Okay, I started this in 2009. It has had many extended periods of hiatus, but this year I was determined to get it closer to finished. Although my original plan was to crochet three round of each colour, I have amended that to two rounds. I am almost there, but have run out of yarn with about twelve stitches to go in the mid-pink, which means that I won’t have quite enough yarn for the next few rounds either. When I can source some more of the yarn I will finish off those last rounds. In the meantime, the blanket has gone into use.
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Whenever I return from a weekend at Sewjourn I feel both exhilarated and a little shredded. We really don’t get enough sleep! It’s always “I’ll just finish this seam” or “I’ll just insert the zip” or “I’ll just cut this out” – and before we know it the time is well past Cinderella hour. But boy, we are productive! I really love seeing what everyone produces. Megan created almost 100 metres of bunting, whipped up a crocheted hat (or two) and was generally impressive. Rachel made her daughter beautiful skirts and shorts, a dress and a couple of skirts for herself. Kathryn whipped up a skirt, a fully lined jacket, and two dresses! Karen created four and a half divine dresses for her daughters in really beautiful fabrics. Tanya was amazing and inspiring – she is in the process of learning to draft patterns and fit them to her own measurements and it was fantastic watching her draft, sew up toiles, try them on, alter the fit, and then use the calico dresses and shorts as patterns for two dresses and a pair of pyjama shorts! I’m going to be very busy googling pattern making courses as soon as I finish this blog post. Annie was her usual talented self, making a new bag, a variety of patchwork squares, and an entire quilt that was begun in the afternoon and pieced, backed, quilted and bound by the evening! She is truly amazing – especially since she did all of it while still using crutches after her recent foot surgery. Wendy was a wonder, moving from sewing Days for Girls bags to binding quilts to piecing quilt tops to finishing dresses to making knit tops. And I made a dress and three tops for Clare, a dress and a top for Stella, a skirt and a dress for me, and another seven tops for me as well! I had them all cut out before I arrived, and many were very simple patterns that I’d used before. That said, I also tried out a few patterns that were new to me and I’d been wanting to sew up for a while, so I look forward to getting some photos of them and blogging them sooner rather than later. But back to the title of this blog post – shredded!
I crocheted this scarf the weekend before conference in October. The yarn is Milla Mia Naturally Soft Merino, in navy, and the pattern is Linda Permann’s Shredded Scarf, from Inside Crochet Issue 13 (January 2011). It was a joy to hook.
The scarf is worked lengthwise in either chain stitch or single crochet, depending on what row you are up to in the repeat. I think that it would work well in a variety of yarns, and be suitable for a man or a woman. I love it!
And on that note, since I still feel a little shredded, I’d better get to bed. Hopefully I’ll get some photos of my Sewjourn makes soon. And to my fellow Sewjourners – you are such a special group of women. To write about the conversations, laughter, slippers, and general love and support that you all give would take me hours, so instead I will just say a very heartfelt thank you and goodnight! #soztoteshavingaconvowithmypeeps
On the weekend I needed a super easy crochet project. Something that didn’t require any thought; something that would allow my fingers to move repetitiously and let my mind wander. I have had the Scrapadelic Scarf in my favourites on Ravelry for a little while, and decided that it would be a great basis for what I was after.
I pulled five colours of Bendigo Woollen Mills 8 ply cotton out of my stash, with Stella’s assistance to choose which colours. Using a 5 mm hook, I started with a chain of 220 stitches, used the same colour for the first row of sc into the base chain, then switched colours with every row of hdc that took place after that. SO easy. I worked 16 rows in all, then finished it off by adding some more yarn at the end of each row and plaiting it into a fringe.
On Monday at work I was lucky (?) to have four hours to sit through a software vendor’s presentation – which is where I finished crocheting the final five rows and added and plaited the fringe. It was a great way to stay awake and focused on a presentation in a dimly lit lecture theatre – I normally start nodding off within around five minutes of being in that room. I am very happy with the finished scarf – cotton has a drape that I really enjoy wearing, and as we move into Spring here – 27 degrees yesterday, 16 today – it is a versatile accessory. I have another cotton scarf in a different design on the hook right now!
And Bendigo Woollen Mills are about to release their new cotton colours – and from the glimpse I got on facebook there are some particularly nice ones in there. Maybe a cotton ripple blanket is in my future for next year?
Scarf details are Ravelled here.
These are crochet projects that were actually finished back in March, but are only being blogged now because the pattern has just been released. I was lucky enough to be chosen to test crochet these Scooter vests designed by Deanne Ramsay. The pattern is especially good for highlighting self-striping or variegated yarns.
Both vests were crocheted in Bendigo Woollen Mills Murano, an 8 ply wool that is dyed so that it self-stripes. Each colourway striped a little differently.
I made Clare’s vest in size 5, as per her chest measurement. It really is important to measure before you hook! Stella’s vest is in size 2-3.
This vest is worked in the round until you get to splitting for the armholes. Then the upper front and upper back are worked separately. I wound off yarn to make sure that I would pretty much match the colourways on the front and the back at that point, and it worked out quite well. I really like the texture of the stitches too.
These are toasty warm vests, being pure wool. Murano does felt easily, so I have to keep that in mind for washing. Otherwise, I’m very pleased with how these turned out.
