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Happy Christmas!

Hello everyone.

This is just a quickie to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a craft-packed New Year. Thank you for your support during the past twelve months.

Tree

Well, the presents are wrapped, the lights are up, the tree is decorated and my Christmas projects are finished and packed .. except for a teeny weeny bit of one which is proving quite slow.  Can’t show photos, of course!  What with prawns and stones it has all been a bit of a rush this year; promises made to myself to definitely start my Christmas projects earlier next time round simply do not work!

I, for one, have already so many ideas  and plans for how I’m going to spend any free time when the festivities of the next week are over and I’m itching to get those new patterns out and select my yarn. The anticipation of every new project is so exciting … can’t wait!

But there’s lots of family fun and sharing to be enjoyed before that.  I hope you all have a great festive season and that 2015 is filled with much knitting and crochet love.

Xmas

Jenny x

 

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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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Handmade Christmas

Hello,

Internet problems were an issue last week but it’s all sorted now so we’re back in business and it’s December.

I’m quite traditional deep down and love it when I hear Christmassy music or see sparkly decorations. The arrival of December always brings excitement and panic in equal measure: yoga party and two Xmas lunches all within three days not to mention the sudden shortage of crafting time before Christmas Day.

On Tuesday our knitting group met to make seasonal bits and bobs so the tiny white snowflake made for my pebble was replaced by some red, green and white larger ones.

Colourful bits and bobs

Colourful bits and bobs

Then we all went off to the local hostelry for a roast lunch  … really sociable and good to have time to chat about things other than yarns, patterns and the intricacies of reading crochet patterns. I expect you’ve guessed that I could spend every waking hour talking knitting and crochet!

The afternoon was spent browsing The Wool Croft in Abergavenny and adding to already substantial stashes! Luscious yarns to save till the New Year, you understand, when all our projects are completed! So all in all it was a beautiful knitty day.

How yummy are these?

How yummy are these?

Now to more pressing issues – and some of my completed presents do, in fact, need blocking. I can’t post full photos in case some family members try to sneak a look so here are just one or two tiny previews …

.... or this?

…. or this?

Guess what?

Guess what?

The crocheted pebbles haven’t been completely neglected either  ….. and the finished results of the first snowflake designs have turned out quite well although a little tweaking is still needed to produce the finish which I have seen on some website photos. I think it will be a question of trial and error especially with very different shaped pebbles.

Different effects

Different effects

Marbles and stones

Marbles and stones

A busy week as you can see – all great fun. Hope you are all getting on well with your Christmas projects. Why does every day seem so much shorter as the weeks go by? What I need is an extra month of crafting time!

That’s all for now,

Jenny x