19/01/2018 § 2 Comments
Upping the tempo as the New Year progresses has been a joy, with workshops underway and markets too. I had a stall in Winchester’s historic High Street, a couple of weeks ago and I’ll be there again on Sunday – despite a dreadful weather forecast!
Here’s a round up of my week …
a dusting of pollen on the mantlepiece, from the first hazel catkins, gathered whilst walking the collies up at the farm, and bunch of daffodils from the fantastic independent greengrocer in Romsey. I’m trying to shop more in smaller, specialist shops and local makers & bakers market stalls.
I’ve finished a quilt top in grey/white/pink shades and also added pockets to a few quilts, to convert them into ‘quillows’ which seem to be very popular …
and in other news …
Oooohhhhh – yes! A new crochet blanket is underway. I couldn’t wait to start it but made myself finish Strawberry Moon II and put an edging on my original Strawberry Moon blankets before beginning another project. I have no idea what size this one will end up. I bought the mellow, mushroom-coloured yarn from an internet auction and decided that it would be the basis for this blanket. Every square has a double border in this colour, and there will be a wide edging too. The inner circles are Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran and I only bought 7 of them – I’ll see how far they go. It’s going to be called Vintage Rose, as the colours are all gentle and soft and I want it to look as though it was made years ago.
I’m a bit obsessed with crochet circles ending up as squares. Same idea as for Gypsy Rose, who’s fame has spread worldwide though this time there are fewer colours in each block. I’m using the ‘join-as-you-go’ method as I hate sewing all the squares together at the end, but I’m being very strict about darning in all the ends every evening.
My method, is to hook up a few circles of 4 rounds each evening then, the following evening before I pick up my hook, I darn in those ends. I’m eager to hook up more circles so that’s my motivation and I end the evening by joining the finished circles to the blanket before I go to bed. I end up being able to see my progress as the blanket grows, and know that I only have about 12 ends to darn in the following day before I start to crochet again. Sweet yarny dreams follow, as I snuggle beneath my beloved Strawberry Moon and Carnival blankets, both of which have made it onto the bed during these cold months! We don’t ‘do’ duvets in this house – quilts and crochet blankets, layered up are amazingly warm and weighty.
I have been out into the garden, to find the earliest blooms – some so shy that only the scent guides me to their hiding places …
Sweetly scented wallflowers, snowdrops and primroses by the pond and there’s a wonderful white winter honeysuckle too that smells divine – soon the first bumble bees will be searching out those blooms.
Have a lovely weekend – whatever the weather!
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