Sunday, 18 February 2018

Tuck Me In

It's a couple of years since I abandoned the idea of using these squares to make a tablet cover, you can read more about that here. I decided a few days ago to get them back out of zzzzzzzzzz land and to turn them into a blanket for a toy or a pet instead. All I had to do was double crochet them together, then add a round of double crochet followed by a round of half treble. It's so good to have finally turned them into something. :-)

The Stylecraft Special double knitting yarn colours used to make this blanket are:
Spring Green, Lemon, Violet, Aspen,
Fondant, Candyfloss, Wisteria, Clematis, Magenta,
Aster, Turquoise, Sherbet, Pomegranate,
Apricot, Shrimp and White.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Pretty Little Thing - Free Pattern

I started making this pretty little thing (coaster, embellishment, small doily, whatever you'd like to call it) yesterday and completed it this morning whilst watching the Winter sports on telly. Then this afternoon I decided to chart the pattern so that I can make it again, maybe you'd like to make one too?

If you use a 4 mm hook and double knitting weight yarn it measures approximately 12cm in diameter. I used Stylecraft Special dk and mine weighs approximately 8g.

A chart showing a cross section of the pattern follows together with a key to the symbols used. I used chainless starts, otherwise known as standing stitches, and invisible join to the complete rounds. The only exception to this being in the final two rounds. Here when I finished the first of the two rounds I made a slip stitch to join them then ch 1 instead of the first double crochet (US single crochet). Some crocheters like to make the ch 1 and a double crochet in the same stitch to start the round. Choose whichever method you prefer.

Happy Hooking :-)

UK terms

If you use US crochet terms substitute the word single for double, double for treble and treble for double treble.

The colours used starting in the middle are:
Cloud Blue, Fondant, Aspen,
Wisteria, Raspberry, Plum and Spring Green.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Seaweed Shawl

This shawl challenged me in many ways and I enjoyed learning how to make the drop stitches and broomstick lace which were completely new to me.

The pattern, Drop-Stitch Crescent Shawl by Designs By Dio, is free on Ravelry and I'm the only person who has made it so far. It is untested and I encountered problems along the way but once I'd ironed them out the lovely shawl design began to emerge.

As a one skein project I was nervous about whether I'd have enough of my Superba Circus yarn (turquoise mix) left to complete the border and it was a bit tight with only 4g remaining. Whilst I'm not that keen on the way the colourway turned out I love that it reminds me of seaweed washed up on a beach.

When it came to taking photographs I just couldn't get my camera to focus properly on the yarn and whilst backgrounds came out lovely and clear the shawl came out like a muddy fuzz. I resorted to hanging it outside on a hedge in the freezing cold yesterday and quickly captured these rather dull images.

It's unusual for me to feel so pleased to see the back of a project but, for all its enjoyment, I'm so happy to move on from this one.

On a more positive note, Ravellenics starts tomorrow (Go Team GB and Team Colourful) and I'm going to aim to finish the granny squares that I posted about last month. Surely they should be soooooo easy in comparison with this :-)

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Moving Forwards

I'm really pleased that we are heading towards the end of January and that the light is slowly returning at last. The darkest couple of months are over and soon the months will start to fly by again.

I've been at at bit of a crafty standstill over Christmas and the New Year but, like the returning light, I'm slowly moving forwards again.

I've picked up these granny squares which I'm making from the recycled yarn from a granny stripe blanket.

The 'old' blanket

The blanket was made with blues, greens, pinks and purples and I've already turned the blues and greens into another blanket which you can read more about here.

This time I'm working with the pinks and purples only and I'm trying to make each square as unique as I can as far as the round by round colour choices are concerned.

The yarn used to make the squares is Stylecraft Special double knitting in the following colours - clematis, wisteria, violet, magenta, plum, candyfloss, fondant and raspberry.

Like the blue/green blanket I plan on using a lighter colour, probably cream, to increase the size of the squares before I join them together and add a border.

I'm not planning on making anything bigger than a lapghan so hopefully this little blanket shouldn't take too long to finish.

It's lovely when you've already done the bulk of the work and can simply add the finishing touches :-)

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Flash Your Stash 2018

I came across Ravelry shortly after I started this blog and eventually found the 'stash your flash' threads, particularly the one in the main Yarn & Fibre group. My jaw dropped at the sight of beds or floors full of yarn and I wondered what on earth people were going to make to 'get rid' of it all and how long it would take them to do so. I'll never get like that, I thought...

A few years have elapsed since then and I recently came across the new 'stash your flash' thread for 2018 and I decided to join in for the first time this year.

After weeks of grey weather we finally had some sun one afternoon earlier this week and I set about unearthing all my yarny stuff and piling it on top of a king sized bed.

Although it looked like a lovely sea of colour all together in one place I had no idea that I'd got enough to fill the bed completely. OMG what am I going to do with it all?

So some New Year's resolutions need to be made I think and the first is that I'm going to try really hard to buy absolutely nothing and if I must give in only buy what I need to complete something already being made with this stash.

I wonder how many others will try cold sheep this year?

Thursday, 21 December 2017

A Twist on the Cowl Neck Poncho

In the Spring I decided that I wanted to reduce some of the odd amounts of yarn that I had left over from other craft projects and started by picking up some blue Aran and brown varigated bulky yarns.

I don't remember how or why I started making flowers but I realised quite early on that I'd have to use about two thirds varigated to a third blue in order that I wouldn't run out of one before the other.

I joined the flowers together as I made them and tried to spread the blue as evenly as I could throughout my work.

After I'd made a rectangular piece of about twenty flowers I decided that I didn't want a scarf and wondered if I could make something that went around me instead.

As I added more and more flowers I began to think about how I was going to finish the edge and then thoughts of turning it into a poncho began to emerge.

One particular poncho came to mind, Cowl Neck Poncho by Simone Francis. I knew straight away that I wanted to have a go at a cowl for the neck so I dug out some more Aran, this time in cream.

By this time the weather had warmed up and I was beginning to wonder how on earth I was going to attach the flowers to the granny part of the cowl that I'd made.

I left it alone over the Summer and well into the Autumn too before I picked it up again and then I had a good think. I decided to simply sew the flower section on to the granny part of the cowl from the inside in two stages.

First of all I went around one granny round sewing into the tip of the upper most petal of each flower. On the second granny round (below the first one) I sewed into the tips of the petals on either side of the upper most petal of each flower. All that sewing seems to have secured it in place.

I was going to continue using the Cowl Neck Poncho pattern underneath the flower section but settled upon a round of flowers without a fringe instead.

So my twist on the Cowl Neck Poncho is complete :-)