Friday, 30 December 2016

Happy New Year!

Season's Greetings! Hope you've had a wonderful time, however you've spent it.

We've had a very nice Christmas - our little boy is 3 (but only just) so although I don't think he fully understands the whole concept of Christmas, he's getting the idea! It's all been very exciting and fun for him, and that's the best thing about it really. 

My partner Chris and I decided to cut back on the presents that we get for each other, but I was very happy with what he got me (from the list I gave him 😉).

Since we weren't spending much, I thought an easy thing for him to buy would be stitch markers, if I gave him a few ideas to choose from. I've already got quite a lot - some plain, some fancy - but I like the idea of having a 'collection'. These are my latest additions (sellers shown in photos):

Running Hares, and some nice extras

Cute kitties, but unfortunately I'm not sure who these are from...

Bit cheeky! But funny, and another cute extra, which Chris nearly kept for himself (he's a beekeeper)

Useful hook size markers, these are probably the sizes I use the most
Like I said, not much this year as we'd agreed, but I'm very happy with these (he did get me some choccies too). It's my birthday in January so there may be more to come?

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So, it's almost 2017 - what are your hopes / dreams / plans for the New Year? 2016 certainly seems to have given us a bit of a battering, hasn't it? I hope next year is a bit gentler on everyone. 

I finally decided to call time on my previous blog, and just focus on this one in future, although I'm not sure how much blogging I'll do. I seem to be constantly torn between wanting to give up social media (blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for good, and wanting to stay in touch with the people and things I'm interested in. I think next year I just need to cut down on internet stuff, and spend more time doing the things I really enjoy, like crochet and reading. But I say that every year, ha!

I haven't done any crochet for ages actually - all my spare time seems to have been either preparing for Christmas, or just being too tired to do anything else. I think I've lost my 'crojo' at the moment, but I'm hoping it'll come back once everything gets back to 'normal'.

Anyway, I think that's all for now. I hope you have a very happy start to 2017!

Bye for now, and happy hooking! xx

Sunday, 13 November 2016

A Word Of Warning...

A few weeks ago I had a few 'child-free' hours, so I settled down in front of the tv to watch my DVD copy of Gormenghast, a BBC adaptation of the Mervyn Peake novels.

As I was watching, I thought I'd post a #widn (what I'm doing now) picture on Instagram, so I took a photo of my television during a scene which showed the lead actor looking particularly handsome ;-)

I never thought any more about it, but then a couple of weeks later, a comment was posted which basically warned me to remove the photo as I didn't have permission to post it, and vaguely threatened some kind of legal action.

I didn't know if it was a spam comment, but the photo wasn't important and I didn't want any drama, so I just deleted it straight away. Annoyingly, I never actually viewed the profile of the person who'd left the comment, and once I'd deleted it I had no way of seeing their profile name again.

A few more days passed and I was still wondering about it, so I googled whether there was any kind of copyright infringement involved in taking a photo of your own television, and it turns out, there is! To be fair, most of what I found related to posting images online (ie a blog/website), and most were US sites talking about US law. But it does seem to be true that taking a photo of an image on your tv, and then posting it on social media, is a breach of copyright. In hindsight, I suppose it's kind of obvious, but I just didn't think about it at the time.

I'm not sure what would've happened if I hadn't removed my photo, probably nothing actually, but you never know. I've seen loads of images on Instagram where people have photographed what they're watching on tv, so I would just warn you to be careful.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Planner Love

I'm going to leave crochet for a moment to talk about one of my other loves - my planner! This will be quite long and a bit photo-heavy!

This is my current planner, a purple Filofax Malden in the Personal size:

I got it in June 2014, you can read about it here. I really like it, and I'm sure it has helped me to be more organised over the past couple of years. Sometimes though, I can go for a few days without looking at it, and I'm sure that's because I've never managed to find a set up that I've been really happy with. When I first bought it, I was concerned that it might be too big, but actually I find the pages quite narrow. My handwriting is quite small, but I still sometimes struggle to fit a simple note or reminder onto just one line of the notepaper, for example. 

So for a while now I've been thinking about trying a larger planner. Since I've been on Instagram, I've started following a few planner accounts, and the Erin Condren Life Planner seems to be really popular. Even Lucy from Attic 24 has indulged! (Reading Lucy's posts was also a big incentive to think about a Life Planner). However, the Erin Condren planners are not cheap, coming all the way from America, so I tried to listen to my head and not my heart, and I wondered if I should keep going with my Filofax, and just reorganise it so that it works better for me.

