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Today I’m very excited to say that the release of the first character pattern for A Land Close By has happened.

The sweet and loveable Rose Burrow is the first character pattern released.

Rose Burrow

Rose Burrow

She can be purchased on Ravelry here.

She can also be purchased in my Etsy store here.

At the moment she is available for purchase as an instant pdf download but over the next week I’m working on having a printed version for you to purchase direct from me. If you are a local yarn store who is interested in stocking this pattern and others like it please contact me at alandcloseby@gmail.com

Ruth x

Flanders Poppies

Flanders Poppies

With a final push on over the weekend I completed the Flanders Poppies Blanket.

It turned out so much better than I even envisaged and using only three simple colours, Stylecraft Special DK yarn in Lipstick, Green and Black.

The inspiration for this blanket came from a picture I came across,

Original inspiration

Original inspiration

When I see pictures like this I’m always reminded of the poem In Flanders Fields by John Mc Crae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Gathering all this inspiration together I started picked the colours and started the blanket squares,

Flanders Poppies Squares

Flanders Poppies Squares

For the green I opted to join as I went, my first time using this method and it was good and the blanket really came together quickly at this point.

Flanders Poppies, joining as I go

Flanders Poppies, joining as I go

When they were all joined I had the decision of what kind of border to use. I felt it needed something but nothing too heavy.

All joined waiting for a border

All joined waiting for a border

In the end I opted for a green stitch similar to what was used in the red section and I gave a scalloped edge to this in red. I like this simple edge, something not too fussy to detract from the effect of the poppies.

The edging

The edging

It turned out a lovely size, big enough to snuggle under while watching movies and to throw over the end of a bed.

Waiting for snuggles

Waiting for snuggles

Fitting over the end.

Fitting over the end.

I really like how it finished out and this will now become a Christmas gift for Evelyn.

Flanders Poppies.

Flanders Poppies.

Ruth. x

charly

This week was spent working with crochet pretty much all week.

After looking at the layout of my list and how each category is grouped into 12 it seemed practical to aim for one project from each category to be completed each month. With this in mind it was time to turn my attention to clocking off some finishes in these categories.

First finish of the week came with the second cloth in the Vintage Strawberry Ruffles Set. Again the same Tunisian Simple Stitch was used for this pattern and the project page for it is here.

Vintage Strawberry Ruffles Set - cloth 2

Vintage Strawberry Ruffles Set – cloth 2

I set about finishing off the Flanders Poppies Blanket and my aim last week of getting as far as the border by this weekend was not only met but also accomplished. Here is a rough picture of it yesterday afternoon. I aim to take some proper photographs later today with a blog post tomorrow. The project page for it can be seen here. I just love how it turned out.

Flanders Poppies

Flanders Poppies

I had a delivery of yarn on Friday for upcoming projects. the yarn top to bottom on the right is for another blanket, the lavender inspired blanket on my list. The yarn along the top left is for the next design of mine, I just need to finish off the one I’m on and send it to the testers and then I can swatch for it and on the bottom left are the two balls of fondant pink needed to finish the Rose Gingham Blanket.

new project yarn

new project yarn

Having finished one blanket yesterday I did aim to try and get the border finished on the Rose Gingham Blanket and I was so close to accomplishing this, I’ve one and a half sides left to finish which hopefully this morning I can get a chunk of it done. Here is a photo of it completed without it’s border but I hope to be doing a FO post later in the week for this one also.

Rose Gingham Blanket

Rose Gingham Blanket

So taking a look at my list and with the aims I have for finishing one project out of each category this month, it means this weeks projects I’ll be working on are The Water Path Cowl which I’d ideally like off the needles by next weekend with only blocking needing doing, Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater which I am close to finishing the body off on but still leaves both sleeves, it might be a bit ambitious to hope it’s off the needles also and ready to be blocked but we all know I like a bit of ambition :) I also have one last cloth in the Vintage Strawberry Ruffles Set which I should be able to squeeze in there also and lastly the finishing off of the Rose Gingham Blanket.

