My latest projects

I’ve been a bit busy lately so struggled to fit in writing blog posts. With going back to work next week (well, officially three days ago but it’s half term so a week off for me!), posts will probably be less regular. Over the last couple of weeks we have had a hospital stay for Miss S due to her fairly severe asthma and the husband has been in a play for the last week. This hasn’t left me with much free time for crafting or blogging! Hopefully I’ll catch up with myself this week.

I finished the poncho, which I loved making. It worked up fairly quickly, think it was about 7 hours in total and I enjoyed making the granny stripes. It’s a good pattern for watching TV to as doesn’t require much concentration. Here is the finished article:

The colour was chosen by the lady who ordered it for her toddler. I think it is a fab choice and the colours look so lovely together. I really love colourful crochet!

With the leftover yarn, I finally got round to making the unicorn. Once I got going I enjoyed it and couldn’t wait to complete it. I find working with a small hook (3mm) and having to focus on tiny stitches quite tiring though, so it took me a good 7-8 hours. I’m not so keen on the putting together stage either. I’ve had a few requests to order the unicorn but I’m not sure I’ll make amigurumi to sell. I’m not sure I would enjoy it and there are issues regarding safety certificates when selling toys.

Some pics…the first few rows took me forever. Then I found this youtube video which made doing the inital magic ring a bit easier.

I followed the pattern in the order it was written, so legs first, then body.

I posted this picture on my facebook page and got some funny suggestions as to what I might be making…toes, clangers, and russian dolls!

I expect once the head was made it might have been more obvious…

Here she is, all finished. I think she is so incredibly cute! My daughter nabbed her and my 8 year old son wants a “storm” unicorn. I have no idea what one of those is! Very satisfying when amigurumi is complete but hard work and patience to get to that point!

Can’t remember if I shared a photo of the slouchy hat in my last post…

My daughter requested it and loves it. I made it from the lovely Caron simply soft yarn. The only place I have found that stocks it is Wool Warehouse, who I have now ordered from a number of times! Their delivery is pretty quick and their prices very competitive.

Once all those items were finished I was daydreaming about creating a beautiful rainbow blanket for baby S. I have been lusting over an Attic24 pack of yarn for ages so bit the bullet and invested in one. It’s good value with the yarn costing slightly less than buying individual skeins. Think it works out that one skein is free.

Isn’t it beautiful! I bought a couple of additional skeins, the bright orange and bright yellow which are next to each other aren’t part of the Lucy pack.

With my daughter’s input, I decided to make a granny stripe blanket with a ROYGBIV rainbow colour scheme and with alternate white stripes.

These were the colours we selected, they look even more gorgeous in real life! I made a foundation chain of 120 in red and set off making the blanket. It took me about two hours to get going and hook 10 rows of granny stripes plus the foundation chain and a starting single crochet row. Each row is taking on average 10 minutes.

Can’t wait to crack on with the other colours and see it grow but it will have to take a back seat to my Betty’s Bells orders and my proper job!

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Fertig Freitag

I thought I’d mix it up a bit and have the title in German today. It actually has a nice ring to it and also it means I have learnt a new German word. Might try French next week…

Anyway, so following on from my WIP post, here are this week’s finished items:

Amigurumi bunny: Finished! Hurrah! You’ll have to wait for a picture of it though as it’s a pressie for my brand new niece but she’s not here yet. Stay tuned (you could fill in the follow by email box over there —> so you never miss an update ha ha).

Amigurumi Unicorn: I hadn’t started this on Wednesday and still am yet to pick up the teeny tiny hook it requires. Doing the bunny has put me off a bit. I enjoyed making all the parts but found putting it together stressful as it was so hard to get it looking just right. I’m not sure amigurumi is for me. I may still try the unicorn though as it’s really cute, we’ll see.

Under the sea sun hat: I finished this sun hat last week but decided to titivate it a bit.

