Thursday, 2 January 2014

A good start

What a productive couple of days I have had. Its amazing what affect a New Year can have on my spirits.  I have finally  finished the hitchhiker scarf. I realised looking at my blog that I started it on 1st December, so I set myself a challenge to finish it before the end of the year, which I did.   Its very warm and I like it, though you wouldnt think it looking at the serious expression on my face!

Ive also started crocheting a  blanket.  I took advantage of the Drops Alpaca sale with 25% off, and topped up my stash of alpaca.
Love this wool, Love the colours, yummy. 
Im doing this pattern and these are my colours. A bright centre, light middle section, just using one colour (wasnt sure how that would work) and the blue/grey outer. Its a nice pattern, but I am finding it awkward joining the pieces as you go, its handling the weight of the blanket as I work it pulls on my crochet hook.

 Ive started already, thought I would make up a small group to see if the colours worked etc. Im happy with it, but its going to be along time in the making.    
 Ive worked out to make a blanket the size I want, I will need 11 more of these blocks of 24 squares, equalling  288 squares. 1 block like the above a month to finish in time for next Christmas, thats quite a commitment, hope I can achieve it.  Ive been doing my sums to find out if Ive enough wool, as I wast using the same ply wool as the pattern. Its so complicated working out the amount, there must be easy way. Its the main blue that I am most bothered about, I need to have all the same dyelots.  Ive weighed what Ivd used and I think I will need another 2 balls.

On the sewing front Ive shortened a pair of trousers, for a friend, that had been sitting around since before Christmas.  One of those projects the longer you leave it the more you dont want to do it. I also altered the 2 garments I wasnt happy with from my 2013 makes (pictures to follow)  So yes a good start to 2014.  Now I need a portable knitting project to carry around in my handbag something simple and small.  I must pop over to Ravelry.  
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  1. What a fabulous start to the year! I love your scarf and your blanket. I indulged in the Knit Picks sale before Christmas and got a lovely box of wool as one of my presents. I was thinking granny square blanket, but I love the pattern you choose. How I am in awe of your patience to try and figure out if you have enough wool, wishing I could be so careful rather than just trying to wing everything. Happy New Year! I hope your great start to the year continues.

  2. I'll bet this was a self timed photo - they always end up looking very non smile and serious :). The scarf is lovely - and so is all that beautiful wool - just the activity for the dead of winter, knitting and crocheting :) Happy New Year Louise :)

  3. That's a lovely scarf. I really like those colours on you.

  4. That is such a pretty little scarf. The colours are lovely :)


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