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friend in San Francisco, as part of a Christmas swap when I was involved in the Global Square Exchange, which is sadly no longer active.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!

Nepal Beanie

Don’t you just love I it when a project turns out even better than you had imagined it would?

I have always been a little skeptacle about speckled yarns and a crocheter. I felt like the speckled would get lost in the stitches. But when I saw this yarn (Hardcore DK by Dye Candy in Colourway Doll Parts) I just had to have it. And I am pleased to report it has proven me wrong.

And can we talk about this pattern? I have had it in my que for ages but kept putting it off, and I have no idea why! This pattern is so simple and just look at the texture the stitches give!

Seriously, if you are looking for a quick project with lots of texture but minimal concentration then this is definitely for you. You can find the pattern here. I can’t wait for the cooler weather to roll round so I can start wearing it!

Some Beautiful Tulips!

Hi everyone! I am just popping in to share with you the good news that I have now written and uploaded the pattern for my tulips!

Check out my Ravelry Designer Page here to get the pattern, and please share your photos if you have a go!

Also as a side note, I apologise if any of you tried to download the Rugged Boho Waistcoat recently. It appears I uploaded the wrong pdf! Doh! Anyways, I have now corrected it so you should be able to download it now. Enjoy!

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!

WIP Wednesday (19/06/19)

Good afternoon! How is your week going. I hope it’s been productive. Mine certainly has.

I am almost finished with the main part of my Blooming Crocus top. I have just 3 inches left to go which I estimate to be 2 more pattern repeats (although I may add another 3 inches just to be sure since I love my shirts to be longer). Then it will be time to split for the arms.

I finally got started on my OFAPUK donation for June. I have 3 and a half heads and 2 sets of tentacles. I will just keep going until this ball is used up.

And I have been working on this year’s entry into Beckenham Place Park Flower Show, which is on the 30th of June. Last year I won, both in my category and a special best in show rosette. So of course I have to defend my win this year. I have just 2 more large petals to complete then it’s onto the leafs and assembly. I hope to have the flowers compete by the weekend. But of course, I won’t be able to show you too much as it is blind judged, so you will get the full picture after the event.

Horizon Fingerless Gloves

Hello all! I appear to be on a role at the moment, as I have just finished another project.

This time it is the Horizon Fingerless Gloves, by Little Golden Nook. Seriously, if you are looking for a quick and satisfying project, this is it!

I used the leftover yarn from my Colour Block Jumper, which you can read about here. WYS The Croft in colourways Stonybreck, Melby and Norwick. They are so cosy. Today it is very rainy and windy out, so a cup of tea and some snuggly mittens is just what is needed.

I did have to adjust the pattern slightly, as I have larger hands than your average lady. So I added 2 extra rows in the cuff section which allowed me to add an extra bobble Stitch to the bobble section. When I came to the part where I made the thumb hole, I chained 6 and skipped 6, instead of the 4 the pattern required.

Aren’t they gorgeous? I love them. I can’t wait for autumn to roll around so I can enjoy them more!

Rugged Bohemian Waistcoat – Rewritten

Hello All!

Many years ago, all the way back in 2015, I designed a waistcoat pattern. I was going to Star Wars Secret Cinema, and had been assigned the class of Mercenary. But we bought the with so little notice that we didnt have much time for costume hunting. I had my outfit mostly under control – I already hadbrown boots, sand coloured trousers, an of white top, the requred faction scarf and a plastic bullet belt from an army costume from years earlier. But it looked like it needed something more. So I trawled through my stash and found some brown rustic looking yarn, and then it hit me – a waistcoat. I knew I needed it done within 24 hours, so I made it up as I went along, and then I attempted to write a pattern.

This pattern has had a fair amount of attention – its been shared among ravelry groups, on pinterest, etc. But evey so often, I would get a message o a comment about how people were struggling to follow the pattern. It was the very first pattern I ever wrote, and it was pretty rubbish. So I finally did something about it. I rummaged through my yarn stash, found some suitable yarn, and got cracking on rewriting the pattern.

You can find the shiny new PDF pattern on my Ravelry Store, here.

I put in lots of photos and hopefully explained everything a whole lot better. I even did the maths to make larger and smaller sizes.

Let me know what you think.

Bonus Pic – here is princess Max, having to get involved… yet again…

May Makes

Gosh it’s been a while since I did one of these. Apparently I didn’t finish a single project in April. And only finished a single project in March. I definitely made up for the slack this month though!

I started May by completing my NWR Jumper.

Then I finished my Falling Blossoms Shawl.

After that came my Flower Child Beanie.

And then I finally completed my bundle of OFAPUK critters.

And to finish off the month, I made this Neon Moon Jumper.
I am very pleased with myself, and hope I can keep up this rythm. We are now 6 months in to the year (scary isn’t it) and I am not even half way to my Ravelry Project Goal, and I. Have only used a 3rd of the yardage of yarn I did last year, so I need to get my skates on and crochet faster!