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New pretties

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I told you recently that I gave away a lot of old acrylics that I had acquired from various sources, because I just wanted to keep the ‘good stuff’ that I will actually enjoy using. Well, the voice in my head said that now I had some space in my craft room cubbies I could feel free to invest in some new yarn. Totally justified, of course. And I have my birthday money fund, which is ‘free money’ which I can spend without guilt on anything I choose.

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With this in mind, I attended an autumn yarn event being held at my Local Yarn Store (LYS). I haven’t been in the store much since it changed hands at the beginning of the year, but I love the way things have been updated. New stock, a computerised checkout system, fresh look. The previous owners had run the store, very successfully I might add, for thirty years but they were ready to retire, and a new owner has the opportunity to make changes to suit her style.

My friend and I arrived at 10am, as the store was opening. It’s a two day event, and I expected there to be a lineup at the door, but no, we were the first ones in the door and we received our goody bags with a range of freebies inside. After a lot of browsing (yarns at LYSs tend to be mostly wool or wool blends) I found some pretties to bring home (pictured above). Four hanks (now cakes) of Cascade Yarns Sunseeker. Two multis, two solids, cotton/acrylic/metallic. I don’t usually go for sparkle and I haven’t a clue what I will make with them. The Drops Muskat is 100% cotton and I don’t know what I will use them for either but they coordinate well.

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The goody bag had lots of little bits and pieces including a hank of hemp yarn (and a ball of wool/alpaca which I gave to my friend).

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I also bought a placeholder and a set of stitchmarkers from a lady who was set up with her wares. I recognised her as a regular customer at the fabric store where I work. This sheep charm is fun (even though I don’t use wool) and the placeholder is an elephant charm. I liked that the lobster claw on it was large enough to use on crochet.

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I was fortunate to have a boss who went away to management meetings last week and came home with some freebies of her own. She didn’t know what these hooks were for and knows I love to crochet so I was glad to take them off her hands. I explained to her that they were for Tunisian crochet in the round, which is a technique I haven’t learned myself yet. However now I have the right hooks, I’ll have to go and visit CrochetKim on You Tube and learn how.

And finally…

Two finished objects for this week – a C2C (corner to corner) scarf and a slouchy hat. The scarf took a whole skein of Loops & Threads Barcelona and ended up 60″ long. No pattern. I used a tutorial from Mikey at The Crochet Crowd. The hat is the Joyful and Bright Slouch Hat from Oombawka Designs (Ravelry link) (direct link) and it has multiple sizes. I started out making the adult small, but the ribbed band would have been too big with 50 rows, so I did 44 then increased to 50 stitches on the second round of single crochets. That way, the brim should stay snug enough to stay on, but the body of the hat will be roomier. I also extended the 15 rounds of V stitch to 20 for more slouch.

The scarf took four days, the hat two.

I think that’s us all updated. Have a great weekend!

 

 

WIP: Ben’s hat

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A new project is on the needles and I’m following this pattern: BasicSimpleLazy! That’s a Ravelry link because it’s a free Rav download. It really is basic – most of us could probably make this kind of beanie in our sleep. A couple of inches of 2×2 ribbing followed by stockinette and traditional crown decreasing. The designer’s gauge was 6st to the inch, mine a little looser, and I decided I needed more than an 18″ circumference. I cast on 120 rather than 108 and I think (hope) it’s looking good.

With hindsight it would have been better to use a smaller needle for the ribbing but it’s too late for that now. I am into the stockinette section and have added a thin band of colourwork for interest. I love the jade with the chocolate – what do you think?

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The colours are richer than that in real life. (Deramores Studio DK, in Chocolate and Jade, 100% acrylic, size US5 needles.)

