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Hi there & welcome to Annie's Place. A place inspired by and named after my late Grandmother Annie. Somewhere I can be creative, and share my love for all things hand made. I like nothing better than sitting with hook & yarn, crafting something home spun & completely unique, or rustling up some yummy baked goodies. I live in a town with a beautiful embankment, situated on the River Great Ouse. You may know me as 'Colour-Heaven' on Flickr or 'CosyKitty' on Ravelry. Why not stop a while.....?!!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Happy Autumn Days

I am well and truly embracing the Autumn season upon us. More than happy to hibernate under lamplight with my latest hooky work in progress. 


The lovely church you see in the picture above can be found in the heart of the Georgian Market Town of Oundle in Northamptonshire. It's such a pretty place, steeped in history. I stopped by there on my way to Peterborough recently and had to take a few snaps. I've often dreamt of living somewhere like this. I covet the limestone cottages that are commonplace in this part of rural Northants. They look so cosy this time of year.

One thing I didn't foresee was finding a LYS there, and making a purchase of some new yarn. There was a display of Rico Baby Classic DK in the window, and because the colours took my eye I went in for a closer look, and a squish of course. I opted for 5 colours (017, 040, 041, 043, 044 if you're interested). I hadn't purchased any new yarn for months so this felt like a real treat. 


From there, it was onwards to Peterborough for a browse. I love crisp, sunny Autumn days. The light was wonderful and illuminated the stunning Norman Cathedral beautifully. The blue sky and wispy clouds made for a fabulous backdrop. I thoroughly enjoyed my meander along the cobbled streets surrounding this magnificent building. The sun had diminished by 4:30pm, so I headed back to the car for the hour or so journey home.

Once home I couldn't wait to snuggle up on the sofa with my hook and new yarn. I decided to crochet up some Happy Flower Blocks. I've enjoyed revisiting this pattern, working with a more subtle palette this time. I'm having fun with it, but am yet undecided what to do with the pile I'm fast accumulating. 

Well, it's just a short post from me today. For those that continue to drop by for a read I say a big hello!! I hope to be back again soon x x x x

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Solent View

Spoilt. Yep, I think that kinda sums up the last few weeks for me. Not least because the weather's been so very kind to us here in the UK. Unseasonably mild temperatures have meant an extended Summer for many. I celebrated a big birthday near the end of September too. You know the one where life's supposed to begin?


Way back in January I decided to book a mini break to the Hampshire coast for my birthday weekend. Admittedly I was taking a risk booking a trip to the seaside in September, with no guarantee of good weather, but I had accumulated quite a few Tesco clubcard vouchers, so I exchanged £30 worth for a £100 cottages4you voucher via rewards. It seemed like a good deal to me, so I trawled through lots of accommodation on the website and finally settled on Solent View


Initially I was seduced by the lovely slide show of pics and the property's description. But ultimately it was the sea view that sold it to me. So decision made, Solent View it was. I have to say we were not disappointed when we arrived last weekend to glorious sunshine and an immaculately presented holiday rental. A real home from home.


The residents of the neighbouring chalets were very welcoming, so it didn't take long for us to settle into our temporary seaside retreat. I immediately felt relaxed, and couldn't wait to explore. We were up with the larks on our first full day and ventured to Portsmouth & Southsea.


As I type, the view out of my window is obscured by driving rain. The wind is blowing quite ferociously and there are menacing grey skies overhead. Such a contrast to what we were blessed with this time last week.


I was happy to just sit and stare out at the vast expanse of water that is the Solent. Just what I needed. Not a moment was wasted. Though with all that sea air we did work up quite an appetite. So we went in search of the obligatory fish & chip supper. We happened upon the aptly named Rock 'n' Sole a short drive down the promenade. It was YUMMY, nuff said.


The rest of the weekend was spent in similar fashion. No firm plans were made, we just went with the flow. Sometimes that's the best way to be. I'm so glad we managed to eke out those last few days of warmth & sunshine. It was just perfect. 


I'll leave you with a few more pics of some of the stunning sunsets we witnessed whilst away. They really were breathtaking.......xxxx



Monday, 11 August 2014

Summer lovin'

Several weeks have passed since I last posted here at Annie's Place. We've been blessed with lots of wonderful weather in my little corner of England, and I've been busying myself away from technology, tending to home and family. I've missed you all, and hope to pick up where I left off last time I was here. I'm looking forward to catching up with all your news too, so the kettle's on and I'm prepped to immerse myself once again. 


I've spent many blissful hours in the great outdoors, both locally and further afield. Plenty of al fresco dining has taken place. A cool box full of tasty treats, a picnic blanket, and a quiet spot. That's my idea of relaxation. Oh and not forgetting my hook & some yarn. But I guess that goes without saying. 


I took another trip to Cambridge, and even though it's only a short drive from home via some lovely country roads it felt a million miles away. I love the ambience of the place, and the fact that it's steeped in history. I'm sure it would be something quite special to study there. 


