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Crafting an NHS rainbow, and more

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Saying ‘THANK YOU’ to the NHS

Still crafting during the lockdown? I hope you are. Here’s my something to show a little gratitude to the NHS. For those readers who know nothing about this, perhaps those not in the UK, many households are encouraging children/others to design a rainbow and hang it in their window, be it a painting, a banner, a collection of stickers, something handmade, anything bright and memorable. Mine is a wobbly attempt at crochet – I am not very proficient – but I thought there was no better time to try to improve on something. Thanks to https://www.kerryjaynedesigns.com for the free pattern.

Across the country every Thursday night at 8pm the nation stands in its streets and clap in appreciation of the NHS. I felt very proud as our family members and neighbours were out there too last night. I live very near to a major hospital, I hope they could hear us. I also know there are several healthcare workers living in the vicinity, you are all very appreciated.

Trying to not think about Covid 19 all the time, I have managed to finish one other project too. This was a stash buster of aran weight yarn (one of my promises to myself – stash bust – perfect opportunity to make inroads right now). I love the way this is constructed, from the start with a square in one corner. I hope you enjoyed seeing progress as I’ve blogged. Finally – ta dah!

That’s all for now. Looking forward to seeing what others make during this bizarre period. A little normality keeps us all sane, hopefully.

A rainbow of hope hangs in my window as the sun shines in

Progress in stripes, 14292 loops to go

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It’s been awhile since my last post. ‘Life’ has been on full on yet if you asked me what I’ve been up to I would mostly recall little. I am sure there are many of us who feel the same sometimes. I call it the roller coaster of life!

However, when I’ve not been whizzing along I’m glad to say I’ve still been crafting.

Here’s the latest update on my huge crochet rainbow blanket – which is getting bigger by the week (this is a King bed). By my reckoning I’ve about 14 rows to go – 250 stitches a row – each stitch a double treble crochet – add three stitches at end of each row to change direction – and casting off – there could be 14292 loops to go on the main body of the blanket, not including two rows of single crochet along two edges and sewing in all the ends left from colour changes. My, I am feeling exhausted writing about it …

Of course (‘cos it’s me) I also have started two new projects in the last few weeks which I shall show another day. It doesn’t sound quite as mad as you think – for one, the huge blanket is just no good to take on road trips as it’s too bulky. Plus, Christmas is coming and I am aiming to gift some homemade items this year.

For now, back to hooking whilst I have a break.

At the end of the rainbows sits a girl knitting

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Autumn can bring wonderful sunny and crisp days. Today was one of those.¬† A brisk walk in the leaves and a Sunday roast in the pub was perfect (even more so after last night’s family party and rather a late night!)

It made me think of another weather wonder. On a recent trip to France we were lucky enough to see a whole handful of rainbows and the camera was to hand. The vibrant colours were amazing and we were only soaked once in the rain!

Meanwhile there’s been a little knitting this weekend.¬† Speckle project finished¬† – from a ball and a bit to a baby hat with ear flaps. Not much else went on!
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