Omgosh so hot!!

I know I can’t be the only crocheter/knitter struggling with the sudden influx of summer weather and wanting nothing more to sit in the garden with a cold drink and crochet in the sun?

If anyone’s like me I need the extra serotonin and for the first time since we went on holiday 2 years ago I have a tan and I didn’t realise how much having a bit of colour made me feel a bit better about myself! To the ‘extreme’ of I brought myself a new mascara yesterday, the last time I brought myself a new mascara was definitely before little h was a dot! (So at least 2009!)

However I’m really struggling to actually sit with yarn and hook, especially as my request list is mostly blankets at the moment with a couple of amigarumi.
Even my beloved knit pro symfonie hooks I just can’t use right now, and acrylic yarn or well almost any yarn I just can’t use!

So I’ve gone on a cotton frenzy! Only 2 of my blanket requests are cotton so they’ve been getting lots of attention. The first is my Attic24 granny stripe which you’ve seen before but I love it. That sirdar snuggly baby cotton dk is a dream to work with. It will be perfect for its new home in dubai!

To look at it doesn’t look like it’s grown much but it’s actually quite wide so it takes me longer to get back and forth so the half an hour I might get with it in the garden randomly doesn’t really make a huge impact but when I take a picture and its been awhile since I did I can see that it definitely is growing…

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I was asked to make it single bed size so the little lady it is for can keep it forever, however I always do my foundation chain with a couple of extra inches so that it is big enough that when you lay it on a bed it drapes down the side. The blanket is now probably coming up to the halfway mark. So the excitement if it being nearly finished will kick in soon!! :D

The other cotton blanket is for one of my friends whose brother is having a baby so he thought of me as a way to get a special present. It’s a smaller blanket more cot size so it’s worked up really quickly, and because it doesn’t have colour changes like the granny stripe it is my “quick I’ve got 5 minutes to sit in the garden whilst the boys are playing” blanket so it has had a lot of those random moments over the last week, to the point of I’m on the first round of the border now.

It’s made with Rico fashion iro (from the wool loft) in the lobster colour (I amy have just made up that it’s called lobster but you’ll see why I think that’s what it’s called) and it’s in my baby blue blanket pattern.

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^in the sunshine.

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^laid out for a progress picture

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^border time!!!

It’s such a simple little pattern to whip up and people on the facebook page have complimented it a lot!

Oh, before I forget I wanted to show you what my best friend (& soul mate) got me for my birthday…

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It’s absolutely beautiful and the little charm on it reads sisterhood but I can’t get a pretty picture of it so I decided to get a picture of the swan sparkling in the sunshine. I love it so much!

Right I best go and do mama/housewife things whilst little h is at nursery and mj naps!

♡ Mrs. B x

My babies are growing up!

I know I still haven’t done the post I promised about Little H. So here it is in some form. (Not exactly how I planned it!)

Yesterday I asked Mr. B to take the sides off of MJ’s cotbed and turn it into a toddler bed. Naturally that meant that last night’s bedtime felt epically long… I let Mr. B sit in with them for 40 minutes and then I took over so he could go for his run.
Mj was loving his new found freedom in the bedroom (that didn’t come at the cost of him climbing out of his cot, which luckily he only did twice, in one night and then learnt his lesson!) I had to remind myself that it was the same when Little H had his turned into a bed too. Except then we had the benefit of MJ was still little and in our room so if he did wake up he soon got bored and took all of his toys back to bed with him. Whereas MJ gets bored and then remembers that Henry is right there! Although it is cute hearing him say big brother wake up!

