Hi all I am back and with a work in progress report! Well there is a bit more than just a work in progress report so read on …
While I was out of action my hands were not, so I finished this lap rug I started not long ago. When I started project last month I mentioned how I was winding yarn together in order to make yarns of the same ply as I had quite a bit of scrap yarn I am attempting to use up.
As people know I am on a self imposed fiber diet so with stash busting in mind, the ball winder has been busy again and I have started the next lap rug. This time instead of crocheting back and forth I am living dangerously and crocheting around a square. Wise cracks aside this simple straight forward approach to making a rug that will go camping is a quick and easy way to use scrap yarn.
You may notice the crochet hook looks like one of those bamboo ones. That is because it is! I found them in what is called “Japanese Style” shops here. I mean that is the name of the chain. They sell products from Japan and are usually well stocked with numerous plastic containers of all shapes and sizes. In fact, if you only just glanced inside these shops you may not realise they sell other things apart from storage containers. I am sure Aussies in the major cities will know the chain I mean. Anyway I found some bamboo or mock bamboo (I am not sure) crochet hooks and knitting needles up the back of the store the other week. Since they were priced at $2.50 I just had to try them. I have to say they are great and I will be heading back to buy more in different sizes because they are so light in the hand
On another note entirely Stitching fingers is going from strength to strength. Interest groups are growing and the community is taking on a life of its own. At the time of writing we have 394 members! Most importantly people seem be enjoying it and there is a real nice atmosphere about the site. If you have not checked it out yet do so as for all its chaos it feels very welcoming and warm thanks to some of the lovely people there.
The site is actually hard to keep away from! Or, I am finding it so. This is a disaster because I am trying to finish the final drafts of Using a Studio Journal which will begin on June 27. I know it sounds like an age away but it is not.
On another note a few weeks ago I mentioned that we were interviewed by the Caroline Holmes of the BBC about our garden which we lost in the Canberra fires. The radio show is about gardening in drought in a time of climate change. You can now hear the podcast for a week on this page. Look in the right hand side for the podcast icon and “listen to the latest edition”. Our bush fire and garden story is told about half way through the show.