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.

Another CAL (lord help me)

So as we have seen, I am pretty rubbish at being organised with CALs. I mean, the Last dance on the beach took me forever and the Pick and Mix blanket still hasnt been started but I feel optomistic with this one.

Isnt it a beauty? Its called the Hook and Learn blanket.

The idea is that it uses 12 different stitches in different blocks so is a real sampler blanket.

Anyways, I got my inspiration whilst I was cuddled up on the sofa surrounded by crocheted blankets reading my copy of Simply Crochet Magazine. There are 2 yarn choices shown on the page – one in Scheepjes River Washed and one in Colour Crafter. And then I remembered I had loads of colour crafter left from my Last Dance on the Beach blanket. 5 and a half balls worth to be precise.

Its only a 9 ball blanket all told so I would only need to do a top up shop for supplys. This could be a great way to use it all up and to enjoy making amother blanket without much more financial outlay! One of the things I really enjoyed about my last CAL was learning so many new stitches! So off I trundled to wool warehouse and picked up 4 more balls. This is what I got. (The 4 at the top)

I love purple but dont want it to be exactly the same colour as my Last Dance blanket. So I added some teals and turquoises to the mix.

Dont they look lovely together? I cant wait to see how it works out. And hey, maybe I will even keep up with this CAL for a change!

#Octopledge2018 February Donations

I managed to complete and send 8 little critters to my co-ordinator this month, fulfilling my pledge to send 2 a month. Here they are.

4 octos, 4 flatties.

Top Row

Octo 1 – Made using 18.2g ICE Jeans – Going to a Preemie

Octo 2 – Made using 17g Sirdar Cotton Prints in Summer Meadow – going to a Preemie

Octo 3 – Made using 20g Ice Jeans – Going to an Angel – My co-ordinator commented that there were a few holes where she could clearly see a change in tension.

Octo 4 – Made using 20g King Cole Cottonsoft Crush in Rainbow – going to a Preemie

Bottom Row

Flattie 1. 6g of Ice Jeans, 4.63g of Scheepjes Catona – going to a Preemie

– going to a Preemie

Flattie 2. 6.6g Sirdar Cotton Prints, 5.32g Scheepjes Catona

– going to a Preemie

Flattie 3. 6g of Ice Jeans – going to a Preemie

– going to a Preemie

Flattie 4. 5.05g of Sirdar Cotton Print, 3.24g Scheepjes Catona – going to an Angel – as you can probably see the tentacles are far too long for such a small head!

– going to an Angel – as you can probably see the tentacles are far too long for such a small head!

I am so proud of my improvements! When you think. My first batch had only a 33% success rate. This batch had a 75% success rate! That is a huge improvement. Who knows. Perhaps next time I will be able to tell you they all went to Preemies!

Februarys Makes

Its the end of the month again so here is my months makes. This month I have not completed as many as last time.

First, I finished 4 Octos

I then halted octo making for a moment to complete my Locker Pouches.

With some leftover yarn from the locker pouches I made this little jellyfish.

I then continued with the octos and made 4 flatties (which I will give more detail about in my #octopledge post.

I had hoped I could finish this month with my jumper but it wasnt to be. However, I am certain I can finish it within the next week.

FO Friday (16/02/18)

Hello all. Another project finished perfectly in time for a FO Friday post. Wonders will never cease.

Popping in to share with you my locker pouches that i have been making to organise my locker at work.

Dont you just love the colours.

In order of when I made them. The first was done with a starter chain of 20 and SC stitch all the way around. The second was done with a starter chain of 10, but with a slight gusset to make it slightly deeper and DC stitch. The third was done the same way with a starter chain of 30. The fourth was done using 2 basic granny squares stitched together with a row of SC. And the final one was done with a starter chain of 24 and HDC all around.

They certainly have helped to organise my locker substantially. Here is the before:

And here is the after:

And now, with the small amount of yarn I have left from this project, I might reward myself with an octo… only the one though, since I still have 2 substantial WIP’s to get a mooch on with.

Happy hooking!

#Octopledge2018 Mid February Update

This is my progress so far for this months donations to Octopus For a Preemie UK.

I have actually hidden them away for now because they are so bloody addictive that I was neglecting my other WIP’s as well as my other hobbies!

The first I made was the smaller purple one. Then the larger purple one. I was very surprised when making the heads what a difference hook size can make.

Both of these heads were made using exactly the same pattern and exactly the same yarn (Ice Jeans incase you were wondering). The only difference is that the one on the left was made using a 2mm hook amd the one on the right was made using a 2.5. Just 0.5mm of a difference and such different sizes – really makes you think. How many times have we chosen to go up or down half a size because we cant find the correct hook. Who knew it could make such a difference. Perhaps in the future I best be more accurate with my hooks.

Amyways, I hope to make 1 or two more by the end of the month, but that will depend on how I go with my other WIPs. Wish me luck.