Tuesday, February 21, 2017


At the beginning of the year we were drought stricken, desperate for rain. Well, we've had rain. I took these pictures this morning from inside the house:

At least I have a house that is dry and snug. The poor sheep are not so lucky:
It would be good to have some moderation, but we can't control the weather so it is what it is.

I've been working on the sock:
The good thing about working with five needles is that you can try the sock on before it's finished. I wanted to be sure that the heel was neat and well fitting. I'll probably try the sock on again to decide where to start the toe decreases.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sock Commission

I've been commissioned to knit a pair of socks. The yarn is a firmly spun 3-ply, bit harsh to the touch, but perfect for socks. The pattern I'm using is called bintje by Jatta Saukko, available as a free download on Ravelry. The original is knee length, but I'm going to make ankle socks. I'm stuck on the blanket until the rain stops because I need some more flower colours, so now is the perfect time to make some progress on the socks.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Giving In To Temptation

I decided I wouldn't tat any more large doilies because I don't know what to do with them. But Renata has started her new stage-by-stage Spring napkin for 2017; I have plenty of size 40 thread; I need a new tatting project... There seem to be more reasons to tat it than not! I'm going to make it and figure out later what to do with it.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Flowers In A Row

I'm working on the Flowers in a row blanket for my granddaughter, using this pattern. I have to say, I think life is too short to make a blanket in single crochet. I'm using two rows of double crochet where the pattern uses four rows of single crochet. I don't think it affects the look of the pattern significantly, so I'm happy. (That's American crochet terms of course. UK terms would be double crochet and treble, but they don't scan as well!)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Experiment on Valentine's Day

While my wool was drying, I experimented with muskaan's heart in block tatting, which is here.  I thought I'd outline one of them with chains, but that was a mistake because it obscures the heart shape. I do like the idea of a bead at the bottom to emphasise the point. Of course my block tatting could use some work, but I like the concept.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Natural Wool

Once this wool is dry and rolled into balls, I can start crocheting. I'm not certain I have enough natural ('natural' as in undyed) to complete the blanket, but if not, I'll just spin some more! The sheep in the background are neatly picturesque, but are not the source of the wool. They're Dorper sheep grown for meat.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Flower Colours

The blanket pattern (link on previous post) has flowers in red and yellow. But hey, I'm not going to restrict myself to two colours when there are so many possibilities! As described before, I wound half-size skeins and did some double and treble dye-lots. The three shades of orange were dyed together, as were the three shades of purple.