Life continues to whirl along at a speedy pace here in my little world. This whole blogging and pattern writing game seems to be something of a full time job these days and my computer is being used more than ever. How things have changed in the last year or so. My head is absolutely bursting with ideas that I want to get onto the crochet hook and I want to do everything immediately. Something of a problem when you only have 1 set of hands, 24 hours in a day and other such restrictions to hamper progress.
It doesn't seem to stop me buying all the yarn I might ever need for all of them though, regardless of how close they are to actually seeing the light of day. I'm going through something of a sock yarn obsession at the moment too, maybe the 'sock' bug has finally got me in it's grasp. Which brings me to the first of the things to talk about today...
I went on a trip the other day. A rather dangerous trip as it turned out, to Loop in London. I've been before, with the Hubs, so I knew the risks but I've never been in with a fellow crafter before. That, my friends, is a fatal move! On this occasion I was accompanied by my friend in yarn, Sam of Betsy Makes and what a jolly time we had. We visited Ray Stitch, which I'd never been to before, enjoyed coffee and then moved onto the famous shop itself. Oh dear, oh deary dear, my poor purse was creaking under the strain that day!
You can see my rather considerable haul in the picture above on the top left, along with my smaller, but still not insignificant, haul from Ray Stitch below it. To cap it all, on the left I have treated you to a charming photo of my stunned and reeling features after I'd just staggered away from the till at Loop which I think says it all. (Photo used with kind permission from a rather amused Sam.)
Oh and if you are interested in knowing exactly what is what with the yarns, you can find everything here in my stash pages on Ravelry. The yarns from Loop as well as the ones in the photo at the top which also has some goodies from Eaden Yarns and Yan Tan Tethera Yarns.
Harry Potter Galore
It's been the season for trips actually because I've also recently been to see The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studios. I was a late comer to the whole Harry Potter phenomenon, after resisting it for years just out of sheer cussedness because there was so much hype surrounding it. It was my sister's fault (as is so often the case) that I got into it in the end though, as she dragged me along to see The Half-Blood Prince at the cinema. After that, I read the books and turned into one more of the many fans.
I loved it though and it was so interesting to see everything up close, wander along Diagon Alley and see the huge model of Hogwarts, that was amazing. Oh and I got to try some Butterbeer and I liked it. No-one else was very taken with it though.
Ready To Roll
I saved possibly the best until last though as it's a brand new and totally free sewing pattern for you!
I was asked by the very lovely people at Black Sheep Wools if I would like to use some of their fabulous fabrics to make up one of my accessories cases and it didn't take me more than a few seconds of browsing their lovely range before I knew this was a project I most definitely wanted to be part of.
I went with some Tanya Whelan fabrics to make my case and they are all available through Black Sheep Wools, so if you'd like to replicate mine exactly you can but there is also plenty of choice if you'd like to personalise the case and make it your own.
I'd probably use my case as a place to keep my crochet hooks and I left a pocket at the end for larger things like scissors and a tape measure and such but you could use it to store all sorts. We were thinking it could be used for sewing notions, a paint brush roll, cute pencil case or even make it a little longer and keep your knitting needles in order.
You can download your free copy using the link below:
Ready to Roll Accessory Case by Sandra Paul for Black Sheep Wools
I hope you like it and I can't wait to see what you do with it.