For Fun and Friendship

For Fun and Friendship

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

WOYWW 280

DAISY, DAISY, GIVE ME YOUR ANSWER DO......

Thanks for all your fab comments last week, lovely girls, they made me feel an awful lot better. I had a kidney infection and was feeling really rubbish so your kind words were very cheering :-)

I didn't move from the sofa for two days (and THAT, Julia will tell you, is very unusual!) and needed something to do. So I sewed all the granny squares together for the blanket I've been making for the Crochet for Kidneys (ironic, huh?) charity that I support. The daisy motifs were fun to do and the effect is very pleasing....















It's cheerful, isn't it? I hope that the dialysis recipient enjoys the bright colours.














The very clear and helpful tutorial came from the Colour and Cream blog, where there are loads of free tutorials to follow!  I highly recommend it if you need a fix of happy crochet :-)
Talk about from the sublime to the ridiculous!  I was a bit crocheted out and fancied doing some knitting to use up some of my stash as featured last week...cough. So I made up this Minion hat for a baby to finish off a tiny scrap of bright blue!  And then I had to crochet the Eye, but needs must!  It just needs a black pompom as the finishing touch.  I've knitted another variegated pink hat for a teenager but haven't taken a pic of that. Both are to send off for an outreach project featured on the UK Handknitting website's charity directory.

That was over the weekend; as Monday was very rainy, I managed to get some sewing done...for me! Yay! Remember that blue fabric I got a while back?
I am making a slightly larger zipped craft tote so that I can carry around some crochet/knitting etc when I'm off somewhere. The dark spot is actually navy, it's a better combo than appears in this pic.
Nearly done, just topstitching to make it look neater :-)  Honestly, our camera is amazing at coping with low light levels cos it was as black as Hades in my craft room with all the rain going on outside!
I'm not so sure about that navy spot now but it was the best match I had and I wasn't going to buy any more fabric!!  It'll do.......

And this pic made me happy too....
One of my bags made it all the way to Denmark!  That's a first for me :-)  I hope it gives its new Danish owner many happy years of service!

Hope you gals have had a good week.....keeeeeeep crafting :-) 
xxxx

49 comments:

  1. So sorry you were poorly last week, but the crocheted blanket looks stunning, love those happy daisies! I am sure someone will love it. I am glad your supplies all fit so neatly into so small a number of bags... lol!! Have a great week; at least your mate is back from her jaunts! Helen 5

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  2. Glad to hear you are feeling better.... Forget antibiotics.... It's the log luvin that works. The navy spot is a good contrast if you wanted to bling it up you could add one of your lovely blimey bag charms ... Just a thought.
    And the blanket us fab ... As usual

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  3. So glad that your feeling much better Jan. The blanket kept you from getting bored I guess & must have took your mind of feeling ill. Happy woyww Jill #24

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  4. Well done on going international!
    Glad you are feeling much better, you were suffering last week and though you had two days rest you certainly did some lovely production. That blanket is gorgeous and should brighten someone's day. Fab bag too - and I like the navy.
    Hugs, Neet 14 xx

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  5. Good that you are feeling better.
    Wow! That blanket looks really nice. I will have a look at that site.
    The bag is lovely, and yes, the navy polka dot goes very well with the other fabric. Congratulations on going international.
    Thank you for letting me peep over your shoulder.
    Lisca#25

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  6. I've seen it for real and the navy spot is a blinding good choice if you ask me. SO glad you're feeling more like yourself..being ill is horrid. Love the Danish picture, how fun of the owner to 'flag it up' for us!

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  7. Nice to see your working place. I love to see what you are making. Special the one you crochet. I can knit but I cannot crochet.

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  8. Yuck....kidney infections really suck. Glad you're feeling rather better now....keep recovering well my friend. Love the gorgeous colours of that blanket and your latest bag is really fab. Love your choice of fabrics.
    Hugs,
    Annie x #18

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  9. What a lovely bright blanket. Like the hat and the bags.

    Happy WOYWW.
    Sue #35

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  10. Hope you are on the mend hun. Love the daisy blanket, so bright and cheerful and LOVE the minion hat (i love that film) and a bag overseas, how fabulous.
    Kyla #33

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  11. So glad you are feeling better this week - those infections really are ghastly aren't they. I love the blanket and I know that whoever uses it will be cheered up immensely by it. I don't know what a minion hat is, so I'm not sure what the eye is for, but then I've just been asked by my 9 year old nephew to crochet an R2D2 beanie hat for him (and I'm not a Starwars fan so didn't know what that was either!) - he found a Starwars activity book in the library - I thought it meant that it was the kids that did the activites, but obviously I was wrong! Fab bags too - I love the spotty fabric - it works perfectly - you always get it spot-on! Hope you have a better week this week,
    Diana x

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  12. Hi Jan...yes it's been an age but I've made it at last and what do I find, you've been poorly. So glad you're feeling better kidney infections are horrible, no wonder you took to the sofa. Your blanket is amazing, love all the cheerful colours, a complete ray of sunshine and well done on making something for yourself, we never do that enough do we?? And then what do I find....you've gone international!!!! Go Girl, it'll be world domination next.
    Lovely to be back amongst you all.
    hugs Lisax #31

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  13. You've been so busy and productive!!! Really love the blanket and that minion cap is to die for! So cute!!! There's a lot of talent and love showing in your photos!

