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My niece was 17 this month and mainly wanted driving lesson vouchers (a.k.a. cash 😜) but how could I miss the opportunity to do a crochet doodle?

First, it was very ambitious with 18 motifs arranged in a staggered form with small flowers in between but then I started on the roses (using a 7mm hook) and it evolved.
If you’ve ever started needing a certain number of motifs which aren’t immediately being crocheted into the design, my tip of the month is to keep them all in one line string. As one is finished,  pull the loop wide, 

And pass the motif through the loop to lock it. 

then start the next motif

I always lose count, then lose a motif and nothing is more irritating than having one motif too many.
So I doodled an Irish rose in a chunky yarn, then added sepals using a DK baby yarn from my stash:

The joining was fairly organic (and always using slip stitch as I’m such a stickler for motifs being joined by crochet and NOT by sewing!!!

And I ended up with a fairly standard infinity scarf….

UNTIL YOU START TO WEAR IT!

Asymmetric loops

Symmetrical loops

Twisty Loops

It is lovely and warm despite seeming insubstantial and, added bonus, doesn’t slip off your shoulders when you are running for the bus or lugging bags full of books ❤

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In the UK , Tweenie is a girl just before she reaches adolescence. My friend’s daughter admired my little girl’s eternity scarf, which I quickly knitted up using sock yarn from my stash and so of course when I got home, I put my 12 days of Christmas shelf borders into my UFO pile (there was no way I’d get from 6 swans a swimming to 12 drummers drumming in the three days I had left to Christmas 😜😬) and started this (Yes, I’m crocheting and blogging on a train again):

The Irish crochet motif theme continues with an “evolution of roses”
One layer

2 layers

3 layers

There is a cunningly hidden button hole to turn it from a hanging loop into a warm snuggly cowl, which I’m rather fond of.

Let me know if you’d like me to upload a pattern 😜

I love knitting on trains, when I’ve had jobs that I’ve commuted to, I finished LOADS of projects using that time to and from work. My infinity scarf positively leapt forward on Thursday night. I went to the Frankfurt English Theater to see strangers on a train which was fab, loved the set and the lighting with scary shadow plays going on on the walls and the train there and back were perfect for a knitting session.

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It's in Germany but it's in English!

The other thing that was great is that, because there’s a 10 stitch repeat in the pattern, I wasn’t just knitting, oh no, I was counting out loud in an under your breath kind of manner.
So all the drunk lads on the way home left me alone instead of pestering me (it’s not because I am now middle aged and too old to be pestered). All ladies travelling alone on trains at night should knit to discourage nutcases talking to you 😉

So the scarf is now long enough to be looped once around my neck, 2 loops to go, yay! And I totally justified talking a second ball of wool with me because I joined it on at least 10 minutes before reaching my destination.

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It's getting longer

How does everyone else carry knitting when travelling? Is the yarn in your pocket or your handbag or do you risk it falling on the floor by keeping it on your lap? I keep mine in a pooch on my handbag.

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Handbag with purpose designed knitting pouch

I popped into Mainz for probably the last time before moving back to Manchester. I was heading to a wool shop I know and took a wrong turning, so I found another shop! It’s amazing what happens when you shop without husbands…..

so it would have been rude not to buy something, I chose this lovely soft organic cotton in baby pink.

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One quick internet search later, I found this pretty little thing:

periwinkle pink lace infinity scarf

I have also discovered via this wonderful description what long tail cast on is- I was taught it as a child under a different name, thumb cast on, less romantic but more descriptive 😉

long tail cast on

It’s a lovely pattern, rather soothing to knit, you have to keep counting so it’s perfect for concentrating enough to forget any niggling worries but simple enough to be able to watch telly/listen to the radio. Can’t have detailed conversations with husbands though, especially if they are to do with moving back to England from Germany…. speaking if which, you now know why I haven’t blogged much in the last few weeks