back to the yarn!

It’s been weird post CAL not having to work to a deadline.  Also weird because I haven’t been crafting much.  The only think I’m working on actively is the bajada shawl/scarf for my friend — she bought the yarn so I want to get it to her ASAP so she can enjoy it.  It’s slow going though; after 3 weeks here’s what I’ve got:

bajada2It will certainly need some blocking before I give it to her, but that’s OK.

As far as crochet goes, I’ve been meaning to get going on a new ripple afghan — baby sized — out of my leftover CAL yarn:

photo 1Yep, I only used half of what I ordered in the CAL.  That’s the great thing about Stylecraft Special DK — I’m always pleasantly surprised that I have so much of it leftover!  Well, as great as it is, I still haven’t started the blanket.  Hopefully soon.  I need the stress relief of crochet.

The stress partially comes from the upcoming move — all the large furniture is being transferred on the 13th, so before that I want to have taken a good number of things already (the wonderful, amazing, fantastic landlord gave us the key waaaaay early).  Before that, though, the new house has to be thoroughly cleaned.  The landlord “cleaned,” but as one of my favorite books says, “no man can clean anything.”  My parents are going to help me clean this Sunday while Chris hacks through the patio jungle here at the apartment with his old chef knife.  On her first trip to the new house, Zero finally discovered that she can smell things outside through the air vents in my car:


She doesn’t like sticking her head out the window — she’s a scaredy cat — so she stood like this, nose glued to the vent, for a very long time.

Looking at lovely yarns I’d like to try using calms me down a bit (so does looking on Pinterest for beautiful and clever decorating ideas).  Check these out.  The first one I’d like to try is called Vinni’s Colours (Nikkim) and was introduced to me via crochetime, and the second one is from Camellia Fiber Company and was introduced to me via one sheepish girl (she’s currently hosting a giveaway for a skein of the stuff, so sign up soon).  I added these beautiful yarns to my ever growing list of things I need to try!  Have you tried them?  What do you think?

Well that’s all for one night — I may try and read some to de-stress, or perhaps I’ll start on that crochet ripple blanket.  Or perhaps I’ll spend my time sitting around wondering what to do until it’s way past time to go to bed, so that I’m nice and exhausted tomorrow for work.  Can you tell I’m a worrier?  I get it from my mom, who got it from her mom.  At least I’ve got a very understanding ear — calling my mom always makes me feel better.  Anyway, thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you back soon!


  1. I’m sure youl love Vinni’s, the colour plays are just beautiful because of the hand dye!
    #proudly South Africa

    Your dog is so sweet.


  2. Your shawl will look wonderful in such a nice color. I like the lace part.


  3. It must be nice not having the CAL deadline to work too but I guess it also feels like something is missing. I haven’t tried either of those yarns but I’m strongly tempted by the Vinni’s cotton as I have heard it mentioned so often and usually in a very positive way. (Maybe I just know lots of South African bloggers!).


  4. Good luck with your move! Zero is really cute. Thanks for posting a picture. I don’t know if you’re like me and enjoying buying pretty collars for her? I just discovered this amazing US online store called Bow Wow Couture which I am keen to try: but at present all of Mollie’s come from 😄


  5. Hugs to you Hannah. I’m not a worrier but moving can be very stressful. Make sure you get some downtime in between all the madness.

    Isn’t it awesome to have a mom who’s also a pal? Glad you have her to bounce issues off of.


  6. The shawl is coming along beautifully! Your friend is going to love it. Good luck with the move and I hope you can get settled and back to crafting again soon.


  7. The shawl is starting off gorgeous! Cannot wait to see the finished result! Your friend will be so very pleased! Love your travel companion! 😉


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