Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Hookery Cookery

Tonight we had a Hookery Cookery evening. We brought in Cookery Books; we brought in old ones, favourite ones and ones we wouldn't dream of parting with.




Much perusing and discussion took place...


       





...and handy advice was given





There was also a lot of hook and needle action...



 a self striping shawl



 sewing up a chunky waistcoat, with a little white helper



   Irish Aran jumper for 6 month old French baby




 at last, something for Leigh herself


 a ripple for Ann, to match her wheelchair

Friday, 25 April 2014

A Golden Birthday

Hookery this week had a change of location - Mag's new home - as St Pats was closed for Easter Week.

We also had a 'bit of a do' to celebrate Heather's pending 50th Birthday (2hrs and  35mins away still)





After the chocolate excesses of Easter, I made a Triple Layer Lemon Cake - which went down a treat. There were canapes, bubbly, tea loaf and lashings of tea & coffee























 With balloons and bunting, the celebrations were held in the Sun Room...




 ...then we moved through to the Sitting Room for some Hookery.







Normal business will resume next week at St Pat's Hall.

Sunset Boulevard

My next project was to crochet some circles, turn them into squares and join them into a large throw.  After a bit of searching, I found this pattern on Google.  Whilst I've bought some new colours, I hope to be able to use up a lot of what is already in my 'secret stash' to make Sunset Boulevard.

Here are two finished products as crocheted by Kate at Signed With an Owl who provided the pattern.










Here's one called Fiesta Blanket made by someone else and shown on Pinterest










Here's my progress.  It all started with a colourful circle

And a pattern (Oops! American crochet terms so a bit of translation required)
Ok, on to the pattern!
Worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna's Choice)
Size J hook

Written in US stitch terms

Square by colourful square ........

 







And some more



















Edging towards the end .....









Ta-Dah!










I think that this blanket could take on the mantel of Oceania as Guru Patricia has now taken the pattern to have a look at.  Let's wait and see how her version and colour combo turn out.  Patricia,  we can't wait to see your blog post ......




Thursday, 17 April 2014

Easy Easter Entertainment

Frivolous forsythia

Hard at work


Last year's stash of perfectly preserved eggs

Peek-a-boo


Mothers' Day gift from a loving family

Sunset Boulevard








A new ripple begins to wriggle


Zany colours from Guru Patricia








Helena's holiday happening



Twit twoo - an owl baby













Hope you all have a lovely break, see you after Easter

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Action packed!

There was a lot of delicious treat action at Hookery last Weds... 


...only matched by lots of hook action...







   and a little bit of game action!