That covers most categories this month except the shawl one but having completed two wip’s in the blanket category I’m fairly confident I can do one blanket and two shawls next month as one shawl is a wip nearly done :)

That YOP list I’ve been talking about now looks like this,

YOP- Year 4- Jul 14/Jun 15- List

Garments :-

  1. Sunday Sweater for Caoimhe – started 5th July 14
  2. Miss Marple for Elizabeth
  3. Eole for girls for Evelyn
  4. Gathering Stripes for Ruairí
  5. Gathering Stripes for Benjamin
  6. Featherweight wrap to knit 
  7. Ravello
  8. Paulie
  9. Old Romance
  10. Idlewood
  11. Old Town
  12. Lawrence

Shawls :-

  1. Drops of Firelight – started 31st Oct 13
  2. Carradal
  3. Ishneich
  4. Sonetto Shawl
  5. Kir Royale
  6. Dark Champagne
  7. Malgven
  8. Morvarch
  9. Taliesin
  10. Nine Maidens
  11. Ocean Breeze
  12. Kyna

Crochet Blankets :-

  1. Rose Gingham Blanket - started 19th May 14
  2. Flanders Poppies Blanket – started 18th Apr 14 – finished 26th Jul 14
  3. Sam Entrelac Blanket – started 27th Jun 14
  4. Hills of Home Blanket – started 19th Apr 14
  5. Lavender Blanket
  6. Dahlia Blanket
  7. Sunflower Blanket
  8. Blackberry Salad Stripe Blanket
  9. Corner to Corner Blanket
  10. Crayon Blanket
  11. Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan
  12. Tetris Blanket

Designs :-

  1. Water Path Cowl – started 4th Jul 14

Gifts :- 

  1. Dishcloth sets x 6 – a. – Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Set – started 14th July
  2. Rainbow Blankets x 3
  3. Baby Blanket
  4. Purple, Black and Cream Blanket
  5. Apple Ruffle Cloth - started 7th Jul 14 – finished 8th Jul 14

My Ravelry projects page for YOP 4 is here with a full overview of wip’s and projects started.

To check out other blogs taking part in YOP 4  or to join in head over to the Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

charly

This week’s progress is as follows;

The Flanders Poppies blanket is half way, joining in four more mores and the border is all that remains. I’m joining these squares as I go with the green, while all the time thinking of what I want for the border which is for the most part decided. I am hoping the end of this coming week will see me beginning the border.

Flanders Poppies

Flanders Poppies

On and off this week I’ve been making progress on Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater, many of the evenings have been busy this week with different things so it’s been hard to get a good amount done but progress is progress no matter how small right?

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater

Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

I have made a lot more progress on the cowl pattern I’ve been designing and I’m just deciding on the exact number of repeats it needs before being written up and sent to my testers, they are ready for it. So I’m going to show last weeks photo and will snap some finished ones when it’s all complete. It will most likely have a slight name change when done.

Water Path Cowl

Water Path Cowl

I had another small FO, post is here. Another cloth this time this one is part of a set. A Vintage Strawberry Ruffle set.

I’m using the same pattern as the Apple Ruffle Cloth of last week but this time I’m using a bamboo/cotton mix yarn, my favourite for cloths.

Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Cloth

Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Cloth

The second cloth in the set has been started and this will be coming with me today when I head to Galway for my nephew’s birthday party.

The project page for this set is here.

Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Set - cloth 2

Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Set – cloth 2

That is really all the physical projects worked on this week and progress made.

Behind the scenes I’ve been setting up my name for Celtic Knits for the knitted designs I’m working on, you may have noticed my name change on Ravelry and I’ve added a page at the top of the blog as well for easy access. As you can guess all the designs have a Celtic feel around the stories and legends I heard growing up and still do living here in Ireland. Our history is long and full of legends of  how strong brave warriors and maidens of great beauty and grace loved, fought and lived.

