Friday, August 15, 2014

Crochet Flower Blanket and Queen Anne Lace

It's been too long since I last wrote.  It seems that time goes by so so fast these days!  It has been warm down here.  Lilly seems to enjoy the weather no matter how hot or cold it is........
Here she is lounging by the pool with her morning coffee.  She is resting after her gecko hunting adventure.

I've been busy knitting a hooded sweater for my grandson.  I don't have it completed so I don't have any picture to share with you.  But, this week I went to my weekly community crochet/knit group.  We are a group of ladies that meet at the community center and knit for various charitable organizations.  It's been such a blessing to meet such nice people and get some great ideas.  

Here is a lovely crocheted flower blanket that my friend, Angela, is making:
Isn't it beautiful?  She made up the pattern (she's extremely talented in that way) and she is making these flower motifs from worsted weight yarn. She's attaching each flower as she goes along.

This is a Queen Anne lace crocheted blanket made by Mira.  Mira's needlework skills are amazing; this blanket was donated to the group half completed and Mira took over this project and finished this beautiful piece.  I love the way the Queen Anne lace panels have been incorporated into the design.  If you're interested in learning the Queen Anne lace pattern, the link can be found here.

Lastly, I will leave you with some pics of my homemade spaghetti sauce.  My husband grew tons of tomatoes in his little garden this year.  I made a simple sauce* with oil, garlic, tomatoes (which were put through a food mill) and some spices.

I hope it will taste OK..............

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Enjoy your week and please remember to stop by Handmade Harbour where you can meet lots of great crafters.  

Lilly sends you her best "meows",
Pat (& Lilly, too!)

*Simple Spaghetti Sauce Recipe:  Put about 2T olive oil in sauce pan, add in 4 minced garlic cloves.  Saute until garlic turn "light" brown.  Add in pureed fresh tomatoes.  (I put my tomatoes through a food mill, but you can skin the tomatoes and blend them in a blender).  I also added a teeny, tiny green pepper, cut up in small pieces.  Add in plenty of salt and pepper.  Simmer for an hour or so, until sauce becomes thick.  Lastly, I chopped a handful of mushrooms and sauteed them in 2 tsp of butter and added them to the sauce before serving.  It makes enough sauce for 8 ounces of paste.  Enjoy!


  1. That crocheted flower blankie would be so gorgeous as a wall hanging. Sunshine in yarn form,

    Jean x

  2. What a talented group of ladies! The flower blanket is my favourite, so bright and cheerful.

  3. Gosh, the flower blanket is so pretty. How nice to find some likeminded friends.

  4. I love that flower blanket, I think I might need to make myself a bag based on that look. Your sauce looks delicious and nutritious, hope it was good!

  5. Love the makes, especially the flower blanket which is stunning. Lilly looks very cosy there.

    Have a great crafty week,
    Alison x

  6. What a lovely group you belong to, I think both pieces are beautiful.

  7. Lily looks right at home lounging by the pool. What wonderful crochet creations. I am going to have to check out the Queen Anne pattern, it's beautiful. I love this time of year when there's lots of tomatoes. I stock up on homemade sauce, lovely. Have a lovely week.
    Ali xx

  8. Oh yum, the spaghetti sauce sounds very good - I can almost taste it. Isn't the crocheted-flower blanket pretty? Angela is very clever to make up patterns. I have never really got to grips with crochet. Hope you have a good week.

    Jill, Christmas Pie Crafts

  9. oh wow! Ive always wanted to belong to a local community craft group :) looks like you all are having fun over there!
    Love the floral blankets, these are so trendy now! It just looks beautiful with this abundance of flowers.
    Tomatoes - yummy! Well done to your hubby for growing so many of them. We've tried before but slugs, buggers, made a great feast out of them! the sauce looks delicious, just add some meatballs and pasta and the dinner is ready :)

  10. Wow, I love Angela's crochet blanket, what a talented lady! Found you via Handmade Harbour :)
    Vicky @

  11. Thanks for the tomato sauce recipe - I've never thought to put mushrooms in it before bot may try that in future. I often put some fresh basil in mine or dried oregano. Love the fluffy cat in the basket! Judy.


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