It’s a post-blanket world and I am enjoying myself running two little projects which I know won’t take long to finish.
Number one was a direct result of my obsession with the Habitat closing down sale. I couldn’t stop dropping in and buying things I needed but was too tight to purchase at full price. I ended up playing reduction chicken – I lost on a wok as they sold out before they had gone as low as I hoped but I did come away with some genuine bargains. My favourite is a sizeable teapot and, as all roads lead to crocheting, it was one small step from buying that to deciding I needed a tea cosy to go with it. As it shaped more like a coffee-pot than a traditional teapot, finding a pattern to fit was a bit of a mission but I came across the Checkmate Tea Cosy in Issue 17 of Inside Crochet which was adaptable enough to do the job. I am about halfway through after a week and, some initial wonkiness aside, it seems to be coming on a treat.
It will make more sense when it's done, honest. At least that's what the pattern says.
Second quick project is the aqueduct scarf. When I was in Edinburgh I had a trip to Armstrongs on Grassmarket. (I heartily recommend a visit if you are in Edinburgh. It is an amazing shop.) I came out with a pristine red leather jacket for the bargain price of £25. I swear, it looks like it has never been worn. I genuinely didn’t have a scarf that would go with it so I started one last night with some merino wool that has been sitting in my stash for months. I improvised the pattern to give me something quite narrow and a suitable weight for Autumn. Mr Grasshead said it reminded him of an aqueduct in structure which suggested the name. I will write up the pattern as a freebie when I am done but the more experienced amongst you can probably work it out from the photo.
One hour's work including the improvisation. I do like a project that grows quickly.
During the long weekend I had my first snooze under the TARDIS blanket and I can report it was as cosy as I hoped it would be. It was a bit of a slog toward the end but I am quite delighted with it.