Monday, November 07, 2011

The never ending cone of yarn

My recent obsession with the Crescent Moon Shawl shows no sign of abating.  I have just completed this gorgeous cream cotton/acrylic mix version and am already planning another black and sparkly one.  The yarn is Yeoman's Panama - I bought the cone in a local charity shop for £1 ages ago.  Can't resist a bargain.   I have now made the shawl, a doily, a tealight holder, and a mobile phone case from this yarn and there is still plenty left.  I really like the way the yarn works up and think it will wear well.
The small items that I have made from the Panama are all from the book "Kyuuto - Lacy Crochet".  It is a collection of Japanese style patterns that I bought on Amazon. The tealight holder is so effective. You just make a ring of filet braid to fit around your glass and it looks amazing when it is lit up.

I am still looking for a suitable clasp to finish off the mobile phone case and am finding it hard to get hold of anything small enough.  I may need to take apart a keychain.

The doily was made from crochet thread in the book but my slightly chunkier 4 ply version made a nice decorative mat to put on my dressing table.

My monthly church knitting group has been making hats to give to a local homeless charity.  They will be distributed to anyone who needs them during the coming cold Winter weather.  I had a ball of Sirdar Denim Ultra in my stash and am very pleased with the way it knitted up.

This is a very simple ribbed hat with a turn back cuff so it will fit most sizes and can be pulled down over the ears for warmth.  My husband reluctantly modeled it for me before I donated it.  I hope to have time to make a few more hats for this good cause.
I recently discovered the amazing Yarn Paradise on Ebay and order some lovely sequined mohair yarn for knitting glam scarves with. The yarn is all extremely reasonably priced. I was amazed when my yarn arrived next day all the way from Turkey.  That is great service for you!  I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase - there are plenty of shiny sequins and it is very soft.  I am using large needles (10mm) to knit a big, airy scarf/wrap.

This year, we had the best Halloween ever.  Everyone in our neighborhood seemed to join in and enter into the spirit of the occasion.  There were some beautifully carved pumpkins sitting on local doorsteps.  Our simple effort looked great when we lit him up and attracted many more trick or treaters than usual.

This weekend we enjoyed the wonderful free firework display in Cassiobury Park.  So glad the weather held out - it was a lot of fun!