Half term for me
has been a wonderful time of relaxation
in my favourite part of the world
The Yorkshre Dales
we spent time enjoying
sheep pheasants sunshine autumn leaves and lovely walks
in a lovely cottage in a quiet village
was just what the doctor ordered
breath taking scenery
special time together
away from busy jobs and lives
brings us home
feeling blessed and recharged for the next 2 months!
Of course there was hooky
of wonderful yarny therapy!
what the lovely people at Deramores gave me
to crochet with on my holiday!
In case you haven't heard of them
Deramores is an online yard store based in the UK.
They have a H U G E selection of yarns
from many different manufacturers and provide a very fast service.
They also post worldwide!
You can imagine my excitement when I opened this beautiful yarn.
is an acrylic and nylon yarn with a self striping effect.
This is very different to my usual Stylecraft colours
which you will know to be my favourite
but I was eager to try something new.
Random or self striping yarn
is the ideal portable yarn for taking on holiday,
one ball, hook and scissors fitting very neatly in my bag everywhere I go!
I was inspired by the
made by the very talented blogger
if you dont know her blog
you are in for a treat ... pop on over!
As a change I chose to make a baby blanket
so I am working with the softer brighter colour palette of
Sirdar Snuggly Baby Crofter DK
I am now very brave and hook in public most places I go
in the car
and in cafes and pubs
it is wonderful when people stop to talk
and ask about what I am making
Well as you know I have many OCD tendancies
and love nothing more than planning my crochet.
Matching hooks and mugs
lining up colours
counting equal amounts of each round
all make it perfect and appeal to my Mathematical brain!
So when I first started with this random yarn
I must admit that I wasn't too keen!
But as the week progressed it has grown on me!
I am now loving the arty look of these variegated squares
and they come with the added bonus of no ends from changing colours!
I have used
2 x 50g balls of each of the following 4 colours
and made 80 squares.
These are now being edged with cream Sirdar Snuggly
and I am liking them even more as the cream makes the colours pop!
Do come back next week
for a progress update of my variegated blanket!
When complete I will be writing up the pattern for you
and joining and edging instructions
to be published with the final tadaa photo in a few weeks!
My final treat of the holiday
was a morning spent with a wonderful hooky gang at the
Skipton Knit and Natter group.
I was so delighted to be invited and had a wonderful time
with lovely ladies who speak the same yarny language!
Thank you all for making me so welcome.
So now after a heavenly week of hooky and countryside
it is time to get ready for back to school.
Here at Patchwork House
I am enjoying a new thrifted jug for my flowers.
Wishing you all a happy Sunday!
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