Thursday, 30 November 2017

November 2017 Photo Hunt

Once again, despite a chaotic few weeks, I've managed to get myself ready for Hawthorn's Photo hunt.  At the beginning of November I had almost decided I'd not be able to join in but I found bits of time here and there; thank goodness for photos from my archives!

So off we go!

1   Blue

Years ago a good friend (who inspired me to quilt) gave me a mobile with 
several blue fish.  Here is one of them.  They still make me smile.


2   Me

Years ago (20 ish) I fell asleep on the sofa (my own quilt by the way!) and Mickey the cat
was also tired.  I'd no idea Beloved took this photo ....  ah, the darling man.


3   Starts with W ....

WOW, look at this crochet blanket!  Hawthorn sent me a link to the pattern and when I saw
it I said WOW.  So I made it!


4   Rainbow

During the evenings, when I am tired I find making crochet blankets for cats/kittens that
are looking for a new home is an easy and rewarding task.  Can you see the rainbow?


5   Arch

A few years ago, whilst driving around, we stumbled across Pendragon 
Castle; there was just the ruin, trees, sheep and us.  A lovely place.
I wonder what action these arches saw....
Click here to read about it.


6   Toy

Beloved decided earlier this year that it was time for a new toy!
Soon after he got it, he brought it home as there was a job for it.
I've yet to drive it....


7   Swirl

All those lovely swirling colours; I've yet to decide what I will do with them!
Bottom left is destined for a kitty blanket.



8   Brush

So what's special about this brush???  Well down one side of the garden
(where the adjacent field slopes down to) there is a man-made
water course to channel the water that rushes out of this field
away to the river proper at the end of our garden.  I've named
our water course Zambezi.....  every now and then I climb down
into it (wearing wellies!) and brush all the detritis down and
away into the river proper.  Now, with the trees shedding lots of
leaves, I need to get out and keep it clear.  So out with my brush
and off I go!  The above photos don't show how many leaves
there were.  There are still loads on the trees to fall down!


9   Nail

1  Using my NAIL to prise open a split needle.
2  Pushing a loop of yarn from my crochet hook through the open needle.
3  Putting a bead onto the needle.
4  Fingers crossed!  Can I pull the bead over the yarn loop?
5  Yes I can (not every bead went on so easily).
6  Yarn loop back on the crochet hook ready for the next treble

You can see the finished shawl in photo 10, as I managed to finish it in time
for this month's photo hunt.  It took me ages to add all the beads.....  but I did it.


10   Own choice


Here I am modelling my third Virus Shawl; I saw it at Yarndale this year and the 
lady said it was a free crochet pattern from Ravelry.  Click here to see it.
So I used some yarn I had bought at Yarndale in 2014 and set to!  
I had plenty of yarn and kept going to try to use most of it up.
Putting the beads on was slow; I put them on alternate trebles on row 3
 of the 4 row pattern repeat.  At the moment I am saying never again!
I even took the time to block it...  It is so easy to make.

Well, thanks for stopping and having a look.  Don't forget to look at Hawthorn's photos by clicking here.

26 comments:

  1. Great photos. Love the shawl, its so pretty, love the colour

    Julie xxxxxx

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    1. Gosh Julie you were quick to notice this post as I'd only just done it! Will be looking at your photos later as I've stuff to do now!!!! Thanks for looking.

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  2. really pleased you managed to find the time to squeeze in the final photo hunt of 2017. Hope the next few weeks settle down and return to normality:) off to look at the virus shawl link - it is very pretty!

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    1. Yes it was a struggle but I did it, well I had to as I am a girl.... I can highly recommend the virus shawl as it is crochet!!! So simple and even I managed to memorise the pattern! Don't add beads unless you wish to increase your stress level.....

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  3. You are very clever. I love the virus shawl and the crochet blanket.They are lovely. :)

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comments. I keep saying how simple the virus shawl is. I only do simple stuff so if I can do it.....

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  4. Love the shawl, a lot of work there. Beautiful rainbow blanket as well. Great photos.
    Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana. The shawl would have been a lot easier if I'd not put the beads on.... you live and learn.

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  5. Great photos & I love both the shawl & colourful blanket. Your work is so neat!!! The arches are also very interesting as I've read about Pendragon castle somewhere. Thanks for sharing & take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan. I plan to look at your photos late, as a treat!

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  6. Wow, your crochet is amazing, especially the fabulous rainbow blanket. I'm intrigued...why is it called a Virus shawl? I've just finished a Road Trip scarf.

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    1. No idea why it is called Virus shawl.... perhaps because it has gone viral???? Thanks for your kind comments.

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  7. Great photos,I like how you have connected some of them to your lovely crochet work. Both blankets and shawl are wonderful:)

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    1. Gosh, my shawl and blanket are proving to be very popular; amazing since they are both simple designs and stitches. Thanks for your kind comments. My connections were a result of being short of photos!

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  8. Love your interpretation of list as usual especially the rather large toy and sleeping beauty and of course the shawl. It is so delicate. Beautiful. Checked the link to Pendragon Castle. Not been there. Looks interesting. xx

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    1. I can recommend a visit to Pendragon Castle; not a popular place but that is what makes it so lovely; just us and the sheep! I've just had to go back and look at my photos to find 'sleeping beauty'!!! Thanks for the compliment, well I am treating it as a compliment!

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  9. Now that was a very interesting post! I haven't heard of a virus shawl before. Did you use a fine yarn as it looks so delicate? Your photos are lovely - such vivid colours and lovely the way you have put them together :)

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    1. Gosh my shawl is a positive hit! Thanks for viewing and commenting. The yarn I used (bought on a whim!) was Drops Lace, a mix of baby alpaca (70%) and mulberry silk (30%). The colour code was 4434, It was a 100 g skein with 800 m in length. Ample for one shawl.

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  10. oh how I envy you being able to crochet, the shawl is stunning . Such pretty wool those kitties will be lovely and snug. Brrrr getting in that water to brush down the debris no do not fancy that at all.hugs.

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  11. Thanks for your lovely comments. When I get my brush out I am well wrapped up at this time of the year; thick wellies and I do not feel the cold at all. Glad you like the shawl and kitty blanket!

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  12. It's lovely to see so many of your crafting projects in this post. Jx

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    1. Glad you like my crafting work. Now I am retired I can craft as much as I like!

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  13. I enjoyed your photos very much. That’s so nice crocheting blankets for cats. My husband isn’t keen to have another cat but I think two dogs is enough work for now! That virus shawl is amazing! I must look that one up.

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    1. Thanks for your kind comments; do go and look at the virus shawl. I am very pleased with it and it was so simple! I hope I continue to find a home for my kitty blankets as it is something easy to do without thinking!

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  14. I totally sympathise with you about the beads - I'm still saying never again from my last attempt! I loved the swirly wools - there are great colours around at the moment - I"m trying to organise a tour to coincide with Yarndale. Loving the big boy's toy too :)

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    1. I do hope you get to organise a tour so you can visit Yarndale. I've been every year and will go next year. It's the only local place for me where there is a huge range of lovely yarns; I go each year saying I need nothing and ......

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