Journaling and Quilling

Well, my idea of writing for this blog every week has so far flown out the window. Oops. But in good news, I have finished some projects and have some journaling and quilling to show!

Journaling

Although I’m still not journaling every day, I do try to journal as often as possible. Here are a few pages that I’ve finished.

As you can see, I do use a lot of quotes and the like – mostly poems that I like or that I feel fits with the day.

Quilling

I’ve also been doing some quilling again, yay! Just cards, but I am going to sort through all my papercraft stuff so I can properly start making birthday cards and things again.

Current WIPs

Currently I’m busy with an asymmetrical shawl I’m knitting with Sirdar Divine yarn and the spring scarf I’m crocheting. There are a few bits and pieces that I will tell you about next time when I will also show my FOs!

Current Projects – Crochet and Knitting

With all these heatwaves we’re having in Gauteng (the province that I live in in South Africa), I’ve been working on small and light projects. There is no way I’m working on the Fire and Smoke Throw when it is the hottest day of summer!

Knitting!

Luckily my road trip knitting of December (the Herning Shawl from the one issue of Knitting Magazine) is a very light knit as I’m using 3-ply Elle Babykins yarn. Knitted with my 3.25 mm Simfonie KnitPro circulars on a 120cm cable, it’s coming out very well even with me fiddling with the pattern to produce a slight lace feel to the centre of the shawl. Also, you have to have some beautiful progress markers on your work!

Next comes the crochet!

I’m still busy with the Mermaid Tail Scarf as I usually put this one down first when it comes to making orders and gifts – simply because it is such a big project although the pattern is easy enough so I can just pick up and continue even after leaving it for a couple of weeks. This shawl is made with Elle Crochet No 5 and a 2.5 mm hook.

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A small Koala amigurumi is also on the hook… can you say on the hook? Hmmm… Anyway, the pattern is a bought pattern (yay Etsy!) and I’m making it for one of my friends at work. It should be quite a quick make as well. I’m using Elle Family Knit DK and a 4.5 mm hook for it.

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One evening, while almost falling into the rabbit hole that is Pinterest, I found a tutorial for the Elizabeth Stitch and ended up starting a scarf for the winter! It really is a beautiful stitch! (And easy to do as well – great for TV crocheting.)

Ta-da! How’s that for cheering up winter? It’s Elle Charity’s Fruit Shake colourway and I’m using a 4.5 mm hook.

The Fire and Smoke Throw for my aunt is on hold until February so that the weather can cool down slightly. Because it’s Aran yarn I’m using, it is quite hot when you start sewing everything together and have to keep it on your lap. Also from Elle, the yarn is Kaleido in the Briquette colourway. Pattern is my own, though I will make it available on here once it’s done.

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Next time…

Quilling and journaling!

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Catching Up, Finished Objects, and Christmas Crafting Begins!

In which time runs away from me, I start a new job, finish a few projects, and start some Christmas projects (can you believe it’s already that time of the year!).

I’ve had no excuses for not keeping up with the blog other than not having enough time… In September I started a new job (yay!) so August was spent handing over my work and writing fiction (and yet I’m still not finished with The Box of Secrets).

September, as you may imagine, sped past me in a bit of a haze as I started the new job (as copy writing at a publisher) and had to get used a whole new routine. I am almost feeling like I am catching up again with life, though, although NaNoWriMo is next month and it promises to be a doozy.

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Because of NaNo (a challenge in which you write 50 000 words/a novel in 30 days), I will not be able to work on my Christmas gifts as much as I would like. So, for the next two weeks I am crocheting and knitting my heart out.

But first – some FOs

Three finished objects of the past two months are the nameless cactus (for my desk at work), the nameless bear (for a colleague’s daughter), and the Daisy Doily.

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Current WIPs and Christmas crafting time!

Most of my WIPs have now been put on hold while I’m busy with Christmas gifts. The Duinen scarf is so close to finished (about 10 rows left), but I ended up not buying enough wool, so I had to also put it on hold. Luckily I got my hands on another ball of Elle Pullskein in the May apple colourway!

The Christmas gifts for this year is not many in number, but are quite big projects. One is a throw for a double bed and the other includes lace knitting. Which is taking a LOT longer than I had initially thought it would! Keep your eyes on my Instagram for some bits and pieces on the Christmas gifts!

The Peacock Shawl, Duinen II, and a Unicorn

Behold! The peacock shawl is finished!

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The pattern is the Eilian Shawl by Jasmin Räsänen which is available for free on Ravelry. I used Red Heart Lacie yarn — swiped the last in the store just in time before learning that it had been discontinued. It was a sign, in my opinion. I was meant to make this shawl!

