I have had great intentions to sit down each night but two or three crochet projects have kept me busy and I have simply not been able to put them down :)
The first one to finish was the lovely bright granny square throw I shared in the last blog post. I have still got ends to weave in as the compulsion to start a V stitch throw to accompany it over took me ;))
I gave the granny square throw a simple border. I had initially intended to give it a more elaborate border but as I came to it I decided simple was what was needed. I added a couple more rounds on after this picture was taken and will show you the finished item..when I get round to weaving the ends in :)
I finished it right before my trip to Skipton to go to Yarndale. So the night before I travelled I started a V stitch throw to take on the journey with me :) I found a chart to follow on Lemondedesucrette Now, I have never been able to follow a chart at all but I was determined to take this throw away with me and so there followed hours of doing a bit, frogging it, doing a bit more, frogging some more and looking at the images of her blanket on the blog and I eventually got a piece that looked OK and had straight edges!
I'm still not 100% convinced it is how the chart actually is but it is good enough for me :)
First image is on the train journey going to Skipton where I enjoyed listening to music and crocheting away the two hours it took to get there :)
Second one is in the travelodge. On the first night I was very kindly invited to eat a take away curry with my good friend Liz and two of her friends. They were staying in a cottage a couple of miles away. It was lovely. Really great company and a really tasty meal :)
After I got back to the hotel I had a lovely hot bath ( I remembered to pack some rose geranium oil to put in ) and I lay on the comfy bed ( they have replaced them all as part of a mini refurb) with a cuppa and the tv on and my throw to work
Not a bad way to spend a weekend :)
I missed Milly and Alan sooo much but I had such a fabulous Yarny time, met some lovely people and also....learnt to cable knit!!! I absolutely loved the workshop with Hannah from The Knit. I have known her online for many years but it was great t meet her in real life. I managed to find my Mandala amongst over 1000 . I couldn't get a good picture as it was above some pens that were blocked off. On the last day I also found my friends mandala. As she hadn't been able to attend I managed to get a picture to send her :)
Alan had taken the week off work and he met me at the Station on Monday.
The next day he started decorating the living room. I am aiming for a light and bright end product.. Kind of scandi inspired with a retro vibe ;) Lets see how it ends up! It has to be done on a very tight ( almost non existent) budget so I am using things we already have and will be looking around for bargains on line and in charity shops or Ebay
I was gifted some Cable and cotton lights for Christmas last year and had put them in the dining room. I love them so much I wanted to have them in the living room where we could see them all the time. I was sat in the sun room watching strictly whilst Milly and Alan were watching a film on Now TV - a great bit of kit and a dinky little box :) - and I got the benefit of them from in there too :)
So all in all a really colourful month of crochet topped off by a most wonderful weekend in Yorkshire. I am going to get booked up for next year and start saving in my little jar that I used this year. It worked a treat and I had enough to pay for train and travelodge and thanks to the generosity of family who gave me money for my Birthday - handy that it falls within a week of Yarndale ;) - I had enough to treat myself to a couple of nice meals and bought some lovely things from Yarndale. One of which was this splendid project bag from The treadling woman.
I've had to take things slowly since I got back and as Milly has been ill with a really nasty cough and cold it has been easy to recoup whilst sitting watching films with her :)
I started a new project the other day ( not finished the v stitch throw but decided a smaller project wouldn't take me away from it for too long :) I wanted some coasters for the living room. I have used Bergere ecoton and I have been really pleased with it.
As the name implies it is a recycled yarn and it has a knobbly, tweedy, stonewashed effect. I love it and it works up a treat without splitting. I love the colours too. I have five shades in the shop. When I chose all the yarn I have in stock I had in mind patterns and kits that I wanted to create with them.
It is a long, slow ( but ultimately enjoyable) process and I look forward to making my way through the different yarn types and creating the kits :)
I sat this morning to weave ends in on the coasters and ended up playing with the colours and added two new rounds. I think they have a slightly retro look and the colours go well in the living room :)
Milly is still unwell and we have had to cancel plans to have a sleepover with El but I hope she is on the mend now and we can organise something for the end of the week or the weekend.
The next week or so will see us painting the fireplace and finding the bits and pieces we need to finish this half of the room and I will head of to a charity that sells unwanted furniture. I am on the look out for a low coffee table. Ideally I'd like one with tables underneath to pull out.
It's been nice having a catch up.
I promise I won't leave it as long next time <3