I think it's the weather, Sam mentioned exactly the same phenomenon a few days ago, that's she's knitting rather than sewing. Mind you, as she's made a very beautiful wedding dress she might just need a little break!
Of course, I can't knit particularly well so I thought I'd make something for myself using a crochet pattern. I've been looking on Ravelry, searching Amazon for crochet books, popped into the local book shops. I even started a couple of things, but nothing was quite right and I've been busy frogging and rewinding the yarn.
I've spent the week driving around the county for one thing or another - I don't like to pass up the opportunity to look for a crafty shop. During my lunch break on Tuesday I struck gold and stumbled across a proper old fashioned wool shop, 'Hours Knit & Stitch' in Sittingbourne. It would have been rude to leave empty handed!
|Doesn't this bowl full of yarny goodness just make you feel cosy?|
I bought 2 patterns too, the tiny little shop had a much bigger range of crochet patterns than I've seen elsewhere.
|The blue (which is more of a Teal IRL) is for the pattern above|
|I can't decide which view to make - I think I'm veering towards the version with the collar|
So, I decided to make this jumper first, I'm using the variegated Americana for this one
|I really like the wavy pattern|
I'm using a 4.5mm hook rather than the 4mm they recommend, I've a tendency for things to come up a bit smaller than expected, obviously my tension. It's not really a problem with blankets but I'd be a bit miffed if I finished a jumper and it didn't fit!
I've made a start already, just getting into the flow of the pattern, it always takes a couple of repeats before I can do it without thinking about it at all.
Oh, and the 3 balls of olive green are 'just because' - it's a lovely soft merino and a favourite colour of mine, I think it will be a snuggly scarf - and it was reduced so much I got all 3 balls for less than the price of 1 - bargain!