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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.




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


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


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


Christmas crafting… December 11, 2012

Filed under: Christmas,Crochet,Knitting — vintagehomespun @ 12:01 pm
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I thought it was time for a quick update as recently there just doesn’t seem to have been any time to blog!

It is a busy time for everyone, with lots of events and activities going on, family visiting, shopping and cooking, just trying to get everything ready for the festivities to begin.

And many projects to complete…

I’ve got one shawl blocking, and another almost ready to bind off. Then there are two strings of bunting to finish, and two pairs of socks. Can there possibly be enough time? We shall see!

So this is the shawl being blocked…


More photos to follow as each wip becomes an fo!!

Happy Tuesday xx


One a Day Project – Tuesday’s Tallies 3 October 4, 2011

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Another Tuesday, another update for the One a Day project.

For me it’s been a really productive week. I was able to block my Northern Lights shawl, my ripple blanket is now up to the 10th colour change (!!), and not only did we manage to finish decorating our daughter’s bedroom but she has moved all her belongings back into it, and I still had time to give the bathroom a thoroughly good clean, and boy did it need it! 4 children, need I say any more!

I’m still really enjoying the ripple blanket. The Stylecraft colours are fab, and all seem to work together well. I always feel a tad uncertain when I first join in the next colour but then somehow it just seems right. I’m using the colour scheme for Lucy’s granny stripe blanket that is listed in the We Love Lucy II group on Facebook. I just love it’s rainbow gorgeousness!

So, photos…

Ripple in a box

Ripple in a box

I picked up a stack of boxes in B and Q this week on special offer – I just couldn’t resist, as I could see how useful they would be!!



I joined the 10th colour last night!

Northern Lights completed

Northern Lights blocked and ready to wear!

And just for you to see, my Northern Lights shawl in all its glory. It’s now wrapped and ready to be delivered later this week.

So, that’s it for me. Off now for a little more rippling before the school run, but that’s after I’ve checked out a few more of Tuesday’s Tallies on Gingerbread Girl’s blog xx




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