My Honey Bun Beanie

Ooooh I am so pleased to share with you this hat.

Its so bright and fluffy. 

The yarn is Baa Ram Ewe Titus 4ply in colourway Viking. Its such a lovely rich warm autumnal colour! Thsi yarn is lovely as its a mixture of Wensleydale and Blue Face Leicester with a little Alpaca thrown in too. Its luxurious but local, using only british fibres and spun and dyed in Yorkshire.

The Pattern is The Honeybun Beanie by Nomad Stitches. You can find it here

I think this pattern but I dont quite think it turned out as the pattern intended and I cant quite work out why. I think because perhaps I have a large head so it was wider than normal. When I got to the final round (at which point you sc2tog all around) I have still 18 stitches. Which I think is what caused the slight puckering.

However, I will definately give it a go again – the pattern is wonderfully written so that you can make it in any yarn weight and size you like, so its completely adaptable. There are plenty of photographs to help you along the way too. 

I made just one adaptation. In the second round of the body of the hat, I created a back loop sc in every 8th stitch. This way, when I came to row 3 where you start your Front post dc’s, I had something easier to work with. You see I couldnt work out how to do a front post dc into a sc. So I did a front loop dc instead into the row below. 

Now to finish up some octo’s. I am finally germ free – yaaaaaay! 

What to do with Mini Skeins

Hello all! So I have seen yarn boxes and even yarn advent calendars becoming more and more popular over the last few years but they always seemed a little frivolous so up until now I havent given one a go. 

However, what with my new job soon to start and the significant pay rise that comes with it, I deserved a treat. So I pre-ordered the Truly Unbeleiva-Dyeing Yarn Advent calendar. 

This Advent calendar is a collaboration between Truly Hooked, Unbeleiva-wool and Dye Candy. 3 amazing yarn dyers who I have been following on the social medias for a very long time but have yet to purchase from. 

It includes 24 10g skeins of DK (22m) or Sock Weight (42m). 

Now, I am super excited to receive this but my word have I been having a tough time deciding what to do. There are 1 or 2 blog posts around but they all seem to be about knitting so I thought I would put together some ideas here for us crocheters! Feel free to comment if you have any ideas to add!

Blankets

Now the obvious answer is a blanket (or at least the constituent parts). Something where you could make all the motifs with your mini skeins, then join it up with a couple of extra balls. 

Like for example this Polka Dot Blanket by Cyndy at True North Yarn Co

Or the Weekender Blanket, another free pattern available over at the Cherry Heart. 

Mini Projects

From the largest things to the smallest, you could make some decorative items for your home. Anything would do but how about something where you could make 1 a day through advent and add them to the collection.

We could all do with a bit more love in our lives, so how about filling your home with vases of these cute little hearts by Anne Maries Haakblog. 

Or these ones which you can turn into bunting, By Bella Dia

Scarfs

Scarfs would be a pretty safe bet I think. A scarf of so many pretty colours that it brightens the day just by wearing it. 

I think linen stitch would look lovely – really mixing up all the different colours you have. Try this pattern by Heidi Beukelman Designs. 

Or how about this Chevron Scarf design by Dena of Little Monkey Stitch n Spin. The pattern uses Worsted but you could add an extra chevron or two to make it suited to lighter weight yarn. 

Shawls

Motifs arent just for blankets. They can be great for shawls too! Check these ones out.

There is the wonderful Blooming Flower Shawl by Eleonora Tully of Coastal Crochet, which I think would work really well. You can find the details here. It featured in issue 75 of simply crochet magazine.

Or how about the lovely Diamond Shawl by Vicky Gorry. From issue 72 of Simply Crochet magazine. You can find more details here

But I think I have found the project for me.

Check out this beautiful Shawl by Kat Goldin. The Lake of Menteith Shawl. Isnt it just devine! You can find it here

I love it because it is constructed fan by fan so I can use the colours as they come out of the advent calendar. I think it will be a cool experiment! It may end up crazy looking but it will decinately be fun! 

