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23 February 2015

Some Things


I remember when half-terms used to be quiet and peaceful affairs.  A time for late mornings, lounging in pyjamas and some days, not stepping a foot out the door.  What happened to those I wonder?

Actually, this one was a bit of a mix of busy and slouchy.  There was plenty enough of the busy.  Children do need amusing don't they?  That means booking them in for things, taking them places, and generally providing non-stop entertainment.  So we did that.  Still, I was determined to fit some of the slouchy in this time too and we managed a bit of it.  Pj time was enjoyed, some moment of peace were found.



Half-Term Things

Making cakes, especially for birthdays is definitely a half-term requirement.  Daddy's turn at this time of year and Little Miss was the head baker for the occasion.  It was quite nice to just be the assistant for once actually as she did everything, cake, filling, icing and candle placement.  She did a good job.  The only downside is that apparently assistants get to do all the clearing up themselves.  Joy.

It was nice to get an afternoon at the park too.  We did the swings and slide thing but we also went for a lovely walk over the hills and through the trees as well, all under a lovely blue sky.  Lounging days are fab but it felt good to be out in the fresh air and in the sun too.




Blanket Along?

As I mentioned in my last podcast, I'm thinking it would be nice to do some sort of blanket alonging together.  I'm making my Weekender Blanket at the moment and as the name suggests, I'm just working on it at the weekends, so it's not exactly the fastest moving project in the world but that's ok.

Quite a few of us have some of these big blanket projects on the go and I thought it'd be nice to cheer each other along a bit, to encourage us to keep going.  So this would be an along that is more about moving our projects along a bit, making progress on them and showing we've made a difference with them, rather than actually finishing them.  Although finishing would be fantastic too.

...the plan so far is...

☆ The 'along' will be throughout March ☆
(Maybe beyond too, but we'll see how it goes)

☆ To join in you'll need to have a blanket to work on ☆
You can make a Weekender Blanket like mine (hexie patterns will be coming later this week)
Or it can be any other blanket you like.
You can start a new one, or it can be a blanket already on the go.

☆ There will be prizes ☆
I don't know what yet, but you'll probably need to be in the Cherry Heart Cozy Corner Group and post in a thread to enter.  I'm not sure how to do it otherwise...  I was thinking maybe the blanket with the most 'love' votes wins?

☆ We'll all cheer each other on ☆
There will be a Instagram tag too, another way to share and see each other's projects and cheer everyone on!

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That's all I have so far, but let me know your thoughts, either in the comments below, or pop over to the 'Weekender Blanket Along Anyone?' thread in the Ravelry group.

Ooh yes, and we need a name....

... Just 'Blanket Along'? 'Blanket Progress Project'? 'Weekender Blanket Along'? 'Boost your Blanket'?  I'm not sure, ideas very welcome!

I hope you'd like to join me, I think it could be fun!




Happy Mitts

There were a couple of other things that I mentioned in the podcast.  A couple of finished things and I thought I'd just give you a closer look at the them both here.

First up are the Happy Mitts that I made over Christmas from my lovely Koigu yarn.  I'm still loving all those gorgeous flecks of colour that are mixed up in there.

You can find all the pattern and yarn details in my show notes here.





My Kindle Cover

Here's the ill-fated Kindle cover too!  Such a shame it didn't go quite as planned.

I thought I'd just show you the bits that look ok here though, rather than dwell on the mucked up parts!

Again, the details are in the show notes.





Next time, I'll hope to have the Weekender Blanket Hexie patterns all ready to share with you.



S x




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29 comments:

  1. I loooooove your blanket - it is so color- and joyful. What a pleasure to look at. And the kindle-cover also is fabulous.
    I am on a very long term blanket - I would love to make a patchwork blanket in white but with different patterns for every square - and I don´t have many because I have a lot going on professionally as well as on the needle. But I do enjoy it that I have an extra-long-term-project to look forward to.


    Best wishes from Austria
    Knitgudi

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  2. Hi, great pictures my little pickle has the dolphin cruiser and we enjoy some lego time!, and baking of course. I love the new mitts by the wayx

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  3. A blanket-along sounds good to me, I have a queen size granny square blanket in the works. It's my biggest project yet and I feel reporting on my progress to someone would be encouraging.

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  4. Oh yes to a blanket-along! I started a hexie blanket almost two year ago now... I love doing it, but often there is just something else that needs my attention. This would be a great incentive as I really would like to complete this blanket! And this has just reminded me, I really must watch your second podcast. Just waiting for that uninterrupted time, but what with half term and a poorly P at home today it hasn't happened. Maybe tomorrow I shall make a coffee and sit back for a relaxing few minutes...

