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Two new WIPs


What’s a vegan doing, crocheting with alpaca? Well, my boss liked the Double Layered Braided Cowl enough to ask me to make another out of this yarn. It’s Misti Alpaca Best of Nature worsted, and it feels lovely and soft. However the half doubles in the back back loop, or the third loop, are an absolute pain. Working in the front of the hdc is easy, but turning and working back in the back of it is fiddly and made my right hand go pins and needles-ish!

It wasn’t this hard with the Red Heart With Love, which is a heavier worsted. I also didn’t get gauge with the alpaca and had to go up a hook size, and also add five extra stitches to the strips to be sure of it being the right length.


As you can see, I’m actually using my handmade yarn bowl for this, as I had to hand wind the hanks into balls and they need corralling! I have crocheted two strips so far but have to wait a for a call back from S before I go any further, to make sure I understood her requirements re using the two colours.

I also started yet another pair of Granny Stitch Slippers at work yesterday with some old Knit Picks Brava. I will definitely have enough to make the feet in one colour this time, then add cream around the top.



It was a nutso day at work yesterday. I was called in Friday night for four hours and it was pretty dead, but Saturday was busy busy busy. As closing time approached, I found myself getting to the ‘fried brain’ stage where if people wanted math done to calculate how much they needed, or if it was ‘buy one, get three free’ and they wanted  four of something and twelve of something, but five different colours, it got to be too challenging!!

For a while, there was only cut cut cut and no putting bolts of fabric away, so it was wonderful when there was breathing space between customers so I could get things moved back to the shelves. About 5.15 I took a big breath and gave one of my coworkers a meaningful look, and she said she thought I was going to need help to ‘dig myself out.’ 😉

Thankfully by then I had managed to tidy up my area and was helping to get things put away at other cutting tables.

Today I had a lie-in and a blissful morning at home, and I’m now hoping that ds2 and ds3 will get out of bed so we can have a family walk this afternoon with ds1. Time will tell.








Double Layered Braided Cowl – more info


I was in such a rush to post last night that I forgot about the specs on the cowl. I used one ball of Red Heart With Love in Pewter. I got gauge with a 5mm hook as per the pattern.

This yarn comes in big skeins, almost 200 grams/7oz. I used about 120 grams, so if you buy smaller 100 gram balls you’ll need two.

I would use this yarn again. It’s nice to work with and, rather conveniently, available at the store where I work!

Crazy cat bag has a baby!


I had a second walk after dinner (with Tai Chi Man this time) and, as it was only 9pm  when we got back, there was enough time to make a little drawstring bag to go with the tote. I have a selection of different coloured ribbons from my farmer’s market days (can’t believe that was two years ago, crocheting my fingers off to make stuff for the stall).

I used the instructions from my Weekend Sewing book, but didn’t use the exact dimensions of the bags in the book as I wanted it to work with the fabric print.

Love it, love it, love it! My family has had to put up with me showing them my handiwork today.

I also spent the last four days working on a crochet commission – the Double Layered Braided Cowl. It uses Half Double Crochet in the third loop to push the top loops of the stitches to the front, hence the interesting texture – one set of four shorter strips, which are braided and have single crochet sections added to each end, and one set of four longer strips, braided and constructed the same way. Then the two sections are joined and a button tab and buttonhole tab added. It looks impressive, and more complicated than it actually is.

So you see I haven’t broken my yarn ban, because I didn’t have to buy this yarn – my manager at work provided the yarn and printout of the pattern, and I got some paid crocheting time. No button yet, but I’ll take it to work in the morning and she can choose an appropriate sized button and I’ll sew it on in my break.


And now I must turn in so I get my 8 hours of beauty sleep (yes, I do need it)!