Sophie’s Universe Refriended

Is ‘to refriend’ actually a verb? I fear not. Well not to my generation anyway! However, that’s what’s happened in recent weeks 😊 After three months in a box, I managed to get my Sophie back on. Hurrah! I don’t think it’s unusual to suffer some kind of a mental block with this one. She truly is a labour of love! Here she is, grown from Part 6 to Part 7. I am now well in to Part 8. Will share update again soon…

I’ve had a bit of writer’s block going on too recently – just not feeling a posting urge – yet my crojo remains happily ON so there’s quite a lot to report! But I’ll make this one short and sweet, so I can hook just a lil bit more before my daughters return from school and preschool. And do a bit of secret Christmas stuff too – I love Christmas, I didn’t until I became a mum, but now I enjoy it more with each year they grow. My youngest just turned five and my eldest is seven. Here is a rare sharing of a picture of my life outside crochet ☺

Would you love to start a Sophie but feel a bit daunted by the prospect? Don’t be – the pattern instructions are amazing in their detail and Dedri writes in such a friendly and encouraging style! I have purchased the gorgeous book, but you can also find the entire pattern for free (wow!) here.

I started working on Sophie’s Universe in June of this year. Have you completed Sophie? How long did it take? 

Until next time,

Happy hooking! Pam x

Colour Me Happy Crochet

Another wonderful week of crochet has gone by, and the destash has continued most successfully! I’ve completed another few colourful kitchen cloths in cotton:

And over three metres of rainbow bunting in fun acrylic:


I love working with a big variety of colours, especially brights! Colourful projects are always especially feel-good for me. Are you the same, or are you drawn more to neutrals?

My Stylecraft Special DK stashbusting project continues apace and I’m getting a lot of joy out of it – doubtless I’ll be distracted by another project or two along the way to completion but the past few days I’ve been happy just making more Blooming Grannies (pattern by Margaret Hubert in The Granny Square Book). It’s a join-as-you-go blanket, my first and I’m sure it’ll not be my last. Love this join method – how about you?

Until next time, happy hooking!

Pam

Crochet Decluttering and StashbustingΒ 

Last week I decided it was time to sort through my crochet corner, which was becoming ever more disorganised with hooks, books, notepads, yarn, tapestry needles, stitchmarkers, stickynotes and wips.

First I assesed my various tubs of stash and put aside some ‘what was I thinking?!’ impulse purchases of clearance yarn, for the charity shop. Then I went through all my crochet books and separated the best loved from the rarely if ever looked at, which I will sell on or exchange for credit at a local secondhand bookshop. 

Next I crossed off my list the cancellation of a crochet subscription box that I just wasn’t loving (Secret Crochet Club), and decided not to resubscribe to Amanda Bloom’s Little Box of Crochet for the time being, purely because I have five beautiful boxes containing gorgeous little as yet unfinished projects neatly stacked on one of my shelves. (Where do the months go?!)

I organised and cleaned my entire crochet space (a corner of our family room, containing a bookcase with a chest at the bottom and sturdy shelves up top, and a desk and chair), and resolutely declared a total ban on all yarn purchases until my planned pilgrimage with friends to Bendigo Woolen Mills early next year.

Needless to say, within days I’d been forced to place a Stylecraft Special DK order with Wool Warehouse because my Stylecraft Special DK stashbusting exercise will require a couple more balls of Meadow and Rose for the border…you understand, don’t you? 😁

I did, however, bust some stash by having a brief but productive facewasher / dishcloth phase (pattern by Catherine Hirst in Granny Square Crochet). It was most enjoyable, and my use of Knitpicks CotLin and Dishie (adore these!) during this time certainly makes up for the Stylecraft purchase. So I tell myself. You get me. Right? 😁😁

Are you overdue a crochet declutter? Are you in the throes of some intentional stashbusting, or a total yarn purchase ban? How is that going for you? ☺

Until next time, I wish you happy hooking 😊

Pam

Crojo Restored – Mandala Madness!

My crojo was fast disappearing last time I wrote – my latestΒ amigurumi attempt, while interesting, was not enjoyable – and I am not into crochet for the struggle! I crochet to relax; to clear and calm my mind; and for the pure joy of creativity and colour! So I put down the 2.5mm and picked up my trusty 4mm. I abandoned the splitty cotton and took out my basket of Patons Cotton Blend 8ply. And then my family went away for the weekend!! Below is what followed, in pictures ☺☺

Picot-Edged Mandala (Designer: Marinke Slump)

Crochet Coaster (Designer: Carmen Hefferman)

Tulips from Amsterdam (Designer: Haafner Linssen)

Dreamcatcher – using the first rounds of Haafner Linssen’s Dainty Daisy mandala pattern

Rounds 1-5 designed by Edie Eckman (Motif #3 from ‘Beyond the Square’); rounds 6-8 my own

And just like that, all is well in my crochet world once more! It’s great to try new things, and I will always strive to stretch the boundaries of my crochet skills – but if a project or technique or yarn just doesn’t feel good, I’ll stop working it. Life too short!

I wish you the crochet joy in your own endeavours that I am once again experiencing. Crojo restored and on fire! And now, back to my current mandala…. 😊😊

Pam