Above is my case full of goodies. I have all my wool - there's a couple of current projects, a couple of quick ones and a couple of crochet things to start. Plus my new 20p sheep needle case! It's holding my double pointers and my short circulars quite well, although since it's made for straight needles there's only so much I can get in there.
I finally finished my waistcoat at the weekend (more on that soon) and my next project is another baby blanket. I just can't stay away from them! This one was inspired by Purl Bee's Eleventh Hour blanket and I'm using some leftover Aran wool that's been in my stash for the longest time (it might even be the oldest thing in there) and for the trim I've got a ball of Bergere De France Recyclaine in Orangeade (best shade name ever). The Purl Bee pattern claims I'll need 100g for the trim but since I'm working on a slightly smaller scale, and I only have that one odd ball I got on sale, I'm gonna try and wing it. Deramores is my go-to for this stuff usually and I noticed they have Orangeade in stock, so I'm all set if it doesn't stretch far enough. And even if it does, I might need more anyway - I used the Recyclaine in a cream colour for my sheep hat and it's my new favourite! I'm doubling the Aran up to make it nice and cosy, so it should be a pretty quick knit.
(I also put together a tutorial for making this handy project bag, more on that soon too!)
The Red Heart Bella wool was also from the mega sale - it was one of those moments where I thought 'I don't know what I'd do with this wool but I want to buy it anyway and find out.' Then of course, I forgot about it until I was looking for holiday projects at the weekend. I fancied making another lace crochet scarf (most likely a slightly different design but maybe the same one if I can't find anything better) and I think the colours will look great in something like that. If anyone's found a lovely triangular scarf pattern, let me know!
This will likely sound ridiculous, but I'm not sure I have enough wool here... Hear me out though. I've picked projects that (mostly) use thick yarn and big needles, so, while the crochet will certainly take me a while to complete, the knitting could be done in a few days. I expect to be sharing driving time with Tam, but a journey to Orkney is at least eight hours from home (not to mention the ten days of holiday), so in half of that I could knock up a hat or two, and the blanket has already been started. I might add some yarn for another chevron blanket as a back up, or stick in more hat wool. Or just finally plough my way through Testament of Youth. Any thoughts?