Happy hooking all! 

WIP Wednesday (10/10/18)

Another wednesday has come so its time for another WIP post. 

The Octos have still seen no action. I am still a bit sniffly so they are still in quarantine. But soon I will bust them out.

In the meantime, I am working hard to finish my other projects so that when I am on nights next week I can focus mainly on the Octos. 

The slippers are now complete on the crochet side of things. But I still have to sew them up and then sew on some leather soles and a bit of simple embroidery. 

And the Honeybuns beanie is coming along nicely. Only a couple of tows until I finish the honeycombs and can start the crown. 
You may notice the chunky hat is no longer in this list, as I finished it thisafternnon. As soon as I can photograph it I will share a post about it. 

What have you been up to this week. 

WIP Wednesday (03/10/18)

My word! This is the third week in a row I have missed WIP wedesday! I think perhaps I should just start calling it WIP Thursday instead!

The slippers and octos mentioned last week have seen no progress.

However, the 1hr beanie is significantly further along (although it still looks nothing like a hat) 

And the Honeybun Beanie finally looks like a hat! My god the band took forever! 144 rows before! But now it is done the hat is growing nicely! 

What did you get up to this week?

September Makes

My gosh! I have been on holiday this last weekend so I totally didnt notice September coming to an end! I was at the British Musical Firework Championships in Southport. 

As well as enjoying the fireworks we had a great time exploring the Vast Sand Dunes of Ainsdale and Birkdale Sandhill Nature Reserve

And we got really rather more excited than most the children and the Model Railway village. 

We also visited a quirky little museum all about lawnmowers! 

Anyways, I digress! I have popped in to do my end of month round up of makes completed in September!

First I completed a trio of Wash Sets

Then I finished my Hotel Of Bees Shawl 

Then another trio of wash sets.

I also completed this pair of Octopusses for Octo for a Preemie UK.

And then I made this Desert Wind triangle scarf. 

Finally I completed the Column Beanie for my Fiance. 
What a busy month! Lets hope I can keep up the productivity. I am a mere 140 yards away from meeting my total yarn consumption from 2017! In october I will smash my last years record! 

#Octopledge2018 September Donations

This month I managed to make just 2 Octos. I had actually made 5 heads and had intended to donate them all this month. 

On the 22nd I went to a meetup and met my co-ordinator. At this point I had completed these 2 so I handed them over. I had intended to go home and send the other three, once complete, to my co-ord in the post. But then the day afterwards, I came down with a cold and havent been cold free since. Booo.

Anyways, this month, both octos went to Angels, due to holes around the increases. The advice was to go around with the tail from the magic circle and just reinforce the first few rows. 

Heres to next month. I should ought to have a bumper crop given that I already have 3 half made! Just as soon as I can budge this cold! 

Column Beanie

Today I am popping in to share with you the second project I finished in the last week. 

This is the Column beanie. You can find the pattern by Leah Oliver here

I am totally in love with the pompom – it is always quite exciting when you make such a perfect pom! Just look at it. 

The yarn is Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK. The colour was picked by my Fiance, since this hat was for him. Bless his little face. I could have just picked this colour myself as I knew he would pick it but its nice to get them involved. He was puzzled as to why he needed a new hat. He still wears and is perfectly happy with a hat I made him in 2014. It is too big, very basic, and made with acrylic yarn. It was time for an upgrade I explained. Something more luxurious and interesting looking. And now he is chuffed with his new hat. 

It is so lovely to be marrying someone who receives my handmade gifts so greatfully and treasures them so much. He seems to get so much pleasure when he has the opportunity to pull his homemade goods out of the draw and put them into use. I love him very much! 

Now it is time to make myself a more luxurious hat – an upgrade from my basic acrylic hat, also made in 2014, as pictured above. It has been well loved and well used but its time to upgrade. Keep your eyes peeled!