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Iced Bun Weekend

The girls have been baking again ūüôā

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I’ve been squeezing in a spot of knitting:

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I’ve picked up my Louisa Cape project again from Rowan Studio 30 ~ so cute!

There has been barbie crochet & a fashion shoot :

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Walks with the dogs in the sunshine:

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And rope swing fun!

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And freshly laid eggs from happy hens :

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Our little cockerel was quite poorly last week but thanks to some major TLC and great tips from Little Poppits he has made a miraculous recovery ūüôā

I also managed to squeeze in a little trip to my LYS to admire the Rowan Fine Art Yarn (loving Kingfisher & Waxwing : on my wish list!) and drooled over the new pattern book ‘Spirit’ from Kim Hargreaves for Rowan.

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We picked up some fab Stylecraft DK to make an end of year present for my daughters teacher (I have Lucy to thank from Attic 24 for introducing me to this great inexpensive yarn).

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Here’s¬†our sweet dog¬†having fun in the woods:

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It was great to make the most of the bluebells, then home for fresh apple cake ~ the recipe is from Jane Brocket’s Vintage Cakes book ~ it was so easy to make & can surely be classed as healthy because of the fruit (and spelt flour that I substituted!)

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It’s a long holiday weekend here in the UK and its been so lovely to have some sunshine. What have you been doing this weekend? I hope you’ve had a great time too!

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Hardly a cloud in the sky…..

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Easter Preparations…

This weekend I have been¬†eating mini-eggs¬†preparing for Easter….

I’ve been working on a little crochet basket/bowl inspired by designs in this lovely book, using¬†some pretty Rowan¬†pink handknit cotton from my yarn stash.¬† The pattern starts off with a few rounds of simple trebles (UK)¬†to form the base of the basket, followed by some rounds of bobble or popcorn¬†stitch to form the sides and double crochet (UK) to finish off.

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Today I made a floral lining out of a scrap of Liberty Tana Lawn “Betsy” that I purchased from EBay.

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To be filled with eggs from our chooks:

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Thank you ladies:

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Or Easter delights:

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I think after Easter, my little crochet bowl might find a nice home in the bathroom or bedroom as a tidy for bits and bobs:

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This weekend, we’ve also¬†been enjoying¬†the pre-school puppet show and getting Easter tattoos:

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And I’ve been trying on my new sandals:

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With fingers crossed for some sunshine instead of the wintery showers and hail that the UK has been experiencing this afternoon!

Have you got any Easter projects on the go at the mo?

I’m possibly off to knit some¬†bunnies¬†from Made by Ewe¬†here and Rowan’s Easter Collection¬†here &/or these cute little¬†chickens¬†‘Esther, Ernie & Enid’¬†from Rowan (pattern here).

And knit some more of my big project

Happy Easter crafting!

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Its a Spring Thing (and a doily addiction…)

Spring seems to have sprung¬†all over blogland today and I’ve certainly been inspired by all of the lovely photos and bright Spring colours¬†popping up¬†on the internet.¬† I’ve¬†had a small stash of candy coloured cotton 4-ply yarn that has been calling out to me for a while now and having seen lots of doilies and similar pretty¬†lacy crochet patterns¬†on the internet I had to give¬†it a go…

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I started off with¬†some Rowan Siena 4ply in¬†light pink and the Victoria Doily pattern in Jane Crowfoot’s book¬†Homespun Vintage.¬† Jane¬†describes in her book how,¬†following the popularity of crochet during the Victorian era, the 1950s to 1970s saw¬†its revival¬†again (it went into something of a decline during the¬†two world wars possibly as a result of rationing and the difficulty in sourcing yarns),¬†with lacy patterns and doily work¬†suddenly becoming¬†very popular.

Here’s my finished doily (ravelled here); it seemed to look right at home alongside my vintage sheet patchwork blanket…

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Jane¬†talks about¬†the delicacy of crochet work in a doily replicating the look of lace making the perfect table decoration.¬† Any excuse to get baking and get the vintage china out…

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A close up of the excellent Lemon Drizzle Cake (made by Miss E, not me I confess): yummy!:

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I’d also wanted to make these pretty little coasters for quite some time (see the free pattern over on the¬†Yvestown Blog):

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Ooops: they seemed to multiply quickly and before I knew it I had a whole stack (Ravelled here):

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I think these coasters would also make rather a nice Mothers Day card, with the addition of a sweet little bit of fabric backing:

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On the lacy crochet theme, I thought you might like to see these lovely little containers from Ikea.¬† They’re meant for plants but I bought them for a¬†couple of¬†pounds each and they’re just the job for keeping knitting needles and crochet hooks in:

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Loving the Ikea lilac too; I wish we had a lilac tree in our garden:

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I spotted some real Spring flowers in the garden today too:

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Happy Springtime! x