Wednesday, July 31, 2013

WIP and loving it !!

A few days ago Pammy Sue from Scotty's Place posted about an absolutely gorgeous doiley she had just finished. If you missed it, pop over and have a look - its a real stunner.  I was SO impressed, and since I haven't done anything like this in ages, I just had to grab some cotton and get started.  Thank you for inspiring and motivating me Pammy Sue - I'm loving it - in spite of the zillion cluster stitches, most of which I'm just about to start as you can see by this pic ....

Hope it won't be toooo long before I can show a picture of it finished.

The only other thing I've done lately is this hat for John.

He is currently in respite care and they're often outside so I thought he could do with a nice hat to keep his noggin warm.  This was an old pattern and I used Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8ply which is one of my favourite yarns.

My blogging has been a bit sporadic of late - I keep promising myself to be more regular but 'things' just seem to get in the way.  Anyway, till next time, enjoy whatever makes you happy.  See you at your place.


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Crochet Ta-Dah

I've been wanting to write this post for a few days as I finished my NZ wool scarf earlier this week.  For some reason my camera didn't get the colour right on either of these two scarves, but if you look at my last post you'll be able to see what its supposed to be .....

I love the pattern in this scarf which I got from here.  Hook was 5.00mm  and the yarn is 8ply.

My other FO is made with Patons Zhivago in a very pretty shade that hasn't shown up properly here but in amongst the shades of fawn is a very subtle pink - hardly noticeable but it makes for an interesting colour. I felt a simple pattern would work best so used a V stitch with a 5.00mm hook.

I don't know if I told you but a few months ago we had to bring my 83yo step-father to live here as he was no longer able to take care of himself. He was 800 kms north of us where the climate is much more temperate and since we're currently in the middle of winter, he's really feeling the cold. I've decided to make him a nice warm 100% pure wool beanie which I started tonight.  Will show you a pic when its finished but for now, there's a little lovely girl who wants to say hello ....

Have a great week.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Love New Zealand Wool

My daughter and son-in-law have just spent a week in New Zealand celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary.  While they were away I had one of those special days you have every year and part of my gift which I received on their return was 400g of this gorgeous Wanaka Station wool.

Needless to say I was thrilled and could hardly wait to get it wound into balls so I could start something.  I wanted a scarf pattern that would show up the beauty of this wool, and after spending hours on Ravelry trying to find something I thought I'd like, I ended up deciding on a pattern I'd just started, using Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic wool.  Here's a picture of how much I'd done before  putting this one aside for the time being  (by the way, the colour is purple, not grey as the iPad seems to think) ...

I'll probably have a ta-da in day or so as I've already done about 27 inches of the scarf using the New Zealand wool and I only started it this afternoon.

Back to the hook .....

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Slouchy Hat and New Book

In keeping with my addiction to making hats, I just had to try this pattern when I found it on Ravelry a few days ago.

I used some Caron WW yarn I had in my stash, with a 5.50mm hook. Its a very easy pattern and works up quickly.  The only problem I had was that my stitch count increased much more than what was written in the pattern so I just adjusted in the row before I started the 'rib' bit.

At the moment I'm tossing up whether to finish a few knitted scarves I have on the go, or to start a new crochet project from this wonderful book I received last week.

As the cover indicates, there are 101 projects in this book and they are grouped together in 7 sections according to yarn weight.   Here are a few patterns that caught my eye ..

The shawl/scarf and the little bag are done in Tunisian and I'm leaning towards the former as my first project from the book.  Its done in sock yarn with a 5.50mm Tunisian hook.   There are so many great projects in this book so if you're like me and have lots of single balls of yarn, I'd highly recommend checking it out. I bought mine from the Bookdepository in UK (free worldwide postage).

That's it from me for today - thanks for visiting and I'll 'see you at your place'. Enjoy the rest of the week.