daisy granny square blanket blue beside basketI did experiment with echoing the daisy petals on the border. It didn’t work. So instead, I crocheted two lines of white, one of yellow and two white ones again. In an attempt to give the impression of the daisies, without replicating the shape.

The blanket is not perfect. I can see areas, where I missed a bit, but that is OK with me. Already the children have wrapped themselves up in it and told me how much they love this new mama-made piece. I really cannot ask for more. Also the mistakes, miraculously disappear once draped around a child.

crochet daisy granny square blanket blue in basketIt’s ready for it’s first outing to the beach. Along with my first blanket, which is in daily use.

I used the same wool and joining technique as the first crochet blanket. The daisy pattern, may have morphed, but was certainly inspired by Tillie Tuilips daisy blanket . You can find it on my Crochet Inspiration board on Pinterest

Next blanket? I’m thinking bright, jolly colours. More summer themed, me thinks. I could do with a riot of colour. What do you think?

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