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Another Friday March 13, 2015

Filed under: Crochet,Friday,Knitting,Shawls — vintagehomespun @ 4:08 pm
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Yes, it’s Friday again, and as I have missed a few I thought it was time to catch up.

Lots of projects on the go and all going well. Sophie’s Universe is now over one metre wide and still growing. I really look forward to each clue being released so that I can see what will happen next!

Sophie's Universe part 8

Sophie’s Universe part 8

 

This week I also cast on a new shawl – Hitchhiker by Martina Behm – using Opal sock yarn on a 3mm circular needle. I’m 15 teeth in and I can tell I’ll definitely be knitting this one again.

Hitchhiker

Hitchhiker

 

I also had a quick make yesterday – coasters to pop into our Mother’s Day cards – hope they like them.

Flower coasters

Flower coasters

 

And now the weekend is almost upon us – happy Friday xx

 

The Friday Update January 23, 2015

Filed under: Books,Crochet,Friday,Knitting — vintagehomespun @ 8:37 pm
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So, this week has been all about CALs, and KALs, and MKALs. For those who may not know these are events where groups of crafters all knit or crochet along together – see, Crochet A Long, and so on, so clever and cute, I love it 🙂 And the MKAL is a Mystery Knit A Long – even more fun to be had there, as you don’t know where the pattern will take you…! So the first one I started is the Sophie’s Universe CAL. Parts 1 and 2 were released on Sunday and in the evening I gathered my yarns and hook together, settled down with ‘Call the Midwife’ and a glass of rosé, and began hooking. The instructions are really clear, with a great round by round photo tutorial, and I’m really pleased with how mine came together.

2015/01/img_5922.jpg I’m using Stylecraft Special DK with a 4mm hook. Looking forward to the next clue 🙂 Then on Monday a new MKAL began in a group on Ravelry with a pattern from Ysolda Teague. The final piece will be a shawl and mine is in 4ply Stylecraft Life on a 4mm circular needle.

2015/01/img_5923.jpg Also this week I’ve been crocheting little hats for premature babies, a charity close to my heart. And it feels good to give something back 🙂 And I’ve started to read ‘Mystery in White’ by J. Jefferson Farjeon, another book I received at Christmas. Happy Friday xx

 

That Friday feeling… January 16, 2015

Filed under: Books,Crochet,Friday,Knitting,Ta-Dah! — vintagehomespun @ 3:56 pm
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Another Friday already – and am I glad! There is something about Friday that feels full of promise, anything could happen, the whole weekend ahead – in reality it will probably be just another weekend but for now the promise is there!

Since last Friday I have finished one WIP – the Sunlight shawl – and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. All ends are sewn in, it’s blocked and ready to go…

The Sunlight shawl

The Sunlight shawl

The cosy blanket is progressing well – I’m up to stripe 26 now and it’s lovely to sit with in the evening, over my lap, crocheting away 🙂

Still not finished the tie, but it’s getting there. And the hat needs one more round, so should be done today.

I also finished reading ‘The Strange Library’ by Haruki Murakami. It’s a charming little story, and reminds me of a book I could have read as a child, or read to my own children. Although it is darker, it just has that feel to it. I’d be interested to know what others think.

The Strange Library

The Strange Library

And that is this week. I’ve been finding lots of new CALs/KALs that are about to begin. So if I can finish these current WIPs I can get some new projects on the go – what fun!

Happy Friday xx

 

Crochet Mood Blanket 2014 – Square 4 January 24, 2014

Filed under: Crochet,Knitting,Mood Blanket 2014,Socks — vintagehomespun @ 2:32 pm
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It struck me today how moods can change so many times within a day, never mind a week. The idea of making a square to reflect the whole week is therefore slightly unrealistic – every square would need to be multi-coloured, with stitches missing, knots, mistakes and all. So my squares instead will give more of a general impression, rather than a detailed explanation of the past week.

