A snuggly shawl!

When you can’t take your sewing on your hols, what’s the only other option….. grab your knitting bag and take your crocheting to a new level! I’ve spread my wings and completed my first shawl!

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I’ve wanted to do a lacy shawl for aaaagggges but have struggled finding a pattern I had a) the patience for b) used chunkier wool so it would not take forevvvvvver! c) the pattern was not too complex…. I get lost very easily when there are hundreds of stitches and I have to count them all the way through the pattern – blah! So hurrah for mooching around on ravelry and finding ‘I promise you pineapples!‘ by Justyna Kacprzak. I had a look at the pattern and discovered there was a repetition in each row which was very easy to follow and due to the type of wool used would build up quickly ( I have too many projects on the go I did not want to bring something home half finished…cos it would have stayed that way till after Christmas). I headed up to my stash of wool and rooted out four balls of ecowool chunky in grey….very warm snuggly real wool left over from a HUGE cardi I started a few Christmases ago (and finished the following Christmas….are you catching on?????) and decided it should be enough – how wrong I was! As you can see from the pics it made the main body of the shawl and there was only a little left over, at which point I was on Anglesey and debating how to get my hands on more chunky wool to finish it off! I did think aswell that it looked somewhat drab just being grey…..very wintery and a girl needs cheering up on a winter’s day, so thought some hot pink would be great for the pineapples round the edge – I also love pink and think it’s a great contrast with grey! On a sneaky trip to the poundshop for a chocolate stash….what did I spot but a huge stash of hot pink double knit, 3 balls for £2 ….. how could I not!!!! But as it was DK and not chunky I did briefly debate the matter till, come on, at that price double up the wool! Et voila!!!!! So working with two threads next to each other my pineapples appeared and I could not be happier with the outcome!IMG_3100[1]IMG_3106[1]

Love the colours, the main body is so warm with the real wool and I got to practice my crochet skills! A fab rainy holiday project! xx

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Crochet in public? Me? Hell yeah…..!!!!!!

I felt so inspired with the response to my blog post about the stigma of crocheting in public….and I truly mean inspired! I would not have done what I did otherwise…. I did it! I crocheted in public!

 

I tried to be quite discreet as I was a little nervy and put the two necessary balls of wool into my handbag (if I was going to do it I was going to do something proper!) and yeah I did tuck myself away abit , it was either sit slap bang in the middle of everyone or over to the side on a little sofa! We were at the jungle gym so people kept walking past me, and don’t get me wrong I did go and play with Fin, but every now and again I’d scoot off and leave him to it and do a little crochet! So hurrah for crafting in public! I didn’t get any obvious ‘she’s a crazy lady looks’ and to be honest once I started I didn’t even feel self conscious. I also figured there was less chance of my handbag disappearing (which surely it wouldn’t) if people had seen it’s full of wool!

Here’s the picture as proof – don’t really like taking pics in this sort of place- but proof was necessary! xx

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Would love to hear some more stories of your public displays of crafting!! xx

Can you crochet…….in public?

It has taken me over a year to figure out how to crochet! I have picked up and put down little bits; circles, stars and now squares and it’s only just clicked! I have knit for a few years and just got it straight away! But crocheting to me was like a foreign language!
I find knitting quite relaxing, unless I’m on a mission to finish something, but have quite dodgy wrists after 7 years ago injuring myself kitesurfing……yes kitesurfing – the fewer questions about that one the better, and yes 7 years ago, which I got told off for by the physio I eventually went to see last week….apparently I should have gone straight to A&E when it happened, but carried on kitesurfing instead! So knitting is a bit of a no no, but I have so many random balls of wool it’s depressing! So let’s give crocheting a granny blanket a go! Inspired by The Make-For-Anyone Blanket MollieMakes article from issue 24. Now if you look closely I haven’t gone through the exact part of the stitch to pick up another stitch! And I’m not quite up on the terminology yet either! It is a really easy pattern, just using treble crochet and chain stitches and easy to pick up after a few squares! Don’t even need to look at the pattern now! I’m aiming for 54 squares, and they are big squares! Only 38 to go!IMG_2141 IMG_2142

I could be making a lot faster if I didn’t feel the eyes glaring at me in a ‘what on Earth is she doing???’ when I even debate crocheting in public! Sat in the jungle gym yesterday for 2 hours, there’s 3 more done for example…. but I’m too much of a scaredy cat! Anyone else feel like this? Or do us crafters stick together and not care how the world of non crafters stare at us in a non understanding disbelief!!!

Cute Little Booties

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I managed to finish the pair of booties off (from the Sublime pattern book) and hat while nursing my painful mouth after wisdom tooth removal. It was actually a saving grace to have my knitting with me as I was counting the minutes until I oculd take my next paracetamol and it really helped take my mind off it!

I have always struggled stitching seams in my knitting and did have to undo the hat and restitch the seam…..I can never get them to line up properly and they can look a bit funny! But managed it enough eventually!
I think they are so cute and wish I could knit when I had my little boy! I plan on making more for the little babies soon to turn up!!!

Back in the knit.

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I did alot of knitting before Christmas as I ran a stall at a few craftfairs through December. It made my wrists ache…..I have pretty dodgy wrists and arthritic pain according to the doc! So gave the knitting a rest after Crimbo – which has been great as I have discovered the love of dressmaking (which doesn’t hurt so much!).
Yet there was a £30 moneyback for my fave wool shop (what do they call it those refund slips…?) burning a hole in my purse and have frequently thought I’d better hurry and use it before I lose it!
So yesterday I headed to the best wool shop ‘Black Sheep’ and if you’ve ever ventured there you will know it is a haven for knitters…..Piles and piles of wool in multicolours, sizes, all reduced and there’s now a cafe too! I went with a few ideas for what I would like to do, the thing with ‘Black Sheep’ is the offers are so good, if oyu go with a pattern and an exact type of wool you want you may be sad it’s not priced as well as other wools, because my oh my are there some bargains. Due to my dodgy wrists I didn’t want a big project (once I start I find it really difficult to stop until I have finished, which is one of the reasons I love sewing, projects are finished so much quicker) so as there are a few babies on the way in the not too distant future (not mine) I got a Sublime babies cardi, hats and booties and red and purple baby dk wool, which are on the go for my brother and sister-in-laws imminent arrival. (One bootie down and my wrist is aching already!).
I did also buy 3 balls of the most gorgeous coral coloured baby double knit wool, which I plan on using for myself……dont know what for….. will have a rummage through my patterns once the baby boom has subsided!

What to make?

What to make?