Stickers, I thought. I need some functional stickers. So I had a serious took-me-several-days kind of browse on Etsy, found about a million stickers that I liked (only a slight exaggeration), narrowed them down, narrowed them down again, asked myself if it was sensible to spend nearly £90 on stickers, narrowed them down a bit more and... you get the idea. Eventually, I'd whittled the list down to what I thought I really needed, and I made a few purchases. Exciting!

Most of the stickers on Etsy seemed to be aimed at Erin Condren planners, in particular the vertical layout. I couldn't find many shops who specialised in just Filofax, and I knew that some of the EC stickers would be just too big for my FF. Another planner name that crops up now and again though is Kikki K, so one lunchtime at work, I thought I'd have a look at the Kikki K website. Well, let's just say that one thing led to another, and a couple of weeks later, this happened...

Well hello there, gorgeous!

This is a large personal planner from the VÄNSKAP range. I'm not quite sure what the material is that the cover is made of; I'd describe it as a kind of canvassy fabric - it's not leather or plastic. It's a lovely pale blue, with cute little kitties on the front - I forgot to take a photo of the back cover, but basically it's the same kitties, from behind!

When I looked at their website at work, this was actually in the sale and had 50% off, which kind of felt like fate! I can't see it on their website any more so I think it might be sold out now, to make way for a new range. I selected quite a few other accessories from this range but by the time I got to the checkout they weren't available, so I think I got in there just in time. The full price isn't anywhere near as expensive as an Erin Condren, but I'm not sure that I would've bought it if it hadn't been in the sale.

The Kikki K 'large' size is the same as the Filofax A5. I think it's probably similar to the EC Life Planner in terms of dimensions, but the page layouts are different, and the EC has a spiral bound coil, rather than a 6 hole punch. Since my current FF is a Personal (the next size down) none of the inserts/dividers that I've made will fit this Kikki K, but I'm not bothered, because you can get about a gazillion inserts etc on Etsy, by people with far more artistic talent than me! So that's where I'll be going in future.

I bought some other stuff along with the planner, most of it with 50% off, so I'll show you that now, although I can't remember what was included with the planner, and what I bought extra. In no particular order:

I think this is the planner dashboard kit. It includes a clear plastic pouch which is hole punched to fit in the planner; some stickers; a dashboard; a couple of quote cards; a pocket envelope; two rolls of washi tape; two paperclips and a today marker/ruler.

This is what it says - a book full of stickers!

I think this is a bit of a limited edition, celebrating 10 years. It's full of stickers and things like gift tags that you can pop out, and there are also pages which (I think) can be folded into things like the pocket envelopes that then fit onto the rings in the planner. I think it also has some decorated pages which presumably are there for you to tear out and then use however you wish. I've only flicked through it once but it all looked very interesting and I'm excited to have a proper 'play' soon.

From what I've seen so far I quite like the whole ethos of Kikki K - the stationery, homeware and gifts that they sell are all based on Swedish design and are very cool, classic and contemporary, and they also seem to feel very strongly about supporting your mental health and emotional wellbeing. They had a selection of books about things like mindfulness and gratitude, and this one about having more energy. To be honest, it's a very thin book, with only a paragraph or two on each page - it took me about 15 minutes to read it cover to cover. As with any self-help book, most of it was just common sense, such as getting more sleep, but I did find it interesting, and it was written in a warm, friendly style, rather than the shouty, patronising tone of some similar books. As it's quite brief, it's something that you could read again and again, almost like a list of prompts.

This was another sticker and gift tag book with inspiring, motivational quotes and words.

This is a set of to do list notepads, one big and one small. They are not hole punched, because the big one slots into a pocket on the inside back cover, and the little one slots into a pocket at the front. The planner came with these included, so I probably didn't need to buy this refill pack just yet.

The planner came with what it calls an 18 month perpetual calendar, which is basically blank for you to write your own dates on, but the spaces for each day are only as big as the squares you can see above. So I bought this refill which is from their Time Planner range; the month view is the squares across two pages, and the week on two pages is just like a larger version of what I've been using in my Filofax. Looking on Etsy, there are sellers who do vertical pages for the Kikki K (a bit like the vertical boxes in the EC Life Planner), so if I fancy a change, there are other options. This diary starts in December 2016 and goes through to the end of December 2017, so I'm trying to decide whether to start using it from December or wait till January - I don't know if I can wait that long!

