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Remember how I wasn’t going to buy any yarn unless it was on a ‘two out, one in’ basis? Well, I’ve been doing very well. Until now. I’ve been using mainly stash yarn (with a few little balls here and there to finish off stash projects) and starting to feel quite virtuous. And then it all went a bit wrong.

I used a heap of yarn making the crochet blocks I posted about a while back, and then decided what I was going to make with them, which meant that just needed some black yarn to complete the project. Off I tootled to my bargain yarn source of choice and sure enough, they had what I needed at a good price. And if it’s to finish a stash project, it doesn’t count, right? But while I was there, I thought, ‘Well, once that’s done, none of my planned stash projects are really mindless/put downable enough for me at the moment, what with the baby’. So I, um, bought yarn to make a Granny Stripe blanket. I’ve been longing to make one of these for ages and I couldn’t resist this lovely bamboo yarn. It comes in the most gorgeous colours, which all have plant names, so I spent half an hour agonising and chose these:

Top row: Cyclamen, Delphinium, Catkin, Primrose. Bottom row: Lavender, Fennel, Hydrangea. It was really hard to choose – there were at least four other shades I loved, but I wanted a balance of colours and a ‘spring’ palette. I wasn’t 100% sure about the yellow, but I thought it needed something to ‘lift’ it, and I think it works quite well, although I’m going to have to use it with care.

And then, while I was there, I also bought six balls of merino 4ply in the most delicious colours. I broke one of my golden rules here, as I have absolutely no idea what I’ll do with it – the state of my stash is largely due to me buying yarn without having a clue what to do with it, but it was a bargain and I need projects I can work on. It was a bit naughty, but as I said to a friend and fellow knitter, yarn is cheaper than therapy. And look, aren’t these lovely?

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Here’s the monochrome crochet project. It’s a one-colour version of the rainbow star blanket I made last year. I used a load of cream yarn I bought in a charity shop years ago and which had been gathering dust ever since. I think the plain cream works quite well:

I actually finished this back in January, but I didn’t want to post about it until the intended recipient had seen it. And here she is:

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Littlest S&S was due on February 11th, but kept us waiting so she could make a dramatic entrance, twelve days late. She was born very quickly, less than three hours before I was due to be induced. Those twelve days were absolutely killing, which is why the blog went quiet, but we’re settled in now, and she’s doing very well, and I’m planning to get back into things again. Things like blogging, walking for purposes other than the strictly necessary, putting my own socks on, that kind of thing. 

 

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I finished this ages ago, but have only just got round to posting about it.

I am very proud of this, as it’s my first ‘proper’ crochet project (I don’t count granny squares and an easy-peasy scarf). I wanted to make something for my friends’ baby and, somewhat rashly, decided on a crochet blanket. My friends didn’t know the gender of the baby when I embarked on the project, and are, let’s just say, not really ‘pastel people’. So I went for gender-neutral unpastel and an unusual shape. And I think it turned out rather well:

It’s actually quite an easy pattern, and when you’re used to knitting, crochet grows really fast. It arrived with the new family the day mother and baby arrived home from hospital, so I was pleased with the timing too!

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Taking stock

My knitting/crochet mojo, long missing, has resurfaced. I have been looking at knitting books borrowed from the library, and thinking about what I might knit as Christmas presents (yes, I know it’s only August, but I start my Christmas knitting in September, to avoid the ‘knitting frantically on Christmas Eve’ panic I have experienced in the past) and the urge to pick up my needles and hook has returned.

So I’ve been stocktaking. Before the knitting mojo deserted me, I made a pledge that this year, I would use at least as much yarn as I bought. This seemed, at the time, realistic. I wasn’t saying I’d buy no yarn (because we all know how that would work out) and I wasn’t committing to knit with the exact yarn I bought (because that would be stifling). Just that there’d be a bit of a ‘one in, one out’ principle applied.

So, having had a few yarn-craft-free months I thought I’d better see how much yarn I’d bought that was still unknitted. I think, to be fair, I have to look at length, not weight – 100g of chunky yarn is much quicker to knit than 100g of laceweight. And the slightly shocking total is, um, 5649 metres. And that doesn’t include the stuff I’ve already used this year (quite a lot). In fairness, one seventh of this is contained in a single skein of laceweight yarn, but still. I think it’ll be a bit of a tall order to get through over a kilometre a month between now and New Year. But I shall make a valiant effort, and shall keep you apprised of my progress!

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This was the epic project for Christmas 2009, a cardigan for a very dear friend. This was the cardigan that required me to master a crochet picot cast-off. The pattern is called ‘Pearl’ and it’s by Debbie Bliss. It’s knitted from Paton’s Jet (70% wool, 30% angora). It was a bit of a challenge, but very satisfying. The front panels are knitted sideways on and the whole thing sewn up. This project did wonders for my sewing up skills – not least because I had to set the sleeves three times before I was happy with it. Then you knit a single cable to go right round the edge, so, probably about 2 metres long. You sew that on. Then you pick up 460 stitches. Yes, you pick up 460 stitches and then knit the ribbed edging in the round, before casting off with your crochet picot. Phew.

Here it is:

This is the famous picot edging…

Here are the cables:

And here is a picture of it on. It was very well received indeed, which is nice. I was incredibly nervous about handing it over! The light’s not very good and I’ve decapitated my friend for anonymity:

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Beige squares of happiness…

I have been knitting for a few years now, but have never got round to crocheting. It was always something I wanted to try – I even bought a book.

And then I found a knitting pattern for a cardigan that I wanted to knit as a Christmas present for a friend. So, I worked out the yarn requirements, and ordered 18 skeins of a lovely wool and alpaca yarn.

And here’s where I discovered that I had made the rookie mistake. Always read the pattern right to the end. For there, in the very last line, was the instruction to work a crochet picot cast off.  Erk. Gulp. Etc.

So, yesterday, my neighbour Rhian appeared with a crochet hook, and set about showing me how to do the basic stitches. And although it feels weird (Why is my yarn in this hand? ) and my tension is wobbly in the extreme, it became quite good fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, this little square, despite being not actually square, and beige, and 100% acrylic, has made me very happy. Look! It even has a picot edge! Well, sort of.

 

 

 

 

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