Things I Love Thursday 28/3/2013

Welcome to another edition of Things I Love Thursday.  If you’re new here, every Thursday I make a list of all the things that I’m smiling about this week.


I have to warn you that this week’s TIlT list is kinda crochet-heavy.


This week, I love:

DSCF7873– Walking in to find both cats curled up on my rainbow blanket.  They’ve both been feeling the chill lately.



It’s really hard to take good pictures of Ringo.  He tends to pull funny faces the moment I whip my camera out.  I really like these pictures because he looks natural in them.



-The cooler weather.  In a couple of weeks, I guarantee that I’m going to be whinging about how cold it is and how much I hate the chilly weather.  For now though, I’m excited by the prospect of wearing all the new jumpers I bought during Summer.  Also, I have a couple of things that I’ve crocheted that I’ll be able to use at long last.  Like my rainbow bobble blanket.


– Home-made pizzas.


– Mad Men. I’m up to season 4 now, and it’s fantastic.  I love that the era is starting to move into the mid-60’s, so the costumes are following suit.  I’m in awe of the decor and outfits in that show.


– Speaking of vintage fashion, my mother was cleaning out a cupboard and she came across an awesome crochet book which she promptly gave to me.  It used to belong to my nana, but Nan prefers knitting to crochet these days, so she was happy to let me have it.



I’m slightly annoyed by the fact that there is no publication date in the book, but judging by the patterns therein, I’d guess that it’s from the late 60’s or early 70’s.  It’s binding is coming loose and a lot of the pages have come out, but I don’t care.  Also, there are loads of other crochet patterns torn from magazines which my Nan has shoved between the pages.


There are quite a lot of things in the book that I am keen to make.  I’m feeling a lot more confident with my crocheting skills now, and I’m ready to try some more adventurous projects.


I took a few pictures of the book to share with you.

DSCF7885I cannot stop laughing at this picture.  I don’t know whether I’m more disturbed by this man’s crocheted vest-and-belt combo, his hairdo or the fact that he’s on a gondola.


DSCF7886I am in love with this model’s beehive.  I’m hoping to make one of these little shell tops soon.




I’m head over heels for this shawl.  I’ll certainly be making one of these sometime soon.


DSCF7888I have wanted a crocheted dress since I was about thirteen.  I think this might be a bit outside my skill-range, but I’d still like to try it sometime.


DSCF7889This little outfit is adorable!  Although it flips me out a bit to realise that this little girl is probably about my mum’s age now!


DSCF7890Orange table linens.  So 70’s.


– Getting up an hour earlier to read my book before breakfast.


– Cyndi Lauper. I’ve been reading her autobiography and it is so fascinating.  She’s a really interesting person, and she’s lived a much harder life than I ever could have guessed.


– Disney’s Brave.  How awesome is Princess Merida?  Finally, a princess who can hold her own!


DSCF7879-Finishing a bobble blanket for my mum for her birthday.  She loves blues and purples, so I chose a few shades and worked them into a cosy blanket for her.


– Going sans-eyeliner for the first time in ages and loving it.  I think I look heaps younger without it.


What do you love this week?  Don’t be afraid to share.  Don’t be afraid to let them show, your true colours, your true colours are beautiful like a rainbow (toldya I was on a Cyndi kick!)









    • Oh, it was a beauty, wasn’t it? Maybe I’ll include it in another Things I Love Thursday post (or perhaps I’ll just make one and then wear it all the time).

  1. Golden Hands is great! I have a series of 20 of them and they have every craft you can think of!
    You should totally post a tutorial on how to crochet bobble blankets. I can do ripples but not bobbles!

    • The bobble blanket is actually surprisingly easy. My rainbow blanket was the first big project I did when I learned to crochet, and I managed pretty well. I used this pattern from The Nearsighted Owl. It was pretty easy to follow, but if you have any issues with it, I might be able to give some pointers.

  2. SUCH CUTE KITTIES!!! ❤ I love that they're laying in the general area of each other. 😛 Wedge and Mau do that often! Also, that crochet top is SO pretty (the white one!) Want. 😀

    • I’m so happy that they’re finally spending some time together. They really don’t get along all that well, so it’s a real treat when they’ll sleep on the same piece of furniture without fighting.

      I really love the little crochet top. I’m working on a bed jacket at the moment, but once I’m done with that, I think this will be the next project that I attempt.

  3. Aww, Ringo! So cute! Frodo tends to hide if I get the camera out, and if I have the sound on my iPad and take a photo and he hears, he will get up and leave the room. Camera snob.

    Oh, I can’t wait for it to cool down, it’s still hitting mid to high 30s here 😦 😦

    • He’s a cutie. It is really hard to get good photos of him though. He’ll either run away from the camera, or he’ll pull strange faces every time I take a picture. So funny, but so frustrating at the same time.

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