It’s been a week of mainly continuing with the two main projects that I started last week. Firstly the crochet ripple blanket has progressed well. With it still being the school Easter holidays here Little Miss C was booked on to an intensive swimming course which meant that we were at the pool every morning for a 30 minute lesson, in addition to her usual slot on a Friday afternoon. Excellent for her (especially as by the Friday afternoon lesson she’s earn an amazing four certificates and badges!) but also excellent for me as it meant that every day I had a little bit of me time to crochet in whilst I watched her swim. By Saturday afternoon I’d finished the 14th colour, making it one sixth of the way through the colour change ripples. The pattern uses a total of 15 different colours so row 15 was actually my first repeated colour before I finished off using all of them for the first time in row 16.
I’m still really pleased with how it’s coming on and by now I have the pattern memorised (it really is most simple) so I can just pick it up and continue without needing to think about it too much at all. Fingers crossed that I managed to keep going with it. The satisfaction of seeing it grow so much is a great motivator though. The second project is of course the huge Emily Peacock tapestry and to be honest progress on this is so much slower. I can only really do this at home once the kids are in bed as it is so unwieldy to hold. I’ve got it on a frame, but it’s not attached or as taut as it should be and I think it would actually be better on a bigger frame and being held on a stand, yet I have neither of those, so I’m just going to have to make do with what I’ve got.
I have made progress though and it’s looking good. With the pattern printed on the canvas it’s relatively easy to work and I just need to pick up the instructions whenever I have a colour change. It doesn’t seem to grow as fast as I’d like, but still progress is being made. I think I also need to get my hands a bit more used to sewing like this again as after a long evening with it I ended up with blisters on my fingers! Far from ideal, especially as it then stopped me doing any more for a few days until they’d stopped hurting.
My final project for the week was a small one that I did at our monthly WI meeting. This month we were all making bunting in preparation for the WI Centenary baton arriving in our area in early May. There’s going to be a bit of a tea party and the Herts Belles WI have taken charge of the bunting, so we arrived equipped with craft materials and sewing kits to decorate the triangle flags that were waiting for us. There were flags in the WI colours (which someone commented match the suffragette colours – is that just a coincidence?) and I ended up choosing a simple white one on which to do a design of the St Albans shield in felt. I thought this a good example of something from the area, but to be honest it looked a bit out of place in the end as everyone else made something related to what we get up to in the WI instead – so there were lots of tea cups, sewing bits and even an excellent jar of jam.
Oh well – it’s good to be different I suppose, and at least mine stood out from the crowd!
What have you been busy crafting this week?