This lately I’ve been referring amongst friends as my ‘grown up’ line as it’s a million miles away from A Land Close By, and speaking of A Land Close By I have started this week writing up the official patterns for the characters. They will need testing to iron out any little bugs but I’m hoping in the coming weeks those are going to start being released. Keep an eye on their blog here for further updates.

l-r Cassie Pillar, Rose Burrow, Sam Burrow, Billy McBunny

l-r Cassie Pillar, Rose Burrow, Sam Burrow, Billy McBunny

I’m expecting this week work to continue on all of the above projects with hopefully some of them nearing completion. Many of the projects on my list are in groups of 12, one a month, so I would like to see these finished by July 31st.

The list now looks a little like this -

YOP- Year 4- Jul 14/Jun 15- List

Garments :-

  1. Sunday Sweater for Caoimhe – started 5th July 14
  2. Miss Marple for Elizabeth
  3. Eole for girls for Evelyn
  4. Gathering Stripes for Ruairí
  5. Gathering Stripes for Benjamin
  6. Featherweight wrap to knit 
  7. Ravello
  8. Paulie
  9. Old Romance
  10. Idlewood
  11. Old Town
  12. Lawrence

Shawls :-

  1. Drops of Firelight – started 31st Oct 13
  2. Carradal
  3. Ishneich
  4. Sonetto Shawl
  5. Kir Royale
  6. Dark Champagne
  7. Malgven
  8. Morvarch
  9. Taliesin
  10. Nine Maidens
  11. Ocean Breeze
  12. Kyna

Crochet Blankets :-

  1. Rose Gingham Blanket - started 19th May 14
  2. Flanders Poppies Blanket – started 18th Apr 14
  3. Sam Entrelac Blanket – started 27th Jun 14
  4. Hills of Home Blanket – started 19th Apr 14
  5. Lavender Blanket
  6. Dahlia Blanket
  7. Sunflower Blanket
  8. Blackberry Salad Stripe Blanket
  9. Corner to Corner Blanket
  10. Crayon Blanket
  11. Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan
  12. Tetris Blanket

Designs :-

  1. Water Path Cowl – started 4th Jul 14

Gifts :- 

  1. Dishcloth sets x 6 – a. – Vintage Strawberry Ruffle Set – started 14th July
  2. Rainbow Blankets x 3
  3. Baby Blanket
  4. Purple, Black and Cream Blanket
  5. Apple Ruffle Cloth – started 7th Jul 14 – finished 8th Jul 14

 To read more blogs taking part or to find out more information just check out the Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

FOfriday

I managed a small FO this week.

A Strawberry Ruffle Washcloth.

Strawberry Ruffle Cloth

Strawberry Ruffle Cloth

This like last weeks one is done in a Tunisian Simple Stitch pattern.

Unlike last weeks cloth though this is done in a cotton and bamboo mix yarn and this is the first in this set. The Strawberry Ruffles Set.

My project page for this cloth and for the others in the set is here.

Checking in with Tami for today’s post, hit the  FO icon at the top to head over to her blog.

Ruth.

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Wip Yarn Along

Wip Yarn Along

 

For the most part this week I’ve been working on Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater, an easy knit in the evenings at the end of busy days. The body of it is being worked up quite quickly and I love this purple yarn. For buttons I’ve been thinking I wanting something eye popping.

During the day I’ve been snatching some time here and there connecting some squares on the Flanders Poppies blanket, this is going to be an xmas present for my youngest daughter Evelyn.

I’ve been working through books on my kindle of late. I’ve just finished the first two books in the Nora Roberts The Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy. This series is set in Ireland, in Co.Mayo to be exact and being from Ireland and knowing the area the books are set in I was intrigued. Both books were quick light reads, perfect summer reading really.

I’ve since moved on Darcy’s Decision the first book in the Given Good Principles Set by Maria Grace, again very light mindless reading but whether I finish it or not remains to be seen, it’s a prelude to Pride and Prejudice and it feels all wrong but we shall see.

tami_wip

Today’s post is connecting in with Ginny and Tami, hit their icons in this post to be taken to their blogs.

