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21 October 2014

Pumpkin?


Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my last post about the Eleanor cowl and about my reluctant selfie!  I'm afraid it's been one of those weeks (again) and I just haven't had a moment to get back to each of you.  But as always, I'm very grateful for your kind words and I'm glad that you loved the pattern too.

My little sprinting sewing project the other day really reminded me how much I've been missing out on playing with fabric lately.  Trips to the craft room have become rare events and something that needs to change I think.  I'm a little busy with a Super Secret project again at the moment, so I needed another quickie to satisfy the sewing urge.

I fancied a little Autumnal touch, so I've made a little fabric pumpkin mat.  At least I thought I had, but the first two people to view it said, 'oh I like the apple you've made', so maybe I didn't make a pumpkin after all.  Maybe I've made an apple.... 

You be the judge...



Well, it could certainly pass for an apple, I'll give anyone that but I must confess that I was hoping the colour would be a giveaway.  Maybe I should have stuck with my original idea, which was to use curved pieces of fabric to attempt to mimic the contours of the bulging pumpkin shape.  I thought about doing that and then decided, as this was to be a quick and enjoyable little sewing room trip, that I'd stick to something simple.

Ah well, some you win.... some end up looking like an apple!



For all it's imperfections, I quite like it.  It was fun to make and it does add that Autumnal touch that I was after, so it's alright in my book.  Now I just need to get up in the loft and find the rest of my seasonal nick nacks to spread the Autumnal feel around the home a little.


S x




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17 October 2014

Eleanor



After my unsuccessful deliberation over what to do with the Noro yarn I got recently I was left in desperate need of some other reason to test drive the sleek Lantern Moon needles I got at the same time.  The answer was this gorgeous cowl pattern in some of the most wonderfully buttery soft yarn that I got on a birthday trip to Loop earlier this year.

I seem to using knitting more as a way to relax lately.  I can get a little fanatical about my crochet projects and so, when I really want to unwind and let the stress melt away, I'm finding knitting is the perfect thing to do.  So I was originally looking out for a simple pattern, something soothing, maybe just a tad mind numbing.  But what I found and then couldn't resist, was Eleanor by Audrey Knight. (Rav link)

Apart from looking lovely, it looks fabulously complicated but actually I still found it to be a relaxing knit.  It's clearly charted out for one thing, but it's one of the those patterns that has a rhythm to it, so you can tell where you are and what you should be doing next.  I really enjoyed it.



It helped that the yarn was some of the scrummiest yarn it's been my pleasure to use in a long time.   (Madelinetosh Merino DK - just in case you were wondering) It was one of those, 'I don't know what it's for but I have to have it' type purchases.  Which, as it was part of a special birthday trip and visit to Loop, I hope I can be excused for.   

I hope it'll be a great choice for a cowl though as it's one of those yarns you just want to smoosh your face into as soon as you touch it.  (I'm not the only one who gets that urge... right?)  Anyway, I'm thinking that having it snuggled around my neck this winter will be a real treat.

Not such an easy one to get a shot of though.  Especially not a 'showing the cowl clearly but not having me in it' type of shot, which is my normal preference, so I've had to resort to a 'selfie' I'm afraid.... scroll down if you dare!




♡     E L E A N O R   C O W L    ♡

Pattern:  Eleanor by Audrey Knight


S x




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09 October 2014

The marathon and the sprint


It's a bit of an oblique title and no doubt rubbish for my SEO, but you'll see what I'm getting at in a minute.  I can put your mind at rest though if you were worrying this might be a post about running... I assure you that the terms are used purely figuratively.

No, those words are used here to represent what I've been up to lately.  You see, I've been working on these granny squares and although I'm loving them, me oh my they've been hanging around forever and a day.  Look, I mentioned them way back here in July!  

I'm not good with projects that linger and this one has had so many interruptions and disruptions that progress has been far too slow to keep me happy.  Worse still, after deciding this weekend that I couldn't possibly hook up one more square and 63 of the blooming things would just have to do, I've now joined them together and seen what an utterly inadequate size of blanket they make.  




I've tried to convince myself that it could just be a baby blanket, but for what baby exactly?  Or maybe a really thick border would make it big enough to use as a lap blanket?  But in truth I knew at once that more squares would be needed.  Many more.  Here is my marathon and I'm not even half way yet.

It's while I've been making these squares, pulling colours in and out of my workbasket, that it's become increasingly annoying to me how plain and dull my little brown basket is.  I've had it for ages now, a cheap thing from Dunelm Mill if I remember and suddenly, all this time later I found myself wondering why on earth I hadn't done anything to cheer it up a bit.  A speedy makeover seemed called for.  My sprint!

So a jolly afternoon of fabric selection and sewing was spent fixing the problem.  I had a few pre-cut squares of some CK fabric left in about the right size, so I used those and a few others to whip up a quick lining.  Well, not even that, I just modified the top part that folds over the edge, just a few pretty bits of material and some ribbon on the parts you can see.  The rest of the plain lining was left intact to cover the inside of the basket, just to make my sprint of a project as quick and easy as it could possibly be.







So, now I'm back to the marathon, but you know what, I'm enjoying it.  You can't sprint a marathon I know, but just at the moment I have the time and the energy so I'm racing through these second lot of squares as quickly as I can!


S x




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07 October 2014

Crochet Corner Update


This is a little bit more of a news bulletin than a blog post I'm afraid, but I thought you'd like to know that there's some new things on Crochet Corner for you to have a look at.

You can click on any of the links to fly off and check out the tutorial...

Just a small thing, but I've added a few notes about how I use the term 'Joining' Slip Stitches in my patterns and tutorials to the Stitch Directory.


Joining Slip Stitch (jss)
USA term: Joining Slip Stitch (jss)





I've also updated the Techniques page to include how to work round with a spiral, always useful to know and hopefully for handy for anyone keen on getting started with amigurumi. 


Working in a spiral
Beginner
How to work in the round as a continuous spiral




I've also added a few more tutorials to the Basic Patterns page.  Hopefully these basic shapes will be a handy reference for all crocheters, old or new!


Solid Circle
A very useful shape for all sorts of projects






Solid Hexagon
A favourite shape for blankets






Granny Triangle
Great for bunting







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And last, but not at all least, I'm pleased to say that I've been able to add some helpful links to outside pages that have translated versions of my tutorials.

So you can now find a French version of the Grannie Hearts by Katty at Sur Le Blog de Mes Loisirs...

 a German translation for the African Flower Pincushionby Jessica Nitsch of NadelSpielLust und MamaGl├╝ck...

the Rosie Posie Grannie Square in Danish by Mette Jakobsen of Sommerfuglen...

and even a video guide, using US terms by Emmy Lu for the Clamshell stitch pattern!

All these translations were provided by kind Cherry Heart readers, so thank you very much to each of them.


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I hope you'll find something you like!




S x




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