Thursday, 9 June 2016

Crochet in the Garden

Hello Lovelies,
It's been so nice to finally get some warm weather after our cool and cloudy half term. On Saturday there was no sunshine here but the air was still and the warmth tempted me to take my crochet out into the garden.


I sat on the lovely bench eldest made me for Christmas and worked on some granny hexagons that I have been experimenting with.........


I've been feeling inspired by all the green that surrounds us right now. And the flowers that are appearing in my garden


I'm using four lovely shades of green and making this project from very simple hexagon motifs joined as you go...........


There are two shades of green in every hexagon so that will be the predominant colour. The other colours are just any shade of yarn that reminds me of flowers. 


 Maybe Anitrrhinums.........


or Geranium.........


I've always longed for more flowers in my garden, but no matter how many I plant green always dominates. I'm finally realising what joy there is in foliage. All the different leaf shapes and the different shades of green.........


The flowers are little blobs of colour on that tapestry of green..........


That's what I'm hoping to capture in crochet......


 On Sunday I happily sat in the garden, surrounded by all that green, and sewed in the ends on my experimental piece.......



It's such a lovely time of year to be outdoors. My foxgloves are just opening..........


and our newly planted apple tree is doing well...........


The birds in the garden bring me as much joy as the flowers.  I seem to be hearing Goldfinches everywhere at the moment.  One sat on our TV aerial all afternoon and sang it's twittery little tune. So charming.......


Mr blackbird searched the grass for worms..........



and Mr sparrow searched for bugs on my roses.........



and I watched and listened as I sewed......


There we are. That's better, what do you think?


Looking at the colours against the background of our lawn made me wonder if I should add darker greens to the design. But I'm sure in the depths of winter all these fresh greens will conjure up the garden in summer to me.....


 I've made this motif in the same way I make granny squares ( which you can find in my side bar) . the only difference is to make six clusters of U.K. treble ( U.S. double) crochet stitches in the first round and work from there. The motifs are a bit wonky to start with and I wasn't sure they would lie flat when joined, but happily they do seem to.

The yarn is all Stylecraft Special DK and the four shades of green I'm using are Meadow, Pistachio, Cypress and Sage.........

 


When I made THIS blanket I longed for there to be a better selection of greens in the stylecraft range. Now there are. This makes me happy :0)
Jacquie x

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The Woods in May

Hello Lovelies,
sorry it's been a while again. If you want to know what I'm up to "day to day" then please click on the instagram button in my side bar, the little blue square below my photo.

The truth is I'm having some issues  with uploading photos to blogger ( all my thumbnails show up as icons not images) and this makes writing a blog post a rather lengthy affair.

Anyway, here are a some photos I've managed to sort :0)

A couple of weeks ago the walking group headed for Charnwood Forest. It's an area with interesting geology and a rocky landscape so different from the usual countryside around here. I've written posts about visits here several times, but I never tire of it.

The bluebells were still flowering as we set off though the sunlit woodland......


and it was not too warm to stride out briskly.....


The fields and trees were a wonderful fresh green. Quiet a surprise as this was exactly one week after our Thorpe walk...and the week, coupled with the more southerly, sheltered situation made a huge difference ........


I lagged behind to snap pictures of pretty streams........


and smiled broadly at buttercup meadows........


We walked through a pretty village with cute cottages........


Where the homes and walls are made of the local volcanic stone.......


Then we climbed a big hill, and could soon see the village bellow us.
All the way up  I chatted with a 75 year old member of the group, who didn't seem to get even slightly breathless with the exertion.

So inspiring ( the view and the fitness :0).........



But it was a the amazingly fresh " newborn" green leaves that really made my heart sing......








By this time it was getting warm and we found a shady spot for lunch.........


Then in the afternoon we were happy to walk through the dappled shade..........


I know this is a rather blurry photo but these are all hurried snaps and I just wanted to share that amazingly bright green of the new Beech leaves.....so special.........


The woodland on a sunny May day...I'm not sure there is anywhere more magical........





There was a pretty stream too. Not quiet the river Dove, but lovely non the less......


I love a sunny view from a shady spot......


soon it was time for another steep climb.......


And a sit down at the top for our afternoon drink with a view........



There are those jagged volcanic rocks again. They give this area a rugged beauty I love.........


The final part of our walk consisted of pretty views.......


more bluebells.......


Drystone  walls.......


More impressive rocky outcrops........



Wild flowers.......

Red Campion


Hawthorn blossom or "May"

and even more simply wonderful green........


This time of year is so special and I felt blessed that we got a sunny day to see it at its best......


Jacquie x