It’s been a little while between posts now (mainly because I’ve been lazy) so I thought I’d show you some new projects I’ve been working on, now that the Summer CAL blanket has been finished.
Firstly, I’ve started the ‘Around the Bases’ CAL, which is a crochet-along that uses any feature square you choose for the centre of the blanket. I’ve chosen the enchanted garden square by Courtney Laube, which is a nice combination of a crocodile stitch flower and Sophie’s garden square. It took a while to finish the centre square, but I’m finally onto the around-the-bases parts; currently working through the 3rd inning. As you can see, I’m using Cascade 220 yarn again, which is what I used on the Sophie’s Universe blanket. I think I’m in love with this yarn.
The other main crochet project I’m working on at the moment is a chocolate-coloured queen-sized afghan for my bed. I’m using a small square pattern from Spincushions, and the yarn is a wonderful undyed, all natural Tasmanian wool. It’s expensive but amazing to work with and I love the thought of a whole heap of chocolate coloured sheep running around somewhere! Photos of this project to come.
Finally….I finished a sock! The foot section alone took me all of Saturday and some of Sunday to finish, but it looks and feels great and it fits perfectly! I’m pretty satisfied to report that for my first sock and first finished knitted item, I can’t find any major mistakes. Happy days! The only depressing thought now is that I’ve still got to complete the second sock before this sock is useful, which means all of that effort all over again….sigh. The last image below is the beginnings of that dreaded second sock. I figured I’d better start it straight away before I get scared and throw the yarn and the completed sock in my WIP pile in my office cupboard.
So I splurged and bought some more Cascade 220 in various shades of cream and blues to make a blanket pattern by Helen Shrimpton called ‘Heart of Friendship’ (pattern on Ravelry can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heart-of-friendship). This will be my work in progress during the uni semester, which has officially started today.
I have the centre of the middle block done so far, and the pattern is bubbling a bit at the moment but I’m sure it will flatten out in the later rows. My sister is also crocheting this pattern, and is only a few rows behind. Her colours are gorgeous too – I’ll try to convince her to send some pictures for me to display 🙂
It’s been snowing quite heavily on the mountains here in Tasmania over the last couple of weeks, and since my step-daughter has just arrived for her mid-year holiday from Darwin, we bundled ourselves into the car and went up Mount Wellington to have a play in the snow. It was awesome! One can never get sick of seeing snow 🙂
During one of my more enthusiastic crochet moments a couple of months ago, I made up a bundle of cute triangle blocks in various bright acrylic colours, in order to make a blanket for my stepdaughter’s room. Unfortunately over those few months it seems I have indeed become a yarn yuppie, and crocheting in that much crappy acrylic makes my heart hurt! So I spent one evening this week making bunting out of the blocks, and I finally put it up in my stepdaughter’s room today. I’m so happy with it! It makes the room so much brighter and I hope Jade loves it too.
I also used some of my leftover yarn from the Sophie’s Universe CAL and made a random square that I saw on a facebook page last week. I’m absolutely in love with this pattern (AND the yarn, Cascade 220 is AMAZING to work with) and I’m tempted to say that I’ll make a blanket out of it as well! For now though, it remains a solitary block with no purpose other than to admire 🙂