My Blooming Crocus Top

She is finished! Yay! And just in time for the Flower Show yesterday. It really was last minute, sewing in the last few ends. But it was all worth it.

This pattern is called Blooming Crocus Top by Carol Ruprecht of Sweet Potato Crochet Creations.

I made it using Sirdar Softspun in the colourway Amethyst. This yarn is now discontinued – I bought it many years ago in a John Lewis Sale, so am glad to finally of us it! Another bit of stash busting ticked of the list.

I did come across a little problems whilst working on this tee. It was my gauge! The pattern calls for a 5mm hook. But when I crocheted up the first few rounds I noticed my gauge was way off! It was 8 inches bigger around the hips than the pattern suggested! Now I never check gauge before starting work, as I have generally found my gauge to be quite accurate, but in this case it would have saved me a lot of frogging. Perhaps this is dates way of telling me to just do the bloody gauge swatch! I ended up going down a hook size to a 4mm in the end, and having done that my gauge was pretty spot on.

I really enjoyed crocheting this tee – the Stitch repeat is interesting enough to make it fun but memorable enough that you don’t have to pay too much attention.

I wore this tee all day out in the 26 degree heat, and I was a cool as a cucumber – it was lovely and comfortable and airy. And I love that I can dress it up of down. Today I wore it with denim shorts and canvas pumps, but it would look really lovely over a little black dress or under a pinafore dress.

Don’t you just love such versatile designs!

Cosy Mittens

Hello all! I have another finished object to share with you which I completed at the weekend.

These are the Crossed Stitch Fingerless Gloves by Little Golden Nook.

Aren’t they just lovely? Even in a fuzzy yarn like Sitdar Freya, the pattern texture shows through.

I had planned to make these mittens part of my donation to Knit for peace, but it’s such a struggle to give them up. Having said that, with the crazy warm weather we have been getting recently I wouldn’t need them at all, so if I really wanted to I could nock out another pair when winter comes around again.

Autumn Mittens

Another christmas gift. This time some mittens. I really have been on a roll this week! 

I had originally planned to use a different yarn and different pattern for this recipient. But I didnt get along with the yarn so decided on something else instead. 

This is the Cozy Autumn Fingerless Glove pattern by Nikki Loud. You can find it here. I made them for a recipient with tiny hands so I went down a hooksize – the pattern required a 6 and a 5.5 so I used a 5 and a 4.5. 
The Yarn is Sirdar Freya. It has a surprising yardage for a Chunky yarn, with 120 yards to 50g. You only need 1 ball for these mittens, with yarn to spare! And it is gorgeous yarn. From afar this looks purple, but when you get up close there are delicate little flecks of all the dofferent colours of the rainbow!
And now I have completed these, its 19 gifts finished, just 3 to go! We are on the home stretch! 

My Sophine Scarf

Hello all! I hope you are having a lovely sunday. I have just returned from exploring a disused underground station (Aldwych/Strand) with the future Mother an Step-Father in Law and my Fiance followed by lunch at a lovely european resteraunt.




Now we will spend the rest of the evening chilling. Probably involves more crocheting for me. With Christmas fast approaching, I have had to adopt a ‘if I sits’ approach – if I am stationary, even for a minute, out come the hooks! Every stitch I can squeeze into my day is another stitch towards completion.
Anyways, back to the point, I am popping in to share with you my latest finished project, my Sophine Scarf by Simone Francis. You can purchase the pattern here. I used Sirdar Colourwheel.

The only modification I made was to the tassels. It required to to cut 3 strands per tassel but I had more yarn leftover so I cut 4 strands per tassel. And along the rows where it asks you to fix the tassels, I felt it was a bit gappy so I also added tassels in between the 2sc parts as well. 

Blocking made all the difference with this pattern. I suppose this is what happens with lacey type patterns. The blocking really opened up the stitches nicely! 

I cant wait to gift it at christmas. 

Linen Stitch Cowl

Popping in to share with you this cute cowl that I recently finished.

I used 2 balls of yarn which have been lingering in my stash for almost 5 years! The lighter blue speckly yarn is Sirdar Americana, and the dark blue yarn is Sirdar Rafaella. I believe both of these yarns to be discontinued since they are no longer listed on the Sirdar website.

