Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Another Year (almost) Over

Its been awhile since I've posted here and I hope you've had a very happy Christmas and looking forward to all the exciting things the new year may bring. I want to share with you something I received in an email from Debbie Macomber (the author) who said she looks at the empty pages in her new diary as a journey yet to be travelled, surprises yet to be revealed or an empty canvas awaiting the stroke of the artists brush. Debbie and her husband Wayne sit down every January and make a list of places they want to visit and people to see in the coming year. What a nice idea !!! I'm not one for making New Years resolutions (as such) but some of my plans (hopes) for 2010 include - go on a cruise, spend less time on the computer, support a charity every month (on the Knit4Charities internet group), sort out my craft room and maybe give away the pattern books I don't want, lose weight LOL, oh, and blog more often !

Haven't been doing much crochet or knitting lately. Guess I must have got caught up with all the things we do leading up to Christmas each year. I put my name down to contribute to one of the K4C December projects and will be sending this little jacket and maybe a few hats off for the Royal Womens Hospital in Melbourne.

I've had some Classic Bendigo Woolen Mills wool for awhile now and yesterday started a scarf which will either be given to a family member or used for another charity later in the year. I love working with this yarn and just wish all those tubs of acrylic lurking in my craft room would disappear so I can stock up with more from Bendigo. I started using a pattern from a website but didn't like the way it was curling inwards on opposite corners. I think it might have been something to do with the fact that there was a right and wrong side to the pattern. Anyway, I frogged it and decided on a very simple V stitch scarf which will be softer and will drape better. Here's a pic of the beginning and I'm going to write the pattern here so I'll remember where it is if I want to make more.

13cm wide (5 inches) x as long as desired.
Bendigo Woolen Mills 8ply Classic
5.00mm crochet hook

V stitch = 1tr, 1ch, 1tr (Aust. terminology)

Ch. 27
Row 1: Vst into 4th ch from hook, *miss 2ch, Vst in next ch* repeat from * to * to last 2 ch, 1tr into last ch, 3ch, turn

Row 2: Vs in 1ch space, repeat to last ch space, 1tr in last tr, 3ch, turn.

Repeat row 2 to desired length.
Before I finish this post, here's what I bought myself for Christmas ..

Its full of hints and tips for crocheters of all levels and its a bit like a coffee table book - you can just pick it up, flip it open to any page and you'll find lots of interesting things to read. I don't know if its available in Australia however it is available for A$16.89 from the Book Depository in UK and they have free postage worldwide. Here's the link.


  1. Now that pattern looks like one that even I as a novice crocheter could do.
    Love the cardi. To be able to crocheter like you. My life would be complete. Oh well practice makes perfect, but it takes a few years. LOL

  2. Why don't you give it a go Rell ? Only two stitches - treble and chain. I'm sure you'd be able to do it and scarves are so handy to have on hand for gifts, charity or whatever. I'll be interested to hear how you go.


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