Another Project Bites the Dust

Last week I finally got my act together and finished off the little shawlette I was knitting for my friend at work.  This is the second time I’ve used the pattern, and just quietly, I think I like this second one better than the one I made for myself.  I used Cascade 220 Heather, and the colour is a gorgeous Autumn gold/brown.  It’s great to see someone other than myself wearing my work too 🙂

I also had a fairly productive weekend in the yarn dyeing department, since I was running out of the yellows/oranges/chocolates I’ve been using for a shaped garter shawl for myself.  The pattern (Celadon by Ambah O’Brien) is another simple relaxing knit, so it’s coming along rather quickly.

 

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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 😦

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.

CAL Progress

I’ve finally finished part four, and I’m now working on part five which came out on Sunday.  The last part took quite a bit of brain power – which I lack in the evenings after work – so there was a bit of frogging involved!  I got there in the end though, and I’m still enjoying the pattern and the yummy colours.Sophies universe progress 6

Another CAL!

I decided last week to join in the fun of another crochet-along, called Sophie’s Universe CAL 2015.  After carefully choosing my colours on Friday, I set to work over the weekend and nearly finished part two of the twenty-part series.  I’m having so much fun – I think it has something to do with all those gorgeous colours I’m working with!  I’m using a 4mm hook with 11 colours of Cascade 220 10ply yarn.  It’s great to work with.

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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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Did Someone Say CUTE GLOVES?!

I can FINALLY put up some images of the gloves/wrist warmers I made for my mother for Christmas, since she received them via mail last week.  Made from a gorgeous pumpkin merino/silk 8 ply yarn, I really did not want to part with these!  I’m extremely happy with the pattern, and will definitely make myself a set before winter.

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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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Fruity Christmas Gifts

I’ve been in crochet coaster mode over the weekend, and have found a very cool pot holder pattern that I thought could be turned into a cute little coaster.  Introducing the watermelon coaster!

Watermelon Crochet Coaster

I had to frog it a couple of times and reduce the number of rows to keep it within coaster dimensions.  I also think that the next one should have a single crochet row of green ‘skin’ instead of half double crochet, as it looks a bit thick on this one.  But other than that I think it came together quite nicely.  I am working on an ‘orange’ coaster at the moment, and there will also be a lemon coaster in the set.  I will need to think of another fruit with a colourful centre to complete the set!

I used 100% cotton for this – 2 x strands of 4 ply yarn, with a 4mm hook to keep it nice and tight.