    Happy Crafting!
    Jeannie #21

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  14. Hiya Jan, sorry you've felt crap too! Kidney infections can be so awful- I remember a friend at work told me it was so painful, she'd rather give birth than have one of those again! Bigs hugs coming back at you ((XOX)). Love the bag, the dotty blue definitely does it, and that Minion Hat! Awesome. Fabulously cheerful blanket, how could anyone not love it to bits? So now you need to be LLJ'sInternational Fabric Frenzy, lol. I am surprised how fast the time has gone, can't believe its been 5 weeks since the surgery! Hoping the next 5 go as fast, and as easily. Lots of Love , Shaz xxx

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  15. So pleased to hear you actually rested in your chair, doing stuff of course LOL and you are a famous international artist to boot, well you were to me anyway but Denmark wow that is an achievement to be proud of, good for you and the material was one of my favorites too. Lucky lady in Denmark.

    Happy WOYWW
    Hugs Eliza, Yoda & Flat Susan #42

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  16. Love the daisy blanket
    Happy WOYWW
    Laura
    47

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  17. Totally stunning post this week - I love that bright crochet and your bags get better every time! x Jo

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  18. Hi Jan, I love your blanket (afghan). I have never been able to sew the squares together and make it look that good. So I stick to continuous needle work. Joynana #49

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  19. Great blankie there Jan. Now that minion hat needs to be slightly larger so that it fits my head please!!
    Sorry to hear you were poorly and hope you are back up and running now.
    So about 21st...
    Hugs
    xx

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  20. Glad to hear that you're feeling better now, and yes, rather ironic about the beautiful blanket, no doubt it gave you some comfort too when you were stitching it together. I love the bag you've made for yourself and I like the spots with it. Your makes are already international, have you forgotten about my needle roll and notions bag lol! Ooh and the bunting too! Seems I'm a bit of a fan, lol!! Enjoy the rest of the week.

    Hugs
    Brenda

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  21. Soul sister, I'm glad you're feeling better! Just looking at that amazing blanket made my day--I think it's the prettiest, happiest thing I've ever seen. Now, you're going to laugh, but I have to tell you that when I was a little girl in music class in the third grade, we were singing the song Bicycle Built for Two, and I kept singing it with a purposeful British accent, not to make fun of the accent but because I thought the song sounded so much better that way! I was duly scolded and told to "sing it properly." But in my view, I was singing it properly! It's only right that I now have a beautiful UK soul sister who also knows the song! Stay on that couch as long as you need to. Big hug!! Sandy Leigh #34 (P.S. It's been ridiculously rainy here too! Just now seeing the sun after a week of rain.)

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  22. Glad you are feeling better Jan and I LOVE that hat. I want a minion for Christmas, not a pretend one a REAL one please! Your blue bag is gorgeous too. My kind of colours! Waved like mad when we whizzed past you on Saturday. Must meet up when you are here next.
    Lynda B 13

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  23. Hi Jan, glad you're better. Love that daisy motif, thanks for the link - it makes a really fun, cheerful blanket, must have a go even if I only get as far as a cushion! also how cute is that hat?! May have to pinch that idea for a friend's baby present, such a clever idea. Happy WOYWW :o) Annie C #64

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  24. Hi Jan, glad you are feeling better, love that bright quilt and I love the hat as well!! I bet everyone has said that! Beautiful bags! Still want you to make me a bag for mum sorry I haven't got back to you. Something natureish would be ideal, (love the denmark material) and not too fussed about colour really. Not much help am I? Hugs, Cindy x

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  25. Hi Jan - thanks for visiting me today. I'm being very restrained (for me!) and just replying to your request for a poppy pattern, before I get to reading your post (and leaving a message).

    Cast on 120 stitches, K 4 rows. Row 5 - K 3 tog all across (40 sts). Row 6 to 9 - K. Row 10 - K2 tog all across (20 sts). Row 11 to 14 - K. Row 15 - K 2 tog all across (10 sts). Break yarn and thread through the 10 sts. Draw up tight, stich side seam, add button. Enjoy! Chris # 16

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  26. Loving that rainbow blanket. It's sure to brighten anyone's day. So glad you're feeling better Jan xx

    Fiona #66

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  27. So glad you are feeling better. Your blanket is amazing and I shall visit that blog as I have started to try crochet again, in rows, but want to learn more. Probably told you this but I forget. Take care Zo xx 52

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  28. Those daisy motifs finish it off beautifully and that little hate is sooooo! cute. #68

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  29. Beautiful blanket Jan, love the hat too.
    Glad to hear you are feeling a little better now
    Krisha #65

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  30. Hello!

