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Yarn Along – August

I’m not sure if it’s the nights starting to inch in or the calmness I feel, as I gradually grow accustomed to  this not-normal being the actual normal, but my fingers are ready to be in constant motion, at the moment. I’m crafting again. Knotting yarn into place. Stitching fabric together. I find myself crocheting another round of a granny square, for my latest blanket, while minding the jam pot. Squeezing in craft time wherever and whenever I can. I feel comfortable creating again and full of ideas.

My craft mojo is fully functional and ready for duty.

I’m still working on my blue jumper. I’ve finished the front and back. The first sleeve is almost past the cuff ribbing stage. I’m sewing a tea dress, which I’m hoping I can couple it with, for the cooler days of autumn.

My crochet blanket is growing at a pace. Partly as it’s easy to pick up and put down. Also we’re watching The Umbrella Academy as a family, in the evenings, and I find I can dash through a couple of squares with no interruptions.

Something about the colours remind me of back to school. I think it’s the grey and the blue, with a hint of pink, which reminds me of my old uniform. (Although, our school jumpers were deep red rather than pink, but you get the idea, I hope.) The brighter colours are summer, through and through. So the combination of the two, conjurors up memories of heading back to the classroom after the long, summer break, still hanging on to all those carefree days.

I wonder if I’ll finish it in time for September, when schools go back.

Finally, my current book. I love a book that if I sit down, I pick up and am lost in it in no time at all. Even when I’d no intention to be reading, in the first place.  The Humans (affiliated link) is fun and light compared to my previous book choices. A bit of a relief, to be honest. Definite escapism, and shifts perspective in a thought provoking way.

“After an ‘incident’ one wet Friday night where he is found walking naked through the streets of Cambridge, Professor Andrew Martin is not feeling quite himself. Food sickens him. Clothes confound him. Even his loving wife and teenage son are repulsive to him. He feels lost amongst an alien species and hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton, and he’s a dog.”

(From the blurb on the back of the book.)

It’s the second of Matt Haig’s book I’ve read and, so far, I’m enjoying it.

Right that’s my lot, for the moment. Linking up to Ginny’s Yarn Along. What’s everyone else reading and knitting? Are you feeling more creative in the second half of 2020?

Summer crochet blanket begins

I’ve started making a new summer blanket. This feels good. I’ve really struggled to be creative since mid March, when the lockdown started. Projects have been left untouched, apart from my simple blue jumper, which is straightforward.

This project is more fun. I’m choosing colours and deciding the sequence. I absolutely love the colours. A real taste of summer. Also, the yarn is WYS Colour Lab, which is 100% wool and british. The wool is reared, sheared and spun in the UK, which is something I can really get behind.

(Blue, teal, lime and pink)

This project is going to keep me busy in those odd moments and, in the process, wrap a bit of summer up ready to bring out in the winter.

Yarn Along – May

Happy May 1st. I’ve been enjoying walks in our woods. The wildflowers are making their presence felt. Carpet of bluebells with sprinkling of wild garlic and wood sorrel, which sounds more like a recipe than anything.

I started my new yarn project last night. I’m making another King Cole pattern. In fact, it’s a long cardigan again, but this time with pockets and a zigzag hem. Pockets make me feel like I’m giving in to my sensible side, while the yarn colour is a riot and makes me smile. I do love bright, strong colours. The yarn is called raspberry and is probably a closer match to the contents of an Angel Delight or Kool Aid packet, than anything I’d grow in my fruit garden, but that’s OK.

I’m using King Cole Merino Blend again, because, quite frankly, it’s my favourite wool at the moment. I love knitting with it. I love wearing it. I can’t think of a better reason to use it on this latest project.

The pattern is King Cole 4750. I’ve knitted the pocket linings and the start of the left front hem. I’m not sure about it yet. It is a little bit loopy in parts. I’m tempted to start the right side and see if I can get it tighter. If I can then, the left side can be unravelled and started again. If you look at the photo of the finished cardigan, it does look a lot tighter, compared to mine. Hmm.Still with the yarn projects. I finished the front of my daisy cushion (top photo). Just need to sew on the fabric back and it can join the other one at the kitchen table. The is a scrap buster and I’ve finished the white and the blue balls of yarn. I’m tempted to do another cushion cover, but this time just use the green as a background for the daisies. So long as I can find another ball of white skulking around.

I have finished my jumper, since last Yarn Along. Reblocking as the hem is still curling. Makes me appreciate a ribbed hem, at times like this.

Finally, seeing as it’s the first Wednesday of the month and Yarn Along time again, I’m sharing my latest book……which is the same as last month. I have been reading it. Spring means I have less time to read. Between work, the garden and different after school activities for the children, somehow reading time is squeezed and I’m asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow at night. I am enjoying the book and love the moments when I can pick it up.

I hope May treats you well and you are able to enjoy the scent of a walk through a bluebell wood. Our bluebells will soon lose their race with the surrounding foliage and be more hidden , so I’m enjoying the sight while it lasts. See how they droop and the edges of the bells look like they have been curled. A sure sign of native bluebells and not the invasive Spanish variety.

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along. What are you reading at the moment? Have you anything on your knitting needles?


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