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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Nearly There

I have been playing with the laptop and am almost there, I still have to check that the printer will respond, but the rest can wait a while.

I have mentioned that I was planning on something new, here is a little taster, the plans have been put off for a while.

 
 
 
These bobbly strands were the devil to wind into balls, they had been twisted into very tight skeins.

 
The balls are looking sparkly, that is just the light bouncing about. The yarn is Sari Silk, what is left at the end of a run is cut into long strips that then roll up from the sides to form a yarn like texture. It is not at all even and I am intrigued as to how it will crochet and knit up.
I saw it on a TV channel when visiting Maggie, I did a search online but could not find a better price so ordered 2 skeins of each colour. This is destined to become a scarf, I will knit and crochet a small amount to see which I prefer.
 
 
 
My bargain CS door curtain is now up and doing a grand job.
 

 
The small Ripple has become a cushion cover and Ben has claimed it as his own, although at the moment he is stretched out over half the sofa and 3 cushions.
 

 
The quality of this photo is dreadful but I had several attempts and each got progressively worse. I treated myself to this, I am a fan of Debbie Shore and it was well worth buying.

 
As part of my aim of sewing through my stash I am hoping to work my way through the book, this little bag caught my eye.

 
 
I have made several now but only captured these 2 so far. The pink bag is to the size from the book and was a gift for Maggie to store her crochet in. The large one is twice the pattern size and holds a sweater or cardigans worth of yarn, the pattern, knitting pins and all the bits required with ease. It will also hold a well rolled double bed quilt so there is one in Christmas (there, I said it at last) fabric on it's way for Fran. The quilt blocks are done and waiting to be sewn together.
The weather forecast is rain till Sunday, I really do not mind. Ben and I both have coats and are not scared of getting a little wet. I have more bags cut out ready to sew, a few quilt tops to layer and Fran's Christmas Quilt to finish. Then there is the sweater to finish, the big Ripple blanket, enough yarn for another and some Aran Yarn on the way for a Cardie for me.
 
You may have noticed that I have not mentioned the unpleasant stuff, laundry, dusting, polishing et al. It will all happen I just do not like to dwell upon it.
 
I had a spendy day on Tuesday, I checked with Which and bought a tumble dryer, the running cost for a year is £65, based on an average of 3 loads of cotton per week. That is not likely so it will be easily affordable, if I had the luxury of an open fire I would not have considered it.
 I have found in the last few weeks that it is too warm to have the heating on and too cool/damp to dry the laundry so bit the bullet and coughed up the money.
 
I also replaced my microwave, also with a Which best buy, and my kettle decided to leak so a new one of those, again a Which best buy. Both of these were from Tesco and were almost covered by my club card, mainly from petrol, thanks to boost. The microwave is a combi and works wonderfully, 2 large jacket potatoes in 12 minutes with crispy skins......Yum.
 
I have just looked out at the rain and Ben and I will have to don our waterproofs for the 1.00 walk, not to worry.
 
Reasons to be grateful.
 
1.  A well stocked craft room to keep my hands busy.
 
2.  My new book for inspiration.
 
3.  Rain to stop me feeling guilty about crafting.
 
4.  My new appliances to make life easier.
 
5.  All the lovely blogs on my list to keep me entertained, and in touch with the outside world.
 
On that note I think that a cup of tea and a half hours light reading is called for, I hope that you will all enjoy your day as much as I will.
 
     TTFN                                                                             Pam


18 comments:

  1. I love the look of the sari fabric, let us know how you get on with it :)

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    1. Once I make a start it will on the blog.

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  2. It's great to dry outside but not always possible. Last year I tried to be good and I hung things up inside but I got a very (un)healthy crop of black mould in various places. I'd tried to ensure good ventilation but that way heat escapes as well. I still avoid using my dryer but if it's that or mould I'll use the dryer.

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    1. My dryer has been a boon this very wet weekend.

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  3. When an appliance is about to break down I swear it sends a message to the other ones before it succumbs. In return they also break down. Some people call this Murphy's Law, I call it a conspiracy! Your projects are lovely so there's no need to feel guilty. I'm sure they are put to good use.

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    1. It is strange but true, these things do like to cluster together, as you say a conspiracy.

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  4. I got the latest debbie Shore book last month I had it on pre-order some interesting projects in there.
    I find the Sari yarn intersting we did have some in the shop ment to pick some up on my last trip and forgot, I am hoping there is some still there when I go down to close the shop in a few weeks. I wanted to crochet a net bag with it.

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    1. Debbie has another book out next month, I have it on order.

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  5. Why is it when one thing breaks it start a run and we have to replace loads of stuff, love your sewing.

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    1. They say that things happen in three's, I dropped my every day tea pot as well and have got to replace it. I dare not use the Royal Albert too much in the early morning, my eyes are not fully open for a while.

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  6. Lovely sewing, Pam, the bags are great. Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, I do enjoy crafting.

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  7. Lovely blog i saw you thrue other blogger...nice posts to read...blessings ❤

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    1. I find lots of blogs to read by clicking on replies on other blog posts, it can run a way with the time though.

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  8. The bags look great, Pam. Lovely pink fabric

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    1. I am not girlie at all but I do like lots of colour, I am a bit low on yellow but want to sew through much more fabric before I buy any.

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  9. I haven't heard of sari yarn before, I'm keen to know what it's like to knit with & what the finished knit looks like. Your sewing projects are great, as ever. Why do electrical appliances seem to come out in sympathy? A conspiracy perhaps? Vee x

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    1. I will blog about it as soon as I make a start, I just hope that it is not too rough on the fingers.

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