Chris started it, I wasn’t even thinking about…erm…*whispers* Christmas, he decided he’d like to knit a scarf, I nonchalantly suggested he might knit one for Mater & Pater, well two obviously, but I meant one each. Before I knew what was happening, Chris had chosen the yarn he’d like to use, I’d ordered it, the yarn arrived and he set forth with gusto!
In the meantime I wondered what delights I could make, and decided to crochet some bath puffs, well actually shower puffs as Mater & Pater don’t have a bath, weird I know, but like us, they are, weird I mean 🙂
So I turned to my favourite puff pattern, Bath Puff & Back Scrubber by Priscilla Hewitt, I’ve never bothered doing my own pattern as there are so many already available, in my opinion, this design in quick and easy, perfect. Now all I had to do was choose my yarn, in the end I couldn’t decided on a colour, so I made two puffs each for Mater & Pater in the wonderful Sugar n Cream Ombres.
And here are the finished puffs…
Many thanks to Chris for doing the lettering for the colourways of the yarn, and talking of Bloke, will he be sharing pics of his scarves? You’ll have to wait and see 🙂
As a result of bargain hunting on eBay, my new old yarn arrived this morning, there are actually 5 balls, but I’m using one for a new design…more of that later. The yarn is Sirdar Soft Cotton aran, and it really is soft…and squishy…and yarny and…oh the joy of new yarn!
Sometimes yarn is delivered vacuum packed with all the life sucked out of it, sometimes it’s delivered squished into a plastic bag…but sometimes you get a special treat. This is how my yarn has just arrived from the Wool Warehouse, in a pretty organza bag with ribbons, WOW!!
Chris should take credit for finding these two fascinating articles, I shall take credit for sharing them, and spelling colour correctly!!
A Haunting Yarn
I don’t knit, but that hasn’t stopped me from lurking around the Etsy shop of a German merchant called DyeForYarn. The pun, though forced, is fitting. Just take a look at the macabre names bestowed on many of the colors.
Here’s a little quiz to test your knowledge of color names. Can you identify where on the spectrum these colors — all of them well documented, some of them brand-specific — are located?
I’m Not Really a Waitress
Baffled? Frustrated? Annoyed that color naming nowadays is so arcane and confusing? I sympathize with the first two reactions. But don’t be too quick to blame oddly named colors on Kids These Days: two of the names in the quiz date back to the Elizabethan era.
2) Tighten this slip knot on your winding tool. I like to pull this slip knot tight in the hook of the crochet hook, or high up toward the end of the knitting needle, to keep it out of the way.
3) Hold your yarn against the winding tool with your thumb, and wrap it around the winding tool several times near the end as shown.
4) Continue to wrap yarn around these first clump of wound yarn, criss-crossing as you work from time to time as shown. This should feel just like winding a regular wrapped ball of yarn, only this ball of yarn has a winding tool poking out of it.
5) Continue in this fashion until all your yarn is wrapped, then tuck the end into the ball under a few strands to secure it.
6) Still holding that first bit of yarn between your thumb and the winding tool, gently ease the tool out of the ball.
7) All done! The end with the slip knot in it will now be the start of your next project, and yarn will pull from the center of the ball with ease!
As I can only use cotton yarn for knitting and crocheting, I’m always on the look out for a good deal. I often buy dishcloth cotton which is ideal for doing samples…and of course the occasional dishcloth!
One brand I’ve used for years is Pegasus, and I’ve just found some on eBay at a good price, 5 x 100g balls for £8.99 including postage, or 10 balls for £16.99. I ordered 5 balls because I also found 3 balls of Rico Cotton Aran going cheap, so I am a happy bunny XD
Here’s the link to the seller on eBay, Ribbons and Buttons, is it too corny to say…buy now while stocks last?!