Thursday, 29 January 2015

Twiddling

At last!  We were without the landline and broadband for about a week and we're still on a go slow until the new router goes in - don't you miss it when it's not there?  
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Whenever Mr T asks me what I'm knitting, I'm usually crocheting something so he's adopted an umbrella term for knitting and crochet and asks me what I'm 'twiddling' instead.  So, since finishing the big grey blanket just before Christmas I've been twiddling a scarf and some squares.

On the knitting side of twiddling, this scarf for Mr T was incredibly easy in a chunky yarn that grew pleasingly quickly.  I found the pattern here.




In the New Year I usually promise myself that I will try something new - last year I started to learn Italian (although it will probably be a loooong time before I can hold a decent conversation!), so this year is 'knit yourself a sweater that you can actually wear' year. I have attempted a cardigan before, many years ago when I was in my late teens, it was a disaster and I never wore it.  But there are so many wonderful pattern books and fabulous knits on Ravelry (of which I've collected a fair few on my 'Knit' Pinterest board - there are so many talented people out there, I wish I had their vision and skill), I think it's time to have another go.  I've ordered yarn and am going for a (hopefully) simple V-neck sweater.  



On the crochet side I've got another throw on the go, one that's a bit more lacy this time - they are all the same colour, they just don't look like it in the photos! 



I've also been busy with these little squares; I wasn't sure where I was going with these when I started them, I just really liked this wonderful Scheepjeswol stone washed yarn, but but now I've done a few they seem to be sorting themselves out into a cushion.




And then there's Ziggy's blanket.  



I started this when he was quite a young kitty - he turned 10 last week so this has to be my oldest crochet WIP.  Poor little Zig, he's waited long enough I think. 

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x





Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Made in 2014

This year has been my first full year of blogging and so, like lots of other bloggers at this time of year, I thought I'd take a look back at my 'Made in 2014'.

On the crochet front there were three blankets - one for Christmas time, one for our bedroom and one for Alice to take to uni.


Two cushions - one for the sofa and one for pins


Two mandalas - one for Yarndale and one that's being used as a bowl cover


And some facecloths and a Nordic shawl.


I also got my sewing machine out, which had been redundant for quite some time, and made my first ever skirt as part of Lazy Daisy Jones' sew-along.


It fitted and, more importantly, I really enjoyed the experience, so brimming with confidence the girls and me set about making some pyjamas.


As they seemed to be a hit I made some more:  some Christmas ones for me and the girls and some chilli (what else?) man pyjamas for Mr T (apologies for terrible photo quality).


I think I'm probably pyjama'd out now, something different next time.

There seems to have been a lot of crochet over the past year so I've temporarily swapped my hook for some needles to make a man scarf using this really easy peasy pattern here.  Once that's done I've got another crochet blanket WIP started, something a little different from my others with a more lacey texture, so plenty to start 2015 with.  

This week I must catch up on some blog reading, I haven't been around blogland much lately, so see you at yours later! 

Happy New Year and I hope all is well out there ...
Jane x