Hook N Learn CAL part 1

Just popping in to share with you my first block for my Hook n Learn CAL.

I have never used block stitch before. I quote enjoyed it. I had many thoughts about how I could use it in the future. I kept thinking about a grey cowl with a rainbow of sc rows in between.
For part 2, its waffle time!

WIP Wednesday (28/03/18)

This weeks WIP pile is pretty simmilar to last weeks, with one addition:
I will be attending secret cinema in mid april so have decided to make my own hat for my costume. I did look in charity shops but did not find anything suitable so instead will make my own. I will go into more detail about my costume closer to the time. But here is the start of some little crochet roses I intend to put on my hat.

Isnt this tiny 25g ball adorable!

I have completed a few more rows of the block stitch square for the Hook ‘n’ learn CAL. I am forever greatful to myself for getting it together to sew in the ends as I went along! I am at row 33 so only have another few to go until the block is complete. I hope to finish it in the next day or two.

And you will be glad I found my errant Hug It Our Yarn. I suddenly had a flash of memory. Anyways, due to a 2 hour train journey to a hen do down in Kent, I made a whole 100g of yarns worth of progress on my first ever knitted scarf. I could have made another 2 hours on the way back but I was very tired amd had consumed around 2/3 of a bottle of gin on my own the night before so didnt feel like doing much more than sleeping to be honest!

How has your week been?

#Octopledge2018 March Donations

As you will remember, If you read my mid march update, I had made 4 and a half little critters. I had hoped to make one or two more but my carpal tunnel had started to play up. Unfortunately, I was unable to do more than finish the 5th. I managed to finish my jumper without much pain but I think the tension and the small size of the hook is what is causing me the pain more than anything. When making the tentacles not only was I getting pain in my wrists and lower arms, I was also getting quite severe pain in my shoulders. So I decided to finish the last one and put them down for a week or two in favour of projects where my tension is much more open and the hooks are a little bigger.
Anyways, this is my little tangle for this month:

Clockwise from top left:
My only Octo for the month, he is a big boy using a massive 35.5g of Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream in Mod Ombre – going to a preemie
The first Jelly I made, using the last 26.5g of Sirdar Cotton Prints in Summer Meadow – going to an angel – due to small holes in the bottom where I decreased
Another Jelly, this time in 22g of Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream in Mod Ombre and 5g of Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream in Bright Yellow – going to a preemie
Jelly no.3, Made in 14g of King Cole Cottonsoft Crush in Rainbow – going to a preemie
And Jelly no.4 Made using 15g of Scheepjes Catona in a colourway I cant remember (maybe pistachio?) – going to an angel – due to smll holes this time in the increase rounds.

WIP Wednesday (21/03/18)

Now I have finished my jumpers and completed and sent my March bunch of jellys and octos, I have just 2 WIP’s left.
The first is my knitted scarf, which, despite my best efforts, is no further along. I have lost the rest of my wool. I stashed it somewhere as my cat kept trying to eat it but for the life of me I cant find it now!
The other is a New WIP. The first square of my Hook ‘n’ Learn blanket from Simply Crochet Magazine. Block Stitch. It is turning out lovely, and I am reminded one more how lovely and soft Scheepjes Colour Crafter is, despite being a budget acrylic yarn.

Its Done! Yahoooooo!

I have been working on this project since september last year. It kept being put to the side as deadlines for other projects loomed. You have heard me say “I hope to finish by” so many times over the weeks and months since I started, But I can now finally say, ITS DONE! *Does a happy dance*.

My Sunny Granny Jumper is done!

I am very very pleased with it.

I made it up as I went along to my specific (quite chunky) measurements, so I cant provide a pattern. But I can describe how I did it.

The first step was to take measurements. Now I know the photo would suggest I am potato shaped, I am in fact an hour glass so it didnt matter for me wether I used my hip or bust measurements. If you are a pear or triangle then you would take the larger of the 2 measurements (since this is a sort of baggy 80’s style jumper).
I took my chest measurement (116 cm), then halfed it (58 cm). I created two granny squares that were slightly larger than this (62 cm) then stitched them together into a tube using the flat zipper method.
I then kept adding rows to each side of the tube along the top of the granny squares until I had two flaps that were long enough to meet just above my shoulder. Along the top corners I sewed the flaps together to create a vest.
To create the sleeves, I first single crocheted around the arm holes to create a base row, then just continued with straight rounds until the sleeves were just below my elbow. Now I added the trim.
To do this, I simply dropped a hook size and did a couple of rounds around the neckline, cuffs and bottom of the jumper in linen stitch, until I was happy with how it looked.
I really love the colours! So warm and sunny – a stark contrast to the cold snowyness of today!
Its made in Drops Paris amd took almost 200 yards of yarn (almost 25 balls!)

