She put her hands under the leaves and began to pull and push them aside. Thick as the ivy hung, it nearly all was a loose and swinging curtain, though some had crept over wood and iron. Mary’s heart began to thump and her hands to shake a little in her delight and excitement. The … More The journey – part one
I love autumn – all the glorious colours, all the different shades of green and red and gold, the drifts of dry, crackling leaves, the first fires of the season, watching the natural world begin to fall asleep. But winter is good too, and winter is now just around the corner. Winter means snuggling under … More Winter is coming
I meant to keep stashbusting, I really did… But my fingers got itchy to design. And I’m going to use up (some) of my stash! Okay, I’m going to have to buy more as well, but it’s the intention that counts, right? I should end up with less at the end than I have now, … More Whoops?
Last Thursday, I discovered I’d made a mistake in one of my squares. Then I discovered I’d made the same mistake in eighteen other squares. Nineteen squares out of twenty – the twenty 9″ squares for my latest blanket. I’ve been working them conveyor-belt style, all the rounds one, then all the rounds two, three, … More If mountains were easy to climb…
Don’t you love looking at a pile of crocheted squares, all neat and uniform, ends sewn in and everything? Me too. It makes it look like I’m making such wonderful progress, doesn’t it? And I think it’s fair to say that appearances are not too deceiving, in this case. So far I’ve made twenty-eight 3″ … More Progress report
No matter how many blankets I’ve made, I never quite seem to get over the moment of panic of ‘have I chosen the right colours?!’. Sometimes that moment lasts seconds, sometimes hours, sometimes days. Sometimes it doesn’t happen at all. When I was making the Demelza blanket, I second-guessed my colours right up until I … More Colours abound
I’ve been sitting on this news for a few months, but it’s now official – I have joined Stylecraft’s merry band of Blogstars! I’m so glad I can share this with you all at last 😀 it’s terribly exciting! I love Stylecraft yarns, and I’m looking forward to sharing that yarn love with you all. … More An announcement
Don’t you love that ‘new project’ feel? The excitement, the anticipation, the glorious mountains of yarn to squish and choose from? I’ve not been idle, the past fortnight, butI haven’t done any designing. I made some little amigurumi Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a friend’s children (and consequently had the cartoon theme music on repeat … More New project 😀
Twenty long, frustration-filled days later, and I have finally completed the pattern for the biggest square of my new project. Looking at it now, there’s one teeeensy adjustment I’m going to make when I work it up in the proper colours (it’s in among the lime-looking green) but it’s literally just omitting a stitch and … More Hurrah!
I have had a rather frustration ten days or so. I’ve ripped out much more than I’ve progressed! Nobody ever said pattern-writing was easy, and this week it’s been harder than I can ever remember – not helped by not being in a great state, health-wise. Fatigue and pain can make it rather hard to … More An exercise in frustration