Monday, 23 August 2010

Blanket is finished

The baby blanket now has a border, all it's ends sewn in and has been stretched/ blocked. I've never stretched anything other than socks before - and John made me sock boards for them, so I asked around a bit for advice. In Shetland wool haps are usually stretched on hap boards which are wooden frames with nails in them that you attach the shawl to by sewing into each point and then looping the thread around a nail, all the way round. Getting one made the right size seemed to be looking at a lot of work so I used another method a friend had read about. I pinned the damp blanket to a quilt and left it to dry. This work well, but the quilt hung over my pulley allowed the sides to creep in so the blanket squares are now slightly rectangular. Think it's ok though, and it is much flatter, even the border is lying flat now. Hope the mum-to-be likes it!

Now, back to what I was doing before this distracted me! I'm crocheting a lap blanket for me: Chameleon blanket

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Latest WIP

I'm crocheting this baby blanket in natural colours of Gotland and Shetland wool for a fellow NEEPster ( NEEPS ). I've made and sewn all the squares together and have the border to go.

Not sure I would choose yarn for a baby blanket that has to be handwashed - but not my decision! I wasn't sure about the colours before I started either but I like them now!

Sunday, 15 August 2010

It's been a busy week here, last week of the school holidays so back to work tomorrow. :-(

Spent a good bit of this weekend at the peat hill. The dogs came too and Jake in particular had a ball - there is a wet spot at the bottom of the bank that fills in and is very boggy - he loves it and heads straight for it. This means our mainly white dog rapidly turns very dark brown. Yeuck! Packing the dry peats into bags to transport them home was the job this weekend and it took 215 bags to do the job. We are hoping this will be enough for our winter fuel for the stove we now have in our living room, but time will tell. We do have some wood as well.

The peats became a family affair. Kirsty was helping me yesterday but her sore toe (she injured it going to the clothes line on Wednesday, may be broken but is very bruised and she has split her nail open from top to bottom!) meant she had to go home after a while - she made the tea to compensate though! ;-) Dad came out the the hill today with sandwiches to keep us going and stayed to help fill a few bags and my sister Melanie and her daughter Chloe arrived in time to help tidy up the last bits (great timing!). John barrowed all the bags down to the road, taking them across the ditch on a scaffolding plank! I could hardly walk across it, never mind push a barrowload of peats over it!

50 bags came home yesterday, and the rest are waiting at the side of the road for a lift - the pick-up John borrowed lost it's brakes as it came into here yesterday! Hopefully he will borrow something from work tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a glass of wine and some crochet are the order of the evening and I think my back will need the Pilates class tomorrow night!

Monday, 9 August 2010

Jaydee's Pages

Well, I've spent a good piece of today fixing my website. I sorted my photos on Photobucket into folders a while ago and broke all the links to photos on my website - oops! All fixed now and some new ones added as well as adding another page. Have a look and let me know what you think, especially with regard to photo and font sizes.

Jaydee's Pages

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Celebratory Week

So far this week our family has celebrated:

  • Exam results - Craig did well in his standard grades and got the results he needed
  • John's niece got an A for her nursing placement (well done Lorraine!)
  • Another of John's nieces passed her driving test and got good exam results (well done Lisa!)
  • A wedding - John's nephew and his beautiful bride got married on 6/8/10 (Congratulations Kevin and Julie)
  • Voe Show success - Craig got Best Fowl and Best Overall Poultry Exhibit trophies for his Pekin bantam cockeral and third for his Pekin hen; I won first, second and third for my recycled baskets; mum got first and second for her crochet; my niece got a first for her photo of some puffins (well done Chloe!)
If I've forgotten anything I apologise - it's been a busy week!

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Beach combings

Well, the basket was made today. I love making stuff from 'rubbish', this basket is made from rope washed up on Shetland's beaches. Not sure it's my best effort, I tried a curved one rather than using a form to keep the sides straight. But hey, it's done, I had some fun making it and it's off to the Voe Show this weekend.

Talking of Shetland's beaches, I was in Unst at the weekend and picked up some pebbles from a beach. We have varnished some and added brooch backs. I think they look rather nice!

Anyway, back to crocheting the baby blanket!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

I am going to try to keep this going more now, hopefully I have linked it to Facebook which has taken over some of what I would have been posting here. I am busy crafting, with a baby blanket commission underway and stuff I've entered into the local show cluttering up the place. I am going to make one more basket for that from beach rope - so watch this space!