Slow progress

Well, it’s moved along a little, but I won’t be wearing it this weekend!

I began it during the ‘flu, and didn’t pick it up again until Sunday evening. Wow! Now that I’m further on I can tell you that I love this yarn!

Northern Lights by James C Brett has a small proportion of viscose mixed with the main fibre . Viscose is a plant based fibre and always gives a good handle. It can also have a warm cosy feel.

I’m using a size 5 hook and following the rules for a normal c2c at each edge but substituting 1tr, 1ch, 1tr, into each 3 chain of the previous row. Hopefully the following quick image will help to illustrate.

If you are looking for a new yarn to try I suggest you give this one a go. It comes with a free knitting pattern for a shawl, so if you don’t crochet, or want to try a new skill, you know that it will work. It’s currently on offer in various places, but I have to admit that the cheapest I could find is here, at the moment.

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Stay away!

Don’t come close. I have a lurgy and it’s horrible.

I went shopping last Saturday and was fine, had a lovely walk on Sunday, still fine. Felt a bit ‘off’ on Monday but nothing specific, as it were. Then Tuesday happened, and with it all the symptoms of a sinus infection.

These have been part of my life since I was a child. They aren’t fun and can go on for months if not treated kindly. In the ‘old days’ antibiotics would have knocked it on its head quite quickly, but these days they are few and far between. Hot honey and lemon and plain boiled water has been my liquid intake for the past few days, and not much food. I won’t fade away, don’t worry about that!

Yesterday things changed, though. It isn’t just a sinus infection. I won’t go into the rest of the symptoms but they have changed, and to make matters worse the rest of the house is suffering too, and it just a few short days!

Crochet has definitely taken a back seat. It’s been a bit of a chore, which is a shame because I was going to show you a new project.

Have you seen Northern Lights by James Brett? It’s one of the oh so popular ‘cake’ yarns. This one has a good proportion of viscose in it I gather, and that is well known for its silky softness. It comes with a pattern for a knitted shawl. I’ve decided to crochet one, but it hasn’t got very far …

I’ve corrupted the C2C pattern to give it more texture. I’ll tell you more when I feel better. The reason I’m showing you now is that DERAMORES has a 10% discount on the yarn -others too. This one is definitely worth a try. I see that some of the colourways are out of stock, I’m not surprised, but they are all gorgeous – I found it very difficult to choose…..

Nearly there!

Well, even though I was cross about the short weight of the yarn I have to say that the Marble Chunky is making up into a lovely fabric. Today I managed to catch it in the light of the morning sun, and this gives you a much better idea of the mix of colours.

It will be really warm and cosy. I’ve adjusted the size so I’m pretty sure I can finish it. I’d like to say that I’ll use the yarn again – but probably only if I can buy it over the counter. I need to know that I will have enough for the project in mind. I’m well into the decreasing now, a good session of crochet should finish the square, and then I can start on the border.

Of course, finishing a project always brings to mind the next one! I love planning a project, don’t you? I’m thinking about a couple, actually, but I’ll share one with you this morning – very much still in the planning stage.

Over the last couple of years there has been a lot of talk about Temperature Blankets. I have so far resisted the temptation to join in for a couple of reasons – but mainly because I didn’t want to commit to long rows of daily crochet – in the knowledge that on many days I wouldn’t even get one stitch hooked. So this idea has been mulling around in my mind for some time, and I now have a couple of possible ideas.

1 Granny Squares

Well, these aren’t my favourite and although I might start off with enthusiasm, I know I will be bored quite quickly. I have a feeling I will also be bothered by the layout if I join as I go (which will be the only way to keep an accurate record) as there will obviously be no plan to follow. However, there is a way that it might work – and so, on to …..

2 My probable version

Each year has 12 months (I guess you already knew that), so if I started a new block each month I would have  a blanket made from 12 by the end of the year(ish). To this end I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts about temperature blankets and, taking into consideration the apparent pitfalls and my level of boredom, I’ve come up with a plan.

A planned project always starts with samples, and therefore this is no exception. Firstly, the colours will be many! I’m not going to just stick with one shade of each colour to avoid enormous blocks of the same shade. This may not make sense at the moment, but once I actually start on the project it will become clear. Secondly, I think I’ve decided to work in Double Crochet (UK) – that’s Single Crochet to those of you in the USA and more.

Working on a base of 100 chain takes not much more than 10 minutes per row. I can commit to that on a daily basis, it won’t be difficult to catch up. I already record the weather each day on a couple of other sites (here and here)  so it won’t be hard to add the temperature to my records. I don’t mind if the blanket is small, in fact I’d rather it wasn’t too big.

I’d be interested to know if any of you have made one over the last couple of years. What pitfalls did you discover? Are you glad it’s over? Have you seen one that you absolutely love but not tried it yourself? If you have any thoughts on this I’d love to hear – and in the meantime I’ll carry on with my experiments! (And I might still decide to make it a C2C 😉 )

 

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Sssshhhh! Can you keep a secret?

I currently have two projects on the go. I told you about one last time, but today I’m sharing a secret.

I’ve started a new project which is being produced strictly under cover! I’m grabbing moments when a certain someone is otherwise engaged – and I know that that someone has no idea about this blog, so posting pictures here isn’t actually revealing anything.

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Hopefully this will be a very quick project! Instead of Double Knitting yarn I’ve chosen a Chunky by James C Brett – and it is truly growing apace!

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Forgive the crumpled cloth, but it was photographed in an instant with no real thought to background! Above is just one short evening’s work! Maybe it will be finished in record time!

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