This coincides with some TV that we watch, foot ball and a favourite cooking show.
And this means actually sitting down of an evening and I get some serious crochet done!
I really think the season makes a lot of difference to the things I get made for gifts and for the present cupboard. This is my time to really get going!
Over summer my gift making included lots of jams and cakes. I have a whole year of fruit cakes lined up. Many of these have been presents. I finally finished and sent off a cotton baby rug for a little boy.
Then I had the fun of choosing some yarn for my next projects. I am not sure it shows up very well but I this all has a slight glittery thread through it...
I also have some beautiful fluffy cream yarn that Mimi gave me. I have two rugs planned, a pink glittery one for Harper and a little multi coloured rug (which will use up all the odd left over bits) for Harper's doll pram. I want to sew a little pillow and sheets for that also.
As I shop I am watching for specials for more yarn. This includes the op shops as sometimes I do find yarn. Other times I find things for general craft supplies like a book to cut up for card making or the beautiful cottons I found the other day!
Still so thrilled about these! My card making supplies are also really good and I can get going with some card making. That is better in the day time where as I can crochet while watching TV in the evenings as I don't have to look at it much.
Today is a public holiday for us (for Anzac Day) and the afternoon is a big football game and therefore an afternoon of rest and crochet. Such contentment!
I started the first rows of a rug. The first rows are the foundation and the hardest bit. Then it is easy! I had to look at my notes to remember this pattern that I love to do. (Pineapple stitch)
There is no gardening to do for a few months at least. The slow cooker is mostly on with soup or a casserole or baked apples.... so much more time to get things made for everyone and my gift cupboard.
Mum is coming tomorrow and she will no doubt have her knitting bag and several projects. This time last year she was making knitted skirts for Harper and this year will be Scarlett too as she is walking now. If I go to see Mum in the afternoon I generally take my crochet with me and we will both work on whatever we are making and talk at the same time.
I can't say how much I enjoy this!
If you have always wanted to learn to knit or crochet just do it. With You Tube you just have to find a "learn to...." and a teacher you can follow. In a day or two you are off and running. It is so much fun. I now use this to learn new patterns. I find it wonderful to start a new design. I usually have to stop and replay some bits over and over but soon you "get it" and then away you go.
Somehow handiwork is so relaxing and good. It absolutely contributes to me feeling happy and busy at home. When you need a break from other work sitting down to do a few rows is lovely too.
There is something about rows and changing colours .... I will think "I will just finish this row" or "I will just get to the colour change" and that motivates me to get just a little bit more done!
My basket of wool sits right next to where I sit on the lounge ready to go.
What are you making at the moment? Does the time of year change what you are working on?
Next week we will have show and tell so if you have projects you would like to share please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I already have some amazing things to show you! Everyone has been busy with so many good ideas.
I hope your week is going well. If you are in Australia enjoy the day off and remember the sacrifices paid for our freedom and those currently serving. xxx