Sunday, July 23, 2017

Hand Dyed yarn kicks off new Year of Projects

After failing miserably with the Year of Projects last year, I'm giving it another go this year. The idea is to create a list of things you want to make over the next 12 months, put that list on your blog and if possible link each project to the pattern on Ravelry. Then each Sunday write an update with photos of your work and post a link to your blog to all the other members in the Ravelry Year of Projects group. Its a great way to make new friends and be inspired by everyone's beautiful work. It is also a great motivation tool which, as you all know, I desperately need. So here's my list (excluding charity work which I'll be doing throughout the year)

I seem to be on a bit of a scarf thing at the moment but I do like 'almost' instant gratification and prefer quick projects. My stash also consists of lots of smaller amounts of yarn so its a good way to put it to good use.

A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with a lovely lady who works at one of our local yarn stores. She has recently started hand dyeing wool and very generously offered to dye some for me. I picked it up from her last week and have started the Claudia scarf which I'm thoroughly enjoying. I don't often work with 4ply (fingering) and am really loving the way it looks and drapes. Progress so far ....

Look at all those gorgeous colours in this yarn. The base is Shepherd Baby Wool Merino 4ply (machine washable) in off white. I have 150g (495m) which should give me a nice length scarf and I'm hoping to get it finished so I can show you next week.
Before I leave you, I promised Teresa that I'd show her a few pictures of my grandmother's butter (cheese??) dish. Teresa is interested in old crockery, glassware etc. and often posts pictures on her blog - along with lots of other interesting things like crochet etc. My grandmother was born in 1897 in Ballarat, in the state of Victoria, Australia. She married at the age of 20 so I'm thinking this dish is fairly old. I have it on my kitchen bench to keep the butter at a spreadable consistency. 

Well, that's it from me for this time. Thanks so much for visiting. xox

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Crochet Catch Up

I have been procrastinating!  Its been sooooo long since my last post and I imagine anyone who used to follow me has long given up and moved on to other bloggers who post more often. For months now I've been thinking I should start regularly posting again but to be honest I haven't had all that much to write about so just kept putting it off. So this post will just be a catch-up on a few things.

Stash enhancement (and there's been quite a bit of that) .. included two 100g balls of this King Cole Glitz

Can you see the shiny bits through it? I'm not sure what I'll be making at this stage but would welcome any suggestions.

Finished projects (not many of these I'm afraid as I've had a major dose of start-itis and very little finish-itis) .. My CWA branch had a function earlier this month and we decided at the last minute to include a craft stall. For my contribution I made three pairs of fingerless mitts and a cowl .. (oops, forgot to download the cowl pic). All three pairs of mitts sold @ $15 a pair so I was happy about that.

I've also finished a blanket for Oliver which I'm pleased to say that he seems to like. Here he is having an afternoon nap ..

And for Knit4Charities I've done a few items for 'angel' babies ..

Premmie Blanket

Finally, Nanna brag time ...  Oliver is now 2 years 7 months and is growing up way too fast.  Here he is playing on one of the sculptures at the National Arboretum here in Canberra a month or so back ..

My two grandsons are great mates and enjoy fooling around together. I think its been awhile since I've shown a picture of Ryan who is now 14.5 years old - here's one of my two boys.

Thank you so much for visiting.