Last night as I sat next to him rubbing his tummy and watched him fall asleep it felt like my heart was melting.  And I look over at little H already asleep (snoring away) and I melt some more.  These quiet moments are the ones I want to remember as opposed to the constant bickering that they seem to be doing quite a bit at the moment.  So I tiptoe out and stop and look at them both and have to hold back a sob. Even though little H has not long turned 3, and MJ is only 1 and a half they seem so grown up all of a sudden.
Little H really looks like a little boy, and considering this time last year he only said maybe 5 words all of a sudden has a vast vocabulary and manages to use words in context. (The other night he said mummy very pretty like princess. I didn’t even know he knew the word princess!!)
MJ is starting to loose his baby chunkyness and is trying to repeat words when you say them and is a lot more steady on his feet now, and is into everything!

Their room now looks like a little boys room, Mr. B took down their animal pictures and put up their names from MrsJosieK and both cots are now beds, and Mr. B is already talking about when we get them bunk beds!

These aren’t great pictures because I’ve avoided their names on the wall but it really isn’t a babies room anymore!

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Little H’s end of the room (you can kind of see the blue behind the wardrobe) now that I have a sewing machine I’m hoping to make some blackout curtains for in there, make it a bit darker in there for summertime! (That picture was taken around 7pm right before bedtime so it stays quite light!)

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Mjs end is the one that makes me feel sad. He’s my baby and he’s gone into a bed!!! (Oh and we’re loving our MagicBumpers which I ordered in preperation for MJ going into a bed but I got a pack of 4 so that I could get rid of the lindam bed guard that little H had which got in the way of storytime. Now they both have the bumpers and they’re brilliant!

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I’ve totally lost my train of thought!
I want to talk about how my babies are growing up and how sad that makes me feel and why I’m the mama that I am, but that is a whole new story so for tonight I’ll leave it at that, but my “I didn’t know what prematurity was” post will be soon I’ve already got the pictures ready to go :)

♡ Mrs. B x

Baby Blue Border

Only a quick one as I’m working hard to try and get the blanket finished. Baby Bump doesn’t have an exact due date so I want to make sure that it’s there so that mama can finish nesting!

After two rounds of the edge…

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On the final round..

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Not far to go now. I can’t wait to get it in soak and wash it ready for posting!

I do love Netflix as my crochet companion.  The other night I discovered The Hunger Games is on there now, so tonight whilst Mr B is on a late shift I’m watching it and hopefully finishing this off. I have to say it isn’t gripping me like the book(s) did. I wonder what else I can find!

♡ Mrs. B x

Baby blue <3

Measuring in at 64cm long….

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I’m loving this little blanket. I just hope that the baby who it’s for will love it as he grows.

It’s not quite finished yet but soon!!

♡ Mrs. B x

Just a stick?

I’ve had a WIP going on for awhile now and it’s starting to take shape!
I do like to set myself a challenge though it would appear!

A friend asked me if I could make her some attic24 birdies as a decoration my only instructions were you know what colours I like. Aside from that I have creative freedom. Which is ace, but my mind can be a little chaotic so I’ve been working on it in fits and bursts.

I’ve had the materials for it for awhile.
The yarn is some gorgeous cotton yarn I got from ‘according to matt’ when he had a stash clear out. At first when I was asked to make the birds I went to my local market and picked up a couple of dinky balls of yarn for 60p each, but when I started crocheting with them they made my hands itch. It was then that I realised they were polyester (not acrylic which I’d assumed!)
So Matt’s yarn was my back up plan. Although I don’t know why I didn’t think of them first as the colours are perfect, and I love working with cottons!

The next step was part of my creative freedom. Aquire a stick!
My instinct was to go to hobbycraft. Which as always seems to be the case with me & hobbycraft was an epic fail. The lift wasn’t working, which with a double pram and two children under 2 made me frustrated, without adding in that to navigate downstairs with their narrow aisles!

Hobbycraft was abandoned and off to B&Q we went.  Why didn’t I think of there first?!
I found exactly what I wanted in the bit by the skirting boards etc. And even found a man who’d cut it to the length I wanted (even if he looked at me like I was crazy with this one tiny stick!)

So this week I plucked up the guts to embark on this final stage of the decoration….

