Monday, April 23, 2018

Crochet Turtle Blanket and long overdue catch-up

Well, its been quite awhile since my last post - I'm hoping I still have a few friends here.

Over the past few months I've been 'hooked' on watching crochet and knitting podcasts on YouTube - boy what a time consuming exercise but still, very interesting and enjoyable in most cases. The part I like best is the 'finished object' section which most of the podcasters seem to start with and so I figured I'd start off with that here on my blog!

One of my daughters tags me on facebook whenever she stumbles across something she'd like me to make for her. My usual response has been 'oh yeah, in your dreams' because they're usually silly things and I'm sure she's joking. However, she is turtle crazy and around mid January, she tagged me on a sea turtle blanket post. When I showed my other daughter, she talked me into making it for her sister's birthday on April 2. Long story short, I ordered the yarn from overseas (Stylecraft Special DK), waited for delivery (seemed ages) then started January 26 and worked like a crazy woman (unusual for me LOL) to get my gift finished mid March. No actual pattern other than Lucy's Neat Ripple stitch and a couple of free turtle and starfish applique patterns I found on Ravelry. My daughter loved her gift and I really enjoyed making it for her.

 I'm still doing lots of charity work and have started some wintery type items to donate. Finished this little hat a few days ago (modelled here by my 3.5yo grandson). I used Caron Cupcakes in the colour 'Cherry on Top'. 

I'm not a real huge fan of how most of the cake type yarns change colour abruptly but these Cupcakes don't do that and I really like the way the colours work - a bit hard to see in the above picture so here's a shot I took earlier. There's almost half the cake left so I might see how it looks in something crocheted.

Also finishing off some fingerless gloves which have been suffering the 'second glove syndrome' for a little while. These are the Waffle Stitch Fingerless Gloves designed by Jill Toporkiewicz (free on Ravelry) and I used Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury 8ply colour Koala, 4.5mm needles. Nice and easy pattern.

Oh, before I finish, I must show you the gorgeous Christmas gift from my daughters - what a surprise and something I love and will treasure. Its lovely to use too. Furls Odyssey Gold 4.5mm with single hook stand.

I know I've said it before, but I do hope it won't be so long until my next post. I enjoy reading everybody else's posts and love seeing all your crochet and knitted projects. Its getting a bit cold here now so I think I'll finish this post and go make some nice hot soup.

Till next time ...