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Maker’s Journal : The Crochet Edition

Granny Square Hottie Cover :

Finishing projects has been a struggle for me lately . I had misplaced two works in progress somewhere.That put a damper on my spirits and I kind of lost my making mojo.

The Granny Square Hottie cover came about as a result a scrappy make along. I had a big tangled mess of yarn which I had frogged from an abandoned project . When I found a hottie bottle without a cover , covering it up with granny squares seemed like a great plan. And it indeed was !

So quick and easy, with the granny squares getting done in just three rows each , I kept reaching out to them until it was all done. The Hot pink colour and the cream ( Kan Ten and Curiosity) made it a very bright and cheerful project.

I think the vintage buttons that came along as a free gift with Molly Makes magazine, tied the cover so well together. It is one of my favourite features of this project, on top of how this hottie cover came along.

Moreover ,an added bonus was the immense satisfaction, of pretty much using up all the yarn ,that was a frustrating pile of tangled mess mocking me.

I roughly followed Alexandra Mackenzie’s Granny Square Hottie Cover pattern.

Pattern Details :

Pattern : Granny Square Hottie Cover by Alexandra Mackenzie

Yarn : Outlaw Yarn Bandit DK in Kan Ten and Curiosity

Hook : 4 mm

Project Notes :

A few things I did differently from the pattern first and foremost , were the granny squares themselves . As a result I had to adjust the number of squares I made for the cover. I also joined the squares using single crochet rather than whip stitching them around. I was really happy to have a guideline in the pattern to follow and then make modifications to suit my needs.

Easy Victorian Shell Mitts :

While I do love a quick and easy granny square, nothing makes my soul sing like a feminine lacy pattern . I have made these mitts before in a cotton mix yarn called Main Line from Knit picks, now discontinued , when we were in Kuwait. For the Winters in Kuwait , that was good. After coming to Christchurch, a 70% cotton and 25% merino did not cut it for the Winter chill here. My hands were froze constantly and I have been meaning to make another pair in Merino.

When I first joined the Outlaw yarn team , Deb gifted me a Bohemia Worsted Yarn in the colour Royal and immediately I decided that I was going to use it for these mitts . Only, I never got around to making them. Even though they are a very quick and easy pattern that hardly takes more than an afternoon to finish the pair.

When I finished my granny square hottie cover, I was pumped up to crochet a little more and decided to just get these mitts done too. I had to go up a hook size than the pattern called for as I could not get the gauge right.That took a bit of time , as I started with a size smaller like I had done the first time, then the size called for in the pattern and finally going up a hook size . Yet, it did not take more than an evening to finish the Mitts.

The Polwarth, Possum and alpaca mix in the yarn makes these mitts so cozy , soft and extremely warm to wear. I love how the yarn and the colour bring out the beauty of this pattern. Needless to say , I’m so pleased with how they turned out and have this long overdue project ticked off my list of to do things.

Pattern Details :

Pattern : Easy Victorian Shell Mitts by Bron Green

Yarn : Outlaw Yarn Bohemia Worsted in Royal

Hook : 5 mm

Being able to create these two projects with yarn I had in my stash, after not finishing anything at all for a while ,has truly been a magical making moment for me.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

Crafts · Crochet · Shawl

Sunday Shawl

This week I finished my Sunday Shawl. I usually stay away from making the same project twice. This shawl is too pretty not to make .Unlike the first time I made this shawl, this time I made it in DK yarn , again from Outlaw Yarn , this time in Bandit Yarn. As expected, it worked up to be another quick project.

The pattern has been updated since I made it last time .It was not a difficult pattern to follow in the first place but with the updated pattern , it was a breeze.

It felt really good to get back into crochet again.

Project Details :

Pattern : Sunday Shawl by Alia Bland

Hook : 5 mm

Yarn : Outlaw yarn Bandit

(I used 5 skeins of the colour Curiosity for the main colour and one skein each of Daring, Frolic,Rouge, Kan-ten, Adventure and Scallywag for the accent colours)

My work mate Ethan and I chose the colours for this shawl as it is going to be a shop sample at Outlaw HQ . It was sweet serendipity that the colours I got custom dyed for my previous Sunday Shawl accent colours were all almost of the same colour palette.

Whats more, my usually very disinterested teen actually thought he could pinch it from me for himself and was sorely disappointed that it was a for a store sample.

coaster · Crafts · Crochet · Home Decor · Home Making

Pointy Coasters

In an attempt to organise and decorate everything, I have been quietly working away on adding in little cozy corners around my home ,for me to feel inspired and be creative.

So with the help of J, I put together a little blogging nook for myself. I’ve always liked to have a little desk in the corner of our bedroom to read ,write , plan and contemplate.

It is not at all fancy, the table is a hand me down from Steve and the chair is a thrifted gem from the Eco store in Christchurch. But I was extremely happy with how it all came together to serve my purpose.

When we finished working on the space,I was doing my morning devotion with my tea in hand and realised I did not have coasters that went with the space.

