The Berylune Blog / wool

A day out in the sun

The other day a few of us decided to enjoy a day out in the sun, so headed to Snowshill Manor. We romped around the Cotswolds for a few hours, gasping and drooling over three rooms full of spinning wheels (well, Denise did), admiring pretty views, looking glamorous in sunglasses (even though our hair had been attacked by wind in the back of a cabriolet), riding wooden pigs, attacking samurai suits with our light sabre apps, appreciating dead beetle arrangements and joining the National Trust.
Later, we bought wool, ate ice cream, admired Rastafarian sheep, giggled at signs with incorrect punctuation, bought an owl, sniffed some soaps and accused waiters at the RSC of trying to kill us (in jest of course, the meal was quite lovely).
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I finished something! All the way to the end!

Would you believe I have completed my first ever blanket?

Those of you who know me from knit and natter know that I have only learnt to crochet in recent months. I find that crochet grows at a satisfying speed. I love retro granny squares and zany colours together. Oddly, my first blanket wasn't granny squares though, I went for a stitch called 'Larks foot', which I found over at Meet Me at Mikes (great tutorial if you like the look of it!).

Here's how mine turned out:
It's pretty big, it will cover one human female completely. Here's a close up - I love the texture:

I made my blanket from Drops Nepal - Wool and Alpaca mix. It's really snugly and warm. Our local yarn supplier, Wool Warehouse, have an amazing promotion on at the moment, a massive 35% off Drops wools (and you get free delivery in the UK if you spend £25!). It was a pretty good price in the first place, but during the promotion the beautiful wool I used is just £1.30 for a 50g ball! I think my stash might need a top up...

I'm now looking for another project! I have always felt frustrated by knitting, it never seems to do what I want it to and I've no idea how to fix it when it goes wrong. I haven't given up on knitting yet, I'll almost certainly go back to it. I've been eyeing up Charlotte's beautiful socks recently, but maybe I should complete something a little less challenging first.

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