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.
I suddenly realised that here it was March and I hadn’t done a Monthly Montage for January or February.
So here at least is January’s.
In January I was able to show you the Womble and little bear I had made as Christmas presents. I also did a review of my more recent offerings for Monochrome Madness and the knitting & crochet and other crafting I had done in 2016. I told you that I was only planning to post once a week in order to leave more time for other things but managed to finish my temperature scarf and a fair isle cowl.
This last month the topics for the Photo Challenge have been Creation, Wrap, Music and Spirit. I think it is obvious which is which. I also showed you the crochet seahorses I had made and wrote a final post about shower puffs with some alternatives.I moved on to a post about making marzipan fruits and a peek at some more of my Christmas baking. Then finished with a Christmas wish for all of you and a photograph of my knitted nativity scene that now comes out every year.
The Photo Callenge topics for this month were: Hunt, Socks, Wild and Still. I found the first and fourth quite hard. As an aside – we had our first frost and now the fuchsia is a sorry sight!I managed to fit in both knitting – my cowl and crochet – my latest blanket that is a more symmetrical version of my original Granny Ripple. I tried to show why I consider it more symmetrical.
Surprisingly two of my posts related to cards – the two cross stitch Christmas cards I have made and a ‘never-ending card’ for someone’s birthday.
This last month the topics for the Photo Challenge were: Button, Mystery, Autumn, Zig-zag and Monster. I also shared photographs of two outings. One was to Seaton in Devon (actually to ride on trams) where I shared some photographs showing the evolution of a wave and the other to the Isle of Wight for a Beer and Buses Festival.For crochet: I shared a pattern of my latest ‘real snowflake’ and the ones I made to sell in a charity shop. For knitting: I showed you how the colours had gone for my temperature scarf over the summer.
Although I have been knitting none appears in this month’s montage! The Photo Challenge topics were: Courage, Rich, Deep and Above. I expect you can work out which was which. Quite a bit of photography this month as I also gave you two posts about my holiday in Weymouth with my granddaughter. These did include the trial for a possible crochet scarf. The posts seemed to come in twos all of a sudden with my also giving you two posts on my attempts at a crochet shower puff.
This month there have been five topics for the Photo Challenge: Water, Summer, Street, River and Roof. I have also shared photographs of my garden: before during and after the paving was laid and a few photographs of changes I have made since.However there has been some knitting and crochet. I finished my crochet cushion cover and shared pictures of both sides and I also finished a soft red alpaca knitted scarf which I gave to my daughter
This month there were photographs for another four topics for the Photo Challenge: Repeat, Round, Zest and Strength. I also put together a photo post about a trip to Christchurch and Mudeford.However I did manage to fit in some knitting and crochet with an update on my temperature scarf, now half-way to completion, and a reveal of the squares for a new cushion cover and three ways that they could be arranged.