Tuesday, 8 April 2014

WOYWW Bits and Pieces

Seems like a lot of activity this week, without much to show for it.

Work continues on the back of the cushion for DD. I'll hopefully finish it to give her next week, for Easter, and will post a pic then.

Meanwhile, the saga of Mum moving upstairs continues. I'm doing it a bit at a time, partly to help her adjust to the idea, but also because I haven't the energy I used to have, and there's lots of swapping furniture over, etc. Yesterday I brought down the contents of her wardrobe, and today DH and I shifted her dressing table and contents. Tomorrow will be the biggy - a bed settee to go up, and her bed to come down - not looking forward to that bit! At least it will all be finished then, and I can get to the  fun bit of putting the craft/guest room together.

The other WIP - a friend has just learned to crochet, and wanted to make a blanket for a boy she sponsors in a Ugandan orphanage. Looking at the pile of 'squares' ranging from 3" to about 7" and nary a right angle between them, I offered to help out, when she said she was just going to sew them together.

I've evened them up by putting white borders around, and have mixed and matched singles, half doubles and doubles, to end up with three sizes. I did re-do a couple that were too mis-shaped, and am quite pleased with the result.

I'm waiting for the next batch, and will then help her to assemble it when there are enough. She wants to back it with fabric.. I think it will look quite cute when finished, and I'm sure the little boy will be delighted with his pressie.

I'm looking forward to this afternoon, when DD2 is coming over (on hol from work this week) and bringing a DVD for us to watch while Mum has her rest.

Don't forget you make yourself a drink, put your feet up and meet all the other crafters over at Julia's place for WOYWW.

Hope your week is going well. Love for now xx


  1. Looks like you have up to all kinds of good Chrysalis. I'm sorry about the loss of your friend and the efforts moving your mum. The project you are assisting with is going to be so nice. A white border on anything is awesome and the fabric backing is great.

    Have a good rest of the week!

  2. Hope the moving of your mum's things will end soon.Then you can get down to some crafting in your Girl Cave!!I LOVE my space.It's like a refuge from the world.Love the crochet!

  3. Hi Chrysalis, well hopefully next week and the big shuffle will be over...but in the end it will be worth it I'm sure. The crocheted 'squares' will be much loved I'm sure too. Have fun putting them together. Cheers and have a great week RobynO#29

  4. Although disruptive now, I'm sure things will look great for your Mom and hopefully she can get settled.. Love the granny square colours. I love to crochet too, probably my favourite craft.

    Popping over from WOYWW. Have a great week and happy crafting
    Candace #33

  5. Hope you soon get your Mum sorted, it sounds like hard work but will be worth it later. Have a good day. Helen 11

  6. Sending lots of strength and positive vibes to get everything settle for your mum!
    What a sweet project for the little boy - I'm sure the squares will come together nicely :)
    Cheers & happy woyww,
    Jana #65

  7. G'day Chrysalis. Happy WOYWW day to you. I'm a returning WOYWW after almost a years break. Good luck with moving Mum upstairs and I hope she settles well. What a lovely idea for the quilt and its great yr helping yr friend make them all the right size...good for you
    Annette In Oz #23

  8. Nearly there with the 'move' - hope it goes smoothly tomorrow.
    Looking forward to seeing the completed cushion and more square squares LOL.
    Hugs and thanks for visiting me earlier - Neet 14 xx

  9. Love the colors in those afghan squares! I'm a crocheter , too.
    Here from WOYWDW , Happy Wednesday!
    Cathy #80

  10. Sounds like all the moving is about complete and hopefully life will settle down a bit. So nice of you to help your friend with her crochet squares. Bet the quilt will be really cute and the little boy will just love it no matter what. Thanks for popping by and Happy WOYWW!
    Carol N now #22

