The Girl On Fire

I’m on fire!  The beach shawl is finally finished, after a big push over the last couple of days to get it done (so I can move on to a NEW PROJECT! shhh).  I’m really happy with it; I love how the colour has worked out.  I’ll block it over the weekend and hopefully will stretch it to a larger size – at the moment it’s large enough to drape over my shoulders but I’d need a pin to keep it around me.  I’ve now started the Cedar Leaf Shawlette, which looks absolutely gorgeous and seems to be a rather quick knit.  I got a call from my local yarn store yesterday to tell me that my second skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepard Worsted Multi in the Baltic Sea colourway has arrived and is awaiting my purchase, so that is what I’m using for this shawlette.  It’s an amazing forest colour – greens and browns reminiscent of a forest floor.  Perfect for this leafy shawl!  It’s beautiful to knit with too, silky and smooth and it glides across the needles like a dream.

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The Beach Shawl

This was supposed to be another Christmas holidays project, but I ended up spending too much time sleeping and fishing and obviously not enough time knitting!  I’m using the Marin Pattern by Ysolda, and knitting it in Magic Light from Ice Yarns with 4.5mm needles.  I originally started this project in lovely Lorna’s Laces Shepard Worsted Multi, but I found the pattern a little confusing to start with and I had to frog a few times.  I then decided that I would learn the pattern using acrylic so I could then make another in the better yarn.  In saying that though, I’m really enjoying knitting in the magic light, and the colours are striping nicely.

If I push hard over the next week I should get this finished – I’m already planning my next project in Madeleine Tosh Merino Light that I may or may not have purchased yesterday….

Christmas Holiday Projects

Let me first get this over and done with – Happy Christmas and New Years and all that jazz!  I’m having a wonderful time at the moment doing whatever I please, since I’m in the middle of my almost three weeks off.  My day usually starts with a lovely sleep in, followed by some computer games and then knitting or crochet (or both) in the afternoon.  The housework is piling up, and my garden has become a jungle.  My gym access card also hasn’t seen much use in the last few weeks, but screw it I’m on holidays!

I reorganised my stash one afternoon last week, and decided that I had way too much crappy acrylic yarn and needed to make a stash buster project.  I chose to make a mandala rug, using 5 strands at once and a 8mm hook, using any yarn I could get my hands on (acrylic, wool and cotton mainly).  The pattern is John Kelly’s Mandala 21, which is easy to find on Ravelry.  The pattern itself was well written and the only painful row was the backpost double crochets and front post triple trebles….yeah you try working those in five strands at once and if your hands don’t feel like overheated iron weights afterwards, you must be superman!

This took me two full days (I watched all six star wars movies plus a season of a tv show all while I was working on this) but it WAS worth it.  If I make another of these, it won’t be for a while in order to let my poor hands recover.

Guilt-Free Crochet

There is nothing worse than spending the whole time you are crocheting worrying about something else that you should really be doing instead.  Now that my exams are finished (YAAAAAAY!) I have six months of guilt-free crochet ahead of me, and man it feels good!crochet weekend

This weekend I put a thing dark purple border around my Summer CAL blanket, and blocked it again.  My dad saw it yesterday when he came over to watch the Bathurst 1000, and has told me to enter it into the Royal Hobart Show along with my Sophie’s Universe Blanket.  I’m still undecided.  Going by the reactions of friends and family, I suspect the Summer CAL may have a better chance at placing than my poor Sophie (which I love more).  I think it’s liked better simply because of the dramatic colour changes, while my Sophie is more subtle and intricate.  I have just under a week to decide, so we shall see!

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Now that I’ve officially finished the Summer CAL blanket, I decided to get my Rings of Change WIP out of the cupboard and work on that for a bit.  It may sound strange but I’ve missed working with a 4mm hook, and since I’m using varigated yarn there are hardly any pesky ends to weave in.  Nice and straightforward.  I like it.

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Exploring the Art of the Fingerless Glove

During some downtime (HA who am I kidding, I MAKE downtime to get out of study so I can crochet instead) I’ve been working on a version of my original fingerloop gloves pattern that’s free on Ravelry (you can find it here if you are interested).  This new version is going to include a heart on the top of the glove, but it’s proving a little difficult to work up.  It doesn’t help that I used varigated yarn for my test glove – the pattern gets a bit lost in all that colour changing!  It’s also too short at the moment, so the next test glove I make I have a few ideas to get the glove to cover more of your hand.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get some family members to test the pattern in the next week or so, and then upload it to Ravelry 🙂

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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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Bunting And A Random Square

During one of my more enthusiastic crochet moments a couple of months ago, I made up a bundle of cute triangle blocks in various bright acrylic colours, in order to make a blanket for my stepdaughter’s room.  Unfortunately over those few months it seems I have indeed become a yarn yuppie, and crocheting in that much crappy acrylic makes my heart hurt!  So I spent one evening this week making bunting out of the blocks, and I finally put it up in my stepdaughter’s room today.  I’m so happy with it!  It makes the room so much brighter and I hope Jade loves it too.

I also used some of my leftover yarn from the Sophie’s Universe CAL and made a random square that I saw on a facebook page last week.  I’m absolutely in love with this pattern (AND the yarn, Cascade 220 is AMAZING to work with) and I’m tempted to say that I’ll make a blanket out of it as well!  For now though, it remains a solitary block with no purpose other than to admire 🙂

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Rings of Change Pattern Attempt #2

This is my second attempt at the Rings of Change blanket pattern – the first one is lovely too but I had heaps of this Ice Yarn Magic Light yarn to use and thought this was the best pattern to use it with!  I’m loving the way the yarn works up, with all its variegated goodness.

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The Manghan Adventure

It’s been a while since I last posted; over the last coupe of weeks I’ve been playing around with a few patterns, a few new yarns, and trying to latch my interest on to something now that I’ve finished the Sophie’s Universe CAL.  So at the moment I’m working on a delicate shawl using varigated 4 ply cotton (images to come in the next few days) and a manghan (an afghan for my other half) in a chevron pattern, using Lionbrand Heartland yarn, in nice manly colours!  The chevron pattern is simple, but for someone who uses her brain a lot during the day at work, it’s nice to be able to do something monotonous with my hands in the evenings while watching TV.

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