Hi all! I do apologise for my lack of posts recently. I am in the process of buying my first home, so the little time I have spare has been spent crocheting, rather than writing! I haven’t posted in over a month. I am almost ready to move into my new home so December will be spent for the most part packing and unpacking! Please bear with me. I hope to get back to regular blogging in the new year. Until then you can keep up to date with my making on my Instagram page, kickarsecrochet
Of course it wouldn’t be proper not to share some pics of crochet lovelys, so here is what I have been up to the last month.
This is the Riffles and Runs Beanie by the Ivy Killers crochet, using yarn purchased from Tine and Floyd at Yarndale. It’s so squashy!
Then I finished this – my Spun Gold shawl by Kay Goldin. Getting the hang of the Quintuple Trebles took a while. I had to reverse them. A combo of me stitching left handedly and the twist of the yarn going in the wrong direction meant stitching it the normal way resulted in enormous holes at the top of the Stitch and messy yarn overs. Anyways, I love it!
And most recently I finished this adorable little dragon baby! You may remember a while ago now I made a pair of wedding cats for my friend Helen as a wedding gift. Well she loved them so much, that when she couldn’t find a gift for her pregnant sister, she remembered me and asked for my help. The mom and dad of the baby in question are hugely into RPGs Larping and fantasy. And they wanted rainbow things. She had envisioned some sort of rainbow dragon or unicorn but couldn’t find anything that fit the bill. So when she asked me I was happy to oblige! I already had this yarn in my stash with no plans so it was perfect really!
I followed a pattern by Anat Tzach, of Anatillia Crochet. The requester asked for little wings so I cobbled together these cute little wings without a pattern.
I was super excited last weekend to be chosen to test a Beanie Pattern for Black Rose Stitches. Here is my finished Beanie!
I used my skein of Carolina DK by third vault yarns which I purchased at Yarndale. The pattern really shows off the subtle variegation of this yarn.
I actually made 2 of these hats. Here is the first.
The pattern is written with varying instructions to account for the differecne in weight between commecial and hand dyed yarn. The fist hat reached the required width for the brim but was too small for me once the full hat was complete (a little tight and a little short) so the designer tok that into account along with the feedback of the other testers who were having similar issues with hand dyed and adjusted the pattern.
The first hat is still lovely, but just isn’t quite right for me, so I will gift it to a friend with a smaller head.
I was amazed to get 2 hats from a single skein (which was 115g). The firstat only used 45g and the second only around 65g. I reckon if you had th time you could adjust the pattern to make a mummy and me set from a single skein of hand dyed! Wouldn’t that be sweet?
I am so excited to be getting accepted as a tester! It’s real fun and I get to try out new things! I am glad I got started!
As we all know I love autumn. Unfortunately, no-one seems to have told the weather that it is autumn. The mornings are slightly cooler, but over all, it’s still far too sunny and warm for my liking. Hopefully the leaves will start to turn soon. Until then, I had to make do with dreaming about autumn leaves by hooking up this Autumn Leaves Slouch.
The pattern is from moogly. You can find it here. I have actually made this slouch before – last Christmas I gifted it to a friend.
The yarn is Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone DK. This hat used just 50m, which was perfect as I had half a ball left from the Column Beanie I made for my fiance some time ago.
The hat is worked with a 5mm for the body and a 3.75mm for the brim. I used a 4mm though for the brim, as I have a large nogin so wanted it a little looser.
Hello all! Happy autumn! I have been on a roll this weekend for finishing projects. I have finished both of my brioche projects – the cowl is currently on the blocking board but the hat is ready to share! So here it is!
The pattern is the Garden Grows Hat by Tara Murray of Mamachee. You can find more info here.
The purple yarn is Nua (colourway Figment) by Stolen Stitches and the orange yarn is Yan Sock (colourway Fire eater) by Sylvan Tiger Yarn. I was gifted both of these skeins last Christmas by my parents. My mum told me when I opened it that the lady who was running the yarn shop she bought it from got all excited about the colour combo thinking they would look lovely together. Because of this I aways had the idea to put them together, but until I found this pattern I didn’t know how.
I love it! It’s so squashy and soft and lovely. Brioche makes lovely warm garments.
Don’t you just love I it when a project turns out even better than you had imagined it would?
I have always been a little skeptacle about speckled yarns and a crocheter. I felt like the speckled would get lost in the stitches. But when I saw this yarn (Hardcore DK by Dye Candy in Colourway Doll Parts) I just had to have it. And I am pleased to report it has proven me wrong.
And can we talk about this pattern? I have had it in my que for ages but kept putting it off, and I have no idea why! This pattern is so simple and just look at the texture the stitches give!
Seriously, if you are looking for a quick project with lots of texture but minimal concentration then this is definitely for you. You can find the pattern here. I can’t wait for the cooler weather to roll round so I can start wearing it!
