Blankets and Beanies

I spent most of the weekend on the couch crocheting – a very lazy, enjoyable couple of days! Firstly I used my new blocking pins for the first time to block my Sophie’s Universe blanket that I finished back in May.  It was pretty square already and I’ve been using it unblocked for months, but I needed to officially straighten it up so I can enter it into the Royal Hobart Show in two weeks.  This was actually the first time I’d seen it all flat on the floor, and I had to climb up onto furniture in order to take some photos of the whole thing.

I decided to crochet another slouchy.  This was my second attempt, since the first was crocheted in acrylic and thus pretty stiff and not slouchy-like.  I used some beautiful hand dyed merino in order to get a softer result, and bought a pattern from Ravelry, which can be found here.  I loved using this yarn, however the finished product was more like a beanie than a slouchy as it was too small to actually ‘slouch’ on your head.  I guess it doesn’t help that I have a rather large head, but if I try this pattern again I will make some pattern repeats to make it longer.  The pattern was lovely and simple though, and recommend (if you want a beanie!).

I then spent the rest of the weekend working on my Spectrum blanket, which is actually the Summer CAL blanket by Amanda Perkins.  After spending hours and hours and hours and hours (and did I mention hours?) weaving in ends and starting to stitch the squares together (in different colours so that the joins would be invisible – resulting in MORE ends to weave in argh) I’ve decided the next large project I work on will be in ONE colour so that I don’t have all those frustrating ends!  The blanket is looking good though, and I’ll be very happy with it once it’s finally finished and blocked.

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That Instant Hit of Satisfaction

So I may or may not have used crochet this weekend as a procrastination tool when I was supposed to be completing assignments.  I was supposed to get one Maths assignment completed and a biology report draft written, and only ended up completing the maths assignment.  On Friday night I made all these amazing plans to get up early and get cracking in the biology research, but instead I spent the whole night crocheting a slouchy hat to wear on Saturday because the weather has been extremely cold (rain, sleet, snow, hail – you name it, we’ve had it).  This resulted in a sleep in because I had stayed up so long, and my weekend plans just went downhill from there.

The slouchy pattern was from Moogly, and while I like the pattern, I wouldn’t use acrylic again for a beanie/slouchy as it’s just too stiff and doesn’t get that desired ‘slouch’ look.  Okay so it pretty much looks like I have a tea cosy on my head.  Definitely using wool next time!

I did manage to get my maths assignment done, plus I started and finished a bulky infinity scarf last night, which I’m wearing today and am absolutely in love with 🙂  The yarn I used is Ice Yarn’s Bulky Alpaca, and true to it’s name, the 25% alpaca gives it that lovely fluffy feel.

No biology report though – maybe tonight….? Maybe not, too.

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