The photo of my latest FO looked a lot sharper on my iPad screen than it does on this laptop. Anyhoo, this Baby Surprise Jacket is all done, buttons ‘n all. I tested out a few options at the store today, from turquoise tortoises to red apples, and these shiny red shank-style buttons seemed to fit best. They echo the red stripe and pop nicely on the turquoise background.
I think these colours would actually work for a boy or a girl, so if for any reason the ultrasound turns out to be wrong, then I’m prepared!
I cast on for the BSJ#2 last night and will show you that when a bit more progress has been made.
I’m taking a step in a more advanced direction with my two current projects.
When I signed up for Lillabjorn’s Crochet newsletter, so I could keep up with the Peacock Tail Bag CAL, I received a link for the Macaron Pincushion. So a couple of nights ago I made half of the pincushion (which was all I had time for that night as it got really late).
It turned out to be the perfect intro to the designer’s writing style and techniques, so that when I started the Peacock Tail Bag last night (again, way too late) I could understand it easily.
The pincushion and bag both use overlay crochet techniques, which just means stitches add texture by being made over the top of plain stitches in previous rounds. The patterns recommend very small hooks for the type of yarn, and I am using a 3.5mm one as I find anything smaller splits the yarn and also is too tiring.
This is the yarn I’m using for both projects:
Deramores Studio DK, 100% acrylic. It’s very soft and nice to work with. These colours are from the Gemstones Pack that I bought some time ago but it’s still available. (That link will take you to the main site and prices in UK pounds, but click on the thingy at the top for the currency of your choice. They ship everywhere. Very reasonably.)
This is the first half of the pincushion:
And this is part one of the bag CAL – it seems we will be crocheting the front and back of the bag at the same time. The front will have the fancy overlay stitches, the back is plain stripes. I now have to wait until the middle of next week to get part two, but that’s fine – I’d rather progress slowly than fall behind with too high of an expectation.
Later I can finish the pincushion and even add to my ripple blanket.
Have you done any Crochet- or Knit-alongs?
Bottom section of the stash – DK and worsted
(Above – colour packs, wrap in progress, new hook)
I feel like today was so productive. I didn’t have to go to work so I worked at home, getting the place cleaned up and the laundry up to date. I stuck to my plan to have only smoothies for meals (Tai Chi Man and I are having a Cleanse Week) and I went for an afternoon walk AND an evening swim. But the highlight of the day was the arrival of three bags from Deramores, which the mailman left on my front doorstep while I was out walking.
They took two weeks to arrive, which is about the same as previous orders, and the bags were intact (two were actually double-bagged). And the yarn is so pretty!!
So what did I get today?
Well, there was the Deramores Studio DK Gemstones colour pack, the Stylecraft Special DK Cosy colour pack (the warm tones) and the Coast colour pack (the blue tones). Plus of course the 4.5mm Addi Swing crochet hook.
I’m going to bung a load of photos at the end of this post and they may be in a somewhat random order. But there are pictures of the new stuff and the old stuff and the works in progress. This is all my yarn – nothing is lurking anywhere else – it was all spread out on the throw on my craft room floor.
And when I’d taken the photos, I had to update my Ravelry stash pages, which are still not quite accurate as I have the blanket and wrap on the go with skeins that will need to be weighed at the end of the projects.
Here goes then…
Top section of the stash – bulky, super bulky, some DK and worsted
(Above – blanket in progress, turquoise colour pack)