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.

Falling Blossoms

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.

WIP Wednesday (08/05/19)

My goodness! Does anyone else find that bank holidays make you feel all confused about what day it is? I expect it doesn’t help much that I went straight into nights after the bank holiday. I haven’t got the foggiest what day it is! But I thought I best pop in to share with you my WIP.
I am now at the end of section 2 of the Fallen Blossoms Shawl CAL, by Ana D Crochet. It’s hard to see but there are lots of little holes. I expect blocking will open them up a bit more. Section 3 is the actual flowers, so that should be fun. I can’t wait to finish it and get it on the blocking mat. And as luck would have it, my new job also affords me long enough periods of inactivity on the night shift for a bit of night shift crochet. So that is a bonus!

Simple Scallops

Hello all! 
Today I am sharing with you another Finished project for the christmas gift pile. 

This is the Simple Scallops Shawl, by Kristy Ashmore. You can find the pattern here

Isnt it just so lovely and lacey? It initially looked like it might be a little complicated but it is acrually only a 3 row repeat so once you have it memorised you can just keep going without much thought so its a great mindless project that you can pick up and put down whilst on the go. 
I used Schoppel Crazy Zauberball for this project. I bought it whilst I was on holiday in Hamburg a few christmas’ ago. It is a very interesting yarn to work with, because the colours are very vivid as you work them, changing between blues and greens and purples. But once the project is finished and you are looking at it as a whole, rather than row by row as you look at it whilst in progress, the colours blend so nicely together like a lovely lagoon. 

I cant wait to gift it to the recipient. And If you have a random 100g of 4ply laying about, this is a perfect pattern to use it up! 

September Makes

My gosh! I have been on holiday this last weekend so I totally didnt notice September coming to an end! I was at the British Musical Firework Championships in Southport. 





As well as enjoying the fireworks we had a great time exploring the Vast Sand Dunes of Ainsdale and Birkdale Sandhill Nature Reserve

And we got really rather more excited than most the children and the Model Railway village. 



We also visited a quirky little museum all about lawnmowers! 

Anyways, I digress! I have popped in to do my end of month round up of makes completed in September!



First I completed a trio of Wash Sets

Then I finished my Hotel Of Bees Shawl 



Then another trio of wash sets.

I also completed this pair of Octopusses for Octo for a Preemie UK.

And then I made this Desert Wind triangle scarf. 

Finally I completed the Column Beanie for my Fiance. 
What a busy month! Lets hope I can keep up the productivity. I am a mere 140 yards away from meeting my total yarn consumption from 2017! In october I will smash my last years record! 

My Hotel of Bees

Wow! I never thought it possible to fall in love with a pattern but my word, this is just beautiful! This pattern is so beautifully written, so beautifully designed. It is gorgeous! I want to make a million if them. Honestly you should all try it out. It is wonderful. 



I made this shawl using Drops Merino Extra Fine. I chose these yarns as they were already in my stash. I bought them some time ago in a sale because I liked the colours but I didnt have any plans for it. I did have to purchase another 2 balls. I needed 3 grey 3 purple and 1 pistachio but I had 4 grey 2 purple and 2 pisatachio. I bought 2 extra purple such that when complete I would have 1 of each ball left over for another project. 




Here are some close ups of each section. 
The wings.
The openwork honeycomb.
The bees.
And the filet honeycombs/flowers. 
Honestly I think I will never take this shawl off! And I already bought more yarn to make one for my step-mother in law for christmas. 

Augusts Makes

Oooh this has been another month filled with Plenty of Crojo. Knitmeter tells me I have crocheted over 2200 yards of yarn this month! I think that is a record for me! 

First I completed this shawl.

I polished off this Linen Stitch Cowl.

Then this Pachimari Amigurumi.

I managed to make 5 octos in total.
Then I completed this jumper in under a week, a real acheivement for me.

And I made this Cactus on a train between Eltham and Whitstable.

Then I made this hat.

I finished part 6 of the Hook n Learn CAL.

I made another hat.

And I finally got started on the Pick n Mix CAL! 
A great month for productivity. And if it wasnt already a great month, I have some news! Some of you may remember that back at the end of August I had an interview for a new job. Well I can finally tell you all – I got the Job! I have been offered a position as a Railway Signaller with Network Rail! What a promotion!  I found out a while ago, but was waiting for everything to be formalised and contracts to be exchanged and things to be confirmed. It really is a dream job for me so I am super excited to get started! I have to wait for the next Signalling School to start so wont be starting until January but what a great start to the new year! 
What a month!