So after all the pondering over whether to get an Erin Condren, I ended up with a Kikki K instead, but I'm very happy with it and I'm really looking forwards to using it. 

As for the stickers that I bought. Well, I got them with the intention of using them in my Filofax, but now I think I'm going to save them for my new planner. When you search for 'planner stickers' on Etsy there are over 206,000 results! In fact, looking at planner accessories etc on Etsy has become one of my favourite wastes of time procrastinating essential hobby-related things to do!

I got the biggest selection from Happy Cutie Studio who just seemed to have almost everything I wanted, and their stickers really are happy and cute!:

this was on the envelope - definitely happy mail!

Strawberry Place was one of the few shops which seemed to specialise in stickers for Filofax, making sticker sheets in three different sizes (pocket, mini and personal), and hole punched to fit in your planner.

I bought these from Stickers Swiss Made - I wanted something to do with blood(!) to record the result of a blood test that I have regularly, but a lot of the ones I found had words like 'give blood' or 'donate' on, and I just wanted something plain. They arrived quickly from Switzerland and were really nicely packaged (but I forgot to take a photo).

I also bought some stickers from Fox And Cactus who I follow on Instagram, and who were one of the first shops that I found where I thought "I have to buy some stickers from these guys!". They haven't arrived yet, but they are coming from the other side of the world, so I don't mind waiting :-) I'll try and remember to update this post with a photo when they turn up.

So that is my planner news. If you're reading this and you too are a bit of a planner addict, I'd love to hear about it, and any ideas you have for organising it, or recommendations for places to buy stickers, inserts etc.

Bye for now, and happy planning!

Monday, 7 November 2016

Etsy And Other News...

Well, things have been a bit quiet on the crochet front just lately.

I made a pumpkin hat for my little boy:

It's not as good as some of the knitted ones I've seen on Instagram (which is where I got the idea from), but he likes wearing it. It's a bit big and I didn't appreciate just how much it would stretch, so he'll probably be still wearing it when he's 10 (he's three now).

I finally finished my Virus Shawl but I haven't blocked it yet, so no photo :-(

Ages ago I made a twelve-point star blanket (pattern by Celeste Young on Ravelry) for my son. I can't remember which yarn I used, I think it might have been Rico Design Baby in this blue/cream/white variegated print.

He had it in his cot bed for quite a while and in that time he basically chewed holes in it! He wasn't teething any more - he just likes chewing stuff! The last time I washed it it started to unravel, so I decided to frog the whole blanket, cut off all the frayed ends of yarn and then rejoin it, which left me with this huge ball:

4mm hook for scale
I wanted to make another blanket with it, but not a star shaped one again, so this time I thought I'd try a C2C. When it was getting to a reasonable width, I weighed the blanket and the yarn together and then seperately, and worked out that I should probably start decreasing so that I didn't run out just before I reached the opposite corner. In the end, I had a bit of yarn left over, but I was quite happy with how it turned out:

I didn't bother with a border, I'd kind of had enough at this point! I think the variegated yarn lends itself quite well to the stripey look of a corner to corner though.

I think that was my last finished bit of crochet, but I'm currently working on another small blanket, which I'm hoping to put up for sale.

Speaking of which, I've opened an Etsy shop! You can find the link in the sidebar, or click here. I only have three blankets for sale at the moment, but like I said there will hopefully be another one soon, and I'm going to try and think of some other things to add to it.

Highlighter #1

Highlighter #2

Sweetpea blanket

You can tell I went through a star shaped blanket phase, can't you?!

I've mentioned before that I'm a bit undecided about selling (or trying to sell) my crochet. On the one hand, I'd love to make a little bit of spending money from it (just to feed the habit!), but on the other hand, I feel like I should just make things for enjoyment, and not focus on trying to make money from my hobby. But just lately I thought, what the heck, let's give it another try. I still really want to have another go at dyeing some yarn too, so the odd skein might make an appearance one day.

And speaking of selling things, I'm selling the following books on Ebay:

The Cath Kidston one is a bit of all sorts I think, whereas the others are knitting books.

