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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Crochet Blanket

This little doll blanket looks very lacy I think.  The corners are terrible though, not one matches...

I can follow the patterns a lot better but I'm still struggling to pick up evenly around the edges.

This is where I'm getting the stitch patterns from.  You have to join but I think it is worth it, there are lots of great free patterns to try.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Crochet Trial

I get up really early in the mornings, don't know why, I just do.  This is the sort of thing I've been doing recently, as I sit quietly drinking tea and waiting for eight o'clock when Graham gets up...

It's not perfect , I'm still a beginner.  These little doll sized blankets are perfect for me to practice different stitches and to learn to follow a pattern.  The most difficult part for me is getting the beginning chain the right length as I need to only make the blanket doll sized.  But I'm getting there.

I have noticed that some crocheters have a vocabulary all of their own.  Things like 'super easy', 'ever so slightly', 'super pleased', 'super early', 'happy things' (when referring to doing normal stuff), 'hooky time' (when referring to doing a bit of crochet), 'prettifying', 'hooky handiwork', knitty post', etc that are used too frequently.  I must be just about the most grumpy old woman on earth.  I know I'm a very cynical woman too.  You'd think I was a pessimist but I'm not.  I also love feminine things but I just don't like this gooey type of talk.... sorry if I offend anyone about this.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Friday Sky

It's been warm and humid today, 22C/71F, a typical few days of English summer weather.  Cold and dull or sunny and warm, but no rain at all this week, which can be unusual in our summers.

We had two outings, one to the Teddy Bear Fair and another to Crich Tramways Museum.  Sunday I did a bit of polytunnel gardening.  Cleared out and resowed.  Broad beans, radishes, leeks, cauliflower, spring onions, lettuce and peas are now in there and soon I'll sow some beetroot.  Tuesday I can't really remember what I did!  Thursday my friends in the craft group came round for the afternoon.  And today, Friday, I made a cake and did some crochet.  Tomorrow we are going bird watching.  Hope the weather stays dry for that.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Thursday Sky

What a difference today, temperature got up to 21C/70F.  A beautiful day, could do with a few more like this, apparently this has been the coolest August for 18 years.