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Heart exchange, more crochet and bread making.

Here is the Heart Exchange I sent to Melanie over at The PatchWork Robin Blog  

I recently joined a Heart Swap over at Cheryls Gone Stitching Blog and this is what I sent my secret partner Melanie. We had to make something with a heart theme that included the persons name on it, so  I decided to make this little bag and added a heart embroidered brooch, a silk embroidered necklace, one of my crochet pin cushions and some polymer clay roses. I always seem to get carried away with exchanges, I just can’t stop at making just one thing! I am glad to say Melanie loved what I made for her.

More photos below.
Stitching News

I have not been doing any cross stitch recently as I have been practising my crochet, I got a lovely delivery of wool this week, it was wool for crochet in gorgeous ice cream colours and I just love it! I have made a couple of granny squares but I am not sure what I am going to make out of them, I think it will be a decorative pillow for the guest bedroom. 
I also saw a fabulous pattern for a crochet shawl that I fell in love with, I thought the pattern would be really difficult for a beginner but I decided to have a go at crocheting one of the squares just to see if I could do it, I was quite pleased with my first attempt, you can see the photo below.  Not that I will be crocheting this anytime soon as I have far too many things on the go at  the moment but it is in my to do list!  
Hopefully I should make time for some cross stitching very soon!
Here is a close up picture of the embroidery, the pattern is a freebie from Michelle Ridgeways gorgeous designs, if you scroll down her blog on the right hand side you will be able to get the free pattern from there.
The felt heart and polymer clay roses 
Silk cross stitch thread design made into a necklace
Here are the gorgeous ice cream coloured yarns that arrived this week, they are so yummy don’t you think?
I love the softness of this yarn through my fingers , it feels so lovely. 
Lynn B
This is the square from the shawl I was telling you about, it needs blocking yet but I am pleased with how it looks.
My darling husband has also been practising his bread making skills, I showed him how to make a loaf a couple of weeks ago and since then he has not stopped! Trust me his bread is better then mine, here is the one he made yesterday, it was soooooo delicious and creamy!
  You can find the recipe from Paul Hollywoods book, 
How To Bake 

Best Wishes and Happy Stitching.
Lynn B


  1. February 9, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Great stitching and I love the granny squares.


  2. February 9, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Wow! What a wonderful exchange!!!

  3. February 9, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    You've been busy, Lynn, and I love it all! Those yarns are just dreamy…what gorgeous colors! I love your exchange gift to Melanie, what beautiful finishes…she must be thrilled!
    I can't wait to see the shawl progress…it is going to be beautiful!

  4. February 9, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    What beautiful gifts you sent to Melanie! Did you make the polymer roses, they are lovely. I love your new wool and you crochet is stunning!!

  5. February 9, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Oh my Lynn….I can't believe you've only just started to crochet!! That looks gorgeous!!!! Yummy bread indeed!! And once again gorgeous gifts :)

  6. February 9, 2014 / 9:58 pm

    Realmente precioso¡

  7. February 11, 2014 / 11:54 am

    You made beautiful gifts for Melanie.
    And your crocheting looks great too.

  8. February 11, 2014 / 11:54 am

    Your felt heart is to die for – so lovely. You crochet is beautiful – love your colors!

  9. February 11, 2014 / 11:54 am

    Such a lovely gift that you sent Melanie! I love those yarns that you purchased and that granny square will make a gorgeous shawl. Kudos to hubby for making great bread.

  10. February 11, 2014 / 11:54 am

    Beautiful work! I love how your personalized the angel and your crochet work is fabulous. I can't wait to see the shawl.

  11. February 12, 2014 / 10:52 am

    A beautiful exchange for Melanie. Your crocheting looks lovely. Those wool colours are so soothing.

  12. February 12, 2014 / 10:52 am

    Melanie is one lucky exchange partner. Your new yarn colors look so nice together. Lucky you to have yummy warm homemade bread.

  13. February 14, 2014 / 11:04 am

    I really can't believe you're beginner at crochet :D
    your ice cream yarns are absolutely yummy =)
    it smells Spring & Summer , it's good for the mind !
    and those gifts you made for Melanie, wow, so beautiful !
    the stitching in the necklace is so tiny !
    very great job once again
    sure Melanie was very happy =)

  14. March 1, 2014 / 10:51 am

    I love this post! it has beautiful makes…the angel and those roses! they are perfectly beautiful! Bread looks very yummy and I love your crochet thread! The squares look lovely.XOX