I have so much to write about as its been a busy old week, and a very eventful one too. Its going to take several posts though to cover it all, so this one is just the opener.
I’ve spent the last week in Scotland with my family, awaiting the arrival of a new baby (more soon) and its been very, very cold and a bit snowy. Fortunately we didnt experience the severe snowy weather that some areas had this week. However, I live as a ‘soft southerner’ (their words, not mine) now so I found it very cold. Now I’m back home in Manchester, not a snowflake in site and I’ve got a cold – but my own bed will make it a lot better I’m sure.
I spent the first half of the week with my sister and her family and loved just hanging around with them, taking the kids to school, family mealtimes, homework, cbeebies etc.
My sister has a lovely new coat and when we were out shopping she spotted a yarn, Patons Smoothie in Red Mix which matched it so I got roped into making her a scarf, in the same style I made for my niece and her cousins earlier in the year. Its a pattern from The Happy Hooker book and is a bit of a staple pattern for me. I completed it in one evening so it is definitely a quick and easy project.
This shade is Red Mix, but I’ve called it Blood Orange as I think that’s exactly what its like, not quite orange and not quite red. There’s also a little bit of steel grey, plum and coral in there too. The pictures may not do the colour justice I’m afraid!
Here’s the end result
Being as critical as I am of my own work I feel obliged to point out my own mistakes! My sister insists she cant see them, and that they don’t matter, but I know they’re there. Are you like that? Do you look at the things you’ve made and look for the mistakes? Anyway, after the first row we decided the scarf wasn’t long enough so there’s an ‘extension’ which is only noticeable in the middle of one row, but it is there. That’s one of the things that’s so great about crochet though, you can add on with great ease. Also, I ran out of yarn about 12 shell loops from the end! Luckily I’m using the same yarn for another project (details soon) but from a different dye lot. The shade difference is very subtle, but its there!
Despite its faults my sister is delighted with the result and it has been much admired by her firends. Orders taken girls!!!
Just one final thing for now… I LOVE LOVE LOVE Patons Smoothie and I’ve used it for quite a few things recently – its great for crochet for so many reasons. I think it deserves a post all of its own, so watch this space.