I just completed three full shifts in three days and to be honest I just didn’t feel like crocheting after I arrived home after 9pm Thursday night. However last night I pushed ahead with the cocoon and called it done when it looked big enough. I have been really bad at following the pattern as I felt I couldn’t really trust it. No gauge info, no final measurements to give me confidence.
I started weaving in the ends at home and finished them on breaks at work today. I really hope that this set looks good on its intended recipient, but I suppose as it’s meant to be a photo prop it only has to look good for a short time and any (potentially) excess cocoon fabric can be tucked around the baby.
Another small project that I finished today is a double thick coaster. It’s an African flower motif, but I’m not going to bother linking to the site I was using for instructions as the “pattern” was really vague and I had to peer at people’s photos to see if I was interpreting it correctly. I suggest a search on Ravelry for a better option if you’d like to make this motif.
I made two motifs in different colourways out of Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK and a 4.25mm hook, then slipstitched them together back to back. I’ve been wanting to test out this motif for a long time. It’s really easy and one day I hope to make a larger project with more of them.
This item is for a fellow Ravelry member who was let down in a swap. I think her parcel got lost in the mail. A few people are sending her small extra things to make up for the disappointment. I will add a few bits and pieces to this coaster and send them off soon.
Another bit of mail I need to send is a few grams of Stylecraft Special DK in Copper to a Raveler in New Zealand. She has nearly finished a blanket and just needs to finish half of a row in Copper. She didn’t want to buy a whole new skein so asked on one of the forums if anyone had any they’d be willing to send her. I have half a ball left over from Demelza so I will be putting some in an envelope and mailing it off soon.
I just love this Ravelry community. It has added so much to my crafting life.
Zee bag eez done!
Thanks to some crocheting in the car this morning while dh drove, I finished the strap and sewed it on. The lining was sewn in this afternoon, while I enjoyed the warmth out on the deck (though I mostly stayed in the shade).
And then I frittered away the rest of the afternoon, browsing around Ravelry patterns and Tunisian crochet tutorials. Pretty darn awesome way to spend time, especially as I was scheduled to work today, but received a phone call about a hour before I was due to leave, asking if I wanted the day off. Duh! Of course I said Yes!
I still haven’t decided whether to make another blanket and, if so, whether it will be a CAL or something else; or whether to make something wearable, maybe a poncho or sweater. I don’t want to start using one of my colour packs and then regret using it to make something I’m not happy with.
Wow! I shocked myself. I have seen other bloggers posting their end-of-year reviews and thought I hadn’t completed much. I have three works in progress still on the go, which seem to be taking a long time to finish. So when I looked at my Ravelry notebook (my user name is Nicolaknits if you’d like a better look at my project pages) I was amazed to find that I’ve completed 65 projects in 2015!
I tallied up the items and here are the totals:
Dachshund (hot/cold pack) 1
Christmas stocking 1
Tea cosies 2
Cup cosy 1
Chair seat cover 1
Baby cardigan 1
Kitchen towel hanging loops 2
Above are the screenshots from Ravelry. Some project pages represent more than one item (for example, the two tea cosies are on the same page).
I had some free time this afternoon and, knowing that my order from Deramores should be arriving any day now, I laid out all my yarn on the floor of my craft room. My plan is to post some photos here and on the Flash your Stash 2016 thread on Ravelry. I took some photos today but I’m not going to do any flashing until those new colour packs arrive.
My expectation is that I will keep the new DK yarn for something special while working through the older stuff. (^.^)