February Crochet Rainbows

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I thought it would be nice to begin my latest post with a good splash of colour 🙂

My hands have been incredibly busy this past week, knitting, crocheting and papercrafting, oh and I’ve managed a little spinning too.  As you can see the blanket for Dina is beginning to grow, I haven’t even completed a full set of colours yet and it’s already incredibly warm.

I’m trying to stick to my plan and only work on it during our knitting group meet ups, but that’s going to take forever.  So if I get a chance at the weekends to add a couple of rounds I’m going to be bold and do so.

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As blue is my favourite colour, it stands to reason that I’m chuffed to have hit the latest colour change.  Hopefully, I’ll have the four rounds finished this evening and might even manage to begin the next colour combo of purple and blue?

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Whilst we’re on the subject of colour, I noticed on the Stylecraft Yarns Newsletter, that they’re hoping to add 6 new shades to their Special Aran and Chunky ranges, from the colours they already make in the DK.  There asking for fans of the Special Yarns to vote for the shade they’d most like to see in these thicker weights.

It doesn’t look like there’s a prize for entering, it’s more for fun, but if you do feel like voting complete the form here.  I did and I’m keeping my fingers crossed they add my chosen colour as I love it.

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The Beyond Puerperium I was knitting for our friends soon to be born grandchild,  is made and blocking.  It looks so lovely and cosy knitted up in the Stylecraft Yarns Alpaca DK.  I spotted these buttons in my friend Caroline’s shop and couldn’t resist purchasing them for it, so I’ll post a picture of the finished jumper next time, buttons and all.

I really must cast on another baby project to add to the little gift bundle and I’m thinking of doing the Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho.  I think it would look super cute in some of the unused Sublime Merino Worsted Yarn, that’s left after knitting the Sunset Cardigan.

There has been knitting for the magazine too, including a hat, tension squares for the Yarn Review feature and a pair of mitts – but I’m not allowed to show you those am I  😛

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With most of my big projects finished, I was extremely tempted to cast on a new ‘for me’ something, but remembered I had shelved my Climb Every Mountain so pulled that out of it’s hiding place instead.  In typical ‘me’ fashion, I’d forgotten to include a note so I’d know where I was and to further complicate things, it looked very much like I was ripping back my last row  😱

Two hours later, 1 row ripped back and stitch count adjusted, I found my place and have since been trying to add a row (at least), a day.  I really should try it on, before knitting any further, as I’m only a few rows away from slipping the sleeve stitches off and I’d prefer it to fit properly as it’s 4ply.

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I’m also trying something involving these, but will tell you a little more about that next time – it wouldn’t be particularly interesting at the moment.  They’re pretty though, aren’t they?

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Some of you will have caught my papercrafting antics over on the Olann and blog?  I thoroughly enjoyed myself and have been busy making something with crepe paper to accompany a future blog thingy too.  I’ve also finished planning out my January prompt for the Ali Edwards One Little Word project and am feeling the pressure a little as it’s February now.

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I still haven’t gotten around to writing it all up in my actual album and confession time….. this months prompt has kind of fallen on deaf ears.  It’s there in the back of my mind, but Ali has suggested we make an effort to practice/do something every day during February.  I’m doing so much of this kind of thing at the moment, that I thought I’d revisit this goal in March and hopefully, come back to something else for February.

(February can be a tough month for me, especially when it’s the leap year, which is why I aim to try and stay as busy as possible, at least it’s only every 4 years though).

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My lovely hubby, is embracing my OLW and picked up these MDF letters for me on his recent trip to the UK (the A is turned the wrong way).  They were the bargain price of £2 each and I think I’ll probably decoupage them, when I get the chance.  They’re big and sturdy and can stand by themselves no bother.

Whilst perusing the shelves in Hobbycraft for me (I’d sent him on a mission), he also discovered and bought me another £2 bargain to use in my One Little Word Scrapbook.

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£2 can you believe it?

I haven’t rubber stamped in years, I can’t wait.

The busy world of fibre is calling as there’s work to be done, before I disappear to meet my knitty friends this evening.

Happy Crafting!

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