The sun has got its hat on. Hip hip hip hooray! Yesterday was a wonderful day for a train journey to my favourite city, Carlisle. A day when all my bus train bus connections came together and travel was an absolute pleasure.
As you know there is little chance of finding me on a train without wool and a project. Yesterday was no exception.
In truth however I was running scared. I thought after the bauble success of last week I would try another pattern from the colourful “Boho Crochet” book edited by Merenke Slump. My knees turned to jelly when I realised I was moving from a two star to a THREE star skill rating. What was I thinking?! FPtrs and FPdtrs awaited along with surface crochet and sl st into blo (don’t ask, spare yourselves).
But before I could hook my way through a new crocheting learning curve my train had pulled in at Carlisle station. I had a little time before meeting with my friends at Tullie House Museum. Time for a visit to the library to pick up some light reading and settle down with a cup of tea.
And yes that is brilliant sunlight casting shadows! Apologies for getting so excited but we don’t get a lot of sunshine in Cumbria. Infact like Nosferatu caught out by dawn we squinted, we fidgeted, we MOVED to get out of the rays. We may not get much sun but when we do it is stunning. Our eyes need time to adjust.
It was lovely meeting up with my friends but all too soon I was time to go our separate ways. A beautiful train ride later and I was back home and it was time to face my ‘Star Fruit Pattern Rug’ fears. Gulp.
Things didn’t get off to the best of starts. I discovered I didn’t know my WS from my RS!
But having discovered this fundamental I started to get to grips with the lingo and enjoy myself.
The Star Fruit shape began to form as I worked in the surface crochet. And the motif came together with the addition of the third colour edging.
In no time at all I had three motifs completed. Only another 67 to go and I’ll have a rustic new rug!
In case you were wondering I am using a 4mm hook and these chunky rough dyed rug yarns from Farfield Mill.
Patterns. Pah! Nothing to fear after all. Next time 4 stars. Bring it on.
Until next we meet, Moke x