Guilt-Free Crochet

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!crochet weekend

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!

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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.

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Stripey Sock Saturday

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!

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It’s Savage Ted’s Birthday!

This time last year I created this website to blog my adventures in crochet and life in general, and I am happy so say that my love of crochet has only increased over the last twelve months!  I can’t believe that I hadn’t tried to crochet before then – I liked knitting but I found it slow and got bored very quickly.

As a ‘birthday’ gift of sorts (any old excuse will do) I bought a LOVELY new handbag yesterday.  It was designed by knitters and has hook/needle pouches, roomy pockets and is big enough to not only house your usual handbaggy items but also a crochet project as well – all the while still looking like a classy handbag!  Absolutely in love with it.

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So last night (after finishing a very stressful maths assignment) I treated myself to a start on the Summer CAL by Amanda Perkins.  I’m only using cheap Spotlight wool for this, but they have a great range of colours and I needed a full spectrum.  It’s a little fluffy but I don’t mind working in it.  So I finished the first square last night with a 4mm hook, which is the size I usually use for this yarn, but because of all of the HCs being used in this pattern, it worked up very tight and stiff.  So today during my lunch hour at work I finished a square with a 4.5mm hook, and it looks and feel SO much better.  It’s amazing how drastically a slight hook size change will affect crochet!  I am very happy with the CAL so far, I think this little block is very cute and it’s nice to change colour every row, for something different.  There are two block patterns out this week, and I have to do six in one and nine in the other.  I can’t wait to get home now, curl up under a doona on the lounge and crochet my little heart out in front of the TV!  No uni for me tonight! 😀

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