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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.