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Summer on my mind

Hello again,

It’s been a while since I wrote last I’m afraid. My decluttering has brought to light some interesting bits and bobs – amongst them a booklet of beautiful summer crochet patterns, “Crochet: Southern Comfort” by Twilley’s. Now, I know that I don’t usually make garments but one look at these designs had me hankering for a couple of these tops. I think it’s all to do with my passion for lace and crochet motifs.

My disappointment to find that Southern Comfort cotton had been discontinued turned to delight when I found the website A Woolly Tail selling their last 100g balls at £1.50 each – a bargain not to be missed!

summery colours of Southern Comfort

summery colours of Southern Comfort

So, I have started the top and in spite of a couple of shaping issues it is progressing well. The motifs are fun to do; it’s great how they join together to make a lovely fabric

Single motif

Single motif

one strip of motifs

one strip of motifs

I think the upper part of the top must be what is referred to as filet crochet which I have never attempted before.

armhole shaping

armhole shaping

One of my Christmas treats was some yarn from Liberty’s and so last week – on the day of the tube strike, coincidentally – we set off. The day proved a bit of a challenge with all the transport issues but Liberty’s was every bit as beautiful as it had appeared in the TV series shown last autumn. Every floor is a designer’s paradise and the displays are quite stunning.

Hooked now on summer crochet I selected Rowan’s Holiday Crochet and Panama yarn for another top …….. love the feel, colour and sheen of this cotton / linen mix.

love the sheen on this cotton/linen blend

love the sheen on this cotton/linen blend

fascinating ply

fascinating ply

I couldn’t resist the colours of Rowan’s very unusual thick and thin yarn either since I was being treated!

yummy colours

yummy colours

could look good crocheted with string

could look good crocheted with string

It looks as if it will work well woven with parcel string into crocheted storage containers …. but more of that next time.

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