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crochet & natter friday

Cathy, over at Nanacathydotcom, does Knit & Natter Fridays, and she also crochets, so I’ll join in with my ickle quandary.

Just last night I was working on this little scarf, using up some stashed yarn left over from a shawl I finished some time ago… Oh, dear, it was July 2009 in Chicago… Better late than never.

I decided not to do a hat, and already have a shawl… a scarf seemed appropriate.

Decided to try some rows of single then double crochet (that’s American for double & treble crochet in U.K.) to see if I liked it. I don’t.

Then I realised I could ask my dear readers whilst tying in with Cathy’s post — goody!

Now what to try instead? I’m not bothered by frogging the whole thing, and think probably one airy stitch might be the best, considering the colour changes.

I say ‘airy’ because upon washing, the shawl did felt up a bit, and it was originally quite airily stitched.

What do you all think? Puh-lease make any suggestions that come to mind as your assistance is so much appreciated!

The yarn is hand painted 50% merino/50% silk “Precious Aida Pastel” bought at slashed end-of-supply sale in my old, now sold, Chicago neighbourhood store.

It does feel yummy. I couldn’t resist it despite including that lavender (?) which I normally never go near.

It’s almost ten in the morning here across the pond, and I’m finishing a cuppa  whilst editing this. Those of you in Blighty must be finishing lunch. I usually read (e)mail at breakfast and only just realise how British that sounds.

Should be off soon on this cloudy and too-warm-for-February Friday. Guess we’re in the season of daily 20-degree temp shifts. Sigh.  Time to pull out summer dresses.   Double sigh.

  ❤  ❤ Happy Weekend Knitting-Sewing-Crocheting, Lovelies!  ❤   ❤

 

P.S.Looking at this again I may just frog it soon as I’ve got this posted!

sunday sevens #21

Reminder: This is really this past week’s update. 😘

Women’s Hour last Monday had Mary Berry (The Great British Bake Off) as guest editor. One of the things discussed was the health benefits of gardening and crafts.

A physician guest said the medical profession can deal with about 30% of all the issues involved in wellness, but the creativeness of crafts and gardening can be very important in the other 70%.

In other words, crafting and gardening can be good for you!

Not necessarily on 90+℉ days, which have been scattered amongst the last two weeks, and more to come. . .

Here are a few photos I hope you’ll enjoy in comfort!

Natalie of Threads and Bobbins came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens. Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday or have 7 photos. As I demonstrate below.

 

 

 

 

sunday sevens #8

Natalie at Threads and Bobbins came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens.

Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday. Why not check out her site & try one, or a few, yourself?

I do my own version ’cause I like playing around with fonts & photo arrangements. You can do yours any way you like. 😉

Links from today’s edition:       Sew Deputy     

Sunday 7's

 

sunday sevens #7

Natalie at Threads and Bobbins came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens. Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday. Why not check out her post & try one, or a few, yourself?

I do my own version ’cause I like playing around with fonts & photo arrangements. But you can do yours any way you like. You can always look at a few examples from other sewing bloggers for more design ideas. 😉

Links from today’s edition:     Quilt store       Joann’s       Sew Deputy       trousers       Kona cotton       Maggie Righetti (US)   &   (UK)    

Sunday 7's

 

solid & daubed

Lily brand cotton sugar 'n cream, in potpourri & ecru
Lily brand cotton sugar ‘n cream, in potpourri & ecru

That describes the 2 balls of cotton yarn I located whilst shopping at Joann’s on Tuesday.

Haven’t cast on any wash cloths yet, but they’re on the list. 😉

Pssssssssst!

Decades of Style has released 2 new patterns & they’re on sale this weekend. Just so’s you know. 😀

Submitted for this week’s photo challenge from

summer in march?

summer trousers
summer trousers

Our weather just went from Sunday’s mid-50’s (around 12℃) to Tuesday’s 77℉ (25℃). Normal’s in the mid-60’s.

Last night I dug out those lovely summer donations from my friend, Ms. Karen, for a quick launder. Now to get out the blouses.

Backtracking a bit: After realizing my winter wardrobe had 1 solid blue sweater (jumper) I’d been looking for solid blue fabrics for tops for over a month, with no success.

Now look at the trousers on the left.

Cue theme from Jaws .  .  .  .

Me Made May approacheth, the month of wardrobe reckoning . . . and I’m not ready.  😳

Karen from Did You Make That advises, Never make orphans (a piece that doesn’t coordinate with something else in your wardrobe). Great advice. Unfortunately following it is proving difficult.

Problem is there are so many gorgeous patterns and neh-va the correct (dare I write “boring”?) solid colour I need.

What to do .   .     .

quilt shop
quilt shop

New decor being almost as high a priority as wardrobe, friend & fellow sewer Ms. Karen & I went to the quilt shop where I got my fabric last week. I wanted to get more for a curtain, and maybe something else for a couple of pillows.

Then we decided to have lunch over in the area where there’s a large Joann’s, and look around afterward. It was almost a repeat of our trip last December, but this time I found more than just pillows, thanks to Ms. K’s eagle eye & our similar taste in colours.

to be continued!

 

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sunday sevens #2

Dear Readers, hope you don’t mind if I do 7 piccies the easy way for me, which (hopefully!) is just as easy for you.

(If it’s not, please let me know in the comments, and I’ll switch back to grappling with wordpress.)

Natalie, over at Threads and Bobbins, came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens.

Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday. How easy can that be!

Edited to include direct links that are below: Thimberlina,  Sew Happie, and The Yorkshire Spoolettes

Sunday 7's

 

fresh & springy updates

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after about a metre, here’s how the latest crochet is turning out – interesting, and very unplanned colour pattern, don’cha think!

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Had more than double this amount knitted, but lost interest for several years, so ripped it all away and started fresh. Am pleased with  this version, and pick it up weekly to do a bit. What could be more springy than yellow & purple!

orange renfrew tee

After another look at the fit I decided the shoulder area was all wrong, and needed to be cut smaller. Unpicked all of it, and carefully measured each piece to see where to re-cut.

Thought I had plenty of leftover fabric to recut if needed. I didn’t. Uh-oh. So there it’s sat, waiting. For what I had no idea until …

A-HA! The Curvy Sewing Collective posted how to do a narrow shoulder adjustment, which I’d decided I needed to do on the renfrew. Now I’m thinking it might be my problem with necklines in general (remember last summer’s neckline fixes?).

However, decided to take a look at ikat’s post on drafting sleeves, and am very glad I did. She explains so much & I found it fascinating. Now to decide how to fix me own difficulties.

Meanwhile, here’s another glimpse of what means Spring to me – the annual availability of these in local shops. This year’s bunches are from England – first time I’d seen that. Jolly good, old Blighty!

 

Part of the weekly photo challenge & Ailsa’s travel theme.

weekly photo challenge: treasure

TREASURE, n. trezh”ur. [L. thesaurus.]  1. Wealth accumulated; particularly, a stock or store of money in reserve.  2. A great quantity of any thing collected for future use.  3. Something very much valued.  4. Great abundance.

Anyone with a fabric stash or a pattern stash or a button stash can identify with the above definition #2: A great quantity of any thing collected for future use.

Link to WordPress Challenge here.

Link to del’s other stuff post.