Sunday, 3 February 2013


True to my word, I've touched no other project but the 'Granny Stripe' blanket this week. My aim was to crochet at least four stripes each evening. Fat chance! I didn't quite meet the target, but i have made some seriously good progress.
I had just laid my handiwork out on the floor for the briefest of brief seconds, to check out the how the size was coming along and estimate how many more stripes might be needed, when look who speedily leapt on and laid down. he laid down so smartly, as if pretending that he had been laying there asleep for ages and I shouldn't disturb him. He was pretty resistant to moving himself!

There is still some way to go. I think I may have started with a few too many chains, because it is looking pretty wide and therefore needs to be VERY long, in order to appear in the right perspective. The yarn does seem to be going on and on forever though. I have only used one of the two packs bought! That seems to be indicating that there may even be enough left over to begin a Ripple for the sofa. That thought fills me with very sweet pleasure. This yarn is certainly extra good value for money!

I received a couple of lovely yarny packages this week. The first contained two yummy skeins of Hazel Knits Artisan Sock ( 90% merino, 10% nylon) and a skein of Hazel Knits Entice (70% merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon) ; a little January present to myself, to beat the gloom! Hazel Knits yarn has a lovely tight twist, giving great stitch definition and make fab socks.  The colourways are (from the top) Aquarius and Jam Session. The skein of Entice at the bottom is in colourway Ruby Love.

My second package contained two skeins of beautiful Miss Babs Alpaccacita; a 2ply lace weight in a 70% alpacca  30% silk mix. It is so, so soft and the 'Winter Rose' colourway so, so pretty. It's the January FIFC2012 club yarn. I have been a pattern only member, but managed a yarn swap with the lovely Liesel (modeste). So pleased with it!

So, it's been a yarny week, one way and another! I need to keep the pressure on this week too, so that at least the blanket has a chance of being completed before the birth of little granddaughter number two!
Have a good week everyone.


Anonymous said...

Hi Oscar, good boy - you look really beautiful on 'your' new blanket! Such a wonderful colours in your new yarns!
We wish you great week! x Teje & Nero

Jennyff said...

Bit of a blanket fest for Oscar and a yarn fest for you, all looking gorgeous. Now keep working on that blanket, no casting on with the new stuff.

kate said...

In my house it's the cats that pull that move! Cheeky animals :)

Lovely yarns.

Xelena said...

I love the blue colour of your yarn.
The dog seems quite "at home" on your blanket. :)

busybusybeejay said...

The blanket is looking lovely.Have you done the little one for Sophie yet?

Lynne said...

Your blanket is looking great, and Oscar is so funny! I love the new yarns, they all look gorgeous, and a January present is a very good idea. :)

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

I think Oscar approves of the new blankie.
So with that lovely yarn tempting you to start another project it may be difficult to stay focused on the blanket.
Good luck.
Susan x

Mitch and Molly said...

The blankie is just gorgeous and you are looking very comfy on it, Oscar!

Love ya lots
Mitch and Molly

Tracy said...

HOORAY, Ros.... brilliant ! But the, we KNOW you will do it in time. ;o) LOVE the colors. Very fun to see Oscar's "seal of approval" for the Granny blankie. I just bought yarn for my first ripple blanket. After my workshop is done, I can begin! Those new yarns are simply scrumptious... oh, the colors! Happy Days! Oh, I'm hosting a Valentine Giveaway this week... stop by for the fun, if you get a chance. :o) ((HUGS))

melissa said...

oh oscar...
he certainly knows a gorgeous snuggle spot when he sees one! if i were there you'd have a hard time keeping me from snuggling up in your half-finished blanket as well :)

you're making great progress!! "you can do it!"

have a great week!

Wyatt said...

Can you blame him? So cozy and look at how nice Oscar looks in stripes!