Yes I am still here
Just sitting in chaos at the moment
D2 and her partner have temporarily moved in with us
D2 has not lived with us for over 10 years and her partner never has
So we have squished 2 homes into 1 at the moment
And squished is a good word for it
There goes our freedom :-)
I have had a finished project which I have been wanting to show you
But for some reason, I just could not get around to blocking it
And it has a long story to go with it
So grab a cuppa and some nibbles and here I go ....
Once upon a time (smirk) ......
About 6 years ago I started glancing at blogs, particularly knitting ones
I was absolutely astounded at the beautiful work I saw
Particularly when I chanced upon a few who were making lacy shawls with fine ply (2-3)
They were absolutely gorgeous
And a longing started
A huge longing, a craving, a want, a must-have
Yes I can knit
Yes I can do lace
But these shawls usually ended up with well over 300 stitches!!!!
And it was done with such fine yarn!!!!
My memory and patience is just not that great any more
So I kept looking
I found crochet blogs with just as amazing shawls
But I was not confident with my crochet skills
Granny squares were my limit
And I had to make the grey matter work to remember them
And then came Ravelry
I heard so much about it right from the beginning
I heard about the 'oh-so-long' wait to join
But that changed and yes it was wonderful!!!
Ever since I joined Ravelry, I have browsed and queued so many shawls - knitted and crocheted
I could not help myself
But no, nothing was started
And then only recently, from out of nowhere, I found a pattern - I loved the look, I think I could do it, I even had stash that immediately sprang to mind when I saw the pattern
Now to add another quirky thing
I have always had a fascination with leaves in knitting projects
The first project I made for my babies was 2 small blanket with leaves as the feature (sorry I can't find a photo to date, but I'm still looking)
Do do you remember this?
This project took me a while to do
Memory lapses ensured that I frogged it a lot
Even with a very easy pattern
So glad I chose a crochet pattern and not a knitting pattern
It would have ended up totally frogged ;-)
And here it is ...
Am I the only one or can you all see those pretty leaves?
Now it is not fully blocked, not too sure exactly how to as it is made with cotton.
It has had a light steam block
Haven't worn it yet, so you will have to wait for those photos
But it sits lovely with the shaping at the top
It's light and delicate and semi-soft
Now to find a shawl pin!!!
The pattern is called 'Small Talk Shawl'
It is a beautiful, simple pattern repeat
I can already see this in autumn shades in a heavier weight wool, maybe something slightly silky .... mmmm
BTW - I should mention that hubby's team has made it to the Grand Finals
So another weekend spent on the side of a cricket oval
And another project to find
A very, very, very, very simple one this time - my concentration may not be on my fingers :-)