Friday, October 26, 2012


Yet again it's been an age since I blogged but I finally got here.

Today we've finally broken up for half term and everyone's shattered. An eight week stint at school has left the children overtired and looking forward to a week of long and lazy get ups. I'm looking forward to getting down to some crafting, baking and putting my house in order.

There hasn't been a shortage of crafting since my last post. I went through a phase of casting on socks as if my life depended on it - six pairs in all and now all sitting in the WIP pile as my sock mojo has upped and left!
I did manage to start and finish these scrappy socks before the urge totally left me.

There's also been some spinning, although I've barely dented the ever-growing pile of fluff that seems to have found its way here!

A few days ago I had a text from Lucy Locket, telling me about some lovely crochet brooches she'd been making and before I knew what was happening I was hit by an immediate urge to break out the crochet hooks.

I've been planning to crochet one of these bags (Ravelry link) for months and even have everything ready to go. I'm inspired to crochet a granny blanket or another ripple blanket too.

However, there was something just sitting there all ready to be picked up.Something I started over two years ago and after the intiial euphoria and frenzy of hooking had worn off it sat there, marinating in a plastic crate and glaring at me every time I glanced at it. So, I rescued it from the indignity of the crate and for the past three days have been happily snuggled up each evening under it's cuddlyness.

A perfect project for chilly Autumn evenings and a real touch of summery colour to counteract the dull greyness outside the window. The original plan was to make this big enough for our king-size bed but I'm just not sure if I have the stamina to crochet that much!

I'm beginning to feel a need for some sewing too. I could do with a new skirt or two as the weight loss is ongoing and the wardrobe is in need of a boost and then there's the quilt top I need to finish. I really do need four of me to get it all done but I bet I'm not the only one to feel like that when it comes to all the making we want to do.

So, to help me make some headway I've decided to back away a little from things that take up too much of my time. Those things would be Ravelry and Facebook, where I spend far too long lurking around and achieving precisely nothing. It struck  me that if I really want to do more and make more I need to get off the computer and do and make instead.

Ironically, that means I may well be blogging more :o)


julie said...

Ah, but blogging is allowed! I'm happy to find you here again, especially with such woolly delights to show us. I can relate to your mammoth sock stint - I've got about 5 pair of wristwarmers on the needles at the moment (I am pretending that I am making them for christmas presents but really I hope to keep most of them myself - I currently have a bit of a handpaint sock yarn obsession even though I've never knitted a sock in my life!)
Anyway, it's lovely to catch up with you, have a super half term break x

Julie said...

Lovely to hear from you again Lesley :-) Your crochet cover looks so wonderfully bright and colourful, just the thing to cheer you up on these grey days. I'm fighting an urge to start rag rugging so I know how you feel. The computer is a boon and a menace, I never seem to get the balance right. Have a restful and busy half term week with your family. x

Calidore said...

Nice to see you blogging again. Well done on the socks - even if they are in wip pile. At least they are started. Love the spinning you are doing. Very even - wish mine was that good and yes wooly fluff does take over the helps to keep it Enjoy the break with your family.

dragonfly said...

So good to see you! That blanket is an absolute stunner. Enjoy these chillier days and evenings working under it.
Have a great half term : )

Gina said...

Loving that blanket! I think we all struggle with the amount of time computers eat up.

Locket Pocket said...

I'm always so delighted when I see that you have blogged! Those socks are fabulous and your blanket is looking delicious :o)

I think spending less time on Ravelry and Facebook and potentially more time crafting and blogging sounds like an incredibly good idea!!

I'm off to play in my sewing room now too!

Locket xx

Thimbleanna said...

Yay -- more blogging from you -- you've been missed! I love the hooky blanket -- the colors are wonderful.

And I MUST have some socks like that. MUST, MUST, MUST!!! Do you just make them up as you go? Follow a pattern??? Please give me some advice!!! THEY'RE GORGEOUS!!!!

French Knots said...

How good to hear from you! I rather fancy having a go at spinning, it looks so magical and the woolly results are beautiful. But then might have to give up sleeping as life is already bursting at the seams! x

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