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FO: Strawberry Shortcake set


The hat that I was telling you about last time, the Eyelet Messy Bun hat, is now finished, washed and blocked. There were five shades of pink in the cake of Dynasty Cake Twist (Strawberry Shortcake colourway) but because I was only making a hat it was too small to get to the later shades. I even cut a little of the hot pink out so that I could get a good band of the lighter pink at the crown of the hat.

I felt that decreasing to 20 stitches for the bun hole was a bit too much, so I unravelled a round and bound off at 30 stitches.

There was plenty of yarn left so I used the hot pink that I cut out of the skein to start a matching cellphone cosy, then transitioned to the lighter pink, and then the lightest. I never did get to the fifth shade, a really dark pink.

Hopefully the intended recipient will like this set. There is still some of the cake left and I will use it up later for something else. I usually hold on to leftovers when someone asks me to make them something.

I had an unsettled night’s sleep last night, and dreamt a lot. In one of my dreams, I remember someone wearing a really nice sweater. I think it was garter stitch, a really simple shape, sleeveless, and the yarn was beautiful. Do you think I’ve been able to find anything online today that is even close? Nope. Honestly, it’s really frustrating when you are all fired up to spend some money and then you can’t find anything you want!

It felt like that a bit at Michaels today. They’ve been churning out the sale emails, the coupons etc, so I went in there today with a 55% off coupon to take a look at what they had. I didn’t buy a thing! Which is good, really. Because spending money just for the sake of it is not wise.

I am excited for tomorrow as ds2, who has been away on holiday for the last couple of weeks in California, returns and I am going to pick him up at the airport. I can’t wait to see him arrive safely and hear about his trip.

Happy crafting, folks, and talk to you again soon.




Time flew by…


Well, I must have been enjoying myself out on my deck – after the blogging, button sorting and crocheting I came inside and was gobsmacked to see it was 6.30pm. My only other companion this weekend is ds2 who slept all day. Ds3 has been at summer camp all week and Tai Chi Man is picking him up tomorrow, along with his two backpacks and sleeping bag. There may be two other teens with him wanting a ride home (thankfully only a short way)  and it will be interesting to hear how they all fit in our Toyota Yaris with all their stuff.

I used my own (published) pattern to create a new cellphone cosy. This one is a bit wider and longer, as I got the impression from my co-worker (who requested this for a friend) that she has one of the larger phones.

I am sad to let go of this button as I love it, but it’s a perfect match for the pink in the yarn at the top back of the cosy.

That’s one thing crossed off the To Do List.


Happy Monday!


Everyone is so down about Mondays (I’m looking at you, Garfield). But today, I didn’t have a shift (even though the store is open this afternoon) and Tai Chi Man had a long weekend because of the public holiday. So this particular Monday is pretty darned good!

I love getting an email from my Google Calendar peeps saying, “You have no events scheduled today.” It feels like the day is so full of possibilities. I also love waking up in the morning and knowing I don’t have to jump out of bed and get going. Slow starts are so much nicer.

However, there is still housework to do, and Mondays used to be my regular day, before work outside the home got in the way, so I did clean up the kitchen and bathrooms, vacuum (the majority of) the house and washed a crapton of laundry. After lunch I was able to relax on the couch with my crochet, guilt-free.

This is my experiment with Tunisian knit stitch. I LOVE THIS!

(Whaddya know, daylight shots, taken outside, so they are actually in focus and full colour!)

The right side of the Tks looks like, well, knitting. The back looks sort of like purl, but the ridges are way bigger, and the fabric it makes is so soft and thick, it’s gorgeous. Can you imagine a sweater made with this? I can, and it would be really warm and cuddly.

I used the same yarn as the cowl – Loops and Threads Chameleon in Rainbow – but of course on such a small project you only see a couple of colour changes. This time, though, the hook is 6.5mm. Tunisian crochet takes a larger hook than you’d use normally.

Now I have to get in the kitchen for a little advance dinner prep, but my plan for later is to open my new Tunisian crochet book to the next stitch and practice that one.