Autumn Leaves

Hello all! I hope we are all well.

As we all know I love autumn. Unfortunately, no-one seems to have told the weather that it is autumn. The mornings are slightly cooler, but over all, it’s still far too sunny and warm for my liking. Hopefully the leaves will start to turn soon. Until then, I had to make do with dreaming about autumn leaves by hooking up this Autumn Leaves Slouch.

The pattern is from moogly. You can find it here. I have actually made this slouch before – last Christmas I gifted it to a friend.

The yarn is Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK. This hat used just 50m, which was perfect as I had half a ball left from the Column Beanie I made for my fiance some time ago.

The hat is worked with a 5mm for the body and a 3.75mm for the brim. I used a 4mm though for the brim, as I have a large nogin so wanted it a little looser.

My 90 Degrees Cowl

Another finished object? 3 in a week is virtually unheard of with me but yarndale is coming and I want as much space as possible to store all of my new yarn so I have been crocheting like a bat out of hell!This is my 90 Degrees Cowl by Addydae Designs.I used the leftover yarn from my Doris Shawl (which you can take a look at here). It is Truly Hooked Standard Sock, in colourway Alter Ego and Delirium. I love the subtle stripes created by the 2 different yarns.It’s so squashy and comfy! I would definitely recommend it. If I made it again though, I would probably go down a hook size for the foundation chain as it does flare out a little and the bottom edge is a bit wobbly!Now let’s see what other things I can finish this week!

Charity Bear No. 2

So Yarndale is approaching and I was sitting in my living room working on my Hook n Learn blanket when I realised it is only a couple weeks away. I rushed to the web page for the Creative Community Project and realised I only had a few more days to get some teddy’s sent off! That came up quickly. So I dropped my blanket and got cracking on my second teddy, which, up until this point had no more than a pair of legs. Boy the hooks fly when you are under pressure!

Here is my second ted. Isn’t it sweet!

And now they are all packaged up to go to the post office in the morning. Yay!

Autumn Garden Hat

Hello all! Happy autumn! I have been on a roll this weekend for finishing projects. I have finished both of my brioche projects – the cowl is currently on the blocking board but the hat is ready to share! So here it is!

The pattern is the Garden Grows Hat by Tara Murray of Mamachee. You can find more info here.

The purple yarn is Nua (colourway Figment) by Stolen Stitches and the orange yarn is Yan Sock (colourway Fire eater) by Sylvan Tiger Yarn. I was gifted both of these skeins last Christmas by my parents. My mum told me when I opened it that the lady who was running the yarn shop she bought it from got all excited about the colour combo thinking they would look lovely together. Because of this I aways had the idea to put them together, but until I found this pattern I didn’t know how.

I love it! It’s so squashy and soft and lovely. Brioche makes lovely warm garments.

August Makes

Summer is over! I repeat, Summer is over! And now is the most beautiful time of the year – autumn! I always get super excited when September comes as it means we’re within touching distance of longer nights, crisp orange and red leaves, cinnamon and spice, golden sunsets, and then my birthday, Halloween, bonfire night and then the Big one! Christmas! The final 3rd of the year is definitely my favourite!

Anyways, I am here to roundup my makes for August!

I made 7 projects in total this August:

First I finished this sleeveless tee.

Followed by a cute little Earwarmer.

Then came my first Bridesmaid Shawl. (Which I have just realized I never posted about! DOH!)

Followed by a collection of test bunting flags.

After that I turned my hand to a Trauma Teddy for this year’s Yarndale creative community project.

And then finally, another 2 bridesmaid shawls.

Another real productive month! I am really working hard to shrink my yarn stash in preparation for Yarndale, so this is now the final push! Wish me luck.

Erigenea Shawl

How are we all this week? I have had another manic week – who knew buying a house would be so much work! So much paperwork, meetings, etc.

Anyways, despite the crazy, I managed to finish another project!

This is the Erigenea by Silke Terhorst. You can find it here. The pattern is Free!

I absolutely loved working on this shawl – it was challenging enough to keep you interested but not so hard you had to keep checking back at the pattern every 5 mins. And it had very good charts too! Unfortunately I ran out of yarn to do the very last row, but tats ok, it looks lovely as it.

I will be gifting it to my third bridesmaid this week, so I hope she loves it! I picked it because she is so sparkly and lovely and also she loves blue.

