As you know I’ve been prepping my afghans for the Royal Hobart Show. I submitted both the Sophie’s Universe blanket and the Summer CAL blanket last Friday, and promptly forgot about them. On Wednesday afternoon I received a picture message from my father, who had gone out to the show to look at livestock. He knew that my afghans were there somewhere and he went on a hunt through the pavillions until he found the homecraft section. Not only had my Sophie’s Universe won its section, but it had also won most outstanding exhibit, and was ‘pride of place’ in the Cabinet of Excellence! WOAH. I was in shock. Unfortunately my Summer CAL blanket did not place in its section, but hey, I figure I can live with that since Sophie has cleaned up the best awards in the show! Happy days!
There is nothing worse than spending the whole time you are crocheting worrying about something else that you should really be doing instead. Now that my exams are finished (YAAAAAAY!) I have six months of guilt-free crochet ahead of me, and man it feels good!
This weekend I put a thing dark purple border around my Summer CAL blanket, and blocked it again. My dad saw it yesterday when he came over to watch the Bathurst 1000, and has told me to enter it into the Royal Hobart Show along with my Sophie’s Universe Blanket. I’m still undecided. Going by the reactions of friends and family, I suspect the Summer CAL may have a better chance at placing than my poor Sophie (which I love more). I think it’s liked better simply because of the dramatic colour changes, while my Sophie is more subtle and intricate. I have just under a week to decide, so we shall see!
Now that I’ve officially finished the Summer CAL blanket, I decided to get my Rings of Change WIP out of the cupboard and work on that for a bit. It may sound strange but I’ve missed working with a 4mm hook, and since I’m using varigated yarn there are hardly any pesky ends to weave in. Nice and straightforward. I like it.
I had another yarn-filled weekend. I should’ve been studying since my exams are at the end of the week, but I decided to have a nice relaxing weekend followed by a few hectic weekdays. My Summer CAL blanket is finally blocking, which is very satisfying 🙂 It looks lovely on my floor, and I’m sure will look just as lovely when draped on my couch after blocking (it wasn’t blocked in the lounge photo below). It has turned out to be almost as big as my Sophie’s Universe blanket, which is a comfortable lapghan size. Speaking of my Sophie – it’s now nicely folded and awaiting transport to the showgrounds in just under two weeks.
I made a lot of progress on my stripey knitted socks, and thanks to a few random questions to my mum on Skype I managed to complete the leg, heel flap, heel turn and gusset decrease. The sock is a bit more progressed than the images below show, but you get the idea – it’s definitely looking like a sock now!