A (Very) Late Spring Clean

Yes yes, I am aware that its almost summer but better later than never I suppose.

Last year I decided to take a big break from designing crochet patterns to really focus on improving my skills and researching how other successful pattern designers write so well.

Well, I am not ready to start designing just yet, although I have some ideas in my head, but I thought it about time I reviewed some of my old patterns.

And my goodness aren’t they terrible! Some of them are written so badly, some are just plain ugly, there’s spelling error galore! But to my dismay, there is no way to delete a pattern from Ravelry. So I set about trying to find a solution to remove my hideous contributions to Ravelry. And I happened across this very handy blog post by Blackstone Designs.

So I created this little icon.

And I went through my Ravelry and addressed all of my problem patterns. I also went through my blog and replaced the retired patterns with a note to explain that it is no longer available.

The last 4 patterns I have decided to re write and re photograph. Perhaps even with photo tutorials. I may even make PDF’s!

I hope that this will help me to feel less weighed down and cluttered when I get back in to designing. If nothing it removes some of the frankly embarrassing “designs…?” I came up with years ago!

May Makes

Gosh it’s been a while since I did one of these. Apparently I didn’t finish a single project in April. And only finished a single project in March. I definitely made up for the slack this month though!

I started May by completing my NWR Jumper.

Then I finished my Falling Blossoms Shawl.

After that came my Flower Child Beanie.

And then I finally completed my bundle of OFAPUK critters.

And to finish off the month, I made this Neon Moon Jumper.

I am very pleased with myself, and hope I can keep up this rythm. We are now 6 months in to the year (scary isn’t it) and I am not even half way to my Ravelry Project Goal, and I. Have only used a 3rd of the yardage of yarn I did last year, so I need to get my skates on and crochet faster!

Neon Moon

Hello all! Today I am here to share with you my Neon Moon Jumper, which I finished earlier this week.

The pattern is called Sailors Moon Cropped Sweater, by Cre8tion Crochet. You may well remember this pattern, as I have already made one of these jumpers in the past using Noro Haniwa. You can find the blog post here.

The yarn is Blue Moon Fibre Arts Plushy, in colourway Dye Dreamer.

As before, I had to add an extra 5 rows to the bust area before decreasing for the ribbing, else the jumper would have ended before my bust did, which probably wouldn’t have looked great!

Unlike before, I did not have to mess about with sizing. I have lost weight since making the last one, so instead of having to start with xlarge and end with 2XL. I was able to make an XL throughout.

I love how the neon colours pop against the darker grey.

And I love how the yarn makes its own zig zag patterns in some places.

This jumper will be a lovely reminder of my time spent in San Francisco. Yes the yarn is from Oregon but I purchased it on my birthday in San Francisco, and wandering around Bethnal Green yesterday taking these photographs reminded me of all the insane street art we saw in the Mission.

#Octopledge 2019 May Donations

After what seems like forever, I am finally able to share with you a donation for OFAPUK.

Life majorly got in the way for a few months, what with my course and being ill so many times and my new job. But hopefully from now on I can get on and continue donating monthly.

I made these little critters using Ice Plaid Cotton.

WIP Wednesday (29/05/19)

It’s Wednesday again, so here I am to share my WIP. I have just one this week.

This is the Cherry Pi Shawl, a pattern from the Shawl Project book 1. This has been on my to do list for ages, so I am glad to be finally doing it. And this yarn, Blackened Rainbow Brit Silk Sock by The Knitting Goddess was the very first skein of hand dyed yarn I bought! So it’s about time it got it’s time in the sun too.

WIP Wednesday (Thursday) (23/05/19)

My goodness! I tried so hard to get this post in on Wednesday. I had all the right intentions but unfortunately due to some technical issues my photographs weren’t working properly so I couldn’t post them.

Anyways! I currently have 3 WIP’s.

First of all, I am finally finishing up my Donation for Octopus For A Preemie UK (for many reasons I haven’t been able to donate in a few months).

I am working on a Sailor Moon Jumper.

And I have just today started the Cherry Pi shawl, although it’s not far enough along to be worth photographing. I had to frog a few rows due to me being a numpty and not reading the instructions properly!

I am in the crochet zone at the mo so hopefully I can work to catch up to my goals for the year.

Flower Child Beanie

I have another Finished Object to share with you.

This is the Flower Child Beanie, by TL Yarn Craft. I discovered TL Yarn Crafts back when we were all having the discussion about racism within the Yarn community. Whilst I have never knowingly not taken notice of a person of colour in the yarn community, I realised just how undiverse my Instagram feed was, so I used it as an opportunity to improve the diversity of my newsfeed with more BAEM makers. And I am glad I did, because Toni’s work is gorgeous.

The yarn is the Kick Starter Exclusive yarn I received for backing Sealy MacWheely when she wanted to open a bricks and mortar store. With the addition of the black pom poms, the hat reminds me of all of the tacky neon and black striped wrist warmers I used to by myself in my teenage emo years. What a throwback.

The pattern was so easy to follow and so quick – I only started it on Saturday night, and was finished by Tuesday night.

It has been a lovely distraction from being sick. I have been wrapped up at home crocheting and drinking coffee and feeling sorry for myself.

I am really pleased with the photos I took too. This is my first attempt at shooting myself – normally my Fiance does the photography if I need to be in the pic.

And f course, mistress Maxine a oget volved hwen she saw had the camera out. She look really pleased with her self when she ‘caught’ her prey… She does love a good pompom.

Anyways. It’s also Wednesday, but I have no WIP’s. So I caked up some yarn to start a new project.

This is Blue Moon Fibre Arts ‘Plushy’ in colourway Dye Dreamer. I bought it back in October on my 26th birthday in San Francisco. It will become a Sailors Moon jumper. I really enjoyed making this jumper last time, and I picked this yarn out with this jumper in mind. I thought it would be really food crochet for whilst I am watching Eurovision since once the yoke is complete, it’s straight granny Stitch, which I can do without looking.