Sunday, 12 September 2010


I have a confession - I have a fairly large stash of yarn. Some of it is nice yarn (think Kid Silk Haze, Regia Sock Yarn) but more of it is either Vintage (but not vintage enough..) or a bit " What was I Thinking?" yarn! I confess I cannot resist a bargain, though i am finally learning that I really should!

Anyway this leads me on to my granny shawl. I really wanted to join in the Attic 24 Granny Stripe Blanket crochet-a-long going on in the Ravelry Group, but my stash glowered at me, and in truth, I could not justify spending more money on yarn.

I have 2 balls of Sirdo YoYo in Caramel (comes into the "What was I thinking?" category in case you hadn't already guessed - actually I was thinking of the Ten stitch spiral blanket, but I digress) so I decided that I would use that to make one of the many half granny shawls I have seen on Ravelry.

  And actually it was quite nice to crochet - no stitch definition but I think it has turned out rather well, it was interesting to see how the stripes became much more pronounced as the shawl got larger. It didn't quite use up one ball, and amazingly I came across no knots - surprising in a 400g ball of yarn.

However I could not restrain myself any longer with Yarn buying. I have wanted to make this blanket for a while.

The down side was whenever I considered quite how many balls of yarn I would have to buy in order to get enough different colours for the centres meant it was just too costly. (Unfortunately having a very large proportion of "What was I thinking" yarn in your stash does tend to mean that there is not a lot of solid coloured DK yarn  - with or without natural fibre content)

Then whilst wasting lots of time researching on the Internet, I discovered that country Crafts sell mixed packs of DK  oddments. So I ordered five (differently coloured) packs.
 Each pack totals approximately 100g and I should need about 400g - so I am hoping there will be enough. I'm not planning on using the fairly flourescent green or orange ballettes though......

Yes it is acrylic - but I have three children aged 10 and under - I am positive that it will spend at least some of its time in the washing machine.

However - don't hold your breath, based upon current progress (the shawl was an abberration) it should take - ooo - about 3 years to finish.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Holidays - been and gone

Well I started writing a post at the beginning of August and here we are well in to September without it being finished! So I shall be brief.....
First we had a trip to Wales in the caravan - Pembrokeshire where we stayed on a wonderful Caravan Club CL site at Newton East Farm. It has very little facilities, but oodles of space, peace and quiet.

It's also not too far from our favourite beach - Newgale - lifeguards, clean toilets, cheap parking (£2 for the whole day!) a lovely cafe to buy cups of tea to bring back down to the beach. Even when it's busy it feels as though there is hardly anyone there

So there was lots of this

And I even managed a bit of crochet on the beach too! (It is finished but I can't seem to find a photo of the completed object - I will try in the next post)

We had some time at home meeting up with friends and catching up. I went to work for a week in the middle (boo!) and then we had a trip to Norfolk, where the weather was interesting for much of the time. This time we stayed on  a Camping and Caravanning Club CS - Brickyard Farm. This was a smaller site than the first one, but level,  taking caravans and tents with access to 2 loos and a shower. The new owners have only been there 4 months and have already done lots of work to the cottages. To be honest, we didn't enjoy this site as much. We paid extra because of the facilites, and they weren't that great - clean but very tired. The owners have been working flat out on the complex in a very short period of time, so I am sure that they will refurbish the loos and showers too.

We also travelled up to visit my parents (who live on the Durham/Yorkshire Border) at the Bank Holiday. This time, oddly, we didn't do very much though we did attempt to climb Roseberry Topping.

Now I must stress that normally Roseberry Topping is a straightforward walk - easily achievable for even our 3 year old. This time we abandonded the walk before reaching the top - the wind was fiercesome! We had to console ourselves with heading back into Great Ayton for a cup of tea.