Inspiring Textures

A warning… this is going to be another non-crochet post!
But I do have a lovely silky scarf that’s almost finished – it’s just awaiting the final touches of hand stitching on some very cute buttons. Yes, buttons! I know it sounds a little odd for a scarf but don’t judge before you see it – I think it’s quite the cutie.

In the meantime I’ve been enjoying my lovely long walks through the gardens, and been in awe of the ever changing Mother Nature.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was blown away by the incredible colours of Autumn. Now it’s officially winter most of colours have gone, but that has revealed the beauty of texture. With so many trees bare of leaves their towering trunks shine with their own beauty. The beauty of texture. Underrated sometimes. Overlooked often. But not today… and so began the theme of my photo shoot…yep, you guessed it…texture. Plus a couple of very sweet flowers, and some even sweeter birdies! Not sure of the name of the yellow breasted one, but he was a mighty flighty little number! Unlike the Kookaburra, who sat wisely on his perch, not fussed in the slightest by the strange creature below snapping a million shots of him whilst making strange little kissing noises. Cute…very cute.

Not only do these pink flowers look delicious, they smell delicious too! Sweet perfume envelopes you as walk by…slowly…breathing deeply… in appreciation!

Love love love Camelias!

As I said, love love love Camelias!

Sitting pretty with natures pink carpet.

Texture and still reflections

How can you walk by this gorgeous carpet of ginkgo biloba leaves?

A couple of dew drops still remaining even though it was afternoon… protected in the shade of this stunning tree, that despite the carpet of yellow underneath – still has many leaves to shed…

Rhododendrons about to pop!

Colourful trunk

Even the clouds looked particularly fluffy today.

Oh how I love a bit of mossy green rock work!

Do my spots look big in this?

Moody rays

Tell me he doesn’t look like a little sweety!

This little Kooky thinks he’s well camouflaged hidden amongst the grey branches…

But I spotted him.

Pudgy little ball of cute fluff!

Ah Mother Nature, so beautiful, peaceful and inspiring.

Hope you feel inspired to enjoy a little of Mother Natures beauty…

little boy blue (heart)

little boy blue (heart) blanket
90% cotton, 10% silk, crochet

Can you feel the love of hearts I have right now?

this blankie is a generous cot size…

and felt like it took forever using the 2.25mm hook…

but I am feeling the love for it… It’s the second heart blanket I’ve made and I’m still loving this pattern… although you do end up with a LOT of ends to weave in! Not exactly the most enjoyable part of crochet but well worth the effort when it produces a blanket full of hearts.

I finished the edge with a couple of rounds of single crochet in alternating colours, followed by my own little made up picot edge creating gentle little delicate curves. Well, I’m sure someone else has written a pattern like this edge, but I just sat there and played around with a variety of stitch combinations until I came up with this one. So, was it made up by me? Yes… Is it an original stitch combo? Probably not. But I had fun creating it. In fact I really heart making heart blankets – the colour and pattern combinations are endless.

Ahhh, now to deciding on which crafty project becomes a reality next!

I sense some pinteresting inspiration coming on….

Hearts Blanket

Hearts Blanket
All colours except the light blue are 100% wool. The light blue is 72% wool, 25% alpaca and 3% silk. Crocheted.
Pattern details linked to in this post.

Phew…it’s finally finished. Quite the large blanket – as you can see…

I had to peg it up outside, so I could get a picture of the whole thing! (It’s a tiny bit shy of a single bed size.)
My knees will surely miss the warmth of crocheting this little number.

Thanks again to Mother Nature for her colour inspiration! Green and blue look so beautiful together… I just love the way they play together, especially when creamy whites join in on the fun. The overall look is colourful, yet clean and light, and not too bright.

I love the frame effect that the one single crochet row of each colour creates around the border. And a little bobble edge goes a long way don’t you think?

Now that’s a lot of hearts! I must say from some angles they look more like triangles than hearts…but in my heart of hearts I know they are really hearts! (I know…I’m sucker for a pun!)

Hope your day is full of hearts too!