October 25th, 2014

Crochet ripple

Crochet poncho WIP


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
View from study (sunny)

An antidote to some of the depressing things on the internet

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.