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October 25th, 2014 - Helen's journal and online home — LiveJournal
In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.

As part of my de-cluttering, stash-busting efforts, I decided to make myself a poncho out of the huge balls of aran wool/acrylic yarn that I bought a couple of years ago.

When I bought it, intending to make a sweater or cardigan, I hadn't realised that crochet comes out much thicker than knitting. To get the same thickness of fabric, you need a finer yarn. I don't wear very chunky sweaters, so the yarn languished while I puzzled out what to do with it.

Eventually, I realised that a simple poncho was the answer. It gets chilly in the winter sitting at my computer desk by the window, so something I can pop on while working would be very useful.

Crochet poncho WIP

It will be made out of two equal-sized rectangles and, as I don't want a fancy pattern, I'm just adding a bit of texture with different variations on half-treble (UK).

Current Mood: sick snuffly with a cold

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The internet is full of things, some of them depressing or upsetting, but there are some little gems to be found. Someone on Google+ posted the link to this charming little animation based on a medieval manuscript about the life of the hedgehog.

It's in Latin, but there are subtitles.

Click here to see the explanation and the video.

Aren't the baby hedgehogs just adorable? :)

In other news, I have admitted defeat and set up a new Facebook account. So if you get a friend request from a Helen Hall using a profile photo as per this LJ icon, it is indeed me. I still don't like Facebook much and I'm not going to stop posting here, but I have been forced to admit that Facebook is where a lot of my online friends have gone and if I don't want to lose touch, I'll have to follow.

Also, I have a gmail account which I've had for many years. It's basically my name at gmail but quite a few other Helens think it's theirs! As well as all the misdirected email I receive, I've also had a couple of people attempt to set up Facebook accounts using my gmail address. I decided that the best way to stop it being hijacked was to use it for my own Facebook account.
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