The yarn is from Mothy And The Squid, in colourway Night Sky and Midnight Sky. They work so gorgeously together, don’t you think?

Doris (Cat)

Hello all! Sorry I have not posted for a while. I have been super busy with one thing or another. This last two weeks has been a whirlwind – what with visiting all of my family, proposing to my bridesmaids, viewing properties, and most excitingly, we could a beautiful new home and have had our offer accepted! So now we start the process of purchasing our first home! Yay!

Anyways, as you can imagine, this hasn’t left much time for crochet! But I did manage to finish this last week:

This is my Doris Shawl. The pattern is by Kat Goldin, you can find it here. The Yarn is Standard Sock by Truly Hooked in Colourway Alter Ego and Delirium.

I love the colour combo. At first I was worried it was going to be too subtle. But actually it works together really well.

I found the pattern quite fun but did get quite bored in some areas. The large expanses of turquoise are entirely single crochet so go really slowly, and I miscounted a couple times so had to fudge in a few extra or few less stitches here and there. But it turned out wonderfully in the end, wouldn’t you agree.

I love the texture created in the grey sections by the crossed over stitches. It makes it visually more appealing to the eye.

I am glad to say, the recipient (my maid of honour) absolutely loved it! She was so pleased to receive her handmade gift along with her other gifts. I got some cookies made for each bridesmaid. Aren’t they sweet!

I hope you have had an equally productive weekend!

A Charity Bear!

Hello all!

I know I have mentioned it a million times, but I AM GOING TO YARNDALE! I am super excited. It’s the first time I am going.

A couple of weeks ago they announced their Creative Community Project. They are requesting Trauma Teddies, used to bring comfort to sick children. What a great cause. You can find more details here.

The Crochet Teddy Pattern is by Lucy over at Attic 24. You can find the pattern here.

And here is my first Ted.

Can you think of a name? I am terrible at names. What does this Ted look like to you?

Gearing up for Autumn!

I made a thing! A really pretty thing.

Ok, so I know I said I would crochet monogamously on my gift shawls due at the end of August. However I really needed the finished project buzz. I really was uninspired by hundreds and hundreds of SC (seriously, I just had to rip back 3 rows because I made s fatal error when reading the pattern that was unfudgable!

So I pulled out my ball of (Long since discontinued) Debbie Bliss Andes which was gifted to me a good few years ago by a friend in San Francisco, as part of a Christmas swap when I was involved in the Global Square Exchange, which is sadly no longer active.

Anyways, I digress. This is the Hope Earwarmer Pattern by Yarn and Chai, which you can find here. Isn’t it pretty. It uses the same Stitch style as the Nepal Beanie I made recently.

And that yarn is so glossy and silky! I love it! My only issue was how tangled it got half way through. It was really sticky so the fibres kind of matted together in one place. But it’s so gorgeous I think I can forgive that!

The button came from my stash, purchased over 5 years ago. I think it just finished off the project so nicely.

Now back to the shawl!

So the Wedding Prep Begins

We have had our wedding venue booked since September of last year, but now we are coming up to a year til the big day, we have started the ball rolling a bit more.

Our wedding was always going to be a very homemade affair – we want to steer clear of the wedding industry lark wherever possible. We are utilising the skills and talents of the people around us. And as part of that I really wanted to get all of the crafty people I know involved, so I have decided to create a patchwork of bunting – from all different crafts! So over the last few weekends I have been playing about with different crafts (paper craft, painting, stenciling, tiedye, sewing etc.) to make a sort of inspiration board/mock up so that I can explain better what I would like from my guests. By creating a large example pool I hope to give them confidence in their own crafting efforts.

You see, it would be lovely to be surrounded by the creative efforts of as many people as possible, since to me craft is love and care. So I will ask my guests, when I send out my save the dates, if they would like to get involved by making some bunting flags.

Anyways, the reason I am telling you this is so I can show you this collection of flags I made, to add some crochet to the bunting (in the hopes of inspiring my friends who crochet).

Some of them I made up as I went along, some of them were made following a pattern and some of them are somewhere in between. All of them used scrap yarn. (another ethos we are trying to plan our wedding by is to upcycle/re-use wherever possible, so using stash materials is preferable to buying new materials).