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?

The Last Few Days of Advent

So its not a full week, but here are the last 3 yarns from my advent calendar.

They are so gorgeous and make a lovely ending to my advent calendar. 

I have now balled up all of the yarns and placed them in a biscuit tin.

I cant wait to start working with them. If you remember, I am planning to make the Lucinda Shawl by Vicarno Crochet Designs. Oooh its going to be lovely! 

On the 7th Day of Christmas

You may remember that I purchased an Advent calendar full of yarn this year. Well today I will share with you the first weeks yarns! 

Ooooh arent they lovely. They are laid out in the order they came out of the calendar! Such a beautiful rainbow already! I am in love! 

As well as the yarn there have been little extras in some of the bags – I have had some yummy choccies and also this lovely Stitch Marker from Koru Clay Studio. I checked out their etsy and got a bit carried away buying Stitch Markers! Go give them a look – but be prepared to part with your cash! 
I had originally planned to make this hawl by Kat Goldin. The Lake of Menteith Shawl. 

But on opening the first few yarns I wasnt feeling it. I will definately have a go at it but not with this yarn. 
I have decided to make this scarf/wrap instead. 

This is the Lucinda Shawl by Vicarno Crochet Designs. Its a wonderfully adjustable design as it is done in three sections of repeatable rows. So the original is 3 100g skeins. But you can adhust the straight bits and the lacy bits. So I plan to use 50g of baby grey yarn, then the lace will be a rainbow of advent yarns then the final portion will be 50g of the grey again. I think it will be lovely! 

What to do with Mini Skeins

Hello all! So I have seen yarn boxes and even yarn advent calendars becoming more and more popular over the last few years but they always seemed a little frivolous so up until now I havent given one a go. 
However, what with my new job soon to start and the significant pay rise that comes with it, I deserved a treat. So I pre-ordered the Truly Unbeleiva-Dyeing Yarn Advent calendar. 
This Advent calendar is a collaboration between Truly Hooked, Unbeleiva-wool and Dye Candy. 3 amazing yarn dyers who I have been following on the social medias for a very long time but have yet to purchase from. 
It includes 24 10g skeins of DK (22m) or Sock Weight (42m). 
Now, I am super excited to receive this but my word have I been having a tough time deciding what to do. There are 1 or 2 blog posts around but they all seem to be about knitting so I thought I would put together some ideas here for us crocheters! Feel free to comment if you have any ideas to add!
Now the obvious answer is a blanket (or at least the constituent parts). Something where you could make all the motifs with your mini skeins, then join it up with a couple of extra balls. 

Like for example this Polka Dot Blanket by Cyndy at True North Yarn Co
Or the Weekender Blanket, another free pattern available over at the Cherry Heart. 
Mini Projects
From the largest things to the smallest, you could make some decorative items for your home. Anything would do but how about something where you could make 1 a day through advent and add them to the collection.

We could all do with a bit more love in our lives, so how about filling your home with vases of these cute little hearts by Anne Maries Haakblog. 
Or these ones which you can turn into bunting, By Bella Dia
Scarfs would be a pretty safe bet I think. A scarf of so many pretty colours that it brightens the day just by wearing it. 

I think linen stitch would look lovely – really mixing up all the different colours you have. Try this pattern by Heidi Beukelman Designs. 
Or how about this Chevron Scarf design by Dena of Little Monkey Stitch n Spin. The pattern uses Worsted but you could add an extra chevron or two to make it suited to lighter weight yarn. 

Motifs arent just for blankets. They can be great for shawls too! Check these ones out.

There is the wonderful Blooming Flower Shawl by Eleonora Tully of Coastal Crochet, which I think would work really well. You can find the details here. It featured in issue 75 of simply crochet magazine.

Or how about the lovely Diamond Shawl by Vicky Gorry. From issue 72 of Simply Crochet magazine. You can find more details here
But I think I have found the project for me.
Check out this beautiful Shawl by Kat Goldin. The Lake of Menteith Shawl. Isnt it just devine! You can find it here

I love it because it is constructed fan by fan so I can use the colours as they come out of the advent calendar. I think it will be a cool experiment! It may end up crazy looking but it will definately be fun! 
Happy hooking all!