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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, 19 May 2015

Castles and Crochet

It was a last minute decision to take a trip to Windsor this past weekend. Unbeknownst to me the Royal Windsor Horse Show was taking place, therefore the Queen and a lot of the Royal Family were in residence at the Castle. There was a high police presence in and around the grounds, but not enough to disturb our enjoyment of this truly magical place. 

The early evening light was perfect as we ambled through the Great Park. The views from the Long Walk are really breathtaking. All this beauty to be enjoyed for free! How fortunate are we to live in a country with such amazing history?! 

After a hectic Saturday I decided Sunday would be a time for some much needed rest & relaxation. I parked myself on the sofa with a basket of assorted yarn and proceeded to work up some 3 round grannies. Which will become the other side to this cushion cover. The colours are yummy, and I'm having so much fun putting it all together. Ta-dah post to follow....

Till then, lots of love.....xxx

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Wrest Park & Relaxation

What a glorious week we've had thus far! Having the opportunity to really get out and enjoy the warm weather has been so uplifting. It's moments like this that I start daydreaming of long sunny days at the beach, feeling the sand between my toes. Leisurely walks along the promenade, ice-cream in hand. 

Until then I shall continue to enjoy the lovely surrounds closer to home. I thought I'd share a few snaps from my recent trip to Wrest Park. I thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful day exploring the house and grounds. It's a stunning location; quite magical. You really do feel like you've stepped back in time there, and being only a short 15 minute drive from home I will no doubt revisit many times in the coming months.

I've also been enjoying a bit of outdoor hooky time. Oh yes, it's one of my favourite things to do. Any opportunity I get I'm on my bike (a very generous birthday gift, thank you Sis) and down by the river. I'm still working on my big blanket. It's a labour of love. One that I'm determined to finish. When though is anyone's guess! I love crocheting, but I am SO SLOW. 

Well, I must dash. The cupboards won't fill themselves.
Love to all 
x x x x 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Candy Coated Granny Square Happiness

Hey hey lovely people, I'm back today to share some Candy Coloured Crochet Happiness with you. My desktop PC is conveniently situated in front of my bedroom window, where I can stare out over the River Great Ouse watching the world go by. People going about their business and youngsters rowing in fours and eights with great vigour and verve. It's super sunny today and I'm fantasising about warm summer days. 

I sorted through my stash of yarn this past weekend. I came to the realisation that because I have so many odds and ends I should do something to utilise them. The jumble of colours amongst the pile were really seducing me, and I thought they would look nice worked up into a Granny cushion. So I set to it.

I thought a traditional granny square pattern would fit the brief, and as each row of colour has been added I've gotten more and more excited about the overall scheme. I started with the colour I had the least yarn available in, and worked forward from there. The randomness is really working well. There's a mix of wool, acrylic and cotton in there, and I opted for a 4mm hook. 

I'm sure to have many more lovely hours playing with this over the next few days. Fitted in amongst the more mundane activities necessary to modern life. Oh to be able to dedicate more time to all things hooky related! 

I shall do a proper ta-dah post as soon as I can. But before I leave you today I thought it might be nice to include a few blogs I'm thoroughly enjoying. 

I have a million reasons to thank you all for your continued presence here at Annie's Place. It's nice to know you're out there still despite my sporadic posting. Do say hello...xx 

See you soon xxxxx

Friday, 30 January 2015

Crochet Kindle Cover

Friday again! How did that happen? This week's been a bit of a blur to be honest. The bed I spoke of at the end of my last post has finally been assembled in the spare room. I call it the spare room but really it's the place where clothes live, half of which don't fit I never wear (why do we do this ladies?), alongside all my yarn and crafty related bits and bobs.

Since the bed was put together, I've found myself being drawn to the space more. Not least because it's somewhere nice and comfy to loll around crocheting to my heart's content. There's no TV in there either , just a DAB radio for company. Any guests that stay in that room will have to put up with being surrounded by lots of colourful crochet makes and craft supplies. I know it's not for everyone, but I LOVE IT and that's all that matters really. 

I've spent some of the week finishing off hooking a crochet cover for my Kindle. I used a soft bobble stitch pattern taken from Erika Knight's book crochet workshop. I made my Sister a scarf using the same, and I thought it might lend itself nicely to this type of quick and easy project. I just improvised the design, and am fairly pleased with the outcome. 

It's my usual mix of trial and error, and make it up as I go along. If it works it's a bonus! I was going to order a hard cover for it, but thought it might be nice to give it a woolly handmade jacket to live in. Besides I was dying to use some of my new yarn, and what better excuse. 

I'm looking forward to the weekend. Andy Murray has made it to the Australian Open Tennis final so I will be up early on Sunday to cheer him on. 

I hope you have a lovely one whatever your plans are...xxx

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Cold Comforts

I was up with the larks this morning, 5:45am to be precise. That's silly o'clock on a Saturday morning isn't it? but I just couldn't sleep any longer. So I decided to make the most of the quiet moments to compose an entry here at Annie's Place. 

It's been bitterly cold of late, and I'm trying very hard to stave off the January blues by surrounding myself with small comforts. My parents were very generous at Christmas gifting me with a voucher for John Lewis, so at the first available opportunity I went to my local store for a browse.

Of course I headed straight for the second floor to explore their stocks of lovely yarn. I grabbed one of their trolley basket thingies because I knew I would need more than two hands to carry my woolly purchases. I felt like a kid in a candy store. You know what I mean don't you? 

After several minutes squishing I opted to buy some Erika Knight Double Knit 100% Wool, and a complimentary selection of Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran, again 100% Wool. The subtle colour palette and uber softness was the main attraction. I've started a quick and easy project using a bobble stitch, but more on that next time.

I'm trying very hard not to graze all day, but whilst there's a nip in the air it's hard not to. I have to admit though that my wee treat of a large steaming hot cup of tea and cake feels like a real indulgence.  My cute coaster says it all really.

I'm still enjoying the short days though. I love when 4 o'clock rolls around and the dark descends upon us. My colourful Cable and Cotton lights really come into their own, and create the perfect ambience for a cosy evening at home. I bought 2 sets at Christmas, one for me and one for my sister. I know a lot of you have them too. They're so pretty aren't they?

Well the sun is well and truly up now, and the day promises to be bright, cold and crisp. I'm not sure what the plan is yet, apart from I have a new bed to assemble. I keep procrastinating,  but the two large boxes cluttering up my hallway are getting on my nerves now. 

Till next time, I'm sending you best wishes 
and happy days ahead.......xxxx

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

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