Friday, 29 January 2021
Thursday, 28 January 2021
You might recall that I decided to crochet a temperature blanket last year. I used the Sunburst Granny square pattern (Ravelry link) and picked a rainbow colour palette starting off with cool purples and blues and ending with fiery pinks and reds from the wonderful selection of Stylecraft Special DK yarn. I chose to record the daily high and low temperatures in separate squares, crocheting a round for each day of the week, so that my blanket would end up with 104 squares. I needed to add 4 plain squares, one in each corner, so that it would fit together - 9 x 12 squares. I found that I was able to keep up with it pretty well as there wasn't a huge amount to crochet each day. I joined the squares together in rows using the Silver colourway, with the highs at the top, the lows at the bottom and meeting in the middle. Then came the decisions about the border. Eventually, I decided that I would continue the Granny square border and crochet one round in each of the colours I used, starting with the lowest and ending with the highest temperature, so that it would almost be like a thermometer bordering the blanket. I'm not quite sure how many rounds I have to crochet altogether as I had to increase the number of colours at the high end thanks to a rather hot summer. Because the blanket is rather large, it's impossible to work on it when Flo is around. She'd end up getting smothered! So I've taken the blanket upstairs so I can crochet it while I'm resting on the bed. I've just started round 8 and I'm not sure that I'm even halfway done yet! I will share more photos when it's finished. Keep safe and see you soon! xxx
*** The first few weeks of January 2020 - lows ***
Friday, 22 January 2021
Hello friends! Thank you for coming to see what delights I have for you in this week's Fibre 4 Fibres raffle. I decided that we needed an injection of colour this week, to counteract the gloomy January days, so the prize is absolutely bursting with colour!
The prize includes a lovely rainbow raffia basket bag from Basket Basket made from sustainable raffia in Madagascar, a skein of merino and nylon sock yarn in pretty pastel rainbow colours from The Fibre Fox, a skein of merino nylon sock yarn in gorgeous tones of blue and green, which has been donated by Angeloakcreations on Instagram, two sets of wonderfully squishy DK minis donated by Sew Happy Creative, a ball of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply yarn in the Rum Paradise colourway, a rainbow progress keeper donated by Hannah Daisy Crochet and a yarny note pad and card from Lana Bou. Thank you so much to everyone who donated a prize!
Thursday, 21 January 2021
I have finished a pair of socks! These were cast on for Halloween last year, but I didn't get very far with them. At least I'll be well prepared for this year! The yarn is from Stripey Cat Yarns and the colourway is called 'Spooky Speckle'. It came as a sock set with 100g of the self striping yarn and 20g each of the contrasts, so I will have plenty to knit another pair. I knit a sock tube and then added the afterthought heel. I like this way of knitting with self striping yarn because the stripe width stays the same on the whole sock. If you use the heel flap method, then the stripes will be thinner because of the extra stitches created with the heel flap, and will gradually get wider again as you work all the gusset decreases.
Friday, 15 January 2021
Thursday, 14 January 2021
Friday, 8 January 2021
Thursday, 7 January 2021
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I was really thrilled with the response to last week's raffle, especially after taking a short break over Christmas. While everything in the world is in chaos, at least we have yarn to enjoy. It definitely improves my mental health both crafting and holding these weekly fundraising raffles, so I plan to continue throughout this third lockdown in the UK. I can post things quite safely as we are fortunate to have a mobile post office van which comes to the village once a week, and I don't even get into the van - the lady comes to collect my post while I'm all masked up.
This week's prize is a real beauty! The prize includes a pretty floral print project bag with coordinating lining and a lampwork glass bead on the zipper pull, made by my friend Michele across the Pond. Her Etsy shop is ThreeBagsFull and definitely worth a visit. There is a skein of the luxurious superwash merino, cashmere and nylon yarn in the colourway Sweet Dreams which has been donated by Ellie from Craft House Magic. Ellie has also donated a pair of Hiya Hiya sharps 2.5mm circular needles. Stevie from the Curated Yarn Co. has donated a skein of her merino nylon yarn in the colourway Mulberry Jam - it looks almost good enough to eat! There is also a ball of Opal sock yarn in shades of pink and purple. Fiona from Scarlet Stitchcraft has donated a set of pretty stitch markers and there is also some tea to enjoy, courtesy of both Stevie and Yorkshire Tea. Thank you so much to everyone for your kind donations.