Summer is over! I repeat, Summer is over! And now is the most beautiful time of the year – autumn! I always get super excited when September comes as it means we’re within touching distance of longer nights, crisp orange and red leaves, cinnamon and spice, golden sunsets, and then my birthday, Halloween, bonfire night and then the Big one! Christmas! The final 3rd of the year is definitely my favourite!
Anyways, I am here to roundup my makes for August!
I made 7 projects in total this August:
First I finished this sleeveless tee.
Followed by a cute little Earwarmer.
Then came my first Bridesmaid Shawl. (Which I have just realized I never posted about! DOH!)
Followed by a collection of test bunting flags.
After that I turned my hand to a Trauma Teddy for this year’s Yarndale creative community project.
And then finally, another 2 bridesmaid shawls.
Another real productive month! I am really working hard to shrink my yarn stash in preparation for Yarndale, so this is now the final push! Wish me luck.
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.
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!
Gosh it’s been a while since I did one of these. Apparently I didn’t finish a single project in April. And only finished a single project in March. I definitely made up for the slack this month though!
I started May by completing my NWR Jumper.
Then I finished my Falling Blossoms Shawl.
After that came my Flower Child Beanie.
And then I finally completed my bundle of OFAPUK critters.
And to finish off the month, I made this Neon Moon Jumper.
I am very pleased with myself, and hope I can keep up this rythm. We are now 6 months in to the year (scary isn’t it) and I am not even half way to my Ravelry Project Goal, and I. Have only used a 3rd of the yardage of yarn I did last year, so I need to get my skates on and crochet faster!
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! I have a new Finished Object to show you.
This is the Falling Blossoms Shawl by Ana D Crochet.
I used Truly Hooked Standard Sock in colourway Pickled Cabbage.
Who knew you could fall so in love with a shawl.
I was so excited when I realised it matched the purple flowers on my favourite dress.
I don’t normally post so many pics of myself, but Chris (my fiancé) did such a good job of the photography I couldn’t pick just a few.
The details on this shawl design are incredible. The Lacey part is so intricate it looks much harder than it is. The resulting shawl is so light and summery. I wore it all day yesterday as we explored Greenwich and had our IKEA date. It is really easy to wear. Written within the design is an optional eyelet in the final pattern repeat, which allows you to thread the narrow end of the scarf into the wide end to keep it secure around your neck. This meant it stayed put the entire time I wore it!
And the yarn is utterly scrumptious. I loved working with it so much I went an ordered 2 more skeins! I got a Grey speckled and a turquoise speckled colourway.
And whilst I am here, I have to tell you about the dress. It’s from a company called Popsy Clothing. I found them when I was trying to find more ways to shop with British smaller businesses. I was also really desperate to find pretty dresses that I could wear every day with little fuss (lord knows I hate to iron). They are quite a small company but have really made a fantastic product. It is a company based in the Midlands (where all the dresses are designed and manufactured), run by a Female business owner, and they are really keen on body positivity. I really appreciate them as the owner has struggled with anxiety disorders, just like me, and cares so much about empowerment and confidence. She is just lovely and the dresses are fab quality. Oh, and did I forget to say – all the dresses have pockets! What more could you want. Check them out if you have the time.
Today was a lovely sunny day. Probably the first of the year we could spend together, so Chris’ took me to the local bird sanctuary (only 15 minutes walk from my home but I had never gotten around to visiting) and of course, my bag of finished objects came with me to get their moment in the sun.
We saw lots of lovely geese and ducks and many other birds that were much harder to photograph but here are some I did manage.
Some very friendly greylag geese.
And I especially loved the Egyptian Geese, who had a little pair of baby geese in tow.
They were so little and fluffy!
It’s a wonderful little park which I must go back to later in the year, It also plays host to a butterfly garden (which had no butterflies in it since the flowers were yet to bloom) some bats (I love bats but you have to visit at a certain time to see them) and many species of bird which I expect have yet to migrate back to us)
Anyways, it’s about time I shared my Kindred Spirit Scarf.
The pattern is by CJ Brady. The yarn is Abstract Cat Superwash Merino in colour way Joie De Vivre.
I am really happy with how this scarf turned out.
I had originally thought I would have to reduce it in length by a few rows but actually ended up adding an extra 2 pattern repeats to use up all of the yarn so it’s actually longer than anticipated. I love it.
I especially love how the picots are worked as you go along, as it means you don’t have to add an edging separately. I have never done a CJ Brady pattern before but this one is so lovely, I think I might do some more!