My Hook N Learn Blanket

Wahooooooooo! Can there even be something more satisfying than finally finishing a blanket? This seemed to take forever but it’s done it’s done it’s done! Wahoooooo!

This is the Hook N Learn Blanket, which was published as a CAL across 13 issues of Simply Crochet Mag. They rlesed specific colour places in both Schepjes Stone Washed and Schepjes Colour Crafter, but I decided to use up tevremaining yarn from the Last Dance on the Beach blanket that I mad my Fiance for Christmas 2017, woh the addition of some turquoise and teal.

Now as you can see from the pic at the top, this blanket is far from perfect! Clearly my tension was miles off, with some squares far too small an some far too big, so it’s wibbley and wonky but it’s mine and I love it! I makes a really lovely little lap blanket.

And of course, the main thing is that Max approves. Lord knows she gets excited when there is a new handmade blanket to roll about in a knead.

Wendy Sleeveless Top

Hello all! I hope you are all coping well in the heat! I am roasting – I do not do well in hot weather at all! I would be very happy Indeed if summer just didn’t exist! But since it does, I have been trying to make more summer suitable crocheted garments. Here is my latest.

This is the Wendy Love Sleeveless top, named so because the original pattern uses Wendy Love Yarn and the design is from the Wendy Designers. I can’t find the name of the person who actually designed it though. It was first featured in issue 70 of Simply Crochet Magazine.

The yarn is Juniper Moon Farm Findley Dappled DK in colourway Moulin Rouge. I loved the subtle colours as soon as I saw it and thought it would be just perfect for this top. It’s been in my stash for a whole year so it was about time it got it’s time to shine!

This pattern is lovely and easy to follow, and used almost all of the yarn, which is always nice. The only slight issue I had was with the bunching up of the stitches – pre blocking it really did feel like it wasn’t going to be long enough. The pattern never actually asks you to block your work, but I decided that it would be the best way to open up the lace.I love it though. It fits really nicely and is really comfy! I will update this posts once I have got a chance to take some pictures of it on.

Hook N Learn Part 9 – Apache Tears

Here it is. My go at Simply Crochet Magazine Hook n Learn CAL part 9.

I have to say, whilst I love the asthetic of the Stitch done properly it isn’t for me…

The original pattern as written would have required me to see in 54 ends we block… That’s 108 by the time both blocks are finished. Ain’t nobody got time for that. So I tried to work it out so I could go back and forth in rows instead of fastening off and starting each row on the same side. This would remove two thirds of the ends rovbe sewn in. It looks fine but it’s not quite as nice as the original. Also it’s so boring! My god is it boring. So boring that I finished each block 3 rows early! My gauge has been quite all over the place with this project, and at the point I stopped these blocks were the same size as some other blocks that were meant to be this size so it’s close enough. I.

On happier news, we are now only 3 parts away from the border, and each of the last three parts require only 1 square! Yay! I am almost there! I have some pretty important other projects to finish first though, so I may not get onto the next square until September…

Show Us Yours

I did it! I am so excited to say I made it into my favourite magazine, Simply Crochet! And not only did my photo get published in the mag! I actually won this month’s ‘show us yours’ prize.

This was my prize! A book of Knit and Crochet Motifs and some yarn – Rico Itoiro, Stylecraft Money and Scheepjes Maxi Sugar Rush. There was also a copy of Immediate Media’s other crochet mag, Love Crochet, included.

How exciting! I will treasure this issue forever!

WIP Wednesday (10/07/19)

Hello all! Happy Wednesday! I have 3 projects on the hooks today!

I started my Lucinda Shawl

I moved on to part 9 of the Simply Crochet Hook n Learn Cal. It is Apache tears, which is new to me. I had to Jimmy it a little though as the original design required you to fasten off each row and join again for the next. That would have meant 108 ends to sew in… Yeah, I am not mad so I am trying to make it work by only fastening off to change colour.

And finally I have made a few more inches progress on my sleeveless top from issue 70 of Simply Crochet Magazine.

I hope you are all having a wonderful WIP Wednesday.

Getting On With It

Do you ever start a project then completely forget about it. I must say this is pretty rare for me, as generally speaking I tent to start a project then just keep going til it’s finished. But The Hook ‘n’ Learn blanket (Simply Crochet’s most recent CAL) had been languishin in a box for too long now. So I decided it was time to get back on it.

So out came the yarn and the bag of already completed squares so I could work out where I was at. I had already done 6 parts of the 13 park CAL. So what was part 7. Eurgh… Catherine Wheel Stitch. Suddenly I remembered why this ended up being forgotten. Back when I was following the CAL I saw so many people complain about how difficult it was. And quite frankly I think it’s and ugly Stitch, so it got put off. But if I am ever to complete the blanket I need to get on and do it!

Here they are. I am still not in love with the Stitch – looks almost clown like to me – but it wasn’t as hard as all that – it was actually quite easy! I don’t know what all of the fuss was about. Now onto the next block. Puff Stitch. Hopefully with a bit of luck, I will fly through the rest of the blocks!

Pick 'n' Mix CAL Part 1

Were almost at Augusts end, but I am popping in to share just one more FO with you.

I was sitting in my living room chilling, when all of a sudden I got the urge to finally start work on the Pick and Mix CAL that has been in my to do list for so long. When I saw this CAL in Simply Crochet Magazine almost 2 years ago I fell in love immediately and went straight to wool warehouse to grab the yarn pack. But that is as far as I got. Until now! 
I live this yarn (Cascade 220). It is super buttery and nice to crochet with. And the colours are so vibrant. 
The pattern was easy to follow. The only downside was the number of tails I had to sew in! 
The finished squares were wobbly as hell but a bit of blocking straightened it all out! 
I love them and I cant wait to get started on part 2. 

Hook 'n' Learn Part 6 – Granny Stitch

I finally got around to catching up with part 6 of the Hook and Learn CAL from Simply Crochet magazine.

This month was granny stitch. 
This stitch was very simple but my god! There were so many ends to sew in! So when I made the second square, I stuck to one colour. It went much quicker! 
Next up, Catherine Wheel Stitch. 

WIP Wednesday (18/07/18)

Whoopsie daisy. I missed the last WIP wednesday and I am late on this one! Doh! Oh well. Better late than never eh?
I have 2 projects on the go at the moment.

First is this months contribution to Octopus For a Preemie UK. I am working with Drops Love You 8. I love th vibrancy of this yarn and it is super affordable but it isnt half splitty. 

I am also working on part 5 of the simply crochet Hook and Learn. I love the look of crochet cables but I would say they are definately not for beginners – the premise is simple enough but it is very fiddly.