    The afghan is so beautiful - it will make someone so happy! Your sewing and handwork skills are awesome! Wishing you a happy day!

    Hugs,

    Barbara Diane

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  31. I'm singing your song in my head now......... Sorry to hear you have been sofa bound poorly! The blanket looks great now it's all finished! As does the bag and the hat!!!
    Jackie 10

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  32. hello Jan and sorry to read you've been poorly but I'm glad your better. The blanket looks great. I think your blue spot fabric looks good with the other fabric you have used for your bag. Cute hat :-) Hugs Anne x #27

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  33. Sorry you weren't too well last week but so glad to see you are feeling better now. That blanket is gorgeous ... I'm sure it is going to cheer up anyone who curls up under it. Cute wee hat too - the eye is interesting!!! The navy blue spot looks like a good choice to me. Thanks for popping in already. Hope you have a better week than last, Elizabeth x #53

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  34. Beautiful daisy afgan! Simply love it! :) Glad things are better this week! #73

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  35. Hi - back again, this time to read through your lovely post. That blanket is gorgeous, and bound to cheer up the lucky recipient, however they're feeling. I love the tote, and am glad you're on the mend. Have a great week, and do show any poppies you find time for. Hugs, Chris # 16

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  36. Love that blanket, I visited the colourandcream blog, super place so I bookmarked it, thanks so much for the heads up.
    I thought of you earlier when I read a posting on one of my blogs - http://plays-with-needles.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/once-there-was-tree.html - hope you enjoy.
    Bishopsmate #59

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  37. Jan, glad you are feeling better, kidney infections are horrid, That blanket is wonderful, anyone would bepleased to receive that, and love the minion hat.
    Ah another of your super bags, they are just amazing. Thank you for sharing, and thanks for visting my desk.
    Chris #20

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  38. And it worked first time this week!!!!
    Chris

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  39. I just love your bags, anyone would be more than lucky to receive one they are gorgeous.
    Have a great week and happy crafting, Angela x 41

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  40. Bummer being sick, glad you're better now. That blanket is just gorgeous, the colours make you happy just looking at it. I love the minions and that hat is fab. You are a real pro with the bags, they look great. Are you going to start selling them? Have a great week.
    Von #25

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  41. So sorry to hear how poorly you've been, LLJ, and I hope you are now feeling a lot better. These things can really lay you out, can't they. What fabulous crochet! A great idea, and I am sure the dialysis person who receives this will love it! The little hat is great, too, and all your beautiful bags.

    Thank you for your lovely comment - I agree about the craft companies. I source stuff from elsewhere if I can do it cheaper, or better yet, free!! I've got a huge piece of roofing felt, which, while not actual Tyvek, behaves like it - the builder who did up our new house gave it to me. I use decorator's crackle glaze, and Polyfilla instead of artists' moulding paste... Cheapskate Shoshi lol!!

    So glad you like my latest card. The friend I made it for loved it.

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #37

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  42. Oh no! Sorry to hear you have been ill, glad to hear you are feeling better now. Love the blanket and all the other projects you have gotten finalized while Ill. Can't keep a good horse down my grandmother used to say. Have a great week. Vickie 76

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  43. I hope you start feeling better soon, thanks for dropping by my blog this week.
    I really love those bags you make they are so cute, and your daisy blanket is stunning so love it.
    Get better soon and see you again next week.

    Maria

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  44. So sorry you have not been well. I hope you are feeling better. What a beautiful cheery blanket....what really made me smile was that minion hat !!! Fabulous!!! :)

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  45. Beautiful blog of colors. Love the Minion Hat...my little grandson would too. I peeped about last weeks post also and surely love your fun bags. Hoping you are having better health days. Enjoy the weekend. We are having some Cold weather...added a blanket to the bed and keep hoping we have a warm up. Our trees are beautiful colors

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  46. You could start a trend with that minion hat! It really made me smile. I am late to visit as I had a self inflicted deadline to achieve...#19

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  47. Hello cutie pie! The daisy blanket is absolutely beautiful! I'm sure it will cheer up whoever is lucky enough to receive it. It is ironic that you were suffering from a kidney infection whilst finishing it up.

    Today is the first time I've turned on my computer all week. It's been nice - and also lonely. I'm planning to put my condo on the market so I've been working on clearing things out. OMG, what a job THAT is! My place is about 980 square feet so there's not many hiding spots...... yikes.

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  48. Glad you are feeling a lot better now. That blanket is stunning - well done - it really hasn't taken you all that long to do it, has it?! - and I love the little hat!!
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #6

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  49. Glad you're feeling better, sounded like a nasty infection. Your minion hat made me giggle! And your bags, as always, are lovely. International bag maker eh??
    Thanks for your visit neighbour :-)
    Debs 22

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