#Octopledge2018 Mid March Update

Were now half way through the month which means its time for an update on my octo making activities.

I have finally managed to use up some of the yarns from my very first batch.
I have managed to make 3 and a half jellys:

And one octo:

I really love the look of the jellys but my gosh, they are so much harder to sew together on account of the stuffing hole being much larger. With an octo the final round, the opening where you put the stuffing in, is only 16 stitches round, but in a jelly it is 24 stitches round and due to its shape it is really hard to keep the stuffing in!
I also used Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream for the first time. A lot of people in the group hate it, but I think its ok – the colours are great, it is very sturdy and works up nice and quickly. I liked it so much I went to hobbycraft yesterday and bought some more (I had to really – I dont have enough yarn in the Mod Green colourway to finish the half finished jelly).
Anyways, this means I have once again surpassed my pledge of 2 a month. I hope to make some more though, since they are fun to make. Having said that, my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is flaring right up again, so I am resting my hands for a bit. Only time will tell if they get better enough for me to make a few more before the months end.

WIP Wednesday (14/03/18)

Another Wednesday. How are we all? I have been working earlys this week. I usually aim to get a bit of crocheting done each day when I am on earlys but in reality I usually get home and fall asleep immediately. I am not made for 0430 wake up calls! But I have managed a little crochet since last wednesday.
My knitted scarf is still much the same as it was a few weeks ago.
I have a few more bits of octopus complete

And my jumper is coming along nicely. Just the cuffs to go! And maybe a small neck line.

What have you been working on this week. I cant wait to see!

A Departure from Pattern Writing

Hello all. Welcome to a brand new week. I hope it is going to treat you well!
I have been thinking a bit over the weekend, about my crocheting, and I have come to a decision.
I am going to make a departure from pattern writing.
I love writing crochet patterns and one day I would love to be able to reach the levels of some of the wonderful blogs I follow – who are good enough to write books, collab with yarn brands and feature in magazines. But I need to improve my skills.
I really felt I learnt a lot from doing my last dance on the beach blanket, and so have decided I should focus on improving both my crochet and writing skills by learning from other peoples patterns.

WIP Wednesday (07/03/18)

And blimey its already March!
I havent managed any more of my knitted scarf.
I have however, managed to finish up the buly of my jumper. I just need to do the blue accents then It will be done!

And I have been working on these little bits of octos whilst travelling (since the jumper is now just a bit unweildy to work with in public now).

And I played 2 games of yarn chicken and won this week!

This first one was perhaps a cheat – I knew I wouldnt make the whole 4 tentacles so skipped 2 to finish it at least symetrically. That way I can add 2 tentacles in other colours.

But this one really was a nail biter. Look how close I came to running out!
What have you been up to this week?

Another CAL (lord help me)

So as we have seen, I am pretty rubbish at being organised with CALs. I mean, the Last dance on the beach took me forever and the Pick and Mix blanket still hasnt been started but I feel optomistic with this one.

Isnt it a beauty? Its called the Hook and Learn blanket.
The idea is that it uses 12 different stitches in different blocks so is a real sampler blanket.
Anyways, I got my inspiration whilst I was cuddled up on the sofa surrounded by crocheted blankets reading my copy of Simply Crochet Magazine. There are 2 yarn choices shown on the page – one in Scheepjes River Washed and one in Colour Crafter. And then I remembered I had loads of colour crafter left from my Last Dance on the Beach blanket. 5 and a half balls worth to be precise.

Its only a 9 ball blanket all told so I would only need to do a top up shop for supplys. This could be a great way to use it all up and to enjoy making amother blanket without much more financial outlay! One of the things I really enjoyed about my last CAL was learning so many new stitches! So off I trundled to wool warehouse and picked up 4 more balls. This is what I got. (The 4 at the top)

I love purple but dont want it to be exactly the same colour as my Last Dance blanket. So I added some teals and turquoises to the mix.

Dont they look lovely together? I cant wait to see how it works out. And hey, maybe I will even keep up with this CAL for a change!