Is there anybody out there…

Wow, what a long time it has been. I will forgive you all if you have all got up and left me all alone in this small corner of the internet as I have been AWOL for almost 3 weeks! What a 3 weeks it has been though so I do hope you will forgive me!

First of all we moved into our new house! It’s great having a house that is all ours, we have so many ideas for decorating and layout but its a little overwhelming to know where to start. We decided to start with the main bedroom so whilst that is underway we are mostly still living out of boxes in the spare room.

2 days after moving house I started my placement so not only did I have a new house I had a new job  aswell. To top this off it is too far away to commute daily so I am lodging nearby in the week and travelling at weekends so after only 2 days it was goodbye new house and hello to a different new house. Only this one is not mine and there are other people living there (but they are lovely so theres no problem there).

One good thing about staying away from home is that the evenings feel a lot longer when there are not all the little things to do hanging over you so in my first week away I managed to get a fair chunk done on my sunburst blanket…more on that to come later. I also came down with a cold – not what you need when your away from home and have just started a new job but I think with all the effort of moving it was bound to happen at some time.

So, in case you thought all of that was enough to have kept me occupied for the last 3 weeks you would be wrong…there’s more! Last week I went to a conference in Spain. It was mostly just work stuff but I did have a bit of spare time to explore the city. The conference was held in Cordoba, a beautiful old city. In fact the old town is a UNESCO world heritage site. IT really is a beautiful place and filled with lots of inspiration. I really loved visiting the Mezquita which was originally a mosque and now houses a catholic cathedral. The contrast between the moorish architecture and the catholic art is really striking.

and I also found some Spanish craft shops…the first was a fairly normal fabric shop but the second seemed to sell everything from buttons, to yarn, to busts of the virgin Mary!

Hopefully the next few weeks will calm down a bit and I will have more time for the relaxing things in my life such as knitting and unpacking my sewing machine!

H.

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Sunburst Grannies in progress

WIP: Sunburst Blanket

There seem to be plenty of Sunburst Blankets on-the-go at the moment and I am no exception. I have been working on mine slowly for almost a year now. It is a really great project to pick up and complete granny whenever you are feeling disheartened with your current project or only have 10 minutes to spare.

I really love this pattern. It seems to be so versatile and looks good in pretty much every colour combination I have seen it. The most popular by far seems to be colourful circles on a white background but I think some of my favourite examples are those that mix it up a bit.

My aim with this blanket is to incorporate some of my favourite bright shades of blue, green and yellow with a couple of pinks and purples thrown in. I will then add a dark blue square to provide the main body of the blanket.

I currently have about 30 circles completed and another 30 in progress. I hope to have around 100 in total for the blanket. Although, reading some of the other blanket posts out there I fear I may have grossly underestimated this! Only time will tell.

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Sunburst Grannies in progress

Sunburst Grannies in progress

To see some of my favourite examples of others using this pattern why not check out the links below

Coco Rose Diaies – A lovely mixture of pastels and brights on a grey background

Color n Cream – Brights on a white background

Massive brights on white background

Autumn colours on dark blue

and I’m not going to lie my initial inspiration for the blanket…Amy’s very own granny blanket in the Big Bang Theory!