Divine Hat the 2nd

Hello all!

I have another finished object for you.

It is the Divine Hat, by Sarah Arnold. You can find it here.

I used Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Worsted.

The Stitch definition is simply gorgeous in this yarn!

I have made this hat before, using James C Brett Monsoon yarn. You can see it here. And as gorgeous as it was, I had committed it to the gift pile, so as this cold snap hit us I decided to make myself one. Ironically, I made this hat back in late July, just after I had an interview for the job I now am on a training course for. It’s funny to read blog posts from the past and see how my life was back then. Anyways, I digress.

Having now finished using up all my oddments of yarn for charity projects (I took a 5kg box of crocheted items and yarn to the post office at the weekend to send to Knit For Peace), I am going to make an effort to get through some of the patterns that I have bought the yarn for then never git around to starting. This yarn has been in my stash for 6 months bought specifically for this hat. Next on the hooks – a bag I think.

February Makes

Blimey! Every year, I seem to miss February ending. I am chugging along , thinking ‘I still have 5 or 6 days til March then bam, it’s March! Even though I have now experienced 27 February’s, it still comes as a shock to me when march arrives so early!

Anyways, it feels a bit daft doing a Rundown of my February makes, since I only really shared them all with you this last week, but for the sake of continuity, here is my February in crochet.

#Octopledge 2019 February Donations

This month for OFAPUK, I made a trio of Octos.

I think they are perfect for spring, like a little bunch of daffodils. Others in the Facebook group think they look like pineapples. One lady even thought they looked like carrots! To each their own I suppose!

I will update this post once I know how they went. I suspect they will be going to angels, as I struggled even moving down a hooksize to get an Octo with no holes.

More Stash Busting Hats

So yesterday I popped in to share with you some mittens I made, using up my stash by making assorted bits for charity with odds of yarn. Today I am sharing 3 hats I have made in the last week.

The first 2 are following the same pattern, which I completed at the weekend.

This is the Easy Peasy Chunky Slouch hat pattern by Michelle Ferguson. The top one is the remainder of my Sirdar Freya in a toddler size, and the second is in an adult size using Filande Nomade.

And the third, which I finished just this evening, is the Basic Newborn Hat by Hooked on Tilly. I used oddments of Sirdar Pure 4ply and Scheepjes Sunkissed.

I am really thrilled to be cracking through my stash and helping others at the same time. I am almost ready to fill my box to pop in the post to Knit For Peace.

My Kindred Spirit

Today was a lovely sunny day. Probably the first of the year we could spend together, so Chris’ took me to the local bird sanctuary (only 15 minutes walk from my home but I had never gotten around to visiting) and of course, my bag of finished objects came with me to get their moment in the sun.

We saw lots of lovely geese and ducks and many other birds that were much harder to photograph but here are some I did manage.

Some very friendly greylag geese.

Canada geese.

And I especially loved the Egyptian Geese, who had a little pair of baby geese in tow.

They were so little and fluffy!

It’s a wonderful little park which I must go back to later in the year, It also plays host to a butterfly garden (which had no butterflies in it since the flowers were yet to bloom) some bats (I love bats but you have to visit at a certain time to see them) and many species of bird which I expect have yet to migrate back to us)

Anyways, it’s about time I shared my Kindred Spirit Scarf.

The pattern is by CJ Brady. The yarn is Abstract Cat Superwash Merino in colour way Joie De Vivre.

I am really happy with how this scarf turned out.

I had originally thought I would have to reduce it in length by a few rows but actually ended up adding an extra 2 pattern repeats to use up all of the yarn so it’s actually longer than anticipated. I love it.

I especially love how the picots are worked as you go along, as it means you don’t have to add an edging separately. I have never done a CJ Brady pattern before but this one is so lovely, I think I might do some more!

January Makes 2019

January is over so its time to review my month!

I finished 8 Projects this month.

I started 2019 off with a case for my foldable keyboard.

Then a Pachimari for my partner.

Followed by a pencil case for my apprenticeship.

I Made four little Octo’s for OFAPUK.

Then I completed two pairs of mittens and 3 hats for Knit For Peace.

And I also managed a massive destash, selling on 5 and a half kilos of yarn. And I made more money than I have spent this year on yarn, so my yarn Expenditure spreadsheet is actually in profit!

Octo pledge 2019 January Donations

Wowza – it’s been a whole year since my first donation to OFAPUK. Doesn’t time fly? Today I am checking in to share with you the Octo’s I donated in January.

There’s a total of 4 this month, using the scraps of no less than 6 balls of yarn. And here is how they did, Clockwise from top left:

1. Preemie

2. Preemie

3. Went to an Angel. I knew this would be the case as soon as I stuffed it – There were so many holes in it it made no sense to sew them up as in the same time I could have made another! This was the first time I used Scheepjes Sunkissed for Octo’s, (I was using the leftovers from my laptop case) and I think my hook was a little too big. Next time, I will use a 2mm and see how that goes.

4. Preemie

Some Charity Hats

At the beginning of the week I share with you some mittens I made for Knit For Peace, to use up my random oddments of yarn. Well today I am popping in with some hats for the same purpose.

The first I made was the ‘Very Good Hat‘ pattern by Tamara Kelly on Moogly, in baby size, using the leftover Malabrigo worsted I used for my dad’s Christmas present.

I then went on to make the 30 Minute Basic Beanie by Diane Serviss. It actually took me 45 minutes but I was sipping coffee and gawping out of the train window at the snow too. I used the last of the Patons Big Fab which I initially bought to make the brim of the first ever hat I made for my fiance 4 years ago.

Then finally I made this little baby hat out of the remaining 15g of Noro Haniwa. I made this one up as I went along.

So that’s 3 more yarns cleared from my stash!

Some Charity Mittens

OK, so do you remember last week I had a mahoosive clear out of yarn? I sold some of it on ebay, which made me £120 to pop in the Yarndale fund. And then I had a pile of odds and ends and single balls. Those I intended to turn into some sort of charitable donation.

Well, I have worked out where I will donate them. I have found a foundation called Knit For Peace. This foundation takes in all kinds of hand knitted and crocheted goods and allocates them to much smaller initiatives in need. Homeless shelters, old peoples homes, hospitals, refugee outreach programs, women’s shelters, to name just a few.

So now I know where I will send them, it was time to start crocheting. So this past weekend, I started with two pairs of mittens.

I made one with the leftover Noro Haniwa from my Sailors Moon jumper. This pattern is the Make us in One evening With a great movie Mitts by A French Touch.

And I made 1 from DMC Natura. These are the Lucious 1 Skein Mittens by Tamara Kelly at Moogly.

One small pair and one chunky pair.

Next on the agenda, a couple of chunky hats. I am currently living in a hotel with 10 other trainee signallers (I have 12 weeks of this to get through) and I am suffering a touch of social burnout from constantly being around the same people from breakfast to dinner, so this evening I had dinner early and alone, a very comforting dinner of pizza and halloumi fries, then had a lovely warm shower, and now it’s time to cosy up in my jimmers and crochet. Lush.