So what's a girl to do when she's stuck at home and bored?? Crochet of course!! I got a lot done on my blanket - I can't believe I only started it last Saturday, as it already measures 55" x 26"!!! And I even had a days sickness in the middle when I couldn't do much of anything!!
My merino wool is all just beautiful to work with although I must admit, the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK is my favourite. Wish I could afford to buy it all the time...
As I mentioned last week, I'm making my Tooty Stripey Blanket again although I am rearranging some of the stitch patterns - can't stop myself from tweaking! And my colour palette is working really well - not bad considering I was making do with just the colours in the sale. And I'm really glad I added the blue - I nearly didn't but it lifts the whole design.
Here are yet more photos of it - and as it is completely reversible, if you look carefully you'll be able to work out where there are bobbles one side and a straight line the other, and so on.
It's coming on so well that I really hope I don't run out of steam before it's finished.
The first one sold the day it went live to a lady in the UK called Liz and I'm really looking forward to maybe seeing some pics and hearing how she got on with it.
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And look at this -
Lyn, the manager in the craft shop has been making my Tail of Two Dragons Scarf in self striping 4 ply sock yarn. Yes - 4 ply!! It took her a while and I really wouldn't have had the patience to use 4 ply myself . This pic shows it being blocked and I'm looking forward to seeing it in the flesh tomorrow. She had to make some adjustments to the shaping but managed to finish with just one ball of yarn - yes, just one ball! I never cease to be amazed at how far 4 ply goes.
I've been thinking about how I can make this same design with crochet and have been trying some little test swatches to try different stitches. However, I know I will need to use 4 ply, not DK to get a good drape and have some very nice hand dyed yarn all ready and waiting (I have no objection to using 4 ply for crochet - it works up much faster than knitting). And having had the recent de-stash, I don't have any 4 ply scraps to practise with, so will have to use the good stuff... So I will be "caking it up" later, as the experts like to say. Or as you and I might say, wind the skein into a ball!
Not sure whether it's going to work out as my samples so far have been crap! But it's worth a try.
I'll finish today with a little video of Fluffy in the snow (there's no sound, other than the radio in the background). He really didn't like the snow at all - he hates getting wet, which is understandable when you have really long fur I suppose. Anyway, on our 2 snow days, apart from one single foray up the garden and over the fence for 10 short minutes, every time he went out his cat flap onto the patio
he immediately turned tail and came back in! Eventually, at about 10pm, he had to go out for a wee but wasn't out long at all! (He has a litter tray but much prefers to go outside - the tray is a last resort when he's not feeling his best during the night.)So after more than 2 days of not going out, come Saturday and the thaw, he went out and vanished!!! He normally keeps coming back for a snack or a snooze in the warm but when he didn't come back for lunch (yes, he eats lunch at the same time as us...) we started to get worried. Mid afternoon we even went out to search for him! We honestly thought he had either been run over, or shut in someones garage or shed, as everyone was out clearly the snow that morning. The house felt very empty without our fluffy friend... we even tried phoning the local vet to see if he had been taken in but being a Saturday they were closed by then.
But we were extremely relieved when he finally came in his flap at about 4.30pm! He was very quiet and subdued and clearly not his normal self - every sound made him jump. I think he either did get shut in somewhere for a while, or wandered further than normal and got lost. He's actually a very timid boy and runs away from everyone except the people he is most familiar with.
He settled down after a while and then, just to make the most of being able to go in and out whenever he wanted again, he proceeded to do exactly that about 20 times over the next two hours! Bless him.
We do love our Fluffy and for a while were completely at a loss without him...
Take care in the snow if it's still with you and I'll see you again next week. T xXx