It’s hard to know …

… where to start!

August is almost over, and, amongst other things, that heralds the start of autumn. I have to admit that I’m pleased the temperature has dropped somewhat. It isn’t cold by any means, but sleeping is easier, and crochet can at last be factored into the day. My head is bursting with ideas, colours and textures, hopefully some will appear on the hook over the next several months.

I’ll begin by telling you about a mistake I made!

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That’s the Spirit!

More warm days with clear blue skies. Sky Blue comes in so many different shades, and recently they have been cloudless with the occasional high vapour trail. The moon is in evidence during the day too. Have you seen it? It hasn’t been crochet weather, but days have been filled with other things.

We were given the chance to observe our granddaughter’s swimming lessons. I was amused to see that her fast and energetic progress in the water couldn’t escape the proximity of electronics as all details are recorded on iPads!

Crochet has been limited to very early morning or late at night. Consequently the Spirit of Summer blanket has made some progress. This morning I began to join some strips together, but it will be a while before it’s final reveal. This season has many and varied colours, but, if memory serves me correctly, nothing below 12 degrees – and that was back in June.

This is just a random selection of recent squares. The Temperature Blanket is now fully up to date, thankfully.

I’d love to know what you are all up to. Let me know in the comments. I have an inclination that there may be some bedside crochet happening soon. My dear other half is about to have some tests.

Temperature update

August has been a busy month. I’ve managed to keep up with some crochet every day, but sometimes all I could manage was a square for the temperature blanket. The last one for this month will be made later today, but in the meantime – here is the collection for the first 25 days.

Ends to be wound in too, as you can see. However – it’s been a bit of a mix of temperatures. The blue are cooler – some quite a lot cooler – than the yellows and oranges. We did manage a couple of reds, but that was in the last couple of days.

This block is the last of the summer blocks. That makes 9 complete, so I think I can start putting them together. Only three more blocks to go – September, October and November. All autumn months! I wonder what the weather has in store?

 

Another side of me ;)

This piece of stitched strips is a sample piece from a long finished cushion cover. All the strips are from my hand dyed fabric, and I have to admit that it’s a technique I love. It’s been hiding in a drawer since …. well, I don’t know when …

Today I found a home for it. I’m sending it to a friend in Manchester who will incorporate it into one of her charity quilts. Maybe I’ll return to the technique one day, it’s very satisfying to use small pieces of fabric to create larger ones. For the time being, though, it’s crochet …

A slow Sunday

August is slowly slipping away. Autumn will be with us before we know it.

 

 

I love these flowers, but when they come in profusion it’s a sure sign that summer is nearing its end. This year, however, they have been flowering since early June. Very strange!

 

Maybe one day I’ll make a blanket around these colours. Not yet, though. I’ve made a start on the Spirit of August and it’s gone well so far.

 

 

Each block has two colours and a border. I’ve used this block before. If you would like to know how it’s made this post here has cursory instructions.

 

Progress from now on will be slow. September, October and November are very busy with family stuff so crochet will have to take a very ‘back seat’. Even the temperature blanket may have to wait, but my records will continue.

 

I’m tired! In fact, at times I feel almost exhausted, but that passes. I’ll get a break soon, and I’ll let you know if I manage to sneak in a little crochet

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Another week over!

Friday!

I’m exhausted!

It’s been a busy week, including spending time with our two youngest grandchildren.

We took them to a local bird park, and it was fun – but tiring.

….I tried very hard to catch this character with his wings open. The colours were magnificent! However, when he saw the camera he kept his back firmly towards us. I think it was a sort of magpie, but I’ve forgotten.

The penguins are always a favourite. This was shortly after feeding, you can see the keeper in the background.

There is also a small farm – with an additional area for handling small mammals. This week the mice were the favourites!

Slowly the baby blanket is taking shape. There are still ends to sew in, but that is a job that is no hardship to me.

I’ve also started a ‘slow blanket’. It will take a long time to finish, I’m sure. The yarn isn’t the easiest to use for crochet, but I’ll tell you all about that when I blog about it fully.

Not the best of pictures – but something to take away next month to fill in the time while travelling.

 

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A little break!

Well, here we are just about half way through August, and the Spirit blankets are more or less up to date. I won’t be starting Spirit of August for a few more days to get a better idea of the quantities of yarn I might need, but I can’t be without something on my hook. A little order came in just in time! A baby blanket for a boy. It shouldn’t take long, but I’ve a busy couple of weeks ahead, including a weekend with my stitching group.

I’ve made a start, though, and as it’s more Granny Squares they will be perfect to feature tomorrow on Instagram.

Why tomorrow? It’s Granny Square Day 2017! Are you taking part? Don’t forget the #grannysquareday2017  You’ll find more details here

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