June Makes

My goodness, that’s another month come to an end. The year really is zooming along isn’t it!

This month I completed 6 Projects.

I started the month by completely overhauling my blog, my Ravelry and Instagram. Part of this was retiring older patterns. I also rewrite a couple to make them better. I remade my Boho Rugged Waistcoat pattern while doing so.

Then I completed my Cherry Pi Shawl.

Then came a cute pair of Horizon Fingerless Gloves.

And my donation for OFAPUK of 2 Octos and 2 Jellies.

I made a bunch of Tulips and a Vase cover to enter into Beckenham Park Place Flower Show.

And finally, I completed my Blooming Crocus top.

How was your June?

My Blooming Crocus Top

She is finished! Yay! And just in time for the Flower Show yesterday. It really was last minute, sewing in the last few ends. But it was all worth it.

This pattern is called Blooming Crocus Top by Carol Ruprecht of Sweet Potato Crochet Creations.

I made it using Sirdar Softspun in the colourway Amethyst. This yarn is now discontinued – I bought it many years ago in a John Lewis Sale, so am glad to finally of us it! Another bit of stash busting ticked of the list.

I did come across a little problems whilst working on this tee. It was my gauge! The pattern calls for a 5mm hook. But when I crocheted up the first few rounds I noticed my gauge was way off! It was 8 inches bigger around the hips than the pattern suggested! Now I never check gauge before starting work, as I have generally found my gauge to be quite accurate, but in this case it would have saved me a lot of frogging. Perhaps this is dates way of telling me to just do the bloody gauge swatch! I ended up going down a hook size to a 4mm in the end, and having done that my gauge was pretty spot on.

I really enjoyed crocheting this tee – the Stitch repeat is interesting enough to make it fun but memorable enough that you don’t have to pay too much attention.

I wore this tee all day out in the 26 degree heat, and I was a cool as a cucumber – it was lovely and comfortable and airy. And I love that I can dress it up of down. Today I wore it with denim shorts and canvas pumps, but it would look really lovely over a little black dress or under a pinafore dress.

Don’t you just love such versatile designs!

Beckenham Flower Show – Year 2

Hello all! Today I have been out and about at Beckenham Park Place Flower Show, for its second year. You may remember last year that I entered the Craft Flower category. And I won both my category and also Best in Show. (You can read about it here).

Of course it would be rude not to enter again this year wouldn’t it. I am all for supporting community events, and I have to defend my title don’t I. So this year I made this:

A lovely bunch of Tulips. And I crocheted the Vase cover too. All with Rico Ricorumi yarn.

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ow, I would say I won. I certainly got the first place Rosette. But unfortunately, I was the only entrant. I was a little sad about this as it really isn’t winning if you had no competitors. So instead of a Win, I am considering it a simple ‘Thanks for supporting our community event’. I suppose the thing is, community events take a while to Blossom, so these first few years can be a little slow. But hopefully over the next few years, more people will enter and get involved. Regardless, I am really proud of my entry. It got lots of praise from people viewing it, so that’s a bonus.

And a bonus for you, is that I wrote down the pattern I made up for these tulips! So keep your eyes peeled for my pattern releasing some time next week, providing I can find enough time to sit down and type it out!

WIP Wednesday (26/06/19)

Hello all! As a rare occurrence I only have 1 WIP this week.

I have been focused mostly on finishing my vase of crocheted flowers for entry into Beckenham Place Flower Show which is on Sunday, as well as getting my June donation for OFAPUK finished and posted, so I haven’t really spent much time on my Blooming Crocus. However I did complete a few more rows today during my break and on the train home from work. I think I am only a row or two away from splitting for the sleeves. I think it would be really cool to wear this to the flower show, since it is inspired by Crocus flowers, so this will be my sole project until it’s done.

(Yes, this is the same picture from last week since it hasn’t had any interesting developments)

Then is the tricky decision on what to start next. I have three projects in mind. The decision is between a hat, another top and a Cuddly Dragon, which I have been commissioned to make for a friend’s baby. Do I do them one by one or should I just start them all?

WIP Wednesday (19/06/19)

Good afternoon! How is your week going. I hope it’s been productive. Mine certainly has.

I am almost finished with the main part of my Blooming Crocus top. I have just 3 inches left to go which I estimate to be 2 more pattern repeats (although I may add another 3 inches just to be sure since I love my shirts to be longer). Then it will be time to split for the arms.

I finally got started on my OFAPUK donation for June. I have 3 and a half heads and 2 sets of tentacles. I will just keep going until this ball is used up.

And I have been working on this year’s entry into Beckenham Place Park Flower Show, which is on the 30th of June. Last year I won, both in my category and a special best in show rosette. So of course I have to defend my win this year. I have just 2 more large petals to complete then it’s onto the leafs and assembly. I hope to have the flowers compete by the weekend. But of course, I won’t be able to show you too much as it is blind judged, so you will get the full picture after the event.

