Sixty Million Trebles update. 

A quick update of the blanket I’m making for the above charity project. It’s been difficult to photograph as the days have been rather dark. The picture isn’t a true representation of colours – maybe my computer needs readjusting!

I’m over half way. It was meant to be a slow blanket – but I’ve enjoyed watching the colours change and it has grown apace. It will take me a couple of weeks to finish at least, I think, as the next few days/weeks are really busy.

Anyone else making one>

Save

Charity update 

I’m just back from a lovely but exhausting weekend. We stayed with our young grandchildren while their parents were away for a few days. We love them to bits – and had great fun! However, a nine and a six year old show boundless energy. Cartwheels, swingball, cricket and dancing gave continual ‘entertainment’, and a long walk with us was also added to hopefully wear them out! Did it work? Well, yes, in truth it did make for a quiet evening!!

 

I took along some crochet, knowing that the evenings would be quiet, but I wasn’t prepared for the interest of the children. Both wanted to know what I was doing, and agreed that the project was worthwhile. Guess what? They both asked to help! Each took turns in adding a few blocks to the above – and it really pleases me that this is now a joint exercise. We measured it too – and it is now 20+ inches towards the required 36. I must work on my other project later, but now that I’m home I’ll be adding more to the above – and maybe next week will see some more trebles added by the grandchildren.

Don’t forget – if you would like to get involved there is a Ravelry group and also a website.

Do you count your stitches?

The crochet community on Instagram is enormous! Every day creations and concoctions of all kinds are posted. Some are beautiful, some, frankly, wierd, but all are made using yarn and a hook. One account interested me, though, because at a quick glance it looked as though someone had ambitiously estimated their life’s crochet work!

Not so.

Sixty Million Trebles is an ambitious project to hilight the plight of that number (the official estimated number) of worldwide refugees.

The UN at the end of 2015 estimated that there are approximately 60 million refugees Worldwide.
Just think about that for a moment. That’s like the population of the UK being without a home.

The objective of this group is huge and its two fold.
We want to create a yarn blanket containing 60 million trebles to represent the 60 million refugees. ‪#‎onestitchonelife‬
Then, because we have gone that far, we want to continue and create the largest yarn blanket the world has ever seen.

It’s worth taking a look at the website even if you don’t knit or crochet – there are other ways to help too. As for me – yesterday I began a blanket as a contribution. It will be slow in its production as I have other projects on hand too – that have an earlier deadline. However, here are the first few blocks

img_6245

I know where I’m going – and as the finished size is only 36 inches square it isn’t an enormous endeavour.

How about getting involved too? Maybe you could publicise the exercise via your blog – or contribute in some other way.

I’ll keep you posted with progress, and leave you with a little glimpse of another current project – which is also progressing slowly. Too slowly………..!

img_6246

Home, but not for long! 

It has been a long while since I have been away for several weekends at a time, but I am off again on Saturday, this time spending time with family. Just a few days, with crochet time in the evening.

Last weekend was spent with a friend who has an amazing studio. This is just a corner.


We worked on several projects including rusting some fabrics


This photo was taken at the start of the process. By the time left there were some interesting marks forming. I also did some stitching, I’ll show you that another day but the bit that really pleased me was that I was able to complete this border

Nikki and I are part of a small textile group named ‘We Three’ (no prizes for guessing how many members there are). We have known each other and worked together for a long time. We have a little project ‘boiling away’ at the moment. I’ll let you know about it when we have more details. If you are on Instagram you may like to follow Nikki. She is very talented and very new to Instagram.



And I’m off again!

Just disappearing for the weekend this time. I’m off to work with a friend using fabric, threads and, of course, yarn! We will also be working on her new website. 

I’m taking some of my hand dyed fabrics and threads, and also some crochet. This will come back finished 


and I will also be working on this for a time 


Aren’t they glorious colours? Cygnet yarns again- Boho Spirit in Folk. The first one is the same yarn but the Chic colourway 

Have a great weekend- whatever you are doing 

Relax! 

I ran out of time to finish my stress buster and had no room for it in my suitcase. However, this grew magically while I spent some time with our daughter 


I have written elsewhere about our little trip, but progress on the above was so good that I have started this while I consider the border


Both are Cygnet Yarns Boho. Chic is the first colourway and Folk the second. Production will slow down for a while as time will be short for several days but the trip did me so much good and I feel more rested than I have for a very long time. 

Snack

Once again, an unexpected prompt for the month.

In truth – I keep snacks as far away from crochet as I possibly can. The last thing I want is food of any description close to my work in progress!

What is your ‘go to’ snack? Mine is ……

img_8770

…. a small bowl of walnuts. If I feel very adventurous I’ll add a few olives 😀

Another post for National Crochet Month. If you have missed any you can find them all here.