This was the moment…

Working by lamplight isn’t easy, especially if you are partly distracted by an interesting tv show. (Let’s face it, there aren’t many, so this was unusual!)

The cold light of day, however, revealed that I’d picked up Sage instead of Storm Blue! Fortunately it won’t matter, I can just reverse their placement, but this is a warning …

Always read the label!

More about this very soon.

Almost there …

My first blanket of the Stashbuster series is almost finished. I just have a little more tidying up to do and that will be that. I’m going to call it the Betsy Blanket because it reminds me of someone! Here are a few glimpses, but another post will come soon with further details.

I’m really pleased with it

  1. Because it really is made entirely with stash
  2. It hasn’t taken long
  3. It’s caused the beginnings of another project!

There will be more details about the C2C in another post to come soon. In the meantime – it’s back to the Spirit of January and the temperature blanket!

Corner turned

It’s always satisfying to turn the corner in a C2C! It signifies that the rows are getting shorter, and, all being well, it won’t be long before it’s all finished. A very satisfying stashbusting exercise.

I’ve started to put together some large thread collections of my hand dyed threads. They will be particularly useful if you are a member of a group with a Sales Table. They are useful for both embroidery and crochet, in fact I’m planning a project with some of them shortly. Click the picture below or follow this link if you are interested – there are a few collections, but this price will only be available for the month of January.

Click the picture for more details.

 

Stash and Scrap!

My first stash blanket of the year is coming along nicely.

I’m also managing to incorporate some longer scraps as you can see from these joins.

Once the little ends are also woven in they will be completely invisible.

 

I know that the theory of stashbusting is that no more yarn is bought until it has been reduced, but it’s worth noting that Deramores has a really good sale until Jan 7th, with free postage for orders of only £15. There is a code on the first page of their website. Make sure you take advantage.

Five colours – a project

Remember this?

The blanket I showed you on Friday was made with squares of the same sequence. It isn’t my favourite thing to do by any means, but a request has come in for the same colours in a more random pattern, so it’s started today, and I’ll post it’s probably slow progress from time to time. It’s one of my ‘Blessings’ blankets, maybe I’ll share more about those another day.

The process has started…..

As you can see most of these are waiting for colour number 5 which is Pomegranate. I think that is my favourite colour in the Stylecraft range, but maybe it’s the colour of the moment as far as I’m concerned because the Temperature Blanket is currently very blue!

Slowly does it

I know that the sight of this will upset some of you. The ‘dreaded ends’. However, I find this quite inspiring, and those ends suggest a new blanket to me. Weaving in those ends is a very important part of the creative process to me, and I look forward to it.

Slowly each block is revealed. I find the process meditative and soothing. I prefer to do it in silence, but in this home ……. 🤣

How long will it take? Who cares? Little by little….

Enjoy your day.

In – and – Out!

So, here we are home. Well, sort of! It’s been such a busy three weeks, and they aren’t over yet. Three weeks ago I was packing for twelve days in Madeira, last Saturday was a quick turnaround fo Scotland, and now (after less than 12 hours at home) we are preparing for grandchildren sitting overnight. We are tired, but looking forward to seeing them.

Our Scotland trip was a memory trip for my DH. Our daughter came too and shared the driving. Almost 500 miles there, and the same back yesterday.

We stayed just a couple of minutes from the sea in North Berwick, an old fishing village. It’s advertised as the Biarritz of the North, but whomever called it that has obviously never actually visited Biarritz. It is, however a gem in Scotland and deserves its own title rather than the one above. The people are friendly and the town conveniently placed for train or bus trips into the centre of Edinburgh.

I spent a fair bit of time in the back of the car, minding my own business while our daughter and her Dad chatted. I get to see her more than he does so it was good for them to catch up. I took my crochet, but it had to be mindless so I continued with a couple of projects.

This is so nearly finished, but I could only work on it on one evening. I did, however, almost finish this:

More information to come about both once we are on our own again.

The only disappointment about Scotland was the coffee! We had real difficulty finding anything that was drinkable until we visited Paul’s Yard. He recommended Cake who serve this coffee.

As you can see- I brought some back with me.

And now … Grandchildren 😆