November Mix and Match

November is a very busy month here. There is a lot going on, much to do and, frankly, not much time for crochet.

However, I have managed to keep up to date with the temperature blanket (lterally 10 minutes a square) and made a start on the Spirit of November. It’s only a start, especially as we are only halfway through the month.

The colours may result in being very few! The temperature range so far has been minimal. It will be interesting to see what the rest of the month brings – and I don’t feel bad that this blanket will probably go well into December before being finished.

I’m varying the size of the blocks this time, and joining as I go.

It won’t make for such a considered look, but is cutting down on the production time.

I also have a couple of ‘one evening’ projects finished. Here’s a sneaky view of them.

I’ll be doing another after the weekend. It has to be finished before Wednesday!

Temperature update and a heads up!

It doesn’t seem possible that my Temperature Blanket is almost done. Well, when I say ‘done’, I have to admit that there is quite a lot of joining to do, but the squares are currently up to date.

These are the last four days, but this morning we woke to our first frost, so I have to say that today seems as though it’s going to be a Wisteria sort of day!

I began the blanket on December 1st last year. I wanted to record the seasons rather than a calendar year – so I’m due to finish on the last day of November. However, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop, so I’m already thinking about what I’ll do this coming year. At least I’m giving it some thought this time. Last year I decided to go ahead right at the end of November. In truth, I hadn’t heard of a Temperature Blanket much before that. Would anyone like to join me for next year? If I get a positive response I’ll post more details. By the way, you don’t have to stick with crochet to keep this sort of record – you could knit, stitch, embroider or patch. I’ll give you ideas if you need them.

Our nasturtiums have been amazing this year. Having seen the frost I thought they might have withered this morning, but this one, and all the others, is still standing proud. The colours have ranged from Jaffa to Citron with a bit of Tomato, Plum and Copper thrown in. Don’t be surprised if you see a blanket in the making before this time next year.

By the way, if you are in need of yarn now is the time to buy it. Deramores have one of their lovely sales. I’ve already placed my order! If the cold weather continues I’ll need to make lots of blankets to keep me warm while I’m busy!

 

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And so another begins…

Another month – another Spirit blanket. Yes, I’ve started the one for October.

I haven’t done much so far – other things keep getting in the way. However, it feels amazing to be on the penultimate Spirit blanket. I didn’t expect to get this far. Next month will see the end of this project (apart from all the finishing off, that is) but it has been inspirational in so many ways that I may have to continue in some shape or form.

Tomorrow evening I’m meeting with a few friends for the first of a series of yarny socials. I’m looking forward to that. I wonder how much chatting there will be? And how much crochet……..?

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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 😆

Here today … gone …..

Well, I’ve just returned from being whisked away into the sunset

I’ve had a wonderful rest, and even managed to fit in a little crochet.

It isn’t finished, but it’s looking good. You’ll hear more in the days ahead, but I wanted you to know that I’m still in the land of the living 😉

You never can tell…

It’s been a funny old month so far. I won’t go into details, but it didn’t start the way we expected. Never mind! Things can only improve.

Crochet has taken a back seat. I decided to make the Spirit of September blanket wait until next month, but the colours called to me as I continued with the Temperature Blanket. Consequently I hooked a few squares, but this collage won’t give much away at all

Making them has helped me decide on the sequence and layout, so that was a good thing. I will also need to order more yarn! I’m holding out for a while, though, as I have enough to finish my main current work in progress and may not be around to take delivery. (There’s currently 30% off with code YARN30 – so worth investigating if you are in need of some)

If you have been following along on Instagram you will o doubt have seen the odd Square or two

And maybe even this progress shot

It’s still progressing! I want it finished by mid October at the latest. More updates will follow.

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