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  5. ooh. just catching up following half term with no internet! Yes would love to blanket along - liking the blanket boost! Am working on a coastal coloured target squared one at present having finally finished your painted roses blanket!! Ta dah on wed! Will be joining in with you when you get to it and will go and watch your podcast now. I do wish I managed to keep on top of everything more effectively!!! Toodles, J9 x

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  6. How about Beat the Blanket Blues for a name???? xxx

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  7. I would love to join in.Have a ripple blanket in bamboo,cotton which has been neglected for way too long.

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  8. The Kindle cover is lovely, beautifully made. I'm glad you had a good half term. There was a birthday here as well, with a good cake and a few adventures. How fast it flies by though. I shall look forward to seeing any blankets in the blanket along. I don't have one on the go at the moment, although I could... CJ xx

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  9. Oh dear, what does it say about me that tge picture that leapt out at me is the Lego Friends boat!
    I love the blanket-a-long idea. Count me in (I shall have to start a new one, obviously .....)
    Jillxo

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  10. Yes, it’s nice to have something chugging away in the back ground isn’t it? You could always come and join us with your quilt, it you want to. I don’t see why we have to restrain ourselves to crochet!
    S x

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  11. Yay, that’s fab Sherri! You can’t beat a granny blanket and we’ll all cheer you on :)
    Sandra x


    S x

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  12. Yes, that is the only thing with the podcasting, it does take up valuable time to watch! I know that’s certainly not easy to find either. So happy you’d like to join in the blanket along though, it’d be lovely to see your hexie blanket.
    S x

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  13. No internet by choice or due to a fault? Either way, sometimes it’s nice to get away from it for a bit! Yay, I’m so pleased you’d like to join the blanket along. You are doing well if you’ve just finished one already, and we can cheer you on towards the end of the next! ;) I’d love to see your Painted Roses too. What’s your blog addy again, just in case I’m not subscribed to yours already?
    S x

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  14. Ha ha, pretty cool! Quite long for an IG tag though…. I guess we could shorten it to the BBBAlong maybe….
    S x

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  15. Fantastic! I love those ripple blankets too, always so pretty :)

    S x

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  16. Thanks so much, sounds like you’ve been having fun too, although yes, they certainly do fly! It’d be lovely if you joined in the blanket along, of course, I’d be the last one to be encouraging anyone to start more projects, that would be awful… ;)
    S x

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  17. Or me that I can sing along perfectly with the theme tunes to half the shows on Nick these days?? The things having kids does to you - shocking. ;)
    Yippee, do join us in the blanket along. A good excuse to start a new blanket I say… just in case you need an excuse!
    S x

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  18. What a lovely blanket - gorgeous colours

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  19. Love that Kindle cover. I need to make one for travelling. I have 2 weeks before I go away so I think I'll simplify --- and just copy yours!! : )

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  20. I'm in for the blanket along!! But which to choose ... Hexie, African flower, ripple ... Oh the possibilities!! Looking forward to it! Emma x www.toadstooltales.wordpress.com

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  21. 'Something for the Weekend Blanket-a-Long'? Love all the eye candy on this post. xxx

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  22. What' wrong with the Kindle cover? I love it! Also, I am excited to join the blanket along. I am finishing one but could start your hexie weekender just on weekends until I finish the other one plus Deramores has Stylecraft on sale! Its a great day!!!!

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  23. I can't wait to see the blanket, and also to add it to my HUGE pile of things I want to make :) I may well join in the blanket along, although mine is a knitted blanket and taking years hehe so march might be unrealistic for me, but who knows I do love to cheer others on in projects :) jenny xx

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  24. Would love to join in, as I just received yarn yesterday for a blanket I want to start. However, I'm having a joint replaced next week, so my start will be delayed. Crocheting on pain meds might be fun, but is probably nonproductive!

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  25. Hi I love your blanket I'll be happy to join in thanks bu

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  26. ooops! that send before I'd finished! was going to say I'm not sure I'll get finished very quickly I might have to carry on by myself! x

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  27. Painted Roses Blanket Finished!! Woo hoo. No internet through lack of access!!! Dodgy laptop and no other screen so makes me only go online a couple times a week so am not the best candidate for lots of social media!
    Anyway the pattern you made was absolutely gorgeous and my ta dah is at this link!! Cheers, J9 x
    http://j9shappiness.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/make-me-january-ta-dah.html

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  28. Oh yeah - and my mum's house is in a Cornish valley and she doesn't even have a computer let alone internet so it's always a screen free zone!! Like you say, good for the soul sometimes! J9 x

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  29. I am up for a blanketalong! I am working on 2 knitted blankets at the moment. I would love to try crochet, is this a good way to try it or should I carry on knitting and try crochet with maybe a smaller project?

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