Thursday, 26 April 2012

Holidays, Birthdays and Hospitals

Well, the three weeks leading up to my 30th birthday have been somewhat unusual to say the least. It started with a trip to hopital here in Rauma, for pretty severe stomach pains and much to my surprise and disappointment, my quick visit to the A&E ended in 3 full days in hospital. I had to bargain hard with the doctors to get released early enough on good friday so that we could catch our flight to germany as planned...although that holiday then had to start with more visits to hopital, more scans, more blood tests. Ah well, it all worked out in the end and it was finally concluded that it had all started with a case of appendicitis. We made it to Italy for skiing although I had to lay off the apris ski this year and take it easy for a couple of days while everyone else was off having fun.

All this left plenty of time for crocheting though so I now have a second baby vest and I'm well on my way to having a second flower scarf too.

Birthday presents for the most part haven't reached me yet - one of the disadvantages of this jet set lifestyle ;) but I did receive a couple of interesting books, which combine my love of crochet with my desperate need to learn to speak fluent german. So far I haven't started any projects from them because I've been too distracted by other things but watch this space, I hope to crack them open at the weekend.

The main distraction keeping me away from these new books is a pattern I spotted on Ravelry and instantly fell in love with. It's so incredibly simple - it's just a giant granny square really - but also such an incredibly effective way of making an interesting colour effect. The idea comes from a fellow blogger: colour in a simple life
It's progressing quite quickly, with 20 rounds done already. I've been thinking about trying to sell some of my projects for a while but browsing ebay was never very encouraging - wool ain't cheap and I'm not willing to sell things at a loss. A few weeks ago a friend told me about Etsy, which is tailored to selling homemade products so I think I'll give it a try. And here's a wee preview: