26 July 2016

Friends Around the World CAL

I'm very pleased today to be part of something rather big and rather special happening in the world of crochet.  I also have the pleasure of welcoming some lovely new folks to my blog today too.  Hi!

In case you don't know what all this is about, let me explain a little...

Earlier this year I was flattered to be asked to join a talented group of crocheters and designers arranging a special Crochet Along called the 'Friends Around the World Anniversary CAL'.  An idea that has set up and organized by the wonderful people behind the 'CAL - Crochet Along' group on Facebook, which in case you don't know is a great way to find out about and get involved in current crochet alongs.

Their rather splendid notion was to was to create a blanket CAL that would made up of different crocheted blocks, each to be a unique pattern dreamt by some wonderful and well loved crochet designers.

It's an idea that is not only to mark the anniversary of Crochet Along FB group, which has already grown to an impressive 24 thousand strong, but also to celebrate the truly worldwide nature of the membership.  The CAL team have therefore managed to arrange to translate every single block pattern included in the CAL into no less than ten different languages!

So now that you know what this rather special project is all about, let me waste no time in sharing my little contribution to it and that's my 'Compass Points' Square.

We were asked to design something that would be fairly simple and so I have kept my stitches as straightforward as possible.  The most complicated, the Puff Stitch, I would call a intermediate level, so if you would like some more help with that one you can find my Puff Stitch tutorial here.

I also wanted to reflect the worldwide nature of this project and so I decided a block including every compass direction would fit rather nicely.  So, whether you be in the North, South, East or West, I hope you'll enjoy whipping up this block and being a part of this CAL.



Available in English (US Terms) and
Danish, Dutch, French (coming soon), German, Hebrew, Korean, Spanish, Swedish

: :  CAL LINKS   : :

CAL - Crochet Along Facebook Group
A fun group full of  current CAL chatter and information, including the Friends Around the World CAL

Crochet Along Blog
Find information and links to all the Friends Around the World CAL patterns

Friends Around the World CAL Facebook Event
For chatter and help on the CAL

S x



21 July 2016

Podcast Episode 16

Ravelry Episode Thread

Show Notes

: :   DOING   : :

Needs a name scarf...
Pattern:  Coming Soon
Yarn: Batik by Stylecraft

: :   DONE   : :

Refreshing in June Socks
Pattern: Fine and Dandy Socks by The Sweater Co
Yarn: Violets by Norah George
Ravelry Page

: :   DONEISH   : :

Can I Make a Cardigan?

Pattern: From my head!
Yarn: Bergere de France Ideal
Ravelry Page

: :   STASH FLASH   : :

Smooth Sock in Rose Garden by The Wool Barn

Party Bird Bag by Sew Sweet Violet

: :   MENTIONS   : :

Betsy Makes
Fiber East
Stylecraft Blogstars

S x



20 July 2016

Is this Summer?

I think that summer has finally arrived...
The sun is shining, the sky is blue-ish and it's actually hot!

I'm supposed to be podcasting today but I can't bring myself to sit inside and do it I'm afraid because these sorts of days have been especially few and far between here this year and a heatwave, however short, be must be enjoyed.  Carpe diem and all that.

So today I am going to do what I did yesterday and sit outside, move as little as possible and just soak it up.  Well, not soak as such, I tend to enjoy my hot days from the comfort of some shade when it gets to this time of year but you get the gist.

I've been spending the last few days working on a little something with the lovely Batik yarn that I got from the Stylecraft Blogstars meetup the over day and I'm starting to hit my stride with this little project now.  It's purring along nicely and I think it's going to turn into a scarf.  I was debating the point on Instagram the over day, you might have seen it there.  This feels like the type of thing that could be anything.  But, I'm going with scarf I think.  This time at least...

Taking some time to just sit and work on something all day feels like such an indulgence.  I don't often give myself 'days off' really.  I try and make sure I do something productive and worthwhile in an attempt to justify my staying/working at home existence in some way.  But you know what, it will be the summer holidays very soon and as fun as they are, they are work.  Even if it is of a different sort.

Next week there will be plenty to be doing, places to be going, entertainment to be arranged.  Suitcases to pack, time to be imaginatively occupied and probably things to glue, cut, paint, assemble and tidy up.  Don't misunderstand me, it will all be immensely good fun and I shall enjoy it very much but it generally leaves little room for quiet, still, restful moments.

So I think I'll grab a few of those while I can...

S x



14 July 2016

Taking a Trip - Part Two

As part of my jolly jaunt to Stylecraft, we decided to tack on a little family trip too.

The Hubs and Child shared a fairly modest ambition of both wanting to spend time in a hotel, using the facilities, lounging about in the room and the pinnacle of the event apparently, ordering room service.
Personally, I can think of better ways to spend your time when you've travelled over three hours to an completely different area of the country, but each very much to their own I suppose.

This seemed like a good time to indulge their whims, as they could make as much of the hotel as they wished while I was more happily occupied elsewhere.  So while I chatted yarn with like minded souls, they swam, lounged and feasted to their heart's content.

Once I was back however, I felt that leaving the hotel really could open up their horizons, so we ventured out into the wider world.  We were staying on the edge of Leeds, and although I had visions of visiting that fair city for a while, they had already formulated other plans.  It turns out they had cooked up a scheme to go to the local Xscape instead!  We live about 30 miles from one of these strange places and with all of Yorkshire on their doorstep, this is the place they choose?  

Although I wasn't particularly impressed with their limited vision, they had agreed to keep my company on this trip and so I decided to keep my thoughts to myself and go along with their plans.

It turned out to be more fun than I anticipated.  The Glow in the Dark '4D' golf was an oversell that didn't really live up to it's exciting claims but we giggled our way around it nonetheless.  The odd bungy rope/trampoline combinations that seem omnipresent at these places, on this occasion took my daughters normally timid and reserved eye and she decided to take the plunge on one.

This will seem a minor thing to most of you no doubt, but for my girl this is a big deal.  She was cautious at first but luckily the staff were understanding and after a tentative start she grew braver and more bold.  She ended up loving it and was so pleased with herself for doing it.  That alone made it worth going. 

My tastes were a little better met on the way home though.  After a few hours driving and with tummies rumbling, Hubs suggested we stop off at Stamford for lunch.  An excellent idea as it was a lovely little place.  Full of beautiful buildings, interesting and different little shops to explore.

I could have stayed longer but it was a nice break to the journey and I did manage to snag a little shopping too.  We capped it all off with a delicious tea shop lunch to keep our strength up before we continued on our way homewards.

It was a successful trip, something for everyone but there's no place like home.

S x



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