Well, I'm back home in rainy Gibraltar. I had a lovely DRY week in England, blue skies, sunshine but very cold indeed ! Wintery blue sky, lovely.
You won't be surprised to hear I didn't risk my crochet hook on the plane (although I think a chunky one would be OK because you can take pens etc...)
I had such a nice time in Hobbycraft, such choice. I bought lots of nice things- I bet you're not surprised about that either.
I had never heard of bamboo yarn, I still can't imagine how it's possible, but it has a lovely silky texture and babybamboo by Sirdar comes in lovely colours.It's really nice and smooth to work with.
I couldn't resist this tweedy looking wool, I'd like to make something to wear with it.I thought perhaps a shawl or a scarf, suggestions welcome...
I did notice that some of the little craft shops I knew have disappeared, I wonder if they have lost out to Hobbycraft and that made me feel a bit guilty.Next time I'm going to ferret out some little shops.
I'm delighted with the two crochet magazines I found in the newsagent. One English, one American and what's more I've finally worked out how to translate American stitches into English thanks to the handy guide in the back of the magazine.
There are so many tempting projects I don't know where to start.
In the Charity Second hand book shop I found the charmingly retro Crochet pattern book.
Lots of filet crochet using cotton and a teeny hook, I have been practising but I prefer something a little more substantial to work with like 4 ply or double knitting.
I am rather inspired by the idea of making crochet edgings for towels and things.I made a set of towels with edgings for my Nan while I was visiting and I have an idea for a baby blanket that I'm trying out.I'll show you soon how it's going on.