First off I would like to say THANK YOU!!!! All so very very much for the wonderful messages and words of comfort with my Mom's passing.
For the past many months of CHANGE and HEARTACHE I have not been very productive pattern-wise. I have crocheted up many new designs but have not been able to muster the concentration required to finish writing them up!
The past three weeks or so I was not even able to manage anything more than the most basic crochet (even a granny square was a bit of a challenge!!).
I tidied up my yarn stash (as I do every so often). Rolling together all the odd yarns to make 16ply yarn - a very therapeutic exercise!
I had quite a lot of odds to roll (this basket is pretty deep!) but it kept my mind off things for a few days!
The 16ply (Super Chunky) yarn makes for wonderful relaxing crochet - perfect for times of turmoil!
I have made quite a few delightfully colourful and snuggly blankets this way!
THE HOLIDAY RIPPLE BLANKET
and the RIC RAC WINTER BLANKET
Monday I visited my Dad and fetched my mom's yarn stash which was left for me. Normally the thought of getting a random heap of yarn would make me jump up and down with glee - but this made me so sad as it just really brought it home that mom was gone.
There was a LOT of yarn, and it was in a bit of a jumble.
I spent Monday afternoon and the greater part of yesterday morning listening to silly music and sorting yarn!
I managed to make up a few whole zip-lock packs of the same yarn.
There were a lot of odds 3ply, 4ply, dk, chunky and hunky - so I just
rolled the strands together to give me a basketful of 16ply "candy floss" coloured yarn for baby blankets
and a basketful of slightly darker shades for lapghans:
There is also a basket of black, greys, reds and white to make my brother a "Magic" comfort blanket, and a few tapestries which I plan to complete at some point.
The biggest "surprise" in the stash was a zip-lock bag of my great granny's crochet. It contained these "motifs"which look like some of my VERY
early (circa 1972) attempts when my granny would make up easy patterns for me to
I am trying to get back into the swing of pattern writing so I thought I would start "putting the wheels back on" by writing up this motif pattern. ( Since my family have all passed on their crochet
to me I don't think anybody would object to me "reverse engineering" them!).
I tweaked the pattern a little to give it my own Zooty Owl twist and to make the motifs easy to "join as you go"!
This will make a bright and cheery table runner or tray cloth. Just need to add a few motifs and work out a nice border and then I can share the pattern!!
I made a delicious pot of LAZY BEAN SOUP for our supper (to be followed by a glass of Old Brown Sherry)! - Now that is COMFORT.
Keep warm friends! Be kind to yourselves!