Travel is my passion. Whether it is global cruising, trekking The Himalaya or Sunday walking in Snowdonia. Travel stretches the mind, excites the imagination and feeds the memory banks.
Damnvan1 is a great way to travel around the UK. We have travelled coast to coast and Lands End to John OGroats. We have manoeuvred over (very) narrow bridges up steep hills, onto ferries and, best of all, along our beautiful coastline.
We have great plans to travel Globally and continue in Damnvan1 to forests,valleys, mountains and coast. So BRING IT ON!
Yippee! I’ve finished my crochet blanket, or is it an Afghan? I have worked this blanket in front of a roaring fire all winter. The colder the weather became the faster the blanket grew. I am delighted with the end result. It’s very fortunate that it is complete as I was making this for my campervan. We go away in Damnvan1 tomorrow so hooray.
I bought this crochet kit to make a blanket way back in September last year at Yarndale. I bought the yarn from Attic24 and intended to make their Coast Ripple Blanket. This colour scheme is so representative of the sea, beach and cliffs it is perfect for a camper-van. The yarn pack is Stylecraft Special DK.
I started the pattern provided but WOW! As a fairly inexperienced crochet girl I really struggled with the “wave” or ripple pattern. My waves didn’t ripple at all. Obviously a major problem with my technique. After multiple attempts at the waves I abandoned hope. At this point I stumbled across “Spice of Life” crochet blanket by Sandra Paul. Sandra is also known as Cherry Heart http://www.cherryheart.co.uk
This Spice of Life pattern was perfect for me as it was like working a sampler. There were multiple stripes using many different stitches. I worked my way through the pattern ( a little slowly) and built up my stitch repertoire. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The yarn is soft and warm, the pattern lovely and the end result very satisfying.
I deliberated long and hard about whether or not to do a border but I’m really glad that I did. The border was a further learning experience and really finishes off the blanket. The blanket didn’t need blocking.
The finished blanket is made from the Spice of Life pattern by Cherry Heart and Black Sheep Wools. http://www.cherryheart.co.uk www.blacksheepwools
The wools and colour sequence are from Attic24 at http://www.attic24.com
I think that now I would be able to work the ripple blanket. In fact I noticed that Attic24 have a new kit, so maybe at Yarndale this year……
I’m sorry not to have blogged for some time but I have just returned from a trip to Scotland. A land full of castles frequently shrouded in mist. We had a great time and hope that my internal batteries have re charged!
There was an absence of shopping opportunities but I managed to track down a few charity shops! When my first Grandchild was born nine years ago I realised that she would be a child of the internet. I decide that everywhere I went I would send her a postcard. I love the written word and worry that modern children will use it less and less. Indeed postcards are getting less and less available as I suppose their days are numbered!
I now have three grandchildren so that means three postcards. I send them even when I go on a day out somewhere. I always date them and say something about who I am with or the place that I am staying. I purchased special boxes for each child to store their cards in. I hope that some time in the distant future these cards will provide a social history of myself and I will be remembered through my travels.
Sunbathing and knitting seems such an odd thing to do in this beautiful hot weather! The wrap for my Mum’s Christmas gift is growing steadily as I click away sitting outside Damnvan1. What a wonderful life. We can stay in bed as long as we like, or until Benji dog gets us up. We can sit on the beach watching Atlantic Rollers come up the beach. We can sit outside beach cafés and drink tea (or coffee) all day and I can craft as much as I wish! The joys of the freedom of the road in retirement.
I remember blogging last year and complaining of the lack of real craft shops so this year I’m not so worried and saving my cash for projects when we ( eventually) go home. There are numerous beach shops and quite a few charity shops in the bigger towns. We have only bought a few DVDs from charity shops as we travel, these we watch in the evening and drop off at the next charity shop we come across. This makes me feel that we are contributing to charity, recycling and enjoying ourselves. A win win.