Showing posts from October, 2016

The Gilmore Girls Blanket

Over the summer holidays, The Gilmore Girls came out on Netflix and I spent many an afternoon hanging out with Lorelai and Rory.  It's nice easy viewing, perfect to watch while indulging in some afternoon hooky.   Having very eclectic tastes myself I love the style of Lorelai's house.  I particularly love the crochet blanket you can see in some of the episodes, draped across her sofa.  It's a beautiful pale duck egg colour (this just happens to be my most favourite colour). I decided that I wanted to try and create something similar.  First I needed some yarn.  I discovered that Woolcraft New Fashion DK had added some new colours to their range and one of them just happened to be Duck Egg.  So I ordered some right away.  I use Woolcraft yarn a lot and particularly like it for blankets.  It's a bit thicker than some DK yarns and has a really soft almost fluffy texture.  It makes lovely squishy blankets and has a good choice of colours.   I searched th

Glorious Sunshine and Sandy Beaches

I can't get over the weather we have been having lately and it's almost November.  We are spending a well earned weekend away by the seaside... Just look at those skies!  The beach here at Camber is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen.  It stretches for miles.  The sea a distant patch of blue on the horizon while the tide is out. Meandering streams and pools remind you just how far it's travelled and the glorious sun glistens and sparkles on the water. Little T is in his element.  Splashing in the water, sailing his Frisbee along the fast current of the streams, chasing after it laughing and giggling. There was of course digging and castle building... and collecting pebbles for mummy. We treated ourselves to a Full English at a beach cafe with steaming mugs of tea.  Then back to our chalet... for some pebbly hooky! Bye for now... Catherine x

Free Pattern! Sock Yarn Baubles

Hello everyone, I would just like to share with you how I made the sock yarn baubles from my   previous post .  This is my first time writing a pattern and some lovely people over on Ravelry have been testing it for me.  You can find the test page here.    I use US terminology (I know I'm from the UK but American terminology just makes more sense!).   You will need   sock yarn (small ammounts)  3.5mm hook sewing needle 60mm plastic bauble ribbon for hanging stitch marker Stitches used sc  single crochet sc2tog  single crochet 2 together Round 1 Starting with a  magic loop  work 6 sc into the loop, place marker in the last stitch pull tight Do not join we will be working in a spiral Round 2 starting in the first sc from previous round work 2 sc into each stitch around (12 stitches) Remember to move your stitch marker up at the end of each round Round 3  [2 sc into the first stitch, sc into the next stitch] repeat around (18 sti

Christmas Baubles? Too Early? Never!

Hello everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely weekend.  I have been busy using up the left over sock yarn that I used to make my crochet coin purses.  You can read about them in my blog post  here . So I thought my left over wool would be great to crochet over some Christmas baubles.   What! Christmas decorations already?  I know some of you may be thinking this, but in our house it's never too early for Christmas.  We love everything about Christmas and this time of year is always spent getting ready making home made decorations, baking, shopping and countless other Christmasy things... Every year I make some new decorations for the tree and every year little T makes some for his tree too.  Here's what I made. The yarn is Drops Fabel and has lots of lovely colour combinations to choose from.  Drops yarn is always a pleasure to work with and is extremely reasonable.  To be honest it's the only real wool yarn I can afford to use, being on a tight bud

Might I Have a Bit of Earth?

"Might I," quavered Mary, "might I have a bit of earth?" In her eagerness she did not realise how queer the words would sound and that they were not the ones that she had meant to say.  Mr Craven looked quite startled. "Earth!" he repeated.  "What do you mean?" "To plant seeds in - to make things grow - to see them come alive." The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett As a child I read this book many times.  The Secret Garden always invoked feelings of magic and mystery, of old dead things coming back to life and of birds and woodland creatures.  This is the kind of garden I have always dreamed of having.  The garden that has lived in my imagination, hiding, waiting, patiently for it's chance to become more than just a dream.   Living in a small flat as we do.  We do not have a garden.  Not any kind of garden at all... and this is something I have longed for, for many years.  Particularly now that I

Get Cosy With a Crochet Hottie!

Aren't the mornings and evenings getting chilli now?  I was enjoying a peaceful evening to myself on Sunday.  Relaxing on the sofa and indulging in an episode of Poldark, thinking just that.   What I need is a cosy blanket and a hot water bottle.  Well there are plenty of blankets in this house.  Blanket making is a bit of an obsession of mine... But you can never have too many blankets right?  I have a hot water bottle too, but it is very much lacking in the cosy department. See very plain, very boring... What it needs is a nice crochet cover for ultimate cosiness.  I have plenty of DK yarn in my stash, lot's of Stylecraft Special and lot's of Woolcraft New Fashion DK.  These are my two favourite acrylic yarns to work with and are both very reasonably priced.  Now, which colours to choose.... so many choices... Then it struck me how pretty the fabric on my pyjamas was and I just so happened to have similar colours in my stash.  I went with silver, mint, c

The Beginning...

Hello and welcome to my blog.  My name is Catherine, aka Lullaby Melodia (as some of you may know me as on Ravelry).  It has been my dream for a long time to write my own blog, but have never had the time (and perhaps the confidence) to do so.  Recently my working hours have changed and I am only working part time now so thought it the perfect opportunity to start my blog.  So where shall we begin?  I am hoping that this blog will eventually be filled with everything I love.  This means crochet, crochet and more crochet.  There might be the odd bit of knitting and the possibility of some cooking, who knows....  I am very impulsive especially when being creative, so I shall let each whim take me where it will. Speaking of my impulsive nature, earlier this week I was rummaging through my yarn/craft stash and came across some sew in purse frames. I had bought these more than a few years ago.  At the time they were purchased I am sure I had something particular in mind to make with th