Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Xanadu Socks


5mm hook
Adult fat-female sized. If you want yours smaller (which you probably will do, because heffer over here) simply decrease your starting chain accordingly in multiple of two. Keep in mind they will have a bit of stretch. Alternatively, thread some ribbon through the top and bottom ribbing and keep 'em on that way.
8ply acrylic in 3 colours
Worked in rows, join with a sl st at the end of each row. Ch 1 does NOT count as a stitch now and throughout.

Bottom Cuff  (make 2) in Blue
ch 32, join, ch1
Dc in each around, join
Ch1, *fpdc 2, bpdc next 2 around*
Ch 1 *fpdc 2, bpdc next 2* around
Ch 1 *fpdc 2, bpdc next 2* around
Tie off blue.

Attach green to previous join
*Ch 1, dc in each st around, join with sl st* for 3 rows
Tie off green.

Attach pink
*Ch 1, dc in each st around, join with sl st* for 3 rows
Tie off pink.

Attach blue
*Ch 1, dc in each st around, join with sl st* for 3 rows
Tie off.

Attach green
*Ch 1, dc in each st around, join with sl st* for 3 rows
Tie off

Attach pink
*Ch 1, dc in each st around, join with sl st* for 3 rows

Attach blue
Ch 1, dc around, join with sl st.
Ch 1, *fpdc around first 2 dc of previous row, bpdc in next 2*, repeat around for 3 rows
Tie off. Sew in all ends

Apply directly to legs.

Become instantly awesome.


Monday, 28 November 2016

Hello Monday

Wow it's been a while.

...hello and hooray for...thinking of and ordering the perfect Christmas present for your bestie

...hello...beginning to pay back the money your father lent you last week for impromptu medical costs (and being eternally grateful for family)

...hello...delicious leftover chocolate tart

...hello...to a new week of possibilities!

...hello...to the headache I've had since starting on progesterone tablets (I don't think I'll be continuing them)

...hello...old-spilled-milk smell all over my house from my darling children (how do I get rid of that by the way?)

...hello...being legally allowed to drive! I got my L's on Saturday

...hello...new crochet pattern in the works for my skating friends

...hello...the final week to get my '25 Days of Christmas Love' done before Dec 1!

...hello...unopened new pack of watercolour paints

...hello...second coffee of the day!

...goodbye...stack of Christmas cards :-)

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Mailbox Mushrooms

Or 'Funky Fungus', or 'Fungus Among Us'. I couldn't decide which was the better title for this one.

These have been growing happily on top of my mailbox for a couple of weeks now and I find them fascinating, so this morning while the boys had their breakfast I ducked out with my camera. They're grainy as fuck because I was lazy and used auto, but the patterns and contrast are cool regardless.