Only 150 days until . . .

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 🙂

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I’ve Got The Blues

But in a good way!

Sirdar soft cotton aran
Sirdar soft cotton aran

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!

Organza 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!!

organza yarn

The yarn is Lily Sugar’n Cream, a massive 400g cone, in sage, obviously 100% cotton and Aran weight, that should keep me crocheting for a while!

 

 

Haunting Yarns and Ordinary Colours

Chris should take credit for finding these two fascinating articles, I shall take credit for sharing them, and spelling colour correctly!!

A Haunting Yarn

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.

courtesy of Fritinancy

Where Have All the Ordinary Color Names Gone?

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?

  1. Inch Worm
  2. Dead Spaniard
  3. Isabella
  4. I’m Not Really a Waitress
  5. Synergy

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.

courtesy of visualthesaurus