Charlotte Square Blanket Ta Da!

Pleased to say I’ve completed my second finish of the year. Sorry no arty pictures of my Charlotte square blanket, just a quick shot of it slung over the settee where you can actually see the pattern. Not only am I a bit short of time at the moment, but all the other surfaces I put it on showed the surface more in the photo than the blanket.

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For the squares I only followed the first 18 rows of the pattern and I added a few rows of double crochet to make the edge once I’d joined all the squares. I started it as therapy to help my poorly thumb and regular crochet certainly seems to keep it feeling tickety boo. Which means I need to start another crochet project pronto!

Until next time,

Bekki x

 

 

 

WIP Update

Delighted to tell you that over Christmas and New Year I finished the last square of the Charlotte square blanket and have crochet all the squares together.

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I just need to edge it and I’ve finished.

Otherwise I have no other WIPs to show you.

What? No knitting? I here you cry.

No, no knitting – unless you count a couple of minor UFOs I need to dig out.

It feels quite freeing to only have one yarn project on the go (if we ignore the UFOs), but I do have plans for a knitting project and for my next crochet one when I’ve finished the blanket.

How many projects do you currently have on the go?

Until next time.

Bekki

WIP Round Up – 5/12/19

With Christmas closing in fast and me focusing on drawing, there’s not been a lot of crafting going on, including that I’ve still not sewn up my red sweater…

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I have however nearly crochet two more Charlotte squares…

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Only one more to go!

I’ve also started a pair of fingerless mitts – same pattern as the currently nameless pair of full mittens, but in a different colour way. 

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Knitting from both ends of the ball because I wanted to knit in the car and the next thing to do on the nearly finished pair was the tubular bind off.

Plan is to write both mitts and mitten patterns up and sell as one pattern. Hopefully that will happen before Christmas – but you know how it goes.

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

Sunday Sevens #21 2019

Welcome to my Sunday Sevens – a post where I share seven (or so) photos of my week away from the blog.

It’s been a busy week where I’ve forgotten to take many pictures through the week. I did however remember to take a pic of the mung bean and spinach soup I made because it looked so revolting. Pleased to say it tasted better than it looked:..

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The other ‘event’ I remembered to take a couple of photos of was on Thursday when we took the day out to visit Chagford Show…

 

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I’m always amazed by how different the breeds of sheep are. Just look at the colour of these Suffolks…

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I was even more amazed to find Harry has started a secret business…

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As usual  Harry has been keeping us entertained in many ways, but the best this week was when I briefly swapped bras to put a white one on for Lovely Hubby to take pics of my sleeveless top. Dear Harry immediately stole my black one and ran around very proudly waving it at us…

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This Saturday was our village Flower and Produce Show.  You may remember me  previously complaining that the craft section had been given a theme, that I had nothing I could enter and that I wasn’t going to make things to match a theme specially for the show.

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Having done some hard thinking I managed to dredge out some old makes and use a couple of recent makes to enter each category. Since I haven’t blogged the new makes yet, I’ll do a couple of separate posts about them. Meantime I’ll show you the winners from each section:

Sewing and Patchwork/Quilting…

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Cross Stitch…

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Embroidery…

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Knitting…

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Crochet…

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In total I won one first and four second places. The embroidery above is mine. I reckon it’s a good 30 years old!

My other dredged up older make was Sheep. Bless him…

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That’s definitely not the right card with him

I was also the entrant in the craft section who scored the most points and so won the craft cup!

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So all in all a very good week. Hope you’ve had a good one.

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…

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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 Nine for 2019

Over at Beads and Barnacles Pippa’s been getting organised with Make Nine and Use Nine grids. She’s inspired me to make a grid of nine projects I want to frog or finish this year. I know I’m a bit late in the year for posting my UFOs, and I know I usually just list them, but a grid makes a nice visual reminder and is a manageable number. So here’s my Frog or Finish Nine for 2019…

  1. We’ve already discussed this this year – it’s the patchwork quilt.
  2. Two project bags that just need handles.
  3. A Santa sack that just needs sewing up.
  4. An almost finished cardigan that I just need a friend’s opinion how the opening should sit to finish.
  5. A crochet top that has to be frogged – my thumb’s too sore to crochet these days 😦
  6. A pair of socks.
  7. A too boring shawl that needs frogging.
  8. A shawl that needs blocking – it’s always so damp in Dartmoor, I never want to deliberately make something wet just to dry it off.
  9. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ll recognise this UFO – I’m still wrestling with myself; I don’t seem to like it enough to finish it, but can’t quite bring myself to frog it!

In truth I could finish 7/9 of these in and evening if I frogged number 9. Let’s see how long it actually takes me.

Until next time,

Bekki