This last month I continued with ‘Friday Fotos’. There was even a photograph of myself, I was happy with. Lots of flowers and babies this time of year. All crochet making: finished the baby blanket and showed you how far I had got with the knot blanket. There was also a brief diversion with a… Read More Monthly Montage – June
I started my latest blanket a couple of weeks ago. You know this one. After I had finished the first five rows I worked up this comparison between the plan and the actual crocheted squares.Since then I have finished sixthen seven rows I think you can see the knot beginning to take shape. In terms… Read More My New Blanket – charting progress
Now that I am getting into making patterns for complete blankets with a border. (Post on the beginnings of the one I previewed earlier on Monday). I thought that it might be worth publishing the details of how to make my Spectrum blanket on Ravelry. Stylecraft still have the same colours, so no need for… Read More My Spectrum blanket
I have finally finished the baby blanket complete with border. I finished the central part a few days ago. But then I had to decide whether to add a border or not. This was the basic design and was quite attractive, I thought, as it was but maybe it needed a soft edge. Something… Read More The Baby Blanket is finished
If I hadn’t had the virus I might have almost finished the blanket by now. Still it did mean that I got around to publishing the bookmark pattern; so that is a plus. The baby the blanket is meant for has been born. She is called Eliza Coco. Here is how far I have got… Read More Blanket update
I have just published my bookmark pattern. Been working hard on it for the last week. Here is the description:- This pattern makes a bookmark based on the Josephine knot (named for Napoleon’s Josephine but much older originally). Unlike my Celtic bookmark which starts with almost 400 chain, this comes in three parts and the… Read More Bookmark Pattern Published
I’ve spent the last week feeling ill. Not Covid but seems like some sort of cold virus. Hence no repeat of my Friday Fotos. However feeling so under weather and needing to take things easy has meant that I have got ahead on some things that would otherwise have been neglected. I have two waist… Read More A Bit of a Bookmark Byway
Been trying our some new coaster patterns lately. Found the pattern for these on YouTube and made two. and Then as I had the cotton out. I used some Scheepjes Cahlista that is an Aran/worsted weigh cotton. I tried working our how to make this. which is about the same size as my Celtic Coaster… Read More New Coasters
Finally my daughter has found time to come and collect the coat I made for her and we went for a photo shoot on Southampton Common. The coat pattern came from Regina of Morale Fiber Isn’t this fun? There’s the back, so lovely! and the front. It has a hood. This is great. So colourful.… Read More A Magical Coat
I finally managed to finish the cushion cover. Do you remember? This is when you last saw it. It has taken so long because I discovered that what with the wool being a bit thin and fluffy and the red looking much darker in artificial light that it was very hard to make the squares… Read More Cushion Cover Finished
A Happy Easter to you all. As you can see this year I have a piece of a real tree on which to hang my crochet eggs. I have a friend who was looking for something similar last Friday and so I was looking too and I found this lying on the ground. When I… Read More Happy Easter
It’s not often that I have anything for a Scrap Happy post but recently I have been really utilising my scraps of yarn. One of the things I have done is make a few crochet eggs for a friend. When we went for a walk on The Common recently, she was looking for any small… Read More A Scrap Happy Easter post
I had hoped to show you an update on my cushion cover this Monday. Do you remember the cushion cover? I did complete one more row but the red squares which look a bright red in the sunlight look a much darker red in artificial light and I had to give up making the squares… Read More Vague Whispers of a Blanket
Or should it be wrongly? Joining Granny Squares as you go is what I am referring to. Years ago when I made my first blanket which was the hexagon blanket. I found the pattern on Lucy’s Attic24 blog and joined them as instructed. I can see that when I created my own hexagon pattern I… Read More Have I been doing it wrong?
