Well, today I left the house at six, pootled a hundred-or-so miles down the M1 in my little car, shakily slurped my third coffee at ten in the morning in North London, and subsequently failed to impress anyone at a job interview, and had to turn some happy music up very, very loud to keep my spirits from bottoming out on the pootle back up the M1. So if you live in Buckinghamshire or Northampton and were wondering what the racket was, I apologise. I also apologise for using up all the petrol in Britain. I know, I know, I should have gone by train. What can I say. I did pass an awful lot of very full petrol stations on the way back. If only the petrol strike panic-buying had started last week, and we could have used the lack of fuel as an excuse to lounge about all day every day and just enjoy the nice weather… Still, what’s the saying? Ifs and buts lather no mice, or something like that.
Moving on swiftly. Last week I got distracted before I could write about these:
A second scarf completed! I’m rather pleased with how this one turned out. I need to work on keeping the edges a bit neater, and I did mess it up a bit at the end from lack of concentration, but it’s miles better than my first attempt. Also, NEW TOYS! I haven’t cracked open the circular needles yet, but keep reading for an exciting* account of last weekend’s crochet action.
*excitement not guaranteed.
As the winter seems to have gone on its summer holidays early, I’ve been thinking of undertaking a little more long-term (and perhaps far too ambitious!) knitting adventure. If you watched the video in my blog from a couple of weeks ago, you’ll have seen this lovely blanket …
Well, ready for next winter (or as they say round here, ‘July’) I want to knock up a similar sort of thing. The plan is to try knitting or crocheting a variety of little squares, first of all to get used to producing reasonably consistently sized squares in nice earthy colours. I’ll save these all up, and perhaps later try my hand at making some triangles as well. When I’ve got a nice big bagful, I’ll sew them all together, and perhaps drape it elegantly over the back of an armchair, or seductively over a bed. Ah yes, for who could resist me then, having seen my inexpertly-crocheted-as-yet-hypothetic-blanket?
Early attempts at crocheting have been to varying degrees of success …
Teeny-tiny initial attempt, using the last half-yard of green yarn I had left over from my first attempt at a scarf.
Accidentally corrugated – I didn’t quite understand the instructions on this website, and only went through the back loop instead of both loops on this first attempt at single-crochet. I do rather like the effect, but it wasn’t what I was aiming for! My next attempt was better:
Haven’t quite got the tension right, but I was generally quite pleased with this as a second attempt. So I had a go at the half-double crochet …
Not a terribly good job. The number of stitches seems to have declined over time. I’ll keep trying though! Some time in the future things will start to make sense (… my mantra!)
SO! If anyone has some nice patterns for little crocheted or knitted squares, I would be really happy to receive them! I’m thinking about making approximately 100mm squares, but if you have any advice on that matter too, I’d like to hear it!
PS – a big thanks to everyone who has read and returned to this blog. I really really appreciate it!