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 ๐Ÿ˜€

Corner to Corner Crochet

It’s Friday, and I finished a project! Woot! So glad I left my colour zone and got all impulsive in the yarn section of the dollar store. It doesn’t match anything in the house, but as I said to my husband, we can always redecorate… Anyways it’s looking all bright and buzzy on our bed right now and I love it! Took some pics outside earlier – weather is still horribly overcast, so rare for there to be so little sun and blue sky in this part of the world (subtropical), but these colours still zing and fairly cheered me up. 

I’ve had a lot of fun learning Corner to Corner Crochet, or C2C, for this project. I used this You Tube tutorial and I loved it. Crystal clear instructions from both the spoken and visual perspective, and I absolutely recommend it if you’ve never tried C2C.

Briefly, on the making of the cushion cover: for the front, I made nine Willow blocks from the fabulous 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton – of course you could use any square. I joined them using sc (US) worked from the front, then added an sc edging. For the back, I simply made a C2C square the same size as the front, allowing for an sc edging. For the edging, I worked 3 sc into each C2C block. Then I joined back and front using sc.

Tip: I struggled to determine which C2C side is right side. Let me save you the googling – C2C is fully reversible ๐Ÿ™‚ It pays to pick your sides straight up though and put a stitch marker (or paper clip, or loop of yarn) into the back of your work – makes it quick and easy to see which side to weave into (as you go, right? Right? lol).

C2C is easy to learn and opens up a wide and wonderful world of design opportunities, particularly in terms of pixel art – my head is bursting with ideas for new projects! Much to research and much fun to be had!

Do you like C2C? Have you created any pixel crochet?

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Wip Wednesday – Willow Cushion Cover

My love affair with Jan Eaton’s Willow block continues, this time in experimental (for me) colours. I recently bought these neons on impulse in a dollar store, just for fun. So chuffed I did! As I hooked, they became evocative of something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Eventually I realised that the colours were reminding me of my travels in Southeast Asia – Hindu temples, Buddhist offerings (below, Northern Thailand), Little India in different places…Happy memories of adventures and places I hope to return to one day ๐Ÿ™‚

Corner to Corner Crochet has been on my list for some time, and my current plan is to learn it by creating a C2C square for the back of this cushion cover. I will report back!


I’m so glad I opted for something different and grabbed these brights! Perfect for a wet and miserable long weekend!! Do you like hooking with neons? Do you stay in your colour comfort zones, or do you like to experiment? 

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Willow Baby Blanket

My Willow baby blanket is finished and ready to travel to its new home in Europe this week ๐Ÿ™‚ This block is from Jan Eaton’s gorgeous book, 200 Crochet Blocks. I’ve crocheted thirty of these beautiful, unique patterns so far, and Willow is my favourite; it’s just so pretty! 


After much deliberation I chose a small scallop border on an sc (US) base (*sl st, miss sc, 5hdc in next sc, miss sc* repeat), with a tiny picot in each corner, which I think is such a lovely touch. I found this edging in an article by crochet writer Kathryn Vercillo, of Crochet Concupisence. I’m sure it won’t be the last time I use it! 

Tip: I made sure to choose my border before hooking the base row. This ensures that the stitch multiple for the chosen edging is correct. It’s much easier to adjust the base row stitch count than to adjust the pattern itself to fit the base! This border has a multiple of 4+1 so I added an extra sc to each side of the base row. For an understanding of stitch multiples I highly recommend Edie Eckman’s Around the Corner Crochet Borders. I am learning so much from it ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Tip: always keep notes! I’ve made a note of my calculations for this blanket so I’ll be all set when I make another for a baby coming later this year.

I thought I’d be done with Willow squares for a while after this, but as I sat yesterday evening feeling like hooking something nice and relaxing, my thoughts turned once more to Willow – it seems this love affair is not yet over! This time, a totally different colourway though – neons! I’ll share more as my new project takes shape. Certainly I’m grateful for a pattern that’s now a familiar friend, and some lovely brights to raise my rain-dampened spirits – I hope the weather is brighter wherever you are ๐Ÿ™‚

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Wip Wednesday – Weaving in Willows

Why oh, why! Did I not weave in my ends as I went?! But, I’m getting there ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