Yay! My super-colourful Sophie’s Dream bedspread is ready: all the squares are finished, bordered with navy blue yarn, joined and then the blanket is again bordered with 1 row of single crochets and popcorn stitches, and another row of single crochets. It’s colourful, large enough to cover the duvet, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a very visible, contrasting accent in out mostly white bedroom and I love it so much that I almost considered banning the cats from entering the bedroom for a while 😉 Alright, who am I kidding… they rule the house so it was just a passing thought.
Adding the border around all the squares really made the colours pop and was such a great finishing touch. I then hesitated whether I wanted another border around the whole blanket at all, but I decided to add it in the end. If you look at the original pattern linked at the beginning of the post, you can see that the border suggested by the designer includes contrasting stitches. I like this option, it really works well with all the colourful squares, but since I didn’t have enough contrasting yarn left, I decided to stick to the navy blue, and I think it looks just fine too.
I’m getting better, but it’s a slow process. I’m not taking antibiotics or steroids (other than my regular inhaler) anymore, and I started taking daily longer walks this week. I’m still quite weak, and still cough a bit. I’m also terribly bored… seriously, I’m a person who loves being on my own and spending time at home, but I also like being outdoors, and being active. 3 weeks of very low activity seem to last forever and I’m already planning some awesome hikes and trips once I feel strong enough.
The weather matches my mood perfectly (although today it’s actually quite nice for a change); it’s windy, rainy, and dark. So in order to defeat bad mood, I took out some Noro Kureyon sock yarn from my stash and decided to knit with it, just because working with all these beautiful colours make me feel a little better. I used it in two of my most recent projects.
My colourful blanket is finished! It’s exactly as I expected (well, maybe a little bigger, but that’s good!) and I absolutely loved knitting it. An easy, straightforward knit, with regular colour changes and bright, cheerful yarn. Can’t beat that! Plus now I have a new lap blanket for long winter months, when I get chilly sitting in front of my PC for hours.
I really don’t want to turn this blog into my health-related ranting space. I promise that’s not my hidden agenda 😉 But these days are dominated by health and illness issues for me and my life is largely organised around them so it’s difficult to avoid this topic… However, to prove that I’m still all about yarn, above is the sneak peak of my current WIP 😉 And this post is going to end more on a more cheerful note than it starts!
I’m still knitting my simple scarf. It’s been over a week now and I can’t see the end of this project. That’s why I decided to take a very short break and spend an evening over a quick beanie in my Sirius Clover Cottage sock yarn.
Can there be anything better for a beginner knitter with crochet skills and colour fixation than a project covering it all? You are right, probably not 😉 That’s why my latest project, baktus scarf, has been such a joy!
I’ve had my eye on the Drops pattern (another one from their basic patterns collection) for a while. First – it took me some time and learning to understand it, as knitting patterns in general are still somewhat mysterious to me, and Drops patterns are written in their strange, specific way, which usually makes me want to give up instantly after reading them for the first time. Second – I really wanted it to be as colourful as possible, but I didn’t have the right yarn. I had worked with the recommended Drops Delight before and I didn’t like the feel of this yarn too much, especially for something to be worn close to the skin. It is a little too coarse and stiff and the nylon in it is too visible, so despite the beautiful colorways I knew I needed something else. When I added all the new yarn to my stash last week, Noro Silk Garden reminded me about this pattern and I knew it was time to knit it.
I’ve been feeling quite exhausted recently. Spending day after day by my laptop, typing and reading and thinking about the dreaded deadlines and not being outdoors enough = not the most stimulating lifestyle. I have to endure that, in December it’s going to get easier and I’ll be able to be more outdoorsy again, so no real reason to complain, but I really wish I could make November end sooner.
I crochet either mindlessly while working or in the evenings – I actually go to sleep later than I should just to have some time for my hobby. It doesn’t really help with the tiredness of course, but I need it to unwind… The thing is that I don’t have patience for long or complicated projects these days, so things like my two queued shawls have to wait. And whatever I’m working on, must be in lively, intense colours. I actually started crocheting snowflakes recently (I’d like to add them to my Christmas cards this year) and I had to stop because they were so white and dull!
A little warning: this is going to be a post with my random rambling about anything crochet and knitting related. No finished projects to share except a small pair of baby booties:
That was a very quick project based on this lovely pattern by Sarah Zimmerman. A friend of mine, who used to be very close but now we only talk on Skype sometimes (which I really hope to fix once our lives are sorted – she’s a migrant like me and not settled anywhere at this point either), has had her second baby recently. She waited with notifying me until the baby’s birth and well, I just wanted to make something very quick to send instantly and welcome the little guy to this world – hence the booties. I am actually excited that I now have the reason to make some baby stuff, as there are so many nice patterns and all the family and friends kids are already older. So I guess, small booties now, but something bigger for him and his brother for Christmas 😉