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It was more difficult than I thought it would be to crochet around! I’ve had to do double crochets and have gone back along the row slip stitching to firm it up a bit.
I just hope the finished item lives up to my imagination!

And because I can’t leave you with just one picture… here is the attic24 neat ripple blanket I made for the same person which is why I know her colours so well. It was my first proper bespoke crochet request!

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I loved making that blanket!
It was made in sirdar snuggly bamboo dk, purchased from Black Sheep Craft Barn in Culcheth. (With a few balls from ebay when I started to run out!)

I didn’t do a proper edge on it, partyly because it was a huge blanket,  but mostly because my crochet confidence back then was low. If you want to straighten a ripple blanket I’ve posted how I now do it *here* but if you google how to there are lots and lots of peoples variations on how they’ve done it.

I really must go. Mr B has requested steak amd risotto for dinner tonight so I’m trying my hand at an asparagus risotto. I chose the recipe as I’ve had a craving for asparagus!

♡ Mrs. B x

Front & Back?

So, the other day I started working on this little basketweave stitch cushion cover. (After my inability to find inspiration for the blanket)

Today I only managed 10 minutes on it as we’ve had some men in removing the old fires. But as I was crocheting I noticed how much prettier I thought the back looked compared to the front.

Most things I make I tend to chain & turn to start the next row, so there is no true front and back. With the pillow I’m making it in the round (I’m not sure if that’s the right term) but I’m not turning my work so it’s always the same side as the front. Anyway just before I go to sleep I threw this picture together on my phone.

What do you think looks nicer?

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♡ Mrs. B x

Mr. B’s birthday!

It’s been a busy few days as Mr. B turned 30 on the 19th
He can’t believe it I think and suddenly feels old. I didn’t have that feeling when I turned 30 last year. In my mind I woke up a day older than when I went to bed which is the same as every morning. Only it happened to be a day that marked a passing of another year.
I remember when my mum turned 40 and it was a big thing to her she didn’t want everyone knowing it was the big 4-0!

Crochet wise not much has happened because the days have been filled with celebrations and family and friends and the evenings have been spent mostly trying to keep on top of housework!
I’ve done a little bit on the spiral granny bobble, which is getting so big that it really is only a little bit that I managed! The neonatal blanket is being frogged so I’ve stepped back from it for now so that I can tackle it without being frustrated at myself for running out of the blue! And the pastel granny stripe, oh how I love the pastel granny stripe!! ♡

Incase you’re not familiar with the granny stripe, the pattern is by attic24 and can be found > here <
All I am doing differently is the colour arrangement, which I am mostly doing it this way because I’m being lazy clever and not fastening off at the end of the purple rows to save on sewing in at the ends (I’ll hide my work with the border)

I put this picture of it on Facebook the other day and it had 428 views (allegedly, I’m not sure how accurate fb’s stats are!) Anyway, here it is for you too :)

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It’s going to be another busy few days ahead too as Saturday will be Little H’s 3rd birthday (I’ll probably do a post for/about that) and as it was Mr. B’s 30th I’ve arranged a weekend at Butlins Skegness for us and some friends. It was a suprise but he knows about it now!

I’m planning some hooky action for the journey which will probably be at least 5 hours with stops, last night I searched through 8 crochet magazines (simply crochet and inside crochet) 4 books and 4 pattern booklets for inspiration for a blanket and came up blank. (As well as searching pinterest, craftsy & ravelry!) The lady who’s asked me to make it sent me a picture of one she’d found on google that she loves but it’s not a great picture so I can’t really see it. In the end I zoomed in as much as I could and decided to do a doodle on my phone…

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The multiples just don’t sound right so I’m thinking do multiples of 6+2 and do the first row in double crochet? What do you think? (More to the point is the doodle even legible? !)

Apologies in advance if I’m now around much over the next week. Do keep an eye on fb for random photos as it’s quick and easy for me to upload.

♡ Mrs. B x

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