Sunday, 23 March 2014

Year of projects - 23.03.14

I've been meaning to do a post about my makes for a couple of weeks, but as you can see, it didn't quite happen.

My temperature blanket is on going, I must not rest on my laurels though, as I will find myself with a back-log of 'days' to catch up on.  It does seem that the weather has brightened a lot, so it doesn't look like I'm going to get any freak lows (dark blues) unless I make them up!

My wonderful hubby on his return from South Africa, well trained that he is, came back with two beautifully hand-dyed skeins of Merino...and a shawl pattern to go what more could a woman ask for....he knows what makes me smile!

I finished the shawl yesterday and blocked it overnight.  It's a simple small triangular shawl called Sunny Days Shawlette, designed by Carle' Dehning. The shawl was made in her own Nuturing Fibres yarn in a blue/purple/turquoise colourway. I used a darker blue for a couple of garter stitch rows at the end to accentuate the design.

I'm not sure I had the whole of the pattern, as there had to be a bit of guess work at the end, but I'm pleased with the shawl, and the simple design sets of the colours perfectly.

A few weeks ago, obviously when I was feeling a little chillier, I decided to make myself a Capucine, a lovely hat with bags of space for a big haired lady like myself!  The design is worked from the rim up, and unfortunately that was my undoing!  There's a lot to be said for something you can try on as you go....mine ended up being pretty big (even for me and my hair!).  I have still got a pom-pom to put on and some plaits at the sides, but with the sudden cheeriness in the weather, I think it may well wait for another season.

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced you to a new knitted teddy, the library book that I got the pattern from, also had some clothes, so I whipped up a hooded cardi for him to keep warm, (and to cover up those squonky ears!)

One last make, from a few weeks ago, was littlest boy's World Book Day costume.......its always the boys' choice, and this year, littlest said he wanted to be The Gingerbread Man (thankgoodness not too difficult!)

I was rather pleased with my more methodical approach and the finished costume.  I made this with a cheap fleece blanket, and plenty of is now in use as a warm onesie for bedtime.....I'm tempted to make one for myself!

Anyway....I'm on to the next thing......another shawl wouldn't you know!  I couldn't stop myself, although I made a concerted effort for a while there.  I've decided to join in Sarah's (Crafts from the Cwtch) knit-a-long......more about that next week!

To see other Year of Projects work,  check out the ravelry page here.


  1. What great projects! I have been seeing everyone else's Miss Winkles and am sure yours will be just as beautiful! I read your last couple of posts and just have to say-amazing photos of the boys playing in the foam--what a wonderful thing to capture. And many congratulations on your long walk-I was wondering if it had already happened and I had just missed the post about it. In your last picture at the end, you still look amazing--one would never guess you would have a hard time getting up! Well done!
    Have a wonderful week--

  2. I wish my partner would bring back wool for me but sadly he thinks I have too much! Lovely merino colours, what a nice present :-)

  3. Your husband is a keeper - beautiful yarn AND a pattern! :) Such a lovely shawl as it made, too.

    I like the squonky ears on the teddy ... and Littlest looks delicious (and warm) in his costume.

    Have a wonderful week! :)

  4. Wow I'm impressed that your husband brought you some yarn and how lovely the kids should go. It's always fun to do different things ::) n

  5. What great projects but the shawl with the yarn just steals the show for me. What an awesome present to get. Your going to love Miss Winkle it's a great shawl.

  6. You have one diamond of a hubby there Faith! What very beautiful yarn, reminds me of the colours of Cape point ocean, just perfect for displaying all it's glory in a shawl as you have done. Really special. Your teddy, is too sweet as is your little lad being a super scrummy gingerbread man xox Hope you have a great week ahead lovely Faith.

  7. Man, that is one awesome husband you have. Bringin' yarn back for his wife; can't beat that. The costume is fun and sweet. I love pom pom hats. They are so fun. The shawl looks great.

  8. Its so nice to see my patterns and yarn on your blog. Thanks for sharing


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