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 😦

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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.

OMG I FINISHED MY SOPHIE’S UNIVERSE CAL!!!!!!

FINALLY!  I crocheted the last stitch on my CAL on Sunday night, and I almost got a bit teary!  It’s been an epic adventure, and I’m SO happy with the finish product!  While I haven’t blocked it for the final time (my dogs have been inside at night and they don’t have any manners when it comes to stepping around things), it’s now draping casually over my bookcase in my office at work, centre stage.  I’m so pleased with myself for keeping at it and finishing it off – I usually don’t have the patience for this scale of project, but I’m proud I did it!

Sophie's Universe CAL complete

On another note, I’ve been busily making cotton coasters of various colours and patterns to give to my boss’s wife who owns a salon here in Hobart.  I originally gave them a set of coasters for Christmas, and since then she’s been using them in the salon and has been getting a lot of comments and queries about them.  I gave her a couple of sets to display late last week, and they’ve sold already and I have new orders coming in….so now I’m happy I’m crocheting for money (and good money at that, Hobartians sure like to pay for quality, can’t complain with that!) I’m stressed out trying to keep up with demand as well as fitting in time to crochet my usual projects.  Busy times!  I’ve asked my sister to crochet some coasters too and send them to me, to try and keep up with demand.  This way it will help her out as she is in a worse financial situation than me at the moment, and give her something to do with her hooks 🙂

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…

Hook holder final 1

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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.

Hook holder 1 Hook holder 2 Hook holder 3

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.

Sorbet Coasters 1 Sorbet Coasters 2

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!

Fruit Coaster 2

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.

Heart Coaster