Christmas Holiday Greetings

December has been exceptionally busy on the crafting front. I have more yarn than I know what to do with and more ideas than my crocheting fingers can keep up with. Does this happen to anyone else? I have to keep scribbling down ideas before they get lost in the mahoosive pile of WIPs I already have on the go, perched as they are on various surfaces about the house.

Christmas has been lovely. I filled the house with handmade bits and pieces.

And became even more determined to be as close to a 100% handmade Christmas next year.

I’ve been increasingly focused on using up all the yarn that I am privileged to possess. Hence an abundance of cowls and scarves appearing on an almost daily basis…

I’ve also spent hours trying to decide what to do with some new yarn I got for Christmas and have thus far come up with a stitch pattern that looks like little bows in a column.

Quite what I’m going to do with it all next, I have no idea.

I’ll be back in the new year with some 2017 crafting resolutions. Most of which I cannot wait to get started on!

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Why am I such a bad finisher?!

So, here’s the thing. Whenever I approach the end of a project I slow right down and take ages to finish – big or small, it doesn’t matter to me. I can apply snail-pace to anything from adding a Pom Pom to a hat to adding the final finger of a glove. You’d think I’d be motivated to speed up; the end’s in sight for goodness sake, but no, with me it just doesn’t seem to work like that. I wonder if that feeling I get when I’m suddenly aware that an hour’s dedicated work could get the whole thing “done” is actually one of loss. Do I have attachment problems with wool I’ve looped and twisted, contorted into shape? It’s possible. It’s definitely possible. The beginning of a project is one of the most exciting things on the planet (small, plain unobtrusive planet inhabited by one) and an experience I repeat far too often. But the end of a project is something I endure rather than enjoy because it means that something good is over, something I enjoyed and that kept my waking hours busy. We often claim to love crochet, but sometimes I think what we mean is we love the process, the making part, more than anything else. AND more than anything else I just hate saying goodbye to that glorious middle bit. But eventually I do. Am I worried about this? No. I’m just glad I understand it a bit better than when I sat down five minutes ago to write this… Here’s some nearly finished things x


June Project

Loads of crocheted bits and pieces have been created recently. I’d love to say they’ve all been successful, but, well… That wouldn’t be entirely true!

So here’s one of the bestThis cowl came about from an impulse purchase of Icelandic Lopi yarn from Anj Medhurst’s great Meadow Yarn shop. It comes in an incredible range of colours, but I found myself drawn to darker colours such as navy and brown. The buttercup yellow was designed to lift the two deeper, darker colours – I think it’s worked.

I was originally going to do horizontal stripes in each colour which would have looked nice, but I’ve become addicted to my 25mm, enormous crochet hook. To do that I either need a super bulky specialist yarn OR 3-4 strands of a chunky yarn. I decided to see what kind of look and drape I could get from 3 strands of Lopi.

It ended up being the perfect way of showing the texture of the stitches.

It’s crocheted in the round using the yarn held treble. I added the navy blue trim along one edge as that seemed to show off the drape of the textile really beautifully.

I made it long enough to wrap around the neck twice, wide enough to pull up and over the head like a hood and also so it can be wrapped around shoulders and hung down the back like a shawl. It’s extremely versatile and I think will be worn incessantly all next winter!

Top Three Things

1. Learning a new crochet stitch. Tweed stitch is very easy but produces a nice effect. I’m using up leftover Drops Nepal yarn in some very retro mismatching colours. I might end up loving it…IMG_3458

 

2. Pattern design. I’ve decided I both love and hate it. The quest to come up with something original continues. I have successfully created a design for facial scrubbies – a natural way to exfoliate without feeling like you’re rubbing sand on your face. Plus a flowery coaster. It’s so difficult to tell whether your design is actually new or not, but I haven’t found anything the same as these yet.IMG_3402

 

3. Blankets, blankets, blankets. They are possibly the most satisfying thing to make and with winter coming I’m indulging myself in lots of blanket WIPs.

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Stripy Scrap Blanket is still an ongoing work. This is only made up from leftover yarn from other projects and any free acrylic yarn that comes free with magazines.
Squares for a patchwork blanket using Jamieson’s of Shetland 100%wool

It’s all good. Have fun playing with yarn.