Ash Has Her Crojo Back!

That’s right, after months of focusing on knitting I finally decided to pull my finger out and continue on with my Frida’s Flowers CAL blanket.  It is the only WIP I have now with a deadline, and over the last few days I’ve managed to finish off quite a few blocks.  I also finished my second sock, and wore the pair to work yesterday.  They are the warmest things I’ve ever worn on my feet!

Too Many Projects, Not Enough Time

Wow, this last month has been a hectic one!  Between work, uni, a funeral and a trip to the mainland I haven’t had time to scratch myself! Oh and I managed to get a really bad case of the flu and asthma which knocked me down for over two and a half weeks.

Things are slowly getting back on track again now so I thought I’d share some pics of the knitting and crochet I’ve done this month.  The cedar leaf shawlette I’m knitting for my work mate is progressing nicely, with about half the leaf pattern to go before it’s ready to block.  It’s currently sitting on a chair behind me at work, so I can knit during my lunch hour.

I started a knitted shawl for myself while I was on my mainland trip, following the ‘Waiting for Rain’ Pattern by Sylvia Bo Bilvia.  I’m using Madeleine Tosh Merino, and it’s a joy to knit.  Unfortunately it’s on the back burner now as I have a few other more pressing projects to complete.

I got my crojo back over the weekend and powered ahead with the blocks for Frida’s Flowers CAL.  I’m suddenly really enjoying crochet again and these blocks are great to work up.  Week 3’s block has about a billion ends to weave in though, which I most certainly did NOT enjoy.  Great result though – I think it may be my show entry for this year.

I’ve also put my Persian Tiles afghan on the back burner for a while.  It seems I need more hours in the day for crafting 😦

Virus Shawl Progress

As promised, here are some photos of the shawl and its progress….as you can see, I’ve done quite a bit over the last two weeks.  I think another foot or so on each side will see it finished.

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Holiday Crochet Fun!

While I was on the mainland for a week reveling in the glorious shorts-and-t-shirt weather, I wasn’t exactly on holidays.  I had a university residential (I’m an external student, so these lovely things are mandatory) which was so full on that I’m pretty sure my brain hasn’t fully recovered from over-stimulation yet.  I had these massive days, and then got to go back to the college and watch Netflix on my laptop and crochet.

I had a huge suitcase to lug around, which I’m unashamed to say was filled with more yarn than clothing.  After the residential was finally over my sister picked me up and I spent a few days at her place by the beach, where I got to spend time with my nieces and – surprise surprise – do some more crochet!  My mum also drove down from Queensland to spent a day or so with us, and so we had a bit of a crochet group going on in Mum’s motel rooms.  I think it was the first time the three of us had been in the same room crocheting together (other than on Skype) since we all started crocheting, and it was very nice 🙂

I ended up getting a hell of a lot of my Summer CAL blocks completed, and quite a bit on my virus shawl done too.  The latter was able to easily fit into my handbag, so I was able to take it with me on the plane and confused/intrigue the rest of the passengers when I whipped it out and started hooking.  I’ll take some nice photos of the shawl today and post them soon, but I’ll leave you with some images of the Summer CAL blocks 🙂

I’m very glad to be home, despite being back in coats and scarves.  I missed my puppies and my plants.  Oh, and my partner too I suppose 😛

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Crochet Bag…..Well, Because I Was Bored

I started playing with some patterns I’ve pinned on my Pinterest, and while I watched some TV last night I crocheted this cute little bag.  I gifted my friend with it this morning, but I think I will be making more of these in the future – predominantly to house little gifts etc.

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Crochet Hook Holder

Unfortunately my posts have been few and far between over the last few weeks, due to my life being crammed with things to organise and do.  All of this has NOT stopped me from crocheting however, and I’ve finally finished a project started just after Christmas.

So, introducing my new crochet hook holder!  Double lined, double edged, colourful craziness made out of 4ply cotton with a 3.25mm hook.  What do you think?

Next on my crochet agenda is a navy shawl to cover up my sausage arms when I’m a bridesmaid at my sister’s wedding…

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A Crochet Hook Holder

During the Christmas holidays (after I finished the coasters of course) I finished a few random projects, however the main one has been a crochet hook holder.  It’s been a little time consuming due to the small ply (4 ply cotton, 3.5mm hook) but definitely worth it, since I think it looks great and I am in dire need of somewhere safe to put my hooks.

I found a nice looking pattern on Sweetheart Crochet (http://sweetheartcrochet.blogspot.de/) but it has been a bit tricky in some places since there are no written instructions, only images.

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Winning the War on Coasters

After weeks of constantly creating little round crocheted items of various sizes, colours and patterns, Christmas is over and the war on coasters is finally won.  I can’t say that I’m too sad about that either!

I have a few little projects that I finished over the festive period that I can’t wait to show you, but the photos will have to wait until the presents have been posted and received so I don’t ruin the surprise.  I can, however, show you the very last coasters made before Christmas, which were given to my father.  They remind me of sorbet and I want to lick them!  These were crocheted in 4 ply cotton with a 3.25mm hook.

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New Coaster Patterns

I swear, after Christmas I may never crochet another coaster again.  Last night I finished off my ‘orange’ coaster, and I think it looks quite cute with the watermelon one.  I will also do a lemon coaster when I get the time, and my sister suggested a kiwifruit coaster could be a success.  That will make it a set of four, and I’m happy with that!

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I also tried a new coaster pattern last night, which is made up of little heart shapes around the outside of the coaster.  I think it’s cute, but slightly too large when worked with double crochets.  I will try using half double crochets and see how badly that alters the heart shape.  I like the pattern though, and it’s nice and fast to work up.

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