Sometimes people have asked me how I create the crochet charts I add to some of my programs. In the past I have given a long wordy explanation in reply and felt that people were hoping for a simple answer: like “I use such and such program.” Which of course does it all for you!… Read More How I create my Crochet Charts
I have finally finished my poncho. Just in time to be able to wear it for my walk with friends on Southampton Common on Friday, as the weather has become so unseasonably warm. (I finished it last Wednesday.) It is very comfy to wear and could do well in the winter as an extra layer… Read More At Last it is Finished!
After my digression last Monday concerning an outing I had had, this week we are back to the next repeat of the poncho. Unfortunately when I had got that far the lighting was very bad but, as I wished to continue with the making, I decided to do the best I could. The yellow seems… Read More Back to the Poncho
My new yarn for the poncho came on Saturday. As you can see The yarn looks just the same as the one I bought before (on the right). If you compare labels you can see they look the same except that TWIRLS has become Sultan. On the other side you can see that the positioning… Read More A Rose by Any Other Name . . . . . .
Why my poncho is turning out a little differently to what I had expected. When I bought the original yarn from Hobbii. I now realise the 100% cotton yarn I am presently using is on the right, not the left as previously stated. (I have corrected the earlier post.) I remember now that I had… Read More I Think I am Beginning to Understand!
I have now completed the third repeat of the pattern. Unfortunately, having weighed the garment and the remaining yarn, by my calculation there is not enough yarn left for a full fourth repeat. Had I had the extra 10g to make it up to the 200g promised, I think I would have had enough which… Read More Getting There! or am I?
I have now completed the second repeat. As you can imagine, my favourite sorts of project involve rainbow colours that unfold in the standard order. I did make another mistake that could have been avoided, if I had only bothered to take advantage of the list telling me how many stitches there were for each… Read More I’m Having Fun!
Now that the coat is almost finished but finishing will have to wait on getting to see my daughter in person, I realised that my mind had to switch to a new project. Now, I had already earmarked two projects as next in line. One is an ambitious blanket (ambitious in the design not the… Read More My Next Project
My daughter likes the look of the hood but we do need to check that it fits. I added a few more rows to what I think should be about right but if necessary will undo part and redo. I have now finished all the Tunisian crochet needed for the coat for my daughter. I… Read More No More Tunisian Crochet?
I also crocheted a small item for my daughter and one for my granddaughter. It may not sound exciting but a long time ago I had crocheted a dish cloth for my son-in-law. They have a dishwasher but some things have to be hand washed and surfaces have to be cleaned. I think he must… Read More Christmas Crochet
I went to stay with my daughter’s family over Christmas and I decided to make everyone a small ‘stocking filler’ present. For my son-in law I made a pair of knitted fingerless gloves to match the hat I had made previously. It was a useful way to use up the yarn I had left over… Read More Christmas Knitting
Some of you may have noticed that I had a bit of a break in December. Did my wrists good but now I am hoping to get back to more regular posting. Looking back at things that were completed in 2021. There was less variety and less new items than in 2020. I seem to… Read More An Old Year – A New Year!
Although I have other, possibly more important, projects that I would like to be working on, somehow I have been more in the mood for tying up the ends of earlier small projects. So I finally sat down to complete the second mitten from the crochet retreat. I showed you the first one and here… Read More Another pair complete
Wasn’t sure what to share this week. The only thing I am working on at present is my cushion cover. I showed you how far I had got when I was at the crochet retreat. Well I have now reached almost halfway across. and the pattern is beginning to emerge. The aim is that the… Read More Almost half a cushion cover
This last weekend I went on a wonderful Crochet Retreat. I took a lot of photographs to give you an idea of the weekend but they were quick snaps because I wanted something to share and not a photo shoot. I first heard about the first Crochet Retreat run by the same people in the… Read More A Crochet Retreat
A recent post by Sandra of Wild Daffodil – https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2021/09/23/ethical-socks/ looking for socks with ethical credentials started me thinking about how such considerations affect people who knit or crochet. I may have had a few issues with Stylecraft Special DK 100% acrylic yarn from time to time but I find myself returning to it again… Read More Ethical and environmental considerations for knitters and crochetters