Saturday, January 30, 2021

The latest projects

For the past month I was in England visiting my youngest daughter and helping her with the twins and 3 year old Atticus. Her husband had to go away to take a course and since I was there, I extended my visit for a bit. I am now close to completing my self isolation in the basement of my home. Luckily, I have everything I need here - including my crafts.

I started this blanket when I was in England. I got the yarn from Aldi and purchased it because it was a good price and also, it had a certain amount of wool content. It's 20% wool but it's also washable. The label says it's Knit & Purl Rainbow Yarn in the Nougat colour. Each ball or cake was 200 grams.

I used up two balls of yarn for the blanket when I was in England but when I came home, I added to it and used up another ball of yarn. There are still three left in England. I crocheted it using the shell stitch.

I made the blanket so that my youngest little granddaughter, Aurora, had something that kept her legs warm when she was in the stroller. This photo shows the colours better.

I started this last night. It's a hat for my other granddaughter, Severn. I had made a rainbow hat for her mom and it was her mom who suggested I make one for Severn. It seems that Severn keeps wearing her mom's hat. The pattern is free on Ravelry and it's called Bankhead. I have used that pattern for about a dozen or more hats so far. The yarn was purchased last year or the year before from Walmart.

Once the hat is finished, I am planning on using up these little balls of leftover yarn for another hat.

This is the yarn. Patons Decor is no longer being made since it's not readily available anywhere. I did manage to get some from Lens Mill store a while ago but it was in the clearance section. I like it because it's variegated and also because it too has a certain amount of wool content - 25%. I have made many hats with Patons Decor yarn and my grandchildren are still wearing the hats I made. I think my new 'go to' yarn is Lion Brand's Wool Ease but it's not all that easy to find. It too has a percentage of wool content. Hopefully, I will be back in my sewing room next week. There is a whole big list of things that I have to make. I'll try to remember to take photos of things I finish. 

Until then, stay home, stay safe.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Something new

 But not quilt related.

Cross stitch kits.
I treated myself to some kits. Most of them are not that big at all. I don't need any fabric and since I am currently in England, I thought I would save the international shipping charges. Once I am home, I will be in isolation so I will have something to do to keep me occupied. I have done some cross stitch before but they have all been small things. I thought I would work at smaller kits until I feel like doing bigger ones. I think all of these are a 14 count. My friend has a problem with vision and so she uses 11 count. I have seen some of the cross stitch that she does and she has incorporated some of the designs into her quilts.