Finished at last – my Old Knitted Friend

For a blanket that was about 18 years in the making, my Old Knitted Friend is really isn’t that impressive to look at! But the fact that I started this much loved blanket as a teenager, and that it’s been a part of every home I’ve had since then makes it very special to me, and I’m almost sad that I can finally say it’s finished.

This is how it looks now with its new stripey garter stitch border.

Old Knitted Friend - the patchwork blanket Continue reading

A hump day victory, plus revealing the Granny Stripe Beast!

Something rather wonderful and unexpected happened last week. Out of the blue the number of hits to my blog just exploded! I occasionally get a bit of a boost if someone links to one of my patterns, or if a picture gets re-pinned on Pinterest, but this was just bonkers! Every time I hit refresh the numbers just climbed higher!

When I checked where the referrals were coming from I found that the latest project I’d added to the Hookin’ on Hump Day link party (jointly hosted by Moogly and Petals to Picots) had been the third most clicked that week, and so had been featured at the top of the post for the next link party! It was being featured that caused my hits to rocket rather than the initial round of clicking (does that even make sense?), and the project in question was the crochet bag I made my mum for Mothers’ Day using Lucy of Attic24’s Jolly Chunky Bag pattern.Happy crochet bagI left a message on Lucy’s blog to say thank you for her lovely pattern and to let her know that my version had done so well on HOHD but I don’t know if she has seen it. Continue reading

Knitting on a balcony in Rome

Rome collageYou’d be forgiven for thinking I vanished off the face of the earth sometime at the end of March, but actually I’ve been alternating between being quite busy and utterly exhausted. Being pregnant makes everything hard work! I’m very lucky though, plenty of nausea but no actual being sick, in the morning or otherwise. I am always hungry, but unfortunately I’ve also gone off a lot of foods that I normally enjoy.

To sum up: permanently tired, moaning, looking for food and insatiably hungry? Yup, this pregnancy is turning me into a zombie and I love it! Continue reading