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WIP: Demelza (definitely not a Netflix project)

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I made more colourful progress on Demelza’s central square. I still haven’t used all the colours and I’ve only repeated one (petrol) to add some contrast. Last night I made a huge mess of one round which I only realised when the stitch count wasn’t working out on the next, but I sorted it out and it’s all good.

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I’m trying not to think of completing a large blanket made with such exacting directions – one step at a time! No pressure.

WIP: Demelza

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At last, after a seemingly long wait, I started the Demelza blanket yesterday. A day late, yes, compared to some of the others in the group, but the Peacock Tail Bag took precedence.

So this was my progress after one session yesterday evening…

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That’s seven rounds – you can’t see the foundation rounds of each layer of petals. There were certainly some frustrating moments when I was trying to figure out where the @#$% hook went in which &*?$ stitch!

Tonight I managed another seven rounds and thankfully they weren’t as fiddly…

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Nighttime shots are so second-rate!

I took another photo of the flower from a side angle as it’s hard to see the first round of petrol blue from above. I’m not really sure why there are two different colours in this section, as the first one is mostly hidden.

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I’m not planning my colours ahead of time. The pattern specifies the exact colours the designer used in the same brand of yarn that I’m using and there have been a couple of coincidental matches with the raspberry and the camel, but the rest of my rounds differ from the pattern. It is fascinating to do a Crochet-Along and see how people’s colour choices affect the outcome and make the same pattern look so different.

Time to rest and recharge now. Have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

 

WIP: Peacock Tail Bag

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Part three of the bag is complete. There was one row in there when I had a moment of ‘OMG what have I done!’ because I reached the end of one of those more complicated rows and was one stitch short. Turns out I was supposed to start in the first stitch of the row (some are started in the second) and I think it was more my imperfect vision that caused the error rather than me forgetting which stitch I was supposed to be starting with.Had to rip out that row and redo, but it’s all good now.

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These beautiful colours are from the Stylecraft Special DK Cosy Pack that has been patiently waiting for me to pay attention to it. These will become the Demelza blanket. The CAL on the Ravelry group started on Thursday, September 1st, but I had to finish part 3 of the bag first. The central square of the blanket looks like a doozy with plenty of challenges (it has a 3D flower in the centre) and I really hope I can keep up with this CAL. The time limit is self-imposed – if I don’t manage to make 8 squares in a week then it doesn’t really matter but it would certainly be nice to have the project finished by Christmas. (I actually have some extra raspberry and lime, as you will see from the photo, as I had some of those colours in the turquoise colour pack.)

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I participated in a Colourful Anniversary Swap in the Colourful KALs/CALs group – you may remember me making a water bottle holder and a dishcloth and sending off a parcel to Chicago, where my swap partner lives. Well, she seemed to like her parcel of goodies, and now I have received one myself. From Hamburg in Germany. All of those who participated in the swap posted their likes and dislikes to the forum thread, their hobbies, any allergies, other interests. I received a lovely package from Debby which included all the lovely swag in the above photo. Below is a goofy photo of me modelling the scrappy hat!

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Since then, I had my hair cut (why does my hairdresser rave over naturally curly hair then blow dry the heck out of it and straighten it out)? So now I am going to have some fun with some pink hair dye. See ya later.

WIP: Attic24’s Neat Ripple

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Last night I finally finished the last stripe on the Neat Ripple blanket. There were so many ends to weave in that I thought it would take me all day but it actually went very quickly. A few ends before I went out with Tai Chi Man to the farmers and crafters market, and the rest when I arrived home, having stocked up on fresh produce for tonight’s dinner and recharged with the most amazing raspberry matcha latte and Mexican chocolate cookie at Chai Baba.

So, just the border to go. It’s a narrow one, only three rounds I think, and I’ll probably just do it all in turquoise. And then my little teddy can have his photo shoot with his matching blankie.

Linkies: Neat Ripple know-how (border and notes)

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I am so glad that this is nearly done. The Demelza blanket,¬†(link will take you to the Ravelry project page as it’s a free Ravelry download)¬†which I will be starting September 1st with a bunch of other Crochet-along-ers in the Colourful KALs/CALs group on Ravelry, looks quite challenging and I didn’t want other WIPs nagging me from their bag in the corner while crocheting Demelza!

Of course the Peacock Tail Bag will overlap Demelza somewhat during September.

Anyone is welcome in the Colourful group – Ravelry is free to join if you haven’t discovered its wonders already. And it’s such a friendly chatty group with frequent posts – important for a successful interesting group, I think.

One more recommendation while thinking about crochet and Ravelry…I am actually watching a podcast (and the latest episode featured a bit of free advertising for Ravelry and its features). I have tried various podcasts over and over again but find different aspects of them offputting for whatever reason, but I like this one: Crafternoon Treats. Kathryn is an experienced crocheter living in Yorkshire, England, relatively new knitter, new spinner, new dyer, and she talks about what she’s making, her adventures in playing with yarn and colour, and other stuff. She’s one of Stylecraft’s new Blogstars too. This is a group of bloggers, most but not all of whom are in the UK, who have been chosen by Stylecraft to get sneak peeks of new yarns, offer their own designs with the yarn, offer giveaways, etc. If you haven’t tried Stylecraft yet, it’s worth it – their yarn is good quality and reasonably priced. I order mine from Deramores but you can also get it internationally from Wool Warehouse in the UK.

She is on Facebook as Crafternoon Treats and Bagalong with Crafternoon Treats, and has her own group on Ravelry. The latter has not been particular active so far but I got the impression that she was thinking of making it more of a priority in future.

Well, enough waffling. It’s a beautiful day, and even though I feel like I made the most of my morning, there is still the afternoon to enjoy. Such a link-heavy post! I hope you check out some of them.