  11. Hello Chris. I'm so glad I have found you. You kindly left a comment last week - but I couldn't work out who you were - glad to discover the fact!!
    Thanks for visiting. Pleased you like the cards I had fun messing about with...
    I see your talents are spread - have a go at most things - well done for putting together the squares for the blanket - I have the same issue with knitted "squares" for blankets for Uganda. Our church supports a school at Kyehimba www.pcmuk.org will tell you more about all we do. You are a carer, too. Take time for yourself or you will soon be exhausted.
    God bless.
    Margaret #25

  12. What a noble effort, rescuing all those eccentric crochet squares!! A real labour of love. I am sure the results will be stunning. It's amazing how a unifying border brings the whole thing together and gives it a professional look. As for moving your Mum, we know what that is like! It was a major operation clearing my parents' house last year and getting us all established under one roof - so much upheaval for Mum who's had the biggest change in her life in such a short space of time, losing her home, and Dad dying in December, and moving to an area she's not keen on, but at least we can look after her better with her in the annexe downstairs, and she seems more settled these days, even if grudging about her surroundings!

    Looking forward to seeing DD's finished cushion.

    Thanks for your lovely comment - nice to know there's another one like me out there, with at least half a dozen projects on the go at any one time! Mum always made me complete things before I went on to the next when I was little, but this can seriously affect the creative flow (or so I tell myself... in my heart of hearts I know it's just lack of self-discipline lol!). It's funny how the kitties go for the hubbies, isn't it. They have an uncanny knack of knowing who's the soft touch and whose heart is flint! They never waste time on me lol!!

    Happy WOYWW,
    Shoshi #12

  13. Good luck with your "move". Things will all be in place before you know it.

    Your crochet squares are looking good, looking forward to seeing the finished blanket.

    Thanks for the visit this week.
    Krisha #19

  14. Love and Light to all! When in doubt ad a border!
    thanks for stopping by, your kind words and the snoop around your place.
    robyn 5

  15. What a wonderful talent to have, Chris, and so nice that you're helping a friend, too!

    (Thank you SO much for the vote, I really appreciate it!)

    #13 this week with
    fairies, a please, and
    a thank you!

  16. aw, Chris, what a sterling thing to take on for your friend! The blankie sure has love in every stitch, huh! Great good luck and humour fork tomorrow's moving tasks, your mum will be very comfortable and so it will be worth it...keep telling yourself this as you stagger up and down the stairs!

  17. What a lot of very hard work you have taken on, but, I am sure, it will be worth it once it is done. Don't carry too much in one go and look after yourself. You are so right about the qualities of a good seaside blow. I didn't get much because it was so foggy but it did invigorate me. I must try to get to the sea again before the end of the summer. xx Maggie #28

  18. Thanks for the visit Chris. Your mum will be most pleased once you have it all sorted for her. Love the blanket..you are a good friend..I never ever help my friends out when they make sewing / crochet messes..mean right! I Sometimes wonder if my friends don't actually ever learn how to do things 'properly' so I can finish them off - ha ha. Cx #29

  19. How pretty the blanket will be. How nice of you to help your friend make it, and a great idea for evening it out. Hope the rest of the move goes smoothly for you. Happy WOYWW! #91

  20. Good luck with the move. I've moved my craft room around when my kids moved back in and I know it can be exhausting. What a great thing to do for a child. Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. April #20

  21. Wow! What a good friend you are to re-do or fix all that crochet :) I'm yawning at the thought of it :) ! A friend asked me not long ago if I would be interested in fixing a VERY complicated fair isle jacket - started decades ago by her MIL, VERY fine thread and NO pattern! Guess what I said?
    Thanks for dropping by,
    Rosa # 45

  22. That will be one adorable blanket and May the everything get back to normal soon with all that moving hugs Nikki 3

  23. Sounds like you have had a very busy week. Hope you get all that moving around done soon and have some time to relax. It's very nice of you to help your friend and I'm sure the little boy will be very happy when he gets the blanket.

