15. Crafting in the Gaps

I have no finished projects to share with you this week although I have done a lot of knitting, some crochet and even some sewing! I feel like every spare moment when I’m not working or doing chores, I have had a project in hand this week!

I’ve mostly been working on the first two Knitvent projects.

I’m about 60% of the way through the Hearten Cowl and truly loving every stitch.

And I’m 20% in on the Tidings Shawl. All Helen’s patterns are in a table and give you percentages so you can see how far through the project you are. I really love this and try to aim for a certain number of rows a day or even 5%.

I’ve also picked up a WIP that I started at the end of August. At the time, the weather warmed up and it was a struggle to knit with as it’s so bulky so I put it to one side. It’s the Sonder shawl, again by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade from her book. This is the 4th pattern I’ve made from this book. I’d like to make all six eventually.

I’m knitting this shawl out of Stylecraft Special XL Super Chunky in the colourway: ‘Mushroom’. Although it should knit up really quickly, it has seemed to take me an age! I think that’s because I’m used to knitting with smaller needles with socks and 4-ply yarn so using these 8mm needles makes me feel so clunky and uncoordinated!

It will be such a cosy shawl to wear on my dog walks when the weather gets colder. I’ve started to wear my Frost at Midnight cowl on my evening walks now as it has definitely cooled down. I also need to knit myself a pair of fingerless mitts. I made everyone else some last year but didn’t get round to making any for myself.

Frost at Midnight Cowl from Knitvent 2018

Rob works alternative shifts each week so when he works his late shift, he takes Cosmo for this lunch time walk which means I get an hour free to eat my lunch and then do what I want. This has started to become my sewing time and I love it! It’s quite amazing what you can get done in 45 minutes. I managed to make Cosmo a new cover for his bed one lunch time because the little monkey had chewed a big hole in the other one! Honestly, anything with a tag on is like sparkle to a magpie!

The other projects I’m currently working on are gifts so I can’t share them with you. Here is a little peek at the prep pile…

In the local community craft group I’m part of, we have turned our attentions to Christmas now and are planning a big display. For this, I’m currently crocheting as many little stars as I can using this pattern by Attic24. It’s such a simple pattern that after I’d made one, I didn’t need to look again. Any spare 5 minutes, I make another one. Any phone calls I take are on loud speaker so my hands are free to crochet a few more! We have a deadline of 1st December to finish all of the bits. I’m also in charge of cutting out the main letters in sparkly felt so I’m hoping to get that done this weekend so I’ll be able to share my progress with you next week. It’s really exciting! I love a shared project!

I’ve really found comfort in my knitting this week. It has kept me going. On Saturday, we had a call to say someone had found Ginny’s remains on their front garden. It was so upsetting. She was a wonderful rabbit and we’ll all miss her so much. It’s been a tough week for Faye, especially.

On Sunday, I made an apple crumble to use up the rest of the cooking apples. I took the crumble recipe from a magazine supplement that said to use soft brown sugar. Unfortunately, this created a paste with the butter rather than breadcrumbs so it didn’t turn out as ‘crumbly’ as I would have liked, although the oats and nuts helped to break it up a bit, and it did taste delicious, which is the main thing!

I hope you’ve managed to squeeze in as much craft time as possible this week.

Happy crafting! xx

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