I feel I am saying this all too often these days, but I’m not sure where the time is going. Another week gone in the blink of an eye as I have been catching up after the Easter break. Freelancing suits meet to a tee, but holidays, although very welcome, do cause havoc with schedules!
In amongst a very heavy workload I have found time for a spot of recreational hooky and started the Jane Crowfoot Lily Pond blanket crochet-along.
I’ve completed one of the four blocks that make up this instalment, then got halfway through the second before realising my initial stitch count was slightly skew-whiff! I made an executive decision and fudged a couple of decreases rather than ripping back and fingers crossed it will block out to match the others and nobody will be any the wiser…you won’t tell will you?!
The pattern uses three differently sized hooks and each one of the three I am working with is a different brand, thus providing the perfect opportunity to compare the differences and see which one suits me best. I’ve always leaned towards the Clover Soft Touch hooks but have a 4mm Tulip Etimo hook which I have to say is a joy to work with. After spending longer than anyone should rummaging around for my 3.5mm hook (yet again) I placed an order for a couple of new Tulip hooks. It’s worth trying different brands and finding which suits you as it can completely change your crafting experience. I know I’ve mentioned this on the blog before and buying new tools can be quite expensive, but for something you are going to use a lot it makes all the difference to your work and enjoyment of the project. Ask friends which brands they have, and swap and try different ones out as a road test before you make a purchase.
You would be forgiven for thinking I have abandoned knitting altogether, but rest assured the needles are click click clicking away behind the scenes, as I work on a very exciting commission which I can’t wait to tell you all about! In the meantime I’ve dug a few Spring shawls out for blocking and reblocking.
The joy of being such a lazy blocker and taking so long to actually get round to it, means that when I do, what is now in theory an old project becomes an instant brand new one again!