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Easter mitts


I will give you a link to my Ravelry project page which will link to the motif and the method I used to turn it into fingerless mitts. Why Easter mitts? Well, it’s nearly Easter, and the colours remind me of painted eggs.

The project page isn’t complete yet as the project itself is a work in progress, but I have made similar mitts to this before. I came across the older project recently and thought it was time for a new incarnation.

This motif, on the website “Crochet Spot” which I have linked to on Ravelry, has a couple of anomalies in the instructions for round 1, but as long as you’re not a total crochet noob you will be able to follow them. (I did leave a comment on their post.)

I don’t know if it’s just me, but both times I have made this motif it’s been very ripply which indicates to me that there are too many stitches being squeezed into the circle. However I am working with this rippliness (totally a real word) as when the finished square is folded in half and seamed to make a mitt, the centre of the motif snugs into the curve of the wrist.

When I made these mitts before, I used a 6mm hook and a total of 6 rounds worked perfectly for size, but this time I’m using a 5.5mm hook and will need to add an extra round.

In case you’re wondering why I’m not making another nest, I am ‘resting’ my wrists with some looser gauge crocheting. I did something to hurt my wrists, which have been quite painful today – it’s either the tight crochet or playing around with foam dumbbells in the pool last night. (I met my friend and she showed me some physio exercises she’s been doing. I think I overdid it!)

Okay, it’s an early night for me. Ttyl!

Back to the blankie


With fresh motivation, I have once again tackled the Grandma’s Knickknacks blanket and have whizzed across row 11. I have officially decided that this blanket will have 144 squares. Each square is about 4″ across, if that gives you a better idea of its size so far.


So the final size will be 12 X 12 squares plus a border. I have been looking at Lucy’s blog (Attic24) for inspiration as she seems to be one of the current crochet queens of blankets. You have to see her latest – the Sunny Log Cabin.¬†Those colour packs I recently ordered from Deramores in the Stylecraft DK? All her colour planning.

I am holding firm on the yarn ban, despite emails like this one!


Not to mention people at work showing me their lovely smooshy cabled cowls-in-progress with yarn available at the store.

It’s been a good day today. I really needed a home day, and I had one. I thought I was going to have to do a long round trip this afternoon to pick up ds3 from his two night sleepover, but Tai Chi Man did it instead. So the housework was done, the laundry, the dinner; I even made bread for the first time in ages. And I vegged on the couch this evening with my crochet and Netflix (current show – Luther).

Wishing you all a wonderful week.

A hat with pizzazz!


A very quick hat made the same way as my Very Vivid Hat which I blogged about here.  Photo taken last night so not very sharp. This is a super-super bulky yarn, and though I used a 15mm hook I think a 19mm would have been better. One always thinks that the bigger the hook, the easier the work, but while it goes fast it can be quite a workout for the arms!

This is Red Heart Vivid in Purple Pizzazz, one skein, plus a purple  fake fur pompom from Premier Yarns that we sell in-store at work. They are in my opinion expensive for what they are, but there was a grab bag in the staff room one day with some freebies and I nabbed this.


Groovy blanket – FO








I’m happy to announce the coming out of my Groovy blanket. It’s been machine-washed and dried and is good to go.

Thanks to Season 10 of Bones on Netflix, the end-weaving was painless. All 500-plus of them.

The wave patterned border isn’t as smooth as I’d like, but at least the washing/drying has relaxed the tendency of the border to curl up.

I’m now looking at my other blanket, stalled halfway through. It’s my only WIP so I should probably get on with that, eh!

I hope that if you are a Canadian citizen you voted today. It’s after 7pm here in BC and I haven’t a clue whether any results have been released yet. No doubt I will hear the news sometime this evening and I’m hoping for a joyful dance rather than a disappointed shoulder slump!!! We shall see…


Groovy growth


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Two granny strips, a dot strip, and a stripey strip. Plus a partial granny strip. I needed a vertical stripe and rather than use the shell stitch in the original Groovyghan pattern I went for a simple straight granny stitch section. So easy to add to the side of the granny strip. I hope it fits the dot section okay. Eight rows done so far, but I think it needs to be at least as wide as the other stripe strip. In the photos, the light green is standing out and looking almost yellow, but it is duller and blends in well in real life.

