Monday, 26 January 2015

Daisy Chain Bunting - Free Pattern

Writing up patterns never gets any quicker or more enjoyable, but I stuck at it (I'm conscious that I have two other patterns still waiting to be written up - but they'll wait for another day!).  So here it is, the Daisy Chain Bunting pattern.


The pattern can be downloaded as a free PDF, here.

Alternatively, you can visit the Ravelry pattern page where it is available as a free Ravelry Download to store in your library.

I hope you like the pattern.  It's quite simple and quick to make.



See you soon.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

BAM CAL 2015!

The shawlette is coming along nicely, it should be finished this evening.  The Daisy Chain Bunting pattern is now written up.  I shall be starting to knit a new cardigan shortly, - but I couldn't resist joining in with a crochet-along on Ravelry that I saw mentioned on Laurel's blog here.

It's called the Block a Month crochet along (BAM CAL 2015), although there are actually three blocks each month. Every block will be different.  There are two 12 inch blocks and one 6 inch block every month.

Here are the three blocks I have made for January.


The first one is called Pizzazz by Melinda Miller.



I really like that one.

The second is called Prince Protea Square and it's by Virginia Burrow and Dedri Uys.  


Not so sure about this one, it may grow on me.  

The 6 inch square is called Granny #4.  


I originally thought I would make four of the smaller squares each month to equate to the larger squares.  I can't decide whether to do them all the same colour or, in the spirit of the whole project, do each one a different colour combination.  I think I'll wait until we're a few months in and see how it's going before I commit.  

By the end of December I should have 24 large squares plus however many of the small ones I decide to make (48?).  Putting them all together into a blanket will be fun.  

Here are the nine colours I will be using throughout the year.  



Obviously yellow and pink are my feature colours, with a bit of green thrown in for good measure.  These are taken from my recent Stylecraft Special DK purchase.  The colours are Meadow, Spring Green, Raspberry, Cream, Candyfloss, Lipstick, Citron. Lemon and Fondant.  

This should be a nice stress-free project, worked at a leisurely pace.  I'm looking forward to finding out what the blocks for February will be.  In the meantime I can put this project to one side without feeling guilty about it - wonderful.  

Saturday, 24 January 2015

As an Aside!

Because I never stick to my "one project at a time" rule (rules are made to be broken and I fancy myself as a rebel!), I like to have a little something as an aside.

The past few days I've been crocheting daisies.


And then I made them into a Daisy Chain.


I thought they looked pretty and cheerful hanging around the place.


I hadn't been able to find a pattern that fitted in with what I had in mind, so I made up my own.

I'm in the process of writing it out - but this always takes longer than the making of the actual project!

I'll post the pattern in the next few days once I'm happy that the pattern has been properly edited.  Be back soon!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Shawlette

I've been itching to cast on with the gorgeous wool Grace bought me for Christmas.


I'm going to knit a shawlette.  The pattern I'm using is called Le Weekend (apparently the designer made it in one weekend!).

I've cast on the 355 stitches!  And I'm making excellent progress on the lace pattern.



From now on it's plain stocking stitch, worked in short rows to create the crescent shape - so hopefully I'll get a bit of speed up.

Look at the jolly colours in the wool.  The rapid colour changes make it great fun to knit with.



It will be a lovely splash of colour to wear on the grey Wintery days before the Spring arrives.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Stocking Up!

First of all, a big thank you for all your lovely comments on my Tide cardigan and new cushion cover.  It's always wonderful to hear from you.

I'm managing an amazing turnover of projects at the moment.  I'm not sure I can keep up the pace but I'm making the most of the opportunities to just sit and craft, whether it's knitting, crocheting or sewing.  

It doesn't take much for me to be inspired, especially with all the creative blogs I read and the wonderful pictures on Pinterest.  So I've got a few new projects on the go that I'll tell you about over the next few days.

To keep my supplies of yarn up to full capacity to cope with all this industry, I thought I would make use of the 20% discount on double knitting yarns offered by Deramores  (the offer ends at midnight 24th January 2015, if you're interested).  I put an order in for some Stylecraft Special DK and here's what I got.


All those lovely colours, 22 balls in total, and very reasonably priced.



Imagine all the jolly things I can make with them.


So many plans, so little time!  I hope you manage to find plenty of time for your own inspiring projects.  See you soon.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Finished Cushion Cover

I'm loving the new crochet cover for the floor cushion.  The colours have worked out just perfect.


In the end I made 49 squares and then worked one round of border in red.


The pattern for the squares is called Grandma's Knickknacks and it's by Laurel Runnels.


You can see details of the free pattern over on Ravelry, here.  It's a lovely pattern and works up really quickly.




I enjoyed that little bit of crochet - I'm in the mood for some more.  It's funny how sometimes all you want to do is knit and then at other times it has to be crochet.  Although, doing neither is never an option!

