Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Easter catchup

I hope everyone had a fabulous Easter weekend! The weather was fantastic here in the UK. Gorgeous sunshine, perhaps a little too hot for my tastes, but somehow I escaped the weekend with no sunburn (something of a miracle for my pasty white skin).

I had the house to myself all weekend, as Jamie was off at the first major LRP event of the year. On Good Friday I managed to get out and about to take photographs in the sun. I had planned to spend the rest of the weekend at home, tidying up and getting on with some revision for my exams, but I was viciously kidnapped by my Northampton friends, and dragged off for a barbecue.

Ok, I might be exaggerating. I kidnapped myself, really.

First Spring Ducklings
First spring ducklings on the river. There were nine in all, but they wouldn't stay still
long enough for me to get them all in shot!

I had hoped to get a fair bit of crocheting done on the train, but the train was so busy I didn't really achieve much. Just a few more rows on the daffodil filet panel, although I did try in vain to get my head back around the crocheted socks. Most of my kirby grip stitch markers had fallen out, so it was tricky to work out where I was and what I was meant to be doing! I think I need to sit down quietly with this one, without any distractions, and work out what is going on.

The barbecue itself was lovely and relaxing. It was nice to see so many friends I hadn't seen in a while.

The pool was a welcome relief from the heat!
I got even less crochet done on the journey home than I'd done on the way there, mostly thanks to my raging hangover.

I have emerged, however, from the Easter weekend having completed two of my outstanding WIPs - I have finally defeated the Cthulhu Beard hat and it is now sat waiting it's reveal on Friday. Here's a teaser:

The other finished project is the round baby blanket for my friend's July baby. Now it's finished, I'm a little underwhelmed by it, so have immediately launched into a second project to gift alongside it.

It's the Tree of Life afghan pattern from Lion Brand - the crochet version! I'm not doing a full afghan, instead I've decided to do one panel of the tree chart and use it as the front of a cushion for the baby. I'm using the same yarn as the round baby blanket (my seemingly unending supply of James C Brett Top Value DK). So far, it's going well, although I am very glad the pattern has both written and charted instructions.

Check out the usual WIP Wednesday link ups to see what everyone else has been up to over Easter!



  1. Last weekends weather was fab wasn't it?

    The Tree of Life is looking great so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing the Cthulhu Beard hat on Friday!

    Charlotte x

  2. Yay, ducklings! I so miss living by a park :(

    Also, your paddling pool is a-mazing!

  3. Ambassador Crochet27 April 2011 at 15:07

    I've never seen a crochet version of the Tree of Life. I love the color you're using for it. Can't wait to see it finished!

  4. The pool is awesome, isn't it. Not mine, sadly, but my friend's son's. I am tempted to get one myself, though!

  5. Tree of life looks nice. Also, ducklings!!

  6. xxxmckingbirdxx27 April 2011 at 16:03

    What cute baby ducks. I love ducklings they are so cute and soft. There's a zoo/animal park thing near me called Deer Park and in the petting zoo they have ducklings that you can pet and hold. They are so soft and adorable. Then the goats get jealous so you have to hurry up and feed them a graham cracker before they do their goaty stand thing where they put their hooves on your shoulders and their face in yours. The tree of life looks amazing

  7. Looking forward to seeing the baby blanket on Friday!

    Those ducklings are so sweet and the weather has been beautiful hasn't it?

  8. I've often ogled that Tree of Life pattern, I can't wait to see how your cushion turns out---the photo you took is making me sigh already, I love the shapes and raised-ness of the design. I'm also quite interested to see the Cthulhu Beard hat on Friday!

    (And hooray for ducklings and not getting sunburnt, too! )

  9. Looks liek you had a fab time!!

  10. Looks really nice...I really must get on to making things for my daughter's baby that is due June 2.

  11. The Tree Of Life is such a beautiful afghan. But not as beautiful as duckies!!! I love spring time babies. =)

  12. Sounds like fun weekend. D is a Lovecraft fan, so I'm interested to see your reveal on Friday.

  13. Checking in from wip wed. I have to say that I love this pattern! I have looked at it several times myself but have yet to try it. Looks like you have done a great job!

  14. Sounds like you had a great Easter weekend! The pond at the back of my house has baby ducks that look exactly like these. They are adorable! Can't wait for the big reveal Friday, but the sneak peek looks great. Also, brilliant idea to turn the tree pattern into a pillow!


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