2015 Has been quite the year and seems to have flown by. I started the year obsessed with crochet, having finally got the hang of it in 2014. In 2015 I started flexing my knitting muscles again and soon got back into it. I’m finding that I like ‘quick knit’ projects like shawls and socks, but prefer crochet for bigger projects, particularly blankets. At the end of 2015 a lot of people on Instagram were compiling a collage of their 9 most-liked photos. I decided to compile 9 projects from 2015 that were particularly meaningful to me in some way. Read the rest of this entry »
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I finally sewed in the ends of the place mats I made for my Mum for Christmas. I made these back in September and they have been sitting on my desk waiting to be finished ever since! The pattern is a free pattern by Swedish blogger, Kajsa, on her blog, Stitches and Supper. You can find the pattern here: Mandala Style Place Mats. Read the rest of this entry »
Jamie was admiring some crocodile stitch fingerless gloves on Etsy. It’s not a stitch I’ve done before so I went pattern hunting on Ravelry. Sure enough, someone has written a pattern for them. The pattern I found was for aran weight yarn, but as Jamie has tiny hands I reckoned that if I did them in DK yarn I’d probably get a good fit. I can’t claim any credit for the colours; Jamie picked them and I think they look fabulous. Once I got my head around how the crocodile stitch worked, they were very quick and easy to make. Each glove took 2 hours, max. I’m really pleased with them and so is Jamie so smiles all round 🙂
Kathryn at Crafternoon Treats is hosting a bagalong. If you pop along to her blog you will find a pattern and several posts about how make the bag and how to alter it. There is also a Facebook group, a very friendly and informative group to show off your squares and bags. The pattern is also listed on Ravelry, if you want to add it to your projects page. I was initially going to use two strands of DK, but decided to order some chunky yarn instead. You can never have too much yarn, right? I have all my squares made. I just need to finish sewing in my ends so I can join them and start work on the lining. I’ve chosen this fabric for my lining.
Frog it and make something else! I started making this V-Stitch Ripple last week. I loved the colours of the original and I like the effect that using a v-stitch added to the ripple. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. The pattern suggests not cutting the yarn, but carrying it up the sides. I was struggling to manage 5 balls, so decided to cut my yarn and sew in the ends. After a couple more repeats, I realised that the ends were going to be a mare to sew in; there would be hundreds of them and while a v-stitch looks lovely, it’s a horrible stitch to sew the ends into, as I already know. So, I bit the bullet and frogged it. I hate frogging things. It feels like such a failure. Read the rest of this entry »
When hell freezes over, I will have the perfect blanket! I used a block stitch and made this one in the round. I started the rounds in the corner and avoided the problem with the step effect I’d had on the Beachcomber Blanket. Aren’t those colours just fabulous? Like the Beachcomber Blanket, this one is made from DROPS Big Delight, this time in the Lava colour way. The colours are so warm, it’s like someone crushed up hot coals and spun them into wool. The DROPS sale is on until the end of the week and I’m having to sit on my hands not to order more. There’s a little devil sitting on one shoulder, whispering ‘Go on, it’s lovely. Get more.‘ The Voice of Reason is on my other shoulder, shouting ‘MORE?!’, like Mr Bumble from Oliver Twist.
I’m having a rest from corner-to-corner blankets and the lovely James C Brett Marble Chunky yarn I’ve been using. For the whole of May, most DROPS yarns are on sale, so it seemed like a good time to try out something a little different. I opted for the Big Delight, which has turned out to be just gorgeous. I might have ordered more… lots more! The yarn is aran weight 100% wool. The only slight downside is that it’s only hand washable, but blankets tend not to get washed often, so it’s not a huge problem. The biggest upside for me is that I can use a felted join, so there are no ends to deal with. Read the rest of this entry »
You wait ages, then two come along at once! I should have waited until I finished my corner-to-corner before starting this one, but the colours were calling to me. I couldn’t resist, so I’ve been working on both of them. I wish I could claim a wonderful eye for colour and say that I looked over my stash and picked out these colours, but the truth is this combination was a happy accident. All my Stylecraft Special DK is stuffed into organza bags in a closet. I glanced in one day and noticed that stuffed down in the bottom corner of one bag were these four colours: spice, saffron, lemon and sherbet. They just looked so good together! Read the rest of this entry »
It amuses me that the pattern for this blanket is called Spring into Summer and the colours in this yarn are autumnal. I just love the colours in this blanket, but it was extremely difficult to get good photos that did them justice. I think I’m going to have to break out the camera instead of snapping photos on my iPhone. I’ve been wondering if it would be viable to sell the corner-to-corner blankets, but am sorely tempted to hang on to this one. I love the colours so much. Maybe that’s the sign it’s commercially viable? Read the rest of this entry »
I’m beginning to wonder how I ever found the time to hold down a full time job! So much yarn, so little time… and then there’s the sewing. I sprained my ankle quite badly at the end of March. I’m embarrassed to admit that I fell off the doorstep, and even more embarrassed to admit that I was stone-cold sober at the time. The only saving grace was that there were no witnesses to see me go arse-over-tit and spend the next 5 minutes rolling around on the grass swearing like a sailor, on the verge of tears. I spent the next hour melting a packet of frozen peas on my ankle, and it was remarkably effective in keeping the bruising and swelling to a minimum. Thankfully, I have my own private nurse who has an impressive array of bandages and dressings in the boot of his car, so David strapped my ankle up as we were quite sure it wasn’t actually broken. I was almost disappointed – something that hurt that much, should have been broken! Fortunately, I had made my second bag earlier in the week. This one is the ‘deluxe’ version and I made it for my sister’s birthday. This one had quilting, an internal pocket and a magnetic snap. Read the rest of this entry »