It looks like it will be finished by the deadline I have set for myself. Deadlines are great for discouraging procrastination, though I’m not having any problem staying motivated for this project.

Groovy blanket coming along nicely





The stripey strip has grown. It’s only 30 stitches wide and grows very quickly. I started to attach it to one of the granny strips so that I could be sure of getting the length right. As it turns out, 16 rows seems to fit one granny quite well.

Laid out like this on my living room floor, I’m really liking it.

And what do you think of my impulse buy? Sock monkey slippers! How could I resist ūüôā

Groovy blanket – more progress


Thanks to Netflix, and also being a passenger in my car on the weekend, the black borders on the grannies and dot blocks have whizzed by and are now done. Twenty one blocks finished in no time at all! At least, it feels like no time.

I put them on the floor in no particular¬†order, just to admire them and consider my next step. I think I will make the horizontal stripe strip next, so I don’t have to face all that sewing yet.

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It’s been a nice at-home day today. It feels like a bit of an oasis of calm in an otherwise busy week, though I am going out later and have to make sure that I take some food for a potluck and also leave some at home for the boys. I changed the bamboo sheets over to flannel ones, as the nights are getting chilly and I’m not willing to close the window and turn on the heat yet. I’ve cooked a pot of black beans to make refried beans, and made a huge pile of tortillas. Next, guacamole. Shame I don’t have any fresh tomatoes to make salsa. Didn’t plan that too well.

I took the bull by the proverbials today and synced and updated my iPad Mini. Really hoping that I don’t regret it. I know there have been a few issues with iOS9, so maybe waiting for 9.0.1 was a good move. Ds2 tried updating his iPod which was running iOS6! Hmmm, let’s just say he was iPod-less for a few days while trying to figure out how to fix the situation that arose. In the end, with the help of his younger brother, he worked out how to find the problem and restore it from an archived backup running iOS 8.4. He is now back to living in headphones and doing everything one-handed, as his iPod is like an extension of his body! Sigh!!

Time to get back to the kitchen, which is warm and sunny – the family room where I’m sitting right now is in the basement and it’s cold down here. Happy crafting and talk to you again soon.

Groovy blanket WIP


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Here’s the progress on the groovyghan-inspired blanket.

7 dots made, one bordered in black and block complete

14 grannies made, 6 fully bordered in black, one with black border in progress, 7 yet to complete

Once these are done, I can start on a stripey strip.

Very tired, long day, so you’re being spared lots of chat! Good night.

Inspired by the Groovyghan


imageA while back, I made a colourful Groovyghan from this pattern.¬†It was free when I downloaded it, but I believe it’s a paid pattern now. My version is here.¬†

Many many people have made this blanket, some with adaptations, and now I’m making another in a more limited colour palette to use up my older acrylics. I get the urge to purge every now and then and so far I have crocheted up almost ten squares in the last few days. When I do the last round on each, I’ll use black and use a join-as-you-go method to join them into strips. I’m not going to do flower blocks this time, but I do plan to make dot blocks and stripey sections similar to the first one I did.

I have an idea who this one is for, but I’m not saying yet.

A friend and I and our 17 year old sons went out hiking today on a new (to us) trail. It was fairly challenging and we had a good workout and were rewarded with an awesome view from the top. It was a bit of a drive to get there but totally worth it, and we intend to try a different trail on the same mountain next time. And my son drove us home so he got some more practice towards upgrading from an L to an N driving licence.

Aaaaaaand, now I really must get to bed. Have to be up early in the morning. Good night, peeps, and have a  fabulous day.