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.

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!

A complete Llama

Yahooooo! I completed the Loot Llama! And in the nick of time. 

I finished the bulk last night, so took some photos. 

At this point I was just missing the saddle bag and tail. So as I took the train down to visit my nan today I furiously crocheted away. I crocheted on the train, I crocheted in standing in the station car park, I crocheted in my nans car, and I crocheted at my nans house. Finally, I managed to crochet and assemble the saddle bad and tail and fix them to the main body. 

I love it but my word it was close to the wire. So many small parts to sew together! It seems not to matter if I start crocheting in July or december, I still seem to finish in the eleventh hour – my partner has a good explination though – he reckons its because starting early means you are more ambitious, and I think that is very true this year of me. Oh well – at least I had fun!

And because its christmas, I thought you may enjoy some pictures of my cat photobombing my photo shoot!

Hand Made Wash Cloths

Hello all. You will have already seen these wash cloths if you saw my end of January post. I got very annoyed when I couldnt find any flanels in my local shops, so I decided to make my own. Well finally, I am here to share the patterns with you!

Th first is this star stitch flannel.

Pattern

Chain 35.

Row 1. Pull up a loop from the 2nd, 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th chain from the hook, then yarn over one more time and pull the final loop through all loops on the hook. *Chain 1. Now draw up a loop from the space made by the chain 1, the final post of the previous star, into the chain at the bottom of the final star and then the next 2 chains. Yarn over once more and pull through all loops on the hook.* repeat until you have just 1 more chain remaining. HDC once more into the final chain. Turn your work.

Row 2. Chain 2, HDC once into the top of the HDC from the previous row then twice into each chain 1 space. When you reach the end of the row, HDC once into the top of the first stitch of round 1. Turn your work.

Row 3. Chain 3. Pull up a loop from the 2nd and 3rd chain from the hook then into the stitch at the base of the chain 3 and the next 2 stitches of the previous row, then yarn over one more time and pull the final loop through all loops on the hook. *Chain 1. Now draw up a loop from the space made by the chain 1, the final post of the previous star, into the chain at the bottom of the final star and then the next 2 chains. Yarn over once more and pull through all loops on the hook.* repeat until you have just 1 more chain remaining. HDC once more into the final chain. Turn your work.

Row 4. Chain 2, HDC once into the top of the HDC from the previous row then twice into each chain 1 space. When you reach the end of the row, HDC once into the top of the first stitch of round 1. Turn your work.

Row 5 to 18, repeat row 3 and 4 7 more times.

To finish, complete a round of SC around the edge of your square, comprising of 32 stitches per side plus 3 in each corner. Ss from the final SC into the first SC. Fasten off and sew in ends.

The second is this cluster stitch face scrubbie.

Pattern

Round 1. Into a Magic Circle, Chain 3 then DC 11 times (for 12 posts in total). SS into the top of the first post.

Round 2. Chain 3, then DC 4 more times into the first stitch. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the chain 3. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the chain. Chain 1. In the next stitch, *DC 5 times. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the first of the five DC stitches. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the first DC. Chain 1.* Repeat 10 more times for 12 clusters. SS into the top of the first cluster and again to the first chain 1 space.

Round 3. Chain 3, then DC 4 more times into the first chain 1 space. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the chain 3. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the chain. Chain 1. In the same chain 1 space, *DC 5 times. Remove your hook from your work and place it into the top of the first of the five DC stitches. Pull the loop from the top of the 5th DC through the first DC. Chain 1*. Repeat 22 more times for 24 clusters. You should have 2 clusters of 5 DC in each of the chain 1 spaces. SS into the top of the first cluster and again to the first chain 1 space.

Round 4. For the final round, chain 1, then SC twice into each chain 1 space until you reach the end or the round. SS into the first SC, fasten off and weave in ends.

The third is this bobble stitch scrubbie.

Pattern

Round 1. Into a Magic Circle, Chain 3 then DC 11 times (for 12 posts in total). SS into the top of the first post.

Round 2. Chain 1 then SC into the first stitch. Chain 1. In the second stitch, complete a bobble stitch. (DC 5 times into the stitch, but instead of pulling through twice, just pull through the first time and leave the loop on the hook. Once you have worked 5 stitches like this, yarn over once more and pull through to create 1 bobble). Cain 1. SC into the next stitch, Chain 1, then bobble again. Repeat this around until you have 6 bobbles and 6 single crochets. Chain 1 then SS into the first SC.

Round 3. Chain 1, then SC twice into each SC and twice into each Chain 1 space. SS from the last to the first sc of the row.

Round 4. Chain 1 and SC twice into each of the first 2 stitches. Bobble stitch. Sc twice into the next 2 stitches. Bobble. Repeat to end of round.

Round 5. Chain 1. SC once into each sc and into the top of each bobble. SS into the top of the first SC to finish round.

Round 6. Chain 1. SC once into each stitch to end. SS into the top of the first SC to finish round. Fasten off and sew in ends.

And there we are. 3 wash clothes. Work them in 100% cotton to create a lovely set that can be washed over and over again.

I think I will make a couple of sets of these amd pair them with some handmade soap for some cute christmas presents.

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!

Wip Wednesday (30/08/17)

Good afternoon all.

Unfortunately I have no progress to share in the works in progress area. My carpal tunnel syndrome really has been giving me a lot of grief recently, so I had to put down my hooks this whole week. Seems that last weeks burst of creativity has slowed me down this week. It is starting to feel better so maybe I can get back to crafting soon. Until then, its plenty of rest and wrist braces for me.

