Hmm, I’ve been a bit lax on the posting front. As we’re still in lock-down here in the UK, there’s really no excuse for it. Well, actually I have a sort of excuse, in that I’ve just found it a little hard to settle down with a single project, until the last week or so. Because of that, I didn’t feel like posting about any of the things I’ve been working on.
You may remember the colour theory blanket, which I’d just started working on last time, and was very excited about. Well, unfortunately my excitement dimmed somewhat. The problem is the colours that I’ve chosen. The more squares I made, the more I somehow felt that I had made a mistake and the blanket wasn’t for me. So I gradually, gradually ran out of steam, and eventually gave up altogether and put the squares and yarn into hibernation. The issue is that I think in the end, I have gone too bright, and there are just too many colours in there. I tend to go for a much more neutral, softer colour palette in my home, and for some reason with this blanket I just got drawn into hurling loads of bright colours in. I’m not sure why really…I put it down to something to do with being in-doors so much the last couple of months and wanting a change!
So, I’m still trying to work out what to do with this blanket. It seems I have two choices – I can either pick it up again and force myself to go through with it, with the bright colours I originally had lined up. If I don’t like the final result for myself, then it could always be a gift for someone else. Choice 2 would be to work in some more subtle shades to try and damp down the brightness a little, and make it a bit more me. I’ll have to think about it a bit more, and get a couple of other projects out of my system before I go back to it. I’ve just been looking at some photos I took before I put it into hibernation, and actually I like it more than I remember….
I think in this picture the balance of colour is more toward soft pastel than bright…by the time I had put it into hibernation the balance had definitely swung toward the brights. So maybe I should just work in more neutrals…
Apart from vacillating and procrastinating over the blanket, I’ve been crocheting shawls and bunting.
This is the Boho Bunting from Lulu Loves. I decided that the living room needed cheering up a little a couple of weeks ago, so I made a small string of this bunting. Cherry Heart recently made some in pastel colours, and I’d also seen some all white bunting in a White Company Instagram pic (I think it was on Instagram, or maybe it was a marketing email), which I thought was rather nice. I also already had some white dk cotton in my stash, and so…the bunting was born.
I’ve had more time lately to spend in looking at other people’s craft blogs and watching podcasts, scrolling Instagram etc., and honestly it has been so nice and inspiring to see so many beautiful things made by other people. I know a lot of people worry about spending too much time on social media, but honestly, for me most of the time it is the opposite – I haven’t had time to browse this kind of content for a long time. So it’s nice to finally be able to indulge my whims in that direction!
And then, there is the shawl…this is another pattern from Cherry Heart, and I’ve really been enjoying listening to her podcasts on weekends lately. I used to read her blog way back, years ago before she starting podcasting. The last 5 years or so, my PhD kind of took over my life, and I had to give some things a back seat – reading blogs, and working on my own was one of them. Well, now the PhD is in, the Viva is coming up (eeek!) and I finally have a bit more freedom. As I’ve never watched a single one of her podcasts, I’m playing catch up a little bit! But that’s also kind of nice in a way, as I don’t have to wait for a new installment – whenever I had time I can just dive into the archive.
Anyway, I digress….
I’ve also been making Cherry Heart’s Diamonds and Tassels shawl. I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve been doing a bit of stash diving, and this was another stash diving project. I have 2 skeins of Madeleine Tosh Prairie, which I bought last year, with no particular purpose in mind. Here’s one of them:
The colour is called Calligraphy. Isn’t it gorgeous? It actually looks more peachy pink in the photo above than it does in reality – I think it must be the light. Anyway, it’s a kind of silvery grey with shades of pink, lavender and maybe a bit of sea green in there too. It’s kind of like the inside of a shell. I’m head over heels with it at the moment. Here it is worked up into the shawl pattern, which probably gives you a better idea of the colour:
Although it uses lace weight yarn, this shawl is working up fairly quickly on a 3.5mm hook. The pattern is very simple, though I am debating some changes to final shape and border – it will depend on how much yarn I end up using before I’m happy with the size though. I still have a little way to go at the moment, but I am already over halfway through my first skein, and according to the pattern, the whole thing can be made using only 1 skein. I’m not sure about this, given that it seems no where near big enough yet, but I guess with some fairly aggressive blocking it might make it. However, as I have two skeins rather than the 1 called for in the pattern I’m not going to worry too much about that and will just go ahead with the body pattern until I am confident I have a nice, big-ish size. Then I’ll see how much I have left and decide what to do about the border.
And so finally, the last thing I’m going to natter about today is a little re-organisation that I’ve been doing at home to better accommodate my hobbies. Yes, I’m gradually turning our spare bedroom, which we use as an office into an office/craft room. We don’t have enough space for me to have a dedicated craft room, so the room will always have to do double duty as an office as well, but I don’t mind that. Even in a ‘full’ craft room, I think I’d still want a PC, computer and desk so it’s all fine. Anyway, so far the conversion of this room into a part craft room has consisted of getting a display cabinet, in which to house my yarn stash, pattern books, needles and other knitting and crochet paraphernalia. S very kindly helped me assemble said cabinet last week, and I’m happy to say it’s fully installed with my stash etc. neatly laid out on the shelves. Previously I had everything crammed in plastic storage crates in the bottom of my wardrobe, which was really not great. Now, I can see everything that I have, and get at it easily. I am really hoping that this will encourage me to shop my own stash a bit more, and make the best use of what I already have rather than buying new yarn quite so much. Though I must say, I have been fairly good at stash diving lately.
The room is still a little bit less lovely than I would like it to be, so no full room shots just yet. However over time I’m hoping to gradually pretty-fy it a bit more, and so maybe I’ll show you more one day.
That’s it for now, have a lovely weekend.