Happy 😊 New Year

I don’t do New Year resolutions.Β  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 myΒ stash , ahem, collection πŸ™‚

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.

 

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!)

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Also a snowman and our Christmas tree.

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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™‚

 

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.

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

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A beanie and matching mitts…

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And several more pairs of mitts…

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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

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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.

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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.

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And on the wheel I’m spinning this fibre…

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And here it is on the bobbins…

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

A little update

I would like to thank you all for following me, for your thoughtful and supportive comments and for helping this lonely woman feel accepted in this global community of ours. Actually I don’t feel as lonely as I did when I started this blog.

I’m on my way in sorting out my Facebook problem (see previous post and comments) but suffering from the fall out from that experience. It felt like I was in a crowded room with everyone vying for my attention. I’m sure that’s not the case at all but if you’re autistic you may understand this onslaught I felt.

Moving on…

Lovely Husband has gone into Taunton so I’m sitting quietly working on my grandson’s jumper that he has requested for his birthday. I’m really enjoying it. I think it’s going to be rather large on him for a while!

I’m working on another post but I need clarity of mind to write it.

Bertie is keeping me company.

Bless his little heart ❀

See you soon, bye for now xx

Today’s endeavours

I have finished one project today and started two more…one on the loom and the other on my hook.

I’ve made a lot of throws since I’ve had my loom but not many scarves, so thinking ahead to the festive season and gifting, methinks scarves are to be the thing.

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Here I’m using Stylecraft special dk in claret, copper, tomato, and their new shade, lapis blue, plus Stylecraft alpaca dk in cinnamon and fig. There are a couple of others as well but goodness knows what they are.

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This is the weaving that I showed in a previous post. The following image is after it’s come off the loom and been washed and ironed. The gaps have loosened up just how I wanted it. Yay.

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The colour is more like this though!

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It took a while to edit this so only altered the one photo.

Back to today’s second project…

I crocheted a jumper for my grandson a couple of Christmases ago that he has long grown out of but still wants to wear. He’s asked if I would make him another exactly the same but obviously a bigger size.

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I’m using this

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in denim blue and apple green. I haven’t crocheted for a while and I’m enjoying getting back into it. Here’s the old jumper on teddy πŸ™‚

See you later xx