Wip Wednesday – Sophie, Willow & a Beanie

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 πŸ˜€

Wip Wednesday – Weaving in Willows

Why oh, why! Did I not weave in my ends as I went?! But, I’m getting there πŸ™‚ Twenty-five blocks completed, now working on the last round of sc (US) in white, and weaving in. Then I plan to use a continuous flat braid join, new to me and I’ll share in more detail once I get my head around it.

I discovered a great tip from The Patchwork Heart this week – if you’re not sure if a ball will make it to the end of a block, weight it! Then this won’t happen…

Nightmare! However, crochet and learn, right πŸ™‚

Also in progress, pricing research. A much debated topic all over the place, as I’m discovering! I’d very much welcome your thoughts on this topic if you’d like to share your formula / rationale πŸ™‚

Wip Wednesday – Willow Baby Blanket

I was asked to make a baby blanket last week, and I instantly knew wanted to use the Willow block from Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks. It was my favourite block when I made my daughter’s preschool blanket. It’s so pretty! The only remit is that it be made with animal or plant fibre, no synthetics. I’m using Cleckheaton Country 8ply which is 100% grown and made in Australia at Wangarrata Woolen Mills in Victoria. The blanket is headed to Europe, so this will make it extra special – completely Australian made, from sheep to hook πŸ™‚

I’m a little over a third of the way through already – as it’s an order it’s taken priority over other wips. There will be twenty-five 15cm blocks in total; plus border this will make a good size for car seat or buggy, and will fit nicely inside a nappy bag too. I don’t usually make to sell, but I do consider unsolicited custom orders from friends and family, and this one is certainly a delight to hook.

It’s the first day of Winter tomorrow and I’m feeling the temperature drop right on time! Nights are very chilly now, but I’m still able to sit out on the veranda during the day when it’s sunny. Soon, it’ll be time for fireside hooking – which also has it’s charm, of course. However, for now, it’s not too cold to hold my hook out here, and I’m making the most of it!

Finished Project Friday – Block Blanket

She is done! There were little girl squeals – can there be any more fabulous a response to a crochet gift?! My four year old daughter will be proudly taking her new blankey to preschool next week for resting time. Happy days πŸ™‚

I was able to get really stuck into the final stretch today because yesterday I had an accident with boiling water and ended up in the ED. Hurt like hell but dressed well and cared for. It’s on my hip so resting today in order to keep the dressing still and sterile. The German (my husband) took time off work to take over the school run and preschooler crazy, and I’ve been forced to sit on the veranda crocheting for much of the day. Nightmare, as you can imagine! Every cloud has a silver lining and all that πŸ˜‚

The border is #107 from Edie Eckman’s beautiful little book Around the Corner Crochet Borders. The blocks are from the wonderful 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton. These are Book Depository affiliate links – I earn a small commission if you purchase either book by following my links. I think it’s clear from this and previous posts that my love for both these books is genuine indeed πŸ™‚

Now, where’s my hook? There’s lots of lovely afternoon sunshine left!

Wip Wednesday – Block Blanket & Fitted ShrugΒ 

Sophie has taken a back seat this week as I move further forward with my blanket – also because the next round involves popcorns, which I need to revisit, especially when they’re to be worked in fingering with a 3mm! Evenings are not the right time for new detail work – hopefully tomorrow when I have some child-free time during the day πŸ™‚

Meantime I’m making good progress with my blanket, with a little more joining and weaving each sunny Autumn afternoon. 

There are thirty-five blocks altogether, from thirty unique patterns to be found in one of my current favourite crochet books – Jan Eaton’s 200 Crochet Blocks. I’ve bordered each block in off white and am joining using single crochet worked from the back. The joining is not quite straightforward because the stitch counts of each block are not uniform. But, I’ll get there! I’m looking forward to deciding on the border.

I couldn’t resist also starting a fitted shrug with cap sleeves in Caron Cakes Rainbow Sprinkles. I had to go up a hook size to get the correct gauge, fingers crossed it will fit! It’s the first time I’ve attempted a crochet wearable that’s not based on a single square or rectangle, so I’m in very new territory, to the extent that I haven’t taken out any stitch markers or weaved in any ends, just in case I have to frog the whole thing!

I also have a Basketweave mandala on the go, but it’s still very tiny so I’ll save that for another time. Meantime I’m out on the veranda with a mug of green tea and a blanket to join. Happy days πŸ™‚