Wednesday, 23 September 2015

USE IT OR LOSE IT #4 - PROGRESS AND A CROCHET - A - LONG


As you know, I've embarked upon a much needed tidy up and clearout of The Woolnest. Each day I stop and take a few moments to look around, mooch through a drawer or empty out a tin, just to see what's there and to decide whether or not I can keep it - using my USE IT OR LOSE IT rules (you can read about them here). It's surprising what lovely things you find when you start to look!!!

So far, I have a lovely new shelf, thanks to hubby who called in at IKEA, bought me a shelf and fixed it up for me. Perfect.
 
 


Now all of the things that were on my desk are on the shelf, which leaves room on my desk to work. That's a first for The Woolnest.
 
 
I also parted company with my beloved Molly Makes magazines, converting a pile of magazines that I barely look at, to a few sheets of paper that I want to keep. These are either projects I would like to make, or inspirational photos.
 

I also mooched out all of the free gifts from the mag, which I'd stuffed into a box for "someday" and I carefully removed the accompanying instructions from each mag. Now I have some fun sewing projects that I can give to friends, complete with instructions. Brilliant. It took me a couple of hours, but it was worth it.


I then found a bag of 100% wool balls that I keep buying from the same lady at Yarndale and Wonderwool. I'm not sure why I keep buying these little balls of yarn, but I love the lady's stall and I'm drawn to it like a magnet. She sells vintage paraphernalia as well as these gorgeous balls of wool (100% British and hand-dyed) in lots of subtle, earthy tones. I don't intend to buy any more on Saturday when I visit Yarndale ...... but you never know!!!
 


So I pondered what to do with these little lovelies and, as if by magic, Black Sheep Wools announced a Crochet - A - Long for their Spice of Life Blanket, which will be perfect.

Photo credit: Sandra Paul at Cherry Heart and used with permission

The blanket has been designed by blogger Sandra Paul (aka Cherry Heart) and patterns will be released every couple of weeks. The blanket is crocheted in Rico Baby Classic DK and you can buy the pack here from Black Sheep Wools:
 
You can read Sandra's fab blog here with lots of helpful hints for beginners:

I'd love to hear how you're getting along with your own USE IT OR LOSE IT campaign - don't forget to tweet about it using #useitorloseit and you can join the Ravelry group here (some ladies have posted some great ideas for organising your stash):

Use it or Lose it Ravelry group

Happy Making,
Lynne xx

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