Friday, 18 July 2014


Errgghhhh it's so humid.

Rain and thunderstorms tomorrow.......I cannot wait.

I'm like a bear with a sore head when it's humid. I wilt. I have no energy, and I hate it when everything's an effort.

Moan over.

It's been a busy week. Family have been visiting. Lots of outings. Lots of coffee and cake. Lots of full evening meals and glasses of wine. Eeeeek. I had salads and light meals planned in my head, but it didn't pan out that way. 

I'm not complaining though on that front. What's life without a few pleasures? I got to visit some of my favourite places.

Oh well. I will be good again next week.

Onto new projects. But i'm irritated. My fault, but i'm still irritated. I had wanted to make something for quite a while. I was sure that I recognised the pattern book. I wasn't sure if I had it or if I had seen it at a relatives house. Not really trusting my own memory at the moment since 'flask gate', I thought i'd maybe have to try and get the pattern book on ebay or try and see if the pattern was available to buy online. Last week, after one of my book sorts, low and behold I came across the book. 

Yay. Happy me.

Buying the said yarn amount on one of my trips out, I couldn't wait to get started. I chose a different yarn from the one specified. Same style, similar colour, but I hadn't realised that my yarn had 20m less a ball than the one specified (WILL I EVER LEARN?), so i'm out and I can't finish it yet. Grrrrrrrrrrr. I'm liking it though, and it just means another trip out next week when the weather is a bit fresher.

Oh well, I can't be distracted from the mundane cleaning and ever increasing washing pile today.

No rest for the wicked as they say.

Happy friday all



  1. Oh, what a lovely doily. Why not finish it in an other color, would be nice that too.
    Recover during the week end and enjoy the comming days.

  2. Beautiful!! Love this bobble stitch! Also the blanket! X saskia

  3. Lovely doily, in what book did you find the pattern?

  4. I too am looking forward to the thunder and lightening later, not :-) That's a lovely pattern

  5.'s official! I want to come live with you. The picture of your home and deco are so uplifting and inspiring. Strange....but every time you post something in your home, I wish that I was a cat snuggling up in a comfy basket placed every-so thoughtfully in the corner. Enjoy the thunder, rain and lightening. BTW - love the doily. Where did you get the pattern from or is it one of your own?

  6. It is so annoying when you run out of yarn just before the end isn't it. Your crochet looks beautiful though!! I sympathise about the grumps and the heat, I am like that at the moment too. I know it will pass, but I wish that it would hurry up just a little. xx

  7. Your piece is so beautiful absolutely stunning color. Good luck with the finish and have a great weekend,

  8. Looks like a great doily pattern. I'm currently working on a baby bobble blanket. I love making doilies too but am finding summer a less productive crochet season with so many other things to take up my time. I would love it you could mention where you found the pattern. Thanks so much.

  9. Love your crochet! Shame about running out of yarn. Even when I use the yarn specified in some patterns I find they require a substantially different amount of yarn to what I use.

  10. I love the pretty color of this. Is it a potholder? Whatever it is, it's really pretty. Looks cushy. And those eggs look delicious! YUM.

  11. I'm with you, I hate it this hot and muggy. I can't function, kids can't function and everything is too much effort. I too am awaiting the thunder storms! Love the new project!! X

  12. Love your blog, just love your things you take pics of, the colours, everything. I love the coffee/tea/hot chocolate cup with all those little rose buds on it! I would find comfort in just drinking from that! :) Thunder storms :) Love those, but like you, the humidity, the pressure, really hurt. Today here in Victoria, BC Canada we have a break in the heat. We have a lovely breeze and sunshine but a bit of cloud cover. Not much humidity today :) Love the Doily :) I do enjoy knitting too, it saves me, well also my pets! Have a great weekend.

