Well hello there! Isn't it ever so nice to be at the beginning of the weekend? I must admit, I'm feeling a bit tired. I have myself partly to blame, because I've just been sucked into the site that is Ravelry, searching for patterns for crochet dresses, (31 pages), and then going to the knitted dresses section (over 80 pages, I gave up through lack of stamina). I fancy crocheting, or knitting a dress. That would mean abandoning all my unfinished projects, so I'm just going to have to exercise a bit of self control, and put it off for a while.
I did knit a dress once, from Lily Chin's book, where she uses big yarn. But I obviously got the tension completely wrong, because it turned out to be a bit short, and so is now officially a jumper. It was the guage instructions that stumped me at the time, the instrustions were to work out the guage over cables! I gave up, just couldn't see how you can count the number of stitches in a row over a cable pattern.
I'm getting a little side tracked here.
I've also realised that my normal method of revealing what I'm working on, (as in showing you a piece at different stages, leading to the big reveal), has been diminished by my first photo of this post, revealing the finished hooky mat, the one I said I'd show you, in yesterday's post (where I revealed the proddy mat I'd finished).
The hooky mat, in the first photo, has a very different look to the proddy mat above. I prefer the first, hooky mat . Maybe part of the reason is the large area of navy in the heart cushion, I really don't like using dark colours, but that's what we were provided with on the course. I managed to sneak the brighter colours in, from my own stash of wool fabric. I also prefer the detail you can achieve with hooky mats, rather than the big, bold statements you get when prodding.
I have my next design already drawn up, and stretched on a frame. A frame, I have to add, that was made by my lovely husband. He also made the stands. He's really quite wonderful. I know just how fortunate I am to have a husband who is a DIY'er and a great maker of things. Very fortunate lady indeed.
I'm positively itching to get started on it, but first I have to cut about fifty jumpers into strips. Yes. Fifty at least. Well, heigh-ho, I suppose I should get going on it then, shouldn't I?! Have a lovely weekend, take care, and see you on Monday.
Love Vanessa xxx