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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sophie's Universe CAL

I worked hard and long on this project and it deserves a little highlight in the blog.  In January, I decided to try something I've never done and join a 20 part Crochet Along (CAL) called Sophie's Universe.  By the time I got my yarn and started, it was nearing March.  I worked on it until our big move to the UK in May.  It was packed and put with our air shipment items which didn't arrive until August.  I finished it up a couple weeks ago and am very proud of the result. 

Here is the link to the CAL if you would like to try this pattern.  Sophie's Universe CAL 2015

I used Caron's Simply Soft yarn with a size H crochet hook.  I was concerned about cost, but I wish I'd gone with a cotton yarn that would have less pilling.  My tips, as I learned the hard way, are 1) count, count, count, 2) use stitch markers as recommended to help reduce the counting, 3) use a good quality yarn because this is a long project and you'll find the early rounds start to pill as you get farther along, 4) when they recommend going up a hook size, do it because I didn't and my square is a little wonky due to all the tight single crochets you do in the later round.

I found it to be a lot of fun...challenging in some parts, simple in others.  It was hard to get bored as every round was different. 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cambridge at Night

John and I have been enjoying our end of summer evening walks in Cambridge.  It's great during the day but even more beautiful as dusk sets upon it.   Our days are getting shorter fast as fall comes.  I started seeing some color change a couple weeks ago, but it is now starting to show more noticeably, a couple of the trees are turning yellow and orange.  I'll fall photos soon...can hardly wait!

The tree in front of King's College Chapel is a Eurasian Horse Chestnut known in the states as a Buckeye tree.  It's a fall practice to go conker (buckeye) hunting.  There's also a game called Conkers.  "Oddly oddly onker my first conker".  Saying this when finding your first conker is supposed to bring good fortune for the following season. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Gonville and Caius College

I was fortunate to be escorted on a tour by a friend who is a staff member of the beautiful Gonville and Caius College.  Established in 1348 by Edmund Gonville, it is the fourth oldest surviving college in Cambridge.  There are approximately 700 students, undergraduate and graduate. 

I would have never even known about this college had it not been for our friends.  I've walked by the entrance many times and didn't realize it was the college entrance.  But, I'm so glad I was given this opportunity.  It is a gorgeous campus.

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