As you can see from the above pic, the sun was blazing yesterday…. It was summery perfection and I had the day off! I’m in the middle of a busy couple of weeks and I’ve found that I have so much that needs to be done that when I go to bed, it all starts whirring around in my head and I can’t sleep! I was determined yesterday, to banish all thoughts from my mind and have a day of relaxation and I’m proud to admit that I did and it was just lovely! It’s funny how sometimes we have to work to relax isn’t it! My downstairs neighbours were away too, which was lovely, I noticed how quiet I try to be when I’m walking around so that I don’t bother them. Because they weren’t there, I stomped around all weekend and felt like quite the rebellious naughty neighbour even though they weren’t there…..
After a few things I just couldn’t not do (readings for class, assignments and vege markets) I had the rest of the day to indulge in whatever I felt like doing…. which naturally involved wool, a hook and needles!
Remember those skeins of perendale wool I showed you a couple of weeks ago? Well I’ve mentioned that I was knitting a little Raglan sweater from this colour, and here it is!
If I ever teach anyone to knit, I am going to show them how to knit this instead of the boring garter stitch scarf we all begin on! It was ridiculously simple and is very satisfying for the amount of effort! One thing I don’t like about this is that it is curling up so much at the bottom, stocking stitch bugs me how it does that, so I’ve started a new one, this time for my fairy god daughter’s first birthday… I’m using Stitch Nation wool which is so lovely and snuggly and so much fun to knit with, and instead of casting on with 5mm needles, I used 4mm then began knitting with my 5’s to stop that big swell in the centre…. plus I’ve made this new one a bit longer than the pattern says… I’ll give you an update in my next post! Oh, and with the above sweater, I crocheted around the bottom and sleeves to bring them in a bit, and for the first time ever, I prefered it without crochet! (*gasp*)
Remember these grannies??? You might if you’ve been visiting my blog for ages! I made these when I began my blog with the intention of making a blanket…. well I got as far as 52 squares and gave up because the colours weren’t quite right! (or the fact that I have no staying power, you choose!) So I made a granny cushion out of them a while ago and still had heaps left, sitting in a bag, a WIP that was in danger of becoming a UFO…..
I LOVE the cushion I made from them, the natural fibre makes the colours pop out like beautiful bright jewels, and I’ve been meaning to make the rest of the squares into two more cushions, so with a little help from a furry friend….
I set about hooking the small squares into two big squares!
Because the sun was so delightful and there was a lack of neighbours, I decided to take myself downstairs into the gardeny area and even out the singlet tan lines I’ve been getting from running in the sun…. Raymond and I missioned downstairs with pillows and blankets and other happy things to make a sumptuous relaxing bed in the sun…. although it was so sunny he wouldn’t even let it touch him and I’m not surprised!
I managed to finish hooking the last of the squares together as I sat out there, which took approximately 15 minutes before I was sweating…. SWEATING! And had to go back indoors to take a sun break! (And before you ask, I am a responsible sun worshipper and never let myself get burnt… in fact, rarely sunbathe!)
So the small squares are now two cushion cover fronts and while I’m not motivated right now to finish them, they’re less of a WIP than before and are now sitting on top of my stash basket looking beautiful.
Do you know what?! Somehow, Crochet Pattern Directory found my granny tea cozy tutorial and added it to their database…. I found out when I was pottering around behind the scenes of my blog and looked at my stats and just about fainted when I saw that three days ago I had 1978 visitors! I’m amazed that this directory has so many people coming and going! Hello to all of the hookers popping over from there! I hope you’re enjoying having some colour therapy! And speaking of behind the scenes…. I’m making myself more at home here at WordPress, and have been slowly going through my old posts and putting them into categories more specific than “crochet” and “knitting” so if you are hunting for an old post, there is a well ordered category cloud in the sidebar which will make things so much easier for you to find!
OK then Lovelies…. KB is off today on another trip to visit her family, so I’m going to go and have breakfast with her before I head off to class….
May your day be full of blessings!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX