Monday, 6 March 2017

Storm Doris and the blanket

Well February whizzed by pretty quickly didn't it, and here we are 6 days into March already.  I feel like I've been doing plenty but at the same time not achieving a lot, if that makes sense.

I'm working on trying to get this blanket done for Mother's Day.

I bought the yarn a while ago on a trip to Hobby Craft and i did start this blanket almost straight away and then thought that although I really love the colours they don't really 'go' anywhere in our house, so put it to one side.  
Then I thought seeing as i'd already worked quite a bit on it I would carry on and it could be a picnic blanket.  

But then it changed its purpose once again when my daughter, Joanne was visiting my mum and she said to her that she wished I would make her a lap blanket for when she is sitting at night.

I immediately thought, yes, a home for the blanket, Mothers Day present sorted :-)

I've been working on it almost every night for an hour or so, any longer and my hands ache because of the large hook, and being chunky, it's growing quite nicely though, and all being well it should be finished and ready to give mum on March 26th.

I love how the colours look with the V stitch.

Storm Doris swept into Midlands couple of weeks ago and she took the fence on the left hand side of our garden with her.   Everything from the fence post you can see in the photo,  right to the top of the garden, gone!
It's the side that belongs to our neighbour so we won't have to stand the cost, and to be honest the fence wasn't in great condition, he had mentioned last year that he would have to get it replaced.
We wanted to dig up that scrap of grass and make the path a little wider this year so i'm sort of hoping that he will leave the fencing a little longer because it will make working that side a little easier.

For now we have an open plan garden.

Some days have been lovely since, like today, I was able to hang washing on the line this afternoon, and it all but dried too.  Its lovely to see the garden slowly coming to life again.

And today's beautiful sunshine bought a little visitor out to sun himself.
He sat there for ages enjoying the weather on our neighbours tree. 

I think he had just spotted the cats in the garden here, he looks like he's peeking

I did remember to change my mantle for March and have just gone with a Spring theme as I didn't have anything stitched March related.

Still love this little freebie from Snowflower Diaries

But I forgot to show you my monster Amaryllis, it just kept growing and growing.

It finally reach 3 feet tall!!
It looks rather silly in that small pot lol

And I ended up having to tie the two stems together for support.
It is past it's best now but I think I will try the bulb again next year to see if it will come back, If it does at least i'll be prepared for how big it will be.

When I started this post I didn't think I had much to share with you, but it looks like I did after all.

Have a good week

Until next time


Poppypatchwork said...

I love amaryllis but I can never get them to regrow.

Vickie said...

I love the lap blanket you are working up for your mum. Your garden is looking pretty. What an amaryllis! And white is so gorgeous!!

Mac n' Janet said...

Well it's an ill wind that blows no good, so you'll have an easier time putting in your path. The colors of the throw are pretty, your Mother will love it.

Barb said...

The lap blanket is so pretty. I love the colors. It will be a lovely gift for your Mother. What a nice breath of spring on your post. We are still too cold here.

Clare-Aimetu said...

Your Mum will love the blanket, great colours. Our garden is always slow to bloom as we're north facing and it hardly gets any sun until end of March, your spring flowers look lovely.

butterfly said...

Lovely blanket and beautiful spring photos.

Jo said...

The blanket's lovely, I really like the look of the V stitch, I've been promising to crochet myself a scarf in it but still haven't got round to it. I made my mum a lap blanket and I think it's the most used thing I've ever given her. We were lucky with Storm Doris, it didn't hit here too bad and we didn't suffer any damage. It looks like you've got plenty of colour in your garden already with those beautiful spring blooms, they always look much nicer bathed in a bit of sunshine, don't they. Your amaryllis is a beauty, I do hope you manage to coax it in to flowering again for you, it would be a shame to lose it.

stitchersanon said...

I love the flowers...I can't wait for Spring to arrive. In Ireland apparently it has rained non stop for a week..thankfully I'm in the UK visiting relatives so I've seen a bit so sun!

Sarah in Stitches said...

I LOVE that blanket! Great colors. So sorry about your fence, but your flowers look beautiful! :D

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Beautiful colours in your lap blanket. I'm sure your mother will love it. It's lovely to see signs of Spring in your garden.

Carol said...

What a lovely blanket, Maggie! And your spring photos are wonderful. We have had some high winds here, too--yesterday we lost our electrical power for 7 hours! Not much else to do, but sit and stitch :)

Desiree Ehleiter said...

The blanket is beautiful and it will be such a wonderful gift! I love how things sometimes work out like that. I'm sure you will have it done in time. Sort of like the fence. Your neighbor was going to replace it anyway but maybe now he can get some insurance money to help with the cost. Your garden looks so lovely! Do you ever stitch out there. Such a beautiful setting I wouldn't be able to stop myself.