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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!