So I went stash diving and found this lovely Egyptian cotton my friend Jessyz had gifted me , at one of our meet ups, a very long time ago.

I had tried making many things with this yarn, but nothing made me happy . Each time I would make something, not feel the project, and then frog it and wind it back into the ball.

The best thing about this yarn is that, in spite of the several making and frogging I did, the yarn held its shape without pilling or losing its sheen.

This time, when I tried making these coasters , it made me very happy with how it turned out, that I decided to make a set of four.

I used Laura cotton for the edging which made it go perfectly with my space.

Project Details :

Pattern :   Pointy Coasters by Carmen Heffernan Boho Crochet: 30 Gloriously Colourful Projects

( I do not have the pattern. I saw the picture of the coaster online and kind of made up on my own from the picture and assumed the pattern was by Marinke Slump! Funny thing is, I just now discovered that I made a mistake of who the designer was,as I was writing this post! )

Hook : 3.5 Addi hook

Yarn : Egyptian Cotton ( Gift from Jessyz)

Laura Knitting Cotton in the colour 894

Crochet · Knit · Sew

Riding out the storm

This is a mindless Seed Stitch blanket I started recently to just help me ride out the little storm I ‘m passing.

I had a little accident as a result of which I couldn’t do much with my hands. So I started this blanket as it did not require much hand movement while also using up my stash of wool yarn.

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I love how it is coming along. I do like seed stitch. I’m not following any pattern. Just cast on an odd number stitches as long as the cable of the circular needles I’m using. The needles don’t have the size on it and so I don’t know what size it is.

The needles are slightly big for the yarn but that gives a nice drape to the fabric while being easy on my hands. I’m not able to knit on it for long periods of time but it’s ok as I think slow progress is better than no progress at all.

Edited to add : I have since frogged this blanket because I lost interest in it.

Crochet · Handknit · Knit · Knitting · Works in Progress

WIP: End of the year catch up

Schools have closed for the the year .The summer sun , the wildflowers , the roses ,hydrangeas and the lavender blooming  in my garden are keeping  me  very happy.

I’m sewing a lot more than I used to do.Finally I feel like I have a desire to sew and that came about with learning to sew this drawstring bag.

The unlimited possibilities that this pattern offers is its allure I believe.I made one more for Lil B’s Teacher to put her year end gift in.

I have now claimed my dinning table as my sewing set up with my machine, cutting mat and ironing all in one place.I can just sit and sew whenever I feel like it .

I’m also doing a modern mash up quilt- along.

I like Quilt -alongs/sew alongs because they often break down the big tasks into little do-able bits . Not just that, it is a great opportunity to learn from other people, being able to see the different versions of a block, in the comfort of my home.

These are the blocks I’ve made so far.

I’ve learnt to draw colours from an inspiration picture and work on it. Its hard but I’m trying .Choosing fabric has been the hardest part for me so far.

Knitting and crochet  have definitely taken a back seat. That does not mean I’m not doing them at all.

I’m testing the waters at the moment and trying to find out what sock knitting is all about. I want to know if it is for me, if yes, I want to see if I like cuff -down or toe up better. I want to give it a go once and see what the hype is about,  That ,and sock yarn is so pretty .

I asked for help on a FB group  and they directed me to this sock along.

Using DPNs seemed like a good idea at the time I started ,but now I wondering if I should have started with  circulars and magic loop.

I’m hopeful using DPNs will get easier once I get the hang of it. Not only that, it feels so cool knitting with five 2.5 mm toothpicks needles 🙂

There may have been a bout of startitis and I didn’t know ?.Podcasts and pretty sock yarn are to blame. I  started  the weekender blanket using some minis I had got at Unwind last year ,

 then I discovered  hedgehog fibres sock minis and I can feel a ‘mini’ obsession coming up to take hold of me.

Crafts · gifts · Handmade · Indie Dyed yarn · Knit · Life style · New Zealand · purses · Scarf · Yarny Love

A season to rest

All the fluffy pink lacy  cherry blossoms on trees  around, had me wistfully waiting for buds on my cherry tree, every single day  ! Finally they are here!

Look ! its blooming.

 I am itching to weed and potter around in the garden , but I need to rest!  I hurt my arm a few weeks back and now although I am getting better,  I am trying not to overdo anything. So I sneak in a bit of crafting , and a bit of computer time between other household work.

 Its very slow, but I’m grateful for what I am able to do.I was this close to going insane not being able to use my hands.

 This is on my needles right now.The pattern I’m knitting is called  One Row  Lace Scarf.

The reason it has not grown much is  because I manage to knit about two rows in a day , which is completely fine right now. I’m so in love with this gorgeous  peacock blue merino/silk blend from Feather Brush Yarns. which I got at  Unwind Dunedin. The colour way is called ‘Tiara’.  Ofcourse I’m using my favourite Chiagoo needles.

I have it  all together in my hold and cherish project bag. I love this bag too. The beautiful saturated hues  from Kaffe Fasset is right up my alley. I just love looking at all the colours together.