I think that's all my crochet/yarny news for now. I really need to get my Virus Shawl blocked so that I can take some photos, and start wearing it too!

Bye for now, and happy hooking!

Monday, 26 September 2016

Happy New Yarn!

After Yarndale 2015, I came up with the idea that there should be a 'Yarn Year', which runs from September to August (a bit like the financial year which runs from April to March). New Yarn's Day would be Yarndale Saturday, because why not?

I wrote about it on my other blog (which I'm kind of winding down, to be replaced by this one). Basically, I made some New Yarn Resolutions, which mostly consisted of trying to use up all the gorgeous luxury yarn I'd bought at Yarndale and one or two other places, rather than just leaving it languishing in a drawer, out of sight and touch, while I waited to find 'the perfect pattern'.

I made a start on using some of it, namely the yarn I had from Eden Cottage which I made into a cardigan

 and some I'd bought from Easyknits, which is currently being made into a Virus Shawl

But I've got a lot left, which of course has just been added to at Yarndale this weekend, so once again, I'm thinking of my New Yarn Resolutions.

I've spent the morning doing a kind of 'stock-take' - I've sorted out all my yarn, and photographed most of it, and the next step is to try and find some patterns for things to make. It's been long overdue, and I feel a bit happier now that I've got myself a bit more organised.

Would you like to join me in making some New Yarn Resolutions? Let me know what you've got planned for all your yarny goodies in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!

Bye for now, and Happy Hooking!

Yarndale 2016

Well, Yarndale 2016 has been and gone - how was it for you?

Not my mum...

I picked my mum up and we left her house at about 8am for a nice steady drive up to Skipton. Last year we were parked in a field, this year we were a lot closer, on the gravel car park at the back. We decided it would be better to go and get in the queue rather than wait in the car, so we stood from 9.20 till 10.00 when the doors opened. There was a bit of a cool breeze, but at least it wasn't raining, and once again the mood in the queue was generally good-natured. There were maybe only about a dozen to twenty people who'd got there before us, so really we were quite close to the front of the queue.

Not the Oxfam stall...

Once we got inside, we headed straight for the Oxfam stall, because this year I'd finally had a sort out of my yarn, and managed to find a few odds and ends to donate. It was only a carrier bag full, but hopefully it helps them raise money, and it helped to free up some space in the drawers where I keep my yarn (which in turn makes room for new goodies, yes?). The lady who took my yarn from me pointed out that next year, if you volunteer to help on the stall, you can get into Yarndale for free. You only need to help out for an hour, and then the rest of the day is your own. So that's worth knowing, isn't it?

What was left of the woolly sheep

After I'd dropped my donated yarn off, we looked at the map and just picked one of the end rows to start on, and then it was just a case of 'walk down this side, then back up that side' and so on. I don't like to start buying things too soon, because obviously there is so much more to see, so this time I marked off stalls on my map that I thought I might go back to, for Round Two!

Having said that, I did make a purchase fairly early on, from a stall called Rosie's Moments. This gorgeous sparkly grey yarn caught my eye, and I was worried it wouldn't be there when I got back, so I bought it, along with a little pink project bag:

On Friday evening, I was digging out all the Yarndale canvas bags that I've bought previously, and last year's still had the yarn in it that I'd bought. I'd gone for quite 'bluey' shades, so my only plan for this year really was to try and get some different coloured yarn. The grey shade above was a good start. (I also had a vague idea that I'd buy from different stalls to previous years, you know to give someone else a try, although I did some serious hovering around Eden Cottage Yarns).

Here are some photos of the other yarn I bought on Saturday:

Ripples Crafts
I really wanted to buy from Ripples Crafts this year. I stood in front of her 4ply selection, pondering for so long that my mum came over to look too (she tends to wait somewhere out of the way while I have a nosey). Helen (the dyer) does a beautiful variegated range called Hubble Bubble which I was very tempted by, but I also thought I'd like to get two more solid colours that complemented each other. My mum picked out a kind of turquoise blue, and a pinky-lilac, both of which looked really nice together, but then we just happened to glance at some of the other yarn I'd bought (from For The Love Of Yarn), and decided it was too similar. I'd already pointed out the two above, the Amber and Copper, and how lovely they looked together, and I suddenly thought "yes, I'm going for it, I'll get them!". I do like 'earthy' tones, but those two skeins are not what I'd usually go for. However, I'm so glad that I did, and they're actually one of the things I'm most excited about. I'm planning on making them into a shawl, and I can't wait to see how they work up together.

