Spring has finally made it’s presence known here in the UK. In fact I would almost say summer has burst through early over the past couple of days – bringing with it glorious sunny skies and pollen counts that have sent my sinuses into shock. Hayfever season seems to have been packed into 3 days and boy has it hit me hard this year, turning my throat into a desert!
This week I released my final Free Festive Friday Elf-help crochet pattern back on Monday because I wanted to give you a little extra making time! We are now so close to Christmas and, hopefully, finally at the stage where we get to switch off, relax and enjoy the season.
Back in November, I set myself the challenge of releasing a Free Festive Pattern every Friday in the run up to Christmas. Well, by my calculations, I have one more to go! Seeing as today is exactly one week until Christmas, I decided to bring it forward a few days to make today Free Festive Monday instead. Mostly because I wanted to build in some making time for you.
This year it seems that Christmas lights have reached a whole new level. Long gone are the days where you had to go through every single light checking they were all screwed in properly and finding that one broken bulb so you could get the whole lot to work.
It’s the Friday after Thanksgiving. The hight street calls it Black Friday, makers are reclaiming it as Indy Friday, but I’m sticking with Festive Friday and today only you can get 10% off everything in my Etsy store using the code FESTIVE at the checkout. Below you can also see the 4th in my series of Free Festive Friday patterns.
To this day, I have vivid recollections of making paper chains to decorate the house at Christmas. Cutting up bits of coloured paper, throwing some glitter at it with dried out pritt-stick but being proud, nonetheless, of the end result!
I’ve said it before and i have no doubt i’ll say it again but i love just how versatile crochet is. You can shoehorn it in anywhere.
This weekend I’m up in Yorkshire and am stopping in on some friends in Leeds on Saturday night. I went to university there and I will use any excuse I can to visit. My old housemate and her husband run a bar, well a couple actually because they are brilliant at it, but the one in question is called Sela, and you should all visit if you’re ever in the city. I may be biased but it’s still an awesome bar with amazing live music and delicious pizza. They also have a Pizza bus and an Ice-cream van cocktail bar but that is going a little off topic – you can check out their exploits on instagram @selabarleeds
As my regular readers will know, I am having some renovations done at home, which has been going on for a while (seems like since about 2013…).
My new kitchen arrived this week ready for installation to start on Monday. This is super exciting, but living in an obstacle course of boxes is less fun, except for the cat who is loving finding new hiding places amid the boxes.
Another Friday has come around, which is fast becoming my new release day, and this week it’s a 100% free pattern!
One of the things I love about crochet is it’s versatility. There’s not much you can’t make with it and if you can’t make it then you can yarnbomb it.
Though I do sometimes think the old adage that “just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should” may apply in some cases – I’ve seen some crazy (but always skilled) stuff made from crochet in the past, but perhaps I’ll save that for another post!keep reading
So if you’re based in the UK you will know that the weather has been pretty half-hearted this summer… a nice week in July followed by one of the wettest Augusts on record… STANDARD!
I don’t know if it’s just me but I’m sure September seems to be getting nicer each year. I have wonderful memories of sitting on Southwold beach last September, after all the kids had gone back to school, thinking how lucky I was to still be enjoying temperatures in the 30s (that’s well into the 90s in American money!).
It is such a beautiful place and was one of those days that felt like the summer was going to go on forever.
Dora Does Ideas
For my fist post, and to introduce you all to Dora Does, I decided to focus on the theme of ideas.
As this new venture begins, I have so many ideas buzzing through my mind about what I want to do, where I want to go and how I want to get there. But where do these ideas come from? And how do I know whether they will keep coming?