Monday, 19 January 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside

But inside it's lovely and snug.  I must say one thing about this cold, wet and windy weather, it does mean a lot of time indoors being crafty.

Look how much progress I've made with my squares!


I've re-measured the cushion and recalculated the number of squares needed.  Rather than 9 x 9, I think I only need to do a 7 x 7 square.  49 squares, much more manageable than the 81 I originally thought I have to make.



I love all the colour combinations, but this one in particular is my favourite.


It reminds me of spring-time blossom.  It's so pretty.

Yesterday morning, the winds seemed to have abated although the temperature has dropped considerably.  I took the opportunity to stroll along the beach.  I was fortunate enough to be out at the one time during the day that the sun was shining and there were some glorious views.  Amazingly I had remembered to put my camera in my pocket.

So close, you could almost reach out and touch it!

Looking towards Liverpool - can you spot the Liver Building?

Snow on the Welsh mountains

After my walk the rains returned - so back in the house, snuggle up and crochet away!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Warm and Cosy

So, here they are the photos of the latest cardigan off the needles.


It's lovely and warm, just perfect for this cold and windy weather we're having at the moment.

The pattern is called Tide and it's by Kim Hargreaves from an old book called Tweed Knits.

The cardigan is knitted in aran weight yarn, and because I knit with 4 ply these days, it seemed to knit up very quickly.  [I have to confess that the yarn, a rather nice wool / acrylic mix, was bought cheaply in Aldi - but it's lovely and soft and hopefully will wash successfully]


The cardigan has a textured squares pattern.  It is very tailored, there's not just side shaping but also front and back darts.  This is great for me because it actually makes me look like I've got some shape!





The collar is nice and snug - no fear of a cold chest here.


The original pattern instructions were for separate knitted pieces for the back, fronts and button bands, but I knitted the body and button bands all in one piece.  It took some jiggling with the numbers but once I'd worked it all out, it knitted up a treat.


So, this will keep me nice and snug and warm and cosy, especially now the weather is set to turn even colder.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

One Down, Eighty to Go

There's nothing like crocheting up some squares to brighten up your day.

I've started making the squares for my latest cushion cover.  Yes, I've finished my Aran cardigan, pictures to follow, so I'm allowed to start something new.  For the last cushion cover, I used sunburst granny squares but I wanted something different for this one.  So I chose the squares from the Grandma's knickknacks blanket by Laurel Runnels.  It's a free pattern, check it out on Ravelry, here.

I had already chosen the six colours I wanted to use.  Five colours would be used for the central medallions and the sixth for the borders.

Here are the five colour-ways I will be using for the medallions.


I'm using mint for the borders.


And here's the first completed square.


As the cushion is rather a large one, I think I'm going to need eighty one squares for a 9 x 9 cushion cover.  Alternatively I might crochet another round of mint to the existing square to make it larger - I'll see how things progress.

Well, I'd better get on, one down, eighty squares to go!

Friday, 16 January 2015

Pinterest - it's so inspiring

Saw this and thought it very appropriate, so couldn't resist sharing.


We can't be good at everything but at least we can try.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Beyond the Comfort Zone

Dress making - that's one of the areas I want to spend more time on this year.  There's something special about wearing clothes that you have made yourself.  The aim is to improve my skills and develop more confidence.  I need to move beyond my comfort zone.

In my twenties I did do a lot more dress making but never with much joy.  This year I'm determined to get more enjoyment from sewing.  So yesterday I dragged the sewing machine out to finish off something I started months ago but put away "for later".


It's only another skirt.  This is the fourth time I've made this skirt pattern.  I made up my own pattern and I must say I love the style.  It's just how I want skirts to be.


It's six flared panels with a plain waistband.

Not sure I made the best job of attaching the waistband and it looks a bit creased - but I'll get plenty of wear from it.

This fabric is a lovely grey with pink polka dots (although I don't think the pink shows up in the photos).


I have some recycled yarn in a similar colour pink, so a neat little knitted cardigan would look perfect with this skirt.

Next time I'm brave enough to get the sewing machine out I'm going to try a new dress pattern.  But for now I'm going to do some crocheting - the security of the comfort zone beckons!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

I've Chosen the Colours

I'm at that exciting point in a project when the end is in sight.  My Black tweedy aran cardigan is almost complete - I'm on the last sleeve.  I should be wearing it in a day or two.

Which means I can legitimately start planning the next project I want to work on.  And it's going to be another cushion cover for the floor cushions.  One has already been made and I need to get the other one done to complete the set.  Has it really taken me since August last year to get round to making this?

I've chosen the colours I want to use.



Now all I have to do, is finish knitting the cardigan and then I can start to crochet.

It's tempting to crochet one square - just to get going - but I'm being disciplined as part of my being organised year, so - put the crochet hook down and continue with the sleeve - you know it makes sense!