Here is this month’s monthly montage. I submitted three photographs for the Photo Challenge this month. I omitted ‘Regal’ as I really didn’t know what to choose but I managed an entry for ‘Rust’, Muddle and Paint. On the knitting and crochet front, I tried out some ‘planned pooling’ with some mixed colour yarn I had left over from another project, and shared three finished crochet items. There was a new mug cosy, my Celtic cushion and my ripple blanket. I even had a special post about choosing the edging for this last one. The pattern for the Smooth Ripple is now on Ravelry. I also fitted in some photographs of things I had made with filo pastry.
I would tend to use the word mess rather than muddle for most of the disorganised areas of my environment but I found this which is one of my bags where I have dumped balls of yarn where I have not got around to deciding which drawer to put them in, plus an accessory for my circular needles that got shoved in there when I tidied up quickly before my son came round. Normally the only place to sit is one half of the settee!!
The photographs for the weekly challenge that I shared this month were: Point, Sharp, Found, Beach, Orderly and Shadow.Apart from this I shared both crochet and knitting. There was my golden angel that I was able to finish at last, and the pair of socks for my granddaughter, ditto.
I finished the main body of my latest blanket and am now working on the border which I will be able to show you soon. I finished one side of my Celtic plaitwork cushion cover. I am already working on the other side.
I shared both crochet and knitting this month. All about my three latest patterns on Ravelry: partly planned and partly because of the hiatus in actual crafting caused by my damaged elbow. So there was a crochet Celtic Hot Pad, Three Small knitted Angels and an updated version of my crocheted Real Snowflakes. I also shared quite a few photographs. Three for the Photo Challenge: Lane, Thrift and Fold. I missed out on Point as I was just beginning to cope with living life with only one hand! Lastly, I shared some photographs of Chichester, especially the cathedral, that I took on a visit last Autumn.
In July I only offered two photographs for the Photo Challenge: Pair and Waste. None of the topics seemed particularly easy this month. I did also share some photographs of the guest house and a few flowers from my Dorchester trip.
Otherwise I shared a lot of crochet but no knitting. Not that I have been doing no knitting this months as I have in fact been making a pair of socks for my granddaughter.
I showed you the tiny pot holder I made for fun and the little case I made for a GPS dongle. I also showed you my attempts at devising a Celtic hot pad and my improved Celtic bookmark. I bought some new yarn from some of which I made the Celtic Coaster style hot pad and the inner of the bookmark.
I offered photographs for three of the month’s Photo Challenge subjects: Favourite, Cross and Wave. Normally I try to arrange these photographs next to each other and in sequence but that was too tricky this month but I expect you can see which they were. Really a lot of photographs this month as I also did an update on my garden and five posts about my visit to Dorset, though I have only included two of the photographs here.
Otherwise it was mostly crochet: more Celtic style coasters, some other recent makes and a request for pattern testers for my US version of the Real snowflakes.
This last month, photographically, I had four photos for the Monthly Challenge: Bird, Cycle, Stationary and Lost. I also created a lot of ‘flower portraits’ of flowers in my garden. Apart from that I put together a tutorial on knitting fair isle and, to stick to knitting for a moment, I showed you some socks I have knitted for my daughter. Crochetwise I wrote a post about my search for the perfect Celtic Cross bookmark and another showing how my Celtic plaitwork bookmarks compared to earlier bookmarks in use.
In April I shared quite a lot of photographs.
There were a few from my garden, four from the Photo Challenge: pond, lunch, arch and nature. I also shared my recent entries for Monochrome Madness. Easter was the big event of the month and I shared my Easter never-ending card, gave away some crochet cross bookmarks I had made, in a Giveaway, and showed you a couple of photographs of the Battenburg cake I made instead of a simnel cake this year.
Last but not least, I shared my latest ideas for Celtic cross bookmarks that had grown out of my Celtic plaitwork bookmarks, a pattern for a Celtic placemat to match my Celtic coasters and a neat pack-away string bag that I made from someone else’s pattern.
All things Celtic is very much my obsession of the moment.
I showed you a lot of photographs this month. Including two Monthly Montages which I had forgotten!
There were two ‘Garden Updates’ showing how the Spring flowers were coming on apace, especially the primroses and daffodils.
I also managed to fit in a couple of entries to the ‘Photo Challenge’. Historical and Spiral.On the knitting and crochet side: I continued to expand my fair isle skills and practised knitting with frequent twists, like my mother used to do, in both circular and flat knitting.
I finally put together a wall hanging using the seahorses I had made from Wild Daffodil’s pattern and experiment myself with patterns for Celtic plaitwork bookmarks. The purple edged one seemed to be the favourite style.
Lately I have had so many other posts to share that this is a bit delayed but finally here is my February Montage.
In February, I began by showing a large number of photographs of bees I had taken in the Autumn. Then I showed you a floor cloth I had crocheted, even though it was mundane and my crochet orchids. Later I shared a pattern, including a chart, showing how to make the orchids.
Lastly I showed you the hat I had made to match the cowl and told you about some of the tribulations I had had along the way.