Waiting for the electrician and plumber to arrive, who should have been here at 8 and it’s now 9.30am. Hopeless! The reason we need the team is that all three of our bathrooms are having extractor fans installed. Our tiny en suite (toilet and sink only) has a pathetic fan that’s never worked well. The two full bathrooms (one up, one down) have never had them. Now that we have new windows and doors and the house is better insulated and less draughty we have to make sure we don’t have a mould problem. (It started to manifest early this year after we had the work done – in January! Yes, the house was freezing for a bit.)
Tai Chi Man hung around an hour longer than usual this morning, but when we got the call that they would be late, he left for work and gave me instructions on what to tell the guys.
Anyway, last night was fun. I’ve started to host a Monday night ‘Hygge’ gathering, for friends to come and have tea and maybe crochet or knit or just chat. The first two, it was just me and one friend. Then last night there were four of us and we had such a laugh (and scads of Yorkshire Tea because three of us are Brits and the fourth is an honorary one)! It may or may not have been the tea that caused my wakefulness between 4 and 5am.
So my WIP is still Spill. I work on this when I can concentrate, as right side rows do require a bit of counting, but it’s an easy pattern and I love the way the colours look with the short rows. I’m almost at the end of the cake of Lion Brand Mandala and it’s 12 inches deep at the centre. Maybe not quite big enough to quit at the end of the cake, so I will go stash-diving later for something that works with it so I can keep going.
And I have a tiny FO that I started last night and just finished off.
This is a bit of Stylecraft Special Aran. I just made a rectangle, starting with 20 chains, worked sc in the back loop only every row for 25 rows. Sew up the side seam, gather up one end, stuff it, gather up the other end, and then take the tails through the centre a couple of times to flatten it out and make it pumpkin-shaped. Add a little green stalk – 4 chain, work 3 sc into the chain, finish off and use the tails to sew it in.
This would be fun to make in different sizes. I may experiment with ever smaller starting chains.
Looks like I will have plenty of crochet time this morning. Have a great day!
I love the idea of a hygge evening… I may have to steal that idea sometime!
I’ve just downloaded the pattern, thank you for the link. I’m going to try a swatch with some of my finer handspun 🙂
Go ahead! The more cosiness and comfort and community we have, the better, especially on long winter evenings!
You’re welcome. Have fun with it. 🙂
What beautiful colours 🙂
I love the cute little pumpkin! How do you gather the ends? I’ve not heard of that before
I just run a piece of yarn in and out through the edge, pull tight and fasten off. I forgot to mention that in order to get the squashed pumpkin shape I take the yarn tails down through the centre and back up again after stuffing and closing up the second opening.