Monday 8 August 2016

Lazy Summer Days

The weather is warm and the days are long and I'm feeling oh so lazy and relaxed.  There's definitely been a lull in activity in blogland, myself included.  I appreciate the efforts of those who have soldiered on and continued with their regular posts.  You have my admiration.  Every day I think to myself, I'll do a post today, but it never seems to get from my head to the blog.  So I'm making an effort today, to catch up with what I've been up to over the past two weeks or so.

Since I last posted, I've a few finished objects, plenty of works-in progress and I've had another weigh-in of the stash.

So let's get started, and here are my finished projects.  Firstly this shawl.

I just adore the colours.  I wear pink and grey more than any other colours, so this shawl is perfect for me.  I love the gradient colour changes.

The shawl is lovely and I used all of the 200g I had bought of this yarn, so it's a very generous size.  It's Ullcentrum 2 ply sport weight yarn and the colourway is Sky Pink.  It was the first yarn I bought at Yarndale last year and I'm surprised it's taken me this long to knit it up.  You can see details of this project on my Ravelry page, here.

Next up is the Block a Month Blanket I started back in January.  I decided to just crochet 16 squares for this one.

Each square is 10 inches square, so it makes a lovely lap blanket.  I added a fairly simple edging and I'm very happy with the result.  Details on Ravelry, here.

Another crochet project, a much quicker one, was these cute little flowers.

They are made from a free pattern by Ali Crafts Designs.  The pattern can be downloaded from Ravelry, here, and it really is a simple but very effective design.

My dressmaking is going well.  Yesterday I completed my pink dress.

I'm not sure that the mannequin is showing the dress off very well, so here's a badly taken picture of me wearing it.

The dress is very simple, it has princess seams, a side zip and a gently flared skirt.  It's New Look 6020 and I've made the pattern several times now - a very wearable dress.

I've treated myself to a new dress pattern, the Vintage Shirt Dress by Sew Over It.

It's the first independently designed pattern I've tried, the instructions look very detailed and helpful, so I'm looking forward to giving it a go.  Before then, I want to make a button through skirt (a bit of practice at buttonholes!).  So I need to make some time to get on with these.

And having finished my pink dress, I thought it deserved a pretty coat hanger, so I crocheted up this one, using my Floral Embellishment pattern.

It only took a couple of hours to complete and I think it looks great.

On the needles at present are my Fair Isle cardigan.

Some, but not a great deal of progress there.

A pair of socks.  No photos yet but they should be off the needles in the next day or two.

I also have my crochet Mandala Madness which hasn't made any progress and is in desperate need of some love and affection.

So plenty to keep me busy.

Finally, it's been six months since I decided to be brave and weigh my stash (inspired by Linda from Linda's Crafty Corner).  In February the stash weighed in at a bouncing 18.2 kg - wow!

After being on a crash diet for six months I'm pleased to say the stash now weighs a more healthy 11.6 kg, that's even allowing for the 850g of yarn that sneaked its way in when my back was turned!.

There's still a long way to go and with Yarndale coming up at the end of next month, I need to clear some more works-in-progress, but I feel satisfied that things are reaching a more manageable level.

Well that was a packed post!  I'll be back shortly (no more laziness) and hopefully with some more finished objects.  Enjoy your week.


  1. The shawl is fabulous. I love the dress too and the coathanger - nice idea. And the blanket - so much time and effort - stunning. I guess you watching a lot of the Olympics! I hope your daughter is still enjoying London. x

    1. Thank you. Yes I'm watching and enjoying the Olympics - any excuse to sit and knit!. Eve is still loving being in London, so much to do and enjoy. Thank you for asking.

  2. Lovely shawl with pretty colors.
    I like the blanket too.

  3. You have lost a lot of yarny weight:) Your shawl is so pretty and the flowers are very cute:) The dress looks lovely and your cardigan is looking great too! You have been very busy!

    1. Thank you Preeti, no matter how many things I make, I always wish there was more time for even more.

  4. All your makes are so lovely. My visit to Yarndale has been cancelled as a lovely new wool shop has opened locally. I'm off to spend my birthday money there instead. Well done with using some of your stash x

    1. Thank you Jo. A pity you won't be going to Yarndale, but if you can get your hands on yarn sooner, then that's even better. Enjoy spending your birthday money.

  5. Lovely shawl Janet it's so pretty I love those colours too, thank you for linking it to the stash party I'm so impressed by the amount of yarn you have busted, the dress looks perfect on you I still haven't unearthed my sewing machine yet good luck with the button holes that's one thing I can never get right. Your blanket is lovely just the right size to keep at hand and put over your knees on cooler evenings. I know what you mean about the blogging thing the more time I leave the blogging the less inclined I am to do a post and the things I make aren't fresh in my mind anymore and the post doesn't seem to flow. I'm hoping I get my blogging mojo back after the Summer. No Yarndale for me this year I'm afraid I have to save for my hols in October. Have a great week. :) xx

    1. Thank you Linda. Yes, it's so easy to get out of the swing of blogging, it's surprising how time consuming it can be, but it's worth the effort in the end. A pity you won't be able to make it to Yarndale this year.


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