A Crafty Update

This morning, I felt the itch to get back to this blog after a few largely fallow months. Perhaps it was the joy of seeing some snow…..

Perhaps it is the growing sense of renewal that accompanies this time of year. But the reason doesn’t matter. It’s good to be typing this post, like reconnecting with an old friend*.

As the year draws to a close, I thought it would be nice to summarise where I am with my knitting and crochet activity. My last post on this subject celebrated the completion of my Fruit Garden blanket, and what a lovely project that was.

Since then, I have participated in and even completed another crochet-along (CAL) project, the Scheepjes CAL 2020 d’Histoire Naturelle, designed by the brilliant Christina (A Spoonful of Yarn). I plumped for the #Conchology colour-way using Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed yarn. These were new-to-me yarns, and not my usual type of colours. So it was a real adventure of the best kind. The design was inspired by elements of Anthony Doerr’s incredible novel All The Light We Cannot See, which is partly based in the National Natural History Museum of Paris, hence all the botanical, mineral and animal motifs.

It is remarkable how easy it is to make a very large project in a relatively short space of time (about 12 weeks) when one is following along with a pattern release timetable. I really enjoyed this CAL and was delighted with the result. It has gone to a good home at my sister’s house. I am pleased to report that she loves it!

 

I now have four main projects on the go. First, a brioche scarf which showcases some gorgeous yarn from RipplesCrafts. The pattern is Nancy Marchant’s Willow. I wasn’t sure about it at first because the ‘bulges’ seemed a bit concerning. But I am now pretty sure they will block flat, or at least will not be so pronounced and will give added interest to the finished item.

 

The second project is Stephen West’s Winter Lights Shawl published this week as part of his #Hiberknitalong2020. I am already loving how this is working up. The yarn is Scheepjes Our Tribe which is beautifully soft. I have included photos of both sides for Kelly and others who are interested in these things.

 

Thirdly, I am making a crochet cushion cover for my lovely Mum using a Scheepjes Whirl and the centre of the Sophie’s Universe pattern. This is side one and you can see that side two will start with that gorgeous orange in the centre, morphing to the charcoal grey. Yum!

 

 Finally, another blanket for my sister – this time it is the Marguerite pattern using Stylecraft Special DK yarn and a colour palette to match Rachel’s living room. I think this is going to be a corker!

So plenty to keep me out of mischief haha! Knitting and crochet continue to be the two activities that I cannot do without. I am grateful to have these absorbing and stimulating hobbies in my life. 😀

*good to be back posting, yes, but I have been reminded that the new WP editor is a nightmare. Encouraging words from fellow bloggers on this point would be welcome! X

“Two-Colour Twists and Turns” – further adventures in brioche knitting

How time flies by!  When I last posted about my ongoing knitting and crochet projects in November, I see that I promised a further update ‘in a few days’.  Well here we are about four months later – hey ho!!

Even though I have not been very busy on this blog in recent weeks, I have definitely been busy with my knitting needles.  In particular, I have made good headway with my brioche knitting project.  Last autumn it looked like this:

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More Adventures In Making: starting, starting, and starting again….

In my last post, I wrote about managing to finish a summer crochet project, and how my thoughts were turning to the next make with this delicious set of scheepjes yarn:

I had an idea that the gradient yarn would work really well with the black in a brioche pattern.  The only problem? I did not know how to do brioche knitting. But what a great opportunity to learn, I thought.  I am an experienced knitter but there is always something new to tackle – that’s the joy of a hobby with endless potential variation.

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Adventures In Making: starting, finishing and starting again….

In between all my festival-going over the summer, I had a very productive time on the making front.  Having finished my gradient shawl, I started work on a birthday present blanket for my niece, Lucy.  I had this lovely lot of yarn in my stash and felt sure I could turn it in to something special.

 

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