Being a knitter/crocheter affects how you look at garments in shops, right? Do you find yourself frowning and pondering at other people’s knitwear?
No?? Oh, OK, it’s just me, then.
There are some beautiful clothes out there. Look at this crocheted loveliness I saw in the window of a local charity shop.
How gorgeous? I don’t wear pale colours because they really don’t suit me (even my wedding dress was dark teal), but if I could just get hold of the pattern, I’d begin crocheting this jumper in a heartbeat. Possibly in purple. I wonder how this one was made, though. Proper crochet can’t be mass-produced by machine (which always gives me pause for thought in clothes shops when I see racks of crochet-looking jumpers). So who made this beauty? And how?
Not sure about the scarf, though.
There are some oddities, too. In Marks and Spencer (that bastion of middle-class, middle-aged, middle-England
underwear clothes-selling, I saw jumpers that made my knitty fingers twitch! Because, look!
I know they did this on purpose for effect, but I guarantee that very few knitters will be buying that top. Am I alone in my urge to unravel this jumper and re-knit it the other way round so that those stripes lose their extra micro-stripes of purl bumps? Or I guess I could just, y’know, wear it inside out. The wrongness of this jumper makes my eyeballs itch. At least, as knitters and crocheters, we’re entirely free to make our clothes in any design we choose.
Anyway, down to serious business. The log-fire is lit, the wine is poured, and I’m knitting:-
I owe you an explanation of where the various promised projects are up to. The crochet house bag pattern is nearly done, although the visual charts might take a little longer to produce. It’ll be here soon, and it’ll be free for any of you crazy enough to make it. I’ve been briefly diverted from finishing it by the need to produce a new pattern in time for a STYLECRAFT YARN GIVEAWAY at the end of this month. Stay tuned, folks! And the utterly insane giant furniture-related crochet house project is plodding along and nearly done. Meanwhile I’m slightly distracted by the deadline at the end of this month for the final final final submission for my novel-writing MPhil degree. So what with that, and supporting the newly-schooling twinnage (yes they’re coping, thank you very much for asking) and treating my patients in the hospital, and keeping us all supplied with home-baked chocolate cake, and trying not to forget the allotment, and attempting to prevent our brewery home from descending into total squalor, I’m a tad busy.
And yes, some quirky vloggy podcasts are still on the horizon.
Oh, and there’s just one more thing that I should mention. For anyone able to contribute a little knitted kindness for a neonatal unit, have a look at this: https://www.facebook.com/LeedsTHTrust/photos/a.588410397897335.1073741826.131381120266934/909673279104377/?type=1&fref=nf&pnref=story