I'm making a commitment this year to not whittle away my extra hours in the day, by trying to fill in any spare pockets of time with something creative. I think I've made a pretty good start with my 'Weekend in Stockholm' blanket (update post coming soon!) and the snake that's on my needles, but they're both long term projects that I plan on taking my time with so that I don't tire of them too quickly.
So last night while the boys watched a movie, I crocheted up a hot pad. I've tried this pattern before and really liked it (twice actually), so I thought I'd do an aqua, lime green and cream version. The yarn is 10 ply Sugar and Cream and I used a 3.5mm hook. These hot pads look a bit complicated, but I promise they're not - it's just a series of chain and single crochet and then you twist the centre bits with your fingers, before adding the border around the outer edge.
The pattern is a freebie and the only thing I do is add a couple of extra rows around the outer edge, just to make it a bit bigger. This took me around 2-3 hours to complete, incase you're wondering.
January might even be the month for hot pads (we'll see!) because I have a second one on my crochet hook at the moment, in a different design. I'll share that too, once I'm done.