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Tea and ripple

I was going to take some more pictures today, but the clouds are grey and the weather dreary and miserable.  I’m staying indoors as much as possible with a hot cup of tea and a blanket.

So I added a new colour to my ripple.  It’s to stretch over the bed and down the sides, so it is a nice, snuggly width.  I am using Stylecraft Special DK and the pattern is from Attic 24.  Isn’t it coming along nicely?  I am about 12 rows in.  And aiming for about 50, so I still have a lonnnnng way to go!

Here’s the next tin due a re-cover.  It’s currently keeping a lovely crysanth. alive, so I won’t touch it until the flower passes away.  Isn’t it a gorgeous colour?!  Meanwhile I can think of some ideas for my second crochet tin.  I am thinking colourful this time.  Something summery to brighten up my mood.  What do you think?  Something multi-coloured with flowers on?  Or something plain with lots of bright buttons?

Maybe I need to eat more tuna…

Catch up!

Yes, yes, okay.  I have been a rubbish blogger.  RUBBISH!  I know.   I know.

Sorry.

So, grab a cuppa and prepare for the catch up posts.

This could take a while.

Ravelry swap

I’ve been participating in my first Ravelry swap, in the ‘We Love Lucy’ forum dedicated to Attic24.  For those of you not in the know, we had to fill in a form (with lots of likes, dislikes) and we were given a swap partner.  The rules were simple and there was lots of room to manoeuvre.  The parcel we sent had to contain some yarn, a handmade ‘something’ and some goodies.  It was exciting, doing all the shopping and getting to know my swap partner.

Well, my parcel from my swap partner, TeresaKasner (from Oregon, USA), arrived one day and was waiting for me on my doorstep.  I was very excited.  I won’t post any pictures of the goodies I sent to her yet, as my parcel unfortunately hasn’t arrived yet and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.  I’m waiting anxiously to hear she received it.

Anyway, here are some pictures of my goodies 🙂

Picture of swap parcel, all wrapped!

My swap parcel arrived in a box, all wrapped up in bubble wrap with the colours peaking through!

All wrapped up in colourful tissue paper with ribbons. How pretty!

Tadah! Here it is, all unwrapped and lying on my living room carpet. Great isn't it? Click on the images for larger versions if you can't see them properly.

The handmade bits - a beautiful card which my lovely swap partner painted herself. And a crochet heart which I shall hang somewhere near my computer 🙂

I am looking forward to trying out the yarn.  I’m not sure what I will do with it yet, but I think the alpaca is crying out for some chocolate brown yarn to go with it.  I am sure I have some somewhere, so I shall raid my stash.

In the meantime, I am trying to come up with a blanket idea for the b/f’s sofa.  He came with me to choose the colours.  Now I have to make it work.  Black, yellow and dark red anyone?

Surprise!

I had a surprise delivery this morning.

8 skeins of Debbie Bliss Andes that I don’t remember ordering.

That’ll teach me for looking at yarn websites after a few too many glasses of wine!

Still, the colours that I ordered were gorgeous!  Now I just have to find something to do with them…

Fiddling with the widgets.

Because that’s such a cool sentence it deserved its own post.

Isn’t it odd that people who have hobbies spend a large proportion of their hobby-time blogging/posting/reading about it online.  I have spoken to so many people who blog/post in forums about this hobby or that hobby and then complain that they haven’t “finished this project” or “had time to do that bit,” and not really put two-and-two together.

I’m one of them.

I spend a lot of time on ‘Ravelry’ looking at fabulous patterns and occasionally posting in the many, many forums.  I have a few blogs pinned to my Google homepage, so I can stalk them for new posts.  It’s all so exciting and yet my crochet/writing projects get put on the back-burner while I spend hours reading and looking at new patterns/yarn.

In fact, I have just pulled out a beautiful shawl I was making for last summer that I have yet to finish.  My Raspberry Lace shawl.  Raspberry Lace Shawl

I intend to get it done in time for this summer.  The shawl is based on Eva’s Shawl but will have an All Shawl border.  I used a picture of the Work In Progress (WIP) to make the current banner for the blog.  Isn’t it a gorgeous colour!?  It’s in lace-weight cashmere that was coned for machine use, so it has been oiled to make it easier to work with.  When I’ve finished it I can wash all the oil out and it will fluff up beautifully.  I am sooo looking forward to that moment.

Work in progress on my Raspberry Lace Shawl

Work in progress on my Raspberry Lace Shawl

Isn’t it scrummy?!  I’m using two strands, in slightly different shades, to give it more dimension.  But it has been a hard slog because each row gets longer and longer.  Hundreds and hundreds of tiny stitches per row and it is still going.  I can’t wait now to get it finished.  At least, from here, I shall have a different pattern to follow (the edging) and hopefully this will add a bit of interest to the work.

Raspberry Lacy Shawl

That is… if I have counted correctly and the pattern works.  If not, I shall be crying into a pint of cider and complaining woefully to my totally-disinterested family.

No pastels here please

As usual I am inspired by the many cool people who knit and crochet across the web.  Their projects, patience, energy and creativity never cease to amaze me.

A friend in my knitting group has just popped twins.  So now I (and the rest of the group) find myself in panic mode.  Twins.  Both boys.  And we need to produce baby things.  We are, of course, her knitting and crochet group.  We couldn’t just ‘buy’ something, oh no.  We have to labour intensively over lengthly projects in baby-safe yarns that are machine washable.

I refuse to make anything in pastels.

Baby Blanket

So blanket number one has been started.  It’s using Lucy’s ‘Granny Stripe Blanket’ pattern from Attic24.  She is a star and a constant inspiration.

Baby Blanket

Not-a-pastel-baby blanket

I really love these colours!  They are so… perfect.  Particularly for this time of year, when the days are starting to lengthen and the sun is peaking out.  Fewer grey, miserable clouds.  Let’s celebrate with bright, colourful things.

Stylecraft Stash

Stylecraft Stash

What else could I do to celebrate spring?

Which reminds me. Note to self: re-pot bay tree.

Go for it!

So I didn’t realise how much the first post was really hard to write. Writing about it made so much sense at the time. I’m not sure about it now, but I shall leave it. This is a blog after all and therefore not perfect.

On to the second post. I now know how novelists feel after they have published their first book.

“What?! You need me to make the second one just as good?”

Looking back… that shouldn’t be hard. So here goes…

Darn – now what?

Procrastinating in so many ways

Starting a new blog… well, re-starting an old one because your last one failed.  Why?  You only posted two meaningless posts in about a year.  Deciding to really give it a go this time, as you have something to say.  Hobbies to talk about.  Crafts you are now quite good at and knowledgeable about.

So, full of drive and enthusiasm you spend two hours browsing themes, choosing one and setting it up. Fiddling with the widgets.  You then set up a folder on your desktop, with sub-folders for articles you may write (yes, really!) and photos/pictures you may use.

And finally you spend ten full minutes looking for a new icon for your blog folder because the standard Windows 7 folder icon does not ‘reflect’ your new enthusiasm for your blog.  It’s also not pretty enough.

Image of my pretty new Blog folder.

Can you tell I work in a primary school?

So, colourful new folder created – check.

Subfolders for work created and labelled – check.

Blog created and set up to look pretty – check.

Now you open up Microsoft Word.  Type “Blog Entries – the drafts.”  Date the first entry and go for a cup of tea.  Come back.  Close it all down.

….you’ll do it tomorrow.

New-old blog

So I have re-vamped my blog.  Given it a complete spring clean.  Deleted the few old posts that were here and chosen a nice, new theme.  I like this one.  Very clean.

Let us start with a clean slate.