Saturday, 31 May 2014

Road trip!

We are heading down to Bristol for the day to visit friends. Andrew is driving, so I thought I would take the time to work on some hexagons. I can't read in the car, but apparently crochet is A-ok!

Friday, 30 May 2014

Daisy meadow

I've had 2 balls of weird greenish yarn hanging around in my stash for a few years - I bought it when I first taught myself to crochet, but never quite got around to using it. In a doomed attempt to stash-bust (& my new found love of granny squares), I made a little blanket with it.

Because of the green colour, I thought it would be quite sweet as a child's picnic blanket, especially if I dotted it with a few flowers to complete the meadow effect.

I've tried a few variations today. I think I'm am leaning towards the smallest one - or maybe a combination of the medium & small? Decisions, decisions!

Kitties love quilts

I haven't got very far on my quilting journey, but my first quilt is proving to be very popular with our girl kitty!

I still haven't completed the one I started on last year (my list of unfinished objects is, let's just say, a concern). I have got as far as digging it out of my "to be completed pile", but I have found that I have fallen out of love with it since I started working on it :( Maybe that will make be braver when it comes to quilting it - if I don't love it, I don't have to be as scared of ruining it! 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

New book! New yarn!

My parents came to stay this weekend and gave me "Crochet one-skein wonders" as a thank you (husband got a new "braai shirt", but that's a whole other story):

(I know, right, how cute is that crocodile? Cool parents!)

I haven't made anything out of it (yet), but I did see this rather cunning yoga mat bag. My poor mat doesn't have a bag and is a proper pain in the behind to schlepp to class, so I have been plotting to make one for a while.

I had intended to sew something, but this is just so pretty.

I popped to my local yarn store on Saturday and found this amazing Sirdar cotton dk yarn.

It was a little pricey, but I was smitten by the colours - the skeins look like spun jewels! Photos do not do its shininess justice - if you get a chance, stop by your local store and see if they have any in.

Not quite sure when I'll get around to this as I am hook deep in hexies, but the magpie in me couldn't resist!

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Hexagon love

Although I have been crocheting for a while now, I have only recently discover the joy of granny squares. Even better, yesterday I made my first granny hexagon!

I impulsively bought some lively Robin DK yarn at the local craft store the other day & had the genius notion to make a hexagon Afghan.  It's not the nicest yarn to use - it's a little scratchy & splitty - but it is cheerful, so I am feeling quite chirpy making my way through these...

Let's try that again, shall we?

I  was perusing blogs at lunchtime today & realised quite how long it had been since I put pen to paper, so to speak, hence an update!

I'm sure I'm not alone in doing this, but as much as I love looking at other blogs, I do often find myself with a touch of skill/style/life envy. If only I was that imaginative, if only my photography skills were as good, if only, if only. This gets me down & makes me want to pack up my whole craft box(es).

I recognise that this is not a healthy way of approaching my hobbies! So, instead, my new resolution is to incorporate some of my yoga class into my crafting & try to remember that "I am enough". There will always be more to learn, and people that I perceive as more skilled, but I am just fine where I am now.