Apologies for the lack of a post last week, and apologies to those on the second page of the Rav update thread whose blogs I didn’t get to comment on last week. Here’s an update for you all and I promise to do better and get round all your updates this week.
Baby Babette is FINISHED, ends all done, and has been packed up in bird-print paper and delivered with a bird-print card to a gorgeous brand new boy with a gorgeous bird name (incidentally not “puffin”, which I dreamt was his middle name in the impatient wait for his arrival). While I’m here, I should exempt his lovely mother from the need to promise a kidney or her next-born as a token of gratitude as Misty at WoolyMammoth suggested . When you have a great friend who’s responsible for steering you to some of the best pieces in your wardrobe you don’t flinch (too much) at weaving in a few hundred ends for her newborn. The crochet was a piece of cake, and the colours a delight. Sadly, sorry Faith, there won’t be another one for a giveaway either, though you made me smile asking! Thank you for all your positive comments on it! The finished blanket was sections 1 to 7 of the Babette pattern, with a four round border (lilac, light pistachio, aqua, orange). Yarn was a mix of Lang Tissa Aran and Rico Creative Cotton Aran. Hook size was 4 for all non-2-round squares. The 2-rounders were done with 3.5mm or 3.25mm depending on which was to hand. Border was done with a 3.5mm hook, and joining was Lucy at Attic24’s granny joining method. Now I just need to work out what to do with the leftovers – anyone fancy a swap for a skein or two of sock yarn?
The Vanilla Latte sock is still in the naughty corner, holding my only set of cubic dpns hostage. I shall take it to Jumble-Jelly later in the summer for rescue. We visited there this week for a pattern for a school dress for Small Girl (guess who made the rookie error of leaving buying school uniform until a month before school starts, on the basis that child is growing like a weed in all the summer rain?) She was delighted with the twin privileges of using the wool winder with Miss Elle guiding upstream, and a chocolate biscuit with appropriate hand washing. I am thrilled that I can now cast on new socks in the Lorna’s Laces gorgeous sock yarn that has been waiting for months.
In other (good) news, my 5 balls of lovely soft pink Bergere de France Caline that have been projectless for an entire year, appear to be a possible match for the Veera Line Break shawl – fingering/4 ply should be an ok substitution for sock yarn, yes? I want a soft snuggle on the sofa type shawl rather than a silky drapy one, and I don’t mind if it comes up a little larger.
In non-yarn news, I’ve put a Brooks leather saddle onto the new bike, and now riding to the shops is uncannily like taking a trip back into the 50s, complete with uniformed men smiling, waving and stopping and chatting. I have a housework schedule that looks like it might just work through the summer holiday and beyond. Anyone who saw the state of my house at the end of last year’s summer holiday will understand why I count this as an achievement. Small Girl and I are off to Cornwall tomorrow for a few days, with a half-made yellow gingham school dress and the makings for two pairs of socks and a Felicity hat (just so I have a choice and just in case the sun doesn’t come out ). Good times. Have a lovely week, all.