June/July/August/September 2018; the bumper issue!

Hey, remember me?! I started writing this blog way back in July after my June roundup got lost in the whirlwind of moving house. We’re now in September [I’ve no idea how that happened!] we’re starting to make our new house a home, Sidney has started school and I’m about to start a brand new job. In amongst all these exciting changes I have, of course, carried on crafting!

Having overloaded my phone with way, way too many pictures of yarn it finally gave up resulting in me having to do a full factory reset; losing all my pictures from the past 7 years, along with deleting all my apps and contacts.  After some anger, mourning and general moping I embraced living without a working phone for a month before the allure of the online crafting community became too much and I reinstalled Instagram.  I’m not sure I have many photos of the things I’ve made in the interim but I’m sure I can waffle on about them all the same…

June was surprisingly productive;

Festival Top

Cygnet Yarns hold a monthly competition on their Facebook page to design a pattern using a different one of their Yarns. June was Cottony in one ball of grey and one ball of vanilla. I designed alongside four their wonderful crafters and this was what I came up with. I found the yarn to be lightweight and perfect for garments. It is a cotton and acrylic blend and had a slight sheen. I really enjoyed the challenge of working with a yarn I don’t usually choose and with a short timescale. The other designers came up with some really wonderful items and the winner managed to get a whole baby set out of just 100g of the yarn! I came second and I’m so pleased! I’ll definitely enter the competition again and would recommend it to any other yarnaholics.

Geometric Wallhanging

I was given a few odd ends of Scheepjes Stonewashed from my crochet buddy Tom and decided to make something completely out of my usual comfort zone. I completely winged it and came up with this.

It’s almost a crochet weaving and features some loop stitch alongside tapestry crochet and texture work.

Sid’s stick collection (which grows everytime we venture near the park!) came in handy and provided the perfect way to finish the hanging. Then, in the spirit of paying forward, I asked my friends on Instagram if anyone would like it, popped their names in the hat and drew out Dee who had attended my Trade School. I’m so pleased the hanging has found a new home and I’m really tempted to make a new one and perhaps write a pattern for it this time…

Since we’ve moved I’ve been struggling a bit with finding the time to craft. Returning to work hasn’t helped and unpacking seems to have eaten in to my evenings. I’m starting to find the balance again and have finished a couple of things since June;

Diamond Filet Blanket

This was my first foray into pattern designing that I released last year and I absolutely love making these blankets! This commission went to a little boy born in July and features his initials. A totally unique make. I used DMC Natura cotton for the first time and loved the colours my customer chose. Very elegant! I’m still undecided if I actually liked working with the yarn though. I found it quite splitty and expensive in comparison with other cottons I’ve used. That being said, I haven’t seen it washed and I wonder if it might come into its own if I saw it again after 6 months of use.

Rainbow Cushion

 

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This cute cushion is a pattern I’m hoping to release soon. Sid requested a monochrome version of the colourful one I made recently.

Sock Yarn Shawl

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen the Spectrum Fibre yarn I bought from Snufflebean Yarn. I trawled Ravelry for a suitable pattern but to no avail. In the end I decided to design my own and it’s turned out surprisingly well. Haha!! I wrote up the pattern and even got it tested by some wonderful IG friends.  But my technology hiatus ground me to a halt in releasing the pattern.  In the meantime I hooked up a second shawl, this time using yarn from Bits and Hobs and pink from Black Elephant.

If you’d like to make your own the pattern is finally live and in my Etsy Shop NOW!

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Scheepjes Stonewashed blanket

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Have you seen the boxes of cutie pies that Scheepjes do?  Well this blanket is made from an entire box!  I worked out my tension and hook size to maximise the size of square I was able to get out of one 10g ball.  Then I ordered the box from dark to light and, working from corner to corner, joined each square as I went.  It was the perfect ‘just-moved-house-and-my-brain-doesn’t-work’ project and was gifted to Tabitha for her first birthday last month.  It’s made a generous toddler size blanket and I even made a dolls blanket for her from the magic ball ends I saved [zero waste here!].  I edged the blanket in the two remaining cutie pies and I’m in two minds whether to get a couple of the full size balls to continue the edging and make the blanket more cot size, so Tabitha can continue to use it as she grows.

Lace Baby Blanket

 

Another no brain needed project!  I absolutely adore this pattern from Amy Dorr and loved making it in this delicate powder pink baby merino from Drops.  It is simple and stylish and I can’t wait to see it being used by the very special recipient.

 

So that was my summer!  If you’d like to see what I’m making now head over to Instagram and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss my next blog post.

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