A ‘knit and natter’ post, only without the knit…

Every time I’ve sat down to write a blog post, over the last week or so, my mind has gone totally blank. I couldn’t tell you why, there’s no rhyme or reason to it, but blankness has been the result.

So forgive today’s ’round-up’ style post, because it’s been hard to get down to it and so I’ve got a little list of things to share 😀

Firstly, and most importantly, it’s so great to see so many people starting work on their Under the Sea blanket! Stylecraft’s Facebook CAL page is full of people tackling the first part, ‘Wavy Rectangles’, and I’m always so proud when I see people tackling stitches that they’ve not been confident about, or even that they’ve never used before. By which yes, I do mean those front post double trebles (triple trebles, in UK terms). No, I don’t know why I had to use such long stitches. Yes, I struggle with them too sometimes. But don’t they look gorgeously effective in the end?

And, as I said in my last post, I’m also working along with everyone, using the Edge of the Water colourway. I’ve gone down to a 4mm hook to get the right sort of size, and I’m loving working with the Batik yarn. It’s not one I often use, but every time I do, I wonder why I don’t use it more often! I’m nearly finished with my four rectangles, and then we’ll all have to wait until the 19th for the next part.

Secondly, I promised ages ago to show pictures of my most recent stash-bust granny square blanket, so here they are.

Plain, simple three-round granny squares, using a 4.5mm hook and Stylecraft Special DK in petrol, silver, aster and bluebell. Also a teddy bear, because I feel baby blankets should have matching teddies (the pattern is ‘Classic Crochet Teddy Bear‘, by Knit Paint Sew). With bonus photobombing from Persephone the cat.

My other crochet WIP at the moment is a cardigan, using this ‘Sugar Maple cardigan‘ pattern but with lots of inspiration/adjustments from the ‘Campfire Cardigan‘. I made one of these in the autumn but never managed to get pictures, so haven’t posted about it, and I started this one before I moved house, on the basis that it was fairly straightforward and I wouldn’t need much brain for it. Sadly, it clearly needs more brain than I have possessed over much of the last couple of months, and I’ve ended up shoving it all in a bag and hiding it away, lest I end up frogging the whole lot and crying! I will get back to it, but hopefully in a slightly less inattentive way 😀

The kittens wanted to chase this butterfly, but I wouldn’t let them!

Other things I have been doing have mostly involved being out in my garden. I am really enjoying having a garden that’s mine, and although obviously it’ll take time to learn the specific environment, what’s already growing here, what suits the soil, etc, I have already been at work out there, widening a flower bed and getting some planting in to make sure I have plenty of colour this summer. There’s not been much appearing over the last couple of months since I moved in, so I’ve put in some aquilegia, lupins, phlox, a whole load of brodiaeas (the ones I have are called ‘Queen Fabiola’, which is just too fabulous), and soon I’ll add in some dahlia bulbs, and get sunflower seeds sown out there as well.

Pansies and violas in the baskets, primroses and sweet williams in the window boxes 🙂

I’ve got some hanging baskets at the front, as well as window boxes, and though the front garden is going to be a long-term project, it’s looking pretty good even now 😀

I’ve also managed to move the chicken run into more-or-less its permanent position, which means I need to get some more grass seed down, and since I personally feel all lawns should have daisies, I’ve also bought myself some common lawn daisy seeds!

The last exciting piece of news for you all is that I’ve linked up with Wool Warehouse to offer you all a brand new designer page – where you can buy all of my colour packs in one place. If you purchase from them by clicking the link from my blog (down at the bottom of every page) I earn a small commission, which helps me keep crocheting and designing.

Part two of the Under the Sea CAL comes to you all on the 19th April – coincidentally, the day workmen come to start rewiring my house, which is going to be so! much! fun! but will be over soon enough. Meanwhile, if you haven’t started or are feeling daunted, don’t forget that the Stylecraft FB page is the best and quickest way to get help from me and from everyone else who’s also working on the blanket 🙂

Take care, all!

xx Catherine

5 thoughts on “A ‘knit and natter’ post, only without the knit…

  1. I’ve been crocheting a very long time now — I taught myself how to do it from a book when I was 13. Since then, I have made dozens of blankets and pillows (I think you would call them “cushions”), most of them given away. For me, it is a meditative, creative and learning experience. All good things for the brain. I’ve never been especially enamored of granny squares; but I have to say, your blue one blanket took my breath away. Beautiful in both its colorway and execution. Bravo you! I think I’ll scroll back up for another look, it’s just THAT pretty!


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