My 90 Degrees Cowl

Another finished object? 3 in a week is virtually unheard of with me but yarndale is coming and I want as much space as possible to store all of my new yarn so I have been crocheting like a bat out of hell!This is my 90 Degrees Cowl by Addydae Designs.I used the leftover yarn from my Doris Shawl (which you can take a look at here). It is Truly Hooked Standard Sock, in colourway Alter Ego and Delirium. I love the subtle stripes created by the 2 different yarns.It’s so squashy and comfy! I would definitely recommend it. If I made it again though, I would probably go down a hook size for the foundation chain as it does flare out a little and the bottom edge is a bit wobbly!Now let’s see what other things I can finish this week!

A Realization

Do you stick go one project at a time or do you work on loads of projects at once. Do you craft for the process or the finished object. I never thought I had a preference. That was until now.

I have recently been working on a few long winded projects. A shirt, a shawl consisting of 24 mini skeins, and some squares for a blanket that I am not enjoying (the squares not the blanket). And I have felt really bored. Not because I am not enjoying the crochet but because I feel like I am miles away from finishing anything. That’s when I realised I am probably a finished product crafter – I like to feel like I am productive, so finishing things really makes me happy.

So with that in mind, out came some Aran yarn and a quick project to satisfy my itch to finish something quickly.

This is the Ribbed Granny Stitch Cowl by Alexandra Richards, I used the leftover Blue Moon Fibre Arts Plushy yarn from my Cropped Granny Jumper.

I love the way you can tuck it into your jacket – sometimes scarfs can be really bulky but this eliminated the bulk whilst keeping your neck warm.

Augusts Makes

Oooh this has been another month filled with Plenty of Crojo. Knitmeter tells me I have crocheted over 2200 yards of yarn this month! I think that is a record for me! 

First I completed this shawl.

I polished off this Linen Stitch Cowl.

Then this Pachimari Amigurumi.

I managed to make 5 octos in total.
Then I completed this jumper in under a week, a real acheivement for me.

And I made this Cactus on a train between Eltham and Whitstable.

Then I made this hat.

I finished part 6 of the Hook n Learn CAL.

I made another hat.

And I finally got started on the Pick n Mix CAL! 
A great month for productivity. And if it wasnt already a great month, I have some news! Some of you may remember that back at the end of August I had an interview for a new job. Well I can finally tell you all – I got the Job! I have been offered a position as a Railway Signaller with Network Rail! What a promotion!  I found out a while ago, but was waiting for everything to be formalised and contracts to be exchanged and things to be confirmed. It really is a dream job for me so I am super excited to get started! I have to wait for the next Signalling School to start so wont be starting until January but what a great start to the new year! 
What a month! 

Linen Stitch Cowl

Popping in to share with you this cute cowl that I recently finished.

I used 2 balls of yarn which have been lingering in my stash for almost 5 years! The lighter blue speckly yarn is Sirdar Americana, and the dark blue yarn is Sirdar Rafaella. I believe both of these yarns to be discontinued since they are no longer listed on the Sirdar website.

The pattern is Linen Stitch Cowl by Esther Chandler. You can find it here
I love the way there is no need to sew in ends. It is written in such away that the only ends you have to sew in are right at the top and right at the bottom. 
I love the way it looks too, the speckled yarn and solid yarn look lovely together.
I did struggle a little on the dark blue rows as the Rafaella yarn had a funny texture meaning it didnt glide so smoothly as the Americana over the hooks. 

Its very pretty but also quite repetitive – its good if you want mindless crochet but it took me a while to get it finished as it was boring me arter a row or two. I am glad its finished though. 
Therd is a matching Mitten Pattern which I intend to make but I will leave that for a bit.