Accessories · cowl · Crafts · Crochet · Free Pattern · Handmade · How to · Lifestyle

Keffiyah  Cowl

If you knew me in real life, you would probably have  heard me say that I love cowls a lot . I prefer them over scarves because of how you don’t have to fuss with them like you would a scarf if it gets out of place.

When I finished this  cowl and posted on Instagram , there were a couple of people who said it looked like the Keffiyah , the distinct red and white Kuwaiti headdress and asked for the pattern.


I decided write down the pattern and call it the Keffiyah cowl as it was indeed inspired by the Kuwaiti headdress .

It is really a very simple pattern to make

Materials

. I used Heritage Organic Merino yarn  a light worsted weight yarn

Melon Sorbet  50 Gm X 1.25skeins

Ecru 50 Gm X 1.5 skeins

Pattern

(US instructions )

SC = single crochet

DC= double Crochet

SL ST= slip stitch

CH= chain

With  Melon , CH 27

Row :1  SC in second ch from hook, DC in next ch, ( sc in next ch, dc in next ch) , repeat () till the end.

Change Colour to Ecru , ch 1, turn

To change colour, at the end of the row, draw through the new colour in the last loop of the final dc or sc in the row.

Alternatively, you can also carry the yarn through . In which case you will need more yarn.

Row :2 Sc in first dc, dc in next sc ( sc in next stitch , DC in next sc) Repeat ( ) until the end of the row.

Repeat row 2 until desired length , making sure your last row is the colour that is opposite to your starting colour.

Whip stitch the short ends together . Weave in all loose ends.

For the Scallop Edging

Start the edging at the point where the joining ends. Along the wider side of the cowl, make ch3, 2 DC  in the 3rd ch from hook. Skip two stitches . Sl st in the next stitch. Repeat around. Finish off.

Do the same on the other long side. Weave in the ends .

Crafts · Crochet · Life · Seasons · small things · Weekly Catch up · Winter

Finished Object

DSC_0314Hi everyone,

I did not know  foggy winter mornings could be so beautiful! The entire landscape appears softened .Intriguing light behind the silhoutte of trees far away adding to the mystery. I had never seen that building before yet it adds charm to the panaroma. It seemed like a watercolour painted scenery to me.

I wonder if the  Master Painter sits there  tapping his brush on his chin musing what colours to paint that day . Each morning so grand yet so different than the day before .Never ever the same yet always a treat.

I feel completely blessed  to be able to just stay in the coziness of my home and enjoy the view through my window .

I would go out more if I did not always end up with a headache and ear ache   in spite of being wrapped under layers of  Merino and Down on cold cold days. That’s why  I prefer my little bubble, warm and cozy.DSC_0101camping on the couch, with my knitting and crochet, basking in the sunshine that makes its way to the couch through my large glass windows listening to podcasts or breakfast shows.

The shortest day of Winter just went past us  . Now Spring  must be just around the corner , no? School is out in two weeks and I can’t wait. Nothing  beats  lazy sleeping in days during Winter. I know the boys will drive me batty with loud music and non stop bickering during the  day.Still knowing they are  under the same roof as me, leaves me at peace.

A cowl scarf  got done and dusted at the said camping .Inspired by the Kuwaiti head dress .  Made of 100% NZ Organic Merino with 4.5 Addi hook,its very soft and warm.

It is going into a raffle package for a very worthy cause. DSC_0104

That and trying out a few middle eastern dishes have  kept me  distracted from getting overly  cranky over  J’s crazy work hours throwing off our routine and all. Oh  and laughing over showing up a week earlier for Big B’s troublesome wisdom tooth extraction appointment.

Until Later

Much Love

Pearlin

Crafts · Handknit · Handmade · Life style · Scarf · swaps

April Showers Scarf/Swap

Other than celebrating my birthday,  this month, I  also looking forward to the Secret Santa Swap .

As for the Secret Santa,now that the  Swap is over, I can show you the scarf I made for her and also the gift I received

I decided to start by choosing my yarn first. Since my swap partner’s favourite colour is purple, I went in search of a nice purple yarn.

 Malabrigo Silky Merino with 50% Merino and 50% silk in Nocturnal  seemed like a good one.

When I checked Robyn Egge yarns website, it said that purchase of two or more skeins came with the pattern for the April Showers Scarf.  That sealed the deal  for me, cutting down on the  the wild goose chase for the perfect pattern as well.

Its the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern, with the slightly variegated colour way giving an interesting character to the flower like design.

 Once the pattern  started making sense,the project was a breeze and the end result ,very satisfying for me.The yarn is divine to work with.So soft and squishy.  I think the recipient liked it.

I  did not know who my secret santa was. But I love the gift I got.IMG_0348IMG_0352 A cowl. You all know how much I love my cowls .

I love colour and the textured pattern. So pretty!

How is the New Year going for you all? For me,the days seem  to be blurring away faster than I would like.

I’m loving that  its summer in January  in this part of the world. Warm and sunny and nice most of the days.