Hmm, it seems that the house-bag I’m crocheting and the real houses being
too numerously built in our village are neck-and-neck in terms of progress. That said, I’m tempted to just whack a roof on what I’ve hooked so far and call it a bungalow. Would you like to see some progress? (Thank you for your lovely comments on my previous post about it, by the way. 🙂 )
There’s a long way to go. Upstairs, for starters, and that door needs a handle. And those little balls of red/green Rowan Fine Tweed (leftover from this) are for embroidering roses and window boxes etc. And maybe we need a house number. (Any suggestions?) And being a bag, it needs a shoulder strap and some lining and some sides.
My fine furry friends, do you see that little white fanlight above the door? (Let’s ignore the fact that I’ve decided now it should be grey, not white.) It looks as though I’ve just worked it on top of the brick stitch (doesn’t it?) but no, it’s completely integrated into the pattern. You have no idea how very many hours I spent figuring that blighter out with randomly-coloured spare yarn.
It’s fun, and at some point I’ll write the pattern up in a form that’s comprehensible to the outside world.
But meanwhile, I’ll just continue building and building with yarn, and the chaps in the village will keep building and building with bricks. I seem to be working a sort of crochet intarsia, with far too many balls of yarn. Knitted intarsia never was my thing (I’m a stranded/fairisle lass), and all these tangling colours are a tad frustrating.
It got more complicated and the blobs of yarn became more numerous after this photo was taken, by the way, but by then I was a little too fraught to fetch the camera. Incidentally, if you’re
crazy enough to be doing intarsia of any sort, whether knitted or crocheted, I recommend using hair bobbles or elastic bands to restrain the balls/bobbins/blobs of yarn that you’re currently not using. (Hair bobbles are kinder to the yarn, in the same way that they’re kinder to the hair than elastic bands are.) That way, there is at least a limit of sorts to the degree of yarny snarl-up you’re about to experience.
Now, you might have observed a certain gloomy ambience to the photos in this post. If you’re in the UK you might have guessed why, but given that most of you are from outside the UK, I really ought to show you this picture of the SUN:-
…and also this:-
…Because whilst I was hooking away, the moon was sneaking in front of the sun and giving us a 90-something percent eclipse. Not as impressive as the 100% dark eclipse I witnessed on the south coast a few years ago, but fun nonetheless. People talk about the birds going quiet when an eclipse peaks, but really what happens is this: (i) the traffic goes quiet, and (ii) social media goes mental. So there you have it, people, characteristics of the eclipse for the modern age. You heard it here first on the ‘Yarn. 🙂
Ooooh, it looks lovely! The roof rocks 🙂
Betsy Alspach says
Yes, please tell us when you write a pattern and how we can purchase it. Wouldn’t it be fun to knit a little village, people, animals-heavy on sheep and cats of course.
You are over the edge. Sorry. It will be lovely, I’m sure. And here’s me trying to decide if I want to attempt color work – as in mittens ……… honestly I need a break from the socks.
I love your little house. I like the fanlight as well. I knew exactly what it was. And the roof is masterful. You’re going to love this when it’s done if you don’t make yourself nuts in the doing. I’m still looking forward to the roses. Window boxes may just put you over the edge, so you might want to stop before going there.
That’s a lovely little door 🙂 I can’t wait to see your embroidered flowers, it sounds like a lovely extra touch 🙂
Andrea in NZ says
Don’t change the door! You have a TARDIS parked against the house!
I love this project, and it’s fun watching it evolve, rather than seeing just the finished item.
Hair bobbles sound a great way of keeping all the yarn under control. I use hair clips for keeping cross stitch threads from tangling, so a similar principle 🙂
Bekki Hill says
The little house is soooooo cute! 🙂 Can’t wait to see it finished.
Your little house is delightful, love the fan light and look forward to seeing the flowers embroidered on later 🙂
Definitely add a number. Is this a secret plot to develop house bags which will cover the new development houses during a guerilla knitting escapade?
What a fabulous project! You have so much patience?
Your patience is admirable and the book with all the instructions written-as-you-go is an inspiration!
Your house is fabulous. I love your creativity.
Is it just me, or does that door look like a Tardis? If that’s the case, I think that you should choose the number “42” for the “door” and combine the meaning of life with Mr Who. I see white woman’s magic on those pages. Not for the faint hearted and all of a sudden I feel faint!
Love the house! Is it going to be 2D or 3D?
this is so cute. I cant wait to see it finished
Oh my gosh… when I read your last post and you said you were crocheting a house I didn’t understand… this is totally totally awesome! What an amazing bag that is going to be! Mind. Blown.
Love the house and the sketches for it!!! Yahoo!
Jane Eldridge says
It is just lovely! Jane
Love the house-bag! Maybe you’ll start enjoying the making enough to turn it into a tower-block? 😉