Dressed up in crochet

Craft | Wednesday July 27 2011 | 7:38 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , |

I spotted this dress in our local press this week.  A crochet dress in a gorgeous summer shade with even more gorgeous summer flowers.  You don’t see crochet dresses around that much.  Remember Cate’s Blanket dress?   I think this one wipes the floor with it!  (not that you would wipe the floor either using or wearing this dress). 

 

Source: Fibre & Clay 

 

It was made by Fibre and Clay which is a fabulous yarn store in Knutsford that I have mentioned many times on here.  They were celebrating the RHS Tatton Flower Show which is on their doorstep, as it had it’s first Ladies Day this year!  The store also had Pimms and cupcakes at their knitting group that day.  Oh how I wish I’d been there!!

(Oh and I didn’t examine too closely but I think there is some nude underwear under there!!)

 

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Knuts about it!

Craft | Sunday January 17 2010 | 3:13 pm | Comments (3) | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Although leaving the house was the last thing I felt like doing yesterday I had set my heart on going to Knutsford, and going to Knutsford we did. 

My main purpose was to go to Fibre and Clay as I wanted to get some lovely yarn to crochet something for myself.  I’m right in the middle of baby projects at the moment and looking forward to using some luxury yarns and vibrant colours just for me.

As usual Riana and her team were really helpful and remembered me from their crochet course last August!  I had to admit to having not touched knitting since then, in favour of crochet.

I didn’t go tooooo mad but I did buy a few lovely things.  I chose a book which I had been looking at online a few days earlier which didn’t really appeal until I was able to flick through it.  Loop Vintage Crochet by Susan Cropper contains 30 patterns for garments, accessories and the home.

Fibre and Clay stocks a great range of yarns and had quite a few in the sale – and it turned out all the ones I chose were reduced!

 Fibre & Clay shopping

I got 7 balls of Louisa Harding’s Flotsam in a gorgeous pink to crochet a wrap from the Vintage Crochet book, 2 of Miraso Hancho, a red and purple hand dyed merino, and 2 of Rowan 4 ply cotton in a rich aubergine plum shade.  I don’t yet know what to do with the Rowan Cotton, but it is in my mum’s favourite colour so I shall make something for her with that.

So this will be my next project – the ‘Ava’ wrap from Vintage Crochet:

my next project

 

We also went to Waterstones and I got 3 novels to get myself back into reading, as I have got out of the habit in the last month or so.  I also got some pretty little butterfly post-it type stickers, just because they were so gorgeous – and useful as little bookmarks and place markers when following patterns.  Caveman can’t leave a bookshop without a) buying more books and b) saying ‘I just don’t have enough time to read’!  He was true to form on this occasion, but I wouldn’t want him any other way!

Books & butterflies

 

All in all we had a rather lovely afternoon out, followed by dinner in Pizza Express and then home for an evening playing with yarn and books!  A perfect Saturday!

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TFI Friday

Craft | Friday January 15 2010 | 11:51 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , , , |

I don’t know when I was last so glad to reach Friday evening.  I haven’t had a particularly hard week in the day job but I have had a headache since Monday!  Yes, 5 whole days and nights of sore head and eyes!  As a result I have not done anything crafty all week.

Last Sunday I finished the baby blue ripple blanket, which I am so delighted with and will post pics over the weekend.  I have another to make for someone who doens’t know if they have a boy or girl arriving so on my way home from work this evening I dragged myself to the Trafford Centre to go to John Lewis and bought the same yarn, replacing the blue with cream.  This matches really well with the mixed pastels of the contrast yarn.

Despite wanting to do nothing but fall asleep on the settee watching Corrie this evening, I started the new blanket.  It’s rather a monotonous pattern but that was just what I needed!  However, sleep is now starting to get the better of me.  I can’t believe I’ll end up going to bed tonight earlier that I would on a school night!

I am looking forward to tomorrow as Caveman and I are having an afternoon out to Knutsford.  It’s highly likely to involve tea and cake and I shall be visiting my fave LYS, Fibre and Clay, and I think I deserve a treat!

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