Friday, 21 October 2016

Frida on Friday: Part 3

I've already posted some roses and dahlias in part 1 and part 2 to show the colour combinations which I've used to make flowers for my Frida's Flowers blanket. Like the other parts, I've listed the colours for these final flowers underneath the photos, working from the middle outwards.

Saffron, lemon, shrimp, soft peach, shrimp,
fondant, apricot, clematis, wisteria, magenta and cream

Plum, clematis, citron, lemon, citron, shrimp,
fondant, candyfloss, saffron, apricot and cream

Apricot, shrimp, candyfloss, magenta, candyfloss,
citron, violet, wisteria, clematis, plum and cream

I enjoyed making these flowers so much that I broke my rule on sewing in the ends as you go along. There are around 700 ends to be dealt with. Oh how I wish I had taken my own advice earlier.

Friday, 14 October 2016

Squirreling Away

Throughout the year I've been squirreling yarn away so my stash is growing nicely. I have things in mind for some of it but not all of it.

I've bought some more Knit Picks Stroll Fingering for socks... these gorgeous colours...

...Big Top Hand Painted, High Tea Tonal and Northern Lights Hand Painted.

I've also bought some more Boyes 100% Mercerised Crochet Cotton in rich cream and iced pink shades. It is destined to be turned in to doilies and filet crochet but I might come up with some other ideas. I'd quite like to try one of these pretty shelf edgings or something similar.

I love how bright these Stylecraft Life colours are. My plan is to use them to make the Circles of the Sun Mystery CAL 2015. Yes, I'm a long way behind the rest of the crochet world and my plan might change given that I've already got a couple of blankets on the go.

I've also got some more Rico Superba Circus, in Turquoise Mix and Salmon Mix, for yet more socks unless I come across something else that takes my fancy.

I really splurged out here on some Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk. It's absolutely gorgeous and so soft against the skin. My plan is to try to learn how to knit with more than one colour and to make a lovely pair of patterned mittens or gloves. If I manage to make it that far then I might go for a matching hat too.

My last yarn is Stylecraft Senses Lace which I bought with the intention of making a shawl. There are a few free patterns on Ravelry that I like, the Butterfly Stitch Prayer Shawl, the Mediterranean Lace Shawl and the Lacy Pineapple Shawl.

So I'm spoilt for choice and I've got plenty of ideas to keep me busy once I've finished everything else that is currently in my crafty pipeline.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Blueberry Waffle Socks

At the end of last year I bought some inexpensive Marble double knitting yarn by James C Brett, in a shade simply called MT6, to attempt to make my first pair of socks. Unfortunately I didn't get very far and my first sock was abandoned shortly afterwards.

The yarn resurfaced earlier this year after I'd mastered the art of making socks and I wondered what to do with it. Someone on Ravelry recommended the Blueberry Waffle pattern by Sandy Turner which is made using a double knitting yarn.

I started making a pair but soon found that they were way too big even though I was using smaller needles, 3.5 mm, so I reduced the number of stitches that I cast on to 44 and winged it from there. Very brave of me, I thought, and I'm pleased to say that it worked.

Being 100% acrylic they won't let your feet breathe so I don't plan on wearing them for walking out and about in. Instead I think that they'll be great as an extra pair of socks to pull on in our ever increasingly chilly evenings whilst lounging about in front of the telly.

Friday, 30 September 2016

Frida on Friday: Part 2

This week I've continued with my version of Frida's Flowers by making some more Frida's Roses and Dahlias. I absolutely love these patterns and enjoyed picking new colours to add to the small but growing collection of brightly coloured flowers. Starting in the middle, I've listed the colours which I've used beneath each photo.

Shrimp, apricot, fondant, candyfloss, fondant,
plum, clematis, lemon, citron, saffron and cream

Fondant, soft peach, plum, magenta, clematis and cream

Candyfloss, fondant, lavender, violet, lavender,
lemon, saffron, soft peach, apricot, shrimp and cream

More flowers to follow another time.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Frida on Friday: Part 1

Back in early Spring I planned to make a Frida's Flowers blanket. By the time the first pattern was released, I'd become worried that my tension would vary between all the designs, so I gave up on the idea.

