November 2018

I’ve been a bit short on monthly makes with larger projects bubbling away in the background! But with Christmas looming, and so much wonderful inspiration around, my crojo has been boosted and I’ve actually managed some finished items. Yay!

Rainbow socks

These are my first finished pair in a foray into DK sock wool and I’m converted! With the stripes and thicker wool they literally knit themselves. I’m just finishing off a pair in an alternative colour way and both will be Christmas presents (good job my friends and family feel my craft obsession is white noise haha!). Sadly I’ve been informed by Laurelin from Snufflebean Yarn that West Yorkshire Spinners have decided to discontinue this yarn. So, if you’d like to snap some up, be quick!!!

Caravan of Love shawl by Potter and Bloom

I’m ashamed to say this lovely shawl has been on my needles since March!!! It was a quick make in the beginning but as it grew it became more difficult to take out with me. I’ve also had a brain block and just not been able to memorise the stitches for the icord edge. This is definitely not a reflection on the pattern but rather on me and my poor knitting skills! Emma was so clever with the Caravan of Love Shawl pattern and designed both a knit and a crochet version. The crochet pattern is definitely on my list of what I’d like to make as I love the colour blocks and stripes of this design. I promise it won’t take me so long to make my next haha!

Whole Lotta Love shawl by Ying Shaw

I’ve been friends with Ying on Instagram forever and when she started releasing patterns I jumped at the chance to test them. Her latest release is the Whole Lotta Love blanket with neatly designed filet crochet interlocking hearts. I didn’t fancy making a blanket so instead whipped up this ombré scarf using a Sirdar Pattercake from my stash. I’m so pleased with how it came out! Ying’s patterns are well written, include a chart and are free on Ravelry.

Double Bobble Hats

If you’ve followed me for a while you’ll know how obsessed I get with Cygnet Seriously Chunky in the colder months. Literally as soon as the temperature drops out jumps this super chunky yarn from my stash. I love making this super cute hats and best of all I designed the pattern myself! You can get it free on my blog.

Christmas hoop

I’m not really sure what to call this but I got two mini hoops free from issue 107 of Inside Crochet and whipped up this little Christmasy bauble with some Lanas Alpacas roving that I had from With My Handz shop closing down sale. I’m pretty chuffed with how it came out. Although I’m sure it could have been a little more festive!!!

Christmas Wreath

talking of festive, last weekend I headed to my favourite florist, Fairleys, to learn how to make a Christmas wreath. The baileys was flowing, the Christmas songs were playing and it was the perfect start to the Christmas season.

We started with copper hoops then covered them in moss before adding foliage and building our designs with foraged items and festive bits.

I didn’t have any ideas in mind of how I wanted mine to look and seeing everyone else’s wonderful creations did make me a little stressed as I worried about the monstrosity I might create! In the end I was super pleased with my wreath and I think I even managed to make it look a little christmasy too (it’s just a shame our front door isn’t more Pinterest worthy haha).

I took my mother-in-law to the workshop for her Christmas present and she made this gorgeous wreath with a tartan bow.

I’m so pleased to have such a lovely array of finished items this month. Thanks for sticking with me and my blog over the summer when things got a little hectic! I’m back on Instagram and you can see what I’m making now. See you soon! X

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