SELF-HELP IN 2021

A bit like Cinderella…

Places have started to open. I called into Hobbycraft yesterday but was so overwhelmed by the choice I didn’t buy anything – very good for the stash!

I have managed to book a hair appointment, not until 30th April but so excited 😉

We visited N’s granddaughter on Sunday, her first birthday. We sat in the garden while it snowed but so good to visit.

N’s daughter had some slippers which I thought wow I could make some of those.

I have made one so far. So like Cinderella I only have one slipper 😄

Woolly wishes,

Jane ♡♡♡

STASH-BUSTING IN 2021 #11

The welcome return of my knitting needles…

I am back on track with my nephew’s aran cable knit. One more inch on the front and then I can start shaping for the raglan.

Nice thing about working a raglan is that the rows get shorter and shorter – I do sound a lazy moo!!!

I had some daffodil yellow yarn in the stash so couldn’t help making a little easter chick🐣

It had to be done!!!

Hope everyone had a nice Easter weekend 🐰🐰🐰

Woolly wishes,

Jane ♡♡♡

WINDING UP MARCH!!!

Or March madness🐰🐰🐰

This month has been bunnies, baskets and my nephew’s cable aran and many long hours at work. I know I shouldn’t complain as I am lucky to still have a job but some weeks I feel so tired. Obviously showing my age 🤔

Working on my crochet. Still much better going backwards and forwards on the crochet front – the knitter in me!!! Still gain too many stitches when working on a round but I made a basket in a very chunky yarn and found it much easier to keep track of my stitches – so lessons are being learnt this month 😄

Still working on the front of my nephew’s cable knit, hoping to get a bit more done this weekend in between eating chocolate and drinking wine 🍷but will take care to avoid staining 😉

The weather is beautiful here at the moment but sadly not so good for egg hunting on Sunday 🌧🌨🌪

Woolly wishes,

Jane ♡♡♡

AWOL

Very little yarn craft ….

I have been absent from these pages for a week or two. Work has been horribly busy and I have hardly had a chance to click my needles together and I have to admit to missing the benefits.

I have made this storeage basket.

It’s a very chunky yarn that I bought from Aldi a couple of years ago and a size 10mm hook. I have actually managed to hook this in the round. I think the thicker yarn and hence bigger stitches helped me with my counting. I made it up as I went along but ended up with 96 stitches.

It’s going to be a toy basket. Tyson the tiger looks quite comfy in it.

Hoping that the next week or two will be less hectic and I can get a bit done on my nephew’s cable aran.

Woolly wishes,

Jane ♡♡♡

STASH-BUSTING IN 2021 #10

Or tackling the stash a bunny at a time…

No progress to report on the cable knit aran this week. I have started the front but I have had back to back shifts at work so the little progress I had made had to be frogged 🐸 I should learn my lesson and not work on bigger projects when I am tired 🤔

I have been tinkering with toy making over the last few weeks

The knitted bunny is for N’s granddaughter for easter.

The crochet bunnies are a work in progress. I have a bag full of bunny bits. I think I have mentioned before I have terrible problems working in the round when attempting crochet. I just keep losing count🙃 So the yellow bunny is crocheted backwards and forwards and then lots of seams to sew up. The mauve bunny can be called amigurimi but he doesn’t have 2 identical arms or 2 identical legs. A slight deformity due to my poor numeracy skills 😉

A have few more bunnies to complete, ready join the crew.

Woolly wishes,

Jane ♡♡♡

STASH-BUSTING IN 2021 #9

cosied up storage pots…

pot cover pattern from Let’s Knit 166

I have already displayed 3 of these pots but I didn’t have a big enough jar for the tall one. I went out and bought a large jar of green olives. We have finally eaten them so I can now cover the jar with the twist and cable cosy – what I go through for my craft 😂

now i have a pot for my taller needles

I used some leftover ombre yarn from Aldi that I had lurking in my stash. It knitted bigger than the tension requirements of the Aran yarn used in the pattern but I am quite pleased with the results.

Woolly wishes,

Jane ❤️❤️❤️

WINDING UP FEBRUARY

Ticking off the WIPS list…

My February accomplishments are finally finishing the Kitty coat and the Knotty cowl and getting them sent off to their recipients. I managed to complete the pink Guernsey for myself and have had a good root through what is left in my work basket. Obviously I haven’t tackled the various stashes around the house. N does not need to know about those😉

Spring is in the air so I have potted a few flowers to cheer the place up and I have been dabbling in hooking.

Moving forward I have started a cable knit aran for my nephew, I will continue to try to master crochet and I am making little hats for the AgeUk/Innocent Smoothie campaign http://www.thebigknit.co.uk 👒🎩🎓

The weather is improving, well rather chilly today, so must start making more of an effort with my walking.

Woolly wishes,

Jane ♡♡♡