Blankie re-worked

It’s been quite a while since I posted. I thought I had to move home at the start of spring, so I’d packed all my yarn and associated stuff away, as lots of dust was flying about in the packing process. And I thought that knitting was a distraction I didn’t need!

Anyway, the move got postponed a year, and it took a long time before I delved into my woolly pursuits again. I took the time to catch up with some reading because I don’t read much when I knit, and I was feeling deprived. Around May, I decided to grit my teeth and re-do blankie which really was too narrow, as I’d skimped on the full amount of motifs. It did just about keep me warm during the chilly weather resulting from a visit by the Beast from the East, but I had to be careful not to be too vigorous when I turned over in bed and get a draft! So I undid the edging (which I wasn’t particularly happy with) and added a longitudinal row of motifs.  I knew I would run out of the tattoo blue yarn, so I decided to try and use up some contrasting purple yarn, which also worked nicely in the edging. (The picture makes the main colour seem a brighter blue than it actually is.)


I am much more satisfied with the result. And it’s coming in handy already as September is feeling a lot like October.


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Stepping into the New Year

Last day of January … Is it too late to write a new year post??

I must confess to complete failure with my Festive Season makes – even Twelfth Night didn’t save the day. My fella requested hand-knitted gloves, but I’d never made them before and I wasn’t getting on with the pattern. Then he told me an old wives’ tale that states if you make or give a pair of gloves, you wave that person goodbye! Well that certainly didn’t encourage the crafting process, and the festive deadlines came and went. Then there was the hat I was trying to complete for my friend’s birthday on New Year’s Day. It was a simple enough pattern, but had lots of yarn overs, and a small lapse in concentration could spell disaster. And disaster struck so many times, I ended up giving up!! I told my friend if hours of effort counts for anything, and if an hourly rate applies, she would have a very expensive gift! Shame you can’t wrap up “it’s the thought that counts!”

IMG_3120I consoled myself with a safe-knit – a pair of toe up socks that I made last year in orange.  And as I have quite a lot of this purple aran yarn hanging about I’ll no doubt make another pair or three of socks with it. Now that my gardening work is picking up, I’m stepping into the new year with cosy feet. Yay!

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 I’ve almost finished the blanket I wrote about a few posts ago. It’s taken me all autumn, but I’ve had to put it down, otherwise I wouldn’t get any Xmas knitting done (which isn’t going well, by the way!) I scrimped on the motifs, doing only 15 of the large ones instead of 20, cos it was doing my head in. Seriously, I couldn’t bear to do anymore! So it’s a narrower blanket than it should have been – I figured I’d just work a bigger border.

It’s large enough that I can use it on my bed, and I was very glad of it when we had snow recently. I know, I know, when Britain has snow, we make a song and a dance about a few inches, compared with places that have feet of the stuff! But my bedroom is north facing and can get quite chilly. With its aran yarn and folded over rounds, this is one toasty blankie!

This is the closest I’ve ever come to finishing a blanket, and it did take a concerted effort! I think that, although I’ve paused the completing of it, I will finish it in the not too distant future. (Shh… I’ll need to get some more yarn first..)IMG_3102

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Figgy Pudding

A few years ago, I made some figgy pudding Xmas decorations, and gave one to everyone I knew as a gift. I made too many, and had at least eight left over. What can I say, I got carried away in the making! They’d been sitting in my Xmas-Things box, languishing…


I thought of selling them at the cafe in my local woodland, to help raise funds for the community kitchen garden I volunteer in. Well, these sold quickly, so I decided to crochet a few more, and do some stash-busting in the process. How annoying that to get rid of stash, I had to get hold of some more yarn! Does anyone else ever have that problem?? I’d run out of white and now have a surplus of that – at least I have a lot less of the brown. And I had to get more toy stuffing, but I’m thinking of making a toy for my friend’s three year old anyway, so it will come in handy..

Oh boy, did these puds take me longer than I’d remembered! I was up until 1am trying to finish them, and still had to put in a few extra hours worth this morning – good thing I’d had a job cancellation!

Hope they all sell, and rake in some pounds and pennies for the garden!IMG_3091


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I was on my way home this afternoon, galumphing down the hill, when I spotted this lonesome looking bear…


I don’t know what he was doing there. He reminded me of a much-beloved cat waiting for its owner to return.

Perhaps Mr. Bear had been abandoned. The garter stitch around his girth is broken, like he’s been in a scrap. I was tempted to take him home and administer some TLC. If he’s still there in the next few days, I may well steal him away, poor thing!


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Cinnamon Dust

With gritted teeth, I am working my way through the motifs needed to make the blanket I wrote about in my last post. I’m not doing any other project, as I know this one will too easily go the way of the other blankets I’ve started but never finished! I’ve already decided I need less motifs than the pattern specifies, and may well make a few other adjustments. But more on that when I have finished the project and have pictures to illustrate my point.

In the meanwhile, I wanted to show off some wool I inherited today, which I’m quite excited about.IMG_3083

My friend’s lodger moved to another country and left 5 balls of Wool & the Gang’s Crazy Sexy Wool. It’s in the appropriately autumnal colour, cinnamon dust. I don’t know what to do with it yet – whether I’ll knit with it, or crochet. I don’t want to do a hat or a scarf.. Maybe a shawly thing..? Anyone have any ideas, or recommended patterns..? There is also a ball of neon-orange acrylic yarn, and a pair of WATG 25mm needles for me to play with.

I’m trying not to think about it until I get the blankie out of the way. I just don’t need the distraction!

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Blankets are not a WIP that have ever become a FO for me. For some reason, I never complete. Why then, have I just started a new one??


Well, I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while, a few years in fact. It’s called Ringtoss Afghan, designed by Barbara Worn-Wurtz, from Crochet World August 2012. As I had some yarn in the right weight to stash-bust, I thought I’d finally get started on it. Except I’ve had to get more of that yarn… So much for stash-busting. I’ll probably end up with the same amount left over again!

I love the texture of this blanket, but I didn’t fancy faffing around changing yarn colours all the time, so I’ve opted for a monochrome of blue. I’ve been trying to work out what kind of blue this is – the photo makes it look too bright. It’s darker, and greener.. Perhaps a woad blue..?


Apart from this blankie, I have a handful of motifs which are nowhere near enough in number to make a blanket yet. I took these out of their storage place recently and Hmm-ed a bit. The problem is, I was whipping up these motifs in DK but I haven’t used that weight yarn in a while, and I’ve more or less used up my DK stash – at least in decent yarn and colours that I’d want in a blanket. (Anything else will be for toys or something.)


One way or another, I am definitely aiming to finish at least one blanket by the time the colder months arrive..

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