Monday, 15 August 2016

Corner to Corner Summer Shawl #whaticrochet

I haven't blogged about any of my crochet projects for ages. The last few months have been super busy and I have crocheted loads including what feels like a gazillion baby blankets for family and customers. I decided I needed to make something for myself for the cool summer evenings (and days) so I made myself this gorgeous shawl.

Its just a corner to corner pattern that is easy to crochet once you understand the pattern. Its essentially boxes of triple stitch. I have been making my current blankets in this stitch and thought it would make a great shawl. I just kept going until it was big enough for me.

The yarn it Patons 4ply mercerised cotton which I got from a charity shop. I got a huge bag of the mint green colour,  in fact I have several balls left. The purple came from the same charity shop haul and I still have some of it left as well. I used 3 balls of the green and then did the final two rows in the purple. 

It was so quick to work up and drapes like a dream. Its perfect for when I am sitting n the garden at night and will make a great scarf in the spring.

The corner to corner pattern is super simple and you can find loads of patterns online. The Crochet Crowd have a great corner to corner video tutorial if you google it. 

I am currently working on a stunning beaded shawl which I put aside until I have the time to focus on it as its a bit fiddly.  Next up I am working on several blankets for Christmas gifts and I have a commission for two picnic baskets of food which I will blog about one day!

What are you working on?

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Breakfast in the Park

This morning Little Miss and I had breakfast in the park for the first time. We have a little park three minutes from our house but we decided that the park in town was the best one for a breakfast picnic.

We left the house just after 8am. A quick stop at Lidl for their freshly baked pastries and then Costa for coffee and hot chocolate and we were ready for the park.  Ayscoughfee park is a stunning park with a hall, duck pond, little maze, tennis courts, bowling green and cafe.

We had a breakfast by the duck pond and then played in the park until Little Miss was ready to leave. Most of the time we had the park to ourselves and we stayed there for almost and hour an a half. 

It was such a nice morning and I didn't spend a lot. I could have taken a flask of tea but its nice to have treat. I have promise BG we will take her with us next week for another one.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Book Blog Tour: Wildflower Bay by Rachael Lucas

I am over the moon to be starting off the book blog tour for Rachael Lucas’s new novel Wildflower Bay. You may remember that I was part of the book blog tour for Rachael’s last book Coming Up Roses and if you enjoyed that story you will love this one!

We are taken back to the Island of Auchenmor in Wildflower Bay a place we were introduced to in her first novel Sealed with A Kiss and I for one am glad we are back!
Right first the blurb….

Isla's got her dream job as head stylist at the most exclusive salon in Edinburgh. The fact that she's been so single-minded in her career that she's forgotten to have a life has completely passed her by - until disaster strikes.

Out of options, she heads to the remote island of Auchenmor to help out her aunt who is in desperate need of an extra pair of scissors at her salon.

A native to the island, Finn is thirty-five and reality has just hit him hard. His best friends are about to have a baby and everything is changing. When into his life walks Isla . . .

Where do I start?? I thoroughly enjoyed this book, in fact I couldn’t out it down and read it in less than 24 hours.

 It has everything you want, an uplifting story, romance, a little sadness and quite a few giggles.

I loved being back on the Island and even though we meet a few friends from the first book they are not a huge feature and the new characters totally stand on their own. I have now re found my passion to go off and love on a remote Scottish island!

The story is spilt into three parts which lent it’s self nicely to be publish in three small eBooks which can purchase now on kindle (The first one is currently free). I was saving all mine to read together and then I was kindly sent a paperback version to read.  You will be able to buy it in paperback on the 11th August!

If you are looking for a great summer read, then Wildflower Bay is for you. I can’t wait for the next cracker from Rachael and I would rather like to see more books from the Island. I think she should have an Auchenmor chronicles like Jilly Cooper has a Rutminster chronicles.  

Joking a side Wildflower Bay is a must read.

For more about Rachael, visit her website at, say hello to her on Twitter @karamina, or find her on Facebook at 

Tomorrow you can find the tour over at Jax’s