Mandalas are always a great quick project to do. I really enjoy making them if i get bored of a large project, or just want something colourful to do that I can finish in an afternoon or night. There are heaps of patterns online and Pintrest is a great place to start. Cotton is the best fiber to work with as it keeps it shape, plus the colours are amazing! I find using a smaller than usual hook also helps as you don’t want it to become too open and lacey. I framed one of my recent mandalas which looks super cool on my wall! In the future i plan on framing a whole bunch to create a unique wall art collection.
I hadn’t made a ripple blanket for ages so decided to give it a try. I had some muted pastel yarn hanging about which was perfect. Ripples are a tricky pattern to master, you really have to count your stitches at the end and beginning of the row or else you can easily start decreasing or increasing. There are heaps of different patterns online to choose from, and i find chart patterns the easiest to follow. I worked with a 5mm hook which gave the blanket an open and lace effect, it also made it super drapey.
I love bunting! It’s super simple and quick to make and looks awesome. I found some thick cotton in my stash and decided to brighten up my carport. I used a simple triangle granny pattern from google and got to work. Cause the yarn was thick this worked up really fast. I made 10 triangles then joined then by making a chain of ten then slip stitching along the top of the triangles then another chain of 10. The bunting is semi undercover right now and appears to not be getting wet in the rain. I’m not too concerned if it goes yuck as it was just a fun little project.
My cat is a little thief. Every blanket I make she thinks is hers. I had a bag of mill ends from Spotlight and thought I’d make a corner to corner baby blanket to add to my Etsy store (which i desperately need to re open) So as i’m crocheting away cat comes over to investigate. I tell her to go away and she does. But next morning I find her sleeping on the blanket. She dragged it from the lounge to her sleeping space! It’s no good to sell now so I let her use it. However, it’s not finished! She won’t let me finish it! Finally I manage to distract her and finish it off for her. She loves it. It’s really thick so maybe it’s the texture, anyway it’s very well used. Over the weekend I managed to steal it back so I could wash it cause it stunk! It took two days of soaking and drying for it to be useable now. This cat better not steal another blanket.
I found this yarn at Lincraft and immediately loved the colours, it’s so hard to get a nice rainbow mix. I decided to use my pattern i came up with which is a row of grannies followed by a row of solids. Super simple to do and super effective. I got bored with the same repeat pattern so mixed it up with a few more rows of solids. The yarn worked so well with this sort of pattern. Actually I think this yarn would suit a lot of patterns. It was really nice to work with an no joins! My cat stole this blanket half way through so I had to steal it back. I get really bored when rounds take forever so I finished this blanket when it was just over a metre wide.
Wildfiber Studio is a really neat yarn store in Santa Monica. We walked from the third street promenade and it took about 15-20 minutes. The store is bright, open, and has a real nice feel to it. As this was the first yarn store I visited in the USA I was slightly overwhelmed with the choice. I spent about 30 minutes here looking and touching all the yarn while my sister enjoyed the lounge chair and lovely air conditioning. If you are in the Santa Monica area I encourage you to check this out.
We did a Contiki tour around the USA, basically a group of 50 18 to 35 year olds in a bus. This allowed for a lot of crochet time and also to visit small towns. We had a couple of hours spare in Durango and for the fun of it googled if there was any yarn stores nearby. There was! This place was located right in town and about 15 minutes walk from where we stayed! The store is super cute and packed to the brim with all sorts of yarn. I spent a great deal of time (and money) looking at all the things and selecting a few balls of yarn. I highly recommend this store if you ever find yourself in Colorado.