- Hap for Harriet (been in hibernation for over a year; must remedy that);
- Ribbed hat (started because I was going to use the yarn for something else which didn't work out, so decided to make a hat from it instead);
- Crocheted blanket (another one where the yarn had started being something else it didn't want to be, so as it was out, got made into something else instead);
- Socks (one finished, need to cast on the second one);
- Woven tea towels (haven't touched these since before the school holidays started);
- Spinning (yarn for a sweater; two skeins done, halfway through the next and another 400g to go after that).
Listing them all like that makes it look so much worse than it really is, but helps to get my focus back and not cast on anything else.
I have finished a few things though:
Socks - two pairs.
This pair were made from a Regia Creativ sock blank that I bought in a sale a few years ago. I'd never knitted from a sock blank before and it was an interesting experience. I've got another two blanks, in different colours, which I might make into scarves instead of socks.
This pair were made from Drops Fabel (another sale purchase - from Wool Warehouse). Fabel isn't the softest of yarn, but at less than £2 a 50g ball, I don't expect a silky-sock feel to it and it's a perfectly acceptable, workaday yarn.
Crocheted baby blanket. One of the knitting ladies was making a blanket in the same Sirdar pattern and she'd got a finished one in her bag and I liked it, so got the pattern, pulled out some Stylecraft Special DK from stash and off I went. It was a quick crochet and rather satisfying to make. The pattern doesn't specify a border, but I added a round of crab stitch/reverse DC - SC US) which I think finishes it off.
Here's a close-up of the mesh pattern:
Nice, isn't it. So nice, in fact, that I started another one, that's very nearly finished.
I'm trying to keep DD2 occupied over the summer holidays. She's had three days at the holiday club they run at her school, but that's finished now, so it's a case of trying to think of things to do when, in truth, all she really wants to do is go shopping so I can buy her more beads and lip glosses! It's a bit of a struggle, but at least I've got DD1 home now.......
...... DD1 plays in two youth orchestras and each year, at least one of them goes abroad on a tour (as well as having a couple of workshops during the Christmas and Easter school holidays). This year, they went on tour to Hungary, so last weekend her case was packed, clarinet cleaned, snacks added to her hand luggage, passport, currencies and European Health Card put in her handbag and I went to work and hubby and DD2 took her to the drop-off point and that was the last I saw of her until they got back yesterday afternoon. She seems to have had a good time (she usually does; she blossoms when shes in the company of like-minded young people as she's not particularly girly - unlike her sister), although travelling 24 hrs each way on a coach meant she didn't get much sleep on either journey and was in bed early last night, sleeping for 12 hours. I've just got to start saving for next year's tour now as it's Essex Music Services 60th anniversary next year, I believe, and there are rumours they're going to be "doing something a bit special".
DD1 has another music workshop next week. It's a residential one, but at a school that's only about six miles away, but it's also GCSE exam results day next Thursday, so I'll pick her up after breakfast, whizz up to her school so she can get her results and then whizz her back to the music thing.
Just noticed out of the window that my mother's arrived to visit, so I'd better go!