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WIP: Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Well, what have I been doing all week? I have to confess to getting a little bored with the granny squares. I only have a few left to do, and the weather is actually cold enough now to need a coat, so I should get it finished.

However, I have been lured away by this project. It’s a cute hat and cocoon set for a newborn. These things seem to be very popular for photoshoots at the moment. The downside to this particular pattern is that there is no gauge listed and no finished measurements. I did look up some size info at the Craft Yarn Council of America site but mostly I am eyeballing it.

The pattern called for 6 stitches at the beginning of the hat, and I was getting a very small conical shape that I didn’t like, so I changed it to 8 instead. Much prefer a rounder crown. Kept to the same number of stitches for the straight part and hoping it fits.

The pattern uses one colour for the cocoon and has shaping to make it look more caterpillar-ish. However I am using all four shades of green, as the caterpillar in Eric Carle’s book has different shades in it, and I’m working straight as it seemed to me that the skinny bits would be much too skinny. I dunno, I will only know for sure once the actual baby is put into it. I think I’m about halfway through the cocoon and it shouldn’t take long to finish.

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Unless…! Maybe I will be lured away yet again by this:

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The supervisor at work isn’t a confident crocheter but decided to give this pattern a go. Red Heart have brought out their Unforgettable Waves, which is a thick and thin version of the Unforgettable. Well, she tried it, but after a short distance along the brim she gave up in disgust and then found out that this yarn does not unravel well. She gave me the yarn and free pattern leaflet today. I think her intention was for me to keep the yarn for myself but I will crochet it up (if it plays nicely) and give her the finished hat.

Fabricland also now has their own line of yarn (Dynasty) which includes a Toque Kit (aka woolly hat). Inside the kit, you get a big ball of chunky yarn, a pattern and a fake fur pompom. Those things are very “in” right now, don’t you know! There is a big sale coming up and I have offered to buy a kit at half price ┬áthat weekend, knit it up, and put it on display before giving it to someone as a gift. That will be my first knitting in about a year!

Well, the kitchen awaits. Pizza to be made, family to be fed, etc, then I can get going with my crochet hooks.

Have a wonderful crafty weekend.

 

 

 

Gift bags and a new wrap

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The Dragonfly scarf is temporarily on hold as I wanted to crochet some itty bitty gift bags for small gifts I intend to take with me on holiday. I have used two colourways of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable so far.

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I’d like to get three more done tomorrow. Tonight was too busy house-cleaning and doing laundry. One of these guys fits in the palm of my hand with room to spare.

Another idea I had was to make a rectangular wrap, inspired by many of the convertible wrap ideas on Ravelry. However I just didn’t have the time to crochet one so I bought some loopy fleece-type fabric from work and some clear snaps (didn’t want to make buttonholes).

The pattern I was most interested in was called Pillar to Post and the schematic looked something like this.

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I increased my desired width from 52 to 60 cm. The centres of the snaps were spaced 5 cm apart. The ‘male’ parts of the snaps were sewn on the wrong side, upper left and lower right corners, and the ‘female’ parts were sewn on the right side, upper right and lower left.

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This is a neat idea – you can wear it as a shrug (fold together lengthwise, snap together for sleeves), poncho (fold the other way, snap together at one side for the shoulder join), cowl (snap one end to itself, stick your head through the hole, wrap the rest around your ┬áneck), cardigan shawl (drape around your shoulders like a shawl, snap together at the front like you would a sweater). The colour of this fleece is close to the sweater I plan to wear on holiday and it will give me an extra layer that I can wear indoors or out if it’s chilly. It may be mid-20s here at home, but it’s probably more like mid-teens in the British Isles.

If I had more snaps and more patience (I really didn’t enjoy sewing on those snaps) I would put more along one or both ends for more wearing options.

Oh boy, I just noticed the time, so I guess there won’t be any more crochet for me tonight.

Have a great day!

 

 

 

 

Dragonfly scarf

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The new project has just been renamed, using the colourway of the yarn. How imaginative I am!

Last night’s shots, outside on the deck on a rainy evening.

 

And this morning, after more crocheting time.

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Please excuse the view of my socks, seen through the glass table!

The piece has grown to about 9″ wide now. Still a long way to go. The right edge is mostly looking good, except for a couple of places where I wasn’t paying attention and it looks different from the rest.

 

Toast!

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It’s the weekend, and the day that I decided that four weeks of raw detox was quite enough. If Tai Chi Man hadn’t been stern with me last night, I would probably have had toast after coming home from work at 9.15, but I had a banana instead. This morning, however, I broke out the bread, home-made ‘butter’ and organic strawberry jam and had two pieces of toast for the first time in a month. So good!

I also had a sandwich for lunch, filled with avocado, tomato, cucumber and lettuce. Mmmm! Now I just have to be self-disciplined and not pig out, because I’m feeling a little leaner and I like it.

I’m supposed to be at work today, but the store was so quiet that I was asked if I’d like to go home early. So I did. Yay for extra crocheting time. I don’t yet have a photo of my latest project. As I mentioned in my last post, I did do a small practice of Extended Tunisian Simple Stitch but I didn’t particularly enjoy it. It doesn’t have the same flow as Tss. So I ripped it out and have now started a Baktus-like triangular scarf. If you haven’t heard of the Baktus, it’s an easy scarf where you weigh your yarn at the beginning, knit or crochet, increasing on one side, until half the yarn is used up, then decrease on that side until your yarn is gone.

I’m using Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Dragonfly, which is a combination of purples and greens, and a 6mm hook. I’ll get a photo when I have more done.

I still need to decide on my travel crochet project for my big holiday in June. I have to travel light so can’t fill a whole suitcase with yarn (which obviously I’d like to do).

Any suggestions?