I had to take my car to the Toyota dealer today to get the brakes sorted out (expensive)! The courtesy shuttle dropped me off at one of my favourite coffee shops and I made some progress on the hat, but after a couple of hours I was antsy and needed to move. It’s a long road from the coffee shop to Toyota, but it’s flat, and the weather was sunny and windy and I was up for some walking. My downfall was that Michaels was on my way and I just happened to find this clearance yarn.

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It’s Loops & Threads Facets and I bought a couple of balls of the green/turquoise colourway (centre left) before, and then it disappeared from their shelves. I had browsed their regular priced stuff (twice) and was on my way towards the door when I saw the clearance rack and there was lots of this stuff. Such beautiful colours, and as it’s a bulky yarn it crochets up really fast for gifts. I haven’t given all of my co-workers a surprise gift yet (something I am doing just because, for no reason, in no particular order, with no deadline). Well, it was half price, and I bought 12.

I carried on to the dealership to get my car and made my way home, with the smell of new brakes trailing behind me!

I suppose I’d better start dinner, though my legs would rather I stayed on the couch!!!

 

Stash Enhancement eXpedition

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S.E.X. = more yarn for me!

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Michaels have a pretty good sale on right now and I went there today with a couple of coupons. As it turned out, the yarn that caught my eye was on sale (from $13 down to $6) so I didn’t need the coupons, and the yarn fumes might have gone to my head a bit. I bought eight 200gram skeins, two of each colour.

No specific plans for them – just tucking them into stash with the thought that they might make nice scarves.

What would you make with these?

WIP: Demelza (and acquisitions)

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I seem to have neglected you for the last week. I didn’t realise it has been seven whole days but I have been assembling the Demelza blanket and crocheting the border and things are taking their own sweet time.

I do have a photo of the blanket, taken after I joined everything together but before I started on the border. As of tonight, I only have one round left to do, plus a bit of end weaving, before I can show you a Finished Object. Soon, I promise.

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You can see where I deviated from the standard pattern (the 16 small squares that are all different). And of course my colour scheme is quite different from the original pattern.

I have been burning the candle at both ends somewhat as I have been excited to finish this project and move on to the next one. What with this project plus The Good Wife on Netflix, I have been going to bed late, and rather reluctantly.

The fabric store where I work had a staff appreciation night tonight. They bring in food (Chinese, this time, and I didn’t eat any as I wasn’t sure if any of it was vegan) and you get to browse the store while it’s closed and buy stuff with a special discount (though sometimes the current sale is just as good, or better than, the discount).

I had a short list of things I wanted, such as some knit fabric to make simple drapey vests, some non-slip slipper sole fabric for future crocheted slippers, some felt for my wood dining table for when we play Mexican Train dominoes or cards. However I also picked up some extra sewing machine needles and a couple of spools of thread, which I can always use. And these…

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Pom pom trim for a future crocheted blanket

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Some ‘Knit Klips’ which will hold pieces of crochet together for seaming (I really could have done with these a few days ago)!

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A pom pom maker (had my eye on one of these for a while)

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And I know you’d be disappointed if I said I wasn’t lured in by the yarn. I have used this before and it is nice and soft. No definite plan for it yet, but the colours co-ordinate with the ones I already have.

Here are all the skeins together…

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Cornsilk, Pewter, Black, Hot Pink, Boysenberry, Blue Hawaii and Mallard.

Each of these Red Heart With Love skeins weighs 7oz (about 200 grams) so that’s a lot of yardage. I believe the term for this type of shopping is SEX – Stash Enhancement Expedition!!

I have my third piano lesson tomorrow ┬ámorning. I can play a simple tune with both hands now, and we are learning all about chords and ‘forte’ and ‘piano’ and middle C and all that. It is nice to be finally learning how to play an instrument that I’ve wanted to play for years. Funny how we put off these things. Thanks to Tai Chi Man giving me the push to do it (birthday present) I am on my way. And thanks to my awesome friend Joan from whom we got the piano.

I’m hoping that my next post starts with the heading FO: Demelza. In the meantime, have a great week.