Archive | October 2014

A welcome break and plans for the holidays

DP’s sister is moving in with her boyfriend at the end of the month, and she’s so super organised that she’s bought everything they need for their need apartment – we kept asking what we could buy as a housewarming gift, but there’s nothing else she needs… So I decided to make her something home-made that she couldn’t buy – I’m making her a multi-coloured lap blanket following a pattern from Ravelry –

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lap-rug

So far I have 8 different colours to use, and I’m getting 10 squares per ball of yarn.  I’ve got a huge stash of grey that I can use to fill the gaps.  Thanks to having all those lovely distractions like grocery shopping, cleaning and laundry, it had taken me a week just to make about 8 or 9 squares, it felt like this would take forever.  But then we had a weekend away planned, visiting friends in Paris for their birthdays party (his and her birthdays are only 2 days apart), so I took 2 balls of yarn and my hook and carried on crocheting in the car.  It was a lovely weekend, we even had some time to have a walk around the city and the weather was just perfect, it felt more like late Summer than Autumn.  I was a little worried at first that I wouldn’t have many people to talk to at the party, but luckily there were more than just our core circle of friends that were able to speak English; it was nice to feel part of the group for a change.

Back in the car I was amazed at how much I was able to get through without other distractions!  It got me thinking that, on our return, I would set up a space in our spare room to crochet; no laptop, no TV… just me, the radio and my yarn 🙂  I’ve also been trying to plan a layout for the blanket, but now I think the best way would be to wait until I’ve made all of the squares and just lay them out on the bed and start playing with what looks good.

I’m enjoying it so much I’m already planning to make another one as a Christmas gift for my parents, but with a different colour palette.  Now, back to work….

I don’t like frogging

I’ve just finished frogging my third abandoned project in about a week, it’s so depressing.  They were all projects that I really liked the look of but was a little unsure of how it would turn out.  1 pair of slipper socks, a newborn sleep cocoon and a hat for my almost 2-year-old niece.  The hat, and a scarf, I managed to rescue – I’d started with a limited amount of yarn and was determined to make it work, I was so happy it turned out well 🙂  I made a few adjustments to a favourite pattern and it’s worked out great.  For the others, well I’m back to trawling through Ravelry, trying to find something that will either be perfect or I can adapt for what I want.

I guess part of the frustration comes from trying to use up all the yarn I already have.  We’ve all done it, taken a liking to a yarn we’ve seen because of the colour/price/it’s sooo soft!  I have quite a few bits of yarn of different weights, colours, etc. none of which, at first glance, look as if they would go together if they mix them.  And what do I make?  With the holidays gradually getting nearer (the start of Autumn being a stark reminder), I’ve been trying to find gift ideas for people and wondering if I’m going to have the time to make everything.  I need to make a list…..

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This week’s (almost finished) project