Sunday, 15 April 2012

More April fun

What a beautiful month April is and how much I have been enjoying the colour and sunshine ....

Rosie has loved the wind in her hair ... but a trip to the doggie hairdresser seems desirable!

Dan and Gemma have been in France ... so it's been quiet here ... but Dan sent a message from Callais

Some lovely crafting moments ... I finished the baby jacket

This was a Debbie Bliss pattern but the border should have been knitted and then stitched on and that didn't appeal at all, so I had a try at crocheting a border and my first attempt at a picot edging.  I enjoyed doing this and would certainly try it again.  I really like mixing crochet with knitting and it is enjoyable, whereas I hate picking up and knitting.

My next knitting project is using this very chunky Louisa Harding wool for a jacket - which is knitted on large needles (5mm and 6 mm) and so hoping to have it finished by next weekend.  The colour is really nice; duck egg blue.   I'm also going to try another crochet border rather than the knitted one in the pattern.

I've also started another baby project in cross-stitch for a sampler .... you may recognize the subject ... won't reveal it till later ... but it is a really simple picture with some nice blocks of colour

Meanwhile I treated myself to a lovely new present from Fiona at, who apart from doing the most wonderful embroidery also makes wonderful items from vintage embroidery.

I absolutely love her.  Here she is popping up with a cake I tried for the first time; lemon meringue cake - which was absolutely delicious and I could include the recipe if anyone is interested!

A weekend of treats finished with a trip to Holker Hall, lovely.  The gardens were fabulous and a really interesting house.   I find looking round historical places much more interesting than I used to and this was a lovely day out for all of us.  Puts you in the mood for an historical film!

Don't forget if you haven't yet you can still enter for my giveaway by just leaving a comment. 


  1. A lovely post again Maggie. You are a very busy person. The edging on the baby jacket is very pretty. I love the message from Dan - how lovely to know that he is thinking of you. Your dog looks so carefree running in the wind. I hope you have a lovely week xx

    1. Thanks Lorraine - I have plenty of time outside work - and don't really have to do much else (though the ironing is piling up!). Have a good week too x

  2. Sounds like a full and fun weekend. Your baby jacket is really sweet, love that colour and looks gorgeous with the outfit.

    1. Thanks Trudy,

      It is a lovely colour - more pistachio than it looks in the photo - I love the baby cashmero colours. Just one to keep buying them!! Have a good week. x

  3. Hi Maggie, just found you in blogland - really enjoying your postings. Love to hear you've caught the 'craft bug' - there is no cure for it, just creative pleasure. You are making some lovely things.
    Have put you on my follow list so that I can read all your news. Have a good week.
    Karen x

    1. Hi Karen

      Lovely to hear from you and I've been over to start following your blog! Your quilts are lovely. Will look forward to keeping in touch.

      Maggie x

  4. What a lovely time you have been having, I love the photo of sweet.
    i love how you added a crochet border on the baby jacket, that is so clever, i need to improve my crochet as i would love to be able to do things like that.
    have a lovely week
    love jooles x

    P.s i'm off to enter you lovely giveaway!

  5. Lots of lovely things, but I must quickly pass by the delightful knitted baby jacket and say, what a gorgeous dog!