The stashbusting blankets CAL etc…

I’m been busy hooking away on my blankets today. Here they are…

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Remember I showed you this a few days ago that is inspired by Eleonora’s CAL (for my seven year old granddaughter)…

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Well, I’ve started another one for my five year old grandson. I’ve just finished the front…

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There’s a few other things on the go as well. I’ve nearly finished weaving this…

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…and this second sock…

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There’s also a couple of other items but they can wait for another day.

I’m really working hard on the stashbusting malarkey. Once the second jumper and the woven throw are completed I have an idea for starting another stashbusting blanket. It seems that I can’t have too many blankets 😆

Bye for now and much love from me 👋 🌼 ❤

Another finished item :)

I started this jumper last Tuesday evening and would have finished it by Friday but we had the most wonderful of interruptions – grandchildren, daughter and son in law 🙂 – for three days.

This jumper is for my granddaughter who turned seven last year. The sleeve colours are her choice. I made the pattern (as in the shape) up as I went along. Do you recognise the colourful pattern? Yes, it’s from Eleonora’s crochet-along Coastal blanket stash buster  After I had finished last week’s rows I got to thinking about how it might look as the back and front of a jumper.

I mostly used Stylecraft Special dk which isn’t a yarn I would usually use for a garment, but I am stashbusting. I left the neck plain as I thought a picot edge could be annoying. I adding a bit of picot to the sleeve edges and a crocheted pompom edge to the bottom of the garment.

I had hoped to finish it while they were here but I was too tired in the evenings. I think Lovely Miss will be pleased.

I now need to crochet the latest rows on my blankets. Bye 👋 for now 🌹🌻🌼❤🐤🐕🐶

CAL – week three

The excitement over receiving an email notification of the next few rows for my blanket yesterday… Oh, the glee!

This week  Eleonora gave us five rows to hook. These are now complete and without wanting to sound like I’m wishing my life away, I can’t wait for next Friday!  I love the way it’s eating through the surplus oddments of stash too.  I used a colour changing yarn this week that started off orange at one end and ended up purpley.

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Lots of other crafty stuff is going on too, I just haven’t got round to showing you yet.

Have a lovely weekend,

Tracey xxx

 

I’m joining in with a CAL

Eleanor over at Coastal Crochet blog is very busy person but as a stashbusting project she has started a CAL (crochet a long) this week with only four rows of a blanket to complete each week. Quite achievable don’t you think? I ummed and ahhed and have decided to join in as it will help deplete my acrylic stash  collection plus create a Christmas gift. Win win  😃

I’ve never participated in a CAL before as I feel they are too restricting and I would lose interest. (That’s just me!) But this one fits nicely with my goals this year (see this post Happy 😊 New Year .)

Fancy learning more about it and perhaps join in? Take a look here .

I’m off to choose some yarn

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Happy 😊 New Year

I don’t do New Year resolutions.  I do have a three goals for the whole of 2018 though…

1. Refrain from buying any 100% acrylic yarn. One exemption is if people give me their unwanted yarn.

2. I have lots of acrylic in my yarn collection and I’d like to use most of it up through this year. I need to get weaving! You haven’t seen the size of my stash , ahem, collection 🙂

3. I want to make all my gifts for next Christmas yarny items.

This is doable but I don’t want it to cause unnecessary stress or pressure.

My ultimate aim is to have yarn collection made from natural fibres. I won’t exclude man-made fibres all together because they do have their merits, e.g. nylon in a woollen yarn creates a more resilient sock.

I have been thinking this through for some time now. I have to try.

 

Current projects

In the late 1990’s I went with a friend to a Spin-in in Wellington, NZ. While there someone gave a small group of us a workshop on how to turn a heel when knitting a sock. Ahem… Last night I cast on my first ever sock! I’m using Drops Fabel in the 340 colourway and this pattern…

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I have this shawl on the go as well. I’m using my handspun blend of alpaca/merino/silk that I bought at StitchFest from Fleece Witch  I’m using a pattern recommended by another blogger, (I’m so sorry, I forget who), from Ravelry. The Melodia pattern can be found here.

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I’ve just finished spinning the baby alpaca fleece, also from Fleece Witch. It took a long time as it spun so finely. I have 200 grams that has spun into  1339 metres of plied yarn! Wowsers! It looks like a lace weight yarn but I’ve yet to knit a sample. It is super soft, lustrous and absolutely yummy to spin. My plan is to use some of it as a weft in weaving a shawl.

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On the wheel I’m now spinning a white merino/nylon mix that I got for a good price from John Arbon .

There’s other creative delights going on or waiting to be completed but they can be for another time.

Thanks for visiting  😚💛💜💚💙

A confession, a book and a doll

I have a thing about dolls. I still have many of the dolls from my sixties childhood. They are hidden away. I’ve kind of felt ashamed about my doll love affair. It’s childish. I thought people would think me childish. Yes I am childish in many ways, after all, being child-like is an autistic trait. But. The new, no, …the real me… is gradually appearing and taking over and conquering the fears of the person I thought I was.

So, I’m coming out. And, my dolls should come out of the closet too.

I need to find a glass fronted antique style cabinet to display them. This is important as our home has two fires and sooty dust is a fact of life.

A year ago, before my shoulder became fully frozen I was completing a lot of jigsaw puzzles and this was one of them…

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This jigsaw helped me re-identify with my authentic doll loving self. As a child my mum encouraged me to play with my dolls. I didn’t know how. But i did love to look at them. I liked collecting them. (During my teenage years I found all my dolls under the house and in the refuse bin. They were rescued and hidden away!)

Wind forward a year later too late November 2017 when I bought this book…

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And inside I found the pattern for this doll that I completed last week…

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I made her with my handspun yarn and she’s stuffed with fleece, yarn ends and a bit of poly fill.

My dolls are still in the closet. It’s time to get them out.

Return to Raft of Dunster

Things went so much better with my woven items as they ended up staying for the whole weekend. If you remember, they were only going to be exhibited for a couple of hours on Friday evening. I’m so pleased and grateful to Jen for the opportunity. Thanks lovely Jen 🌷💟😊💐💕🌺🌸🌼🌻

I popped in to collect the remainng items this afternoon and I actually remembered to take some photos (with my phone though, so not the best quality images, sorry).

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There’s one of Jen modeling a wrap…

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Here are some of the items on the shop’s ladder…

 

It’s a fab ladder don’t you think?

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Someone wrapped each rung with tissue to protect the weave catching.

Some other views of the store…

 

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Thank you so much to Jen and her lovely team for this opportunity. It’s just what I needed at this point in my life. I sold one item and there were some very nice remarks and much admiration for my makes.

Note: I would like to add I have not received payment of any kind to promote Raft Clothing. I have done so out of gratitude and a belief in supporting small local business.