Well, I spiffed up my couch cushions…
I’ve had this cheap and cheerful fabric around for at least a year, I think, and I still have about four metres each of lime on white and orange on white to use up! This worked well for my couch cushions because the couch is brown and I love turquoise. I just cut a metre of fabric, trimmed some off the width to square it up, then put the cushion in the middle, brought in two corners, then brought in the other two corners and tied them together. So much quicker than crocheting or sewing!
My crochet news is that I have finished the Happy-go-Lacy shawl, washed it and pinned it to my ever-so-sophisticated blocking mats. It should be dry very soon as it’s thin yarn and the weather is warm and dry. After I took this photo on my kitchen floor, I very carefully dragged the whole shebang into the living room where it will hopefully not be in the way.
This used three balls of Red Heart Heart and Sole and a 6mm hook. Next, my boss would like me to make something out of the RH Scrubby which should be fairly quick, though the yarn is quite rough and I’m not sure what it’s going to be like to work with.
The first two days of working on this shawl I only achieved 11 rows. Tonight I picked it up (late, as I worked until 6 then had to make dinner and clean up) and crocheted up a storm while watching Crafternoon Treats’ podcast. (That link should take you to episode 1 of her podcast on You Tube.) I have to admit, I am really nitpicky about podcasts. Lots of things can put me off and make me hit Stop, from verbal tics to bad lighting to lack of interest in the content. However Kathy has drawn me in with lovely crocheted bags, blankets and shawls, and in her latest episode she talks about her Tunisian crochet workshop, her Road Trip scarf and her crocheted socks using Heart and Sole. Good grief, I thought, we are totally on the same page!
Anyway, back to the shawl. I used up the first ball of Heart and Sole and stuck a stitch marker in, then as per the pattern I returned to the foundation chain and started working in the other direction with ball #2.
If you look carefully at the photo (sorry, I know it’s another late night shot with my iPad on the living room floor!!!) you’ll see that I have completed three rows on the second half of the shawl (near the top of the work). My plan is to use up the second ball and then split ball #3 between the two ends. When it’s gone, I’m done.
I don’t know why, but for two days now I’ve had a really stiff neck. Woke up with it yesterday morning and thought it’d be gone by nightfall, but no, it gave me pain on the right side during the night if if moved around and I have limited movement to the right. If it persists, I’ll have to give the chiro a call.
It’s my sister’s birthday today, and rather than spending it at home she is currently in Kathmandu with her family on holiday. They were in Delhi for a bit, 40°C every day, and I don’t envy them that!
I may not be somewhere exotic but I’m very happy being where I am. I hope you are too. Happy crafting.
…Red Heart ‘Heart and Sole!’
It’s a sock yarn, #1 on the official yarn weight guide, and it’s 75% wool and 25% nylon. The pattern I’m using is a Red Heart one – depending where you look, the shawl is called Enjoy Life or Happy-Go-Lacy (not sure about that name)!
Why am I neglecting my colourful poncho for an ivory coloured shawl? And why am I using a non-vegan yarn?
Well, as soon as she saw me this morning, my boss asked if I’d like to do some crochet to display in the store. It means I get a little free yarn, some crocheting time, my project displayed at work for a while, then I get to keep it (or decide on someone to give it to).
It’s a very open lacy fan pattern, every row is the same, and I think it will grow fast. It starts in the middle – you work outwards to one end, then return to your foundation chain and work in the other direction. A bit of blocking will stretch things out and tidy things up – right now it just looks like typical unblocked lace – unimpressive!
After six rows tonight my attention span had expired, so I’ll add more to this tomorrow.