Wednesday, April 23, 2014

A Multi-Patch Novelty Throw

 After frogging my vintage sweater I just didn't have the heart to cast it back on again. I looked through my books to try to find a fun project that I could complete quickly and easily, hoping it would rekindle my desire to knit my sweater.
Nothing took my fancy, so I continued work on my Mitred Blanket for a little while.
Then last weekend it was stormy and raining (due to the Cyclone) and I was looking through one of my chests of yarn (yes, I have a chest, plus various other containers. No, I'm not a yarnaholic) when I rediscovered my stash of novelty yarns and my stack of squares that I had knitted.
A few years ago I went through a stage of buying a ball or two of any novelty yarn that took my fancy and just knitting them into squares to see what the yarn looked like, intending to turn said squares into a blanket. I can't really remember just when or why I abandoned the project, especially considering it was almost finished.

So over the weekend I knitted up the few remaining balls, tucked in the ends on each square and spent 40 minutes arranging the squares until I was satisfied with the way it looked. I find it very peaceful to sew by hand and really enjoyed assembling it.


To be honest, I didn't think I'd like the blanket at all. Novelty yarns aren't my thing any more. I simply finished it because I thought all that knitting was a waste if I left it sitting there, unassembled.
After arranged the squares I was hopeful that it would look better than I had originally thought, and then as I started to sew the blanket together I began to really like it. I actually love the end result and am so happy that I finally got it finished off. Small as it it, it's a lovely little throw to cuddle up with with a book and a cup of tea.
And after completing it I think I might be ready to return to my sweater.


I'm joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading? Take a photo and share it either on your blog or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us! ~

I forgot to photograph my book along side my blanket, but I can tell you that I am happily enjoying reading The Lord of the Rings at the moment.

What are you up to?

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend,
Sarah x

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Here & Now

Loving...rediscovering a knitting project that was almost done - and finishing it off! The best feeling.
Eating...homemade flat breads and salad wraps 
Drinking...warm milky hot cocoas
Wearing...jumpers and gumboots
Wanting...more opportunities to play with my new Macro Lens
Thinking...about this electric fencing to make our bossy free range chickens stay in the paddocks they're supposed to!
Dreaming...of knitting lots of throws and accessories this winter


I have to say thank-you to everyone who read my last post and took the time to comment. So many interesting thoughts and different opinions. 
But they all mostly said the same thing...we blog because we love it and in general the blogging community is a wonderful thing to be part of. 
My thoughts exactly! 
Thank-you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with me, and for stopping by this space, I truly do appreciate it :-)


Care to join me with a Here & Now post? I'd love to see one!
Hope all is well in your world,

Sarah x

PS I've changed my Google Profile name to Chantille Fleur, so if you don't see me commenting but see my blog name you know who it is...which you probably would have figured out any way, but I just thought I'd mention it 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Keeping It Real

Blogging can be a tricky business. There is a fine line to walk of sharing enough, without posting your entire life's doings on the internet. What amounts as enough and what amounts as too much varies from person to person, I suppose.

Amongst keeping my life private, I also like to keep this space real. I don't want to create a fantasy life on the internet, where everything is always perfect or the hiccups are only minor. But at the same time, how do you keep it real whilst keeping it private?

Can you have an interesting blog whilst keeping most of your life private?
A lot of the most popular blogs that I know of are quite personalised. They tell you what they do, where they go and post photos of themselves and their family regularly. You know where they live, what their tastes are and what month (or day) their birthday is.
I do enjoy reading blogs like this, and whilst I want mine to remain interesting, I'm also very conscious of not sharing too much of my life here, for everyone and anyone to read, and that can sometimes be quite hindering.

Sometimes I wonder what drives me to blog, taking into consideration that in "real life" I'm quite reserved about my doings, until I know someone well, and I'm really not that into sharing my life on the internet. I don't use Facebook for social purposes - my profile is completely locked down and any information that wasn't required to fill out isn't; I'm not a huge Twitter fan and Instagram is basically a photographic version of Chantille Fleur. What drives you to blog, do you think? And do you ever have moments when you feel you ought to delete it or post about less of your life?


How do you maintain the balance? How do you keep your blog real?
I'd love to know your thoughts!

Sarah x

PS I hope you have a good weekend! If you are near this large cyclone please stay safe. We're waiting to see which direction it takes to find out what kind of preparations to take. xx

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tea Party Tuesdays ~ April Edition

Welcome to this month's edition of Tea Party Tuesday. Do take the time to share some tea party pleasures of your own! The Tea Party Tuesdays button has an easy to grab html code that you simple copy and paste into your own post. Linking up has never been easier! I'll do my best to share all of your contributions on Twitter as soon as they are entered! If you'd like to get social with yours too, remember to use the hashtag #TeaPartyTuesday

tea pot myer // tea cup lark // coasters me // cookie make bake love

I just had share this sweet weekend purchase with you. I couldn't bear to leave this cute two-cup polka dot tea pot behind, so home it came. It makes a very yummy pot of tea, too, I might add. I think it is because it's strainer is long and narrow, going all the way to the bottom of the pot and creating a very even brew. It also holds it's warmth very well. I'm starting to sound like a bit of a tea pot nerd here, aren't I?
I could easily collect them - tea pots, not nerds. You can get so many different shapes and colours in them and some - like this one - I just find adorable!
What do you think?


What Tea Party inspired delights have you to share this month?
Follow the instructions at the top of the post to play along

Friday, April 4, 2014

Floral Friday

 On a rainy afternoon a month or two back, my sister and I sat down with a cup of tea, a bucket of beautiful fresh flowers and various other bits and bobs. Just for fun, together we crafted a beautiful floral garland. It was a prototype, something we'd wanted to try for ages and I was so happy with the results.

It was heaps of fun and fairly easy, and I really don't have the best excuse as to I why I haven't gotten a tutorial up here for one! (I promise I will one day!)


I'm joining Trishie and a group of other lovely bloggers for Floral Friday. This month's theme was Flowers as Art, and although I'm really not sure that a homemade floral garland counts as "art", I couldn't help but join in!

"Floral Friday is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along next time, please email me for next month's theme."

Happy Friday, and have a good weekend, won't you!

Sarah x