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Sophie’s Universe – End of part 6

It has been very slow progress here at the virtual yurt because we have all been really unwell with some kind of horrible cough and flu like illness that’s lasted on and off for weeks. I tried picking up my crochet and popping a few stitches in from my sick bed but trying to concentrate made my eyes actually hurt! Each stitch was painful for my head so I had to just take a little break.

So I’ve finally reached the end of part 6 and I’m hoping that last bit looks ok. In my mind once I’d decided on the light pink for the little tulips I wanted them to look like they were bright colour in the night time garden. The blues and purples representing the night sky.



I am as usual a bit undecided about the next colours. I want to keep breaking things up with sections of cream but I don’t want it to look to boring either. It’s the ‘roses’ coming up yet and I can’t decide if they shall be in the new bright pink I bought this week or if they are going to be made with the colour changing yellow yarn I have in my stash. 



I definitely wanted the yellow originally because I think the little flecks of colour will make them look a bit like the tea roses I have in my garden and remind me of my Nan’s rose garden too, but I’ve seen some flowers coming up that remind me of the yellow water hyacinths we have in our pond so am tempted to save the yellow for that. However the water hyacinths in the pond are a flat bright yellow so actually I might use the plain yellow I’d used earlier for those and do a side of roses in this colour change yellow then the bright pink in the roses before I decide for sure!

I had to buy a different cream yarn to what I’ve been using this week which gave me a bit of a sulky lip. I was given a huge amount of hobby craft vouchers for my birthday so I intended to get some more of their budget DK cream. The ONLY colour they didn’t have was the cream!!! I’ve bought the Women’s Institute cream instead. Hopefully it will look and feel ok. I actually really liked the one I was using before even though it was a cheapy one! 

The little dark star has gone to soft play with Daddy so I’m off for a turbo shower then as much hooky as I can cram in before they get home and I tackle the sunday dinner. 

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Still on Part 5 of Sophie’s Universe. 

So after long deliberations about the colours of the tulips and the next couple of rounds (and as you know I fussed about it quite a bit) I went for it in the bright pink for the tulips and loved them!



I used a lighter green to go behind the tulips (the purple petals round) so they might look like lots of foliage. I was just finishing that round when I spotted a horrible mistake….



That missing tulip was at the end of the first side of tulips I done. I almost cried at the thought of not only having to frog all the green but three sides of tulips too?

So I cheated a bit or as I like to think of it ‘was inventive’ I ripped right back to the tulips but slip stitched into the area, added a tulip and an extra set if chains into the corner (running the now incorrect ones behind) then crocheted over the two sets of chains on the next round. You’d only know I fluffed it up now if your looking at the back and can see the chain coming from the second to last tulip.

The next morning I came down and looked at the previous days work and just HATED the green I’d used! 



So I frogged all the way back to tulips AGAIN, then procrastinated over colours for ages….. Again.

And now I have this 



And I like it much better 🙂 I’m glad I frogged it even though it meant doing all those trebles again for a forth time! 

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Sophie’s Universe… Colour deliberations! 

So I’ve not ordered any special yarn for this project. There’s two reasons for that, firstly I wanted to get stuck in STRAIGHT away when I saw it and not have to wait to either go yarn shopping or have something delivered and secondly because as some of you already know I have a yarn stash that I could actually open a shop with! 

The way the colours have gone so far means I’ve worked with a fairly cool palate and only about 8 colours right up till the end of part 4. Because I’m behind with the project I can see what’s coming and I really feel I want a slightly more diverse selection for all the flowers and detail but on the other hand the small selection brings a kind of simple harmony to the project so far. 

I’ve got a really lush vibrant dark pink I’d like to use but I’m worried its just going to unbalance the whole thing. I feel like I’ve left I too late to introduce new colours but if I had put many more in much earlier it would have been too “busy” at the centre area. 

I can get pretty obsessive about things being just so and I worry terribly about ‘ruining’ something beautiful with a bad choice. Have you ever done that, made a big thing and realised one colour in there just wasn’t singing harmoniously with the rest and they have have ended up being the only thing your eye goes to and not in a good way at all?

