Friday, February 24, 2017

Half Way

I've used each flower colour once and the proportions are right for half a blanket. When I've crocheted each colour again, the blanket should be 100 cm wide by 150 cm long. This blanket seems to be using up yarn at a furious rate, perhaps because it has fewer spaces than the other blankets I've crocheted, so I think I will have to spin some more wool.

More Flower Colours

It didn't rain yesterday so I was able to dye some more colours for my blanket.  Each ball is enough for two rows. I want to use each colour in each half so they're well distributed, which is why I put the blanket on hold, rather than just use the colours I'd already dyed . It's raining again now, so I'm glad of yesterday's gap to do washing as well as dye wool.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

False Start

I'll quickly tat round 2 , I thought, and then write my blog. Mmm. Not so fast, Jane. It was clear before I finished round 2 that it wasn't going to lie flat. I think my tension on the inside chains is too loose and the long picot in the centre too big perhaps. Nothing for it but to start over. The second version lies perfectly flat, without blocking. I must remember to pay attention to tension as I go further.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Second Sock

I think the best way to avoid 'second sock syndrome' is to begin the second sock as soon as the first is finished. Mind you, in this case I'm making the socks for someone else, so I couldn't leave one sock languishing in any case.

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.