Square One Completed, Square Two Not So Much

During the last couple of days I have realised that I just don’t have enough hours in the day to crochet a whole square every night.  I crochet in my work lunch break, I crochet on the bus, I crochet when I can at night – however this just doesn’t seem to cut it and I’m falling behind in the crochet-along!  Thank goodness that they do not release any new patterns over the weekend, because I need to have the completed five patterns done by Monday, ready to start all over again!  I’m REALLY enjoying it though; I love the colours I’ve chosen and am loving seeing the pictures of everyone else’s squares on the facebook page, and joining in on all the crochet conversations 🙂  Below is my progress so far.Squares 1 and 2

Square 1

Square 2

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Crochet-Along Adventures

I recently decided to be a part of a Blog Hop Crochet Along and since it officially began on Monday I have almost finished the first afgan square and should be able to get going on the second square during my lunch break today (who eats at lunch anyway?!)  In the image below, my first square is still missing the last three rows of double crochet.  Although the intstructions suggested using worsted weight yarn (in other words, 10 ply in Australia) I’m using 8 ply 100% wool for this since 10 ply is so much harder to come by, and double the price.

If you’d like to follow along in the Crochet Along, go to Persia Lou’s site for more information: http://www.persialou.com/2014/10/the-blog-hop-crochet-along.html

Afgan square 1

The next image is an earlier progress photo of my orange lace scarf.  This was taken about ten days ago, and it’s about four feet long now.  I’ll take another progress shot of it in the next couple of days – it’s looking great and I’m really happy with it.  The yarn is AMAZING to work with, would definitely recommend!

Orange Scarf Progress 1

Tangerine Delights

Every pay day I always like to buy a little bit of yarn, just to slowly increase my stash – and because I can’t seem to help myself when surrounded by all those yummy colours.  I mean, you can’t go into a yarn store and NOT come out with something?!

The gorgeous tangerine hues of my new Madeline Tosh hand dyed yarn is actually going to be made into something for myself – I seem to be always making things for others so it will be a nice change.  Orange is also my favourite colour – convenient!

MadTosh Yarn

Going Slightly Crochet Crazy

While the last couple of days have been hectic here, I’ve still managed to get in some crochet time – mainly during my work lunch hour and at home while watching TV.  I’ve been crocheting in black for so long I decided to go crazy and do something small in a bright colour.  I chose a coaster pattern (slightly harder than the vintage one I have previously blogged about) and a bright cyan 100% cotton.  Unfortunately it was evening when I took the photos below so the cyan has turned into more of a grey 😦  I guarantee you though – it’s a gorgeous colour!

Crochet Coaster Crochet Coaster

A Crochet Headband

After weeks of telling me that crocheting was so ‘uncool’ and ‘daggy’, my sister has finally given in and decided that it might be fun.  The headband below is her first proper effort at crochet, and by the looks of it, it won’t be long before she’s better than me! >.<

Liv headband1

Liv headband2

Three Skulls Down…

Apologies for the terrible quality of the photo, but I thought I would post some of the progress on my skull shawl.  After I took this photo I had a crochet night and there is now another row of skulls on top of these ones pictured here.  It’s coming along nice and fast, and I’m really enjoying making it.  I’ve altered the pattern slightly (decreased some chains) so it sits better.

skull shawl

Happy Birthday to Me

As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this post, it was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve just received a present that was purchased with money from my Grandmother – twenty balls of 100% cotton yarn!  Unfortunately the order has been stuffed up a bit since I received only nineteen balls and some of the colours are different.  But the yarn I did get is beautiful, so good I could almost eat it!

Cotton Yarn

Also, I’ve started a new crochet project, one which I’m extremely excited about.  My niece is into everything black, pink and white, and is on board the Monster High train.  Absolutely loves the emo/goth/punk fashion.  So I’ve decided to make her a skull shawl!  I found the most beautiful black wool with tiny sparkling strands throughout, and below is my progress so far.  It’s crocheting up surprisingly quickly, and I should well and truly get this done in time for Christmas.

Skull Shawl Progress

With a bit of weight in the shawl once I get some more lines done, the little skulls should flatten out and be more obvious.  I think it’s adorable, and hopefully my niece will too 🙂