I have another Finished Object to share with you.
This is the Flower Child Beanie, by TL Yarn Craft. I discovered TL Yarn Crafts back when we were all having the discussion about racism within the Yarn community. Whilst I have never knowingly not taken notice of a person of colour in the yarn community, I realised just how undiverse my Instagram feed was, so I used it as an opportunity to improve the diversity of my newsfeed with more BAEM makers. And I am glad I did, because Toni’s work is gorgeous.
The yarn is the Kick Starter Exclusive yarn I received for backing Sealy MacWheely when she wanted to open a bricks and mortar store. With the addition of the black pom poms, the hat reminds me of all of the tacky neon and black striped wrist warmers I used to by myself in my teenage emo years. What a throwback.
The pattern was so easy to follow and so quick – I only started it on Saturday night, and was finished by Tuesday night.
It has been a lovely distraction from being sick. I have been wrapped up at home crocheting and drinking coffee and feeling sorry for myself.
I am really pleased with the photos I took too. This is my first attempt at shooting myself – normally my Fiance does the photography if I need to be in the pic.
And f course, mistress Maxine a oget volved hwen she saw had the camera out. She look really pleased with her self when she ‘caught’ her prey… She does love a good pompom.
Anyways. It’s also Wednesday, but I have no WIP’s. So I caked up some yarn to start a new project.
This is Blue Moon Fibre Arts ‘Plushy’ in colourway Dye Dreamer. I bought it back in October on my 26th birthday in San Francisco. It will become a Sailors Moon jumper. I really enjoyed making this jumper last time, and I picked this yarn out with this jumper in mind. I thought it would be really food crochet for whilst I am watching Eurovision since once the yoke is complete, it’s straight granny Stitch, which I can do without looking.
Hello all! Another finished project to share. This time its another beanie and another object for the gift pile. I am feeling really pleased with myself on the Christmas Craft front this year. So far I have completed 13 presents. I have another 2 in progress right now, and just 7 more to go after that. So I think I am on track! Yahooooo!
This is the Wanderlust Beanie, a free pattern by Kirsten Holloway. You can find it here. Mine is crocheted in Lion Brand Fishermans Wool. Seriously I would reccoment this wool for gift making – I still have enough left to make some mittens too from just 1 skein (my skein is 170g as sold by wool warehouse).
I love the texture created by the backloops and the alternating back and front posts.
In terms of modifications, I made just 1, which was unintentional. At the point in the pattern where it tells you to repeat rows 7 to 11 once more, I read repeat row 7 to 14, but since the recipient likes slouchy hats I decided to just leave the extra 3 rows in before the brim instructions.
I made a thing!
Its somewhat of an acheivement for me. From yarn purchase to completion only took 7 days! Almost all yarn I but sits in my stash for ages so I am pleased with this!
Its also an acheivement as I hate working with black yarn, so to finish it was quite good.
I appreciate that the photos dont really capture the texture. It is really hard to see the detail on black yarn but beleive me when I say it is lovely.
This is the Mackinack beanie by The Unravelled Mitten. You can find it here.
There are only two things I would tell you if you want to have a go. The pattern says 200 to 225 yards. I used Novita 7 Brothers, which has 218 yards to a ball and I had loads left, so I dont think you need as muxh yarn as the pattern suggests. The other note I would make is that the starting chain is that the band is a little tight on mine – the actual stitches are fine but the foundation chain is too tight – so if I were to make it again I would go up a hook size to loosen the chain.
Just popping in to share with you my newest finished object, the 1 hour Beanie by the Make and Do Crew. The yarn is Stylecraft Special Chunky.
This 1 hour hat took me 2 weeks to complete, but not due to the pattern. I am sure on my own I could have finished it in 1 hour. You see I was making it along with my student, who I told you about a few weeks ago. This is her first complete project so I was waiting for her to catch up as I reached each step – starting, joining a new yarn, sewing, making the pom pom. But yesterday we finally reached completion!
Here is mine.
And here is hers! She keeps saying ‘its not very wow like yours’ but for a beginner it is amazing – its a little wonky but for the most part she stuck to the stitch count and it went really well! I cant tell you how wonky my first projects were so she is doing better than I did as a beginner.
Here we are proudly wearing our hats.
Whilst I was slowly making this one I also made a second.
This one was made with super chunky yarn and a 10mm hook.
Lastly, something that made me chuckle. The imagination of children can sometimes surpass that of adults. Whereas most adults see you crocheting/knitting and assume either jumper or hat, when Nic (my student) was crocheting in her home for the first time her so came to her and asked ‘Mummy, mummy, are you making me some trousers?’. Are crochet trousers a thing? The few examples of crochet trousers I have seen have firmly sat in the ‘just because you can, doesnt mean you should’ category. Perhaps he will set a new trend. What do you think?