The wrong hook!

I’ve been away since I posted the last entry here, not far, just about 100 miles away from home. I met with my stitching group, it’s only the second time I’ve managed to attend this year – next year will hopefully not be so catastrophic and I’ll be able to see them every couple of months or so. I decided that instead of stitching, as I had nothing really prepared, I would start another c2c blanket. Here’s the progress

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This one is different in as much as it will all be in one colour. Once again I’ve chosen a Stylecraft Special DK – this time it’s Peony.  The yarn is actually a mix of two colours which gives a rich appearance – not dissimilar to chenille from a distance. However, it is very loosely twisted, and that gave me a problem.

I didn’t take my usual hook with me in case I lost it! I took a spare which I hadn’t used before. It was so tedious! The hook itself was bulky and not at all smooth to work with. I went out an bought another – but that too wasn’t as I had hoped. I did manage to progress a little though, towards my aim of one ball during my stay away. I managed it – just! As a point of reference I managed 36 rows of blocks with the first ball. As you can see I’ve marked the row – and I’lll start the next ball tonight. I think progress with this will be slow as I have other plans too ( you heard about those last time) but this is a Christmas present, so I should manage it in time!

The fun starts with the planning !

While I have only returned to crochet relatively recently I have worked with textiles for decades. Thankfully there are many associated skills that are useful across many disciplines. Sampling diring design is so important, and that’s what I’m doing now. 

Just working on a few samples

  

Gratitude 

I’ve been contemplating gratitude. I have so much – and am so grateful.

A friend of ours has cancer. A brain tumour has been removed – now radiotherapy begins. Once that is complete they begin to treat his lung cancer. A widower, he had no family until he remarried a widow with no children. Thankfully they have taken him to their hearts and are supporting him.

I cherish the time with our family. We are blessed to have four grandchildren of various ages – and we see them regularly. It’s hard to believe that our daughter and son were once their age! Photographs like this serve as a reminder that there is still a lot of life to come.

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I’m not ready to show you the progress on the Michaelmas Throw – instead I’ll just show you something with which I’ve been playing.

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There’ll be more about this once the other is finished – and that won’t be long!