This week has been, all in all, fairly cheery. My step-daughter and her little girl returned from their travels just in time for us all to celebrate the little one’s fifth birthday. We all got together for a meal, and cake, of course, and a chorus or two of ‘Happy Birthday’. Family, singing, presents and cake – very cheery indeed!

So, on Wednesday I sat down, looked in my box, and found a lovely cheery pink shade of yarn called Pomegranate. Even the name makes me smile! And here it is…

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Had I chosen to wait and make the square in the evening, it would have been a very different colour, as some news I received from my son’s college about his exams made me extremely angry, in fact probably too angry even to crochet. I’m glad I had made it in the afternoon!

I’ve also been fairly distracted recently with socks once again, of all sizes. I’m currently making two pairs, different sizes, for two little girls. Almost finished now, and then it will be socks for the boys. I really like the Regia sock yarn I’m using – that added to the cheeriness of the week too!

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The stripy blanket has, in the meantime, been on hold. But I’m hoping to get back to it soon…

Happy Friday xx

 

Loose Ends – Part Two March 20, 2013

Filed under: Crochet,FOs,Knitting,Shawls,Ta-Dah! — vintagehomespun @ 2:22 pm
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Another week, another finished project!

Following blocking, I finally managed to catch my son to take a photo of me with my shawl. And here it is…

My knit and crochet shawl

My knit and crochet shawl

 

The pattern is from the Caron Simply Soft Collection and is available for free, the Knit and Crochet Shawl. I used Rowan Creative Focus worsted yarn which is a blend of 75% wool and 25% alpaca, soft and warm. And although the pattern suggested 5.5mm needles I found that the pattern was knitting up a bit too open so I changed to 4.5mm. Of course, then I was worried about the completed size, but blocking sorted that out. I knitted this shawl as part of a KAL/CAL with the Stitch Along With Us group on Facebook. The next projects are either socks or something from Nicki Trench’s book ‘Cute and Easy Crochet’. I still haven’t decided yet, not least because I’m meant to be finishing off all my WIPs before beginning anything else! However, I’m almost finished the second pair of socks – only about 10 rows left, on each sock. But then there are all the other projects I’ve since found… Oh well, I can always start another, as long as I’m completing others too!

Happy Wednesday xx

 

Loose Ends – Part 1 March 13, 2013

Filed under: Knitting,Socks,Ta-Dah! — vintagehomespun @ 3:35 pm
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And here we have the first project completed – ta-dah! Jasmine’s Firestarter socks – cast off, ends sewn in, and on her feet!

Firestarter

Firestarter

I’m so pleased with these socks, in every way. Great pattern, lovely colours, and one very pleased daughter! She’s wanted me to knit her a pair of socks for ages…

So, that’s the first project finished. No. 2 is off the needles, blocked and awaiting photographs – so soon there should  be another follow-up post. However, I’ve found more UFOs so this could go on for a while…

Happy Wednesday xx

 

Changes March 5, 2013

Filed under: Crochet,Family,Knitting,Square Swap 2012 — vintagehomespun @ 1:28 pm
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I don’t know quite what it is at the moment but I am feeling unsettled. This year is bringing with it many changes, for me personally, and those in my family. I’m just feeling my way forward very gently for now, as I’m not sure what it all means, or how to react. This means a lot of thinking, choices to make, and a new direction to find….

So, in the meantime, I figured rather than begin anything new, the best thing would be to tie up all the loose ends – no pun intended! WIPS beware – you’re about to be finished!! At least, that is my aim.

First up, Jasmine’s Firestarter socks. I only have half a cuff left to do, and the finishing, so that’s an easy start. I’ve just fastened off a KAL shawl that I was taking part in through a Facebook group, it’s soaking as I type and will then be blocked! After that, well there’s my Square Swap blanket, and another pair of socks, and then I’ll have to start going through all those abandoned project bags and deciding whether to frog or finish.

It feels good to write this down – I’ll post updates as they happen!

Happy Tuesday xx

 

 
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