Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Look what I won!

Remember I said I'd won runner-up for my tea cosie?? Well my prize arrived this week - a very large bag of wool!!

I was expecting probably 3 or 4 balls and was hoping they would at least be in a colour I liked. But no - my "yarnie goodies", turned out to be enough yarn, complete with patterns, to make 3 projects!! And it's all Sirdar Cotton which is beautiful to work with as well - woo hoo!!
Want to see??...

There is 700g of airforce blue with a pattern for a cap sleeve cardigan, another 700g in a pinky/bluey/yucky (!) variegated colour with a sleeveless top pattern. And finally 200g in a bright pink/navy variegated colour with a bag pattern.

I really can't believe how generous a prize it is!! And there might be a photo of my cosie in the magazine as well.

Quite when I'll have time to start using it I don't know but I do like the air force blue colour and the pattern with it was quite nice too. Although I do have a cabled sleeveless top pattern tucked away somewhere that would work too. 
My sister liked the look of the other variegated colour, so that may be heading her way. 

I must get in touch with the local Marie Curie branch and ask if they'd like the cosie as a raffle prize perhaps - I ought to find a tea pot that it will fit to go with it first though! Although someone might like a tea pot complete with a cosie to keep as an ornament and use only occasionally, if there's no pot with it the cosie will just get chucked in a drawer and that would be a shame.

That's all for now - oh, except to say my shawl is finished (except stitching in the ends) and blocked, I just need to take some pics to show you.

See you again soon!  T xXx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

How many??!!! .....

Remember last week I said I'd released my P*t*t*e*r*n for my tooty stripey blanket on Ravelry??
Well, as you might expect, I kept popping back in to see how many people had had a look and how many then down loaded it. There were nearly 1000 views and 162 down loads on the first day alone!!
If you were one of the lovely people who took a look then thank you so much! It was absolutely amazing and I was completely bowled over by the response! Incredible! I'm so glad I made the effort and finished the chart as it seemed to take me forever!
I don't know if anyone has actually made a start on a blanket yet but I haven't had a single complaint to say my chart is wrong or it doesn't make sense. I have had some lovely thank yous though, which was really nice.

Anyway, exactly one week on and there's been over 650 unique down loads. I don't know how many views in total as I can't find any stats for that, other than "number of views in the last 24 hours". -this morning it said 500+ in the last 24 hours!

It went up suddenly again yesterday and so I had a bit of a search to see if it was on a list of new patterns or new designers etc, and I came across this -

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Stripey Blanket

Can you see that pic in the bottom right hand corner?? That's MY blanket! Woo Hoo!! And if you search for Stripey Blanket as opposed to Striped, then select crochet, there are only 12 patterns and mines the first! Double Woo Hoo!!

My third version of my blanket - my Tooty Harmony - is coming along really well. I'll try and pop back soon with some more photos of it, although if you follow me on Instagram you will have seen some already, and I'll be adding them to Ravelry too. Here's one quick pic -

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Harmony Blanket

It's looking absolutely LUSCIOUS in Lucy's colours too!!

That's it for now! T xXx 

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Coming along nicely

My Leaf Edge Shawl is coming along very nicely - although I do now have quite a bit of pain at the base of my left thumb. I think it's arthritis and I've been getting twinges on and off this year. I  think perhaps it goes hand in hand with the hot flushes!
Anyway, using the circular needles has set it off again. Why don't manufacturers make them with a longer needle part when you buy a long set? I can understand when you're using the short ones but why would I want 6 inch long needles when the full length is 39 inches?!
So I might have to rest it a little today and crochet instead perhaps. Which is a pity as the shawl is going so well. Want a look?  I took some photos. Naturally!
It's been Very hard trying to capture the colour of the yarn in a photo, so some of these look different. I think the first is probably the closest.

Tina's Allsorts, Leaf a edge shawl

I'm slightly concerned that the leaves won't hold their shape when they're blocked as there's a springy twist in the yarn that might make it bounce back to its original shape. I'll have to check that with Barbara, the lady who dyed it.

And I forgot to show you my finished waistcoat. It was just waiting for a fastening of some sort - I settled on a small snap fastener at the top edge, with a button as well for decoration. I'm very pleased with how it turned out and can't wait to wear it. Hot flushes permitting...

Tina's Allsorts, crochet waistcoat

There was the tiniest bit of yarn left - I even unravelled the test square rather than waste it! - and I made this little zipped purse. And I'm wondering what I can do with the last 12 inches left in the needle rather than throw it away. A tiny flower to decorate the purse has been suggested,or maybe a tassel on the zip!

Seriously, 12 inches of yarn...

That's all for today - enjoy your Sunday, T xx

PS  Fancy that! I've just noticed that on the same day last year I wrote a post that was also titled "coming along nicely ", with a picture of a cotton cardigan that went into hibernation shortly afterwards. Maybe that's a sign I should get it out for another look? ?

Thursday, 13 July 2017

A Double Ta - Dah!!

It dawned on me this morning that I never did a proper Ta-Dah moment for my Tooty Stripey Blanket in Stylecraft Special rainbow colours. So here it is!!
Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Stripey B;anket

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Stripey B;anket

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Stripey B;anket

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Stripey B;anket

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Stripey B;anket

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Stripey B;anket

Tina's Allsorts, Tooty Stripey B;anket

Bright isn't it?? You wouldn't think it was the same pattern as the first Tooty Stripey Blanket would you? Just goes to show how much difference changing the colours can make. I can't wait to see how the next Stripey Blanket turns out. I haven't started my adult size yet as I want to crack on with my knitted shawl first but I reckon I'll need nearly 220 stitches, not just 92!!

And my second Ta-dah?? You'll never guess - well you might actually! I've finally, yes
F I N A L L Y 
published my you-know-what!! If you look at the top of the screen you'll see there's a new Tooty Tab there, which has all the extra notes you need, along with the link to the actual "thing" itself. Sorry, I'm trying really hard not to actually use the P word that all the little robots come looking for!!

I've uploaded it to my Ravelry Store - yes, I have my own Ravelry Store now too!!!!! - as I wanted to see how many times it gets downloaded (over 300 views and 80 downloads in the first 9 hours, without me even telling anyone it's there!). It looks like I might be able to add a link here that will still record numbers in Ravelry for me but I've not had time to have a proper look at that yet.

So what are you still doing here?? Scroll up and go and have a look!!!!! And please feel free to offer whatever feedback you think it actually deserves either here or in Ravelry, whether it be good or bad.
If I don't know that everyone thinks it's rubbish, I can't do anything about it!

This is quite exciting! I've never had my own P before!!! So to speak!! 

Back again soon,   T  xXx    😍