WIP Wednesday (12/06/19)

Hello all! I am on night shifts at the mo, but unfortunately with all this rain we have been having, there’s not been any crochet time! Hopefully tonight will be quieter!

Anyways, I have 2 WIP’s at the mo.

I swatched my Blooming Crocus top and restarted it and it is looking much better.

And do you remember last year, when I won best in show for my Crochet and Felt bouquet of flowers at Beckenham Park Place’s first ever Flower Show? Well it’s back again this year so of course I have to enter again. I have decided to make tulips this year. All the petals have been completed for my yellow tulips, so now to start on my purple Tulips.

I couldn’t find a pattern so I made one up! I may publish it once I have completed the project.

What WIP have you been working on recently?

Horizon Fingerless Gloves

Hello all! I appear to be on a role at the moment, as I have just finished another project.

This time it is the Horizon Fingerless Gloves, by Little Golden Nook. Seriously, if you are looking for a quick and satisfying project, this is it!

I used the leftover yarn from my Colour Block Jumper, which you can read about here. WYS The Croft in colourways Stonybreck, Melby and Norwick. They are so cosy. Today it is very rainy and windy out, so a cup of tea and some snuggly mittens is just what is needed.

I did have to adjust the pattern slightly, as I have larger hands than your average lady. So I added 2 extra rows in the cuff section which allowed me to add an extra bobble Stitch to the bobble section. When I came to the part where I made the thumb hole, I chained 6 and skipped 6, instead of the 4 the pattern required.

Aren’t they gorgeous? I love them. I can’t wait for autumn to roll around so I can enjoy them more!

My Cherry Pi

hello all! today I am popping in to share with you my latest finished object.

This is the Cherry Pi Shawl, which is publiushed in the irst Book of the Shawl Project series by The Crochet Project. This particular shawl was designed by Joanne Scrace.

the yarn is Britsilk 4ply by the Knitting Goddess. It is the first ever hand dyed yarn I bought. it started my love affair with indie dyers, so it was only fitting it became such a gorgeous project.

The lace in this pattern is absolutely stunning. It is a real treat to block, as the lace opens up beautifully.

The pattern, as all patterns in the Shawl Project book 1, requires just a single skein of fingering weight yarn.

the only slight problem i had with this pattern was during the middle section of lace. Because yoiu went into a stitch with a chain on your hook, sometimes the stitching wasnt as smooth as the chain got twisted around the hook. But it all worked out in the end.

I particularly appreciated the note section of the pattern. It states that “the pattern will not sit nicely until it has had its first blocking. Have faith even though it looks wrong, it will be fine”. This was well needed advice. I often find as a follower of a couple of designers facebook support groups, that people repeatedly question if things look right if so much as a tiny ruffle appears in the work, and the designers have to continually reassure them that thwe ruffles will block out. So I appreciate the forethought that Joanne had in writing this pattern.

Dont you find it just incredible what we can make with a single ball of yarn. Once I have pinned my work to the blocking board I hang the board up inside my shower (its the only place in my house where the cat wouldnt be able to reach my work), and so everytime I went into the bathroom, I found myself staring joyfully at the project, completely blown away that something so beautiful could have come from a single continuous peice of yarn. Its amazing what us Yarnies can create, isnt it?

As an added bonus, if you pop over to my insta highlights, you can see a little storyboard of what Max is thinking when she decides to interfere with my crochet projects.

Rugged Bohemian Waistcoat – Rewritten

Hello All!

Many years ago, all the way back in 2015, I designed a waistcoat pattern. I was going to Star Wars Secret Cinema, and had been assigned the class of Mercenary. But we bought the with so little notice that we didnt have much time for costume hunting. I had my outfit mostly under control – I already hadbrown boots, sand coloured trousers, an of white top, the requred faction scarf and a plastic bullet belt from an army costume from years earlier. But it looked like it needed something more. So I trawled through my stash and found some brown rustic looking yarn, and then it hit me – a waistcoat. I knew I needed it done within 24 hours, so I made it up as I went along, and then I attempted to write a pattern.

This pattern has had a fair amount of attention – its been shared among ravelry groups, on pinterest, etc. But evey so often, I would get a message o a comment about how people were struggling to follow the pattern. It was the very first pattern I ever wrote, and it was pretty rubbish. So I finally did something about it. I rummaged through my yarn stash, found some suitable yarn, and got cracking on rewriting the pattern.

You can find the shiny new PDF pattern on my Ravelry Store, here.

I put in lots of photos and hopefully explained everything a whole lot better. I even did the maths to make larger and smaller sizes.

Let me know what you think.

Bonus Pic – here is princess Max, having to get involved… yet again…