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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


Tapestry Crochet October 22, 2014

Filed under: Crochet,Ta-Dah! — vintagehomespun @ 3:39 pm
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So, I have tried tapestry crochet before, without much success, but this time – hooray! – it worked!

I really needed a small pouch for notions, one that could be tucked into my bag, just big enough to hold a tape measure, a tin of stitch markers and a sewing-up needle, a small pair of needlework scissors, and maybe a spare crochet hook or two!

And here it is…


And if we look inside…


After completing the tapestry crochet body, I carried on just with the orange to create a flap by decreasing at each edge. Added a tassel and a loop to fasten and ta dah! There we have it – one tapestry crochet travelling notions pouch!

Happy Wednesday x


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!



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


Tuesday’s Tallies October 10, 2012

Don’t Tuesdays come round quickly! It definitely doesn’t feel like a whole week ago that I began with the Tallies once again.

And so on to progress made…

Not as much as I planned with the blanket as other projects took priority. I had to finish a teeny tiny pair of socks and a hat for my new nephew, and I started a crocheted doily for my cousin’s wedding anniversary. She got married when we were only 18 years old, and next week she has her silver wedding anniversary – that’s 25 years! Totally awesome. She lives far away from me now so I thought a doily would be the ideal gift to go in the post.

And photos…

Teeny tiny socks



Teeny tiny hat



The Anniversary Doily



The Square Swap Blanket – so far!



So, that’s it for me. I’m off now to Gingerbread Girl’s blog to check out all the others in Tuesday’s Tallies!


Happy Tuesday xx


eta – ok so thanks to technology it’s now Wednesday – ho hum! xx





My Blanket Statement Ta-Dah! April 23, 2012

Filed under: Blanket Statement,Crochet,Ta-Dah! — vintagehomespun @ 7:57 pm
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And here it is…

I spent 3 days sewing in all the ends – what a lot of ends!


Sewing in the ends - day 1


Sewing in the ends - day 2


My Blanket Statement ends - day 3


And finally…

My Blanket Statement Ta-Dah!


I’m really pleased with how it turned out as I just used the colours that I had left in my Lucy pack after making my daughter’s ripple blanket. And I’ve decided to keep it for me, as our evenings are still on the cool side.

So it rests here during the day, until it is called into use!

My Blanket Statement awaits...


And there we have it! See the bundle of crochet in my place? That’s my current one a day project, my Bernat Mystery Afghan CAL, now coming to a close as I’ve begun seaming the pieces together, ready for the border, but more on that soon.

Happy Monday xx


Bye, Baby Bunting x March 1, 2012

Filed under: Crochet,Family,Ta-Dah! — vintagehomespun @ 1:01 pm
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And by “Bye” I mean it’s ready to go off in the post as my cousin’s baby has now arrived!

So, on this first day of the month I am truly happy to begin with a grand Ta-Dah for my baby bunting. It has been a joy to make, combining crochet with bondaweb, felt and a little bit of sewing – great fun!

Drum roll please…..!


All pennants together



Letters in place



All in place




To say I’m really pleased would be an understatement!!

Thank you to Lucy of Attic24 fame as the idea came from her Jolly Festive Bunting. When I first saw it I thought it would make the perfect ‘new baby’ gift and had to give it a try. I used Rico Creative Cotton which is a bit splitty to work with but the colours are great.

So, onward and upward… there’s the Blanket Statement crying out to be finished now, and then there’s the Bernat Mystery Afghan CAL. Never a dull moment…!

The bunting is off to the Post Office along with the baby beanie and socks…


Baby beanie and socks


… and the baby feet washcloth…


Baby feet washcloth


Little parcels for the little man!

Happy Thursday xxx




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