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FO: Crochet Cuddler Cocoon (and new yarn)

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Before I show you my February sweater, here is a photo of me in my January sweater.  I wore it the other day (wow, it’s warm) and it fits perfectly. If I could change one thing about it, though, I’d add an inch to the sleeves. When I was driving and out and about, I felt I could have done with just a bit of extra length in the sleeves.

So, once I finished that sweater off last Monday night, I was free to get on with the next project. The February project took all of four days from start to finish, it was so quick and easy. I did make a few adjustments to the pattern so I will link to my Ravelry project page here.

I had to crop out my head in that shot because the cardigan is so dark that my face was overexposed. The base rectangle for the back of the sweater seemed really small in the pattern so I added four rows. The sleeves also would have been tiny so I doubled the length of those. And there were only three border rounds in the pattern and I did 12, basically until my yarn almost ran out.

The yarn is Willow Wash Bulky, which is so lovely and soft to work with and to wear, but the six strands are very loosely spun so you have to be careful not to split them. As I am just hanging around the house today, I decided to wear it (it would probably not be warm enough outside in the cold at the moment) though I had to abandon it while vacuuming because I was getting too hot.

I am pleased with it, thanks to my adaptations. I think if you were to use a much bulkier yarn, you could follow the designer’s numbers, but it would have been far too small for me using the Willow Wash, following it as is.

There has been a little bit of yarn acquisition this week. OK, a lot. Walmart still has the Bernat Pop! yarn, and I decided that I should get extra of the rainbow coloured one to pair with plain black for a future sweater. Also I found a nice one with grey and pink that I can pair with the leftover Red Heart Supersaver in grey heather. And a couple of cakes of grey/turquoise, just because.

Also today I received my Wool Warehouse order, a mere WEEK after they shipped it. I love their efficiency. I ordered on the weekend, they shipped it the first working day afterwards, and the post office have done their bit too. Normally stuff takes two weeks to get here. I am glad it’s here as part of the order is for my Ravelry Ravellenic Games project, the doll I mentioned in my last post. The rest are colours that I picked to pad out gaps in my DK collection, like the  yellows, browns and neutrals.

My Christmas/birthday fund is being rapidly depleted!

I’ve said this before, but I love the organza bags that WW send the yarn in.

Well, today I need to start swatching for a new sweater: the March sweater, in theory, though I am well ahead of my deadline. Believe it or not, despite the thousands of patterns in the Ravelry database, I couldn’t find the perfect one for my black/rainbow combination, so I have sketched out a possible design and need to figure out my gauge. I am having a few niggling doubts about a rainbow tunic, even if it is calmed down with black, so I  may end up going with the grey instead. For now, though, I have to finish cleaning the kitchen (totally distracted by the parcel of yarn in the mail and wanting to tell you all about it, but it’s nose to the grindstone time for me now)!

I hope next time to show you what my decision was for the March sweater, plus some progress.

 

 

FO: January sweater

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Thanks to a few knitting opportunities throughout the day yesterday, I finished my sweater last night. I love the touch of colour in the hem facings. I will try it on again today then give it a wash – thanks to the hardwearing nature of Red Heart Super Saver, I can machine wash and dry with abandon (as long as nothing else in the machine has Velcro or hooks).

It took me about 15 days. I cast on January 7th after a false start with a different pattern and needles. As I’ve finished my January sweater early, I can get a head start on my February sweater.

The February sweater is this one – The Crochet Cuddler Cocoon – which I plan to make with the navy Willow Wash Bulky that was frogged from a different sweater that didn’t work out, and which has been sitting in my stash for a long time.

It’s snowing here today, which seems appropriate as I have a new sweater to wear! I have had a very lazy morning of Ravelry browsing, but I plan to hit the gym shortly to remedy that.

Are you joining in with the Ravellenic Games on Ravelry? They coincide with the Winter Olympics in South Korea. My project will be a crocheted doll for whom I intend to devise a dress that looks like a paper bag. She will be the Paper Bag Princess, and will be sent to my great-niece with the board book of the same name by Robert Munsch. Well, I didn’t have the right colour yarn, of course, so ordered some from Wool Warehouse….along with a few others to keep it company as it flew here from England! I will of course show it to you as soon as it arrives. It shipped yesterday.

 

 

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.

 

 

Bag FO

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Zee bag eez done!

Thanks to some crocheting in the car this morning while dh drove, I finished the strap and sewed it on. The lining was sewn in this afternoon, while I enjoyed the warmth out on the deck (though I mostly stayed in the shade).

And then I frittered away the rest of the afternoon, browsing around Ravelry patterns and Tunisian crochet tutorials. Pretty darn awesome way to spend time, especially as I was scheduled to work today, but received a phone call about a  hour before I was due to leave, asking if I wanted the day off. Duh! Of course I said Yes!

I still haven’t decided whether to make another blanket and, if so, whether it will be a CAL or something else; or whether to make something wearable, maybe a poncho or sweater. I don’t want to start using one of my colour packs and then regret using it to make something I’m not happy with.

Decisions, decisions!

 

Ravelry Project Review

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imageimageimageimageWow! I shocked myself. I have seen other bloggers posting their end-of-year reviews and thought I hadn’t completed much. I have three works in progress still on the go, which seem to be taking a long time to finish. So when I looked at my Ravelry notebook (my user name is Nicolaknits if you’d like a better look at my project pages) I was amazed to find that I’ve completed 65 projects in 2015!

Gobsmacked!!

I tallied up the items and here are the totals:
Dachshund (hot/cold pack) 1
Christmas stocking 1
Shawl 1
Tea cosies 2
Cup cosy 1
Hats 14
Mitts 3
Blankets 5
Dishcloths 8
Cowls/scarves 9
Slippers 11
Bags 5
Chair seat cover 1
Baby cardigan 1
Kitchen towel hanging loops 2

total 65

Above are the screenshots from Ravelry. Some project pages represent more than one item (for example, the two tea cosies are on the same page).

I had some free time this afternoon and, knowing that my order from Deramores should be arriving any day now, I laid out all my yarn on the floor of my craft room. My plan is to post some photos here and on the Flash your Stash 2016 thread on Ravelry. I took some photos today but I’m not going to do any flashing until those new colour packs arrive.

My expectation is that I will keep the new DK yarn for something special while working through the older stuff. (^.^)