A Charity Bear!

Hello all!

I know I have mentioned it a million times, but I AM GOING TO YARNDALE! I am super excited. It’s the first time I am going.

A couple of weeks ago they announced their Creative Community Project. They are requesting Trauma Teddies, used to bring comfort to sick children. What a great cause. You can find more details here.

The Crochet Teddy Pattern is by Lucy over at Attic 24. You can find the pattern here.

And here is my first Ted.

Can you think of a name? I am terrible at names. What does this Ted look like to you?

WIP Wednesday (14/08/19)

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!

Gearing up for Autumn!

I made a thing! A really pretty thing.

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friend in San Francisco, as part of a Christmas swap when I was involved in the Global Square Exchange, which is sadly no longer active.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.

Now back to the shawl!

WIP Wednesday (07/08/19)

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.

What are you working on?

So the Wedding Prep Begins

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).

Wendy Sleeveless Top

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.

July Makes

Another month over. Each one seems to pass more quickly than the last! Here is my roundup of July’s makes.

I started with a Hat – The Nepal Beanie.

Then I cracked on with a few more squares from my Hook n Learn Blanket.

I used the leftovers from my Nepal Beanie to make some yarny birthday cards.

Then I made this Cowl.

I completed another set of squares for my Hook n Learn Blanket.

And Finally I finished my Sleeveless Top from issue 70 of Simply Crochet Magazine, which I will share properly tomorrow when I have had the chance to take some good photos!

WIP Wednesday (31/07/19)

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!

What are you working on this week?

WIP Wednesday (24/07/19)

I have just 2 projects on the hooks at the moment.

I am working on my Sleeveless tee – I am almost finished. With the back panel, so it’s almost 50% there.

And I have added a number of colours and rows to my Lucinda Shawl.

What are you working on 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.