April Montage

In April I once more shared a lot of cooking and flowers. There were the Hot Cross buns and Simnel muffins I made for Easter time and a couple of loaves of bread. The same ideal recipe but first as a Farmhouse loaf and then as more of a Bap shape. Now able to get out into the garden, from the middle of the month, I created a few flower portraits.April montageI also managed to fit in some knitting and crochet. I made one of my Celtic Coasters as an Easter present for someone who doesn’t like chocolate. (I know how can you not like chocolate!) And for knitting I made a pair of socks from the wool left over from two other pairs of socks made with similar yarn. I was pleased with how they turned out and aim to make similar socks with other leftover sock wool. Finally I manged to get round to completing my latest cushion.

And although I don’t normally add other things to my monthly montage posts. Since this replaces my normal Monday post, I will add some photographs of things that have made me happy this last weekend.

Here is yet another loaf of bread. Made from my favourite recipe: half white and half wholemeal this time. half and half breadAnd here is my breakfast! breakfast(Interestingly, I realised that although I don’t buy much organic produce, the flour for the bread, the peanut butter and the honey are all organic, either bought because I like it or because it was a good price.

And lastly a photograph of my apple tree full of blossom. apple treeThis is maybe my favourite time of year: seeing the apple blossom and the forget-me-nots and, in my previous garden, the bluebells, all at the same time.

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Montage – March

Another month gone! This month had a little knitting and a lot of photographs of bread and snow. Not in the same photograph!

The knitting was the finished cable side of my cushion (and no I haven’t sewn the cushion up yet!) and a pair of rainbow socks. I also showed you the beginning of what I called a ‘hybrid’ pair of socks made with two lots of leftover sock yarn. Monthly montageI managed to sneak in five (I now realise!) photograph of different loaves. Three of white bread, one brioche and one wholemeal.

There was an incredible amount of snow (for Southampton) this month and I shared enumerable photographs of snow in my garden; not wonderful photographs just a record of conditions. I also talked about the need to prune the fuchsias with pictures. When I was able to get out I did take a few slightly more interesting snowy photographs.

Montage – January

At last I have put together the montage for January. I added December to the menu item but when I looked I discovered that all I shared in December was the November montage and a picture of my Christmas roses. So no normal montage for December.

In January I put together three montages for the best of my work in 2017. There were so many things I had made that I separated them out into Celtic crochet, other crochet and knitting.

I also shared all the cooking I had done in preparation for Christmas plus a recent loaf of bread.

January montageOf course I never got to celebrate Christmas as I was in hospital but I shared a quick post about that.

The only crafting I did was knitting. I showed you a pair of socks I had just finished and another pair I was just starting. Lovely easy knitting socks!

Monthly Montage: February

Looking back it does not appear that I did a regular monthly montage in December or January, though I did do an annual look back.

Being a perfectionist, I must remedy this for completeness, but now I will just give you my montage for February.

In February I only did a small amount of knitting. Continuing and completing a rainbow sock and then getting sidetracked into how I might use up the excess yarn for this pair and a previous pair in the same yarn. I also started a piece of cable knitting to be half a cushion cover.I did find time however for a little photography: first of flowers I had been given and then of some in my garden. I tried to enhance the photograph of a crocus to give an arty look.

I have got back to making bread and was so excited by it that I included a photograph of a loaf fresh from the oven!

Looking back on 2017

Not having started any more knitting and crochet as I am not sure what to choose, I thought that I would share what I made in 2017.

This was very much the year of Celtic crochet.
I started by devising some plaitwork bookmarks and published the best pattern. I also then made some Celtic cross bookmarks, though this time I included all versions in the pattern.

Later I moved on to seeing if I could design a hot pad and made two: one with extra chunky cotton from my original coaster pattern and one in chunky cotton to a new design. I also worked out how to make a larger version of my coaster pattern to create a table mat to match a coaster and later used this idea to create the cushion cover you can see.

I devised some new Celtic coasters and a modified version of these will be published when I am feeling up to  it.

Of course I also crocheted some other things. The teddy was from someone else’s pattern (and I also used patterns I found to make a pot holder and fold up shopping bag – not shown).

I made a pattern for a spray of orchids to put on the kitchen windowsill and I didn’t think the pattern was good enough to publish but they give me a lot of pleasure.

I did share a pattern and tutorial for a ‘beginner coaster’. The first free one for a while.

I also published an angel pattern and my ‘real snowflakes’ pattern. The multi-coloured angel was made from my angel bookmark pattern but in #20 cotton instead of #10.

The blanket used my ‘sea and sand’ colours and introduced a symmetrical version of my granny ripple pattern that I called ‘smooth granny ripple’.

Towards the end of the year I devised a new cup cosy for my breakfast mug and a new larger dishcloth.

As always I did some knitting but not as much as my crochet.

The Womble was a Christmas present for 2016. The socks on the right plus the blue hat and the cowl and hat were all given to my eldest daughter. The other socks were for my granddaughter and the two plum coloured hats for seamen.

One of the first things I finished was my 2016 ‘temperature scarf’ and it has proved to be very warm and I love the extra length.

The only other thing I made was to try to see if I could create some ‘planned pooling’ from some yarn I had. I have now redone this in a more useful shape and when I get round to making a lining, I will share it with you.

Monthly Montage – October

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.

Monthly Montage – September

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.

Monthly Montage – August

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. August montageI 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.

Monthly Montage: July

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.

July montageOtherwise 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.

Monthly Montage June

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. Monthly montage JuneReally 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.