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My poor WIPs. I had good intentions, I really did. I posted pictures of them to the Finishalong2018 thread in the Crafternoon Treats podcast group on Ravelry (which I help moderate) with a plan to get ’em done. But I’m just not feeling the love.

So Startitis has hit me bad. After I crocheted those two small drawstring bags that I showed you last time, I made another ‘cake holding bag’ with Red Heart With Love. It started with a circle, which I just made up as I went along, doing however many granny clusters I needed to do to keep it flat, then it was granny stitch all the way up the sides. A small loop at the top finished it off.

By the time I finished it last night, sitting outside on the deck, it was getting dark.

I’ve already put it to good use, as I crocheted a hat today and put the cake of Bernat Pop inside it. This hat pattern is fast. I think it took around 2.5 hours total, and I got most of it done while waiting for the two boys at the dentist. It’s called the Newsboy Slouch and the Ravelry pattern page is here.

Very easy, very quick. I’m not 100% sold on how it suits me, but I’ll keep it for now. It’s not washed yet.

I also did some stealth crochet this week for a crochet designer. She asked me to be one of her testers, as I’ve tested for her before. It’s an afghan block with popcorns and overlay crochet, but I am waiting for her to publish her design before showing anyone my finished square.

So lots of hooking this week, and a teeny tiny bit of knitting. I have done four rounds of ribbing on a sock on US#1 needles. OMG, talk about fiddly. I’ll show you that project another time. In the meantime, have a great week!

FO: fingerless mitts


One of the things I like to do on Ravelry is stalk three of the pattern testing groups. Designers can post their designs in these groups and get volunteers to test knit or crochet the pattern for them, giving feedback on how well the pattern is written and offering advice for tweaks.

I usually look out for crochet designs, ones that are quick to make, as I feel a little bit of pressure to make things in a timely manner and I do, after all, have other projects to work on.

This week, I made these.

I really like the result. The light grey hand part is done in Tunisian simple stitch, which I’ve only played with once before. The ‘ribbing’ at the finger end is front post and back post dc. The tricky part, and here is the challenge a designer faces in describing a new technique, involved picking up around the inside edge for the cuff and thumb. It took a bit of fiddling, but I figured it out, and the designer seems happy with the finished project.

I can’t link to a pattern yet as it’s still in testing, with other people working on their mitts in progress, but I like to show you my crochet!

There is a thread in one Ravelry group called Finish it in February, and I would dearly love to finish my blanket by the end of the day. Thanks to this being a leap year, I have an extra day to push to the finish.

Make the most of your February 29th.