Cotton knit and crochet, plus more vintage reading

This week I’ve sewn another little zipped bag, perfect for my knitting. I really like the lime lining. The outer fabric looks almost like it’s a vintage flower pattern, but with modern colours. I wish I knew where I got it from it, but it was when I was gathering fat quarters and that’s a few years ago.

I’m on a mission to make more washcloths after checking that my nieces still used them. Apparently they’re now using the last two, the green and the yellow ones. Which green and yellow ones you’re thinking? Well, these! I rarely look back at any posts I’ve published, but this made me go a little bit awww and oooh. They’re not wearing little silver shoes anymore, now they’re 9 and 10 ( nearly 11) and seem to be all arms and legs.

Pot holder mark II is done, must crochet around the edges…

How many ends of my wave blanket have I darned? Mmmm zero, but the intention is there. This week I’ve said: “I must do some darning, especially as Sophie’s just gone on maternity leave. I’ve just gotta start.”

“Yeah yeah, I’ve heard that before.” 

I’ve knitted some more of my garter stitch blanket but the new colour isn’t right. It’s meant to be a stash buster, so I’ve added in parchment. I have plenty after all. But it’s not fitting with the rest. But I’m using up odd balls of yarn; so I can’t buy new, can I? Actually don’t answer that, because I’m really not. It’s going to be what it’s going to be… can you sense the determination?!

I’ve gone back to the audio version of The State We’re In as I wanted to find out what was going to happen next and had a few hours to listen while I travelled one day. The narrator is ok, especially if I alternate listening to some and read some. The Little House in the Big Woods was such a trip down memory lane that I’ve gone right on to the next in the series. Poor Jack though! How upsetting. As Laura wrote these books in her later years that memory must have surely still distressed her.

Have you reread any childhood favourites? What are you making? What’s your favourite drink at the moment? I’m on a bit of a peppermint tea jag again. 


If you’d like to share what you’re making and reading every Wednesday too, leave a link in the comments. Don’t forget to link back to this post on your blog, and use #yarningalong on social media, so others can find us and join us in Yarning Along. I’m still looking out for a links tool that’s compatible with WordPress. Can you keep your eyes peeled too on your favourite WP blogs? 

16 thoughts on “Cotton knit and crochet, plus more vintage reading

  1. Too many new books to be re reading childhood favourites. However,I have always been fond of Heidi and The Secret Garden. Actually not making anything today, I must be sickening for something. Earl Grey if you are putting the kettle on please.

  2. I love the little zippered bag! I haven’t been doing much crocheting lately, as I’ve been focusing more on making jewelry. However, I’d love to join in on this Yarn Along, so perhaps I’ll start a crochet project next week.

  3. Hello Rachel!

    My drink of choice is always coffee – black with no sugar. I did have a lovely hot chocolate a couple of days ago for a change (it’s getting cold outside).

    I’m sure the garter stripes blanket will look lovely no matter which colour you choose – the blending should soften it.

    I’m currently discovering new children’s books with my kids. We went to Seven Stories last week (https://www.sevenstories.org.uk/) and the gift shop is a children’s book shop, which was amazing! We came away with Superhero Hotel (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Superhero-Hotel-Abie-Longstaff-x/dp/1407166905), which is excellent and both kids are really enjoying reading it.

    This week’s post is up now: http://www.vikkibirddesigns.com/2017/10/yarning-along-coffee-and-cake.html My reading is stretching to magazines at the minute…

    • That’s an encouraging point. I shall continue and not worry about it. The stash busting part is important. It seemed such a good way to get rid of balls I wasn’t likely to choose to use on other, more coordinated, makes.

      Black with one sugar for me, unless a cappuccino, though that’s not often. I’m more of a PM tea or Early Grey girl.

  4. I love the bag you made. I have done so many crafts but can’t seem to get into sewing, even though I got a vintage Singer Featherweight machine for that purpose. Nice aunt you are, too. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  5. I LOVE those books! I have blogged about them before. That is the exact copy I used to have when I was a child…. Sadly I had to re-buy them a few years ago. The zippy bag looks great, especially the fabric – matches well with the wash cloth – good colour! I may be along shortly with a post.

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