This is my second attempt at the Rings of Change blanket pattern – the first one is lovely too but I had heaps of this Ice Yarn Magic Light yarn to use and thought this was the best pattern to use it with! I’m loving the way the yarn works up, with all its variegated goodness.
It’s been a while since I last posted; over the last coupe of weeks I’ve been playing around with a few patterns, a few new yarns, and trying to latch my interest on to something now that I’ve finished the Sophie’s Universe CAL. So at the moment I’m working on a delicate shawl using varigated 4 ply cotton (images to come in the next few days) and a manghan (an afghan for my other half) in a chevron pattern, using Lionbrand Heartland yarn, in nice manly colours! The chevron pattern is simple, but for someone who uses her brain a lot during the day at work, it’s nice to be able to do something monotonous with my hands in the evenings while watching TV.
I’m not going to lie, since my partner’s eight-month stint of being without a job, life has been a bit of a struggle and even six weeks after we’ve started bringing in two wages again it’s been hard to get on top of those bills that had racked up the months before. HOWEVER! My yarn addiction has been growing steadily over the last ten months to deserve ‘hardcore junkie’ status, and since I’m in charge of family finances – well, needless to say that I can somehow always find some money for more yarn purchases.
Last night my sister showed me photos of her latest yarn purchase, which included several bags of pretty varigated acrylic 8 ply from Ice Yarns. I have had a few bags of this lovely yarn in the online checkout for about a week or so now while I waited for the money to be able to buy it, and this morning I couldn’t handle the jealousy anymore and bought it all! Hopefully it will get here within a week; I am VERY excited.
For today post pics, I’ve got some CAL progress images for you. Unfortunately the latest flower border looks a bit like big dark spots, but I think looks kind of funky 🙂 This blanket is also starting to be quite beneficial now that the weather has turned and it’s snowing – it keeps my lap nice and warm while I work. I can’t wait to finish this in the next two weeks as then I will be able to justify starting another with that lovely Ice Yarn on the way!
Also, my new set of Clover hooks arrive this week! Yay! They are AMAZING!
I’ve gotten back into my Sophie (Sophie’s Universe CAL 2015) and have been working on it as much as I could over the weekend. I’m only one part behind now, very exciting! During the last couple of parts I had begun to think that my colours were way too out there, and that I either had too many or it was just too busy. However now that it has the green butterfly border to it, it has calmed right down, and that large amount of green links the rest of the blanket together – in my opinion anyway 🙂 Can’t wait to see the finished product. If I did another Sophie, I would probably do it all in one varigated yarn – those Sophie’s look really interesting and I’d like to do one at some point for the bed.
We’ve had a cold snap over the last couple of weeks, and one only needs to look out at the golden trees to see that Autumn has definitely arrived. Unfortunately, I the change of season usually gifts me with a cold, and this one has been particularly nasty and prolonged. Last week I needed to have a few days off work, so they turned into crochet catch up days! I had been slowly falling further behind on my Sophie’s Universe CAL, however I can now say that I’m only half a part/week behind now!
I also spent quite a bit of time crocheting in front of my computer this weekend (as you can see in the picture below) since I had a ‘stitch ‘n bitch’ of sorts via skype with my sister and mother, who also crochet. It was fun, and I got quite a bit done while talking utter nonsense!
I will post more updated CAL images soon, once I’ve finished the latest part 🙂
Over the weekend I had the sudden urge to crochet my six granny squares together, basically just to teach myself how to do it and find out what NOT to do for my next blanket project. In general it was a success, apart from the extra rippling along the outer border. I believe this happened due to the actual square pattern becoming larger towards the edges.
Once I finish the blue row I will block the whole blanket and see if that helps. Regardless, I’m happy with the colours and I think it’s a cute little infant-sized blanket.