Goodness me!

Hi all! I do apologise for my lack of posts recently. I am in the process of buying my first home, so the little time I have spare has been spent crocheting, rather than writing! I haven’t posted in over a month. I am almost ready to move into my new home so December will be spent for the most part packing and unpacking! Please bear with me. I hope to get back to regular blogging in the new year. Until then you can keep up to date with my making on my Instagram page, kickarsecrochet

Of course it wouldn’t be proper not to share some pics of crochet lovelys, so here is what I have been up to the last month.

This is the Riffles and Runs Beanie by the Ivy Killers crochet, using yarn purchased from Tine and Floyd at Yarndale. It’s so squashy!

Then I finished this – my Spun Gold shawl by Kay Goldin. Getting the hang of the Quintuple Trebles took a while. I had to reverse them. A combo of me stitching left handedly and the twist of the yarn going in the wrong direction meant stitching it the normal way resulted in enormous holes at the top of the Stitch and messy yarn overs. Anyways, I love it!

And most recently I finished this adorable little dragon baby! You may remember a while ago now I made a pair of wedding cats for my friend Helen as a wedding gift. Well she loved them so much, that when she couldn’t find a gift for her pregnant sister, she remembered me and asked for my help. The mom and dad of the baby in question are hugely into RPGs Larping and fantasy. And they wanted rainbow things. She had envisioned some sort of rainbow dragon or unicorn but couldn’t find anything that fit the bill. So when she asked me I was happy to oblige! I already had this yarn in my stash with no plans so it was perfect really!

I followed a pattern by Anat Tzach, of Anatillia Crochet. The requester asked for little wings so I cobbled together these cute little wings without a pattern.

Emergency Sheep!

Hello all! Hope you are well! I have had a bit of a week of it this last week!

On Thursday I set off for work, and when I pulled out my crochet project on the train, I found I had left my hook at home! What a disaster. I am sure you will all sympathise with me here – this is one of those situations that is unthinkable and unbearable! I was at a loss as to what to do with myself.

But then I passed the Paperchase in Waterloo station, and I happened to spy a Toft Crochet kit through the door. The kit came with a hook and stuffing and a needle and everything! I was saved!

This is Simon the Mini sheep. Crocheted using 25g of Toft DK. Isn’t it sweet? I definitely think Toft mini kits could be a new obsession.

But my tale of crochet woe does not end here! I finished this little sheepy on Friday and so got back to work on my Willow Crop, but on Saturday, on boarding the train home from work, I realised I had now left my project at work! Doh! And I wouldn’t be back at work until Wednesday! Whoops. So I had to start another project!

Another Test – The Bedrock Beanie

Hello all!

I was super excited last weekend to be chosen to test a Beanie Pattern for Black Rose Stitches. Here is my finished Beanie!

I used my skein of Carolina DK by third vault yarns which I purchased at Yarndale. The pattern really shows off the subtle variegation of this yarn.

I actually made 2 of these hats. Here is the first.

The pattern is written with varying instructions to account for the differecne in weight between commecial and hand dyed yarn. The fist hat reached the required width for the brim but was too small for me once the full hat was complete (a little tight and a little short) so the designer tok that into account along with the feedback of the other testers who were having similar issues with hand dyed and adjusted the pattern.

The first hat is still lovely, but just isn’t quite right for me, so I will gift it to a friend with a smaller head.

I was amazed to get 2 hats from a single skein (which was 115g). The firstat only used 45g and the second only around 65g. I reckon if you had th time you could adjust the pattern to make a mummy and me set from a single skein of hand dyed! Wouldn’t that be sweet?

I am so excited to be getting accepted as a tester! It’s real fun and I get to try out new things! I am glad I got started!

My Hook N Learn Blanket

Wahooooooooo! Can there even be something more satisfying than finally finishing a blanket? This seemed to take forever but it’s done it’s done it’s done! Wahoooooo!

This is the Hook N Learn Blanket, which was published as a CAL across 13 issues of Simply Crochet Mag. They rlesed specific colour places in both Schepjes Stone Washed and Schepjes Colour Crafter, but I decided to use up tevremaining yarn from the Last Dance on the Beach blanket that I mad my Fiance for Christmas 2017, woh the addition of some turquoise and teal.

Now as you can see from the pic at the top, this blanket is far from perfect! Clearly my tension was miles off, with some squares far too small an some far too big, so it’s wibbley and wonky but it’s mine and I love it! I makes a really lovely little lap blanket.

And of course, the main thing is that Max approves. Lord knows she gets excited when there is a new handmade blanket to roll about in a knead.

Cosgrove Crop – My first ever Test pattern

Hello all! I have wanted to get into the pattern testing game for a while now, and, recently I was successfully accepted as a tester for my very first test piece. This was the Cosgrove Crop by Louisa Sheward.

I really loved working on this pattern. The majority of it was crocheted whilst on my way to and from Yarndale. It was super portable and super fun.

Often making garments in hand dyed yarn can feel quite expensive, so, using just 2-3 skeins of DK, you could show off some really beautiful hand dyed yarn without breaking the bank.

I used Hedgerow Fibres Cosy DK Sock set. The 20g of yarn that came with each 100g skein was perfect for the trim.

Now I did unfortunately run out of yarn – the yarn I chose did not have exactly the same yardage as was requires. The pale pink speckled colour should have constituted the whole top, but I ran out before the ribbing, so I switched to my contrast yarn. I love how it looks though.

My favourite thing about this pattern though is the innovative use of the imperfections created by joining each round with a Slip Stitch into its main design feature!

I would highly reccomend this pattern, both to newbie crocheters looking to make their first garment, and to more experienced crocheters looking for an instant gratification sort of project. It is really easily customisable for length so you can make it as short or long as you like.
The best bit is that it was released yesterday! Check it out here!

Sleeping Willow Slouch

Hello all! How are we? I am super excited as I am now off work for a week – and tomorrow I am off you Yorkshire! Wahoooooo. Yarndale here I come.

I finished this project recently – this is the Sleeping Willow Beanie by Rachy Newin Designs using Blue Sky Fibres Metallico.

I had to make the hat a pattern repeat wider to fit around my melon head, so i also had to make it 2 rows shorter so ididnt run out of yarn. It fits lovely.

Its so soft and buttery. And delicate. I love it!

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!