FO: A bounty of blankets

You know how I mentioned that I had two large blanket WiPs? Well, I currently have no large blanket WiPs!

Behold! One completed Pick ‘n’ Mix blanket, by Lucy Croft, which was a year long CAL with Simply Crochet and had been sitting, half joined up in a bag for *mumblemumble*. That one is single bed sized and made up of 12 squares in two different colourways. I used Stylecraft Special Aran and really enjoyed working through the squares as they came out.

The other is the Hydrangea blanket by Lucy at Attic24 but using the Stylecraft Special DK colour pack for the Moorland blanket. This was a request from my mother and it has come out slightly smaller than double bed sized. I basically picked the colours at random but tried not to repeat any very close to the previous stripe. Also one that got fitfully worked on but the combination of not wanting to pack it up in a WiP state and seeing my mother earlier this month meant it became my At Home project.  And then once I finished that, I had to apply the same moving logic to the Pick ‘n’ Mix and suddenly they were both pretty much done.

I have also finished my Keith Moon sweater (oh the icord, the endless, endless icord) but it is still blocking at the moment. Endlessly blocking.

But now that I have finished all the big pre-packing WiPs, I have to start the packing, I guess!



I missed Once Upon a Sock due to various things but as I hadn’t made any further sock progress at the time, it’s probably better deferred to next time.

I haven’t really managed a huge amount of anything, really. This heat, while lovely on paper, is sapping my will to live. I am much better suited to a dry heat and a country that has built for heat (I was born and mostly raised in Gauteng – formerly part of the Transvaal province – in South Africa) – than I am for a humid heat in a country where buildings are designed to retain heat (my office in particular – it’s 28c in here right now, with three fans on and all the blinds shut.).

What limited brainpower I have is also currently occupied with terrifying/exciting (I windmill between the two emotions) legal paperwork and solicitors as t’hb and I are hopefully buying a house! It has been a plan for years but it all seems to have kicked off in the last month with our offer on a house being accepted. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaahh! Fingers crossed that searches and surveys etc. all go smoothly.

IMG_3297I have managed to do a bit more sock and on one of the crochet blankets and I am embarking on a online English Paper Piercing class with my old flat/blogmate, TJ, which we are using as a way to recreate our previous crafty life together/hangout despite living in different cities now.

I have done EPP before and find it quite soothing, so although I am only one motif in, it has been nice to have something very small and quick to do when brain is awake/not wrangling legal stuff/herding solicitors (as an ex-law librarian, I am very skilled in that latter part.) and that isn’t too hot.

As for the crochet shawl for my brother’s wedding? Not happening. A combination of miscounting and a really sticky yarn means it is hiding in the naughty corner. It was a nice to have and I will probably rescue the yarn or pick it up again when I am less bear of little brain/less deadline driven.