Sunday, 26 August 2018

Nearly there

This is actually working up pretty quickly, the love of a nice repeatative pattern, it makes up nicely and I don't have to concentrate to hard on it (a good thing for my poor sleepy brain), and I'm starting to see the progress in my rainbow as well, you can't quite see it in this slightly poor picture but it's just starting to edge into green at the top, green is where my favourite colours start, greens, blues and purples make me happy!
This one is the same as I say every week, it's getting there, the end of this page is in sight, I can survive the brown. I have a duvet day planned on Thursday (as long as I manage all my jobs on Wednesday) in which case there is the vaguest of possibilities (I know, I said it last week as well) that I will finally get this page finished, I can't remember the last time a page felt so much like it was dragging, but slow and steady and all that. It's not like I'm going to finish this in the next ten years or anything.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Little bits

 The blanket is growing, and I'm really loving it now. Because of how I'd ordered the colours it turns out that all of my least favourite colours were in the first 10 stripes, now that I'm past those it's all bright and happy, and I'm really enjoying it, I've started the rainbow and this is one of my go to patterns anyway. Cosy Stripe by Attic24, with a slight modification as my second row of Granny never seems to be very well defined.
Second up, I'm really loving my spinning. I've finally got into it and am starting to manage to make something vaguely passable. The two on the left prove that I've got very definite tastes. They were from different places but it turns out that their colours were almost identical, although I like one a lot more than the other. My original plan was to ply them together but because I like one so much more than the other I'm still deciding what to do. I've had some suggestions from a spinning group so I'm sure I'll make a decision one day.
And finally, some stitching progress. I'm blaming the above two pictures for the fact that I don't have as much stitching to show as I would like, but it's coming on, I'm starting to get over just how brown it is, and hopefully another week or two will have my page finish. It's brown which isn't my favourite colour (in case that hadn't been clear from my recent moaning about it) and there isn't really anything happening on this page so I'm struggling to get through it, but I'm getting there, slowly but surely.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Slow and steady

 The crochet is back out, a combination of my spinning and the slightly cooler weather means that I've been able to get yarny projects without feeling like I'm going to melt. I put this away when I got about eight colours in to it and realised that there was a mistake in it, it was definitely tapering in. So I pulled it back to the first row and started it again and I'm now at the lovely point of doing new bits, I'm not just repeating the bits that I did wrong the first time, I'm now doing new bits. It's not looking like a blanket yet, but it's starting to get there. Plus if if was too blankety I wouldn't be able to work on it because, despite the fact that it has got cooler I don't want to be working on something that is still a massive blanket, so I can probably work another five to ten rows before I start to melt and need to wait until October before I can work on it.
The stitching is growing, although not as fast as it should be. The brown continues, it continues to be worked on and it continues to be so brown, but as I had pointed out to me a few days ago, there are other colours I just haven't quite reached them yet, and sadly I won't reach them on this page, but at least I know that they're out there, waiting for me, one day.

Monday, 6 August 2018

I'm so easily distracted

First up, my stitching, because there isn't really any colour variation in this page, it doesn't really look like it's growing at all, it was brown and black last week and it's still brown and black this week, but in a slightly fuller week. As some who's loving colour at the moment (and let's be honest, I'm a bit of a colour junkie all the time) I am struggling with this page at the moment, just because I want something to pop out with some brightness, However, I'm hoping to have a bit of stitching time this week so hopefully I'll have something more exciting to show next week. (Well, this week, running a little late this week).


And here's my pop of colour for this week, seeing as I am missing it from my stitching this week. Last September I treated myself to a Spinning Wheel at Yarndale, I had a bit of a play, but it wasn't clicking for me, and I didn't really have the time to practice and try and get better at it. The spinning wheel has come back out in the last couple of weeks and it's sort of clicked some now I'm spinning and it's not instantly falling apart, and I've managed to spin two different colours and ply them together and it almost looks like yarn. Don't get me wrong, there are flaws, but for my first and second attempt I'm pretty happy with these. The one on the right looks awesome (I'm so modest) in the hank, but I know that the colour jumps are too abrupt because I how I spun it (I literally jumped from colour to colour). I'm slightly disappointed by the one on the left. It was a beautiful rainbow fibre, but because all of the colours are trying to blend together it's come out a little bit brown. If you look at it up close you can see the different colours in there, but at this distance it's come out a bit brown. What am I going to do with these? I have no idea! I'll think of something, and I need to choose my next fibre for spinning, I've already got a pretty massive stash, and it's less than 8 weeks to Yarndale, lucky I've been saving. I came home with a wheel last year, who knows that I'll come home with this year.