Monthly Archives: November 2015

Blogging away

  
This is what’s currently on the loom at Weaving Heart, a custom in some gorgeous colours. It will be woven in heart weave, a twill variation with a charcoal cottolin weft. To be honest, while its lovely and everything, it’s nothing different from the usual warps I work on (except for the customer of course); it was just a calculated lure to ‘encourage’ you to read the blog. Sorry about that. 

Writing a blog can be a funny old thing. In a part of my mind, you (the lovely readers) don’t really exist, so when I meet someone in real life who tells me they read this it’s very strange, a little like hearing someone has read your diary.

I also have the urge to overshare here which must be curbed for both our sakes. So I’ll continue to witter on about weaving, spinning and suchlike. Just don’t be fooled that everything in my life, as in yours, is all happy fluffy fibery things.

Winter, much as I love it (the snuggling down in a cosy sofa while the wind and rain batter the roof is one of my favourite things), brings poor health and M.E. flare ups. I’ve had more days feeling like a lump of concrete and a sore thing. Unfortunately when my body is saying ‘no more’, my head is very active and frustrated by it all. 

So I’m telling you this not for sympathy or pity but just as when I started blogging I made a promise not to only show the good things but also some of my struggles. So many bloggers (and I’m not judging this at all, just expressing my opinion) write about their lives as if it’s all sunshine and lollipops, which can give the wrong impression sometimes.

Anyway enough of that. How are you? When was the last time you checked in with the little person inside? How is she/he doing? At peace or a little neglected? I think, especially at this time year, it is so very important to pay attention to our emotional insides and maybe give yourself a little hug. It doesn’t cost a penny after all and is possibly one of the best antidotes to Black Friday.

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Life is moving on very quickly here at Weaving Heart HQ, as I’m sure it is with you too. Weeks have taken on a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ quality so before I know it a new blog post is more than overdue.

I’m in the middle (weeell technically I’m not there yet) of another crocheted blanket, started a while ago funnily enough. It’s a granny square one by Attic24 called Harmony which simply sums up the colours. So I’m just going to leave these photos here for a wee while…

  
  
  

Another one down and dusted

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I’m getting those bad boy WIPs packed off to FO (Finished Object) Land with a vengeance. It feels sooo good to actually be completing things rather than adding more to the pile of Works In Progress. It’s also making the Christmas list look a little more manageable too. Win all round then.

This one isn’t a present but has gone up for sale in the Etsy shop on the off chance that someone fancies actually paying a more realistic price for the work involved as opposed to lots of other items for sale that have been handmade on a small scale. Fair trade works in the UK too you know.

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It’s been a bit of a journey this one. Each individual square and rectangle has been made from lots of different stitches often using different hook sizes. I have no idea how many ends needed sewing in but I reckon around 18 on average for each square. The yarn was lovely to work with, from Stylecraft, containing 25% wool. It’s washable and the colours should stay true forever I think! Where ever this ends up, I think it will be a true heirloom.

The pattern was designed and well written by Jane Crowfoot and can still be downloaded for free from the Stylecraft website. 

  
  

Finishing frenzy

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Since finishing the epic project that was my ‘Wild Apple’ bohus cardigan (pause while I just remember that and feel all ‘glowy’) I have made a commitment to finishing off some of the huge pile of WIPs that seem to have accumulated.

I was able to put to bed a knitting project last week, but I’m can’t show you as it’s getting to That Time of Year and it is going to be a Christmas present.

Then I reached into the depths of my crochet drawers and pulled out the ‘Lily Pad CAL’. The actual Crochet ALong ended quite a while back (fail) but I was surprised to discover quite how far I had got along with it; there’s only three parts left to do. It’s a pattern for Stylecraft by Jane Crowfoot and is the cutest blanket ever; some of you may remember when I started it but I soon lost interest and it somehow got stuffed into the darkest depths of my hibernating projects pile.

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When finished, it will just be a lap blanket (I know, what’s the use??) made up of squares and rectangles in lots of pinks, greens and teal. I’ll try not to get distracted…

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