Ta - dah!!! Here are Lucy and Zoe modelling their new dog coats and they look like they're a good fit too - thank goodness! I was a bit worried that they wouldn't fit very well at all. So hard to make something based on just 3 measurements and no possibility of a fitting. But they're fine.
It sounds like they might take a bit of getting used to though, as the girls were acting goofy" when they first had them on but that's to be expected really.
So after the success of the dog coats, I got back to work with my Tail of Two Dragons Scarf. The pattern is currently undergoing testing and one lady is even making one in 4 ply sock yarn - I think that might take her a while to finish....
Here's my third scarf - made in merino DK again, this time a solid denim blue requested by a friend for her Mum's birthday. I was very happy with how it turned out - the solid colour really shows off the texture pattern nicely and the merino yarn gives it a delicious squishiness!
When I took this next pic I included an orange spoon. A simple plastic spoon that I remember very clearly from childhood picnics and it still looks brand new - it's even shiny! 50 years on and still going strong (the spoon, not me!). To be fair, it has been kept out of sunlight which would probably have faded the brilliant orange colour and perhaps made it brittle but it's still in use to this day. It will probably outlast me - makes you really think every time you take plastic wrapping off something and just throw it away...
I was aiming for "coiled dragon" with this last pic but I think I might have been closer to "spiny frog"!!! And here's Fluffy, helping me out with his own version of pattern testing. I think he was testing the "squishiness" of the texture pattern!!
While making my 3 different scarves, I've been using a variety of different length needles as each one grew. Starting with little 8" children's needles then moving onto these -
I've had a couple of days off this past week and the weather was Glorious - I was so lucky!! I managed to get out to Hilliers for a good long walk but haven't had chance to download the photos yet, so they'll have to keep for another day. I'm also starting to plan another crochet blanket with all the merino yarn I've been collecting in the sales. I now have enough for a good sized lap blanket and have been pondering long and hard on the design.
I've seen some really nice designs based around squares and circles on instagram recently but to make a big blanket I'd had to make a lot of small pieces, then join them and even though I have a lot of yarn in an assortment of colours, I'm worried I'll run out of a particular colour when it comes to joining and making a border. Sooo.... I've decided to go with stripey again. Yes, I know, again. I'll use my Tooty Stripey Pattern again as a starting point but will pick out my favourite stitches and leave out a couple too.
I have 2 shades each of grey and pink, ivory and the denim blue in the scarf above. As it's quite a limited palettte I'm going to work out a colour pattern and keep repeating it. I have varying amounts of each colour, so will have to sit and work out how to get the most from the yarn without running out before I get to the end - and have enough to make a border too.
The only thing to decide before I get cracking, is do I want the stripes to run side to side - or along the length?? My Tooty Stripey was originally going to be a really big blanket with side to side stripes but I stopped about half way and they are now vertical stripes. Decisions decisions!! Hopefully I'll have some pics next time of what I settled on and started. And news of the Philippines trip of some friends that i mentioned last week. They spend the day with Mara tomorrow and they must all be so excited!!!!!
See you again soon!! T xXx