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!
Were half way through August already! Mad isn’t it! Where do the weeks go!
I have 2 projects on my hooks this WIP Wednesday.
1. The Doris Shawl by Kat Goldin using Truly Hooked Standard Sock.
2. My first Trauma Teddy for the Yarndale 2019 Creative Community Project.
I only have to pop the arms on the teddy and then sew him up and stuff him, and I will get back to monogamously working on the shawl. Yes I know I said it before but I have no choice now. I only have 12 more days to finish it!
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.
This WIP Wednesday, I have 2 projects on the hooks!
I am on the final leg of my Lucinda Shawl, by Annelies Baes using my Truly Unbeleiva-Dying Advent Calendar 2018 mini skeins. All of the mini skeins are now used up, so it’s just the last panel of Double Crochet to go! But now this project is quite large (290g and longer than me) it is too unwieldy for travel, so I started a new project which I could carry in my bag.
Today I started on a Doris Shawl by Kat Goldin, using Truly Hooked Standard Sock in Delirium and Alter Ego. It’s a peculiar shape right now and the edges are getting a bit wobbly, but I shall have faith. I have noticed Kat Goldin shawls can sometimes be a little odd whilst working on them, but blocking sorts it all out.
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).
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.
It’s the last day of July! Crazy how quick the year is passing. And it’s Wednesday, so it’s time for the weekly update on WIP’s.
I have just 1 this week. I am afraid I am going to have to be a bit monogamous this month as I have to get three gifts finished by the end of August. My WIP this week is the first.
This is my Lucinda Shawl. I am over half way now, having used miniskein 13 of 24. These are my next 3. The rainbow of colours is getting more and more vibrant! I have been really good and have been sewing in my ends every couple of mini skeins. In my normal way of working I would have waited until the end and then whinged about the 52 ends that needed sewing in. I feel like I have grown a little! Maybe there hope yet!
And the observant among you will notice the sleeveless tee is no longer in my WIP’s. I finished it last night! I will share it with you just as soon as I can get out and take some photos!
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…