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A windy cold day

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Maybe my Seaside dishcloth is trying its best to be a panacea for the bitterly cold wind we’ve had today. All week, the temperatures have been well below freezing. I think -24 was the coldest night. Life has proceeded as usual.

This is Bernat Handicrafter in a colourway called By The Sea. The pooling is rather interesting. It’s crocheted in Tunisian Simple Stitch. I do find that method very relaxing and meditative.

I have been trying to fit in all my usual favourite things this week in addition to studying my plant-based nutrition course. Netflix has had to be abandoned – I just don’t have the time for it, what with work, household stuff, piano practice, my course and my crochet. Oh, and I was a good girl this week – I went to the pool THREE times and swam a whole lotta lengths.

Work was quiet on Thursday but today was busy. I have two more shifts before Christmas Eve and I will definitely be wearing my pink Santa hat. The Christmas buttons are going on sale tomorrow and I found some today that look like mini Christmas lights. Those are just screaming to be made into earrings!

Have to run – dinner needs to be made. Have a great week!

Edited to add: I forgot to mention some fun news. A while back I won a free pattern – it’s a paid pattern published by Kathryn at Crafternoon Treats (she has a blog and a podcast and a couple of Facebook pages). She asked people to guess how many rounds we thought were in her round granny stitch blanket which she called a Blandala. I guessed exactly right and she sent me a pattern pdf. Well, fast forward to last week, and she had a big shawl pattern giveaway on her podcast, and I won again! I now have a pdf of a pretty crocheted shawl pattern called Dragonfruit. I am feeling lucky. Next, the lottery!!

 

 

 

Sunny (beachy) dishcloth

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This is going to be part of my surprise swap gift, when I get around to parcelling it up and mailing it. There’s no rush – the deadline for mailing is a month away.

I could send it off soon, but I might wait another week or two just to see if I can think of any small additions.

This free  pattern is called Sunny dishcloth by  Yarnspirations. It’s very simple and probably took only about an hour to make. The main part is a plain circle made up of hdcs, and the points of the sun are constructed sideways with ever taller stitches. Quite simple and once you’ve made one point you’re away. It’s made from worsted weight cotton (in this case, Bernat Handicrafter – By the Sea colourway) and a 5mm hook.

Have you seen the beautiful Peacock Tail Bag from Lilla Bjorn? It’s a Crochet-along (CAL) that will start on August 17th. We’re going to be talking about it and posting progress pics in the Ravelry Group Colourful CALs/KALs and I think I might join in. My thought is to use the jewel toned pack of Deramores Studio DK that I bought months ago.

I’m a bit of a rebel – I don’t like being told what to do, and sometimes I feel like a specific commitment is too much to think about and clutters up my brain, which is why I’m not joining in with the Ravellenic Games this time around (the knitting and crochet version of the Olympics). However this is one gorgeous bag.

It depends on how I feel in August, but it’s not as big a commitment as a blanket CAL so I think I might do it!

 

 

 

 

 

In my happy place

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I have a day off work today, though I did pop in to the store after picking the majority of the apricots off our tree. They are very nearly ripe and seem to like dropping on the ground before I get to them. I now have six bowls full downstairs and I’m not yet sure what I’m going to do with them all! I delivered a box full to work so that got rid of those!!!

This morning, I had to return books and magazines to the library, so of course I collected my held item and found three more. I think someone (maybe my mum) recommended the Isabel Allende novel. As you can see, I also indulged in a little treat from the health food store.

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I stopped in at the dreaded Wal-mart (aka Stuffmart, Wally World) for a pair of shoes, as my runners are getting worn out and aren’t suitable for work any longer. When I was cleaning up the house yesterday, I actually pulled out my shoes from the general melee downstairs by the back door and set up another rack for them. There were still a few pairs of winter footwear down there, so those were thrown into the under-the-stairs cupboard. The rest of the family’s shoes were placed on the racks where they belong and…hey presto…tidier utility room. That was easy!

I was tempted by not one, but two pairs of shoes. It takes me very little time to shop for shoes. The grey ones with the turquoise laces were practically the first ones I saw, and the white ones will, I think, work with my maxi skirts (have to have toes covered at work).

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I took the time, as I was on my own and therefore not in a hurry, to wander around the rest of the store, and the craft section held some temptations too…

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The buttons are mine, all mine, and the cotton Handicrafter is partly for a dishcloth for a surprise swap that I’m participating in through a Ravelry group. When my swap parcel items are all amassed, I will show you a photo.

And so to the happy place – playing with colour. My button stash definitely looked like it needed more…

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Lots of gaps there, eh. Definitely room for improvement. Hence these…

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I sat outside on my deck, blissfully alone but surrounded by the noises of my neighbourhood, temperature very reasonable for the time of year, and sorted buttons.

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Much better!

In the crochet side of things, I have one WIP, the ripple blanket, and you’ll have to take my word for it that it’s growing. However today I had a request for a phone cosy, plus I’d like to make a little heart or some type of amigurumi for  a co-worker, and a laptop bag for me, and a toy to match my blanket, and…and…suddenly I have a long To Do list.

It’s the good kind of To Do list, though. 🙂