Gosh!Well hasn’t it just been the longest time?! I have just been so busy y’all. Oh where to start, where to start? Well. Lots has been going on, let me tell you. I have been crocheting more and more (obviously) and have told myself that the time has come now where I have to start aquiring new skills. First skill (and incidentally last skill at the moment) is KNITTING! It took a long time of trying and failing, dropped stitches, ripped up work and broken needles before I got this:
I knitted a square on the diagonal! But let me tell you there were a few ‘accidentally thrown at the wall’ knitting sticks before that point. and yes, I did just say ‘knitting sticks’ and what of it. That photograph was actually taken in the car on the way to the one and only Weston-Super-Mare! (Woo!) It had been so long since I had been to the seaside and I got Martin to tek me! A total High-5 for my persuasion tactics there indeed. We were proper fattys I can tell you! We had ice cream, a big fry-up, doughnuts, chocolate and fudge. Not too good for a wench on a diet! Altho despite the heavy eating I still lost 2lb that week, which I was quite chuffed about.
I diagress. The knitting you see had a purpose. The purpose was… a hat! For years now I have wanted one of those double-pointed beanies. Y’know, the cat ear hats? Well I always insisted to myself that when I made one, it must be knitted, and nothing but knitted. So, after persevering for a few days with the knitting, I maded this:
Woo and woot and woot again! A knitted hat that I can proudly wear upon my noggin. When I finished knitting it I thought to myself that it looked rather plain even though the wool I used was truly beautiful (you can’t see from the photo, but it was darkish-blue with strands of deep red in it, and was made with 55% wool – very posh for me, the all-acrylic girl!) so I embellished it with a crocheted flower that I made many moons ago. The result – a very satisfied Melody in a hat.
Now back to the old friend – crochet. Oh how I missed it after all of that oh-so-fiddly knitting malarkey! Straight on to the long awaited project of… SOCKS! I had wanted to make myself some socks for EVER and so with the help of a customisable socks pattern for my insanely enourmous feet (I’m a size 10), I craftily crafted some socky-wocks. Would you like to see them? Please take a peek at the wonderous-ness that is my beautiful pair of handmade socks!
Oh they have made my feet so snuggly! Especially since all of this cold weather that has suddenly come on. Made just in the nick of time I think. And here is the pattern if you want ao make some Custom-Fitting sock for yourself or a friend.
Now, I don’t believe that I have ever got aound to telling you about The Big Project. What is The Big Project you ask? Well I just happen to be a mahoosive fan of Attic24. There is so much amazing-ness oozing from every post that Mrs. Lucy Attic24 makes. I obsess over it and read it every day. She brightens up my little world she does. 🙂 Thank you Lucy. Anyways, back to reality. I stumbled one day upon a crochet pattern on there. One that I knew had to be used right here right now. And so, The Big Projct was born: A king-sized-bed-sized Ripple Blanket! I have never embarked upon such a long crochet journet before, but felt like maybe that this was the time to start. So first comes the 276 chains loooooooong foundation chain, and the of course the Fiddly First Row. But from then on it’s just a piece of cake. I was whizzing along like a crochet nutter doing row after row of superbly bright ripples. But as with large projects, you can’t be super-enthusiastic forever, hence why there isn’t a whole lot done on it but I do attempt a few stripes every now and then, but they do take an hour each, the stripes. So I will show you my progress so far, altho this photo is actually a couple weeks old now so there is about 5 more stripes on it now!
Is that not just abso-vulcan-lutely gorgeous?! Again, I will add that the colours are ALOT brighter and more vivid in Real Life, but still, it is beautiful. And just for you, a link to her fabulously fab Neat Ripple Pattern.
And now last but not least. Pure bargainous beauty. A set of 3 from a charity shop for only £1.50. Marvellously bargainous. Are you ready for this?
I abosolutely adore with double adoration The Willow Pattern. These little beautys made my day. My week. Hell, they made my life! 🙂 And so I shall leave you with that little jolly feeling that is a Willow Pattern cup and saucer set, and bid you adeiu until next time, where I shall yet again share my joy with you all.
Thanks for reading.