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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 handmade. 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 CosyKitty on Ravelry. Why not stop a while.....?!!

Monday, 27 May 2013

Bank holiday bliss

Very rarely do we get good weather on a UK Bank Holiday weekend, so when I awoke to glorious sunshine on Saturday morning, it filled me with optimism. Nothing concrete was planned, which is always the way I like it. It would be fair to say that I prefer to let things happen spontaneously. I tend to act on impulse a lot of the time, something that my family would definitely say is an irksome trait of mine. My mum would often remark 'you do take notions Sharron'. Well yes it's true, I do. But hey, that's me and at my age I doubt I'll change any time soon.

Time spent with family & friends and plenty of good food featured highly over the last 3 days. We went to the Kite Festival held at a popular local park. It was very busy especially the beer tent, with plenty of attractions to keep everyone amused. I particularly liked the old fashioned Ferris Wheel, each carriage brightly painted.  

Aside from the outdoor pursuits, it was perfect conditions for some hooky time. Do you like my latest colour crush project? As per usual I've taken a Jan Eaton pattern, and added my own twist. This is the lovely 'Willow' block. I followed the first 5 rounds, then improvised my own two rounds to make it into a solid square. I plan on crocheting them together once I've got a decent stack of them. 

My oh my do I love this vibrant cotton yarn. Some Catania, some Sublime Egyptian, I just can't get enough of it. I've been pretty good though you know? I haven't bought any new yarn for ages *polishes halo*. Hence why most of the projects you'll see are made from the same stash. I am tempted mind, especially when I see amazing projects online like this & this, you can see why I'd be desperate to replenish my stocks with a more subdued palette!

Until then, I'll just have to sit at my desk and salivate. 
Is there such a thing as Y.A. (Yarn-a-holics Anonymous)? 
I think I might need to seek therapy.....! :)

x x x x x 


  1. Looks like a lovely day out. Your Granny squares are so pretty Mx

  2. No need for Yarnaholics Anonymous (though there is a group on Ravelry). I bought approx 200 balls of yarn since early March (I blame Factory Outlets and the Drops Sale!) so you are a good girl compared with me!

    Really like your version of the Jan Eaton Square. I am seeing lots of these around lately. Maybe I should buy that book?

    Oh, and a bit of sunshine is so nice after all that rain, isn't it? Here in Germany we are seeing sun very rarely these days. It's raining cats and dogs most of the time - at very low temperatures that is...

  3. I love this block. I have the book by Jan Eaton, but I really like your take on the Willow block much better. Do you think you may write the pattern down for the outer edges? I'd love to know how you did it. Anyway,just wanted you to know how much I love your block. The colors are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing your work. :)

  4. Lovely lovely blocks once again Sharron, not to mention your beautiful colour choices! You are a real whizz at this hooking game and I hope you never join a Y.A. group; keep on hooking girl!
    I love your pics from the Kite Festival - so bright and cheery and loaded with fun!
    A lovely post, thank you! Joy xx
    P.S. We nearly had another coincidence: I had thought to include a pic of my computer in my latest post along with the other gift pics but decided I had done enough already! x

  5. I definitely need help. My yarn stash is growing and growing, and now seeing your spectacular squares, I want to rush right out and buy some more. So glad you had fun with friends and family and got to enjoy such great adventures.

  6. Your colour choices are always gorgeous but when I saw your blocks they just took my breath away - just gorgeous! Do you think you could do a pattern share at some stage?

  7. beautiful post! love, love, love those squares!

  8. Your Jan Eaton blocks are gorgeous!

  9. Hi. Yes I love you willow blocks come squares. I have Jan eaton's book and tried to make the block into a square, not as well as you. any chance of letting us know exactly what you did please.
    Don't join a YA group please!!!

    Kathryn (UK)

  10. Such pretty blocks, I definitely love your twist with the different colours! Ahh, you have every reason to polish your halo, me on the other hand... I rushed into my LYS just yesterday and in a record time of what must have been 40 seconds max I scooped up yarn, payed, and was back in the street with 5 balls of Regia in my arms, convinced that I NEED another shawl. It's the horrid wheather I tell you! ;-) xxxx
    p.s. I meant to ask you if you are on Pinterest?

  11. I love your squares, the way you've used a toning colour for each border. It's fascinating how the same block can produce endless different looks depending on the yarn and colours used. Good luck with finishing it. xx

  12. I do love all the squares that you create. I have so many square blankets on the go at the moment that it scares me! Have a great week. Chel x

  13. Those are beautiful squares - so elegant looking!

  14. I love your squares. Please, please post your pattern for these gorgeous colored squares. I would love to make them.


    Melanie from Texas

  15. I do so love your blog ... Vibrant colours, gorgeous yarns and happy days. What more could we ask for. I also have been studying Jan Eaton's book and love your adaptation of the willow block. I've just finished a blanket using her bobble pattern which has come out really well. I think I may need to join yarn anon too!

  16. If you seek therapy, you surely won't be alone!! Lovely colors for your blocks!!

  17. Hello my name is Sue and I have an addiction to yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, books and pretty things can you help! On a serious note your crochet is beautiful and we are all addicted to yarn.
    Sue x

  18. Beautiful squares!!
    Can you tell me about the painting in the last picture? I absolutely love it!

  19. Hi There,Absolutely love your colors and your crochet is stunning!!I see we belong to the same club!!!The wonderful YA Club!!!!Nice to meet you!!
    Have a great week!!!

  20. Love your squares! Makes me want to abondon my current WIPS and do something similar!

  21. Hi! Could you please tell me the name of the pattern for the blanket that has the black border? I think it is beautiful.

    Melanie (Texas)

  22. Hello
    Just found your blog and love it! It is so colourful. The willow is my favourite block and someday, I hope to make a blanket with it. Take care, Carla http://socksahoy.blogspot.ca/

  23. I really like the way you've used the colours for each square, they look very impressive all together & I think the solidness of them works so much better :)

  24. WOW! Those colour crush squares are awesome! Might be that I found myself a new blanket project :)

  25. Beautiful blocks. I love the two tones of the blocks and how they compliment each other so well. They would be lovely sewn into a big ole blanket for a bed. ;)


  26. Hi! I just wanted to ask where do you buy your Catania cotton? I KNOW you mentioned it in some post, but I can't seem to find it... please please please help! thanks!

    1. Here you are :) http://www.handarbeitswaren.de/Schachenmayr-Wolle/Catania-Schachenmayr.html


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