ScrapHappy September 2018

You may remember Sophie… which took up quite a bit of my time last year:

I bought new wool to make her, but there was rather a lot left over: perfect for a ScrapHappy project. So, with Mr Snail living away from home during the week (more on that in a future post) and him commenting that the flat he’s renting doesn’t entirely feel like home, I decided that a snuggly sofa blanket was needed. It’s not finished yet, but this is progress so far.

As well as the left-overs from Sophie there are a few balls from my stash. It’s all wool (with the exception of a tiny bit of silk in on blend) and almost all British; any that isn’t is old balls that I have no idea anymore of the origin. I’m planning to work on it until I have used up as much of the wool as possible and then edge it in the cream wool (Cambrian Mountains), of which I have quite a lot left on the cone I bought to make Sophie.

I think it will make Mr Snail’s flat feel a bit more like home and keep him warm on those cold winter nights… if I can just get it finished!


I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate, who provides links to other (mostly sewing) ScrapHappy bloggers at Tall Tales from Chiconia on the fifteenth of every month… do check them out.







All quiet on the western front

Don’t worry, I haven’t disappeared completely, it’s just a really busy time of the year.

We have been away for a couple of days celebrating my mum’s 80th birthday. She was taken ill on her birthday last year and since then has been diagnosed with two very serious illnesses and lost my dad. Now that she’s recovering somewhat, it seemed like a good time to celebrate and so we did. Let’s hope the coming year is less sad and stressful than the last one.

In the mean time, I’m still busily making things: all the hexagons are edged and ready to be passed on to others in my craft group for sewing together into a blanket; I’ve even worked out how to use all of them up (there are 46) in a blanket that’s a sensible shape:

It is possible to use all 46 hexagons in a symmetrical blanket

It is possible to use all 46 hexagons in a symmetrical blanket

And I’m back at work on edging the masterpiece. I’ve now done five complete rounds and I plan to do one more in blueberry, one in black and then the final wavy edge… unless I change my mind!!

Still going round and round

Still going round and round

At the end of the week I’m going back to Karuna to teach my annual introduction to permaculture course, so I will have to find something small to make whilst I’m away… socks? string bag? granny squares? a dish cloth? Who knows?

If you don’t hear much from me over the next few days, don’t worry, I will be back for sure on Monday 28 July… I know this because I’m already working on the post!

Unwanted things

Katy's hexagons... there's 46 of them

Katy’s hexagons… there’s 46 of them

Did I mention that last week Katy the Night Owl donated a bag of crochet hexagons to our charity blanket project? She decided that she was never going to make anything from them, so passed them on to me to use. Today I took them to our latest cake and craft afternoon to see if I could get someone to turn them into a lap blanket. Sadly I wasn’t at my most persuasive, but I did get a couple of offers to stitch them together once they were edged, so I spent the afternoon and part of this evening edging them with white yarn donated by my mum. Once they have been sewn together, I’ll do an outer edge round them in a contrasting colour and we should have a completed blanket… all from unwanted things.

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