Another colour that I don't usually go for is green, so I rectified that by purchasing this gorgous 4ply from Five Moons.

Again, I have shawl plans for this.

Finally, these are the two skeins I bought from For The Love Of Yarn:

A little bit of blue, but mostly pink, so that's allowed!

I want to share my experience of something that happened at For The Love Of Yarn's stall. I was standing in front of their display, trying to find out the price of the above yarn, when suddenly the whole wall of yarn collapsed and fell forward. It was a kind of metal grid, with rods attached to it that the skeins are hung on. I didn't look around to see if it had hit anyone else, but it definitely felt like I took the brunt of it; I think a couple of the rods 'poked' me in the side as I have a couple of bruises now. However, I wasn't bothered about that - the only thing that concerned me was that quite a lot of the skeins had fallen onto the floor, and all I could think was "Don't stand on the yarn! Don't stand on the yarn!". They might as well have been live kittens on the floor, I was so concerned for their safety! So I kept my feet still and supported the racking as best I could, until the stallholder lifted it away and propped it up. She then started picking up the yarn. I wanted to help her, but (ironically, as it happens) I didn't want it to look like I was trying to make off with it - I imagine that, as the exhibitor, seeing people with handfuls of your yarn and trying to keep an eye on who's got what etc might be a bit stressful. So in the end I thought it might be better to just leave the stall and give her some space (at this point I didn't realise that there were two ladies running the stall). I made a note on my map to go back, which I did - happily the display wall had been fixed back up, and I bought the above two skeins.

However, I found out later through Instagram, that in the mayhem that followed, some people did decide to steal some of the yarn, and apparently they lost quite a bit of stock. As I left the stall quite quickly, I didn't see anyone taking anything, but I'm appalled that this happened. I'm not surprised though, because unfortunately there are always the odd few who seize opportunities like this. But I'm sure that the vast majority of people who attend Yarndale are perfectly decent, respectable, law-abiding people who have enormous respect for the sellers and their products, as I do. I felt really sorry for them when the display fell down; I'd already been thinking about buying from them, and it kind of made me even more determined to go back and get something, and I'm really glad I did.

That was all the yarn I bought, but I did add a few more stitch markers to my collection, from Woosheeps:

So pretty!
My mum came to have a rummage in the large tub that held all the stitch markers. She doesn't knit or crochet (she just comes for the day out really) so I had to explain the difference between knitting SM and crochet SM, but once she'd got the idea she kept finding more and more really nice ones, and I had a hard time deciding which ones to go for. I'm happy with these though.

I bought the usual Yarndale merchandise - bag, calendar, pin and pen (which I forgot to photograph but, you know, it's a pen). I got the "I came, I saw, I crocheted" card just because I like it - might get a frame for it, it can go in my imaginary craft room ;-). Also got a Wip-O-Pedia notebook from Doodlestop. I currently use a normal notebook, which in fairness does the job, but I think I'll save the Wipopedia for my 'luxury' yarn ideas, and keep using the notebook for blankets etc.

The Haul!
Oh yes, I made myself my very own Hooky Hare, and wore him pinned to my bag strap all day:

A lovely lady and her daughter stopped me and asked if they could take a photo of it, which made my day! I was worried nobody would be able to tell what it was, but I did get a few other compliments on it (sometimes it was on my 'bunny' but I'll let that one slide...)

Just before we left, I said I wanted to go to the Hub and see if I could find my little woolly sheep, Baa-Bee:

I think the plan had been to sell them on Sunday - I'm not sure what had happened, but when we got there on Saturday afternoon there were hardly any left, and people were being allowed to buy them and take them away. I couldn't see mine, and I haven't been able to spot her on any IG photos either, but I hope someone bought her and is enjoying their sheep/bee hybrid!

Not very good photos...

... I could hardly get near..
So that was my Yarndale - if you read this and you have your own bloggy experience, please share in the comments - I love stalking blogs, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for other people's photos of the day!

Bye for now, and Happy Hooking!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Cream Blanket Of Forever

I haven't had a lot of crochet to show you just lately. Or rather, there has been a lot, but it's all been very samey.

