WIP Wednesday (21/03/18)

Now I have finished my jumpers and completed and sent my March bunch of jellys and octos, I have just 2 WIP’s left.

The first is my knitted scarf, which, despite my best efforts, is no further along. I have lost the rest of my wool. I stashed it somewhere as my cat kept trying to eat it but for the life of me I cant find it now!

The other is a New WIP. The first square of my Hook ‘n’ Learn blanket from Simply Crochet Magazine. Block Stitch. It is turning out lovely, and I am reminded one more how lovely and soft Scheepjes Colour Crafter is, despite being a budget acrylic yarn.


Its Done! Yahoooooo!

I have been working on this project since september last year. It kept being put to the side as deadlines for other projects loomed. You have heard me say “I hope to finish by” so many times over the weeks and months since I started, But I can now finally say, ITS DONE! *Does a happy dance*.

My Sunny Granny Jumper is done!

I am very very pleased with it.

I made it up as I went along to my specific (quite chunky) measurements, so I cant provide a pattern. But I can describe how I did it.

The first step was to take measurements. Now I know the photo would suggest I am potato shaped, I am in fact an hour glass so it didnt matter for me wether I used my hip or bust measurements. If you are a pear or triangle then you would take the larger of the 2 measurements (since this is a sort of baggy 80’s style jumper).

I took my chest measurement (116 cm), then halfed it (58 cm). I created two granny squares that were slightly larger than this (62 cm) then stitched them together into a tube using the flat zipper method.

I then kept adding rows to each side of the tube along the top of the granny squares until I had two flaps that were long enough to meet just above my shoulder. Along the top corners I sewed the flaps together to create a vest.

To create the sleeves, I first single crocheted around the arm holes to create a base row, then just continued with straight rounds until the sleeves were just below my elbow. Now I added the trim.

To do this, I simply dropped a hook size and did a couple of rounds around the neckline, cuffs and bottom of the jumper in linen stitch, until I was happy with how it looked.

I really love the colours! So warm and sunny – a stark contrast to the cold snowyness of today!

Its made in Drops Paris amd took almost 200 yards of yarn (almost 25 balls!)

#Octopledge2018 Mid March Update

Were now half way through the month which means its time for an update on my octo making activities.

I have finally managed to use up some of the yarns from my very first batch.

I have managed to make 3 and a half jellys:

And one octo:

I really love the look of the jellys but my gosh, they are so much harder to sew together on account of the stuffing hole being much larger. With an octo the final round, the opening where you put the stuffing in, is only 16 stitches round, but in a jelly it is 24 stitches round and due to its shape it is really hard to keep the stuffing in!

I also used Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream for the first time. A lot of people in the group hate it, but I think its ok – the colours are great, it is very sturdy and works up nice and quickly. I liked it so much I went to hobbycraft yesterday and bought some more (I had to really – I dont have enough yarn in the Mod Green colourway to finish the half finished jelly).

Anyways, this means I have once again surpassed my pledge of 2 a month. I hope to make some more though, since they are fun to make. Having said that, my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is flaring right up again, so I am resting my hands for a bit. Only time will tell if they get better enough for me to make a few more before the months end.

WIP Wednesday (14/03/18)

Another Wednesday. How are we all? I have been working earlys this week. I usually aim to get a bit of crocheting done each day when I am on earlys but in reality I usually get home and fall asleep immediately. I am not made for 0430 wake up calls! But I have managed a little crochet since last wednesday.

My knitted scarf is still much the same as it was a few weeks ago.

I have a few more bits of octopus complete

And my jumper is coming along nicely. Just the cuffs to go! And maybe a small neck line.

What have you been working on this week. I cant wait to see!

A Departure from Pattern Writing

Hello all. Welcome to a brand new week. I hope it is going to treat you well!

I have been thinking a bit over the weekend, about my crocheting, and I have come to a decision.

I am going to make a departure from pattern writing.

I love writing crochet patterns and one day I would love to be able to reach the levels of some of the wonderful blogs I follow – who are good enough to write books, collab with yarn brands and feature in magazines. But I need to improve my skills.

I really felt I learnt a lot from doing my last dance on the beach blanket, and so have decided I should focus on improving both my crochet and writing skills by learning from other peoples patterns.

Mothers Day 2018

Just popping in to share with you this minimalist card I made for my mummy.

The card was from my stash (bought a couple years ago for contemporary christmas cards). The butterfly was from my aunties stash. And I bought the sequins in John Lewis on Wednesday.

I had a lovely day drinking hot chocolate and making cards with my auntie. And I got to meet her new puppies! Look at their little faces!

This is peaches.

And this is biscuit.

They are only 4 months old and are crazy bundles of energy.

WIP Wednesday (07/03/18)

And blimey its already March!

I havent managed any more of my knitted scarf.

I have however, managed to finish up the buly of my jumper. I just need to do the blue accents then It will be done!

And I have been working on these little bits of octos whilst travelling (since the jumper is now just a bit unweildy to work with in public now).

And I played 2 games of yarn chicken and won this week!

This first one was perhaps a cheat – I knew I wouldnt make the whole 4 tentacles so skipped 2 to finish it at least symetrically. That way I can add 2 tentacles in other colours.

But this one really was a nail biter. Look how close I came to running out!

What have you been up to this week?