Had a bit of a funny week. On Monday I saw the consultant prior to my fourth and final chemo cycle. He decided that I should not have the infusion this time, only the tablets which left me both relieved and anxious. Relieved that I wouldn’t have to face the increasingly unpleasant side effects and anxious in case it lowered my chances of survival. I was just coming to terms with the fact that this meant I could eat cold food and go out walking when I began to go down with a virus. One of those funny viruses where there aren’t many outward symptoms but you just feel rotten.
Anyway in spite of all this I have put a post together for you.
You may have noticed that most of my posts lately have included crafting and bread and flowers. This is because these are the three things that keep make me happy and keep me smiling!
I will start with the bread this time, but scroll to the bottom if you are not interested in this part.
I decided to make a loaf like last time but to make it like the bap loaves I remembered from childhood. However I was so anxious that it didn’t get as flat as a pancake, because the dough was so soft that it was actually not quite flat enough. However the bread was good. here are three slices for my breakfast! Two other things that have been lifting my spirits are the fact that when I do go out I come home to these forget-me-nots in some pots in the front garden (or front step as my younger daughter would have it!). They are not really meant to be there but I haven’t had the heart to uproot them.
so pretty – and an arty version. And when I look out of the sitting room window when sitting on the settee, I can see the buds coming on my apple tree. Here’s a close up. I haven’t been feeling up to doing much crochet and haven’t any knitting but I have been thinking about future projects.
There are these slippers to make for James. Another thing I am planning to do is to buy some plain sock wool when I buy the yarn for the slippers.
I made these socks – and these
for my daughter and granddaughter. Since they like short socks, I reckon I have enough wool left to make another similar sized pair if I use different wool for the toes and heels.
More long term projects
I also have an idea for using up my scraps of yarn by making a cover for my cloth shopping bag.
It’s the one you can see in this photograph, though more grubby now! It will more than double it’s weight but will make it look pretty. So do I do it?
I used a scrap of yarn to make this piece of corner to corner crochet.And have used it to work out how much yarn I will need for the project. However I may still decide to use the idea for something else as I am not sure if I have that much scrap yarn.
I have also been working on an idea for another blanket. There is something very soothing about making a blanket. I just love ripples, so this is another ripple blanket in Autumn colours. I have been playing with different colour arrangements: something planned this time, not random. The idea is to make one the same size as my sea and sand blanket; i.e about 2ft x 4ft.
I have come up with two ideas, though I have not decided exactly which yellow and greens I want to use, especially as Stylecraft seem to have added quite a lot of new colours.This was the first one, though of course I can’t get the colours spot on, yellow seems particularly hard to reproduce but maybe I just don’t know the right setting.
Later I wondered if this would be better. Both pictures started out as a photograph of actual wrapped pieces of Stylecraft yarn. I suppose it was the lighting when I took the photographs, but the second one has a different texture.
Which colour way do you prefer?