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Start as you mean to go on


I don’t know about you, but I just love starting new projects. There’s something exciting about the buzz of a new idea and making it happen. Or discovering a gorgeous pattern, finding the right type of yarn and getting started.

However, I often find that, unless it’s a super-quick-finish-in-an-hour pattern, I get distracted/bored/confused and end up not finishing. I put the project down and walk away, sometimes for an hour or two or sometimes for several months. Let me give you an example.

Back in March or April I found an amazing pattern for a cardigan that I knew would be brilliant for my friend’s daughter.

Ermeline hooded cardigan

I downloaded it, ordered the yarn and waited impatiently for it to be delivered. Almost as soon as the yarn dropped onto my doormat I got started.


Because it was aran yarn, a big hook and a small pattern (I made the 3 year old size) it worked up really quickly. I adapted the pattern slightly to make stripy sleeves. I listened to a Lord of the Rings audiobook. And within about 3 days I had nearly finished! All I had left to do were the button holes. And this is where the problem struck.


I didn’t like the buttonholes in the pattern.

I played around with a couple of ideas, but had no inspiration. “It’s ok,” I thought to myself. “It’s only April and her birthday isn’t until October. I’ll think about it for a while and come up with a solution.” I thought about it. I moved it from place to place. I put it in a bag and it ended up staying in that bag until the beginning of October. I then realised that I’d actually missed her birthday!

Because I had to get it done, I came up with super simple buttonholes and finished it in just a couple of hours, ready to hand over the present a week late. Oh dear!


Thankfully her Mum saw the funny side (and I think she may do the same sort of thing at times too!) but how ridiculous that I’d nearly finished the present 6 months early and yet still managed to deliver it a week late.

I wish this was the only example I could give you. Sadly it is not.

Right at the beginning of August I offered to test a pattern for Jill who writes the wonderful Nice Piece of Work blog. I was so excited that I had the opportunity to test someone’s pattern! Again, almost as soon as the parcel from Jill dropped onto the doormat I got started. It was an easy pattern to follow and in no time at all I’d made all the separate parts of the bag. All that was left to do was assemble it.


And again, it just sat there. For weeks on end. Jill was so very patient with me (thank you Jill!) but I was feeling really guilty for not finishing quicker. Eventually I put it all together a month later.


And then there’s the Stripy Blanket CAL.


I joined in right at the beginning and whizzed through the rows for the first 3 weeks. Then at week 4 I was a little busier than usual and somehow I’ve not quite managed to get back to it yet. I’m intending to one day as I’ve seen some beautiful completed works. But I suppose I really should finish a few other things first…



How are you? I am well aware that it has been a really long time since I posted! School life and real life have both been pretty busy and I’ve felt pretty drained the last few weeks. Most nights I haven’t even had the energy  to pick up my crochet hook, a sure sign that things are bad!

It’s not all doom and gloom though – there has been a little creativity happening at odd times (I’m still keeping up with the stripy blanket CAL). So, because I didn’t do my normal end of the month picture board I thought I’d just remind you of a few of the things I made/did/saw/bought in the month of June












There are only two weeks and two days left of the school term now, so I’m hoping that normal service will resume then! In the meantime, I’m more likely to be active on facebook, so if you want to see what I’ve been up to pop over and have a look. And say hi while you’re there – I love hearing from you all 🙂

Stripy blanket CAL #3


The rows this week were pretty straightforward – mostly trebles (US doubles) or half trebles. The most complicated part was the star stitch, and even that wasn’t too taxing!


I felt that the stars really should be in yellow and I’m happy with my choice. I think they look quite sweet. (There’s a great star stitch blanket on Little Woolie’s blog – it’s amazing!)


It turns out that my Catherine wheel stitches last week do have a right and wrong side! The first week there was no obvious right or wrong side, so I just stitched the ends in without really thinking about it. It was only when I saw the instructions about the stars this week (that also have a right and wrong side) that I realised I should have sewn the ends in on the opposite side! So while I was sorting out my car insurance (and on hold on the phone for quite a while!) I pulled all the ends loose. I now have 3 weeks worth to sew in – but I think they can wait for now!


I also noticed today that one end is pulling in a bit where the Catherine wheels are. It wasn’t too noticeable last week and I’m hoping that with a border around it at the end it’ll stretch out!


Stripy blanket CAL #2


I was so excited to see the next CAL post! I got started straight away, and finished my rows just a few minutes ago. I immediately took it outside to get some photos…




I think I’m happy with it, but I’m still a little bit undecided. I quite like the Catherine wheels, but it seems like they’re backwards – the ‘wrong’ side seems to be on the front. This might just me being picky, but it’s bugging me a bit. But if I want to change it I’ll have to unravel the last 6 rows, add another dc/hdc row then start the Catherine wheels again. And I just don’t know if I can be bothered.


I’m also wondering about my colour choice. I like the colours I’ve used, but wondered if I should have perhaps added a couple of other colours before repeating the sherbet and parchment.


Anyway, while I think about that, let me show you the finished flower I told you about, beads and all.


Here’s a close up of the heart at the bottom…


I love it! Happy flower decoration is definitely the right name for it!


It’s currently on my notice board. I’m not sure where it’s permanent home will be, but I’m happy admiring it where it is for the time being.

Stripy Blanket CAL #1


This morning felt a lot like Christmas. I had a wonderful parcel in the post – new yarn!


Ooo, look at all the colours!


It was just so exciting, and the best part is that I only ordered it yesterday! I love that it arrived so speedily. I guess it helps that I live fairly close to where the shop is based (Bristol) so it didn’t have too far to travel. And I love the fact that I didn’t even have to pay for the postage (because I spent over £15). The wonderful shop I got these goodies from is called Get Knitted. I may well pay them a visit in the summer holidays!

Anyway, (part of) the reason I ordered so much new yarn is because, starting from today, I’m taking part in the ‘As we go stripy blanket CAL’. This has been organised by Hannah of Not Your Average Crochet. It’s not too late to join in if you haven’t already!

Hannah’s first few rows look like this…


…and mine look like this…


Oops, it’s upside down! But you get the idea…

I’m using the same yarn as Hannah (good old Stylecraft Special DK) but she’s using a 5mm hook and I’m using 4mm, so mine will be slightly smaller. It measures about 46.5 in/118 cm across. I’ve also decided to use a wider range of colours, partly because I already have a lot of colours in the right yarn, partly because I want to use some new colours, and partly because it just feels like this needs to be a super colourful blanket!

The colours so far (from top to bottom) are meadow, apricot (I think! I’ve had this for a long time, and I’m pretty sure it’s apricot, although it’s a lighter shade than the ball that’s just arrived), fondant, sherbet, parchment.