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Stash surprises

Hello again.

It’s amazing what little nuggets of delight can come to light when sorting a stash!  As you know I have been rationalising my craft stuff ready for my new Ikea unit – well, I came across some Colinette yarn bought ages ago …

Multi by Colinette…. it’s much more purple than I had remembered but I obviously loved it at the time!

Also rediscovered was an American pattern for a multi-directional scarf designed to show off self-patterning yarn so a new technique and a way of using up that yarn. What could be better?

Portland pattern

Portland pattern

Multi-directional seems to be very similar to short row shaping as in the heels of socks, Frankie Brown’s ten-stitch blanket and mitred squares. Once you get into it it grows quickly and, as the pattern suggests, does highlight the colour changes of the yarn.

very purple

very purple

neater than I thought it would be

neater than I thought it would be

Don’t know about you but I just can’t seem to resist multicoloured yarn – these lovely balls came from Chester. Italian, soft to the touch but with a tension somewhere between 4 ply and DK so I wasn’t quite sure what to make with them.

yummy colours

yummy colours

Then it came to me – incorporate them all into a Granny Stripe blanket. What is this obsession with blankets and throws? When in doubt crochet a throw – so reassuring to have on the go and you can pick them up at any time to do a row.  We don’t really need another one but I’m sure someone will give it a good home.

hooked on granny stripes

hooked on granny stripes

So, here we are … committed to it but pleased with the way it is working out. I have stuck in a couple of stripes in solid colours to highlight the others and as you see purple keeps popping up!

Now that two new projects are underway (I’m just not a single project sort of crafter!) I can get back to my crocheted pebbles and try out some more designs.

I’ll report back soon on how that’s going,

Bye for now,

Jenny x

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Happy New Year

Slightly belatedly I know, but best wishes for 2014 to everybody. Let’s hope it’s going to be an excellent crafting year for all of us. I can’t wait to get started on some different projects now that all the gifts have been given.

All my Christmas projects seem to have been well received …. Here as promised are some photos of the finished items.

Enjoying a rest!

Enjoying a rest!

Spike the dragon

Spike the dragon

Murray the reindeer and Spike the dragon

Murray the reindeer and Spike the dragon

His and hers

His and hers

Bold colourways

Bold colourways

On the whole I was pleased – one or two items could have been finished off more professionally and I have certainly made a resolution to start earlier next year. We say that every year, don’t we? Will it happen in 2014? Very doubtful I think.

Talking of resolutions – the one decision I did make in the autumn was to store my stash in a more user-friendly way. Some more appropriate storage was needed to deal with the craft-related clutter which has spread to almost every room now!

Well, we have been to Ikea and the flat packs have been purchased. Since it was our first experience of buying at IKEA I’m afraid we pleaded ignorance and a very kind assistant came to our aid finding us all the elements we needed.  All that remains now is to assemble the units!! Fortunately my son-in-law has agreed to help …. does he really know what he is letting himself in for?

So now it’s back to my North Sea cobbles and their crocheted covers; now that I have some decent stones I can’t wait to try out the motifs I was experimenting with before Xmas. I also want to try out a scarf pattern which I bought in the USA a couple of years ago … came across it during the initial stages of my grand sorting out project. It involves directional knitting which I have never done before so I’m not sure how it will turn out. We shall see.

Well, that’s all for now,

Jenny x