This is the coffee table in the front room. The coloured bricks and crochet mandalas are normally there but the rest is stuff I'm working on. Apart from the lamb obviously. She was balanced on a table by the window to entertain passing children but the cats had other ideas. Apparently, any table in the window is solely for the use of Linnet and Tolly so I kept coming home to find them sunning themselves there and the lamb on the floor.
What shall we start with? My comfort knitting I think.
I'm knitting several of these squares a day. They're not a new design (the stitch pattern is one of those I used in Frankie's Blankie) but they are very soothing to work on and the yarn is beautiful. I'm using the Scheepjes Stone and River Washed Colour Pack of 58 little 10g balls of yarn.
Each of my squares uses the best part of one ball of yarn, leaving just enough to make a colour peg for future reference. When they're all finished, I'm going to photograph each square so that I can use them as a digital colour tool for planning blankets. Then I'll probably sew them together into two separate blankets, or a blanket and a scarf. There are 58 colours all together which is an awkward number so I'll probably divide them up into the 36 stone and 22 river shades.
This particular colour pack is good value I think. It costs about £36 but you could use it to make two yarn advent calendars, something I may well do.
There's nearly always a little collection of my Stylecraft Special colour pegs on the table as I play around with ideas.
I'd like to do something with really bright colours contrasted with either black or white but, as you can see, I haven't got much further than that thought yet. It would be nice to use some of those neon shades that I normally reject as too bright even for my taste.
On the other end of the table is a pile of fabrics waiting to be a quilt.
It took me over a week just to get these washed and ironed and then a late night to get the first pieces cut out. I'm going to be hand piecing this one as that means I can get some done up at my stepfather's house during the day.
I have another little hand sewing patchwork project on the go (this one's on a tray on top of the piano) but it's a different sort of piecing.
I'm using traditional English paper piecing to make these tiny hexagons - the finished sides are only 2 cm long. I cut the paper shapes and the fabric with my trusty Sizzix cutting machine which makes the whole process so much easier. The card shape underneath the patchwork is the pattern for what I'm making, a bigger version of this ...
Here's one I made earlier, as they used to say on Blue Peter. This little wallet is just the right size for a mini cross stitch kit like the Mouseloft Stitchlets, making it easy to take some sewing out with me. Lately though, I've felt the need for a bigger version, especially for some of the cover kits from Cross Stitch Crazy magazine so this new one should fit the bill.
Too big to fit on the table is my Primrose Garden blanket which is nearly finished now. I'm working on the border; once that's done, I can block it and it'll be ready for a photo shoot.
It's too big to take out with me now so I can only work on it at home. During the day I need things to work on that are quite mindless and take up very little room in my bag. This is the little bag for the Scheepjes squares ...
I came across this bag in one of my big boxes of old designs and decided it was just the right size for a couple of pairs of needles and some tiny balls of yarn. It's one of a set of little baskets I crocheted about four years ago. There are three different sizes in the pattern; this one is the middle one.
I've also got this drawstring bag with the doings for the mini stockings I knit to go on my Christmas presents each year. So far, four people will be getting stockings on their presents in 2020.
I decided I really ought to turn out the folded flower squares that I started knitting with yarn from an advent calendar in (I think) 2017 ... only to find evidence of the dreaded moth. So, they spent a night in the freezer and then had a good wash and are presently drying on top of the fruit cupboard. So called because the fruit bowls go on top of it, not because I have a cupboard full of fruit you understand.
Why do I start so many projects involving lots of little pieces in thin yarn? Who knows?
So, that's some of the things I'm trying to work on at the moment. How about you?
Before I go, I want to thank all the people who are continuing to donate to the Children's Liver Disease Foundation, the charity that I support, during these difficult times. They have had to furlough half their staff due to a sharp drop in donations so, to those who are still able to support them, a very big thank-you.