So today, instead, I thought I would share with you what I hope to have as WIP’s or FO’s in the near future.

Whilst unpacking more boxes from the move, I came across more little projects from Simply Crochet magazine. 5 more, in fact, so I plan to plough through those soon.

I really want to start on my first ever cardigan or jumper soon. Here are a couple of patterns I like the look of. The first is Drops 176-18 Sahara second is Drops 169-15 Seashore Bliss Unfortunately, whilst I love the designs, I find that drops’ patterns are quite hard to read – I think it is to do simply with the way they are formatted. Does anyone else find this.

I was inspired by this image on Pinterest and now really want to make a poncho. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find the original source – only people sharing the images without reference to origin, but I would love to try something similar.

I really feel inspired to get more garments made – and also to start making for Christmas. Anyone else getting that Christmas itch… Its not far away, now that summer is all but over!

The good news is I will have two patterns to share this week. I just need to take photographs. Keep your eyes peeled.

Simply Crochet Saturday (27/08/17)

Installment 2 of my Simply Crochet Saturday series is this adorable little Ami Cactus. 

This pattern appeared in Issue 59. You can find it here on ravelry. 

Once again, it was Quiet Water Craft who inspired me – this time to crack on with my little magazine freebie gifts. She herself had made this little Ami cactus pin cushion, and it was this that reminded me I should crack on.

I found this pattern really easy. The pattern called for a 3mm hook but I didnt have one to had so used a 3.5mm hook instead and there was still enough yarn to go around. Consequently it is a little larger than it was supposed to be, but I love it! Isnt it cute. I particularly love the little flower!

Sunny Sandals

So I finally made some sandals! 

I had been toying with making sandals for a while, and I had been collecting flip flops so I decided, before I went on my holiday.

Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take any pictures of them. I am kicking myself! I totally could have had some beautiful sandy shots of them. But alas, all I can offer you is these boring shots.

I started by piercing holes every 1cm around the sole. Then I did a single crochet into each hole, then for the next row I Sc twice into each Sc. 

Unfortunately, as these were a sort of trial, I forgot to write down a full pattern, but as I have large feet I do not know how I would write the pattern to allow for different sized feet. I guess a bit of experimentation is required. Perhaps I will have a pattern to share with you soon. 

I am definately pleased with them but I can tell you there are a few issuss that need ironing out before they are perfect and wearable for every day use. 

Regardless, this project used up around 75g of Drops Lima. So thats just 425g to go to meet my target allowinh me to buy new yarn! Yahoooo!

Gifting Rundown Part 3 – Textiles

For the third and final part of gifting rundown, I would like to share with you some of the textile based gifts I made! 

I made this wonderful hat for my littlest future brother in law.

I made it up as I went along but unfortunately was in such a rush to get it finished that I didnt write down any instructions. I do have enough yarn left to make another though so perhaps I will see if I can recreate it! If I have time that is!

 
I crocheted this scarf for my partner.
And my partner and I made these shirts for two of his other brothers!

Yes thats a teapot. Aparrently its a reference to animation (something my oldest half brother in law to be is currently studying). I dont get it personally. Neither did he. Oh well.

Finally I made these buttons for my mummy. She collects buttons.

And this concludes my christmas gifting round up! So what do you think? How did I do? Did you make gifts this year? I would love to see them!

In conclusion, Whilst I really enjoyed making these gifts, it was far too stressful trying to force myself to make everyones gifts, especially when it came to the teenagers, because teenagers are difficult even at the best of times! I am proud of myself, in the knowledge that U managed to pull off a non commercial christmas, and It is a huge confidence boost to know that I am capable of making so many lovely things. So perhaps next year, I will hand make some gifts, but I certainly wont force myself to avoid shop bought gifts completely! 

Another Birthday, Another Anniversary

This time it was my grandads birthday and my nan and grandads wedding anniversary. 

They were actually a week or two ago now but I have had so much going on with my new job and all the christmas posting and christmas sales that I never actually got around to posting a picture of these, so here they are now. 

I really love the card I made for my grandads birthday – I found an absolutely beautiful paper pack in the works. It was £6 but it was so worth it. The paper quality is beautiful, and some are embossed, some have been foiles and some of them are double sided, so you really do get your moneys worth. Whats more, they are man suitable! Hurray! Anyone who makes cards can tell you how god damned impossible it can be sometimes to find good quality man suitanle craft materials that dont have bloody football or cricket or other such macho sports that none of my family like on. So I was over the moon with this purchase.

I am not so keen on this anniversary card however. I really dont have anything in the way of anniversary supplies. Like, at all. Which is silly really – I mean, its not like a wedding or a new birth or a new job where perhaps you would only use the supplies once and then never have a use for them again, anniversarys are a yearly thing that I really should ought to be prepared for, but I wasnt. So this card was very much improvised. I used the edge of some scrap card to give me an edge on which to blot embossing ink in an attwmpt to create something that looked like a cake stand. I then fashioned some cakes out of some papers I got in a pack from poundland. Finally I added a trim of pearls to the edge of each cake. Never again. I know I am not very good at fiddly so you would think I would avoid it, but I guess I am a glutton for punishment, as I keep going back for more! 

Anyways, the recipients were happy, and that is all that matters really! 

Do you have something you keep doing despite being rubbish at it?