Recently I had another look and thought about the blanket further. It didn't take long for me to be tempted to pick up a hook and start to make some of the hexies at last. I've changed direction a bit since my original plan and I'm using hexie patterns 2 and 5, Dahlias and Roses, only.

After I made one of each hexie, I was relieved to find that they both measure about 17 cm wide. Although I'm using both 4 mm and 3.5 mm hooks, as stipulated in the pattern, they are turning out quite a bit smaller than they are meant to be, but I'm quite happy about that.

As you can see I'm not going with green leaves, nor am I going with the designer's colour choices. I'm using Stylecraft Special double knitting yarn and think that all those Tropical Delight flowers that I've been making recently are influencing the colours which I'm picking for this. I've listed these choices underneath the photos, starting from the middle and working outwards. All hexies are finished with cream yarn from Boyes.

Fondant, candyfloss, saffron, lemon, saffron,
citron, shrimp, magenta, wisteria and clematis

Citron, candyfloss, shrimp, fondant and apricot

Lemon, saffron, apricot, shrimp, apricot,
clematis, magenta, soft peach, candyfloss and fondant

I hope to be back next week with another three hexies made in another colour combination.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Little Star

After I finished my Waffles 'n' Cream blanket I had small amounts of yarn left over, insufficient to make anything really worthwhile, so I played around with it and quickly came up with a design for a small star.

With limited choice over what colours I could use, I made a small batch of little stars and double crochet joined them together to make a bag.

Then I added:
  • a round of double crochet,
  • two rounds of treble crochet,
  • a round of double crochet,
  • a round of treble, treble, chain 2, repeat (to create holes for the cord),
  • a round of double crochet (ie double crochet in each treble and chain of the previous round),
  • a round of treble crochet and finally
  • a round of double crochet.

For the cord I created a chain and then double crocheted my way back along it to the beginning.

I'm not great at writing instructions, they're too wordy for me, so I've drawn quite a scruffy chart to show how to make these little stars. I've not shown where rounds start and finish because some people use chainless starts and others prefer chains. Likewise some people use slip stitch at the end of rounds whereas others prefer an invisible join. Finally, in case it's not clear, in the pink round, all trebles are made in the chains of the previous round.

Monday, 5 September 2016

Still Doodling

Here's a peek at my doodling in crochet progress on the blossom which I created, inspired by Spring. 

I've worked the flowers up in to squares by adding some fresh green leaves and some welcome clear, blue sky.

The Stylecraft Special DK colours which I've used so far are Lemon, Fondant, Fuchsia Purple, Spring Green and Sherbert.

I think I've decided to edge each square with another round in white to add a touch of fluffy, white clouds to the mix too...

...but can't decide whether to go for the pink or white (Stylecraft Candyfloss and White) for the lacy join which I plan on using to crochet the squares together.

I keep making my mind up and then changing it again. Maybe I should just toss a coin and let fate decide.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Tropical Delight

I've been busy creating my own little colourful flowers, 44 of them, and I've decided to turn them in to a simple scarf. 

I also considered making a poncho but when I realised that I'd need another 100 flowers I quickly changed my mind and decided that a scarf would do.

Made with Stylecraft Special DK, I used the following colours - Fondant, Candyfloss, Magenta, Clematis, Lemon, Citron, Spice, Shrimp, Apricot and Saffron.

I deliberately chose bright, tropical, fruity colours that grab your attention and I'm pleased with how vibrant they look.

I've decided to use a braided join to assemble the flowers together.

Then I plan to chart the pattern so that others can have a go too, if they wish.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Braided Gems

I really have caught the sock bug, making them that is. This pair was originally started using another pattern called Rib Fantastic from Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn.

Unfortunately after a few weeks of persisting I went wrong and couldn't work out how to go backwards through the yarn overs so I abandoned it.

Then I picked another pattern, braided gem, from the same book and even though there were a few hiccups along the way I was able to recover and continue to move forwards.

The yarn is Rico Superba Circus in Fuchsia Mix. I had thought that the colours would be a bit more random but they came out in stripes. As you can see I didn't bother trying to match them.

The pattern creates socks which are quite stretchy and therefore really comfortable so I'll probably make them again.

Perhaps I should use a plain yarn next time so that the pattern isn't trying to compete with the colour changes in the yarn. I read that somewhere and think that it's good advice.