I must admit with all the lovely weather we've had this summer that the allotment plot did get plenty of attention and I've got some cracking crops to show for it, especially the 1.2kg Ram's Kodu Squash. But I'm sure lots about them will feature in a gardening post.
I visited a lot of friends London way over the summer so train journeys were fantastic to catch up on my mood blanket squares. I'm mostly behind (I'm currently a week behind on schedule) but it's a lovely project and my bedroom will be so full of bright colours when I finish.
It started making me thinking what other things I can make with lots of granny squares. Our household may start filling with brightly coloured cushions in the same style as the crochet mood blanket.
In between all the crafting and gardening, we managed to squeeze in an 8 day trip to France to visit my 91 year old grandmother. She was very chuffed and found it curious that I wanted to see pictures of my great grandfathers. My curiosity was sparked with all the talk of the first world war and I wanted to know what my great grandfathers that fought in the war looked like as we never get to meet that generation. As we were passing through villages in France there were a few that were decorated for village festivals. I will definitely take some inspirations from these. They look like they were made with paper tissues.
There was a wedding over the summer and one of my colleagues got married. I just didn't know what to make as a wedding gift. Pinterest came to my rescue, I googled lots of coaster images until I stumbled onto some pictures which inspired me to make these. I think the picture that inspired me was from Craftsy.com. If you like making flowers these are easy to make. It's all based on trebles and experiment until you find the right amount for the row and the space. So for example, the first row is trebles (I think about 20). The second row is two trebles a chain or two chains space (depending on what yarn you are using). The next row is 3 trebles and a chain or two space and the fourth row - I experimented a bit to get the flower effect with half treble, treble, double treble, treble, half treble. There is a slip stitch in between petals.