  13. It looks wonderful anyhow.. the doily that is.. and I love to visit here. . Your favorite place looks exciting and I would like to find a place like that here in San Francisco.. I love you dishes. We have had a few days of that yukie weather as well I don't like it either makes you feeling irritated lol.. today it seems to be a bit cold nice ... have a wonderful day today with love Janice

  14. I really like the doily! But I am really intrigued by he tablecloth or what it is lying on in the final picture :-)

  15. Hello lovely V!
    Sounds like you've been having lots of fun :o)
    I'm jolly glad you found your pattern book, especially after 'flask gate' and Oh that looks so pretty.
    I'm struggling with this heat too but can't wait for the storms tonight, did you get them last night? it was crazy loud and light here ..... VERY exciting indeed!
    wishing you a lovely weekend
    love Jooles x x x

  16. Scrumptious texture, how annoying about the yarn. I hope you're able to find some more to finish it soon. What lovely places you find to visit. I've been lacking energy these past few days too. I just want to put my head down on a nice cool cushion. Alas life doesn't allow time for such luxuries though! Hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

  17. Lovely photos!! As always, I enjoyed your post a lot. The blanket you shared in your previous post is so beautiful.
    I especially love your photos with teacups.
    Besos from Argentina,

  18. I am SO with you on the humidity - we've had a lovely summer, beautiful weekends, a few hot days interspersed between some very nice ones and bits and pieces of fabulous low humidity days - now since I live in the mid-atlantic area of the usa, that is not usually the case - this summer is wonderful this year but often it is one hot humid horrible day after the other from June to August. Humidity makes me feel evil and depressed. It's like the whole day weighs so much you can't do anything. I am terribly happy in the non-humid weather so I totally totally get your aversion to humidity. Here's hoping that Mother Nature brings you some lighter days.

  19. Oh, that is so pretty. I just had to order some more yarn online this morning for my current project. I was about 300 grams short! Not good. Hopefully it will be here soon. I hope your weather turns and becomes more pleasant. I have the same problem with humidity, bad headaches and general grossness. Take care and have a lovely weekend.

  20. Wow, just catching up on your blog and so many beautiful photos. Love your blanket, so very pretty and the detail in your new project is wonderful.
    Hoping fresher air comes your way soon.
    Have a lovely week.

  21. Such pretty an beautiful project ... Whatbis it going to be ? I love the yarn and the color ( hope you can find it soon so you can finish it) it's lovely! And I hope the weather starts getting better for you. Have a great weekend !

  22. Hello.
    Amei seu blog, cheio de lindas e belas artes. Aqui o frio não me deixa fazer nada também. Mas em breve virá sol e tudo ficará bem.
    Tenha um ótimo dia.

  23. Love the beginning of whatever it will be!!! Gorgeous. We've not had rain for such a long time - not even at the weekend. Soooo hot ... My garden is not happy!!!

  24. please can you tell us what book that lovely (doily?) pattern is from! i love bobbles and popcorns and puffs - that looks so pretty!

  25. Hi Jen, it's actually the front side of a round cushion cover. It's an adaptation of a woman's weekly vintage 1974 pattern. The pattern is available to buy on the woman's weekly online site on their patterns section. I hope this helps x

    1. thank you i will take a look! its so lovely!
      you've got a great blog. thank you for sharing.

    2. found it in their shop! thank you! i plan to make one in antique rose or soft sage green for my couch. sooooooooooo pretty!

    3. oh phooey! they don't sell outside of UK/ROI right now, so i cant get it! i tried buying but their site wouldnt let me, so i wrote to them and heard back today. i'm in USA. quelle bummer!

      thank you anyways. its such a nice pattern.

  26. Humid, yes indeed. I went to a running seminar all day yesterday and 80% was spent outside... Weather forecast said rain but no rain came... Only humidity and hot standing still air. I thought I was gonna melt away like a piece of butter in a pan.
    Love your little project. So cute. It will be a fab pillow when it is fnished. Go get some more of that yarn pronto because I want to see this in full.


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