Friday, December 2, 2016


I considered winding two shuttles for each leaf separately so I could start each leaf CTM, but that was going to waste thread and probably time too. So I wound the two shuttles full of green thread and after the first leaf, hid the starting threads in rings A and B. I printed out Ninetta's chart, it's clear and easy to follow.

Thursday, December 1, 2016


I thought I'd make my next blanket a squares one. I vaguely visualised a flower motif in different colours to use up the yarn left over from the last blanket, but when I saw this modernised granny square, it called to me. The original pattern by Hiromi is for a bag, but there's no reason the squares can't be joined to make a blanket. I like that the main colour will be natural (undyed) and that I can use the different left overs for the 'background' round. And I like that it's a updated version of a traditional pattern.

Ninetta's Diet

I'm embarking on Ninetta's Mediterranean diet.  I started off using size 20 thread, much bigger than Ninetta used. It may be too much of a good thing. So I worked the elements again with size 40 thread. Interestingly, the pieces are not all that much smaller, but they look more delicate. I don't have the right colours in finer thread, so I think size 40 it will be. It occurs to me that I can combine the elements differently to how Ninetta combined them. Ah, that's good, I like a flexible diet.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Well, I've finished making a crocheted blanket for my grandson. The yarn is handspun wool. The cream colour is natural, the other colours I dyed using my microwave. The pattern is here. It only took me a few weeks to make, so a blanket can be crocheted pretty quickly if I don't work on other projects simultaneously. But there are many other crafts and things waiting, so although I have another blanket planned, I do think it'll go more slowly!

Saturday, November 26, 2016


I rather like the idea of whipping up a top to wear to a Christmas party. Truth be told, I've contemplated the project for months and left it until the morning of the party to actually get around to doing it! I had a wide scarf that I liked, but didn't wear. I thought perhaps I could transform it into a blouse similar to one I bought in a charity shop in Perth. I used this tutorial  that I came across on Pinterest to help me, though it is for a child's garment and knit fabric. I'm pleased with the result and think it will be more useful than the scarf.

Friday, November 25, 2016

From Blossom to Bottle

Well the Spring blossoms developed into apricots. The birds ate many of them, but Jack managed to harvest a bowl full for me to make jam and chutney with. This is the first crop we've been able to use, so we're very excited about that! The onions for the chutney came from his garden too. It seems a bit self defeating to buy more ingredients than you harvest, so I'm pleased that the main ingredients came from the garden. I have one and a half bottles of jam and three bottles of chutney to add to my larder.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016


I've finished the fourth section of my blanket. The yarn for the next section still needs to be spun. And dyed, of course. I contemplate colours as I spin.