Friday, 19 January 2018

Something for the Weekend.

I hope that all you lovely people have had a great week! it's time to choose my weekend project again and this time it's something I need and not something for charity.  Back in September a lady from Loving Hands asked for help with a pattern, fortunately I was able to help her by making the item myself and going through it bit by bit with her and I loved how it turned out....

I loved the colours of the yarn and I really enjoyed knitting it too.  Now this particular hat was sent to a charity but I want to make another one for myself.  If I don't suit it then it will go to charity too and to be honest it may end up in the charity box because I don't usually suit hats but I'll give it a try. 

It took 132 grams of Aran yarn and you can find the free pattern here

I will also be trying a new cake recipe which has just come to my attention, Daphne's Olive Oil Cake, I know what you're are thinking, olive oil in a cake! well Daphne says it's yummy and that's good enough for me because I have tried lots of her recipe's and have enjoyed everything I've made so far.
You can find the recipe here 
What have you planned for this weekend? whatever it is I hope that you have a good one.😊

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

A Bit Of Confusion.

Regular readers of my blog will know that I love following CALs, the confusion lies in which one to follow because there are so many happening right now. Those that I'm interested in are
  1. The Woodland Blanket CAL
I love Lucy's blankets because they are always nice and easy to make and this one is no exception. Of course there is no way that I would be buying the woodland blanket pack because as you all know I need to use my stash, I was thinking about using my coned yarn for this using three strands which should make it Aran weight. In these colours maybe..

I think I would probably have to add more colours to the mix because there may not be enough, it's fun pondering and trying to decide, it's also a bit of a challenge when you have just teeny amounts of some colours and more of others, they will all have to be used somehow or the blanket won't be big enough.

Now this is a bit of a change, a knit along rather than crochet it's been a while since I knit a blanket and this one consists of six inch squares, one a week  I'm sure that I could manage that don't you? I already have some yarn in mind....

I would just make squares until the yarn runs out.

    3. 2018 Granny Squares CAL

I only found this one last week on Facebook and they have over 3000 members already, they are quite a way into it, it's a granny square a day so I would have some catching up to do.  If I did do this one I would only make the squares that appeal to me anyway. I was thinking of using random Dk stash yarn for this maybe multicoloured squares alternated with a plain square. 

All of these are a couple of weeks in already so if I want to join in with them I need to start now.  the question is do you think I could do all three if not which do I choose? 

Has anyone else joined in with any of these I would love to see your progress if you have.😊

Friday, 12 January 2018

Something For The Weekend.

I always find it's a good idea to make a few small things in between a bigger project, once the excitement of starting a new project wears off I soon get bored with it and sometimes find it a chore to actually finish it. That's where the making of small projects is such a big hit for me, I put my larger project to one side at the weekend and make something small and easy, I get quite excited at the thought of starting this teeny project knowing I'll have a finish quite soon. It could be anything that catches my eye during the week or something that I've had on my to do list for a while. 

Hats feature quite strongly on my teeny project list because they are quick to make and are always useful. A couple of weeks ago Marianna from Lazy Daisy Days had a mystery knit and I joined in, such fun to knit something and not know what it is you are knitting of course you do guess as you go along but you don't know what it's going to turn out like until it's completely done. It was this cute little hat...

Marianna has since named this the Marty hat and has also added a cute little mitten pattern too.  So that's what I'll be making this weekend another of these little hats with a matching pair of mittens.
You can find the pattern for both here

I also fancy making this stir fry I think it sounds yummy.

What will you be up to this weekend? whatever it is I hope that it's a good one.😊

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Sorting The Stash

When I moved home I gathered all my yarn from all it's various hiding places and just pushed it into black bags there seemed to be so much! I just dumped all the bags into the garage along with everything else, now with Christmas and New Year over I knew that I had to tackle the black bag stash mountain. 
Wading amongst all the garage mess was not an easy job I still have so much sorting to do but my number one priority was the yarn. It took me two days to bring it all indoors and sort it, I'm quite embarrassed to show you this lot but I'm going to be brave so here goes....

I also found five unfinished projects, they are quite challenging that's why I never finished them. I'm sure that apart from one I will get them completed one day.

It's all been separated into various yarn weights and put back into the garage but in the loft space, I have kept partial balls in the house and I'll try and use them up first along with the cones.  I sorted yarn for my next two projects but I'll show you those another time.  So do you want to know how much it all weighed in at?  ....

36,200 grams that's 79.807339 pounds😮

Last year I managed to bust 13,970 grams so that lot should last me three years at least. I won't be buying any yarn this year that's for sure, I didn't buy much last year but our group did get lots of lovely yarn donations that's why there is so much. It goes without saying that I will be stash-busting yet again this year.

How much yarn have you got in your stash? go on weigh it all and share, be brave I dare you.😊
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