Last year I participated in my first CAL – Arizona Blanket. It was fun, I liked working on it in the slow pace of the weekly pattern releases, and I really loved the final result. This blanket now is in my parents home, and my Mum claimed it. The good thing is that it’s machine washable and easy in maintenance, so even if one of their dogs decides to use it as a placemat and drag a bone or jump on it with muddy paws, it’s simple to fix the mess.
I’ve been thinking about making another blanket, for my Father this time – and finally I found the right opportunity when I saw the announcement for a new Scheepjes CAL: the Rozeta Blanket. The pattern is crocheted and incorporates some embroidered elements, and I really like the look of this blanket. The original kits are sold in a number of colour versions and in two types of yarn: acrylic Colour Crafter and the luxury version, 70% Merino Superwash and 30% Polyamide Scheepjes Our Tribe. For me the choice was simple, both because of the price and the yarn content, and I ordered a Colour Crafter kit in the Twilight colourway.
As you can see, I wasn’t the only one excited about the new delivery 🙂
I’m a little late to the CAL, so I have two first weeks to catch up on before the new release on Wednesday. This shouldn’t be a problem as I’m really eager to start!
In the meantime, I also managed to knit a pair of socks for my friend in Poland. I’m planning to make more socks for her, as she, like me, loves colourful, warm socks, and I love knitting for grateful recipients. The pattern is – yet again – Mustard Toes from Drops Design, and the yarn is from Wollelfe. All those socks projects leave me with a growing stash of scrap yarn and I’m already thinking about the ways to combine them in the future (possibly socks) projects.
In non-crafty news, changes are coming. Our landlord is planning to sell the apartment and we’ll have to find a new place to live. It’s not urgent as we don’t have to move out before Spring, but it’s a bit stressful considering the rental market in Ireland. Our current apartment is warm and not humid or moldy, and it’s not at all that common here, it’s also conveniently located and relatively cheap. Plus having pets really limits our options; usually searching for properties within our price range and with pets allowed returns 5-6 results, many of which are rural (which would be fine as long as there’s good public transport nearby). On the other hand, I would like to have a spare bedroom for guests and to use it as an office (and maybe a craft room? Just a thought), and I would love to have a small garden, so if we can find something nice, I would be happy to move. But we can really start working on it in December (when I get my summer contract payment) and it would be ideal to move in January, before the most intensive period at my work starts mid February. Fingers crossed that it goes well!