DABBLING ON THE DARK SIDE. ..

Hooking and me πŸ€”

I am still in a storeage frame of mind so thought I would have a go at crocheting a basket.

Now this basket made in the round is a bit of a jumble, I lost track of the join and ended up with too many increases. So I finished it off added a little loop to use as a work basket.

I do like the little neat stitches and the firm fabric it has made but need to pay more attention to marking the join.

I have made a larger crochet basket.

I just worked this backwards and forwards which was easier to keep track of the increases and then I sewed up the seam at the end. I do like the ridges created by working this way.

Both baskets were made using aran weight yarn and I chose a size 4 hook which has made a nice firm basket.

Not a natural hooked! !!

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

MOSTLY ABOUT OWLS🐲

Idle musings…

On one of my walks around Jubilee Gardens last week I found this:

I don’t know how many times I have walked past this without noticing the owl. Time for a close up:

What a handsome chap. I think he may be a barn owl?

Meanwhile at home I have made this little owl from one of the kits in my stash.

I wouldn’t like to hazard a guess as to what type of owl he is? Kamikaze Owl !!! I am going to give him to my mum who used to be a Brown Owl, not the feathered kind that hunts small rodents but a Brownie Guide pack leader.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING in 2021 #2

Every day is a school day…

Temptation got the better of me last night. I really needed a change so I thought I would have a go at some storage cosies, see Let’s Knit issue 166. My thought being something small and quick using bits from my stash.

The cabled cosy was the intermediate level cosy and it is covering a jam jar to make a decorative pot to store crochet hooks and small scissors. And I am quite pleased with it, so pleased in fact I thought I would have a go at the beginner’s cosy. Now I have been pulling my hair out with this one!!! It is a mock cable and quite frankly I am struggling! All that dropping and making stitches, what a faff much easier to do the cablingπŸ˜‰

Hoping that your projects are less frustrating.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

ADDING TO THE STASH AGAIN!!!

Ooops. …

I am a bit of a lost cause – look what arrived today

I am trying to convince myself that this doesn’t really count as free gifts but I have my doubts as it still takes up space. I really must stop ticking the free gift box when on line!!!

Just got to think of something to do with it all before N throws me and my stash out πŸ˜…

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #42

Getting my knots in a twist !

Well there is a bit of progress on the tangle that was the yarn dug out of the stash yesterday. I have started the knotty cowl. There is a bit of faffing about but the results are quite pleasing.

Usual sections as if twisting and cabling but extra work on the bits that are doing the moving so that they can be knotted.

My photo doesn’t really do it justice!!!

Then carry on a bit until ready to do the next knot.

Not looking forward to weaving in all of the ends and being of a certain age I think I might find it rather hot to wear 😝

This is something by Jo Alport that I found in Let’s Knit – every day is a school day πŸ˜„

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #38

A fish out of water 🐠🐠🐠

Made this little chap last night:

Few ends of yarn, in fact the sewing up took longer than the knitting πŸ˜‰

The pattern came from Sarah Keen’s 100 Little Projects.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #35

It has taken some time ….

I have been working on a baby cardi for weeks. Progress has been slow because I have gone through a period of procrastination and work has been busy. It hasn’t helped that I made the same cardi immediately before this one either πŸ€”

But I sewed on the last button last night πŸ™†

And here it is with its mate which I have shown in an earlier post. The eagle-eyed out there may have noticed an extra button on the pink one? I seem to have done a better job of spacing the buttonholes on the blue one – so there’s progress πŸ˜†

Anyway now that that is finished I am on the look out for a new project and hopefully I will get on and use up some of the stash…

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

SELF-HELP #21

Not doing very well πŸ˜•

Back in January I made a few lists of things I intended to get done in 2020 and all of my intentions were craft related. And so far I am quite pleased with my progress – I am plodding along quite nicely!

I decided back at the time that I was not going to set up myself up to fail by proposing weight loss or lots of exercise. So I have done very little in my free time other than woolly pursuits πŸ˜ƒ

Now that the days are getting longer I am planning my walking regime and to get back in the garden – but not today as it is horribly windy out there🌬🌬🌬

And I really need to be doing something as my stash busting has hit a snag!!! Aldi have had a craft event, I thought I would pop in and just have a look! I came out with a bag full…. I have picked up a couple of kits and more yarn. The stash has grown! And I have added something else to the WIP list πŸ€”

A cowl using the cake of ombre yarn from my new Aldi stash…

Lost in woolliness?

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #11

And the goose is getting fat…

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So no matter how much I try to ignore it the festive season is just around the corner.

Ding dong merrily on high πŸŽ…

So I am using up red and white yarn. I love the simplicity of scandi patterns. I found the pattern for the hearts in an old issue of Knit Today (issue 91 Xmas 2013). The hearts are supposed to be done on dpns but I get into a bit of mess with them at the best of times so gave up with so few stitches. My hearts have a side seam….

The stocking is ready for a quiz night next week, this is taken from a Debbie Bliss pattern found in a Xmas Prima (2011). It is no wonder my house is such a state I don’t throw anything away!!!

I have just got to buy a load of Christmas tat to fill the stocking with so that the Parents Association can raffle it. I then have to make another one for my sister to raffle at a carols and mince pie evening πŸ‘ΌπŸ‘ΌπŸ‘Ό

Should get through a chunk of my red and white stash β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #10

The WIPs are piling up…

Instead of finishing things I appear to be starting new things.

Current WIP list:

– baby blanket

– child’s hat (awaiting pom pom)

– child’s mittens

– 2 x wrist warmers

– scarf (scarf-gate continues)

– Christmas stocking

– pullover

I get so excited about a new project and put everything into it until something else comes along. Concentration span of a gnat, sadly not the work ethic of an ant, so easily distracted!!! 🐜🐜🐜