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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

A little stash to share ...

I haven't been able to have another try out with my sewing machine as I have no suitable fabric at the moment.  Anyhow, out of the blue, a friend of mine gave me some of her left over scraps that she had been going to discard!  So I can now have a go at another project soon.

There are 3 pieces of a flowered type, one light blue with a white fleck and a couple of pieces of lace.
So I'm hoping to think of something fun to do with them. 
Wasn't she kind!   :)

We had to go through to Carlisle recently and while we were there I jumped at the chance to go browse in the craft shop.  Of course everyone else left me to it, but this was a dangerous thing to do as I came out with a little stash!!!  Haha!

A ball of cream crochet thread, a little booklet of 9 doilies and a thinner sized hook.  I could actually have got so much there, it was hard to decide what to get. They have both cross stitch and crochet plus knitting, quilting, scrapbooking and all kinds of things. I could have spent ages in there as well, but we only got there in the last 20 mins or so of it being open.  Actually, thinking about it, that was probably a good thing or who knows what I might have done!

So then, this week I've been dabbling with the crochet mostly as I wanted to see if I could follow the patterns (being such a newbie and only self taught).
It's in written instruction form, so I found I was able to work it out, although I did need a few trys at first as I didn't understand some parts.  It's funny though, how by looking at the picture and trying the instructions in different ways, what you can eventually work out.  I really want to learn to read the diagrams as well, as then I'll be able to follow any crochet pattern, no matter what language it's written in. 

So this is it so far ....

It seems all crumpled and not quite in shape, but I'm hoping once I finish it and I read up on this blocking/washing that then needs to be done, that it'll look a bit better!

This is what it's meant to look like ....

I hope it does turn out that nice once I've completed it.  I'm not sure it will though. 
I have another 2 1/2 rounds left to do on my piece yet and I'm then going to have to investigate the blocking and see what occurs.  Could be interesting!

I've realised I had my phone settings all wrong on the camera, so I apologise for my 'even more rubbish that usual' pictures.  Hopefully though, it's better than no pictures at all ... but probably only just!

Poor Joe seems to be going down with a cold and sore throat and a nasty cough.  I really hope that's all it is and that he picks up fairly quickly.  It's hard with his condition to be sure what you're dealing with at first.  He's such a cheerful uncomplaining little chap though ... well unless I say we're doing maths, that is, ha,ha.

Anyhow, I've pulled out my stitching now as well, so I should have an update to share soon.  It's so hard to do one thing only though isn't it, I want to stitch, I want to crochet and I just found a cardigan I want to knit for myself as well in my old patterns!  Do you all have the same problem?



  1. Nice fabric and your doily is looking really good - they always look a bit crumpled and uninspiring before blocking - it'll look just like the pattern when it's done.

    I was ages before I could crochet well in such fine yarn so you're doing brilliantly!!

    BTW - you've got an award over at my place today....

    S x

  2. Wow sis, your doily is gorgeous, what more when it is finished! I know that with your talents, you can tackle any crochet projects easily. And I love the prints of your fabrics.

    You asked me about thread conversion of my doily no. 3 - actually, I didn't do any calculation. I just bought 6 balls of perle cotton, just my approximate, and thought that if I run out of thread will just buy more. But I ended up using only 4 balls. But I did not follow the hook indicated in the pattern since perle cotton no. 8 is thicker than size 30 thread. Instead, I used Boye crochet hook no. 7 (1.65mm).

    Hugs :-)

  3. Thanks both! I was feeling a bit worried that it was looking so 'different' to the one in the pattern. Do you both use special non rust pins to block with?
    I've just got ordinary pins, but I'd hate to get it all blocked and then get rust marks from the pins.

    Thanks so much for the award Sarah ((hugs)) Now I just have to think of something to say about myself!!


  4. so lovely stash!! :)
    your crochet is so cute!



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