I just did a quick “google spell check” on the word ‘Gypsy,’ gypsy being one of those words I do actually know how to spell but it looks funny typed out so I just had to check because I don’t want to bust out a massive typo in my post title… anyway, on google, up pops the Gypsy Kings and I remembered I used to have their CD and looooooooooooved it! I used to stick it on repeat and listen to it again and again at work but they haven’t even popped into my mind in years! Are you a Gypsy Kings fan? Their music makes me feel great when I listen to it, I’ll have to hunt down that CD…
So how are you today?! Happy Sunday morning to you! I’m taking a quick assignment break and popping in to say hello and talk about Gypsies… but first, if you live in Wellington you will have seen the amazing sunset we had on Friday night! Wowee, I was at work, at the dreaded retail job which must be done because it funds my yarny adventures, but is dreaded all the same, and all of a sudden it became pink outside at about 5.30ish, so I went out into this beautiful pink world and wished I had my camera… Lucky for me I had a KB at home where the view was MUCH better than in the city, snapping away… the colours are nowhere near as vibrant as they were, but still breathtaking!
Beautiful work KB! And my personal favourite…
So today’s post is about my latest crochet WIP. It has been aaaaaaages since I’ve found something I’ve wanted to crochet, it’s not that I’ve fallen out of love with crochet- far from it! Crochet is ace, but more that I’ve been expanding my skills into other areas which is ace too, and also feeling that I was getting a bit repetitive with the crochet projects. But two things happened which initiated this new project, the first was seeing Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch’s granny square blanket and coveting it! It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to see it complete! The second was that I needed somewhere to store my spinning wheel. So I had a bit of a tidy around my rocking chair, and decided that I needed to use up my basket stash that lives next to my rocker which I use to make cushions and mandalas and pot holders and all those lovely crochet projects that need lots of different shades of colour. This is inferior stash and I didn’t want to taint my real stash (which lives in zip-lock bags in my wardrobe) with this stash by stashing them together, so I decided to make a blanket with it. I’ve been wanting to make a blanket for ages but I get terrible performance anxiety when I start big things, and I didn’t want to buy a big stash of wool for a blanket and decide ten squares in that I hated it, so this de-stash blanket is the perfect material to make my first blanket with. I’ve decided to call it the Gypsy Caravan blanket because KB and my taste in furnishings is probably best described as “ethnic gypsy caravan styles” and my dream home is a big gypsy caravan, and that dream caravan has a blanket in it just like this one.
Enough chatter…. here is the beginning of my biggest project to date!
At this stage, I wasn’t sure about the colours… that’s the performance anxiety kicking in and I started to get a bit nervous, but as KB loves this blanket and is urging me to carry on I did… Plus, of all the things I have ever made, these cushions are still right up there as my faves and the squares they are made from are the first squares I made, all perfectly random, made before I even considered how to blend colour, and their mis-matchedness is perfection, so I have them sitting there in full view to keep inspiring me!
I continued to not be sure until I tried it out for size on my bed…
Apologies for the poor quality of that photo! It’s hard to get nice lighting in my bedroom! So once I saw it on my bed I began to see what it might actaully look like and I decided I love it and can’t wait to be sleeping under all of those beautiful spinning circles of colourful goodness! I’m making it from 8ply wool with a 4.5mm hook. It is 16 squares wide as I want it to be queen sized and I want it to hang right over the bed so it is the same size as the duvet. I’m thinking it is going to be 20 squares high, so I got out the calculator thinking oh yeah, maybe 160 squares, HA! I admit my maths is terrible!
16 x 20 = 320
THREE HUNDRED AND TWENTY SQUARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m not doing a border on this one, I plan to edge it with sc’s and hdc’s where two squares join in order to make it nice and even and that will be that! I’m rather excited… I’ll give you another update soon because the excitement is making me want to work on it and I’ve made quite a bit more headway since those first pictures were taken.
I’m still loving the Tour de Fleece and haven’t become sick of spinning yet! The last two days of dreaded retail job totally killed my TDF buzz, but I managed to get a bit done in the evenings! I spent the last five or so days spinning the homegrown Romney and plyed the last of it last night….
Spinning this has been such a great way of learning… my spinning is a lot more even now and a lot thinner which is nice! I’m ready for a colour explosion on my wheel now, so today’s spin will be from some of the first fleece I spun with, it will be interesting seeing the difference after a month of practice… it’s my one month spin-a-versary today… such a special day!
OK, enough break time, it’s back to the essay… it’s due tomorrow and I want to fine-tune it so I can go and play in the sunshine this afternoon…
Thank you for popping in today! I hope you have an awesome weekend and spread some love around your part of the word!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
p.s How about this effortless downward facing dog?! Lucky bugger!