Sunday, May 23, 2010

Crochet stripes

At the moment, my most favourite thing to crochet apart from granny squares, is a scarf. Not just an ordinary scarf though, a soft bamboo loveliness that is a joy to make, and from the reactions I've got so far, a joy to touch and receive. This is the third one I've made, and it's so simple.

I know it's odd making scarves in this weather, but needs must (birthday presents for boss-type men).

Just in case you're wondering how to make it, I used a yarn that's mostly bamboo, as this is light and silky (for example, Rowan Bamboo Soft or Sirdar Flirt), 2 x 50g balls of the main colour, then one of each of the other complimentary colours. I then chained as many stitches as I needed for the length, then double crochet for one row, then switched to treble. Switch as many colours, and treble crochet as many rows as you want, then finish with a row of doubles.

I have my eye on a wave pattern (See here for a gorgeous example). I just need to get one more lacy scarf for a present out the way... and maybe do some more of those 384 granny squares for that bedspread. Oh and the cotton baby blanket I started, and the amigurumi book i've borrowed from my friend...

DId I hear someone say "UFO"?

Friday, May 14, 2010

So, the reason for the long absence was...


It's due on or around the 5th November. So for the last 3 months, I've mostly been sleeping, when I've not been working that is!

I do hope you'll forgive me, now you know the reason. And I promise faithfully this won't turn into a baby blog *holds fingers in Brownie promise style salute thingy*. We're selling our house too so it's all a bit manic, yet depressingly craft-clutter-free in here.

Hopefully, I'll be back soon, with more tales from the crochet basket, or perhaps the sewing machine.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Late to the party

Ok, so get all the usual comments about how long it's been out of the way. It's been a long and tiring 3 months, more will be explained over the weekend. However, for those of you who spotted the references to the stay at the Hilton on my tweet feed a few weeks ago this photo shows you just how glam it was:

I was teaching my wonderful friend H how to crochet. And very therapeutic it was too. We did do glam things like bask in the pool, and nibble lovely things in the Executive Lounge, but we mostly caught up on each other's lives, since we haven't seen each other in nearly 2 and a half years. So I haven't been totally lazy, honest!

But mostly, I thought I'd get this quickie post in before the next one, just to let you know about the blog inspiration party over at Copy & Paste last weekend. I haven't had a chance to fully explore all the guest posts, but I can tell you there is some seriously amazing talent over there. Go see!

One of the party posts that has stirred my blogging bone is the "confessional" type list. If you're a reader of my blog, you'll have already seen the previous two layouts I've done on confessionals here, but I thought I'd answer the well-thought out questions.

  1. Everyone knows that I .am a crafter.. , but you'd never guess that ...I am actually a scientist too.
  2. I'm proud to admit that I like ....keeping busy... but my guilty pleasure is .... just sitting still, reading
  3. I'm inspired by ...nature.....and it surprises me when ..I realise just how much!
  4. I'm always ..wanting to learn new things.. but I'm never ..totally satisfied..
  5. I've got lots of ..crafting stuff... but I've always wanted .....more crafting stuff :).......
  6. I tried to ...stop buying more stuff on the internet.. and it ..has mostly worked so far....
  7. If I never .. learn to make patchwork quilts.. it will be own fault....
  8. I didn't ...cut out cakes after I had my daughter.. and now ....I wish I had!
  9. It's not that I ..don't like going out with people but I'd really rather ..stay at home with my family..
  10. Doing .things with yarn. makes me ..relax...
  11. Someone once told me ..every cloud has a silver lining..and then ...I kept looking for them 'til I found them.
  12. I'm happy to say that ..I enjoy "meeting" new friends on-line.. and even .. if I don't comment all the time, I'm still reading and appreciating the sharing of lives....
Please let me know if you blog your confessions, I'm a nosy beggar!