I don't know if I have mentioned on here how in love I am with this yarn. Well, let me remedy that..I adore it! Catona cotton in the cutest 25gm balls had me the first time I saw them and I knew that one day I would have to stock them. I realised that wish a few months ago and I have all 81 shades in stock. It is perfect and apart from the colour choice and the cute factor it is a fabulous mercerised cotton that doesn't split and has a subtle sheen. It is easy to work with and has superb stitch definition which gives your finished project a quality finish. I have been under the weather this week but it has enabled me to spend time creating two projects that have been in my head for a good few months. I will deal with the mountain of yarn waiting to be fitted on the studio shelves this week. Hopefully tomorrow.
The project above is something I am creating for a very simple beginner pattern that I will hand out at my beyond the granny square workshop (coming soon) I have a Granny square beginners workshop set up and decided to keep it flexible and one to one or a few friends together. I can work with your schedule and book the workshop to suit you.
The other project is again a beginner pattern to hand out at my Granny Stripe workshop (coming soon). I have enjoyed spending days creating in the Sun room. It has been a long time since I have had the time to do so.
When I first heard about the Rico Creative Paper Yarn I was taken back to my youth in the 1960s 1970s. Macrame plant hangers flashed through my mind! I think it is on trend at the moment though with the retro vibe which is still very much in vogue. The shades they come in are perfect and appealing for a fun and different summer project.
I couldn't wait to start and used the candy mix version to create a quick place mat. I have still to finish it and will then attempt to hand wash it as it is said to be safe to do so. You can make hats, bags, baskets, and I am sure the creative lot that you are you will have many other ideas of how it can be used. I had thought about how it might look woven and also it could be used to create baskets by wrapping around thick cord like the ones below.
Another new Summer weight Dk cotton yarn I have had in for a while is Stylecraft Sundae. I hadn't managed to get any swatches done to show how it looked crocheted up but managed to do some and it worked up beautifully. I made a v stitch, granny stripe, double crochet and Corner to corner swatch up.
A yarn that I have had in for a long time is Rico creative aran and I have just added some new shades to the plain ones. The new print variety really caught my eye though and I thought they would be perfect for quick summer projects. I never stop crocheting but like many others I don't always have the time when the weather is better and the lure of a cosy night snuggled under a blanket gives way to more outdoor pursuits. I could see me being able to make small projects though and love the look of these from the Rico website! I am hoping to crochet some up to show how it works up but I think it will look fabulous.
The lighter evenings are very welcome and as the light changes I love to light the candles and settle down to watch TV with hook in hand. Alan and I are catching up on Peaky Blinders so we can then start the new series! So this week has had to be slow and I have felt pretty dreadful at times. It is harder to bear than usual when I have experienced reasonably good health for a while and was able to enjoy some exercise without collapsing ;) However M.E is like this or it certainly has been for me. This time will pass - with luck that will be soon! I leave you with a picture of a Rhododendron we planted in a border under a large tree in the back garden. We planted white flowers/shrubs that flower at different times through the year. They were planted as a celebration of Milly when she was born and this never fails to deliver every year.
Night night xxx