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Friday frolics


G’day crafty people! How are you? I have had a nice day off, during which I spent some time at a coffee shop, crocheting up a new test mandala design for a designer I have worked for before, and looking around for new runners and jeans. The runners were urgent – the cheap Wal-mart jobbies that I’ve been wearing at the gym were ones I’ve had for years but because they have been my dedicated indoor workout shoes they really didn’t get a lot of use until last September when I joined World Gym. This week, the sole of the right shoe split!

I decided that I’d be willing to spend more on a good quality pair this time. I set a mental budget of $100 maximum, which is more than I have ever spent on shoes before, and looked for some that had the right features (no leather, a bit of colour but not tacky, a good fit, and a good look). Sportchek didn’t have anything that fitted my specs in my size, so I ended up looking around Shoe Warehouse, found three possible options, and narrowed it down to these.


Of course, as turquoise is my favourite colour, they were very appealing to me!

I can show you this square now. This was my test crochet square from last month that I didn’t want to talk too much about until it was published. Now that Pam has released it (Ravelry pattern page here) I can show off my square.


It’s a pretty design, but I would use different colours if I made it again.

Today I was working on this test mandala, also by Pam, and I did all the crocheting on it (it’s only eight rounds) while drinking my London Fog at the coffee shop.


It’s a bit wavy at the moment, and all the ends need to be woven in, but a good steam blocking should do the trick.

The cat backpack got an outing, as it was holding a dozen colours of DK yarn, and the pocket held my hook, darning needles, tape measure and snippers.

I have enough sock to make it worth showing too. This was taken before the heel turn, which I have also done. I’m using one of my sewn triangle zipper bags for this project, but am finding it hard to motivate myself to knit on this every day so it’s slow going.

The yarn is Loops & Threads Perfect Pair, and the needles are Chiao Goo stainless steel, size US#1. So skinny! (Oh, and the pattern is the basic cuff-down sock pattern from Ann Budd’s Handy Book of Patterns.)

These two projects were tiny, crocheted items that I made using dollar store cotton.

The mini backpack was the third in a row for this pattern, and the smallest of all at about 3″ tall. The cup and saucer were created on the hook (2.5mm) while sitting outside my favourite tea shop, just so I had something to do with my hands. I gave it to the owner when it was done and she was delighted.

Well, quite the roundup, eh! I expect things will be pretty quiet around here this month as I will be on holiday with Tai Chi Man for a couple of weeks, but I have lots of options for holiday knitting/crocheting so will have stuff to share with you later. Ta ta for now.



Plodding poncho progress


Ok, so I made three mandalas, as you may recall, and one I didn’t like much. As it turns out, the squared up mandalas are quite big and the nicer two joined together are about 27″ across.


Two unblocked mandala squares joined together

I measured my old poncho and I think a 27″ wide rectangle is going to be a good size so I will now start the stripes by adding to the long top edge of this piece. I was going to do solid dc stripes but now I’m thinking that granny stripes would fit better with these circles (and be easier and quicker to do.)

The poncho that inspired this one has three blocks, not two. And much as I would prefer an odd number I don’t think I can rustle up the gumption to redo three smaller blocks and basically start over.

I am still on the lookout for the perfect travel crochet project (added a couple of possibles to my Ravelry queue tonight) and I’m finding my fascination with Tunisian crochet is trying to drag me into starting a project using that technique. Unfortunately pattern choices online seem to be much rarer than regular crochet so I may end up making something off the cuff.

Have a great week!

More mandalas


My three mandalas, completed to the final round of the circle. My favourite is the first one I made, with the red outermost round. Don’t particularly like the one with two light green rounds.

These are big. I squared one up, as per Zooty Owl’s instructions, and unblocked it’s 12.5″. If I join three in a row as planned, for one end of my poncho, it will be huge, so I may have to rethink.


imageJust a quickie post this morning. Have a wonderful weekend!

Daisy Centre Mandala WIP


I haven’t made it as far as the crocheting corner of the couch tonight, but I did make a little progress on Mandala two of three before I went out hiking with my friend Jen this afternoon. I am trying to remember to get photos taken in daylight, because the colours show up way better.

The first mandala is the one with the red outermost round. The second is partially complete. The third photo shows them side  by side for comparison purposes. I decided that the three motifs would all have a turquoise centre, but a different order of colours for the rest. All will be squared up with the turquoise (of which I have most skeins).

Pretty, huh?

Daisy Mandala Poncho



Daisy Mandala link

Daisy Mandala Squared link

This is the turquoise colour pack that I bought ages ago from Deramores. It’s Stylecraft Special DK, and the bit of work at the bottom of the photo is the first three rounds of the Klokkeblomst/Bellflower sweater, which have since been frogged.

Not gonna happen.

I really didn’t like using a 9mm hook with this yarn as it didn’t glide through the stitches the way a smaller hook does and after looking at the colours together I couldn’t see myself wearing a sweater with the planned stripes on the yoke.

So, out it came this morning, and once I’d finished my chores I settled on the couch for a little crochet time on an alternative project.

I went from browsing sweaters and cardigans to looking at ponchos. One had three blocks attached to a long striped rectangle, which was then sewn into a poncho shape. I liked that idea. I have a knitted poncho from way back which is just one rectangle, the narrow end of which is joined to the side of the rectangle, creating a neck hole. It can be worn with the point at front or back, which is handy for driving (keeps your lap warm without bulk behind you), or twisted around it’s longer at the back and shorter at the front, leaving your arms freer.

A bit more hunting and I came across Zooty Owl’s website (I’ve made a couple of her things, and I love them, and they usually have great photo tutorials). The Daisy Mandala (links above) is really pretty and she has a second blog post where she adds rounds to square it up. Perfect!

So here’s my plan. Make three squares, join them together, start working along the long edge of the resulting rectangle in random colourful stripes until it’s big enough.

This is the progress so far on square #1. It’s not lying very flat but I can beat it (I mean, block it) into submission later on.


Happy Crocheting!