I’m off up north again for the weekend and very much looking forward to the conference I’m due to attend and the friends I’m expecting to catch up with. I’m going to York, which is one of my favourite cities and I’m really sad that I won’t get much time to actually spend time visiting the Minister and the city itself. I have however checked out the yarn shops and fully intend to seek them out! 😉
After yesterday I have been quietly cracking on with retirement cushion mark 2:
Two books I ordered arrived today. They both look good but I am particularly taken with the projects in Curvy Girl Crochet by Mary Beth Temple. I want to crochet everything in it!
I think this will be my first project. I just love it!
(Do you think crocheting this jumper will make me look like her?! Haha not even if I died my hair blond! 😄)
Or maybe this will be my first project…
Could this be the grey cardy?!
See you on Sunday. X
So, substitute the old fashioned instead-of-swear word for a swear word of your choice. For the third time this pattern has had me. I’ve gone wrong way back AGAIN. Why this should happen I do not know because I’ve used the back pattern for several cushions I’ve done and have not gone wrong on any of them. ARGH.
Mollie’s contribution to the muttering & swearing was to come and sit in from of me and look concerned:
To add insult to injury, the more I did the petals/ frills the less I liked them. While I thought I was going right I could force myself to finish but I don’t intend to crochet it from the fifth row again…
Thank you for everyone who said they thought it was pretty. I do think it’s a pretty pattern but it’s not my taste. And I don’t appear to be able to cope with it.
So, I am probably never ever going to attempt it again and just admire everyone else’s.
In a moment of sheer cathartic pleasure I have just put the whole wretched thing in the bin. Good riddance to that.
Anyway, I dug out my Cashmerino stash, worked out a colour scheme and cast on retirement present mark two: a plain striped cushion.
That new colour is actually a pretty pinky lavender.
And this is the remaining colour sequence:
So that is that.
And now dear friends I am going to bed.
Spring/ Easter themed colours:
This is for my sister to give as a gift. I know it’s pretty but it doesn’t appeal to me as much as the back side does:
I think it’s just I prefer the colour to the frills. I guess I’m just not a frills person.
Now, don’t start thinking I might be getting paid for this! My sister asked me to make her colleague who is retiring a crochet cushion like my Noro ones. Sadly she has no concept whatsoever about how much Noro costs and when I explained that what she wanted to pay for the yarn wouldn’t quite cover it, we agreed something made from my stash that would cost her *nothing* would be ideal, meaning she could buy something else for a valued colleague.
I’m up for it as I finished a project today, my knitting projects are officially hibernating for the time being (until my knitting injury is but a bad memory) and I’m LOVING my crochet. Yes, I do have the blanket of guilt to be getting on with but hey I’m doing my sister a favour!
I went and dug out the acrylics I had stashed in a pillowcase since I finish the Not Your Average Crochet‘s stripey blanket CAL. (Incidentally, Hannah of NYAC is featured in the current issue of Simply Crochet! Go Hannah! ). Here’s the link to the stripey blanket pattern! Anyway I tipped them all out on my sofa for inspiration:
I thought it was probably time for me to have another go at the Attic 24 blooming flower cushion. I went off the last one because the yarns I picked just didn’t make it sing – they were lovely muted Debbie Bliss Cashmerino shades – but they didn’t work in this pattern. Anyway this is where I’ve got so far. I think it’s looking pretty good!
My second crochet garment is finished! My first was in a chunky yarn so this, in a 4 ply, is more delicate and to me proves I can crochet garments! Without further ado, here it is!
Close up of the cat buttons:
Close up of stitch pattern:
I’m delighted with it. Only one little hitch… My niece has had another growth spurt! She can get it on but it really doesn’t fit her and it’s too tight under her arms. So we’ve agreed it’s going to go to one of her best friends (a daughter of a family friend)
who is a lot smaller, and who has two younger sisters. And it’s back to the drawing board for a cardy for her!
I just hope the little knitted cardy I asked Mum to finish while I’m having a break from knitting (apart from socks) isn’t too small as well!
I am taking part in iMake‘s yearlong Snowflake crochet along and I’m loving it because it’s a little work once a month – the pile is just growing!
In January I happened to do a practice snowflake in some leftover chunky lilac King Cole Galaxy and liked it a lot. I ran out doing my final practice snowflake this month and have decided to buy some more, stick with doing my practice ones in the lilac, then I can stitch then together to make a blanket eventually. The little white ones I am loving, though whether they’ll end up as decorations or stitched to cushions I’m not sure. Here’s this months offering:
No 8, Flurry:
No 15, White Buran:
No 23, Firn:
As you can see I’ve used a different purple (a purple DK held with some DK Galaxy) for the practice and I don’t like it as much. I’ll redo it when I receive the new Galaxy.
Thank you Martine from iMake for running this no-stress CAL! Check out her blog and instructions for the CAL here.
Patterns are all from Caitlin Sainio’s 100 Snowflakes to Crochet, available on Amazon.
Yes really! I’m having a break before going to Exeter University to take part in a debate.
Behind my knitting is my speech. It’s 5mins 30 secs long. It’s supposed to be 5mins long. I sat down to do a bit of pruning, discovered I had no pen and was forced to buy a BIC biro for 99p. 99P!!!!!!! I was outraged. I’m still outraged. Anyway here’s hoping it’s now 5mins or the chair doesn’t use a stopwatch….
On the outside I have my best purple Anna Scholtz dress and black boots on:
but I’m wearing handknit yellow socks!
YAY for yellow socks! (And apologies for the unintentional advertising in that last pic!)