  24. Thanks for calling by at mine and for your lovely comments.
    I really love the idea of working together on the blanket. Just think of all the love you're sending that little boy :-)
    Annie x. #51

  25. Oh, bless your heart, what a great friend you are, helping out with the crochet. My work was all over the place when I first learned too! She will get the hang of tension soon and then there'll be lovely equal squares flying off her hook :-)
    Good luck with all the moving!
    Hugs, LLJ 45 xx

  26. The blanket will be gorgeous I'm sure the little fellow will love it. Moving furniture is no fun but at least you will have a new craft room soon.
    Have a great week,
    Von # 53

  27. Thanks for the visit. Hope your Mum settles in upstairs and good luck with that lovely blanket.

  28. Best of luck with the grand move. I'm sure it'll be satisfying once it's all done and dusted.

    And how good of you to rescue the wonky blanket! I'm sure he'll appreciate such a colourful expression of the kindness + support your friend has shown [and you of course!].

    Thanks for visiting me earlier. Julie :-)

  29. Hi Chris, thanks for visiting mine earlier and your lovely comments.
    A new craft room, how exciting is that!
    Hope you get your mum settled soon.
    Happy crafting, Angela x 64

  30. Hope you get your Mum sorted soon. Thanks for the visit BJ#78

  31. What a useful friend you are. I find it quicker to crochet the squares together. Hope you get your mums stuff sorted soon x
    Famfa 76

  32. What a wonderful gift that blanket will be! Good luck with the move and getting everything settled in new spaces :D

  33. Hope all goes well with the "move". Your little blanket will be lovely. x Jo

  34. I'm guessing by the time I read this the whole swapping rooms and moving the heavy pieces are behind you now, YAY :) I bet it is such a relief to all of you to be on the fun ( decorating) end of things now :) Stacy

  35. Hi Chris, thanks for visiting me and your lovely comments, unfortunately the ironing fairy has failed to materialise so i've had to do it myself.
    What a generous soul you are rescuing all those squares, very hard work I am sure but will be worth it in the end.
    Hope your mum is soon settled in and you can get your new craft room all full of goodies.
    Chris #41

  36. Nice that your mom is moving in. A lot of people wouldn't do that. Good for you! Your crochet is beautiful. I love the colors. Thanks for sharing your space :)

  37. You are a good friend. I hope you'll share a pic of her blanket when it's finished. Sending blessings for an easy transition for your mum and she settles into her new surroundings. Creative Blessings! Kelly #82

  38. You sound very busy indeed.Thank you for your visit. Karen #71

  39. I'd love to learn to do official things with yarn and make those squares although I'm quite sure mine would be all misshapen as well. It sounds like you have been having fun amongst the heavy lifting. Thanks for the visit earlier.

  40. Hello, Chrys! Thank you for coming by the Playhouse and leaving a comment so I could come and return the flavor! I'm delighted to meet you and become your latest follower! I would love to have you return to my place and join as a follower, too, if you like! I hope the rest of the move goes well and your mum gets settled in. How fun it will be to make a guest/craft room!! You're very sweet to help with the blanket making. Have a wonderful week! Hugs, Darnell #26

  41. Chris, The blanket will be lovely. Looking forward to seeing it finished.

    Hope you get your mum settled.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sue 58

  42. Thanks for your visit - hope all goes well getting your Mum settled in ! Ali #41

  43. Hope the moving of the sofa and bed went ok - loving the look of the blanket you are helping your friend with - thanks for visiting me - I have some blog candy if your are interested - Nicky #6

  44. what am mammoth task but pray now the worst of it maybe over - the reward of guest craft room on the way!
    And great wok on quilt too! Shaz in Oz.x #32

  45. Love the white borders on those squares - something different but so cute too! #60something

  46. Crochet is an amazing skill! I envy you! How sweet to fix those for your friend!

  47. Sorry I am so late coming back - thank you so much for your kind comment - things are getting better! It is so kind of you to "repair" the chrocheted squares for your friend! The blanket will look wonderful in the end and I am sure the little boy will love it!
    Have a lovely week!
    Lots of hugs

  48. Such pretty colors on those pieces there..so sorry I am late getting back to you. Last week was just blah! with my pain and didn't feel up to too much. Brigita #101