I spent most of Sunday working on a pattern for my latest blanket, then needed to go for a walk to unwind and relax, so I never got around to putting together my normal Monday post. This week I wanted to share my experience of interlocking crochet. A Ravelry group I belong to suggests things… Read More Interlocking Crochet
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!
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
This last month: I showed you how far I had got with the Tunisian crochet coat for my daughter but I also told you how it had seemed to increase various pains in my joints and how I was hoping that exercise would help overcome them. After getting that far with the coat, I cut… Read More Monthly Montage – September
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
I’ve promised to make my daughter a coat – This one – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/priestess-coat I like many or Regina’s designs but this is especially lovely and in Tunisian Simple stitch which I can just about manage. But it is in Aran weight yarn and I only have a Tunisian hook for DK yarn, so I needed to… Read More When you think you’ve bought 5 balls but it’s actually 10!
I have been taking part in Eleonora of Coastal Crochet’s Coasters CAL. (Link is to day 1.) I was originally going to take part in a weekend workshop in Dorset that I had been attracted to because of these very coasters. But of course that was earlier this year and we all know what happened.… Read More Coastal Crochet CAL – First 3 Coasters
I must be going blind! Well my eyesight isn’t as good as it was and I do struggle a bit at times but today I opened the draft of this post and there it was – an option to edit in the Classic Editor. So Yay! So happy. Just like before. I am finding that… Read More My burgeoning Stash
Yes! it’s the Spiderdream top I made for myself all finished. In the end I used all but 5g of the 250g, 1000m cake of yarn. The one on the left – why take another photo! If anything, I preferred the feel of the Hobbii yarn over the Scheepjes Whirl (both cotton and acrylic mix).… Read More These spiders do a lot of dreaming!
By next Monday I will have finished enough of my latest blanket to start to share it with you. Only about halfway in terms of the whole thing but the main design finished. When I create a blanket I like to calculate how much yarn I will need first. The ideal is to have the… Read More Another problem with Stylecraft yarn!
I have completed the first of my new socks and started the second. As you can see I wound off quite a bit of yarn with an eye to having the socks match but it is always hard to judge and you can also see that they won’t quite manage it. Of course I could… Read More Half a pair of Socks and some Yarn
The next succulent I went to make was the Blue Waves Agave. The photographs of this were unusual in that under artificial light they appeared to be in black and white though, looking at them now in daylight, I can see the agave looks pale green. The photographs also showed the yarn texture very clearly.… Read More Succulents, a gift and some more yarn
You may remember that I told you that I was so upset about not being able to get his part of my blanket to look correct because the yarn was too thin, that I actually decided to contact Stylecraft to complain. Having had to undo a whole round and a half made it particularly painful.… Read More Stylecraft do care about Quality and Customers! (and another blanket?)
Quite a while ago when thinking about methods of knitting socks I came across Kitchener stitch but try as I might I couldn’t get my head round it and I found the instructions confusing. Now quite often I imagine making things in my head that may never get made but are fun to think about… Read More Kitchener stitch and Guess the Yarn
I haven’t done anything other than continue with my blanket this week due to having another minor health problem that I won’t bore you with. Now in the past I have thought about buying a Yarn Bowl and seen pictures of beautiful ones. I have always thought a wooden one would be best as it… Read More Not quite a yarn bowl!
I told you that I have been a bit under the weather lately. Well it suddenly came to me that maybe the amount of yarn I had selected for my latest blanket wasn’t nearly enough! This was for two reasons One (more serious!) I was aiming for a ‘lap blanket’ so I was going to… Read More A Bit of a Rethink!
A bit late this week as I haven’t been feeling well. Still not feeling too good but well enough to do a short post. I have finished the knitting for the baby coat I showed you last week but there are a lot of ends to sew in and seams to sew up and, although… Read More A new blanket
I seem to have only one project on the go at a time at present. I would have liked to show you a finished item but rather than not post anything this week I have photographed what I have got. One of my “Crafty Coffee” friends is about to be a grandmother for the first… Read More This is how far I have got!
Been busy so just a quick look at my latest finished project. Some of you may have remembered these. And how I said that as they were so short (as requested) that I had almost enough to make another pair. And so I bought this. Well here are the second pair! Delivered and appreciated!
In May I showed you how I was working on adapting a pattern to make a pair of slippers. I am making the second one now! I also showed you the new larger pot holder I had made and some recent purchases of crochet hooks and a whole variety of yarn. I have just included… Read More Montage – May
I seem to have been spending rather a lot on yarn lately but all with good ideas for using it! I bought what I thought was enough for the slippers. More on this. And I also needed a 7mm or (knowing me) an 8mm hook. So since they were relatively cheap and as I wanted… Read More Projects for life!
A long time ago I made a cowl for someone who wanted one the same as the one I was wearing at the time. I couldn’t get exactly the same yarn but I bought something similar and proceeded to knit it. (The yarn was a multi-colour, random sort of yarn.) However it came out with… Read More A Foray into Planned Pooling!
This is a photograph from when I had just bought my merchant’s chest. With time, I now have even more varieties of cotton thread and so although they are still arranged into bags of the same sort , they are no longer so ‘orderly’. Similarly the draw with Stylecraft yarn in it, Not so good for this… Read More Photo Challenge – Orderly
In July I only offered two photographs for the Photo Challenge: Pair and Waste. None of the topics seemed particularly easy this month. I did also share some photographs of the guest house and a few flowers from my Dorchester trip. Otherwise I shared a lot of crochet but no knitting. Not that I have… Read More Monthly Montage: July
One of the early people who bought my Celtic Coasters pattern asked me for some ideas of how I might use the pattern to make a hot pad. At the time I suggested a few ideas based on my recent work on expanding the coaster into a table mat. However when I recently had an… Read More Thinking of hot pads
When I bought a map of part of Dorset for my visit to Dorchester I was pleased to find this on the outside of the map. I already have Here maps and Google maps on my phone and they are very useful when I am in a town but they are a bit lacking in… Read More Another small make and some new yarn
This month I have shown you a variety of things. There has been a bit of crochet and I have shown you my blanket at two different stages and a crochet celtic knot style napkin ring. I also revealed my finished knitted waistcoat.I have aquired two new lots of yarn this month; one of which… Read More October Montage
A little while ago I went in for Angela of http://wishiwerestitching.sg ‘s giveaway for some fascinating yarn and ‘I WON!’ It came yesterday and I took some quick photographs as I excitedly opened the parcel. All those pretty stamps! And inside pretty too! Even some ‘almost rainbow’ tape. I say ‘almost rainbow’ because they have left… Read More Even more yarn!
I have just bought some more wool. Well when you know what you want for a project and you find it is on sale at a reduced price; what do you do? It came as a big squashy package. Inside 20 balls! Yes 20. This is the same yarn as one of those I was… Read More Purchase for a new project!