A Realization

Do you stick go one project at a time or do you work on loads of projects at once. Do you craft for the process or the finished object. I never thought I had a preference. That was until now.

I have recently been working on a few long winded projects. A shirt, a shawl consisting of 24 mini skeins, and some squares for a blanket that I am not enjoying (the squares not the blanket). And I have felt really bored. Not because I am not enjoying the crochet but because I feel like I am miles away from finishing anything. That’s when I realised I am probably a finished product crafter – I like to feel like I am productive, so finishing things really makes me happy.

So with that in mind, out came some Aran yarn and a quick project to satisfy my itch to finish something quickly.

This is the Ribbed Granny Stitch Cowl by Alexandra Richards, I used the leftover Blue Moon Fibre Arts Plushy yarn from my cropped granny jumper.

I love the way you can tuck it into your jacket – sometimes scarfs can be really bulky but this eliminated the bulk whilst keeping your neck warm.

Show Us Yours

I did it! I am so excited to say I made it into my favourite magazine, Simply Crochet! And not only did my photo get published in the mag! I actually won this month’s ‘show us yours’ prize.

This was my prize! A book of Knit and Crochet Motifs and some yarn – Rico Itoiro, Stylecraft Money and Scheepjes Maxi Sugar Rush. There was also a copy of Immediate Media’s other crochet mag, Love Crochet, included.

How exciting! I will treasure this issue forever!

WIP Wednesday (17/07/19)

It’s WIP Wednesday and I have the same 3 projects on my hooks as last week.

I have reached the lace section of my Lucinda Shawl

I will be using all of the advent yarn I got last Christmas to make the lace.

I have added a few more rows to part 9 of my Hook n Learn CAL blanket by Simply Crochet Magazine

And I am still working on the Sleeveless top from issue 70 of Simply Crochet Magazine – it is my home project though and being on nights I don’t have a lot of time to crochet at home so there is no progress to share.

Happy Birthday!

In my family, July is the month of birthdays! There are so many! So this year, I decided to make some cards that use crochet as a focal point for the two other yarnies in my family. My Aunt Jo (who taught me to crochet) and My Mum (who caught the bug for knitting around 6 years ago).

I thought this would be a fantastic way to use up scraps – I had just finished making the Nepal Beanie (you can read about it here) and still had a little yarn left. It was so beautiful but there wasn’t much of it, but enough that it seemed a waste. So I decided to turn it into 2 appliques that I could use for greeting cards. Aren’t they cute? Perfect quick projects for the yarnies in my life. For the star I used this pattern. For the heart I used this pattern.

WIP Wednesday (10/07/19)

Hello all! Happy Wednesday! I have 3 projects on the hooks today!

I started my Lucinda Shawl

I moved on to part 9 of the Simply Crochet Hook n Learn Cal. It is Apache tears, which is new to me. I had to Jimmy it a little though as the original design required you to fasten off each row and join again for the next. That would have meant 108 ends to sew in… Yeah, I am not mad so I am trying to make it work by only fastening off to change colour.

And finally I have made a few more inches progress on my sleeveless top from issue 70 of Simply Crochet Magazine.

I hope you are all having a wonderful WIP Wednesday.

Getting On With It – Part 2

So I did get on a bit of a role after I finished the Catherine Wheel block of my Hook n Learn blanket. As soon as I had fastened them of I moved straight on to part 8, the puff Stitch block.

This block went really quickly as it had no colour changes and was a simple 2 row repeat.

Onwards and upwards. Only 4 more parts (5 more blocks) to go until I can start to assemble! Yay!

Getting On With It

Do you ever start a project then completely forget about it. I must say this is pretty rare for me, as generally speaking I tent to start a project then just keep going til it’s finished. But The Hook ‘n’ Learn blanket (Simply Crochet’s most recent CAL) had been languishin in a box for too long now. So I decided it was time to get back on it.

So out came the yarn and the bag of already completed squares so I could work out where I was at. I had already done 6 parts of the 13 park CAL. So what was part 7. Eurgh… Catherine Wheel Stitch. Suddenly I remembered why this ended up being forgotten. Back when I was following the CAL I saw so many people complain about how difficult it was. And quite frankly I think it’s and ugly Stitch, so it got put off. But if I am ever to complete the blanket I need to get on and do it!

Here they are. I am still not in love with the Stitch – looks almost clown like to me – but it wasn’t as hard as all that – it was actually quite easy! I don’t know what all of the fuss was about. Now onto the next block. Puff Stitch. Hopefully with a bit of luck, I will fly through the rest of the blocks!

Nepal Beanie

Don’t you just love I it when a project turns out even better than you had imagined it would?

I have always been a little skeptacle about speckled yarns and a crocheter. I felt like the speckled would get lost in the stitches. But when I saw this yarn (Hardcore DK by Dye Candy in Colourway Doll Parts) I just had to have it. And I am pleased to report it has proven me wrong.

And can we talk about this pattern? I have had it in my que for ages but kept putting it off, and I have no idea why! This pattern is so simple and just look at the texture the stitches give!

Seriously, if you are looking for a quick project with lots of texture but minimal concentration then this is definitely for you. You can find the pattern here. I can’t wait for the cooler weather to roll round so I can start wearing it!

Some Beautiful Tulips!

Hi everyone! I am just popping in to share with you the good news that I have now written and uploaded the pattern for my tulips!

Check out my Ravelry Designer Page here to get the pattern, and please share your photos if you have a go!

Also as a side note, I apologise if any of you tried to download the Rugged Boho Waistcoat recently. It appears I uploaded the wrong pdf! Doh! Anyways, I have now corrected it so you should be able to download it now. Enjoy!

WIP Wednesday (03/07/19)

Hello all! It’s Wednesday again, and so here I am to share my WIP’s.

Having asked last week what project I should start next, I actually didn’t choose any of them! I was stood looking at my yarn collection and decided I should probably get on with a blanket CAL that has been languishing for a while in my cupboard. I got to part six then kind of forgot about it… So this is part 7.

I then got itchy fingers – so I started on the hat I was deliberating over last week. Isn’t the speckled yarn gorgeous?

And then I couldn’t stop thinking about the tee I mentioned last week, so I started that too!

And who knows, by the end of the week I may have started the Dino. I just want to make everything all at once!