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
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!
I’ve been really getting stuck into Dedri Uys’ 2014 Block CAL over the past week or so. I’ve had a lot going on – good stuff but hectic – and combined with an increase in symptoms of anxiety I’ve really needed my crochet therapy! These gorgeous block patterns meet my needs for creativity and calm entirely 🙂
‘Wish Upon A Star’ by Melinda Miller
‘Never Ending Love’ by Aurora Suominen
‘Cocoa Puff’ by Melissa Green
‘Starfire’ by Melinda Miller
‘Winter Dream’ by April Moreland
‘Lace Petals’ by Chris Simon
Are you familiar with any of these designers? I’ve loved making their blocks and look forward to making many more 🙂
My last Willow blanket was for a baby girl and, loving the design, I wanted to see if I could put a little bit of a masculine twist on it and create a baby boy blanket.
To this end I chose Baby Soft Steps by Red Heart Yarns in Aqua, Grass Green and Elephant. Then, instead of a pretty scalloped edge, I chose a slightly more angular border. I’m really happy with the end result and I’m looking forward to sending it to its new home 🙂
The Willow square pattern is by Jan Eaton and can be found in her book 200 Crochet Blocks. I’ve crocheted 30 unique blocks from this book, including probably 50+ Willows by now – yes that one’s my fave 😀
The border is by the fabulous Edie Eckman. It’s #25 in Around the Corner Crochet Borders, a firm favourite in my crochet library.
I have developed a bit of a thing for squares and am now getting stuck back into another afghan with about 40 blocks in total, all different. I’ll share more next time. It’s very satisfying completing a small, intricate piece of work and I think it will make an excellent Spring/Summer project with a view to joining and bordering come Autumn.
Do you like big projects made of little pieces?
Until next time, happy hooking! 🙂
So many wips, so little time! However, I remind myself that it’s not a race; it’s all good – just gotta prioritise sometimes. So, instead of digging into some Lincraft Cakes (because you can never ever ever have too many wips, not really!) today I returned to the Willow baby blanket I started at the end of June. It’s very close to completion now and I hope to be able to post it off to a special someone very soon 💙
Last post I mentioned I started a bag which I’d gone right off as the variegated cotton worked up. I was so undecided about whether or not to stick with it but in the event, I did. Perhaps partly because I’ve not had a lot of crochet time during the day recently and the bag, worked in a simple single crochet (US) spiral was the easiest thing to pick up of a sleepy evening to get my fix! I don’t have a more recent pic, but I’ve added a lot more rounds of solids, and I’m up to the handles now – and still a bit hopeful it’ll turn out reasonably well. We shall see!
Right now, I’m going to reply to your lovely comments of the past week, and then join a few more squares. Here’s to getting stuck into the border tomorrow – love that bit!
Until next time – happy hooking!
It’s the first week of the school hols and so far we have a good mix of home days and excursions going on – and there has been crochet, hurrah!
First up, a Sophie’s Universe update. I’m into part five now and still loving her soooooooo much! I’m really glad I bought the book (from Wool Warehouse – for some reason it’s not yet listed in my usual store, Book Depository), it’s just beautiful.
I’m also making pleasant and steady progress on my new Willow baby blanket (pattern by Jan Eaton in 200 Crochet Blocks). Six down, fourteen to go!
Lastly, I ordered some Cleckheaton California 8ply on a whim last week while purchasing some Lincraft Cakes to try. It’s beautiful 100% wool and last night I started a beanie – the colourway is ‘Circus’ and I love it! I took it to the play centre today and got a few rounds in while my girls worked off some of their boundless energy with friends. I got chatting to another woman with wool in her hands – not a common sight! – who was doing Afghan crochet, which I’ve never seen before. So interesting! With a giant knitting needle with a hook on the end, which I assumed was a Tunisian hook but apparently not. I must google. Great to see public crochet and enjoy some impromptu yarny chat!
I’ve never actually made a beanie before, not wearing them myself. If it works out ok I’ll share the pattern I found. I plan to donate it to a charity silent auction that’s happening up the coast later in the month, in aid of brain cancer research. I’m not sure of the origins of this event but there seem to be several going on – search Facebook ‘Beanies for Brain Cancer’ for information local to you if you’d like to be involved.
And that’s it from me for now. Must get dinner on. If hols allow, I’ll be back Friday. Meantime, I wish you happy hooking 😀
I’ve decided to make another baby blanket, this time as a new baby gift. It was a tough choice as I browsed through 200 Crochet Blocks, but I finally settled on the Willow square again. It’s just such a great pattern! My other Willow blanket was for a girl and this one is for a boy – I thought it would be interesting to see how I can make this pretty block more traditionally boyish, and I’m curious to see how the two will compare when finished.
This time I’m using a heavier weight yarn – Red Heart Baby Soft Steps in Elephant, Aqua and Grass Green, with the recommended 5mm hook. I’m really pleased with how the colours are looking in this first block. I’m not sure if I’ll alternate the green and blue yet. I’ll probably make 16 blocks, or maybe a rectangle of 20, I’ll see how it goes. For the border, I’ll be referring to my trusty copy of Edie Eckman’s Around the Corner Crochet Borders, but I’m thinking something quite angular instead of pretty scallops or similar. Maybe this simple edging which I think would look good in this chunkier Elephant:
There is a small possibility that I’ll have started another project before the day ends or at very least I’ll be in the throes of planning before bed, as I received a surprise parcel this morning from a lovely Aunt in Europe! Behold, ten gorgeous balls of Cool Wool Big Melange by Lana Grossa in six fabulous colours! It’s Italian worsted merino and I am just thrilled 😀 I’m pretty set on the Lost in Time Shawl by Johanna Lindahl, who has very kindly already responded to my question about using worsted in her pattern, which calls for any yarn but those listed are all lighter weight. She advises I should definitely use a larger hook so as to maintain appropriate drape but has not used worsted weight for this pattern herself. I have since found a lot of other hookers on Ravelry happily completing the shawl in Caron Cakes, and as that’s an Aran weight, I figure I should be fine. I think I will go up two hooks sizes from the ball band recommendation, so I’ll start with a 6mm and see how it goes. Can always frog and change. Will report back!
It also occurred to me that the Lost in Time Shawl would be the perfect project for my remaining Scheepjes Stonewashed stash ahhhhh decisions, decisions!! The deciding factor this time round is that it’s winter, so I’ll go heavier, and then if I do decide to make it again later in the year, the Stonewashed, which is Sport weight, will be more appropriate for the season.
Have you made the Lost in Time Shawl? Which yarn did you choose?