Hello friends. I do hope I find you well.
Do you like my rose? It's sitting in an Ikea 'milk bottle' on the mantelpiece. As I walk past the lounge, I find myself popping my head in and gazing at it. A bit naughty really, but I cut it from my patio rose tree which only has eight flowers in bloom so far - I couldn't resist bringing some of it's prettiness inside.
The blondies both started at their new schools last Wednesday and seem to be settling in so well. At the end of the first day, Blondie daughter came out beaming from ear to ear and arm-in-arm with her new best friend, which delighted me enormously. Blondie son is still finding his feet a little with his school - it's large and modern (I think he's gotten lost a couple of times) but he says he is enjoying it. Both were very chirpy this morning which I think can only be a good sign!!
Anyway, I wanted a little chat about crochet and yarn if that's okay?
It's funny, before I stepped over the threshold of Blogland, I had absolutely zero interest in crochet at all. To me, it was something done by old ladies with itchy oatmeal wool. Two of the very first blogs I encountered were Lucy's rainbow world at Attic 24 (synonymous with crochet, say no more) and Vanessa's Coco Rose Textiles. Both were creating such crocheted gorgeousness I NEEDED to learn! Vanessa had not long taught herself to crochet and was extremely encouraging. That was the beginning of last year. I did teach myself but, since then, I've been a bit like a child in a sweetie shop. There are so many beautiful colours of yarn, so many pretty things I wanted to make, I think I got myself into a bit of a pickle. I would buy the odd couple of balls of yarn here and a few more there; I would start a project, lose interest or run out of yarn and completely forget what I was using and where I got it from. I had little baskets or bags of 'works in progress' dotted around the house. All this is quite unlike me in some ways. I am meticulously organised when it comes to my jewellery beads and findings ...
Anyway, enough was enough so, last week, I had a jolly ruthless sort out. I've unravelled a fair few 'WIPs' I know I will never finish, I've gifted a few odd balls of yarn to Blondie daughter and neatly categorised the rest!!
This, I have decided dear friends, is where my little old blog will come in extremely useful!!! One thing Lucy does on her blog which I absolutely love is to include the details of each crochet project. That way, she has a permanent 'crochet log' to which she can refer. Also, of course, you may well see a particular yarn in a particular colourway that inspires you too.
So, here goes ...
Project 1 : Crocheted Striped Blanket
Started : May 2011
Hook Size : Starting Row 5mm, Remaining Rows 4.5mm
Stitches In A Row : 200
Pattern : None, random!
Yarn : Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk dk and Cashmere Merino Silk dk from here.
Colours : (top row, left to right) 158 Ladybug, 122 Honey Bunny, 195 Puzzle, 194 Seesaw Blue, (bottom row, left to right) 048 Cheeky, 130 Fleur, 103 Jelly, 125 Bathtub.
Don't you think it's a good idea?
Right, I'm off to catalogue my knicker drawer now ...
Have a lovely evening.
Ooh, I've just realised this is my 100th post!!! I think I can feel a little giveaway coming on! :-)