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I found this yarn online at Ice Yarns and loved that it’s variegated without being in your face. I wanted to do the “call the midwife” blanket but the chart has vanished from the internet and i couldn’t be bothered trying to read the pattern. I found this variation online and loved it. I did change the pattern by removing the extra rows of spaces as i find them unnecessary and it slows down the crochet time by a lot. I have 400g of this yarn and plan on making it baby sized so rather small. It’s a lovely soft yarn and works really nice.
I got this yarn years ago and had good intentions to make a giant blanket. It’s a big 400g ball or acrylic and wool mix. But i never got around to it and it stayed in my shelf for ages. After being sick of it taking up space (so i can buy more yarn) I decided to make a blanket. I went with the diamond pattern again as I love working with it, it’s super easy, and it works up quick. My annoying cat loves all my crochet things and loves to play with the yarn and sit on the blankets as I try to make it. I gave her her own blanket and she still wants the one I’m working on. This will be a small baby size blanket and I only plan on using one ball of yarn.
Three years ago I saw the article about the woman who crocheted her wedding dress. I loved the idea! So recently I got engaged and decided to look up a pattern. I found it on Revelry and purchased it. How hard could it be? Now, I make scarfs, shawls, and blankets. Nothing ever to be actually fitted and worn. The pattern was charted and looked fairly simple. To my surprise it actually was really easy!
I got the suggested yarn off eBay and after 4 weeks of waiting it finally tuned up. I got the hook size and everything. So I started the pattern. Ok so I’m a weirdly proportioned girl, big bust, small waist, large hips. Nothing every fits correct. I’m also short. I measured a large on top, small waist, and medium hips. I decided to make a small and hope the yarn would stretch.
I actually made the entire top portion of the dress before I realized it did not fit how I would like. Very loose and would be hanging low with the weight of the skirt. So I gave up and bought a real wedding dress!
I actually love the pattern, It was simple. Just not for my shape. I worked each portion of the pattern up in one night. Front side 1 (one night) Left front (one night) Back (one night collar one night.
I enjoy both crochet and travel and have mixed them together on a lot of occasions. Crochet is one of those hobbies that can be really portable and can fill in those long hours. I crocheted on my USA trip and have come up with a few pointers and tips for anyone interested.
Size. Don’t bring a giant double size blanket with you. It’s heavy and not practical. Bring something small or something you can sew together later. Make a few granny squares, a baby size blanket, a scarf, beanie, or shawl.
Limit yourself to only a few colours. The last thing you want is to juggle 15 different colours. This takes up space in your bag and increases the risk of misplacing something. Stick to 3 balls of yarn. If you must bring heaps of colours rewind them into smaller balls.
Storage. Project bags are a must. I have several made of cotton or organza. The opening is a drawstring allowing it to be fully closed but still be able to draw up the yarn. I travel with a normal sized handbag which allows for 1 ball of 100g 8ply yarn. This is an awesome size as it isn’t too bulky. Watch out of liquids in your bag (or nature) from spilling on your project.
Hooks. While it is legal to carry hooks on Australian international and domestic flights you should always check with your airline. I’ve had mixed results in having to open my bag and prove that it’s just a hook. With my first flight with hooks i was so scared they’d take them off me I brought a plastic hook! I hated this and it slowed me down. My next flight saw me take my ‘good’ hook and wasn’t any drama. I also took my hooks through security at The Pentagon, One World Observatory, and The Capitol Building in Washington with no problems. This info may change at a later time 😉
Looks. People will look, people will be curious. It’s something you have to deal with. I go into my own world and don’t even think about it, my sister seems to notice it more.
Goals. Don’t set goals, enjoy your holiday. If you don’t feel like crocheting, don’t do it.
I’ve been making a lot of shawls and scarfs lately but not a lot of blankets. I got in stages of loving giant projects then hating them. I’ve recently started a few blankets and work on them every so often. I have a stash busting 12 point ripple, yellow cotton baby blanket, and a pink diamond baby blanket.
I’m trying to use up a lot of my stash as i’ve had yarns sitting in it for years and also because i want to buy more yarn hahaha A 12 point Continue reading Blanket Progress
I’ve had the Sunday Shawl Pattern on my computer for a year now. It seems to be a project i like to start and never finish, then for it to vanish so i have to start again. So a few weekends ago I sat down and made it, start to finish. The pattern is so simple to understand, lots of photos. This was my first paid pattern so was hesitant at first, but Continue reading Finished: Sunday Shawl