Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Cross stitch

I've found I've been doing a lot of cross stitch lately and I've really been getting into it. It's such a relaxing hobby to have and relatively quick compared to knitting or crochet and it doesn't take long to see what it is you are making form.. expect to see a lot more from me in terms of cross stitch!

I've bought both these lovely patterns from Etsy there are so many to choose from! 

Do any of you do cross stitch? if so what patterns are catching your eyes? I'm really into subversive cross stitch as well and have pinned quite a few and plan on making some soon for myself and for the stall. 

hope you are all having good weeks, this week seems to be flying by at the moment, I can't believe that it is Wednesday night already. D is going to Silverstone this week so I plan on having a bit of a crafting weekend, probably doing more cross stitch and crochet as well as doing a craft fair at Frome Supermarket. 

I've also got some jeans that I need to take up as got some ones that must have been made for a giant as I'm going to have cut at least 6 inches off them, but then I am only 5ft 4. Will post a photo of them soon as they are lush!!


Thursday, 26 June 2014


I've been on a bit of a blanket making session recently and currently have 6 on the go with two more lined up... I think I might be slightly obsessed with them!

1 blanket is to give away as a birthday pressie for my friends little girls 2nd birthday, which I started today and is going to be a granny strip using the attic24 colour pack.

2 blankets are for the stall and will hopefully sell them pretty quick

The other three blankets are for me and D. They are the chevron one, the granny stripe and a nice fluffy scrap buster knitted stripe.

I've also got two ripple blankets to do, but I think I will save these for when I've finished some of these ones first...


Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Instagram give a way

I hope you are all enjoying the sunny weather lately. I know I have! It's been lovely going for walks by the canal and going running (when it isn't too hot) or just lazing in the garden soaking up the sun..

I realised yesterday that I have just over 200 followers on Instagram so to celebrate I am having a little give away... for a chance to win head over to instagram and repost my photo off my feed (the_eclectic_stitch) with the hashtag #theeclecticsttich200 and you could win my lovely little Russian doll cross stitch. You also have the opportunity to request different colours.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

weekend of crochet = bliss!

I hope you are all having good weekends and enjoying the sunshine. I've been doing a lot of crochet this week and over the weekend which has been so nice to do!

I finally got around to starting the Carnival Crochet Cushion crochet along that's been hosted by my poppet I absolutely love this pattern, and have extended mine to make it bigger to fit the current cushion pads I already have. I used drops cotton, it's nice to the touch but i find it splits a lot when crocheting with.

I've also been doing a bit more on my crochet mood blanket, but I'm not sure if I like it any more, I'm tempted to start again and pick colours that appeal to me on the day, rather than specific colours for a mood. 

I've also been doing some more of my chevron blanket, which I am so happy with how it is turning out and it makes me feel all happy just looking at it!!

It's now as tall as I am wide which is great, I sometimes feel like I'm not making any progress on it then I suddenly notice how tall it's getting. Squee!!

Did you hear that Lucy over at attic 24 now has her own section over at wool warehouse, how good is that?! it's also where I got my pack from for this blanket. 

I also managed to make some blueberry cupcakes and some protein brownies, I'll post a recipe for these later... 


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Quinoa recipie

I posted this photo on instagram a couple of weeks a go but thought I would share it on here too as it was so yummy. 

I used:
1 vegetable stock
1/2 cup of quinoa
1 tin of black eyed beans
sliced jalapeƱos to taste
2 tsps minced garlic
1 small tin of sweetcorn
Halloumi cheese

Cook the quinoa using your water preference on the ratio (i use the same as rice 1:2) with the vegetable stock. While the quinoa is cooking add a little oil to a frying pan and lightly fry the black eyed beans, sweet corn and minced garlic adding in the jalapeƱos fry until quinoa is cooked (roughly 10 mins) and mix and serve adding the halloumi.

This does about two servings and it tastes just as good cold as it does warm. 

Friday, 16 May 2014

Week off delight

This week I had the week off for my birthday, D also had it off so we have been doing lots of things this week. We went shopping in Bath and had lunch in the cozy club which is lovely and I recommenced going as the food is really good. I had a halloumi panini with hummus and skin on fries and it was delish!

I used my birthday money and bought myself a pair of jeans and six tops from H&M for £40! bargain!!

I've been doing a bit of crafting this week as well, which has been so nice, as I decided just to do things for me and D this week, rather than things for the stall so I have been doing my chevron blanket.

I'm so pleased with how it is turning out. I've hardly touched on the pack of yarn really which is great, but I bought a second lucy pack so I should have enough now to complete it.. I've also been making more of my caponcho, and I have used up one ball of my hand dyed wool so far, and have two left to go.

I also finished off my first ever needle felting project.. how cute?!

I really enjoyed doing needle felting and I will be doing more in the future, that's for sure. If you haven't given it a go, I definitely recommend it. 

I also fitted in a run this week, which is my first one in quite some time. I was full of cold and it was pretty hot but I went along the canal and through the fields near my house so it was lovely just to get out in the fresh air, even if I did feel like my lungs were about to collapse!

I've also managed to do a bit of sunbathing on the trampoline, it was so relaxing just lying there reading my book. I'm reading about 4 books at the moment, but the main ones that seem to have my attention are the Stephen Leather Jack Nightingale series. They are about an ex Policeman who investigates cases of the supernatural kind. I'm on the 4th book at the moment and I pretty much can't put them down. 

I hope you have all had good weeks and are looking forward to the weekend. 


Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Markets and more

I have had a lovely weekend this bank holiday weekend, I hope you have too and I'm sad that it is Tuesday morning already!

I haven't done a huge amount of crafting over the last week as I have had a busy family weekend and was pretty busy at work last week. I also had a craft fair on Sunday at Frome Independent Market which was good and the weather was great.

I had a good post day on Saturday with some new wool arriving from Lynai Yarns after she had a sale on instagram.

I also got my pincushions from spincushions after she also had a sale on instagram.

I have been busy making my crochet mood blanket 2014 and trying to do a bit of a catch up, I have January completed now and have started Feb. As I'm doing a basic granny square I'm hoping it won't take me too long to catch up.

I did think about doing the willow block from Jan Eaton's 200 blocks to crochet book, but it took me quite a while and some of the colours I have picked for my blanket are quite dark and I'm not sure that they are that suitable for this particular project, but I will be using it for another project, maybe a cushion or a blanket.

Pinterest has been catching my eye a lot lately and has been inspiring me to try different things as well as go back to basics with my crocheting. Here are just a few of the things I have seen which I love!!!

The Eclectic Stitch's pin on Pinterest.

I hope you feel inspired too!