Friday, 11 October 2013

Still on a crochet roll.........

This is the latest project I'm working on, a lacy scarf. 

After searching for a simple lacy motif in my crochet books, I ended up making up my own design to achieve what I had in mind. And after a little trial and error I ended up with a round of trebles into a 6 chain ring in a colour ( with a couple of chains in between) then a second round of double treble clusters in white, joining as I went. 

I shall be in a hurry to finish this now as last week I ordered a couple of crochet books by Nicki Trench, and the first one, Cute and Easy Crochet, has now arrived to tempt me into starting more new projects before finishing this one!

I want to make some of these pretty lacy gloves, for Bella and for myself.......

photo from Nicki Trench Cute and Easy Crochet

And we really need a cafetiere cover..........

photo from Nicki Trench Cute and Easy Crochet

oh, and of course some of these cute covers for jam jars........

photo from Nicki Trench Cute and Easy Crochet

oh, oh and I MUST have one of these for all my crochet hooks................

photo from Nicki Trench Cute and Easy Crochet

It's a gorgeous book, full of inspiring projects and divided into three sections, so there's plenty of projects to make whether you are a beginner, or expert, or just wanting to improve or try new things. 

I loved Nicki Trench's patchwork book A Passion for Quilting that I bought earlier this year, and which inspired me to make Bella's quilt, and I'm loving this book too.

Can't wait for the other one, Cute and Easy Crochet with Flowers, to arrive - and I bet I'll find the perfect flower that I could have used for my scarf!

Check out Nicki's blog here.

photo from Nicki Trench Cute and Easy Crochet

But,  before making any of these tempting projects, I shall be strong-willed and finish this scarf first.

Really I will.

This week I have also been having a bit of a sort out in my sewing room ( which is usually an absolute mess ) and a new Billy bookcase from Ikea has helped re-gain some order and provide some extra storage.

 This white bookshelf now contains a lot of my stash next to an existing shelf full of vintage cushions ready to sell

 to the right of the door are cushions pads and more cushions

 my sewing table is now under the eaves

 and my cutting/laying out/ironing table under the window (still covered in "stuff" that I'm sorting)
Under this table are baskets and bags full of vintage linens and laces, blankets, recycled work shirts, etc etc...all waiting to be transformed into something new and useful........

and then at some point the room needs redecorating...note the wallpaper border.....and the splodgy window that my thoughtful husband started to prime thinking I would paint it..........but I just want to get back in here and sew! 

 So I am happy to gaze upon a bit of order for once!

 washed vintage linens and laces

 washed vintage embroidered linens... I still have bags and baskets full to launder......

 vintage French linens, tickings and antique european grain sacks and mangle cloths.......

 vintage floral linens and barkcloths.......

 various vintage fabrics from all over the world.....the US. Switzerland, France and the UK

 and more modern and new fabrics....blues, greens and yellows.....

ginghams, checks and stripes...... 

 reds, pinks and purples........

but there is STILL a load more sewing "stuff" tripping us up the landing whilst awaiting a new place in my sewing room - boxes of ribbons and trims, embroidery cottons, etc etc - so that's what I'll be doing this weekend, trying to cram it all in without losing the new sense of order and space that I created!

But first, tonight, a trip to London's Royal Albert Hall to see Crosby, Stills and Nash - a real blast from the past! Little bit before my time to be honest, but not for hubby and his friend, but I should recognise quite a few songs as I was teen in the 70s, and I well remember and love Marrakesh Express and Teach your Children! 

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post - they were so much appreciated!

Hope you all have a great weekend!


  1. Both your scarf and sewing room are beautiful. I wish that I had a space like that, perhaps one day... Have fun with your new book!

  2. Beautiful :)

    I have the same crochet book and love all the projects in there. Just hoping I get my current projects finished so I can make some of those :)

  3. The scarf you're working on is a real beauty! Cute & Easy Crochet is one of my faves, I've made a lot of those projects, it's a real go-to book for gifts, too! I look forward to seeing what you make...and I love your sewing space! Such wonderful organisation! Chrissie x

  4. Your new lacy flowery scarf looks beautiful, Gill! Well done on working out the pattern you had in mind. Loved seeing your sewing room nice and tidy it all looks...makes me think I had better tidy up mine again! Have a lovely time tonight at the concert....I love those old songs so much!
    Helen x

  5. Oh. My. Goodness! Your sewing room is so delicious and beautifully organised.
    Your lacy flower scarf is going to be a beauty.
    love jooles xxx

  6. Oooh, all your crochet projects look wonderful. The scarf is really pretty! I made a couple of bowls similar to your earlier this year. Those are fun and quick to whip up. Your work space is amazing. Love all the stacks of fabrics and linens and laces for making your pillows!

  7. I'm in the middle of redecorating my sewing room as well, hope I can get it as wel organised as you.

  8. First off your scarf is going to be lovely! Next...I have that book and absolutely love it, there are so many great projects, it's hard to know where to start, and lastly, I'm so jealous of your sewing room. Not only is it neat and organized, but your inventory is amazing!

  9. I am completely and totally envious of your sewing room!!! What a happy place!! I cant wait to see it when youre all finished!
    I hope you had a good time at your concert!
    Tammy x

  10. Your sewing room looks beautiful! I love all your crafts - you are so talented!

  11. Your scarf is looking gorgeous and I'm definitely suffering from a little envy on your lovey sewing room.
    Sally xxx

  12. Wow, your sewing room is amazing! I feel inspired just looking at all that gorgeous fabric :)
    Best wishes.

  13. Oh wow, just look at that fabulous stash! I'm in the process of relocating & rearranging my craft room too - yours is lovely. And I also love those Nicki Trench books - they are filled with really great projects.
    Happy hooking!

  14. You dear friend are remarkable. Your sewing room is so pretty. I just want to sit down at your machine and make something. Your talents are outstanding and your little jam jar lids stole my heart away :)
    Great post . . . I enjoyed it so much, that I'm heading back up to look at all the photos one more time before I say good-bye :) Your blogging sister, Connie :)

  15. hello love your handmade crochet or hook scarf and the book is lovely to see greetings leon10

  16. I'm so impressed Gill!!!So much stuff and your cupboards are so beautiful with all these treasures!I want to start crochet with all these wonderful items I see on your blogs!!!
    Have a lovely day!

  17. Lovely work Gill and the blog page is looking so vibrant love the orange!
    Liv xx

  18. My goodness...your crocheting is amazing! Did you see Mise's crochet post? She's made a whole wardrobe for a very special member of the family, their doll Annabelle, very cute.
    I love the scarf...the colors are so pretty. You really do have a wonderful work space!
    xo J~


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