As a contrast to my last post which was all about neutrals, here’s one to make your eyes bleed.
Do you remember this box of 50 gorgeous little 10g balls of yarn – a mix of Scheepjes Stone Washed and River Washed in all the colours of the range? They looked so pretty in their box that I wanted to hang it on the wall like a picture.
Still, I managed to get a grip, opened the box and, mixing the little 10g balls with three full sized ones in the colour Moonstone, made a cheerful little blanket designed by Emma Varnam.
The finished measurement is just 90 x 100 cm which is fine for a lap blanket, a baby blanket or something to throw artfully over the arm of a sofa or across the back of a chair.
Mine is a bit smaller as I missed out one of the widthwise repeats and, once I realised, couldn’t bear to undo what I’d already done for the sake of an extra few centimetres but, no matter, I like it muchly.
So much so, in fact, I’ve started another in some more mini 10g balls of yarn I have found locally. The Scheepjes yarn is a cotton acrylic mix and is lovely and soft to the touch and a dream to work with. The new stuff I’ve bought is all cotton and so doesn’t feel as soft. The texture and drape is different and I made up my own mix of colours but, actually, it’s very light (so far) and therefore a comfortable project to work on in these hot evenings. Also, the yarn was about a third of the price of the Scheepjes so I can put up with it being a little less pleasant to work with. A quick pattern that can easily be done in front of your favourite Netflix binge.
I bought the original yarn and pattern as a kit from Black Sheep Wools in the U.K.
Then I must master Loop Stitch and complete the Westie dog I’m supposed to be making for my sister’s birthday in August. I only need the stitch for the head piece – I’ve already got the body, legs and ears made so I should stop procrastinating and get on with it or her birthday will have been and gone.
Yes, I finished this one but that’s an English Bull Terrier and she’s got a Westie so that’s no good.
I know some of you are still managing to brandish hook or needles in the Summer heat but have some of you put them away until it cools down a bit? I used to give up yarn related activity in the Summer but now I’ve discovered crochet I find it more doable than knitting in the hot weather. Can you tell?