Nepal Beanie

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!

Flower Child Beanie

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.

March Makes

Hello all! I am afraid this month has been super low in crochet. In fact, I only managed to complete 1 project this month. That was my Second Divine Beanie.

I have just found it impossible to crochet whilst have been studying. This course is taking over my life right now. I am doing well but the final exam is now less than 2 weeks away and the final Observation is 2 weeks tomorrow. So every spare minute I have had has been spent either getting in extra practice on the simulator or revising.
I am working on a few different projects though, so here are some of my WIP’s.
I didn’t manage to make a donation to OFAPUK this month, because as well as having limited time to crochet, I also got sick, so couldn’t make them if I wanted to. So I intend to donate double next month. This is how far I got before getting sick.

Earlier in the month I dug to the bottom of my stash and started a handbag. So far I only have the base. It’s kind of boring at the mo since it’s just singles but I will get there.

And finally I am working on a jumper. Last time I shared this with you it was the Avary Jumper. But since then Simply Crochet released issue 82 which has a lovely V Stitch jumper which I loved so the Avary got frogged and this is how far I have got so far.


It’s working up so quickly! And has such a lovely texture. Since it’s worked in blocks, I decided to work the sleeves at the same time as the body. Once I have done the second sleeve orange bit, I will change colours and make the next section of the body.
Again, apologies for not being around so much. But I promise you, once this course is over, I will be back to normal running hopefully with lots of crochet lovelies to share! Wish me luck for my Finals!

Divine Hat the 2nd

Hello all!
I have another finished object for you.

It is the Divine Hat, by Sarah Arnold. You can find it here.

I used Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted.

The Stitch definition is simply gorgeous in this yarn!
I have made this hat before, using James C Brett Monsoon yarn. You can see it here. And as gorgeous as it was, I had committed it to the gift pile, so as this cold snap hit us I decided to make myself one. Ironically, I made this hat back in late July, just after I had an interview for the job I now am on a training course for. It’s funny to read blog posts from the past and see how my life was back then. Anyways, I digress.
Having now finished using up all my oddments of yarn for charity projects (I took a 5kg box of crocheted items and yarn to the post office at the weekend to send to Knit For Peace), I am going to make an effort to get through some of the patterns that I have bought the yarn for then never git around to starting. This yarn has been in my stash for 6 months bought specifically for this hat. Next on the hooks – a bag I think.

More Stash Busting Hats

So yesterday I popped in to share with you some mittens I made, using up my stash by making assorted bits for charity with odds of yarn. Today I am sharing 3 hats I have made in the last week.


The first 2 are following the same pattern, which I completed at the weekend.


This is the Easy Peasy Chunky Slouch hat pattern by Michelle Ferguson. The top one is the remainder of my Sirdar Freya in a toddler size, and the second is in an adult size using Filande Nomade.

And the third, which I finished just this evening, is the Basic Newborn Hat by Hooked on Tilly. I used oddments of Sirdar Pure 4ply and Scheepjes Sunkissed.
I am really thrilled to be cracking through my stash and helping others at the same time. I am almost ready to fill my box to pop in the post to Knit For Peace.

Another Wanderlust

Popping in to share with you another finished object. 

This hat will form part of a christmas gift for a friend. 

Again, this is the Wanderlust Beanie, a free pattern by Kirsten Holloway. You can find it here

This time I have used Drops Air. This yarn is seriously crazy and I reccomend you try it! It is an Aran weight yarn, but it is significantly lighter than other Aran Yarns. (About 30-35% lighter according to the product description). As such, unlike most Arans, where you will get around 75 to 100 meters per 50g, With this yarn you get 150 meters! I rechon it would make a super cosy jumper for not very much money! 

Wanderlust

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.  

My Mackinack

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. 

The Jeanie Beanie

Popping in with yet another set of hats (I have really been on a chunky hat making roll this last week! 
This is the Jeanie Hat by Twisted Arrow Designs. You can find it here
I didnt have a 11.5mm hook (I mean seriously – all these half sizes seem pointless once you get to the chunky end of things) so for the first hat I just used a 12 instead. 

Its very soft and warm and very simple – only took me about an hour and a half. This one will be going on the gift pile.
Then I decided I wanted one for myself too, so I made this one. 

This time I used a 10mm and added an extra round of increases. I also shortened the brim section from 6 to stitches so that it would sit where I wanted it on my head. 

The 1 Hour Beanie that took 2 Weeks…

Hello all! 
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?