changing seasons

We’re having a slight taste of Fall today, but my enthusiasm’s tempered by the knowledge that we’re back to the 80’s by end of week. Heigh-ho.

Sewing is a bit up in the air, too. Have had another New Look 6871 cut out, with some lining basted in place to avoid the neckline stretching out, but it’s been sitting for several weeks.

What I have been doing is crocheting up the leftovers from other projects. Here are 2 examples, the first one (cream & multi) is still in progress.

Am currently reading The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles and enjoying it. (That’s in between listening a second time to whatever Louise Penny is available via the library app Libby.)

Incidentally, Libby includes magazines, so I’m keeping current with Country Living UK (always fascinated by the glimpses from Lucy’s Attic24 blog). Also Simply Sewing and Simply Crochet (both are UK publications), Peppermint magazine (Australian), Scotland magazine (mum used to get it), and Sew News (U.S.). Very sadly, Threads magazine isn’t available.

But special thanks go to Lizzie over at The Vintage Traveler, for mentioning PieceWork, which is available on Libby. Some really fascinating articles about all sorts of “things made by hand and the history behind them.”

Has anyone been reading Lucy’s Blogtober postings over at Attic 24? For those not in the know, Lucy — considered by many to be Crochet Queen, as well as living in possibly the most charming spot for photographing (Skipton, Yorkshire, U.K.) — writes a daily post during October and I’m thoroughly enjoying them.

Last but not least, here’s a second prototype of the soap sack, using more leftover yarn. It’s been in use and nothing’s fallen out this time, so it might be a working model.

It’s just a rectangle of (U.S.) single crochet, folded in half, with three sides stitched together, and a 3-strand yarn braid woven around the top (4th side) for a gathered closure. Be sure to leave a bit of room at the top of the rectangle for slightly larger soap bits!

I remembered to do that because I’m struggling with how to fix the too small pockets I put on my last denim dress-to-skirt conversion. But that’s for another time, after I’ve tried out an idea that came whilst I sorted through the jumble of assorted to-be-ironed items thrown laying on top of the ironing board.

Trying to convince myself to at least iron the pillowcases and napkins and leave the rest for later, I sat down to check email. . . and here we are. Well, I’m sure you never have days like this, do you? 🤣 😆 🤪 Aaagghhh!

👻 It’s C🎃ming! 👻

8 thoughts on “changing seasons”

  1. Thank you for introducing me to PieceWork, I have just had a quick browse of the website but it looks really interesting. I am also having a look at the libby ap to see if I can get it to work over here in the UK. It sounds like there are lots of useful things on it.

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  2. This is the season when all creatives step up a gear or two, before the season of why didn’t I start earlier begins! Loved seeing your projects. If you ever buy any Attic 24 kits you will find them very easy to do, instructions are brilliant.

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    1. Love those seasonal descriptions, Cathy! May I borrow/use them myself (crediting you, of course.)?!
      Thanks also for deets on her kits. I love the idea of them, just not her colour schemes.
      (Too many pastels, as well as pinks, violets/purples & rose.) Yes, I know I could sub colours… Shame on me for not wanting to. And for not being certain I c(w)ould keep track of a stitch pattern on such long rows. I suppose strategically placed markers would help. Maybe a local group would give me more incentive. Anybody wanna try a virtual group? I’m 5 hrs behind UK time.


  3. I’ve crocheted a couple of Lucy’s designs and they are beautiful – must go and have a look at her blog again.
    I like the idea of your soap sack and if I wasn’t crocheting monster amigurumis and Christmas gnomes like a woman possessed at the moment, I’d make a couple myself. x

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