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 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.
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.
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 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.
The topics for this month’s Photo Challenge were: Headgear, Native, Heat and Play, as you can see on the right.
June seems to have been the month for sewing as I finished the trousers I cut out last autumn and made a pattern for a bean bag book support which I then created in some scraps of fabric I had from last summer’s dressmaking.I also finished one side of a crochet cushion cover. Although there is no knitting on show, I have been continuing to work on my ‘temperature scarf’ and will show you half a year next week.