The pattern is Linen Stitch Cowl by Esther Chandler. You can find it here
I love the way there is no need to sew in ends. It is written in such away that the only ends you have to sew in are right at the top and right at the bottom. 
I love the way it looks too, the speckled yarn and solid yarn look lovely together.
I did struggle a little on the dark blue rows as the Rafaella yarn had a funny texture meaning it didnt glide so smoothly as the Americana over the hooks. 

Its very pretty but also quite repetitive – its good if you want mindless crochet but it took me a while to get it finished as it was boring me arter a row or two. I am glad its finished though. 
Therd is a matching Mitten Pattern which I intend to make but I will leave that for a bit. 

A Blanket for Max

So the Crojo continues today with the completion of a blanket for my little Maxine.

She liked it so much she decided to roll herself up in it whilst I was still putting on the finishing tassels. 

It will now live in her little cubby hole – she has a cubby hole on my fiance’s desk where she can observe him and make sure he gives her plenty of fusses!

I used the Presto 4.5 hour afghan from Make and Do Crew. You can find it here.
The pattern called for a 15mm hook but as I didnt need it to be human sized I downsized to a 10mm. I continued to follow the pattern until I had run out of yarn. I used 5 balls in total – 3 sirdar Husky, then a leftover ball of Drops Eskimo from a baby blanket I made and around 40g of Sirdar Big Softie that I had leftover from a blanket I made for Max when I first got her. 

Yarn Review – Sirdar Big Bamboo

Hi all! I tried to start a regular yarn review last year and only managed 2 before forgetting. Doh! I am going to try again to publish a regular review again. Lets see if I can keep it up for longer this time! 
 Stats
Name: Sirdar Big Bamboo
Price: Around £4.30
Ball Weight: 50g
Yarn Weight: Super Chunky
Yardage: 43 Yards
Fibre Blend: 50% Bamboo, 30% Acrylic, 20% Wool

What Are the Yarns Benefits
My Favourite thing about this yarn is a typical love I suppose – its lovely chunkiness means it works up super fast.
It has a lovely cloudy texture – soft and fuzzy and warm. 
I loved working with it – it was very gentle on the hands and very smooth over the hook – no splitting and no tangling. 
What Are Its Drawbacks
My biggest issue is the price – It took me about 6 balls just to make the above scarf. Now I got this yarn at a heavily discounted rate at a yarn show (although for the life of me I cant remember what it cost me). But at its standard price, this scarf would have cost me around £25 which is quite a lot. It would be quite an outlay to make anything of substantial in size. 
I also don’t think this yarn is super versatile. I love the scarf I made from it but the stitch I chose reduced the soft cloudiness somewhat. I think this yarn would be better suited to light airy floaty garments, so it retains its soft airy nature. 
My Rating
Versatility (does it have multiple uses?) – 6/10
Wearability (how comfortable is it to wear) – 8/10
Workability (how nice is it to work with?) – 8/10
Final Score – 22/30
  

A Post Christmas Haul

Hello! How is your January going so far? Well I hope. 
I recently purchased some more yarn. My other half doesnt mind as long as I have a project in mind so I didnt get told off this time! Yay!
Anyways, the first parcel I received was this gorgeous lot. 

I have 3 cakes of Batik Swirl. Isnt this the most beautiful colourway. It made my other half quite excited too (he loves anything purple). I also got a single ball of batik in a matching grey. I think I will make a coccoon cardi of some description with this lot of yarn, so the single coloured ball will make the bit around the edge. (Is it called the yolk if it goes all around the edge? I have no idea what you call it but I hope you have some idea what I am talking about!)

I also have this lot of lovely cotton yarns. I am sure many of you have heard of Octopus For A Preemie but for those of you who havent, Its a charity made of lots of lovely volunteers who make little octopusses for premature babies. The tentacles give the babys comfort and stop them from pulling at their important medical tubes. I will go into more detail about how it works when I post about it on the 15th, but for now I will just say I have decided to start making for this charity and so this cotton yarn is destined to be turned into little octos!