CAL – week two

I’ve just completed this week’s four rows. I’m using odd balls from the acrylic yarn collection and at present it’s got a vintage vibe. I doubt it will stay like that.

So here’s a couple of pictures for you…



So far I’ve learned how to make bobbles and double treble stitches. It’s good to be stretched a bitΒ Β πŸ˜ƒ

You’re going to laugh when I tell you about my big mistake though πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

Since when can the numeral 1 be confused with a 2…? The starting chain was meant to be 180. Hmm, I know, it’s going to be a big blanket! The silly thing was that I didn’t realise until Eleonora’s instructions said I should have thirty bobbles when that particular row was completed. So I counted… 46 bobbles! I refuse to start again. It means the sides will not be perfectly matched but the pro outweighs this con because it means I’ll use a lot more of my acrylic stash oddments up πŸ™Œ

Eleonora put a lot of effort into this week’s installment as she had to make her very first video. Goodness me that is a lot of work. Thanks so much Eleonora for your efforts as I definitely benefited from the video tutorial πŸ™‚

(The green knitted item in the background is a shawl being blocked.)

Click here to be taken to this CAL’s home at Coastal Crochet.


A timely gift…the reverberation of kindness

I received kindness this morning. It came all the way from my blogging friend in Ireland, Kat. You can find KatΒ here at Cats and Threads .

The story… I wrote a post a while back about a dishcloth I made with a yarn I found I disliked when I started using it. Kat showed an interest in the yarn so it seemed the perfect answer was to send her the yarn with a Christmas card. Kat, forgetting it was arriving had a lovely surprise as it arrived on a day that such a gift was needed.

I’m sure you have had such a thing happen to you on ‘one of those days’.

And so it was for me today. This morning I was still cloaked in the sadness of last night. Such things linger with me. Your lovely comments did help, thank you πŸ™‚Β  Β I prayed about it. I keep my faith so close to me that I forget to share it.

When Kat asked for my address I thought it would be to send a thank you.Β The post arrived…


…bringing sunshine and kindness to my heart β€πŸ’›πŸ’œ

Thank you so much dear Kat. I shall save the Christmassy dishcloth to use on Christmas day and the beautiful crocheted snowflake is about to be put on our driftwood tree.

We do acts of kindness without even thinking of it as such much of the time.

A kindness doesn’t stay as one single little act. A kindness grows in someone’s heart like ripples when a pebble is thrown into water.

I’m grateful and my sadness has dissipated. God bless.

More Christmassy things…

Thank you for all your lovely comments regardingΒ A rotund elf

I thought in this post I would share with you the elf I made last year that didn’t work out so well but I still think he’s fine just as he is. (There’s a human correlation of acceptance here!)


Also a snowman and our Christmas tree.



We gathered driftwood from the beach and I used garden twine to tie it all together. It’s handy to have it hanging on the wall and not taking up floor space πŸ™‚

Thanks so much for visiting πŸ™‚


A rotund elf

I’ve made this little guy to make my mum in law smile on Christmas day…


He’s rotund because he swallows these in one bite…


I didn’t follow a pattern, I just made him up as I went along ~ you can probably tell!! I used Stylecraft Special DK and a 3.5 mmm crochet hook.

Anyways, I’m pleased with him and think he’s rather cute 😍

Crochet & Knit ChristmasπŸŽ„ Giving πŸŽ

These are the items I’ve made thus far. Apart from the beanie I haven’t used a pattern. I definitely need to up my skills a level. I kind of got stuck in an autistic rut of producing one thing after another. It’s ok though and I shouldn’t be too hard on myself.

I’ve happily been using my handspun which falls somewhere between 4 ply and double knit weight; it all depends on the fibre really. This means patterns often need tweaking.

The first picture is a few items using commercial yarn… two pairs of hand mitts and a dishcloth. I really dislike the dishcloth craft yarn with all its stringy little hangy bits. I gave up trying to crochet with it as I couldn’t see the stitches and resorted to knitting it. It’s also tough on my hands and wrists. I bought them when they were reduced in price but wish I hadn’t.


From here on all yarn is handspun. The next are a pair of leg warmers…


A beanie and matching mitts…


And several more pairs of mitts…


Hmm… I’m planning on gifting myself the leg warmers 😊

We have family visiting on Saturday. They are likely not able to visit again until well into the new year so I have plans to hang the Christmas tree and do a bit of decorating to excite the grandchildren πŸ‘· πŸ‘§

Wishing you a day of contentedness wherever you are and lots of love from me



A yarny update of one FO and current WIP’S

Hello lovely readers,

I thought it time for a yarny update. For the uninitiated FO is Finished Object and WIP is Work In Progress.

I’ve finished spinning this lovely blue merino from John Arbon Textiles. They call it royal blue but I think it closer to cobalt as it has a slight purpleyness about it so I’ve photographed alongside two pieces of Bristol Blue Glass. I have 807+ metres from 200 grams.


Currently on my hook is my grandson’s jumper (not shown) and this cushion cover. I’m using Lucy’s (of Attic 24) Neat Wave Pattern. I’m really enjoying it and love the colours.


And on the wheel I’m spinning this fibre…


And here it is on the bobbins…


So there you have it πŸ™‚ Bye for now xxx