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FO: a mug hug and a mug rug

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The back of the sweater is coming along slowly – I started out with way too many stitches and had to restart a couple of times, and then I decided I didn’t like the plain ol’ dc, so I ended up with a V stitch. The back is now about 8″ long.

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I really hope this works out, because if I end up unravelling I’ll have lots of short yarn bits to deal with.

So anyway, I digressed this evening with a little gift for a co-worker. Someone I haven’t given anything to yet. I used the Stylecraft Classique Cotton and a 4mm hook to make this mug hug (cosy) and mug rug (coaster). The coaster is a basic African Flower motif which I have made before. So pretty! And the cosy was just made up as I went along, adding a thinner section through the handle for a button and buttonhole. The crocheted viola is from the book “100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet” by Lesley Stanfield. I’ve had the book for ages (thanks to a friend) and this is the first thing I’ve made out of it, I think.

It was a work day today – I exceeded my 10,000 step goal again – and I ended up staying home this evening even though there was a choice of two events I could have attended. Finishing work at 6 meant dinner around 7, by which time it was too late to think about going out again.

Enjoy the rest of your week!

 

 

WIP: Gypsy Flower Square sweater

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Good morning, peeps! It’s such a beautiful day here. We’ve had lots of sun and blue sky this week. A few clouds threatened yesterday and even dropped about ten tiny snowflakes on me when I was walking for an hour, but it didn’t amount to anything.

Now that we have the new windows and doors, the house is so much brighter. No UV film to block out the much-desired winter sun. The extra window in the kitchen door is my favourite thing of the whole job – what was a dark corner is now filled with light. What a difference!

I took another photo of me with the new haircut that came out better. I sent it to my mum, but I will also share it here. I love the hair, but my face is definitely suffering the effects of my 54 year old hormones. It is reddened, partly spotty and partly flaky. Gah!

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You may have seen the first part of the Gypsy Flower Square in my last post. I reached the end of the instructions for the square…

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I absolutely love the stitch pattern in the last two rounds, especially as they are in my favourite colour.

After that, I had to decide what to do to make it bigger. This is what I did…

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Some V stitches, some puff stitches. I’ve now used all the colours in the pack except for the petrol. I need to save that for the edges as I would hate to run out of it when doing the neckline, etc. Rather than make another square like this, I think I will probably do the back in stripes, as well as the sleeves. That way I can use up the colours more evenly.

Stylecraft Special DK held double and crocheted with a 6mm hook is so nice and squishy. Of course, one could use chunky yarn to start with, but the DK comes in 82 colours and the Aran and Chunky weights only in, what, 30?

Well, the square still isn’t big enough, so I will have to be creative and continue on until it’s at least 22 inches across. Gotta have some positive ease, especially in a bulky sweater. I really hope this will look great with jeans this spring!

I spent an intense couple of hours yesterday, starting to type up my thoughts relating to a new venture. Since I acquired my Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate, my plans are to set up a new website/blog helping people who want to transition to a healthier lifestyle. It will need to be written, rewritten, and tested (just like a crochet pattern!) before releasing it to the general public. I am excited about it!

Have an awesome day!

 

Klokkeblomst/Bellflower

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Adding the relevant links first, in the hope it’ll be easier (things are getting slower and I don’t know if it’s my iPad, my router, or WordPress)!

Klokkeblomst/Bellflower pattern – Ravelry link

Biscuits and Jam Random Stripe Generator

Must go to bed soon, but first I’ll show you how I spent my evening.

Messing about with Stylecraft Special DK (turquoise colour pack) and a paint stirrer stick to think about stripe patterns.

Sticking bits to paper and visiting Biscuits and Jam for some random stripe generation.

 

Swatching for Klokkeblomst, a rather wonderfully-named crochet sweater. There are lots of projects on Ravelry with very mixed feedback. I’ve already discovered that there’s no way I can get 12sts to 10cm with a 5mm hook. My gauge swatch grew and grew until I finally got gauge with a 9mm!

I also discovered, after I circled all the numbers for what I thought was my size, that the math doesn’t work out and I have to make the next size up. Grrr!

To be honest, crocheting DK yarn with a 9mm hook isn’t that comfortable and I may just find another pattern. I suppose it’s better to spend the time on the swatch than dive right in and waste hours of time on a garment that doesn’t fit.

Ok, I’m off to bed, I have to be up early in the morning.

Item #1 – check

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Sweater guts

Sweater guts

My last post itemized a few things that I intended to do. Well, number one is done. While I watched a movie on Netflix (The Baker – quite amusing) I ripped out the sweater.

And here is what it looks like now. A large pile of navy blue bulky acrylic, a small pile of red worsted weight acrylic, and the inevitable pile of scrappy ends from the messy parts (like the grafted armpits).

This yarn is very soft and only lightly twisted and it has not retained much kinking from being knitted into a sweater.

We are experiencing a lot of smoke in the valley again. Apparently it’s being blown north from Washington State. My eyes are sore and my nose is running. By this point in the summer, we British Columbians are looking forward to fall’s cooler temperatures and maybe some rain, if we’re lucky.

Hope you have a super Sunday. 🙂