Posted on 5 March, 2011
At the end of last year, I promised myself that I would write on my blog more . . . especially after my OH helped me move my blog and all it’s entries over to my existing website. And here we are into March, and this is my first post this year. Ooops!
I’ve had a lot of knitting to be getting on with this year, which has left me feeling slightly overwhelmed and under a bit of pressure to get it done. I’m in three different knitting/yarn clubs this year, and I do feel like I should be making an effort to keep up with each month as it arrives. I’m a little behind as I spent most of January finishing off my Four Seasons Blanket.
I do need to get better pics of this blanket, but I just love this one of me snuggled under it just after I finished it.
My 1st club is Debbie Abrahams’ Mystery Blanket Club.
This club lasts ten months and I’ll receive my last parcel in October 2011. I’ve had 2 parcels so far:
I’ve only managed to get the first package knitted into squares. Here’s the January squares:
I love the colours in this new mystery blanket and I just love all those beads too! I think I’ll always join this mystery KAL . . . not sure what I’ll do with all the blankets though . . . but after finishing last year’s Beneath the Sea blanket, I’m pretty much addicted now!
My 2nd club is Jane Crowfoot’s The Crochet Club.
This club is a mystery Crochet-along, and by the end of June, I should have a lovely crocheted piece that I can use as a throw or a wall hanging. Jane sent out all the yarn needed for this six month CAL in one package in January.
Each month, Jane emails a piece of the pattern to the club members. She has also set up a dedicated The Crochet Club blog to show us any techniques, hints and tips that we may need each month when the new pattern arrives.
I’ve only managed to crochet the January pieces for this club too.
I’m not looking forward to sewing in all those ends! Maybe with the next pieces, I’ll feel a bit braver and attempt weaving in the ends as I crochet. I’ve crocheted 2 of the zig zag piece shown down the side of that last pic. I had blocked these first and forgot to take both pieces outside for the photoshoot.
My main reason for joining The Crochet Club was to get myself crocheting more . . . and it’s worked! I’ve crocheted a little Android figure for my OH . . .
He loves his Android phones, and this little guy now sits on his desk at work.
The 3rd club that I’m a member of, is the Old Maiden Aunt yarn club. Old Maiden Aunt is a little shop in West Kilbride that sells the most beautiful hand painted yarn that you will ever find. For three months (Jan, Feb and March), club members receive a package with two new colours . . . never seen before . . . and not available to buy in the shop until later this year.
The January parcel had this inside:
The colours are based on Scottish myths and legends. The green is called Bean Nighe (or banshee) which is a ‘washerwoman’ . . . a woman in a green dress who stands by the river and washes the grave-clothes of those who are about to die. The grey/blue is called Selkie which is a seal that can shed it’s skin and transform into a human.
Not only did we receive the yarn, but also a Selkie themed project bag, a little Selkie card with lots of yarn and myth info, a pin badge, and a packet of love heart sweets.
I’ve knitted a little shawl using the Selkie yarn
It’s called Undine and can be found on Ravelry . . . it’s a free pattern too!!!
I just love all the colours that show through this yarn once it’s knitted . . .
It looks nothing like that grey/blue skein that arrived in the post five weeks ago.
The February parcel arrived last Friday, and here’s what was inside:
The orange/brown is called Far Darrig which translates as ‘red man’, as he wears a red coat and hat. He is related to the leprechaun and spends a lot of time playing practical jokes. The green is called Ghillie Dhu and he is one of the Scottish fairy folk . . . a wild guardian of the forest. He wears a coat of moss and leaves and is notoriously shy.
We also received the Ghillie Dhu themed sock bag, pin badge, etc. just like in the January package.
I’ve knitted a shawl called the Trinity shawl (again easily found on Ravelry) with the Ghillie Dhu yarn which is blocking right now, and I’m knitting a little pair of fingerless mitts with the leftovers too . . . not bad from one skein of yarn, eh?!
As well as my 3 clubs, I’ve joined a couple of groups on Ravelry . . . 11 Shawls in 2011 and 11 hats in 2011 . . . I do like a challenge!