Another Test – The Bedrock Beanie

Hello all!

I was super excited last weekend to be chosen to test a Beanie Pattern for Black Rose Stitches. Here is my finished Beanie!

I used my skein of Carolina DK by third vault yarns which I purchased at Yarndale. The pattern really shows off the subtle variegation of this yarn.

I actually made 2 of these hats. Here is the first.

The pattern is written with varying instructions to account for the differecne in weight between commecial and hand dyed yarn. The fist hat reached the required width for the brim but was too small for me once the full hat was complete (a little tight and a little short) so the designer tok that into account along with the feedback of the other testers who were having similar issues with hand dyed and adjusted the pattern.

The first hat is still lovely, but just isn’t quite right for me, so I will gift it to a friend with a smaller head.

I was amazed to get 2 hats from a single skein (which was 115g). The firstat only used 45g and the second only around 65g. I reckon if you had th time you could adjust the pattern to make a mummy and me set from a single skein of hand dyed! Wouldn’t that be sweet?

I am so excited to be getting accepted as a tester! It’s real fun and I get to try out new things! I am glad I got started!

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.

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.

Cosgrove Crop – My first ever Test pattern

Hello all! I have wanted to get into the pattern testing game for a while now, and, recently I was successfully accepted as a tester for my very first test piece. This was the Cosgrove Crop by Louisa Sheward.

I really loved working on this pattern. The majority of it was crocheted whilst on my way to and from Yarndale. It was super portable and super fun.

Often making garments in hand dyed yarn can feel quite expensive, so, using just 2-3 skeins of DK, you could show off some really beautiful hand dyed yarn without breaking the bank.

I used Hedgerow Fibres Cosy DK Sock set. The 20g of yarn that came with each 100g skein was perfect for the trim.

Now I did unfortunately run out of yarn – the yarn I chose did not have exactly the same yardage as was requires. The pale pink speckled colour should have constituted the whole top, but I ran out before the ribbing, so I switched to my contrast yarn. I love how it looks though.

My favourite thing about this pattern though is the innovative use of the imperfections created by joining each round with a Slip Stitch into its main design feature!

I would highly reccomend this pattern, both to newbie crocheters looking to make their first garment, and to more experienced crocheters looking for an instant gratification sort of project. It is really easily customisable for length so you can make it as short or long as you like.
The best bit is that it was released yesterday! Check it out here!

Charity Bear No. 2

So Yarndale is approaching and I was sitting in my living room working on my Hook n Learn blanket when I realised it is only a couple weeks away. I rushed to the web page for the Creative Community Project and realised I only had a few more days to get some teddy’s sent off! That came up quickly. So I dropped my blanket and got cracking on my second teddy, which, up until this point had no more than a pair of legs. Boy the hooks fly when you are under pressure!

Here is my second ted. Isn’t it sweet!

And now they are all packaged up to go to the post office in the morning. Yay!

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!

A Charity Bear!

Hello all!

I know I have mentioned it a million times, but I AM GOING TO YARNDALE! I am super excited. It’s the first time I am going.

A couple of weeks ago they announced their Creative Community Project. They are requesting Trauma Teddies, used to bring comfort to sick children. What a great cause. You can find more details here.

The Crochet Teddy Pattern is by Lucy over at Attic 24. You can find the pattern here.

And here is my first Ted.

Can you think of a name? I am terrible at names. What does this Ted look like to you?

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!

Gearing up for Autumn!

I made a thing! A really pretty thing.

Ok, so I know I said I would crochet monogamously on my gift shawls due at the end of August. However I really needed the finished project buzz. I really was uninspired by hundreds and hundreds of SC (seriously, I just had to rip back 3 rows because I made s fatal error when reading the pattern that was unfudgable!

So I pulled out my ball of (Long since discontinued) Debbie Bliss Andes which was gifted to me a good few years ago by a friend in San Francisco, as part of a Christmas swap when I was involved in the Global Square Exchange, which is sadly no longer active.

Anyways, I digress. This is the Hope Earwarmer Pattern by Yarn and Chai, which you can find here. Isn’t it pretty. It uses the same Stitch style as the Nepal Beanie I made recently.

And that yarn is so glossy and silky! I love it! My only issue was how tangled it got half way through. It was really sticky so the fibres kind of matted together in one place. But it’s so gorgeous I think I can forgive that!

The button came from my stash, purchased over 5 years ago. I think it just finished off the project so nicely.

Now back to the shawl!