Monday, 27 May 2013

More Flowers and some Crochet

 Hello,  I hope you're all having a lovely Bank Holiday.  The weather here's been glorious, if a bit windy!  but it's been so good to be outside and enjoy all the flowers and greenery everywhere.


Walking Lottie this morning we passed bright yellow fields of rapeseed looking wonderful against the blue sky.


And cow parsley on all the verges.


In the garden this green woodpecker spent ages working his way round the sleepers by the summerhouse looking for insects.  I had to crop the photo down a lot so it's not very clear.


The irises are flowering away.  They don't last long but I love the soft apricot colour and their furry "beards".


And the last couple of tulip photos.  The first is "Flaming Parrot" but I'm not sure of the other one. Very pretty anyway.



Finally, some crochet from the world's slowest crocheter!  I did actually do most of these ages ago, then put them to one side when the weather was really cold as my hands were feeling pretty stiff and achy.  Anyway, all the squares are finished now and I'm going to do a white border round each one then figure out how to arrange them.  I quite like this rainbow effect, though there wasn't enough wool for 4 of each colour so it might look better jumbled up slightly.  Can't decide!


Hugs!
xxx


33 comments:

  1. Your crochet blocks are so very very lovely. Love how you have them placed. Your flowers are truly beautiful. I really like the shades of pink tulip so very pretty. Hugs Judy

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    1. Hello
      Im with cj just fab as they are beautiful squares thanks for sharing
      Rachel

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  2. It's been a glorious weekend in my patch too, so much lovely sunshine to go out and play in! Once again you have wowed me with your gorgeous photography of nature, and OMG your crochet wip is growing beautifully. I'm working on something similar, using the same block pattern from Jan Eaton as a starting point. You are such an inspiration to me, I can't tell you :)

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  3. Thank you for the name of the plant, which I see every days at the streets - cow parsley. Now I must look what it is in German.
    Your grannys are cute!

    Sigrun

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  4. The blocks for your blanket look amazing! Can't wait to see the finished result, what an inspiring use of your stash!

    Jen x
    http://lavenderwildrose.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Those irises are such a beautiful colour and the crochet is divine it's going to look so good with a white border. Sarah x

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  6. Gorgeous rapeseed field and lovely flower shots. I do love iris!
    Your crochet squares look beautiful all laid out like a rainbows. I especially like the first four rows, but they're all very pretty.

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  7. Preciosas fotos! Reflejan los colores de la primavera.
    Saludos de Sara.

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  8. I love them exactly as they are!

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  9. Wow what a lovely pictures.
    I love your squares. Such a lovely pattern (where did you find the pattern?) and goreous colours!

    Groetjes, Monique

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    1. Hi, the pattern is from the book "200 crochet blocks" by Jan Eaton.

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  10. Oh mine, I am soooo glad I found your blog. Just love the pictures of the flowers and your blanket is absolutely gorgeous. I think that no matter how you put it together it will look absolutely fabulous! I want to make one like that now :)
    I'm now one of your newest followers :)

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  11. Most times, I think the unexpected (NOT having 4 of each color) looks the best. I also like the squares laid out as you have shown us.

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  12. What a gorgeous post!! Your pretty crochet squares are so beautiful!!! Have a great week! xo Heather

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  13. Amazing woodpecker photo. I remember when you had just started these squares, the blanket is going to look amazing however you arrange it! x

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  14. Love the colours of the blanket. Which wool have you used for it ? Could be another on to add to my growing list of projects to do !!!

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    1. Hi, the yarn is a mixture of several brands, all machine washable merino or wool DK. IT was a project to use up some of my leftovers, though I've still got loads left :(

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  16. Wow, to have a woodpecker in the garden! Lovely countryside there too. I rather her like the blanket as you've laid it out! :) x

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  17. Oh well done on those beautiful squares, I admire your patience! We have rapeseed fields in Lincolnshire too (driving my two teenagers mad with hayfever). They do look beautiful on a sunny day. Have a great week. Chel x

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  18. Lovely, gorgeous !! I love the colours and the yarn is just adorable !!

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  19. We've never had a green woodpecker visit so lucky you.

    Sorry though the sight of oil seed rape flowering will never fill me with joy!

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  20. What beautiful little crocheted flowers - you are so clever and patient. love the colours you chose.

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  21. I love the irises. They reminde of my mothers garden when I was young bagels always loved them in her garden and tulips too. But I've never seen tulips like these ones before they're really gorgeous.
    Rosie

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  22. Beautiful flowers and amazing crochet!! Too bad I've so little time now for handwork since the little guy is taking all my time :)

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  23. Lovely to see pictures of the flowers, the iris is an unusual colour and how nice to capture a photo of the woodpecker.

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  24. I wouldn't mind walking the dog when the surrounding countryside is as pretty as yours. Those fields look amazing! Your garden flowers look beautiful too and so is your blanket. You chose some very pretty colours.

    Have a lovely evening,

    Madelief x

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  25. I think the rainbow pattern is eye-catching. That's going to be very pretty!

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  26. What fun to see the artistry of color in your garden, in your surroundings and in your crochet! What a visual treat! Thank you for sharing the beauty.

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  27. Love the rainbow crochet, beautiful soft colours

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    Siga-me e pegue o meu selinho!!!

    Obrigada.

    Beijos Marie.

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  29. Hello Debbie,
    Thank you so much for visiting rusty duck today and bringing me here. Just love your photos from the garden, in previous posts too. And you have a green woodpecker!!
    I would also leave the crochet blocks as they are.. they're beautiful.
    Jessica x

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  30. Hello from Brisbane, Australia! I was google-image-searching for crochet square ideas, and your blog popped up. I've been trying to find a finished photo of this one, as the squares are just beautiful! I wasn't sure if you have completed it or not yet. I've just started teaching myself to crochet (about a week ago!) and I LOVE it. Making a simple afghan for my 1 year old, and some circle-centered granny squares, but I'd love to have a go at these ones. Love the lacy look! Such a beautiful blog too! Love all the amazing photo's of flowers - still having a look through your posts... I shall keep going :) Nina xx

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