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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A Giraffe and This or That

I've barely touched my laptop recently, the weather has been so beautiful that I've wanted to soak up as much sunshine as possible. I'm to be found either in the garden or in an evening, in the conservatory with the doors flung wide open, rain or shine.

The garden is a riot of colour, I get so much pleasure from just looking at it. It's our first year growing Sweet Peas, and they're scrambling up the fence, such a pretty mosaic of colours, and they smell divine.

We shall definitely be growing more next year, perhaps all along the fence, it'll be beautiful!

I've kept my hook busy too, it's been so nice to have some time to sit and crochet outside. I've whipped up a giraffe, if I make another one I'll make the neck a bit longer I think. He he is sitting among the flowers

A cosy up with my Blythe beauties

And another one by himself, stretching his legs in the sun.

I've also managed to finish my shawl for wearing in the garden in an evening. It's been so useful to have something light to throw round my shoulders when we sit outside in an evening

I used the new Stylecraft doubleknit colours. It's a simple Granny Stripe triangle, clusters of 3 trebles except at the beginning and end of each row, which is 4 trebles.

Such a simple item and it makes me happy and keeps me warm.

As it's swinging between brilliant sunshine and torrential downpours, I think I'll stay inside now and catch up on some blog reading.

Take care


  1. Your sweet peas are looking good, mine seem to be struggling this year, I think it's a little too shady where I planted them. Love the shawl & your little giraffe, I have the pattern for a couple of crochet foxes I'd like to try & make. Perhaps one day x

  2. Oh Cheryl, I love seeing your sweet peas. My mother used to grow them some years. I remember the scent and the delicate blossoms. Yours are much taller than hers ever got though. The little giraffe is cute. I've never tried making stuffed animals. Your shawl looks big and cozy. Granny is one of my favorite stitches. You can do so many things with it.

    1. It is so versatile isn't it, my favourite stitch on throws xx

  3. How crafty you are! Everything looks lovely. Your gardens look great. I just love sweet peas but have never had much luck growing them.

    1. Thank you, it's our first time growing them xx

  4. You have been busy, and I agree a fence full of sweet peas will look stunning

  5. Lovely shawl, and a beautiful garden, love Mr Giraffe
    Julie xxxxxx

  6. Our weather has also turned to torrential rain with little bits of sunshine thrown in. Today is very windy. Your new shawl is beautiful and will be so useful. Love the giraffe too! Do you cut your sweet peas? It's the best way to keep them flowering right up to the first frosts. And you get to enjoy the flowers inside too.

  7. Adorable giraffe...I agree his neck could be just a bit longer. I love sweet peas, yours look wonderful.

  8. Don't forget to pick your sweet peas, the more you pick the more flowers they produce, otherwise they'll just set seed. They go on flowering much longer if you don't let them set seed. The giraffe is brilliant. Mick bought me Edward's Menagerie book for Christmas but I haven't had a go yet, I've never followed a crochet pattern before so I don't know how I'll get on.

  9. Hi there!
    Glad you are enjoying the lovely weather - there's nothing like being out in the garden, is there, whether working in it or just enjoying it. Such beautiful sweet peas, and a shawl to die for !
    Have a lovely week!

  10. You do such beautiful work!! That blanket is gorgeous and I love the little giraffe!! I have a Pinterest board all about Blythe dolls. I'm very fond of them but don't currently own any. xo

    ~ Wendy


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