Linen Stitch Cowl

Popping in to share with you this cute cowl that I recently finished.

I used 2 balls of yarn which have been lingering in my stash for almost 5 years! The lighter blue speckly yarn is Sirdar Americana, and the dark blue yarn is Sirdar Rafaella. I believe both of these yarns to be discontinued since they are no longer listed on the Sirdar website.

The pattern is Linen Stitch Cowl by Esther Chandler. You can find it here

I love the way there is no need to sew in ends. It is written in such away that the only ends you have to sew in are right at the top and right at the bottom. 

I love the way it looks too, the speckled yarn and solid yarn look lovely together.

I did struggle a little on the dark blue rows as the Rafaella yarn had a funny texture meaning it didnt glide so smoothly as the Americana over the hooks. 

Its very pretty but also quite repetitive – its good if you want mindless crochet but it took me a while to get it finished as it was boring me arter a row or two. I am glad its finished though. 

Therd is a matching Mitten Pattern which I intend to make but I will leave that for a bit. 

Pachimari Practice

I recently saw that Stylecraft were looking for sample makers, particularly those who are interested in amigrumi, to help them make samples for photo shoots. Well obviously I was interested so I sent off for details and to register my interest. 

I have been advised I will be required to send in some examples of my work which will be returned upon inspection. Well since I have started my gift pile early I have some hats and such that I can send, but I didnt have any amigrumi to hand since it all ends up being gifted, so I had a sit down and a think about what Ami Projects I have been thinking about doing recently, and this is what I decided to make. A Pachimari. 

For those of you who dont know, a Pachimari is a half onion half octopus monster which features in mine and my fiance’s favourite video game, Overwatch. It is supposed to looks like this.

Now, I appreciate that its not entirely accurate but considering I made it up as I went along I think I did a good job. And the main thing is that it demonstrated my Amigrumi Skills quite nicely. Also, My Fiance was very pleased with it when I gave it to him on his return from Berlin. 

A Pretty Chunky Shawl

Blimey! This month has flown! I have been so busy crocheting that I forgot to blog and now we are halfway through august already! 

Today I am sharing with you this shawl I made.

I followed Vickie Howells Chunky Triangle Shawl pattern, which you can find here. I lived making this pattern as with all chunky projects, you get a very satisfying finished project in a short amount of time. Its well written and fun to follow so take a look.

This wasnt a stashbusting project per se, as I bounght the yarn fairly recently. But I was busting Cygnets stash, as they look soon to be getting rid of Bumper Boucle in order to make way for new yarns. 

Anyways, I really enjoyed this pattern. I modified it slightly, as I couldnt find my 12mm hook so ai used a 15 mm then stopped short of the last few rows as it was already huge due to the 15mm hook. 

Bumper Boucle is super snuggly and warm so I imagine whoever I gift it to will be super cosy wearing it!

I now have 1 and a half skeins left of this yarn so I am off to find something else I can do with it. 

WIP Wednesday (15/08/18)

Today I have 2 projects to share.

First is my Octos. I have completed 3, and have just the tentacles of the last 2 to do.

Secondly is the Sailors Moon Cropped Sweater by Cre8tion Crochet in Noro Haniwa. I really love how fast it is working up – I only started this on saturday afternoon and I have already completed the body!

Since taking this photograph thismorning I have actually completed two thirds of the ribbong around the waistline of the sweater too, so I think I can finish it in the next day or two. Usually garments seem to take me months but this is looking like it will take me less than a week!

I finished a lot of projects this last week but between being ill and working night shifts I havent yet managed to take photos so once I have had a chance this week I will be sharing a couple of new projects. 

WIP Wednesday (08/08/18)

Oh my goodness! Its august which means Autumn is finally on the way. Not that you would know it from this bleeding heat wave we are having. 

I am currently suffering with a bout of tonsillitis. The antibiotics seem to be doing their part though so thats fine. Hopefully I will be back in order in no time. 

I have 3 works in progress on the go at the moment.

Theres these octos. I thought I would production line them, make a few heads then some tentacles. However these are currently inquarentine as you cant make them when you are sick – wouldnt want to risk passing on anything to those tiny little babies! 

I have been working on this Linen Stitch Cowl, using 2 balls of discontinued yarn that have been languishìng in my stash for around 4 years. Its slow going as its quite repetetive, but its a good pattern. It is designed in such a way that you only have to sew in 4 ends in total (2 if like me you carry the tails whilst crocheting row 2 and the final row).

And finally, I have just this morning started this chunky shawl using Cygnet Bumper Boucle. It should be super warm and squishy for its recipient whoever that may be. 

What have you been working on this week. 

July Makes

This month I seem to have had a spurt of crojo. I finished 7 projects, using over 1000 yards of yarn. And using up 7 balls of yarn that have been languishing in my stash for far too long! Whats more I have made a start on christmas gifts!

First I finished up part 4 of the Hook n Learn CAL. 

Then I finished my July donation to Octopus For a Preemie UK.

Then I got on a bit of a hat making roll. First was the Sequoia Ridge hat.

Then the Autumn Leaves Hat.

And after that the Divine Hat. 

Finally I completed part 5 of the Hook n Learn CAL – Cable Stitch

And I made a Blanket for my little Maxine.

What a sucessful month!