Charity blanket no. 18: easy peasy lemon

Is there a category of failing New Year’s resolutions because you have done too much of them? I wondered at the beginning of 2017 if I could make 17 baby-sized blankets for charity.
Well it turns out that I could and have, and indeed it seems that I have the motivation to carry on and make some more:

This one is in Peter Pan merino baby ‘lemon’ and King Cole Drifter for baby ‘meadow’. Photographed against our lovely Viburnum bush – it is one of the highlights of May for me.

Minority sport

The most popular sport where we live is shinty – a kind of ‘no holds barred’ version of hockey played with a two-sided stick. My husband is a big fan and both our children played when they were younger, so it is sort of in the family. Our local team plays in blue and white but because it is something of a minority sport there is very little in the way of supporters merchandise available. So when my husband asked me to make a shinty top for this teddy I could hardly refuse:

Made in Rico baby classic blue, with applique white felt shinty sticks.

Twiddlemuff no. 6: join as you go squares

I have had four crochet squares made up to a Rowan pattern for ages, with no particular project in mind. Then looking through my stash recently I realised that two of them together would make one side of a twiddlemuff. A quick trawl through youtube found this short video on joining granny squares, and the result is here:

I also managed to join the two raw edges of the twiddlemuff ‘tube’ in the same way:

Made in Drops cotton merino grey, light grey and beige.
Now why has it taken me so long to learn this very useful method?

Twiddlemuff no. 5: Rainbow riot

My latest twiddlemuff:

Made in King Cole Riot dk 1843 (rainbow) and Sirdar Country style 4 ply 634 (Sybil). This was a good stash-buster as the Rainbow riot yarn was left over from my crocodile stitch gloves (here) and the Sirdar yarn was left over from the child’s fingerless gloves (here).
It is interesting how different the different halves of the rainbow ball turned out to be. I geuss my gloves had all the red-orange-yellow and the twiddlemuff has all the green-blue-indigo-violet. Anyway it looks quite cheery.

Homemakery colour palettes

I really like playing with yarn colours, but don’t often get to the kind of yarn shop where this is possible. However recently I came across a rather lovely website called ‘Homemakery’ which sells a range of yarn packs in Rooster, Rico and Rowan wools (as well as Stylecraft).
The two that particularly appealed to me were pebble beach:

and Seaglass:

I have ordered them both, and am looking forward to a bit of colour-play.