I've started a New Project. I wasn't meant to cos I've not edged my ripple blanket yet, but somehow I got drawn in to the excitement of beginning something new and it feels pretty darn good. Anyhow, I was in need of a Holiday Project, something easy and satisfying to take away with me for a week, and this will fit the bill nicely.
I'm back with the Stylecraft. A good friend of mine made a giant King Size ripple blanket with it (an awesome creation) and didn't want the leftovers hanging around any more. So I offered to buy them from her (there was a bag full) and added them to my own left overs. Tipped them all out on my table in a colourful, slightly tangled pile and had a good yarny play.
There are most of "my colours" here (a few missing) with a few extra darker colours thrown in (the navy and deep purple). It's a little bit heavy on the blues perhaps, but overall I still really adore this bright and jolly palette of colours. It's become a tried and tested formula for bright and jolly blanket making, and I'm delighted to say that I do still love it.
I spent some time rolling up the smaller, more tangled yarns into neat little balls to plop into my bag.....what a sweet way to spend an hour! Such pleasure in the simple task of balling up yarn ready for a new project.
The yarn gathering and balling all happened a few weeks ago, but due to the very hectic nature of life at home with three Little People, my new project got off to a slow start. I managed to sneak a little bit of outdoor hooky time whilst Little B napped one afternoon to make a start......
....and this is what came about. A string of easy-peasy 5-round granny squares, joined on-the-go.
This is where I'm up to now....I'm making a third blanket for Connievan to prettify the drab back seating area. I'm kind of winging it on the size as I've not had time to go down to Connie to measure the seat, so I'm working systematically in rows of twelve squares and hoping that this is kind of about right. The colour choices are really totally random with this project as I'm aiming for a slightly quirky, patchworky look. I may even take a chance and include the navy (gasp!) and the deep purple (double gasp!!) to shake it all up a bit. Watch this space.
Due to the easy, low-brain-power needed to make one-colour granny squares, I've been able to go adventuring in my imagination whilst I've sat outside in my little back yard hooking. It's a bit like meditating and day dreaming all at once, and is a super relaxing pastime. Can highly recommend it.
Petah of Provence Temptations sent me these beautiful images a few weeks ago, and they have been the stuff of my dreams ever since.
The villa where the crochet and knit tours will take place is so beautiful and dreamy!
Numbers will be finalised at the beginning of September and Petah tells me there are only a couple of places left on the crochet tour. Do please get in touch with her if you would like to come along and join us, there is still time.
A bit closer to home, this is Craster in Northumberland, one of my all time favourite places. I made this print, complete with childish arrow (haha) to show the Little People the exact location of the holiday cottage where we stay. I am absolutely thrilled that this very afternoon (yaaaayyyyy!!) we will be heading back there again for a week of Seaside Pootling. In August 2009 when we were last in Craster, I was four months pregnant with Little B. And this year he'll be there with us of course, I am so excited to see what he makes of it all.
Wishing you all a wonderful week of dreamy Projects and Places and I'll be back with you in early September.