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Long weekends are made for crafting

Long weekends are made for crafting

It’s a long weekend here in BC, with Family Day on Monday, and I have the rare treat of having all three days off.

I’m enjoying knitting more on my Sporto sweater. Here’s a better pic which shows a more true version of the Spirulina Bites colourway (yarn is Scheepjes Truly Scrumptious).

After I’ve finished the yoke, I’ll be doing the sleeves so I can incorporate some colour-blocking with my two contrast colours. Then I’ll do the body.

Yesterday I had a play in my sewing room. It needed tidying after Thursday (I just dumped everything back in there after our sewing day, having carried it all upstairs for the event). I made a giant pompom which came out ok so I ran up a quick fleece hat to attach it to. There’s a snap on the pompom so it can be removed for the hat to be washed.

The pompom is heavy but the toque fits snugly enough on me for it not to slip off. And of course it matches my crazy buffalo plaid mishmash hoodie.

Today we have a potluck with friends so I need to get my arse off the couch and start prepping food. I’ll need a walk tonight to burn off some of the excess calories!

FO: Chameleon toque


And it’s done. And I’m once again WIPless. But not for long!

As you can see, the hat can be worn slouchy or with the brim turned up. I love how it looks different from every angle, thanks to the changing colours. The body of the hat is Tunisian full stitch, the crown is half double crochet, and the brim has two rounds of single crochet. When it’s turned up, you can see the wrong side of the full stitch, which looks a little like knitted garter stitch.

Sally the Styrofoam Head is modelling it along with the simple stitch cowl I made a little while ago.

OK, I am taking a break from Tunisian for now.  A project has caught my eye, and I know you’re going to think I’m crazy for starting a blanket when it’s over 30 degrees (90) outside, but this one is pretty. Sadly I don’t have any of the same yarn as the designer used, but I do have a crapton (totally kosher unit of measurement) of Stylecraft and that’s what I’m going to use.

It’s Dedri Uys’s Joy’s Journey, link here.

Take a look at those beautiful Scheepjes colours. It was designed to have a tactile pompom edge for people with Alzheimer’s. I don’t have a recipient in mind, I just want to make the blanket. It is just double crochet, spiralling around, not even individual rounds so no joining, and the pompom trim is something that we sell at the store where I work, so I’m going to take my little yarn ends from the turquoise colour pack of Stylecraft Special DK to the store tomorrow evening, as I will be working anyway, and get myself 6 metres of the trim in a colour that matches one of the yarn colours.

I am excited to crochet again.

I see that the DK yarn in the pattern is paired with a 6mm hook, but I think I will use my 5.5mm Addi Swing, just because it’s so comfortable. I have two of those hooks now and definitely recommend them.

Keep Calm and Crochet On!