Agonised over the pink with the kids last night, I whipped up three weeny rows to try and help visualise it and did a bit in purple instead. You can’t see the vibrancy of the pink here for some reason, it looks more red. It’s actually a shame I don’t have that tone because I think it just about settles in nicely there and will blend well once the project has grown if I used it a little more elsewhere. But it IS pink, very vibrant pink! 



I sort of have this tulip in my mind and it is very close to the actual colour I’m using.



So tempted to play it safe with the purple but here goes……



I’m going to go for it and if afterv several rows it’s just not right, I’m going to take a deep breath and frog it all back and change it! 



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Fingers in all the pies as usual!

After a long stint with the knitted toddler cardigan I’m now back to my usual ‘a million and one things on the go at once’ self. Of course it’s an exaggeration but it sometimes feels like a million.

The toddler cardi is on hold till I finally organise myself and buy something to block it on all at the same time. I want to be able to lay all the pieces out together so I can be sure I’m making everything the correct size.

I’ve picked up a long neglected WIP and been working on a few squares here and there over the last few weeks.

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I’m setting out the choices for the next square here because I have this ‘thing’ that each round in the square must not be the same as any adjacent square. So if I use cream in round 1 and lilac in round two, they must not already be in the round in that order in the surrounding squares? Does that make any sense? Probably not!

I’ve also done a few more hexagons on this really really long neglected WIP its the join as you go granny hexagon blanket by Petal to Picots

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I bought a huge glut of little 25g balls for this project because I fell in love with the colours. I’ve spent way way too much on them really because it’s only fairly average acrylic. In hindsight it was probably an impulse purchase I should have got under control. Whoopsie.

This week I finally managed to snatch enough hours here and there to write up the pattern for a chunky crochet cowl and list it on Etsy

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I’m now in the middle of writing up the pattern for a little puff stitch cowl I made last year. Before I had a go at writing patterns I really had no idea how much time it takes to write even a simple pattern properly. I use my ‘pages’ app on my ipad because I can convert to PDF with it but its frustrating, it behaves completely unpredictably and I’ve often spent several hours getting everything just right only for it to randomly jumble things up and hide pictures because I wrote an three extra words on one line further up the page. Grrrrrr.

I’ve also started on a CAL by Dedri at Look At What I Made I’m several weeks behind and playing catch up at the moment. It looks like its going to be a really exciting project though and I’m feeling very enthusiastic. I had a rummage through some of my DK stash (that I could get at anyway as we are starting work on a new kitchen and lots of my crafty things are inaccessible at the moment).

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I’m unlikely to use all of these colours but I’m keeping them to hand so I can just pick the next colour as I go and then once I’ve got a good selection I will just continue repeating those and put the others away. Because I have no one in mind yet as the recipient for the finished article I’m looking forward to just experimenting and being brave with it.

I also managed to hook up some little bootees on a whim last month. Bootees are always a way of making me smile.

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I’m not very well today and tucked up in bed 😦 I think I’m paying the price of a hectic February. I went to see Cats twice with my lovely Golden Hair daughter. Once for her birthday treat and once for mine! We both are a bit fanatical about the show. I saw it with the original cast and Golden Hair has been watching you tube versions for quite some time now. We were both like excited children going up on the stage to get Old Deuteronomy to sign our Brochure and Programme. This pic was pre signing of course.

2015/03/img_3921.jpg. We also had a long awaited visit from cousin and her little girl which had me all over excited and just after that The Little Dark Star was ill and I’ve been existing on very minimal sleep. It was inevitable really I would succumb to the illness too. That said I’m feeling more productive than I have in quite a while and I literally have had my fingers in the pie because I made a lovely chicken and veg one last week and I haven’t done that in YEARS. I’ve whipped up a soup today so I know I will have some good easy to prepare comfort food tomorrow whilst dealing with the Dreaded Lurgy and trying to amuse a now very much better bouncy toddler!

Thanks for stopping by. I shall try not to leave it so long to post again because I really do like sharing my crochet and craft journey here.

I’m going to make myself some hot lemons and honey to drink now then tuck myself under my duvet and have a little rest.

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