Hello! It’s been a while…

Good morning to you all from a sunny Free State in South Africa.  I haven’t been around for a very long while.  It’s been quite the roller coaster.  I started my shop The Funky Sheep Shop and am loving the interaction with customers.  It’s hard work, but really worthwhile.

What I haven’t had so much is a chance to chat to you as regularly as before, which really needs to be righted.  I’ve got so many gorgeous products in my shop, but the one that really has my eye at the moment is the Stylecraft Batik Swirl.  It is a divine cake made up of colours from the Stylecraft Batik collection, and I can’t wait to make something gorgeous.  Not too long ago I used the Batik yarn to create a Willow Blanket, which came out wonderfully.

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Now I need ideas for something a little different.  The Batik Swirl is 200g / 550m of 20% wool and 80% premium acrylic in DK weight.  It is lovely and soft, and I love how the colours are muted.  They come in six colourways at present.

They are Blue Ocean, Foxglove, Poppy Field, Purple Mist, Rainbow and Stargazer.  I hardly know which to choose first.  I’m mostly drawn to the Blue Ocean and am thinking a scarf.  The 200g ball should make a rather nice scarf and the wool content will ensure it is gorgeous and warm for winter.  It’s the dog days of summer at the moment, and we are having some pretty warm days, but the mornings and evenings are just cool enough to suggest that winter is not too far away.  Here in the Eastern Free State it can get to -16, so lovely woolly accessories are never a waste.

What have you made with this gorgeous yarn?  Please share your makes.

That’s it for today folks.  Wishing you all a super day.

G

 

 

Spicier Life CAL is nearly here! 🌶

I can truly say that I generally don’t follow CALs other than to admire people’s work. Reading about the new Spicier life CAL, starting tomorrow, I made a decision to finally participate in a CAL. This one is by Sandra Paul of Cherry Heart and Black Sheep Wools. Check out the details on her website: http://www.cherryheart.co.uk. Even though I’m a more advanced crocheter, I sometimes find easy to intermediate patterns fun and soothing.

My decision led to a flurry of activity this evening. I leapt out of bed, where I was reading, to haul out my massive 180litre tubs of Stylecraft Special DK. This was no small feat considering I have a gimpy shoulder from a recent injury, and the other is stubbornly arthritic. Nevertheless I ploughed ahead with fox- terrier determination (two of my seven dogs are fox terriers, so I can attest to their stubborness). At first I toyed with using one of the predetermined colourways, but I wasn’t really drooling over any to be honest. Bollywood was a maybe…but no, I decided to make up my own. I needed 14 complementary colours. I was thinking some blue, a little green, and cream and a few other neutrals to tie it all together.  I know it doesnt fit with the “spicy” theme, but it’s what works for me.

After working through an enormous number of delightfully squishy balls of fabulousness I arrived at my final choice.

14 balls in total of Stylecraft Special DK in:

Cream | Cloud Blue | Gold | Aster | Lobelia | Lime | Petrol  | Bluebell | Camel | Turquoise | Parchment | Sage | Buttermilk | Storm Blue

I used the chart that comes with the downloadable PDF on Sandra’s website (see above). I also added snips of each colour to the chart for instant recognisability. Excuse the messiness.

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And that’s it. I’m all ready for tomorrow. Yay!

Ģoodnight and sweet dreams from a rainy Rosendal in South Africa.