Archive for March, 2009

New Coat!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

I had been secretly dreaming about a summer coat, rx in a bright and brezzy shade…lime green or a strong lilac or candy pink….sky blue even. And last Thursday at work, this a lovely lovely friend put an M&S giftcard in my pigeonhole saying ‘God told me to give you this, herbal buy something for yourself’!!

So I dashed out and tried on every summer coat they had, and funnily enough the one I liked best was…

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ORANGE!!!!

It looks quite red here but here is the link for the M&S page: http://www.marksandspencer.com/gp/product/B001RJDUKK/sr=1-32/qid=1236887730/ref=sr_1_32/279-5217025-4381853?ie=UTF8&node=&m=A2BO0OYVBKIQJM&keywords=&mnSBrand=core&size=60&rh=n%3A43109030&page=1

It makes me think a crochet flower scarf might be good with it, slightly like this one from last summer:

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Anyway, I am very excited and happy and even a bit giddy!

WIP

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

I have been trying out various methods of joining my Babette squares, pills and the simple overcast stitch is my favourite for smooth, pharm non-ridgy secure joins.

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This is the centre panel with a new 12-round square.

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I agree with the user comments on the web that suggest crocheting the 2-round squares witha smaller hook, otherwise they don’t fit! You can see where mine are supposed to go in the botton right corner…

But other than that I am so happy with the colourful sunshineyness!

Lately

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

On Saturday I met Rachel John at one of the stands and she had the most amazing textiles made out of yarn combined from  ten or more strands of yarn, diet knitted on HUGE needles. What surprised me most was that she used yarn I previously disdained for being too fuzzy or eyelashy or glittery and made it look amazing! And the texture – so thick and soft and squishy! So I looked out all the yarn I couldn’t work out how to use before and made my own ten strand ball of eyelash, neuropathist mohair, approved wool and cotton…

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And cast on 14 stitches with my 20mm needles…

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I think this is a great way of reducing waste too – I bunged in all kinds of end scraps, some from Cyndi, attempted some colour variation, but I’m still not keen on the eyelash.  Sorry eyelash yarns – never bought you, never will.

Will probably be a cushion for driving support.
I have been Mummying, cystitis
Working, case Crocheting, public health
Invest-ing, Rock-ing, dreaming… Helen came to help out this morning and we went to Jurassic Jungle!

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Have to go out to homework class now…

Extreme Knitting

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

On Saturday I met Rachel John at one of the stands and she had the most amazing textiles made out of yarn combined from  ten or more strands of yarn, diet knitted on HUGE needles. What surprised me most was that she used yarn I previously disdained for being too fuzzy or eyelashy or glittery and made it look amazing! And the texture – so thick and soft and squishy! So I looked out all the yarn I couldn’t work out how to use before and made my own ten strand ball of eyelash, neuropathist mohair, approved wool and cotton…

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And cast on 14 stitches with my 20mm needles…

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I think this is a great way of reducing waste too – I bunged in all kinds of end scraps, some from Cyndi, attempted some colour variation, but I’m still not keen on the eyelash.  Sorry eyelash yarns – never bought you, never will.

Will probably be a cushion for driving support.

Couldn’t resist…

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

…the beautiful New Lanark marled wool, find could have bought every shade, diet plus Debbie Bliss soho, £6 the lot and free 20mm needles!

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Mira thinks the needles are a good teething aid. They must have worked as I got a great sleep last night!

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Thinking of maybe this? Can’t find the link any more – but I have the PDF.

More tomorrow!

Back to Babette

Monday, March 9th, 2009

So I am now feeling energetic enough to crochet and have already broken my no more stash vow rather badly… I thought about all the things I was going to give up this year in the way of trips and conferences, ambulance as travelling and fees would be demanding, website like this so I bought yarn for when I’m too big to go anywhere and to comfort me and bring colour therapy… and to add to my blanket!

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Th colours are a bit washed out but I have learned a lot this month: 1. I don’t like centre joins – I’m now doing them in the corners. 2. How to block – thanks Attic 24! 3. What colours work – I’m really not happy with the central 12 round and may pull it back to ten and then use it later, or crochet the last two rounds in the ivory. I also joined ravelry and got given some exciting knitting needles… more tomorrow!

Here is the original pattern:

Babette

I’m hoping to learn to be as bold and fearless with colour but I’m still a bit colour panicky…


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