Following on from my epic fail I sought solace in my ironing pile and some of my favourite crochet podcasts.
It was whilst watching one of these podcasts that I stumbled upon the perfect remedy for my misery…a CAL (crochet-a-long)!
So, with much excitement I ordered my yarn and made a start.
The pattern is written so well but is challenging my skills also. The design is amazing; I love how the different elements of this shawl work with one another.
I think this CAL runs until the end of May, so if you are looking for a challenge and want to join in it is not too late.
Here are all the details you need:
CAL hosted by Cherry Heart and Betsymakes
And a little bit of that…
and a little bit all over the place really.
I am feeling most unsettled and have a severe case of startitis as a result!
The unfortunate side of this has meant (for the purposes of treatment) I have had to place a yarn order; which has not arrived yet, so I can not report if this treatment has been successful or not. I will let you know how the treatment goes in due course!
What I can show you is what I have on my hooks as a consequence of this starting infliction.
This is the start of my new shawl, the Sunday shawl by Alia Bland. I am totally in love with it.
This is the start of my latest tea cosy I am designing for The Grandma Collection. I am pleased to have got off the blocks with this one as I have been meaning to start this for a wee while now.
Finally, I am still hooking this baby blanket too, which is looking mighty fine and is super squidgy.
So, as you can see I am hooking like a goodun’ and will have a pattern release very soon…subject to successful treatment.
Now, where is that postman?
Here is a quick pattern for a necklace scarf.
A simple but stunning item that you can make if you are new to crochet, or have an odd 50g ball of chunky yarn that your not sure what to do with, or if you need to hand make a present emergency style!
Yep, this beauty takes about an hour to make at most and the pattern (if you can call it that!) is just below.
You will need 50g of chunky yarn and a large hook. I used
and a 6mm hook.
So you have probably guessed it….begin making chains and don’t stop until you have about 50cms of yarn left.
Randomly tie the first part of a bow to form a loose knot in your chains at random sections down its length.
Now join with a slip stitch into the very first chain to make an enormous loop.
It may be a good idea to secure the stitch with a stitch marker or safety pin so that your chains do not unravel during the next part.
Now find something to put your enormous loop of chains around… I used the stair post at the bottom of the stairs.
Start to make the loop smaller by crossing over the chains and hooking back over the post…or whatever you are using. Repeat the process until you have a handful of loops; that when placed around your neck fall just at the top of your tummy.
Next, you need to secure your loops together. To do this
remove the stitch marker / safety pin and reinsert your hook.
Pull the loop onto your hook to make the yarn looser. Now complete a giant double crochet (single crochet – American terms)… to do this take your hook under the handful of looped chains, yarn round hook and pull through, yarn round hook and pull through 2 loops on hook. Repeat x 9 more times. Fasten off and weave in any loose ends.
Told you it hooked up quick!
Day 26 of
and we are almost at the end now.
The theme for today is ‘newest stash’.
This is luscious Scheepjes Merino Soft that was delivered just the other day by the fabulous folk over at Woolwarehouse. They have always given a prompt and excellent service and have a fabulous range of yarns.
This lovely collection of yarn is soon to be hooked up into the even lovlier Sunday Shawl.
Day 22 of
and it’s still not too late join in.
The theme for today is ‘currently wearing’.
Day 7 of
it’s not too late join in.
Theme for today is….
This is my Granny Mabel Tea Cosy, click the link for the free pattern.
I’ve chosen this tea cosy for stripes day, as these slim, pretty stripes sit amongst delicate lace, topped by an array of buttons.
This tea cosy makes me happy everyday.