WIP Catch up

Just in case my blog is beginning look as if all I’m ever going to subject you to in future is bad sketching and strange looking machine scribbles, I thought I’d better do a quick WIP catch up…

My red sweater is still on the go. Not much progress since last time – too distracted by every other craft. All I’ve done is finish the wrapped pattern and add some ribbing to  the top.

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I’m currently contemplating how to edge the top – since casting straight off from the rib is going to create a rather unsightly seam – or rather I keep meaning to contemplate it.

My other knitting WIP – a tea cosy for my friend – has come to a complete standstill. I really should finish it, so little left to do…

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I’ve completed two more squares of my crochet blanket – 12 down, 8 to go.

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I’ve started an embroidery, which was supposed to be a quick project, but I keep sitting down too late in the evening to concentrate on it.

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I’ve already sold out/sent out all of the free motion embroidery cards I made, so I’ve made a huge batch more. The fronts are currently waiting to be stuck to the cards.

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There is also pair of PJ bottoms wafting around somewhere almost finished.

As you can see I’m almost keeping to my promise of not to having more than one project of each type on the go at once – although not making huge progress on any.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Holiday Crafting

Having been told to pack light for the motor home trip, I decide taking most of a finished jumper to complete was not a good plan. Instead I picked up a couple of small projects I’d been meaning to work on for ages.

On the way up to Bridgend to pick up the motor home I knitted a rat for a friend who had asked me to knit her one – as friends do.

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There was no knitting while travelling in the van, since I was giving Harry my undivided attention.

Crochet took over as we chilled on holiday and I completed three squares of the Charlotte square blanket…

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On the drive back home from Bridgend to home I knitted most of a  tea cosy sweater for a friend who’d requested one.

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So I still have the tea cosy to finish, but I still feel I accomplished plenty on holiday – not that I needed to accomplish anything apart from have a good time.

Until next time,

Bekki x

Prescription Crochet #2

You may remember that back in May I finally went to see the physio about my wrist/thumb that had been bothering me for a couple of years. Along with other exercises the physio prescribed that I crochet every day, beginning with a minute a day and building up.

I began by starting to crochet a small pot of flowers.

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The pot grew very quickly even at only a few minutes a day. However crocheting pots of flowers is so not me. I just about got the pot finished, before I got distracted by a new project.

I’d been asking for suggestions about what to crochet/knit with my Blueberry Bam Bam whirl.

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I’d been resistant to working on a shawl, because I never wear them. However, as the discussion went on I realised that when we sit out on an evening after a BBQ and I get a little chilly, I tend to grab the nearest blanket belonging to Harry and wrap myself in it.

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Okay this is obviously not my garden, but me on holiday sporting one of  Harry’s blankets.

Maybe I did need a did need a shawl after all.

I chose the Flower Valley shawl pattern – beware if you ever chose to make it, there are mistakes in the written instructions. Building up from my slow few minutes a day to more lengthy spells of crochet, I finished it in 6 weeks.

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Very pleased to win a 2nd place for this in the craft section of the produce show – especially since I didn’t even think I would be able to crochet anything ever again when I first saw pamphlet inviting entries.

Of course in the six weeks it took me the weather became colder and I haven’t had chance to wear it. But it is rumoured it may be warm enough here for a BBQ tomorrow.

Hope you’re having a great week.

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

Prescription: Crochet

You may remember I’ve  complained frequently occasionally mentioned that my thumb is too sore to crochet anymore. The level of pain in my hand/wrist has come and gone for a while, but got very bad again in March, so I finally headed off to the doctor. The doctor referred  me for physio.  Two months later I had a physiotherapy appointment.

I saw a lovely lady who was an expert in hands and wrists. She diagnosed that I had De Quervains Syndrome – basically tendinitis of two of the tendons that control the thumb, but let’s cal it De Quervains, because it sounds so much more interesting. She thinks it was started when I saved a sheep from drowning five years ago – long story.

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This isn’t the sheep I saved, just an acing sheep playing the part.

 

Even better than having an interesting sounding syndrome, she prescribed that I do some crochet 🙂

Having written off ever doing crochet again, I didn’t know what to make, but I did have a a rather yummy Scheepjes blueberry bambam whirl in my stash…

Scheepjes Whirl Blueberry Bambam

Unfortunately I can’t for the life of me find my 4mm crochet hook. So instead I started making a pot of flowers – I’ve only got this far, as I’ve only been prescribed a few minutes each day, but I just had to share my most excellent news with you!

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I’d also like to ask if, since even at a few minutes a day the potted plant won’t take long, have you got a favourite pattern for a Scheepjes whirl you can temp me with?

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

Frog or Finish 2019 – May Update

It’s been a month since my last Frog or Finish update of the 9 UFOs that I and vowed to finish or frog this year.

Having dealt with five of them when I posted about them in April, I had four left to finish…

I was delighted to report on Monday that I’d finally finished the floral quilt.

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I’m also pleased to say I took advantage of the hot weather at Easter and blocked the unblocked shawl…

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Book group is the place I knit my UFO socks, because I don’t have to pay any attention to them, apart from when I turned the heel – which I did at home. So they’re growing nicely, but I’ve still no idea why I started at the top on one and the toe on the other.

 

 

That leaves my blue cardigan. Unfortunately I’m getting nowhere looking for buttons. It’s driving me crackers – all I need to do is find some buttons I’m happy with to finish, yet it’s turned into a seemingly impossible task.

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Apart from my button frustration I’m very happy with my UFO progress. Dare I ask how you guys are doing with your UFO counts this month?

Until next time,

Bekki x

Stitch markers, mugs, pictures and roving

Over the last couple of months I haven’t done half of the things I’ve meant to do.  One outstanding task, I’ve finally worked on is fully updating the Dartmoor Yarn Company website shop. Here’s what I’ve added…

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I absolutely love making stitch markers, but during November haven’t been able to make them quick enough to have any left after fairs to put in the shop. But finally there are some  for sale, both for knitters and for those who crochet…

Hand Embroidered Pictures

I confess I may have been avoiding putting these in the shop, because I don’t really want to part with them…

Mugs

I’m down to my last three…

Roving

This really should have been up before now!

Carded white Jacob Roving felting

And I’m sure everyone has their supply of Christmas colours for spinning or felting this year – but just in case, and there’s always next year…

Christmas red green white jacob carder felting

Okay, so I’m not going to win an award for business woman of 2017, but sometimes there’s far more important things to do than update your web shop.