Saturday, 17 April 2010

Sock wool and crochet

Another week and not a huge amount of progress on my projects. Work has been difficult in the last few months, with sales down so I have been spending quite a bit of time this week working on ways to make more money. Other things have been sidelined as a result.

I did manage to do a little spinning - here is my collection of handspun sock wool so far. In the centre are two kinds of Jacob fleece, at the top is yarn made from fleece I collected in the fields last year and on the left is the finer part of the Balwen fleece which I think will make good socks.
My new crochet cardi is coming along, albeit a little more slowly. This is a close-up of the pattern (unblocked so it's wavey). I have finished the body and spent quite some time working out the pattern for different sizes, with lots of measuring and sums. I'm working on the sleeves now, then all I need to do is decide how to edge it.
The weather is warming up though it's still chilly at nights, so I'm still wearing my woollies. Not a problem for my cat, though, who is still enjoying her favourite On-top-of-the-radiator position!

Saturday, 3 April 2010

End of a marathon

This is a cryptic clue as to what I have been working on for the past three months - first I tried knitting it, then turned to crochet as the best way to construct my dream project. No idea what it is? Check out this link on Ravelry (you'll need to be a member to see it).

I'm now working on a new crochet cardigan design, in a lovely salmon pink cotton. When I was browsing in my local yarn store recently, I noticed that crochet seems to be making a comeback - about time too. So my contribution to this renaissance will be a summer cardigan in 4 ply cotton. Better get back to it...