It began in June 2015 actually, with these:

My mum asked me to make her a large bedspread/throw/blanket - whatever you want to call it - to completely cover her single bed from top to bottom, side to side, sitting about an inch off the floor all the way around. She wanted it in these squares, and she wanted a kind of raised seam between them all, like a grid pattern.

I was enthusiastic to begin with, but then the thought of just making square after square after square really got to me, and there were periods where I didn't touch it for weeks at a time. I finally finished it about a week ago, so although it's been over a year, I think in reality it was probably no more than 100 hours (which is still a lot, and probably quite slow). When I started making them, it used to take me 30 minutes to complete one square, but by the end, I was averaging just less than 20 minutes. There were 154 squares in total, and then of course they all had to be joined right at the end (11 x 14) and then a border of a few rounds of double crochet to finish.

Unfortunately, when we laid it over her bed it didn't quite come as close to the floor as we'd hoped. We'd tried measuring and guessing how big it needed to be, but we knocked a bit off to allow for the weight and stretchiness of the finished blanket. As it turned out, it didn't stretch as much as we thought, despite the fact that it weighed about 3kg, which is almost half a stone!

It was made in Stylecraft Special Chunky, in cream, and the patter was the Sunburst Granny Square.

It was quite difficult to get a good photo of the finished blanket, but here it is, in place on mum's bed

She was pleased with it, and so was I, but I'm soooo glad it's finished!

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I did do other bits and bobs of crochet, not all of which have been photographed, and some are still WIPs because I eventually put everything else on hold to knuckle down and finish the blanket.

I started a Virus Shawl in the EasyKnits yarn that I bought from Yarndale 2014.

It's a lot bigger than this now

I really like this, but I don't know how big to make it. I kind of want to use all of the yarn, because I don't know what else to do with it if I don't, but I'm worried that it'll come out too big, especially once it's blocked. I followed a YouTube tutorial, but I need to watch the last video to find out how to finish the shawl.

I started making these stash-busting squares with the intention of turning them into a blanket, but it stalled for a bit, and then I thought I'd make a cushion cover instead.

However, I'm rubbish at sewing, and couldn't face the thought of sewing buttons on to fasten it, so I decided to just crochet the cushions (there were two, to make it extra squishy) into the cover, thinking that if it ever needed washing, I'd just risk it and shove the whole thing in the washing machine (*spoiler*).

I was planning to take it to work, to brighten up my dull office, but it turned out that I didn't have anywhere to put it (and it was too bulky to go on my chair), so I brought it back home. And then... umm... the cat was sick on it. So I put it all in the washing machine. And one of the cushions went all lumpy. So I finished up unpicking all the edging and now I have the two 'sides' (16 squares joined together) and I'm not sure what to do with them. Still pondering that one...

A while ago I made this star-shaped blanket for my son, and he's slept with it every night since.

Unfortunately, the little tinker has had a good ol' chew on it, and left it with some pretty big holes and frayed areas

there were bigger holes than that...

The last time it got washed, it basically started unravelling, so the other night I bit the bullet and frogged the whole thing, cutting out the frayed bits and rejoining the yarn. I have a massive ball of yarn now, but I'm not sure what to do with it. I started making a ripple blanket, but I don't like how the variegated colour is looking, so I think I'm going to frog that one, and maybe try a C2C. Again, one to ponder...

In between the Cream Blanket of Forever, I also found time to make my contribution to this years Yarndale Community Project.

Meet Baa-Bee The Sheep!

Yes, she's a Sheep/Bee hybrid because... well, why not? (My partner is a beekeeper, so I tend to draw a bit of inspiration from that now and again).

All details about the Yarndale Sheep can be found on Lucy of Attic24's blog here, although there isn't all that much time left for you to make one and get it sent in.

Here's Baa-Bee getting ready for her trip up the road to Skipton

I hope she arrived safely.

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So that's pretty much all my crochet news. Now that I've finished the Cream Blanket of Forever, I'm really excited to be able to start other projects (and finish some) so I hope I'll have more to show you on here very soon. I think I'm going to reopen my Folksy shop, and make some small stash-busting items to go in there, and we're going on holiday soon, so I need to decide what to take with me. Possibly something fairly quick and easy, like some facecloths, or maybe something like a ripple blanket that I can do without needing to look at a pattern.

Bye for now, and happy hooking!