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).

Wendy Sleeveless Top

Hello all! I hope you are all coping well in the heat! I am roasting – I do not do well in hot weather at all! I would be very happy Indeed if summer just didn’t exist! But since it does, I have been trying to make more summer suitable crocheted garments. Here is my latest.

This is the Wendy Love Sleeveless top, named so because the original pattern uses Wendy Love Yarn and the design is from the Wendy Designers. I can’t find the name of the person who actually designed it though. It was first featured in issue 70 of Simply Crochet Magazine.

The yarn is Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled DK in colourway Moulin Rouge. I loved the subtle colours as soon as I saw it and thought it would be just perfect for this top. It’s been in my stash for a whole year so it was about time it got it’s time to shine!

This pattern is lovely and easy to follow, and used almost all of the yarn, which is always nice. The only slight issue I had was with the bunching up of the stitches – pre blocking it really did feel like it wasn’t going to be long enough. The pattern never actually asks you to block your work, but I decided that it would be the best way to open up the lace.I love it though. It fits really nicely and is really comfy! I will update this posts once I have got a chance to take some pictures of it on.

July Makes

Another month over. Each one seems to pass more quickly than the last! Here is my roundup of July’s makes.

I started with a Hat – The Nepal Beanie.

Then I cracked on with a few more squares from my Hook n Learn Blanket.

I used the leftovers from my Nepal Beanie to make some yarny birthday cards.

Then I made this Cowl.

I completed another set of squares for my Hook n Learn Blanket.

And Finally I finished my Sleeveless Top from issue 70 of Simply Crochet Magazine, which I will share properly tomorrow when I have had the chance to take some good photos!

Hook N Learn Part 9 – Apache Tears

Here it is. My go at Simply Crochet Magazine Hook n Learn CAL part 9.

I have to say, whilst I love the asthetic of the Stitch done properly it isn’t for me…

The original pattern as written would have required me to see in 54 ends we block… That’s 108 by the time both blocks are finished. Ain’t nobody got time for that. So I tried to work it out so I could go back and forth in rows instead of fastening off and starting each row on the same side. This would remove two thirds of the ends rovbe sewn in. It looks fine but it’s not quite as nice as the original. Also it’s so boring! My god is it boring. So boring that I finished each block 3 rows early! My gauge has been quite all over the place with this project, and at the point I stopped these blocks were the same size as some other blocks that were meant to be this size so it’s close enough. I.

On happier news, we are now only 3 parts away from the border, and each of the last three parts require only 1 square! Yay! I am almost there! I have some pretty important other projects to finish first though, so I may not get onto the next square until September…

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.