Sunday, August 28, 2011

Orange and Blue...

vests that is.

(If you want to see something new and interesting you may need to leave now! It seems I am stuck in a groove with the hook permanently attached to my hand while I am seated and am mass producing this vest.)

The blue yarn is Ella which is Acrylic but feels and acts like wool when working with it. I am hoping it washes well as I am in love already. Yes, I've been wearing this one today.

The orange sparkly is Wisp and this one is for MsJ.

As you can see the Orange one is a little longer as MsJ is much taller than me.

I like how changing the yarn changes the look and feel of the garment.

This colour is called carrot so yes it is quite bright but perfect for MsJ.

The blue yarn consists of three different coloured strands and has lots of spring in it.

There have been a couple more squares added to the stack. I had to go out for emergency yarn shopping this afternoon as I ran out of the off white for the outer rows - now that's sorted they are back in production.

That price tag on the pink ball band says 57c - yes, I have had some of these balls for quite a long time and this project is turning out to be a lot of fun.

Hope you have had a sunshiney day.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Same or Different?

What do you think?
Hope your weekend is full of creative goodness.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Orange Sparkly

Lots of quality crochet on the Orange Sparkly project - almost done.

'Parents Behaving Badly' by Scott Gummer makes interesting reading as it shows how precocious children are really just the same as their parents. It is a novel, and I can laugh at the behaviour of the parents, but I am sure for some it would be too close to the truth, like when your children's friends parents use you as a free babysitting service.

Joining in with the Yarn Along this week as there is still plenty of hooking happening here.

Oh, and more yarn has entered the house this week so I am hoping the hooky groove stays for a while longer!

Hope your week has been bright and sparkly so far.

Monday, August 22, 2011


The block count is currently at 20.
Just a little distracted by some Orange sparkly yarn that I picked up at the Spotty sale yesterday.
I'll be back to those blocks soon as I am only about half way through the bag of yarn.
Sunshiny Monday wishes to you.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Library Favourite

This week my favourite thing is my Local.

Library - that is.

Just some of the books which are currently residing at my house.

I like that I can borrow a selection of books on any subject that takes my fancy and just bring them back if I decide I am not interested. I don't feel like I have to read every thing - sometimes I just look at the pictures.

The real reason for this weeks favourite is now they have these talking books which are compact and complete - BYO headphones and you're good to go.

I have been listening to Kathy Lette's 'To Love, Honour and Betray' while crocheting a few squares - perfect!

Another reason to love my Local is that it is the venue for the monthly knitting group, we get to sit in the comfy chairs while we chat and knit. To see who else is playing favourites go check with Mrs P.

Have a fabulous weekend doing whatever takes your fancy.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Who Knew??

If you stick with one project for a week or more, instead of flitting between several, progress becomes obvious.
I have made a dent in the bag of yarn which I showed here and I am currently working on block 15 - Yippee!
(Oh, and that would be why all the blog posts for the past week are about these blocks.)
My book this week is 'The Salt Road' by Jane Johnson. It is a novel which parellels the lives of two women one from ancient times and one very modern woman. It is set in Morrocco and as with most foreign novels, the descriptions make me want to go and see the place for myself.
Joining the yarn along again this week.
Hope your week is full of colour.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Making Squares

Still making squares - of the crochet kind, in between working.

Working on number 10 after finishing two already today.

So far I have finished two whole balls of yarn and they made three each - considering there are a lot more in the bag I may be making lots of squares if I don't get bored with this pattern.
Playing along in Pyjama Party Sunday as I enjoyed some crochet before I headed out to work today - oh and I intend to get that started one finished before I turn out the lights.
Hope your weekend was colourful.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Yarn Along

Joining in over at small things.

Yarn and books have been my best friends this winter.

Currently reading 'The Birthday Party' by Veronica Henry - borrowed from the local Library - I probably picked it up because of the sparkles on the cover. It is light and entertaining bed time reading.

Crocheting squares for a blanket to use up some of the odd balls in the stash.

Making progress on both - I am happy with that.
Want to see what yarn project others are working on or to join in hop on over to small things.
Hope there is some colour and sparkle in your week.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Just Because...

I finished the Red and Sparkly number.

(The pattern is a free one over on the Lion Brand site called Crocheted Vest.

The yarn is Wisp from Spotty - Polyester and Lurex)

and found this stash in 'The Warehouse'

An old favourite book with this pattern.

I just had to make a start.

Perfect for using up odd colours of yarn.

One down - many more to go.

Hope you had a colourful Monday.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Hooking on Sunday

My first entire day off in 10 days - I made the most of the cooler weather and spent most of the day in my PJ's with a crochet hook in hand.

So the Red Sparkly number just needs some ends woven in and the closure organised then I can call it a finish.

This blankie is a project which has not seen the light of day in more than a year, but I pulled it out Wednesday last week when I needed a new go anywhere project. It has grown by six rounds since then - I took it to NCB and my Saturday knitting group where I managed a couple of rounds between socialising. Today I have put another three rounds on, creeping closer to a finish.

Oh, and I made some giant flowers for the other red project I started last month - just 10 more flowers and I'll have enough to finish that project.

The flowers are the same pattern I made in miniature from the tutorial shared over at Happy in Red.

Playing along in Pyjama Party Sunday.

Hope your week is full of creative opportunities (I'm hoping for a few finishes).

Friday, August 5, 2011

Rainbow Favourite

So this week we had some very unseasonal weather - who ever heard of temperatures in the 20's C in Melbourne in the middle of winter?

I was very happy as my current job has me working out in all kinds of weather and I enjoyed doing that a lot this week.

Yes, that is a big cloud and I could not resist taking the picture because I was standing in bright sunshine and the temperature was still around 19C extremely mild.

Most of the trees in this picture should have lost their leaves by now.

Before I finished work tonight I got to see this most amazing rainbow...

the top

one end

and the other.

It felt like it was just there in front of me - though it is quite difficult to capture in photo's especially when in suburbia.

Looking the other way the sun was setting and creating the most amazing colours in the clouds.

Nature never ceases to surprise me its colour shows.

Hope your Friday was Fabulous!

If you want to see some more favourites pop over and visit the house of pyjamas.

Monday, August 1, 2011

What's red and sparkly?

My new crochet project with the metal hook kindly sent by Marina.

Matching sparkly hook - Perfect

It's currently living in the go everywhere bag and is growing quickly.

Another vest top like the green one I made last week - this time in a Red polyester chenille yarn with sparkles of lurex.

The metal hook is making things a whole lot easier - I think I would have still been trying to do row one with the plastic one and this yarn - they were not playing nice together at all.

Hope your week is bright and sparkly.