Yarn, Yarn and More Yarn…..and Hooks

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!

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Also, my new set of Clover hooks arrive this week! Yay!  They are AMAZING!

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The Shawl After Blocking

I freed my shawl from blocking a couple of days ago, and has been hanging with my bridesmaid dress on the door looking very pretty.  I’m very impressed with myself, can you tell?! Blocking it has indeed stretched it a little bit, enough to make it drape properly over your arms now.  If I had to do this pattern again I would simply add some extra flowers, and perhaps a few more rows of double trebles.

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Crochet Hook Holder

Unfortunately my posts have been few and far between over the last few weeks, due to my life being crammed with things to organise and do.  All of this has NOT stopped me from crocheting however, and I’ve finally finished a project started just after Christmas.

So, introducing my new crochet hook holder!  Double lined, double edged, colourful craziness made out of 4ply cotton with a 3.25mm hook.  What do you think?

Next on my crochet agenda is a navy shawl to cover up my sausage arms when I’m a bridesmaid at my sister’s wedding…

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Did Someone Say CUTE GLOVES?!

I can FINALLY put up some images of the gloves/wrist warmers I made for my mother for Christmas, since she received them via mail last week.  Made from a gorgeous pumpkin merino/silk 8 ply yarn, I really did not want to part with these!  I’m extremely happy with the pattern, and will definitely make myself a set before winter.

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A Crochet Hook Holder

During the Christmas holidays (after I finished the coasters of course) I finished a few random projects, however the main one has been a crochet hook holder.  It’s been a little time consuming due to the small ply (4 ply cotton, 3.5mm hook) but definitely worth it, since I think it looks great and I am in dire need of somewhere safe to put my hooks.

I found a nice looking pattern on Sweetheart Crochet (http://sweetheartcrochet.blogspot.de/) but it has been a bit tricky in some places since there are no written instructions, only images.

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