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! 

A Blanket for Max

So the Crojo continues today with the completion of a blanket for my little Maxine.

She liked it so much she decided to roll herself up in it whilst I was still putting on the finishing tassels. 

It will now live in her little cubby hole – she has a cubby hole on my fiance’s desk where she can observe him and make sure he gives her plenty of fusses!

I used the Presto 4.5 hour afghan from Make and Do Crew. You can find it here.

The pattern called for a 15mm hook but as I didnt need it to be human sized I downsized to a 10mm. I continued to follow the pattern until I had run out of yarn. I used 5 balls in total – 3 sirdar Husky, then a leftover ball of Drops Eskimo from a baby blanket I made and around 40g of Sirdar Big Softie that I had leftover from a blanket I made for Max when I first got her. 

Divine Hat

I had my interview on thursday morning – I think I did a good job. I seemed to get along really well with them and after they interviewed me they told me I had done well and they introduced me to the team and let me have a go at the job. That is a good sign because apparently they (the interviewers) dont usually do that. However, someone could still have come along and scored a few points more than me. But for me the important thing is that I did a good job and if I dont get this particular position, it wont be a reflection on me. I feel that regardless, I made a positive step forward in my career. And now comes the waiting! 

As you will remember I had a burst in my crojo recently, which was then brought to a halt when I received the last minute interview invite. Now that the interview is done (after a few well deserved beers) I have got straight back to crocheting. Another hat has just flown off of my hooks.

This time it is the Divine Hat, by Sarah Arnold. You can find it here

This pattern is a very simple and very pretty one. I have no idea how the maths of it works to be honest – it starts on a strange number of stitches into a magic circle, and there are only 4 rounds that resemble increase rounds but somehow it makes a very well fitting hat! 

My only mod was to add a final row of Sc when I had finished the brim, just to finish it all off. 

Isnt it pretty. 

Its made of James C Brett Monsoon, which is, surprise surprise, another discontinued yarn. According to Ravelry its been in my stash for nigh on 4 years! Thats really bad, but sadly, is probably not the oldest stalwart in my collection!