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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.....?!!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Giddy for Granny Squares and Giveaway Goodies

Hello friends. Did you manage to get your gums around my post title, a bit of a tongue twister isn't it?!! I do hope you're all adapting to the changing seasons, and that all is well in your corner of the globe today. First things first. I'm just about fit to burst over being the lucky recipient of an amazing giveaway, hosted recently by the very lovely Gillian over at Tales from a happy house

Not meaning to gloat dear readers, but this is the first online giveaway I've ever entered, and the first thing I've won in many a year. You see, these things just don't happen to me! So I'm sure you can forgive my smugness & appreciate my excitement on this occasion *does cartwheels*

Just look at the goodies I've won, aren't they fab? A gorgeous GreenGate Tea Towel, an amazing Emily Peacock Tapestry Kit, and for me the best thing of all; the most wonderful crochet bunting hand made by Gillian herself. Needless to say I am one very happy camper!! Everything arrived beautifully packaged, with the added touch of a hand written note card. I'm really grateful to Gillian for making so much effort.

On the crochet front I've been hooking up some six round traditional granny squares in block colours, and joining them as I go with grey. It's mostly Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton, but there's a few other odds and ends thrown in too. I can't remember exactly what they are as I stupidly threw the ball bands away. 

I'm hoping to make a double bed blanket size, and because I decided to start this project on a whim I've had to order 8 more balls of the grey for joining (it's actually Rowan Purelife Logwood if anyone's interested).

I've thoroughly enjoyed getting cosied up on the sofa with a nice hot brew, hook & yarn in hand. That's what I love most about Autumn. I'm in hibernation mode for sure.

Before I go I must mention how much I'm enjoying the new four part series currently showing on BBC One, The Great British Year. As described by the The Open University The Great British Year is the definitive portrait of the spectacular and dynamic nature of our country over the course of one year....... 

I have been truly wowed by the amazing time-lapse photography used in this production. I have oooo'd and aaaaa'd at the spectacular way the changing seasons have been so beautifully captured. You really can't take your eyes off the screen for a moment, it's so utterly mesmerising. What a triumph for the BBC, whom I'm sure will receive awards for this. If you haven't already, do try and watch this. It's available on catch-up. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

You can also order a free seasons poster here, as pictured above. What a great resource, especially for parents and teachers. I've ordered mine, why don't you grab yourself one. 

Well that's all from me, for now. 
Hope you have many cosy moments 
in the coming weeks!
x x x x x 


  1. I can't wait to see the finished blanket. Lovely colours x

  2. Congratulations, what lovely gifts to have received. Your blanket is looking very scrummy as well.
    Sally xxx

  3. Thank you this super post! W_O_N_D_E_R_F_U_L!

  4. Feeling rather green that you won this amazing giveaway and now that I have seen it even greener :-). Congrats and enjoy it, it is so lovely to win things, but like you it never happens to me either, but I am use to it. I love the look of your blanket and can't wait to see more of it and thank you for sharing the Great British Year with us as I am not watching, but going to change that right away! Enjoy your week xoxo

  5. Hi Sharron
    Well done you for winning - you just can't beat a parcel in the post !
    Your blanket is truly gorgeous - I absolutely love the colours you've chosen and it works so well with the grey joining it all together - beautiful. I really think I need to start getting more brave with my colours.
    Happy autumn hibernating.
    Kate x

  6. I am so thrilled for you can't wait to see your tapestry on the go. Your blanket is lovely and thank you for the programme tip - I have just ordered the poster for my grandchildren x

  7. congrats on the giveaway..looks like a wonderful gift. I love the gray of you blanket, very pretty

  8. Cheers for you, Annie...on all fronts! I am so pleased for your that you have won Gillians's lovely give-away, you new blanket project is beautiful, and you have found a program to enjoy. I am trying to finish up crocheting a matching hat for the baby cocoon blanket I finished last week before my new little grand is born...surely today, Lord?
    Gracie xx

  9. Thanks, I teach so I am straight over to get the poster - not before leaving some admiration of the gorgeous blanket. Jo xxx

  10. I really must try and decide which colours to purchase so that I too can start a crochet blanket. It's just deciding and it's not easy on line. I do like your grey though.....then again, I like your lime green and pastel colours......

  11. Congratulations on your wins, anyone would be thrilled with Gillian's prizes. I love that poster, I wish we had one like that for the US.

  12. How kind of you! It's fun, and weird, to see something I made on your blog, if that makes sense.

    I really like your blanket. Grey has become one of my favourite shades for decorating or crafting - it's a perfect neutral to highlight other colours against. xx

  13. Congratulations Sharron, such a lovely win to receive - Gillian has been very generous indeed; I'm looking forward to seeing your tapestry made up.
    Your blanket is coming along a treat, and the colours are so easy on the eye - the grey, to me, looks so right for the joining up.
    That sounds like a fantastic programme on BBC and I'm glad to hear you're getting so much enjoyment from it; it'll probably take something like five years to come here, if ever, but I will watch out for it, thank you!
    Take care, warm hug, Joy xo

  14. Hi There,
    What a fantastic blog. I'm enjoying popping in and taking a peek into your world. I really like the blanket you are making at the moment in the block colours and joined with the grey. Is it possible for you to share how you are attaching the squares? I'm still learning how to get the cross over corners joined neatly. Some tips would be great.
    Thanks, Lisa.

  15. I'm loving the look of your blanket; simple design and great colours x

  16. Congrats on the give away you won. It looks great! Such a coincidence, I won my first one too, 10 days ago (it hasn't arrived yet...). Hopefully I can show you mine next week! Have a lovely day!

  17. Oh lucky you!! I absolutely love the blanket you're working on now, I'm making another one myself, this time of the year just seems perfect for the job doesn't it? Ooh I would love watching The Great British Year and I'd love that poster (our climate and nature is quite alike) but unfortunately they only send it within the UK and republic of Ireland... which I completely understand of course :-) Have a lovely week! xxxx

  18. Congratulations you lucky thing! What a wonderful giveaway. Also, another fantastic blanket on the way... I do love your blankets!

    I saw the programme advertised but haven't had a chance to watch as yet. I love the chart so will be ordering this.

    Have a wonderful week. xx

  19. Congratulations Sharron! You do deserve it as you will have a great inspirational project to do with your winnings :) love the blanket so naturally elegant. Have a great week :)

  20. Congrats on your giveaway win, Sharron! Loved the coasters :)
    Your blanket looks cozy :) Have a happy day!

  21. Hi Sharron, well done for winning such a lovely give-away! isn't blogland nice. Your blanket will be lovely, go for it! and thanks I've ordered my poster. Heather x

  22. Your talent makes my heart sing...such pretty designs, bless your heart.

  23. Well done you on winning those yummy goodies! Fabulous blanket , love the colours.....I'm working on a granny stripe and a JAYG granny square.....I get bored with one project! It's great to be snuggling up with these lovelies now the weather has turned! X

  24. I would love to sit and crochet with Annie with a cup of tea! Unfortunately, I live just a tad too far away :( (Wyoming, USA)


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