I’ve become quite a fan of Deanne’s patterns, and hope to crochet up a few of the top patterns before summer hits. I have
Ravelry project pages with more details for Clare’s vest here and for Stella’s here.
A little crochet test that I took part in during July was the OTT hat by Addydae designs. The pattern for the coordinating cowl (LOL) is already out, and the hat pattern won’t be far away! Crocheted hats are a great project when you want something fast, want to use up a small amount of yarn, or want a nice hand-made gift. I crocheted a beanie for Clare (with added pom pom):
And crocheted a slouch hat for myself.
Both hats were crocheted in Bendigo Woollen Mills Murano (left over from the girls’ scooter vests, which I now suspect that I failed to blog!) which self-stripes as you work. I really enjoyed the simple stitch pattern as it really highlighted the colours in the yarn in addition to giving a lovely texture. Another great pattern from Deanne!
Oh, for the day when I come up with creative blog post titles! Until then, easily searchable ones will have to suffice. From July 26th to August 23rd this is what I crocheted. It’s lacy. It’s red. It’s a scarf.
It is very difficult to photographs scarves effectively! Hats off to those people that do it professionally for crochet and knitting books and magazines. The yarn is Frog Tree Ewetopia, the most divine squishy and springy merino wool that I have ever had the pleasure to squish. I bought two balls from Prudence Mapstone’s stand at the last Craft Fair I attended, and got the scarf pattern with it. It’s called the Lacy Tunisian Crochet Scarf – just the sort of naming convention I like.
This is my first completed Tunisian project, and I’m very pleased with it. I might just have to get off my bottom and work my way through the Tunisian crochet class that I’m enrolled in! I worked on it in a piecemeal fashion on public transport, in cafes, and in breaks at work, which is the only reason that it took so long for me to do. I did persuade Clare to model it for me. I was a little worried that she might not give it back.
More details on Ravelry over here. And guess what – a new yarn shop has opened in my ‘hood! Shall be checking it out later this week….could be dangerous!
Yes, there was just a teensy bit more crochet started while I was in Tasmania. But not finished until after we came back! I crocheted one Hot Little Hands fingerless mitt while we were away, and crocheted the other mitt and the Shell Net Cowl once we had returned.
There are two main things that I like about these fingerless mitts: the ribbed cuff, and the fully fashioned thumb.
Actually, there is something else I like about them – the colour of the yarn! It is Wollmeise, in Campari Orange, left over from Sally’s Solveig. Actually, to call it “left over” is probably stretching the truth – I bought a second skein to complete the Solveig in the full knowledge that I would use very little of it and would more than likely have enough for another project to keep for myself. Sneaky!
The Shell Net Cowl is crocheted in the round, with the ends joined into a moebius strip. I had a little trouble with that part, and my scarf has more twists in it than it ought. It also has a couple of dodgy bits where I joined the ends. But you really can’t tell when it is being worn, and now that I have figured out the pattern I’ll do a better job of it next time.
Another quick crochet project from the Tassie trip was this owl necklace.
It’s crocheted in 8ply cotton, and uses a wooden or coconut ring as a base to attach the owl. The hardest part about making it was sourcing the 6cm ring – I found this one at Studio Mio. The pattern is from a book, Panda #228, Modern Vintage. Just a bit of fun!
Well, you didn’t really think that I had completely abandoned my crochet for arm knitting while I was away, did you? I crocheted a Boteh scarf. This is possibly the fourth time that I have crocheted a scarf from this pattern. I love it. It always gives a great result. The yarn is Frog Tree Pediboo (a blend of merino and bamboo) that I bought from Prudence Mapstone at the last Quilt Convention. It took one and a half skeins. It is SO soft and squishy.
The colour on your monitor probably isn’t an accurate representation of the intensity of yellow-green that is the colour of this yarn. I love it! Lime, but not acidic. Different to lime. Definitely green, but not blue-green. And of course, I wasn’t going to let the remaining half a skein go to waste. I made coordinating Challenge Mitts.
Okay, flat photos of the mitts really don’t show them off to their fullest potential, but they do show the ease of construction. Super simple, and used up the rest of the yarn!
I’m off to the Craft and Quilt Fair tomorrow, and am already wondering what Prudence Mapstone will be selling this time…
Sometimes I think what when you are crocheting, as well as embracing newer techniques and styles it is worth giving more than a cursory nod to the crochet that we remember from the 70s. Hence the Granny Girl cardigan.
This pattern is by Tatyana Mirer, and comes from the March/April 2009 issue of Crochet Today! I really like the way that the traditional granny square stitch has been translated into a cardigan.
I originally hoped that this cardigan would use up some of the Spotlight 8ply wool that I had in stash. Clare chose the colours, and it did certainly use up quite a bit of the yarn that I had in stash. To the point where I had to buy more of the main colour. Whoops.
This was crocheted according to the size 8 instructions, with the only modifications being to join the sleeves after each row and to lengthen the sleeves and the body. We just kept trying it on until they were the length that we were after. That is one of the great things about working seamless top-down designs!
The rows of single crochet around the edges of the sleeves, hem, edges and collar of the jacket are nice and firm and really show off the colour changes. The collar rolls quite nicely to the back, and overall Clare is very happy with her new jacket. It is quite roomy, so should fit for a couple of years before it is handed down to Stella!