I added a goldfish with a button eye, and three blue bubble buttons. I also did another row of single crochet to define the ripply edge and make it look neater. I think it looks super cute now. Also it fits both my seven month old and my almost three year old due to the stretchy double crochet stitch used. At least I know I’ll get a few years use out of it!

Money bag: Totally random but one teatime the husband reminded me he needed a money bag as a prop for a play he’s in. I had an hour. I actually finished it in 40 minutes and was pretty chuffed with that!

Here he is, ever the thespian, showing off his bag. It caused a fair amount of hilarity at rehearsal, can’t imagine why?!

If you are in west Cumbria and would like to see the coin purse and its owner in action, go along to see UP POMPEII at Rosehill theatre from May 20th.

Next week I’m looking forward to making a colourful poncho for a preschooler and also a neon slouchy hat for my daughter (her request!).

Until then, have a lovely weekend!

Finished Friday

Writing my WIP Wednesday post always spurs me on to get something finished by Friday! I have a couple of things from this weeks WIP post to share, plus another that I started and finished in one evening.

The Blanket: Done. 
Finally finished this order. I just had the edging left to do and started doing it by doing a round of single crochet in grey. It made the edges all ripply though, and not uniformly so I ripped that back and just went with the scalloped edging I had done on one of these blankets previously. I have to say it looks lovely.

Corner to corner blankets
I used this pattern which I found via ravelry. The first time I made it, I used a chunky yarn and a 6mm hook as recommended on the yarn label. It looks great but it quite dense and not as drapey as I would like a baby blanket to be. It will be more suited as a cot or pram blanket rather than a swaddle or for tucking round baby in a car seat.
This time, I have used the same chunky yarn, but a 6.5mm hook. I prefer the feel of the blanket, it’s not so heavy. So while it’s still not a swaddling blanket, it would be suited to cot, pram or car seat. For a swaddling blanket, I reckon I would need to use double knitting weight (light worsted) and a 4 or 4.5mm hook. This would take a long, long time though, as the squares would be smaller and you would need many more to get the blanket to size. I like chunky yarn!
The Sun hat: Done.

This made up in no time at all. A couple of hours for the hat and half an hour for the flower and weaving ends in. It feels lovely and light, and the ripply brim is perfect for a toddler. Click here for a link to the pattern. 

Sun hat mk2: Done!
I only started this yesterday, while sitting in the car waiting for the big kids to get out of school. An hour or two in the evening and it was finished! I just need to wait until the morning to try it on the baby. 

It’s a bit of a mish mash of patterns. The main part is from KT and the squid’s Newsboy hat pattern. The brim, I made it up! I was hoping there wouldn’t be any ripples but it has a gently rippling brim. If it fits my baby, I’ll keep this one for him and try again, tweaking the pattern. If it doesn’t fit, I’ll frog it! (Frogging: ripping back 😦 pulling apart…don’t want to do this!). 

Both sun hats were hooked using Lily Sugar n Cream. I love this yarn. Beautiful colours and a beautifully defined finish. Wish I could buy it locally. Bet my husband is glad I can’t!
Bunny: Not done. Will try and finish that this weekend. 
Happy Friday to you all, hope it’s a good one x

Finished Friday!

This week I have finally managed to finish the Newborn Knits cardi that I have blogged about before. Only problem is, it’s a bit on the small side . I suspect my gauge may be off.

I admit, I’ve never checked my gauge before. Lesson learnt. 

I reckon I can probably add a few rows to the bottom although I’m not sure they’ll look the same or if it will be obvious they are upside down. The sleeves are ok in length and the hood looks very cute when it’s on. Think I need to add toggle type buttons as these ones easily slip back through the button holes when it’s being worn.

Here’s a new cardi selfie to show what it looks like on…

Not the best pic, but it’s impossible to get this child to stay still these days! You get the idea though. 
I have another Newborn Knits pattern to try. This one was in size 12 months (Master S is a few days short of his seven month birthday!), I think I’ll have to do the next one in 24 months just to be sure he gets some wear out of it!
Happy Friday everyone x