We also welcomed thousands of visitors to Bedford at the end of July for the Biennial River Festival. It's something I always look forward to, and it's lovely to see everyone having fun in the sun. One of the greatest spectacles for me this year was Jet Boots Bob. I'll let the pictures above speak for themselves. 

Needless to say there were lots of wide eyed children and adults, oohing and ahhing at the strange sight of a man being thrust high into the air on jets of water. It looked super fun, but I'm not sure I'd have the stomach nor the balance for it.


On the crochet front I've been a bit lazy. However after many months of hibernation I decided to revisit the Granny Square blanket I started at the back end of 2012. Yes 2012, can you believe it? Oh how time flies! I had every intention of finishing it a lot sooner than this, but as per usual I get drawn into starting something else and become distracted. 

Anyhoo, I'm back on it and will endeavour to have it all done & dusted by the time the weather changes. I think it's coming along well, and looks rather nice sitting alongside my Mini Squares Cushion

It has not escaped my notice that in my absence I've had a lot of new faces stop by. I welcome you all, and hope you'll visit again.

Till next time
x x x x x

Monday, 9 June 2014

Here comes summer!

A snapshot of my weekend, 
 glorious sunshine, spectacular green pastures, 
riverside walks, strawberries & cream, hooky heaven......
























Happy.....xx

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Tinkering

Tinkering. I like that word. I've spent a lot of time tinkering lately, fiddling, pottering, playing around with ideas for a new hooky project. I acquired a couple of balls of Rowan Pure Wool DK on my birthday last year, and ever since they've been sitting idle in my little craft cubby waiting to be put to good use.


I decided on a whim to create a simple circle within a square motif. There are hundreds of variants of this sort of pattern out there, but I have decided to call my wee version the Isobel motif. I don't have enough yarn for anything bigger than a cushion cover, so a cushion cover it shall be. It should sit nicely on my bed once finished. 


I've happily hooked up a few of these squares this week, whilst watching some of the French Open Tennis on TV. I'm really looking forward to the match up between Gael Monfils and Andy Murray tomorrow! Then it's onwards to Wimbledon, hurrah. Can't wait.....

Thank you for keeping me company here...
x x x x

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Snippets

May is whizzing by, and I'm looking forward to the sunshine and warmer temperatures promised toward the weekend. I've been a bit of a home bod these last few weeks. Trying to get on top of all the little jobs that need doing. I seem to spend my life sorting laundry, elbow deep in a bowl of washing up, or with a duster and can of Mr Sheen in hand. Exciting life I lead.....

Northampton Guildhall


Though I did manage to escape the humdrum for a day out with my Sister recently, to the Vintage Fair held at the rather spectacular Northampton Guildhall. We had a good nose amongst the stalls, and marvelled at the ladies from the vintage hair lounge offering the cutest up dos for both young and old. 


After working up an appetite wandering around the fair, we decided to grab some dinner at Buddies. The menu was vast, but we both opted for a burger with everything. To say we were fit to burst afterwards was an understatement. Thoroughly enjoyed.....

I'm still working on my big granny blanket. I haven't bought any new yarn for months, as I need to concentrate on the wips I have yet to complete. The temptation is always there though. That nagging urge to treat yourself, especially when you're trawling Pinterest, exposing yourself to SO many gorgeous pics. It's impossible not to get drawn in & seduced by the endless possibilities, of potential new hooky projects.


Before I go, I know many of you are often on the look out for new yarn stockists. Well I have a wee treat for you today as the Big Wool Shop would like to offer my readers a 10% discount on their first order using the code BLOG10, valid until 07/06/2014. Worth a look......xx

Friday, 25 April 2014

Reversible Crochet Cushion Version 2

Hello my dear crochet fiends, oops I mean friends. I'm back to share with you a project that I finished up just yesterday. It's another reversible cushion cover using an adaptation of both the Sunburst Pattern by Priscilla Hewitt and Jan Eaton's Square Target



On my last post I showed you the pile of little target squares I'd crocheted up. I decided to frame each 3 round motif in white dc's (UK double crochet stitches), just to give them a nice neat finish, and to help those colours pop a bit more.




I then used a htr (UK Half Treble Stitch) seam to join each square together. When using this method I tend to connect single blocks into rows first, then once I have the right configuration seam each row together (if that makes sense?)



The Half Treble seam gives a nice raised join, which adds dimension. I then moved on to prepping the other side to match for size. I had to add a couple of rows of htr's around my Sunburst Squares to make everything even. Both sides ending up 18" x 12".





I was now firmly onto the home straight and loving every minute of assembling this colourful hooky creation. Putting wrong sides together I crocheted the 2 panels using a htr seam once again. Happily it gave me a lovely piped look to the edge. 



Ta-Dah Moment!!!!!





Happy x
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