Finished Project Friday – Infinity Scarf & MandalaΒ 

It was Mother’s Day on Sunday and Tamara at Moogly offered a pattern discount coupon for her newsletter subscribers. I immediately went over to her Ravelry store and bought a few, including the Melting Snow Infinity Scarf. It’s a lovely repeating pattern that’s so soothing to hook once you get going. I started it that sunny Autumn afternoon and finished it the next day. It’s the perfect width to wrap around twice, and looks lovely in a single loop too.

It’s the first time I’ve used Caron Cakes and I’m really happy with the yarn. This one is Cookies & Cream and I have half a ball left (any project ideas for a half cake would be welcome!). It was fun waiting for the colours to change. I have a couple of balls of Rainbow Sprinkles too and am currently torn between hooking up a fitted, cap-sleeved shrug or a bag…oh happy decisions, decisions!

Speaking of rainbows, this week I’ve also finished another of Haafner Linssen’s patterns from her beautiful book Mandalas to Crochet, currently one of my favourite crochet books. This one is called Starry, Starry Night. 

Makes me smile to look at it πŸ™‚ I was going to get right back into finishing my block blanket today but I think I’ll be unable to resist starting another of these mandalas first – they are such a lovely crochet fix! I have put a sticky note on ‘Bewitching Basketweave’, which looks like it will be an interesting make. It has a lot of post stitches which I’m developing a real liking for through my work on Sophie’s Garden. More on that next week πŸ™‚

WIP Wednesday – blocks and mandalas

As usual, I have multiple wips going on, but this week my focus is on two in particular. The first is a blanket for my preschooler, using thirty patterns from Jan Eaton’s gorgeous 200 Crochet Blocks. I’ve been working on this for many weeks now, and on Monday I finished number thirty and have now started adding an off-white round of dc (US) to each block, after which I’ll start the joining. I chose all the blocks randomly every couple of days and mixed colours from my palette of ten on a whim, so I have no idea how it’s going to turn out! Also, while in theory each pattern is for a six inch block, my tension on more intricate designs is tighter and I’ve had some trouble achieving uniform sizing. However, I’ve added rounds and / or substituted stitches as needed, and blocked religiously,  if with varying degrees of success. So, we’ll see! I hope to finish the blanket within a week or so; meantime here are nine of my favourites:Today I’m not feeling blocks though, I’m feeling mandalas! I’ve started another from the gorgeous Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen. This one is called Starry, Starry Night and I’ve chosen a rainbow palette, always a firm favourite of mine. I’m using Patons Cotton Blend 8ply and a 3mm Clover Amour hook.

Other work in progress includes this blog and my new Facebook page! I haven’t spent anywhere near as much time on either as I’d anticipated. I’m ever conscious of maintaining the joy though, and that means the actual hooking always comes first, if I have to choose! However, I’m getting organised, and have a great many plans. And I am mindful that nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished (Lao Tzu) 😊