I'm trying to look nonchalant but...Yee-ha!!!! I finished my scarf! I know that it was a super easy pattern but I am more than a little bit pleased with myself. Thank you to my fab bloddie Emily for publishing the pattern, it was perfectly clear and simple to follow (although I did accidentally adapt it a tad by making my stripes too big).
Can you tell how chuffed I am? Look at that cheesy grin - ha! I couldn't bring myself to do an actual 'Ta-dah' in the title because I felt I had already slightly overdone the build up to the Big Reveal! But this is a hooooge thing for me - I couldn't crochet a few months ago and now I've been able to make something that is (I think) pretty, soft and wearable!
I know that my stitches aren't super-even all the way through and where I join in a new colour the stitches are a little loose but if you could see what I was producing four months ago, this is a proper leap for me!
I even managed a little scalloped edging! (There may or may not be one stitch too many on the other end resulting in a slightly uneven finish. Whatevs - counting is not one of my strong points...)
Here it is, all folded up and in its imperfect glory.
I absolutely loved making it. I loved the feel of the yarn and adore the colour combination. It was so relaxing crocheting in rows and watching the scarf grow quickly. I know I shouldn't admit to this but I LOVED sewing in the ends. I found it so peaceful and felt really old-fashioned sitting sewing next to hubby in my little armchair! The simple things... It's the first time I have sewn in any ends before and I've heard that so many people hate it - I was dreading it. The only issue it has now highlighted is that in my inexperience I think I've left the ends on my granny squares too short. I don't know how I'm going to sew them in, the ends on some of the squares are only an inch or so long. Grrrr. Any suggestions or do I have to scrap the squares?
So yes I do have a couple of other projects on the go - my granny blanket and my bunting both need finishing. But I want to start something else and I'm going to try a little baby blanket. It's one from a Nicki Trench book and I've bought exactly the yarn that the book recommends in exactly the same colours. I fancied taking the safe option. I'll show you the yarn and the pattern when I kick it off.
Oooh, and I'm going to blog about this bag ^^ another day too. I'm so pleased with it - it was a sale bargain and deserves its own post.
I'm going to hop in the bath now, I've used my special Penhaligon's Bluebell bath oil and I can smell it wafting down the landing, it's gorgeous. I'm also reading a Peter James novel which has me absolutely hooked. It's been a while since I read a proper paperback (I usually read a Kindle) and it's a novelty to be able to take it in the bath.
Sorry for all the exclamation marks. One of my pet hates is overusing exclamation marks but y'know, I'm excited.
*I know it was my silly way of casually showcasing my scarf, but I actually really am cold - we took the dog for a walk this evening and I was trussed up in Ugg boots, a hoodie and a little coat too. Ridiculous for the end of July.