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FOs: Caterpillar Cocoon and Hat, and a Coaster

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I just completed three full shifts in three days and to be honest I just didn’t feel like crocheting after I arrived home after 9pm Thursday night. However last night I pushed ahead with the cocoon and called it done when it looked big enough. I have been really bad at following the pattern as I felt I couldn’t really trust it. No gauge info, no final measurements to give me confidence.

I started weaving in the ends at home and finished them on breaks at work today. I really hope that this set looks good on its intended recipient, but I suppose as it’s meant to be a photo prop it only has to look good for a short time and any (potentially) excess cocoon fabric can be tucked around the baby.

Another small project that I finished today is a double thick coaster. It’s an African flower motif, but I’m not going to bother linking to the site I was using for instructions as the “pattern” was really vague and I had to peer at people’s photos to see if I was interpreting it correctly. I suggest a search on Ravelry for a better option if you’d like to make this motif.

I made two motifs in different colourways out of Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK and a 4.25mm hook, then slipstitched them together back to back. I’ve been wanting to test out this motif for a long time. It’s really easy and one day I hope to make a larger project with more of them.

This item is for a fellow Ravelry member who was let down in a swap. I think her parcel got lost in the mail. A few people are sending her small extra things to make up for the disappointment. I will add a few bits and pieces to this coaster and send them off soon.

Another bit of mail I need to send is a few grams of Stylecraft Special DK in Copper to a Raveler in New Zealand. She has nearly finished a blanket and just needs to finish half of a row in Copper. She didn’t want to buy a whole new skein so asked on one of the forums if anyone had any they’d be willing to send her. I have half a ball left over from Demelza so I will be putting some in an envelope and mailing it off soon.

I just love this Ravelry community. It has added so much to my crafting life.

 

 

WIP: Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Well, what have I been doing all week? I have to confess to getting a little bored with the granny squares. I only have a few left to do, and the weather is actually cold enough now to need a coat, so I should get it finished.

However, I have been lured away by this project. It’s a cute hat and cocoon set for a newborn. These things seem to be very popular for photoshoots at the moment. The downside to this particular pattern is that there is no gauge listed and no finished measurements. I did look up some size info at the Craft Yarn Council of America site but mostly I am eyeballing it.

The pattern called for 6 stitches at the beginning of the hat, and I was getting a very small conical shape that I didn’t like, so I changed it to 8 instead. Much prefer a rounder crown. Kept to the same number of stitches for the straight part and hoping it fits.

The pattern uses one colour for the cocoon and has shaping to make it look more caterpillar-ish. However I am using all four shades of green, as the caterpillar in Eric Carle’s book has different shades in it, and I’m working straight as it seemed to me that the skinny bits would be much too skinny. I dunno, I will only know for sure once the actual baby is put into it. I think I’m about halfway through the cocoon and it shouldn’t take long to finish.

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Unless…! Maybe I will be lured away yet again by this:

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The supervisor at work isn’t a confident crocheter but decided to give this pattern a go. Red Heart have brought out their Unforgettable Waves, which is a thick and thin version of the Unforgettable. Well, she tried it, but after a short distance along the brim she gave up in disgust and then found out that this yarn does not unravel well. She gave me the yarn and free pattern leaflet today. I think her intention was for me to keep the yarn for myself but I will crochet it up (if it plays nicely) and give her the finished hat.

Fabricland also now has their own line of yarn (Dynasty) which includes a Toque Kit (aka woolly hat). Inside the kit, you get a big ball of chunky yarn, a pattern and a fake fur pompom. Those things are very “in” right now, don’t you know! There is a big sale coming up and I have offered to buy a kit at half price ¬†that weekend, knit it up, and put it on display before giving it to someone as a gift. That will be my first knitting in about a year!

Well, the kitchen awaits. Pizza to be made, family to be fed, etc, then I can get going with my crochet hooks.

Have a wonderful crafty weekend.

 

 

 

A distraction from the current WIP

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I think I’m safe to post this here as my Jersey (British Isles) family doesn’t read my blog (except maybe for my mum and she won’t tell).

I had a Michaels email yesterday – my usual routine when those arrive is to keep the most recent one, just in case I find myself in need of a coupon, but this time the info was somewhat more interesting. All yarn on sale? Hmmm, have to check it out.

When I arrived, the employees were frantically opening towers of cardboard boxes and stocking the shelves, and at first I thought I might get Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice because it was about half price. However they had no white, and I need white for the main colour of my next project.

I went off to Costco and when I came back there was still none, so I looked at the Loops & Threads Impeccable. A similar 100% worsted weight acrylic, not quite as soft as the Vanna’s, but less money and more yardage per ball. The colours are white, four shades of green, yellow, purple, orange,¬†royal blue and cherry red. The purple looks blue in the photo for some reason. They are 4.5oz each, so bigger than the usual 3.5oz put-up.

That haul of 12 skeins cost me $30, which I think is a good deal as I will have enough to be able to make this blanket AND this cocoon/hat set (Ravelry links). I already bought the board book and I feel that this combination will make a nice newborn gift for the new parents. I will need to have it all finished by February to allow for snail mail, so no rush for the deadline.

The Coatigan continues – I think I have 31 squares made so far, so when I get to 36 I’ll take another photo. (Oooh, I just realised that 31 is halfway there.)

It’s been a gloriously sunny day here. After my piano lesson I met a friend for tea and we sat outside the coffee shop for an hour, enjoying the rays. Not bad for November, eh!