Saturday, 31 October 2009

A Little Bit of Crochet

This week I started a new job. At this time of year work in a garden centre dries up a bit, and for the last three years I've had to find alternative employment over the autumn/winter. So this year I've ended up working in a bookshop. It's only part-time, but there are a few hours coming up at the garden centre for bare-root hedging and tree deliveries, so I should still be kept pretty busy. At the moment though I'm on part-time hours, so I've been getting stuck in to some crochet.

This is a smaller version of Attic24 Lucy's Big Blanket, to fit a single bed (sigh!) rather than a double one. I think it will probably end up being 7 rows of 4 big squares (28 in total). I had thought 6 rows might be enough, but it's starting to look like that might be a bit small. So 13 down, 15 to go!

As you can probably tell, my photography skills need some work, and, as a brand-new blogger, so do my posting skills. I'm working on it, really!

Monday, 26 October 2009

1st Christmas Knits

For the past few days I've been feeling unusually organised. I've had a big clear out, and put some things up for sale that were bought with all the best intentions in the world, but which have been sitting, completely unused, under piles of debris in numerous corners ever since. Most of the casualties have been quilting supplies. I bought a lot of quilting supplies last year, but I never found the motivation to actually learn how to quilt. There's a lot more to it than meets the eye! I just don't have the space, or the time, to dedicate to it right now. Maybe one day.

I've also gotten my butt in gear to finish a couple of Christmas knits. I left it far too late last year, and no one got anything! The gloves on the left are 'Hooray For Me' gloves by Marnie Maclean. I love this pattern, and have used it quite a few times now. Very quick and easy. The yarn is King Cole Zig Zag in Aqua. I really like the feel of this yarn, and this blue is so vibrant!

The socks are from the free Opal pattern that comes with Opal sock yarn. These socks will probably be used as work socks, and will be worn with steel toe-capped boots, so I just wanted a good, simple, reliable pattern. I always wear Opal socks to work and they're very comfy (not to mention funky!). Yarn is King Cole Zig Zag in Rhapsody.

My mitred square blanket has also been picked up again for the first time in a little while. I love having this blanket there in the background, ready to be added to whenever some new spare sock yarn becomes available. It's a proper little labour of love, I think I'm going to be working on it for quite a long time! I have enough new odds and ends to make a nice little bit of progress on it now though, so watch this space!

Friday, 23 October 2009

A New Leaf

Hello, welcome to my cozy little corner of the internet!
I've been playing with the idea of starting my own blog for a while now, as a place to keep track of my projects and gather together small inspirational things, and where I can generally ramble on about the little things that keep me happy.
I'm quite looking forward to it!