Ruth.

charly

This week was one of those weeks where things started off on the right foot and continued to do so project wise all week.

Lots of progress was made even when some areas had to be halted.

The border for the Rose Gingham Blanket was started and then half way through I ran out of the fondant pink I was using so I had to lay that aside while I ordered more. I’ll hold on for a picture of it until it is complete. Blanket wise I switched over to the Flanders Poppies Blanket and if your following me on instagram (link in the picture on the side) you’ll have spotted the progress.

I had a little over a dozen squares to complete before joining and an afternoon watching the Tour de France, which has completely captured my imagination this year, got those done.

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Flanders Poppies

That meant they were all ready to be joined together which I started yesterday and having pulled a muscle in the side of my neck it was about all I could do. I’m a little better today but will be taking things gingerly for the next day or so still. I’m joining these as I go and this is what the first row is like, I am further on than this but this was the last picture stage it was at.

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Flanders Poppies

My own design for a cowl has been moving along nicely also with the help of the Tour de France, this project makes quite a good tv project, it would perhaps be further on if I were not stopping the other day on stage 5 with each fall!

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Water Path Cowl

After my walks each evening I’ve been steadily working on Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater, the neck shaping and yoke are complete with the arms sectioned off and I’m now onto the body of the cardigan.

Caoimhe's Sunday Sweater

Caoimhe’s Sunday Sweater

I also managed a little FO this week which was talked about here on a FO post. I was having a go at the Tunisian Simple Stitch and it’s easier to work them into a cloth so I can have something useful at the end of the practice. This was a new to me yarn being 50/50 Cotton Acrylic so I’m trying it out before doing any more in this yarn.

Apple Ruffle Cloth

Apple Ruffle Cloth

So there you have the progress made on projects this week. Behind the scenes I’ve been keeping project pages up to date, added the links on the side bar for both bloglovin and instagram for anyone interested, I even remembered to get a FO post done up, now to aim for a WIP and a Yarn Along one :) Designing has been also making progress with one idea in particular coming to the fore front this week. I got part of the numbers worked out with the rough sketch on paper, next is the swatch before seeing what needs tweaking here and there. All in all a pretty good start to yop-year 4.

YOP- Year 4- Jul 14/Jun 15- List

Garments :-

  1. Sunday Sweater for Caoimhe – started 5th July 14
  2. Miss Marple for Elizabeth
  3. Eole for girls for Evelyn
  4. Gathering Stripes for Ruairí
  5. Gathering Stripes for Benjamin
  6. Featherweight wrap to knit 
  7. Ravello
  8. Paulie
  9. Old Romance
  10. Idlewood
  11. Old Town
  12. Lawrence

Shawls :-

  1. Drops of Firelight – started 31st Oct 13
  2. Carradal
  3. Ishneich
  4. Sonetto Shawl
  5. Kir Royale
  6. Dark Champagne
  7. Malgven
  8. Morvarch
  9. Taliesin
  10. Nine Maidens
  11. Ocean Breeze
  12. Kyna

Crochet Blankets :-

  1. Rose Gingham Blanket - started 19th May 14
  2. Flanders Poppies Blanket – started 18th Apr 14
  3. Sam Entrelac Blanket – started 27th Jun 14
  4. Hills of Home Blanket – started 19th Apr 14
  5. Lavender Blanket
  6. Dahlia Blanket
  7. Sunflower Blanket
  8. Blackberry Salad Stripe Blanket
  9. Corner to Corner Blanket
  10. Crayon Blanket
  11. Superhero Dreamcatcher Afghan
  12. Tetris Blanket

Designs :-

  1. Water Path Cowl – started 4th Jul 14

Gifts :- 

  1. Dishcloth sets x 6
  2. Rainbow Blankets x 3
  3. Baby Blanket
  4. Purple, Black and Cream Blanket
  5. Apple Ruffle Cloth – started 7th Jul 14 – finished 8th Jul 14

To check out others participating or to join in the fun check out our Ravelry group here.

Ruth.

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