WIP Wednesday (20/09/17)

I always find it hard to be productive in weeks where I am working early shifts. I am not a morning person at all so having to get up at 5am for a 7am shift just completely exhausts me! However I had monday and tuesday off an managed to be quite productive.

I have completed 4 more mini projects, which I will share over the next few weeks. 

I have completed a few more squares for my mystery project – the colours are really starting to come together. And I am only one square away from having tried all of the patterns available. Its really comoing together. Almost a quarter of the way there! 

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Learning to Knit

I have been planning to learn knit for ages. I even had the needles and yarn ready. I just kept putting it off. 

You see, I see many yarns about the place that are so gorgeous, but arent really suited to crocheting. Speckled yarn in particular doesnt lend its self to crochet. So I really want to learn to knit so I can make the most of the full spectrum of yarn!

Anyways, I was in a beautiful little yarn shop – The Yarn Dispensary in Faversham last weekend. It was full of gorgeous yarn. My Fiance was falling in love all over the shop, and it reminded him of his long held dream to knit socks! And then it made him sad because he thinks he is rubbish. He often asks me if I can work out where he is going wrong, but as I dont knit its all a foreign language to me. So I came up with an idea. I suggested he teached me how to knit then we could make a regular thing out of sitting down together to knit and drink tea. 

So out came the bag of Stylecraft Batik I had purchased for knitting and we got started. He is a good teacher! 

Here is my first ever swatch.

I am quite pleased. Not bad for a first attempt. The plan is to make lots of swatches to learn different techniques together then sew them all together into a crazy sampler blanket – a sort of future heirloom that we both made with love and care. 

Now I have the bug – I ordered some bigger hooks to have a go with some chunky yarn. I cant wait!

One of the things I learned early on is its actually more simmilar to crochet than I originally thought. The Cast On, for example, is basically a chain, but instead of having just the last chain on the end of your hook, its kinda like having the top loop of all if the chains in the needle. 

Herby Garlic Dough Rolls

The other day my Fiance and I were making ourselves a pizza for dinner (we love to make our own pizza together) when I realised that we had no garlic bread! (For us this is huge – we could eat garlic bread forever). What we did have, however, was more dough than we could get in our skillet. So I had a brain wave. And this is what it looked like:

I call these my herby garlic dough rolls. They are so buttery and garlicy and yummy! So today, I thought I would share my creation with you! Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

Dough:

140ml Water

1 tbsp Olive Oil

225g Strong White Bread Flour

1tsp Dried Herbs

1tsp Salt

1/2tsp Sugar

1/2tsp Easy Blend Dried Yeast

Filling

A Handful of Mozzarella

4 Cloves of Garlic

100g Butter

Method:

Add all of the dough ingredients to the bread maker and set to the dough setting. This is usually about 30 Mins of kneading followed by an hour of prooving. 

If you dont have a bread maker, you can just use your hands. Put all of the dry ingredients into a bowl, then slowly add in the water bit by bit, mixing with a wooden spoon until you no longer can. Then continue to mix with your hands, until you have a dough starting to form. Tip the bowl out onto a floured surface and knead until it all comes together into a smooth springy dough that bounces back if you press your finger gently into it.  Then leave in an oiled bowl to proove, about and hour or until doubled in size. 

Whilst waiting for your dough to proove, soften the butter in a small bowl. Finely chop 4 garlic cloves. Cream the garlic clives into the butter then beat until creamy and spreadable. 

Take your dough and knock it back on an oiled surface then stretch it into a rough rectangle. 

Spread the garlic butter all over the dough right to the edges. Sprinkle over the mozzarella then roll up along the long edge. 

Cut into bite size amounts. I cut my roll or garlicy goodness in half, then half again, then half again, so that I had 8 peices.

Place them in a baking dish as you would a batch of cinnamon rolls, and bake until golden brown. Around gas mark 7 for 20 to 30 minutes. 
Enjoy! Try not to gobble them up before you get them to the dinner table!

Simply Crochet Saturday (16/09/17)

Today I am popping in to share with you this ‘Just a Little’ notions purse.

It is from issue 57. You can find it here on ravelry. 

This is a very quick little project. It only took me about 30 minutes. I think it would make a great gift for another crafter in your life. I did struggle a little bit with it being in the round though, so I ended up just slip stitching into the first stitch from the previous round and chaining 1 before starting the next round.

I do love the lovely sunny yellow colour! 

Happy Birthday Daddy!

My dads 46th birthday was a few days back, so I am just popping in to share with you the card I made him.

I hope you can tell, but if not, it is a Shirt. I really enjoyed making this card. It was just such fun. 

I used just some check paper, a multi layer precut sentiment set and some buttons, with a simple black fountain pen for the stitches.

What do you think. I think this is my best work in a while!

WIP Wednesday (13/09/17)

Well, I have had a fairly busy week, so havent managed much crocheting. Here is my WIP list for this week. 

I am now working on my 8th square for the mystery project. I love how the project is challenging me to use new techniques! I worked out that I need to complete 4 squares a week to comfortably complete the project by christmas. I am currently on my fourth of this week. If I stick to that guide line, I should be ready for joining and edging by late November. Heres hoping!

I am also still working on the hook a heart bunting. I am almost done though so hopefully this WIP will be an FO before next weeks WIP post.

Finally, I learned  to knit this week! I will be elabourating more in a post specifically about knitting but for now here is my very first knitted WIP! Its only a swatch but its a start!

Chevron Waves Hat

So recently I shared with you a simple chevron infinity scarf pattern. On the night when I fonished this I still had plemty of yarn left over and so I decided to make a matching hat. To go with it. Here is the pattern.

1. Chain 94. Turn.

2. Hdc into the next ch from the hook, Skip 1 *Hdc into the next 4 chains. 3Hdc into the next chain, Hdc into next 4ch. Skip 1* repeat until you have just 2 chains remaining. Skip 1 and Hdc into the last chain. Ch1. Turn.

3. Hdc into the first stitch. Skip 1.  *Hdc into the next 4 stitches. 3Hdc into the next stitch, Hdc into next 4 stitches. Skip 2* repeat until you habe just 2 stitches remaining. Skip 1 and Hdc into the last chain. Ch1. Turn.

Repeat row 3 x 16 times.

You will now have a rectangle of wavy stitch. Put this to the side. We will now work on the brim of the hat. 

1. Ch 81. Turn.

2. Hdc into the next chain from the hook then in all chains to the end. Repeat this 4 times so you have 4 rows of Hdc. At the end of the 4th row, ch3 and turn.

3. Dc into the next stitch and all stitches to end. Repeat this step 3 times. Fasten off leaving a long tail on the end for assembly purposes. 

Fold the rectangular brim in half and pin it in place along the bottom edge of the wavy rectangle. Take the long end of the brim tail and sew along the top edge to fasten both sides of the fold togrther with the bottom edge of the wavy rectangle securely sandwiched inbetween. Once this is done, sew up the back of the hat. You ahould now habe a tube. To seal off the top of the hat, take a length of matching thread and sew it into the top 3 stitches of each peak in the wavy pattern. Then pull tightly so that all of the peeks meet and tie off to secure. Finally, make a large pom pom out of the remaining yarn and secure to the hat using the taild of the thread used to tie the center of the pom pom.