Baby Blanket

Now that Christmas has been and gone, it’s time to look over the spoils and gather our strength for 2017.

It was a busy time, Christmas. I was busy with my brightly coloured blanket (still not finished) and I keep having to get more yarn for it. So in between times, I started another blanket. A smaller one, it’s true, with wool I’ve had for longer than I care to remember, destined for a baby due shortly.


I’m very pleased with how it turned out, especially since there was a certain amount of using up wool involved. Gives me hope for my blanket… Except I was given a copy of Edward’s Menagerie for Christmas so I have lots of new patterns to try. Once I’ve worked out how to read patterns…

Crocheting Christmas

Crochet is terribly addictive. (I so want to say I’m hooked on it but I can hear the groans from here…)

I started less than a week ago and I’ve been carrying a hook and yarn with me everywhere since.  Admittedly it helps that I’ve been curled up on a sofa sneezing and feeling sorry for myself.  Mostly, I’ve been making granny squares, of a solid pattern suitable for beginners. I think I’ve got that pattern pretty well fixed in my memory now. Patchwork blanket, here we come…

Only, of course, continuously making granny squares is a bit boring, so I found a more festive pattern. A snowflake. Sort of. I think I need to have another look at the pattern and try again.  More of a star really. Might be the yarn, though. Probably not the most suitable for this pattern. Or the hook was the wrong size.


But otherwise not bad for a first attempt.


POTM: Treat Yourself

Sometimes, I’m not sure if my bright ideas for a shortcut really are all that bright…

My project for November is a fun Christmas motif designed to become a bag, probably full of Christmas treats. I was planning on getting the evenweave suggested, but while I was gathering the last few threads in Hobbycraft, I found a canvas bag which looked about right. Right sort of size anyway, no idea what the count might be,  other than probably a bit irregular…

But I thought it might save me a step or two at the end. Replace the straps and line it, but can’t go too far wrong for a quid, though I.


And then I started stitching…it’s going to be a long project…