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Crocheting a Wedding

 

 

Girls, I’m getting married! And because i am crazy I’ve decided to incorporate as much crochet as possible.

I have always loved the bunting used at Yarndale, really loved it. And now I have the chance to make it for an actual event. The reception space loves the idea and is keen for me to go over the top! I figured I need about 80 metres to fill the space. Each motif is 18cm with blocking, so I think i’ll need about 400 triangles. Help me! Here’s some fun facts, each triangle weighs 8 grams, and takes about 15 minutes. This doesn’t include end weaving, or blocking. I might invest in a steam iron to block with. I’ve not bothered with blocking before, but this pattern really needs it.

So apart from miles and miles of bunting I’m also going to make flower garlands with a whole bunch of cotton. I’m going to use my thrifted crochet table cloths for the tables (luckily only 4 tables). Pinterest is filled with crochet bouquets but I don’t really like them, also my bouquet is real flowers.

I might attempt a wedding dress, who knows though! What else can i make, realistically?

Finished: Purple Sunday Shawl

If i like a pattern there’s a good chance I’ll make it a lot. I finished my first Sunday Shawl and instantly wanted to make another. I did want to mix it up a bit, cause i like to personalize everything. I found this yarn at Spotlight and grabbed a pack. Then ran back and grabbed another when I realized it was not 4 ply and more like 8ply. So I hate trebbles, not good when this pattern is mainly that! So instead I worked double crochets. I work much faster this way. Due to the limited yarn I had to change colour in the body of the shawl. I wasn’t Continue reading Finished: Purple Sunday Shawl

Finished: Baby Granny

There is nothing better than a simple granny blanket. I ordered this yarn without a project in mind and after a lot of research I just went back to a granny. I’m trying to make smaller blankets right now so they are more practical for strollers and babies, plus they work up quick and Im less likely to get bored. This will be the first of many Baby Granny Blankets!

Finished: Birds of a Feather shawl

I decided to try my hand at a shawl made from 8ply yarn. I usually work with 4ply, but i wanted something warmer. I found this yarn at Lincraft and got 2 balls. Then hours and hours of Ravelry later I downloaded a pattern. I’ve decided to buy patterns to support designers. This pattern is called Birds of a Feather shawl. It’s a super easy repeat pattern and works up sideways. Super cool looking! The gradient yarn came out great and this didn’t take that long to make. I used a 4.5mm hook, but should have used a bigger one to make it drape.

 

Pattern:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/birds-of-a-feather-10

Addi Kingsize Knitting Machine

 

I was bored one day and after some googling I discovered the Addi knitting machine range. I wanted one. To make beanies in half an hour seemed too good to be true. But why would I need all those beanies, it doesn’t get cold here. To use up a lot of acrylic yarn i had been stockpiling and make them for charity, duh! Now these machines are not cheap, well the are if you are in Europe, but the shipping alone was over $100 for me. So i got to work doing all the research, youtube, blogs, Facebook where I got a negative reaction. So it seems a lot of people don’t find these machines ‘hand made’ enough. To me it’s no different to using a sewing machine to make clothes. People are odd creatures. So I settled on buying from Etsy as it seemed legit. I went with the bigger machine so i can make more adult sized things. After about 3 weeks it turned up! I ran to the post office to collect it, I was so happy! Immediately I set it up and loaded a youtube tutorial. My first attempt was good, the trick is the tension. And after a few more attempts I finally had a decent result! Que the hat making business! So in the first weekend I had it I made 30 hats… I made the tube bits in bulk then finished them off. So much fun. The machine is noisy enough that you can’t hear the tv, so I used my laptop and head phones. Now i just need to find a charity to give them too.

Finished: Cat’s Blanket

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.

Finished: Carnival 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.

Happy New Crochet Year!

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I haven’t blogged in over a month, where has the time gone! I’ve been so caught up with Christmas, work, in the process of buying a house, packing up my current house, new years eve, going back to work, and finally getting well and truly sick! Fhew, I have been crocheting, if you follow my Facebook and instagram you would have seen it 😉
I’ve made a few shawls, scarfs, started a few blankets, an even finished a few! I’ll put the details up over the next few weeks. I’ve got a lot of crochet plans for this year so hopefully it doesn’t go that fast!

Projects

It’s been a busy few weeks! I’ve gone through my entire stash and found HEAPS of yarn and projects I had forgotten about. I am on a total yarn ban until I use at least half of my stash.  At this rate I should be ready to buy more wool in about 19 years. I’m going to undo a bunch of half finished projects as I’m just not feeling them anymore or had better ideas for the yarn.

I’m in the process of turning our study into a crochet cave so at least I can see what I have to work with.  I’ve managed to finish a call the midwife blanket that I had sitting around for months which allowed me to start a stash busting blanket. I had a bunch of half used Stylecraft Special DK sitting here taking up space so I’m turning that into a giant blanket. I’m almost done with it now and thankfully used a lot of the yarn up! Just a simple granny square blanket but in very random colours.

I started another scarf with some of my souvenir wool with is fun!

 

Yarn Review: Regia Hand-dye Effect

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Yarn Name: Regia Hand-dye Effect

Colourway: Fog
Yarn Weight: 4 Ply
Blend: 70% new wool, 25% polyamide and 5% acrylic
Ball Weight: 100g (3.5oz)
Colour: Long colour transitions with hand dyed effects 
Knots/joins: One tiny join that was easy to hide
Suitable for: Socks, scarfs, shawls, anything wearable!

Notes: I found this yarn at a tiny craft store I visit. This wool feels like it’s hand spun with some slight imperfections where the yarn got thinner. I was making a scarf so this was not an issue, but i would imagine it would cause some worry if you were working on another project. The effect of this yarn is amazing, totally looks like a one off hand spun and dyed ball of wool. I would use this again if I ever found it again!