Soccer, Sorting and Stitching!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

We looked after two of our grandsons for a short time this week and one of our duties was to take them to Soccer - one boy to play and the other to watch. Just about my first thought was, "What handwork can I take to do while I watch the game? It had to be something that could survive the outdoor conditions, that requires no concentration and that doesn't need good light.  It certainly wasn't going to be the elegant silk ribbon and rosebud embroidery I've been working on:


And I had finished this stitchery earlier in the week:


Then I remembered all that wool that I had over from last year when I made lots of Granny Square Bags. I could make a crochet ripple blanket.  It's a great project for using up left-over wool, it's a 'not much brain required' project and seeing it's 8 ply wool, the stitches are big so I don't need brilliant light to see what I'm doing. We have a long train journey planned in a couple of months time, so it would be an ideal project to work during that trip too.  So it was time for SORTING to see what colours would suit and whether I had enough to complete the blanket. Out came all my pretty colours ... and a few rows later, tada:


I'm now feeling like just relaxing and doing row after row curled up in my recliner! Discipline is called for and I need to finish the three designs I am currently working on and keep my crochet project for that long train trip!

Back to the Soccer, our grandson (No 5) played a great game and even scored a goal:


 It brought back lots of memories as my father was a soccer coach of a Junior YMCA team and my brother played in the team.  I spent many a Saturday afternoon on the side line cheering the team on.

My new computer still hasn't arrived, so there was time to do plenty of stitching and I was able to finish off this sewing folder:


The front cover has to be kept hidden away at the moment - but husband really liked it when he saw it!

I also had time to put another couple of patterns on the website.  You might remember these:

She Sells Seashells Dilly Bag and Sunglasses Case:

available here

and the Showers and Flowers Cushion:

available here

One of the jobs on my list this week is to prepare the next block in the free Block of the Month "Thoughts in Thread" pattern. Keep an eye out for it next weekend.

Meanwhile, happy stitching!
Val