We have lift-off...

Lift-off

It's that amaryllis time of year again; this bulb was a Christmas present from Julie. Two buds have appeared so far - more photos when the flowers arrive.

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I'm finally getting my teeth into a Ravelry KAL (knit-a-long for those of you who haven't come across the term KAL before). It's the 2014 Advent Calender Scarf (Rav link) and you got one clue/chart every day during Advent. What with one thing and another, I didn't start knitting until January. The photo shows days 4, 5, 6 and 7; the scarf is knitted in Wollmeise Lace-Garn, colourway Flaschenpost.

Jackie_blanket

This is Jackie with her lovely granny square blanket in the Jubilee Library, Brighton. The Knitting Group meets at the library every Tuesday from 10am to 12 noon. If you knit or crochet, do come along and join us!


This, that and a Christmas elf

Christmas_elf

David, the Christmas elf, on my stall at Saturday's Christmas Market. Lovely sunny weather and plenty of people wandering round made for a good day.

Tidy

This is the one tidy corner of my living room; off camera, everywhere else is, er, rather cluttered and needs a good tidy but I've run out of steam with housework. Possibly I've been sidetracked by making these...

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Blanket_2

Blanket_3

Crochet squares for a blanket - they're 7cm square and so far I've made 240 (and sewn the ends in as they were made). The coloured threads secure them in stacks of ten for easy counting and I reckon I'll need to make another 160 or so...


Book stuff

I've finally got round to listing the known corrections for my crochet and knitting books on a new blog, Jan Eaton's Book Errata.

The titles include 200 Crochet Blocks, 200 Knitted Blocks and 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns. The books have been reprinted several times and as I always pass errata on to the publisher, you may own a newer edition without errata. Please be aware that the titles are available in both UK and US Editions.


What's on the needles?

Green_tgv

I've knitted several stripy TGV's this year, mainly as gifts so not bloggable until after Christmas. This TGV is for me using Dream in Color Smooshy leftovers in Happy Forest (Thanks, Jutta!) and Knitting Goddess mini skeins in shades of violet. 

Cr_sqs

I usually have a crochet blanket on the go - this one may take some time because the squares are only 7.5cm (3 in) across. I'm using superwash DK oddments mixed with two strands of sock yarn in pink, red, blue, purple, turquoise and grey.

These are my only WIPs, apart from a couple of pairs of socks. But I do have plans!


This and that

I'm still looking for my knitting mojo but I have started a new crochet blanket.

New_blanket

DK oddments and sock-yarn-used-double, 4mm hook; pattern is Gary's Ripple from 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns  which looks like it's out of print these days.

Herbs

Planted up several containers on the balcony - sage, lemon thyme, flat leaf parsley and Morrocan mint. Since I took this photo, I've added clumps of Lobelia String of Pearls to the containers. The bay tree on the left is one of the few plants to survive last winter's waterlogging although the lower leaves are brown-edged due to wind and salt damage.

Flossie has been sitting in the sunshine, prowling around the flat and being a general nuisance. Nothing new there then...

Prowling


Bank holiday...

...and it's a sunny one for a change!

Frankensocks

I have socks to knit, a new pattern to crochet and a pile of audiobooks from the library to keep me happy.

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I also have a living room to tidy and stuff to put away but they can wait....

Room

Flossie's soaking up the rays and making a cat-shaped shadow.

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There's bread in the breadmaker and butternut squash soup on the hob. Hope you're all having a lovely day whatever you're doing!


It came back

The cold, that is. I felt better for about four days then the sore throat started again. And the rest. I'm bored now but starting to feel better. Spring has sprung and we're hurtling towards when the clocks go forward so life's not all bad.

The shawl is now finished and blocked as is this crochet one, made for and modelled by my knitting friend Valerie (she loves orange).

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As ever when the right weather occasion arises, Flossie is on the carpet roasting her ribs in a patch of sunlight.

Sunshine

 


Ends

Ends

I do have a bit of a problem finishing things (not work stuff which has deadlines); it's things for me that get left unfinished. These are some of the ends I darned in yesterday. It took me most of the day while listening to the first half of an unabridged audiobook (all 7 hours 24 minutes of it) to finish the ends on a ripple blanket crocheted in, gulp, 2004. Or it may have been 2003. Said blanket has featured as a photo prop (ends tucked away out of sight) and spent the last few years folded over the end of my bed (ends ditto) and I'm happy to have finished it at last.

Come back tomorrow to see the blanket in all its finished gorgeousness!


Using up bits

I'm working my way through my stash of Koigu KPPPM and Colinette Jitterbug; it's mainly oddments with the odd single skein here and there. So far there have been several crochet blankets,

Koigu_blanket

a hat and a pair of almost-finished-just-need-thumbs fingerless mittens

Multitasking

and there's still some yarn left. I'm convinced it's breeding...

In the same photo as the mittens are the start of Keiran Foley's Shetland Ruffles (rav link) in two colours of Malabrigo Sock (Dewberry and Solis) and a shawl for Steph in some of my hand dyed sock yarn.