Sunday, 27 April 2014

Crochet Projects collection

What's on my hook in terms of works in progress I hear you ask? Well.....:
How about we look at the 14 that are occupying much of my space and thoughts at the moment, this being 2014?
Some are planned and needy and some are spontaneous and some are long overdue to be FINISHED and worn?!
These silk fabric ribbon skeins only came yesterday so they may become a smaller dog walking across the body bag-let, for phone, leads, keys and pick up bags don't you know?
Or dog seat pads for the car? We really don;t need any rag-rugs...
2.: the CURRENT PATTERN design project!Top secret.
3. THE GEOMETRIC COWL from stashed yarn about a year ago, current easy pattern from Simply Crochet #17 magazine issue.
4. The Aran tabard pattern design that just needs finishing edges now...
5. The pink cashmere roomy cardigan -jacket that I want to add CHANEL-esque navy braided bobble borders to?! But I looks all day but have misplaced the yarn I had bought, maybe it turned into the TRIBE top?!
6.SALICE from years ago which also will need a contrast blue edge I think?

7. The circles tank top I designed and made in Dorset last April!
I have yet to write up the pattern though...
8. Another magazine cowl: INTERWEAVE crochet this time, the Ghost cone one.
Three more rows to go...

The chunky mock cable alpaca cowl in Katia PERU kind of superseded it and was worn a lot.

 9.A new throw for the living room! In Aran , for us to snuggle under watching tv eventually, what possessed me? All those ends to sew in!

 coordinates fabulously n'est-ce pas?
 Now we finally have 3 nesting WOODEN topped coffee-tables in our relaxa-room we need coasters!=#10! Or I'm thinking SUNFLOWERS!
 Maybe these hearts? I'll need to make many more?!
And # 11: These mini african flowers will become a purse.... For specs or coins?
# 12 no photo yet: a T shirt shape with colourful striped yoke at neckline ?!
I have the 4 ply in mermaid colours...
#13: a striped dc crochet yoke band and wide shoulder straps to go with tis bright and cheery fabric for a cami: would look so good with jeans, my red linen crops or white cropped jeans?!
Poor photo, sorry but I'm slecting the red, royal blue, green and white. 
Verdict is till out whther I add the fuschia pink as well.

# 14: I HAVE to use this stitch pattern somewhere soon as I like it a lot: from latest Crochet! magazine: issue Summer 2014.
What are YOU making? And how many need to be finished or moved along ?!
Isn't it interesting how interest/passion waxes and wanes for some projects whereas for others it's a quick shoot from beginning to end and voila you're using/ wearing/ giving it away?!!
What is that key ingredient that makes the difference?


 Tuesday 22 mostly spent in and out of GP and hospital clinics, Wednesday I caught up on e-mails and slept in the day due to a bad night, Thursday was similar , Friday I had to be back at the dr and had blood tests but found time for some crochet but it was a drencher of a wet day and Saturday is spent most of it upright and walking about sorting my room. May be that's why I slept badly again and woke in worse rib/chest pain than ever , with a stiff back, sore knees and an aching ankle today. These flowers cheer me up!

 A little sample of crochet for a new project and hopefully a pattern which I hope to share in some way in the near future, keep it hush hush for now...Not worked today but recently.
 A lovely surprise came Saturday: a parcel left at the post office but no card so we were unaware and it was this Sari Silk! A quick sample Saturday while sitting in the sun in garden with a 12 mm hook.
 It's hard going on the hands but grows real fast! Seed stitch was used to make it easier.
 Real thick strips of silk fabric knotted together in short random lengths...
 And a combo pressie arrived as well! Book with hooks, all Tunisian?!

  One ball does not go very far.
 Fun wrapping papers...
 And 6 days after the fall, these are the colours still developing: don;t know what the bruises by the toes at the top are all about, most odd really. The lateral is the ''broken'' side...
This is the OK side but still there is bruising.

 These are the toes that cause the neuromas and the pains when walking or dancing...
 And THESE are the tablets I took this mornong as the chest pain was worse than ever:
Codeine, 6 tiny prednisolone to ward off any lung inflammation due to the shallow breathing( painful ribs) and 2 Nurofen.
I must surely rattle! Then worst case scenario: I sat in a nice armchair, foot raised on a stool with all my College reading for the urgent essay and I FELL ASLEEP!
Grrrrrr just like a little ol' lady! Lost 3 hours of study and woke up stiff and sore yet again, still I do feel better for a deep sleep like that.
So let's look on the bright side: those lovely flowers!
CURSE the codeine and those ribs though, who'd have thought they are more painful on day 7 than on day 1?

Friday, 25 April 2014


Hi a bit late as these piccies are from the end of March and I have already been wearing this lots, but hey better later than never?
And: lots of lovely complements on it too, it;s much admired! WOOPEE! AND so EASY to do!

My lovely butterfly cowl version with Noro and Drops alpaca found here:

Free pattern found here:

 These are in progress pictures from the end of March. Just LOVING these colours!

 I'm using NORO TAIJO SOCK and DROPS alpaca 4 ply from Woolwarehouse and a 3.5mm hook.
 Having a play, want to make a waistcoat or jacket next?!
 Shawl collar revers, not so sure about the horizontal stripes...
 Top down circular yoke? RADIATING OUTWARDS?
 Looking good as a sleeve?

 aS A HOOD...

 Being silly in the mirror, this is before 17th April sometime...
 It fits right across the shoulders too, lovely and warm on the back if in a draught?
Oh my I think I really must consider booking a hair cut! I was trying to grow it out, much longer but what a mess at the back!

ENJOY! I do hope you will have been inspired to have a GO at this cowl! 
Mine took about 2 balls alpaca and 1 ball Noro so it;s not so outrageously expensive? About £22 in yarn?
Can't buy one for that! Not this quality and size! 
The DROPS I used was a very pale blue but there's 58 colours for you to choose from!

GO ON make one too and LET ME KNOW AND SHARE what you do?  HAPPY CROCHETING!