Monday, 31 August 2015

Big Crochet, Little Cross Stitch

We've had a few friends celebrate special occasions recently so a little bit of crafting had been order.  A colleague of dh's has bought her first home so I used up some more of the inherited stash to make her a blanket for her new home.  I managed to get hold of some red yarn of the same type (Sirdar Big Softie Super Chunky) to give it a border stripe and a shell edging.  Hopefully it will be given to her tomorrow.  I made the main part of it in treble crochet and the edge in double crochet.  Sadly there are quite a lot of poorly executed joins when I changed balls of yarn - oh well.

Someone else facing a big occasion is a young friend of ours who is moving to Frankfurt, Germany to be an au-pair.  Her parents have recently set up a church in Dover called The Lighthouse Church so I thought this cross stitch bookmark would be appropriate for her - nice and lightweight to take with her as well.  I think I might leave the weather vane off the top, but haven't quite decided yet.

Bothering to sort out and label the threads before I started has made it much easier to make progress, although I hate doing this kind of thing at the beginning when I just want to get on with the project.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Practical Knitting

Well, I wasn't expecting to get much crafting done over the holidays; this time of year tends to be more a time of DIY and indeed a fair bit of that is being done, but I was delighted to discover that DIY and knitting overlap!  I have been re-organising the kitchen to try and make it work a bit better and one of the DIY projects has been to put a shelf in the under-the-sink cupboard.  Once this was done, I tried to find some way of storing dish cloths which wasn't a plastic carrier bag.  I looked at various metal and plastic containers which could be fixed to the inside of the cupboard door, but none of them were going to achieve what I wanted, so I decided that making some kind of net hammock type thing was the way forward.

I used this book:

following a pattern for a bag:

and simply stopped when I ran out of yarn (leftover cotton double knit) which happened to be at a point which would fit the cloths:

then we fixed it to the inside of the cupboard door and ta-dah:

It's looking a bit empty at the moment, but will soon re-fill once the next load of laundry comes through.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed knitting with big needles (9mm) and small yarn (double knit) and how fast it was.  I'm keen to knit the whole bag now, maybe as a gift for someone. I must try hard not to get distracted from using up my inherited stash though!

God willing, I will be linking this post to Ginny's Yarn Along later today; why not pop over and see what other knitters have been up to.