Goodness me!

Hi all! I do apologise for my lack of posts recently. I am in the process of buying my first home, so the little time I have spare has been spent crocheting, rather than writing! I haven’t posted in over a month. I am almost ready to move into my new home so December will be spent for the most part packing and unpacking! Please bear with me. I hope to get back to regular blogging in the new year. Until then you can keep up to date with my making on my Instagram page, kickarsecrochet

Of course it wouldn’t be proper not to share some pics of crochet lovelys, so here is what I have been up to the last month.

This is the Riffles and Runs Beanie by the Ivy Killers crochet, using yarn purchased from Tine and Floyd at Yarndale. It’s so squashy!

Then I finished this – my Spun Gold shawl by Kay Goldin. Getting the hang of the Quintuple Trebles took a while. I had to reverse them. A combo of me stitching left handedly and the twist of the yarn going in the wrong direction meant stitching it the normal way resulted in enormous holes at the top of the Stitch and messy yarn overs. Anyways, I love it!

And most recently I finished this adorable little dragon baby! You may remember a while ago now I made a pair of wedding cats for my friend Helen as a wedding gift. Well she loved them so much, that when she couldn’t find a gift for her pregnant sister, she remembered me and asked for my help. The mom and dad of the baby in question are hugely into RPGs Larping and fantasy. And they wanted rainbow things. She had envisioned some sort of rainbow dragon or unicorn but couldn’t find anything that fit the bill. So when she asked me I was happy to oblige! I already had this yarn in my stash with no plans so it was perfect really!

I followed a pattern by Anat Tzach, of Anatillia Crochet. The requester asked for little wings so I cobbled together these cute little wings without a pattern.

WIP Wednesday (09/10/19)

Hello all! I hope we are leaving a lovely week so far? I just finished work so am going to spend the rest of the evening snuggled up on the sofa with my yarn and hook.

I have 2 WIP’s this week.

First is my Spun Gold Shawl, which is now over half way finished.

And second is my Willow Crop sweater, by Crafting For Weeks. I am mking this as part of the BIPOC CAL going on over on Instagram at the mo! Its such an excellent way to flood the feeds with designs from marginalized designmers – it can only make our little corner of the internet more diverse.

And as you will notice, the blanket from last week is no longer in my WIP list. I finished it at the weekend – keep yur eyes peeled as I will be posting pics tomorrow.

WIP Wednesday (25/09/19)

Hello everyone! How are we all today? I hope you are having a lovely and productive WIP Wednesday.

I have been working on my Spun Gold shawl – I had to frog it quite a lot whilst I tried to master the quintuple trebles but now I have got to grips with them it is chugging along nicely.

I also finished joining up all of my Hook n Learn squares – and have started the border.

And I agreed to Test a new pattern for The Fibre Lounge, so I am just about to start that using this yarn.

Erigenea Shawl

How are we all this week? I have had another manic week – who knew buying a house would be so much work! So much paperwork, meetings, etc.

Anyways, despite the crazy, I managed to finish another project!

This is the Erigenea by Silke Terhorst. You can find it here. The pattern is Free!

I absolutely loved working on this shawl – it was challenging enough to keep you interested but not so hard you had to keep checking back at the pattern every 5 mins. And it had very good charts too! Unfortunately I ran out of yarn to do the very last row, but tats ok, it looks lovely as it.

I will be gifting it to my third bridesmaid this week, so I hope she loves it! I picked it because she is so sparkly and lovely and also she loves blue.

The yarn is from Mothy And The Squid, in colourway Night Sky and Midnight Sky. They work so gorgeously together, don’t you think?

WIP Wednesday (28/08/19)

Hello all!

As you will have noticed, I made no WIP post last week as I had no WIP’s. I was between projects. But this week, I am well into my Next WIP.

This is the Erigeneia Shawl by Silke Terhorst.

What are you working on?

Doris (Cat)

Hello all! Sorry I have not posted for a while. I have been super busy with one thing or another. This last two weeks has been a whirlwind – what with visiting all of my family, proposing to my bridesmaids, viewing properties, and most excitingly, we could a beautiful new home and have had our offer accepted! So now we start the process of purchasing our first home! Yay!

Anyways, as you can imagine, this hasn’t left much time for crochet! But I did manage to finish this last week:

This is my Doris Shawl. The pattern is by Kat Goldin, you can find it here. The Yarn is Standard Sock by Truly Hooked in Colourway Alter Ego and Delirium.

I love the colour combo. At first I was worried it was going to be too subtle. But actually it works together really well.

I found the pattern quite fun but did get quite bored in some areas. The large expanses of turquoise are entirely single crochet so go really slowly, and I miscounted a couple times so had to fudge in a few extra or few less stitches here and there. But it turned out wonderfully in the end, wouldn’t you agree.

I love the texture created in the grey sections by the crossed over stitches. It makes it visually more appealing to the eye.

I am glad to say, the recipient (my maid of honour) absolutely loved it! She was so pleased to receive her handmade gift along with her other gifts. I got some cookies made for each bridesmaid. Aren’t they sweet!

I hope you have had an equally productive weekend!

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!

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?

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?

My Cherry Pi

hello all! today I am popping in to share with you my latest finished object.

This is the Cherry Pi Shawl, which is publiushed in the irst Book of the Shawl Project series by The Crochet Project. This particular shawl was designed by Joanne Scrace.

the yarn is Britsilk 4ply by the Knitting Goddess. It is the first ever hand dyed yarn I bought. it started my love affair with indie dyers, so it was only fitting it became such a gorgeous project.

The lace in this pattern is absolutely stunning. It is a real treat to block, as the lace opens up beautifully.

The pattern, as all patterns in the Shawl Project book 1, requires just a single skein of fingering weight yarn.

the only slight problem i had with this pattern was during the middle section of lace. Because yoiu went into a stitch with a chain on your hook, sometimes the stitching wasnt as smooth as the chain got twisted around the hook. But it all worked out in the end.

I particularly appreciated the note section of the pattern. It states that “the pattern will not sit nicely until it has had its first blocking. Have faith even though it looks wrong, it will be fine”. This was well needed advice. I often find as a follower of a couple of designers facebook support groups, that people repeatedly question if things look right if so much as a tiny ruffle appears in the work, and the designers have to continually reassure them that thwe ruffles will block out. So I appreciate the forethought that Joanne had in writing this pattern.

Dont you find it just incredible what we can make with a single ball of yarn. Once I have pinned my work to the blocking board I hang the board up inside my shower (its the only place in my house where the cat wouldnt be able to reach my work), and so everytime I went into the bathroom, I found myself staring joyfully at the project, completely blown away that something so beautiful could have come from a single continuous peice of yarn. Its amazing what us Yarnies can create, isnt it?

As an added bonus, if you pop over to my insta highlights, you can see a little storyboard of what Max is thinking when she decides to interfere with my crochet projects.