The pattern is easy enough for a beginner who wants to tackle a bigger project and Jasmin’s patterns are easy to follow. She also gives a diagram of the pattern (which I personally prefer to written instructions).

Current WIPs — Duinen II by Jasmin Räsänen

After finishing the shawl and updating my Ravelry page, I had a look at my queue and Jasmin’s “Duinen II” pattern was next on my list. Well, poor old me had to go and start it. I mean, I’d only bought the yarn for the project seven months ago already.

The yarn is Elle’s Pullskein DK in the Mayapple colourway and I am using a 4 mm hook. (If you’re wondering, the hook is also an Elle hook and I can highly recommend their ergonomic ones. Very comfortable to work with.)

Mermaid Tail Shawl & Sparkles the Unicorn

I have also taken out the Mermaid Tail Shawl again — and managed to get another four balls of the crochet cotton, which means that I’ll now be able to finish it! (I’m noting the pattern as I go and will post it once it’s done.)

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Unlike the Lacie yarn, the “Cool and Crazy” colourway has not been discontinued, but the closest shop in my area that stocks it is quite out of the way for me. While I was there I also picked up another ball of the Mayapple and a ball of the white Elle Family Knit DK* that I was using to make Sparkles Twinkletoes, the unicorn. Yes, that is her name and I am sticking with it!

Sparkles is part of a gift that I made for a friend’s stork tea/baby shower. I’ll do the next post about the gift and give all the pattern links and yarns that I used then.

In-between I am also still crocheting away at the baby beanies for charity. You can see them and get the pattern from my Ravelry project page.

Well, that has been my week in crafting — I would love to hear how your WIPs are going or see some FOs! Why not leave a link in the comment section?

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*As you can see, I am a fan of the Elle yarns and thread!

Glove Patterns, an FO, WIPs, and Plans

At last I have some of the glove patterns ready for you! (These are free to download, I only ask that you link back here and not share them without attribution — thank you!)

The patterns are easy enough for beginners, and are highly customisable when it comes to sizing, so you can use the same pattern for kids or adults.

Scroll down for the following free patterns (they’ll be on Ravelry a bit later):

  • Nettie’s Wristwarmers
  • Fingerless gloves with a lace edge
  • Sam’s fingerless glove recipe

Finished Object: Heirloom Scarf

The Heirloom Scarf is finished! An easy and fast pattern, this scarf is perfect for a quick gift or when you just feel like working a pattern you don’t really have to think about. This pattern is also a good one for a beginner. I’ll type it up during the week to post it (I hope!) next week.

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WIPs and an FO

I’m currently busy with a few projects, including some gifts for a stork tea in two weeks’ time. The main gift (which is the FO) for the tea is a Zero toy (the dog from The Nightmare Before Christmas). I got a free pattern online and am using chunky Elle yarn. Then I am also making a small bunny from Elle’s Babykins yarn that’s perfect for a baby’s sensitive skin.

The “peacock shawl” is still growing steadily — I have about 75 g of yarn left (Red Heart Lacie).

I have also been trying my hand at lace knitting again. I am making the KnitPicks Fishtail Lace Scarf pattern and, though it is slow going (at least in contrast with the speed at which I crochet!), I enjoy seeing the pattern grow and evolve.

Finally I am also busy with the second pair of “Nettie’s Wristwarmers” and need to finish the Jack Skellington beanie.

Plans for future projects

August is just around the corner and I realised that I seriously need to figure out the gifts I am making for Christmas this year!

The only one I am 100% certain of, is a lace scarf for my sister, for which I will most likely use Katia yarn. I quite fell in love with this pattern and think that it would suit her wonderfully. I am still deciding on the colour, though.

Besides gifts I am also still making beanies and booties for Beanies, Booties, and Blankets. The pattern I’m using is “Lisha Hats” that you can find on Ravelry.

Pattern:

Nettie’s Wristwarmers

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Needed:

DK wool/yarn (I used Stylecraft DK and Elle Family Knit DK)

5 mm crochet hook

Needle for weaving in the ends

Pattern:

Foundation chain: 35 stitches (or two fit around arm), close with slst.

Row 1: 1dc in each chain of the foundation row. Close with slst.

Row 2 – 5: 1dc in each stitch, close with slst.

Row 6: Start Paris Stitch by working as follows: chain 3 (counts as first tr) and work in same stitch 1tr, 1ch, 1dc, skip 2 chain *2tr, 1ch,1dc, skip 2 ch*. Rpt * to end. Close with slst.

Row 7 — 15: Continue with Paris Stitch as follows: Into 1ch space work *2tr, 1ch, 1dc*, close each row with a dc.

End work and weave in ends.

Notes:

  • The wristwarmers may be made longer by adding more rows of Paris Stitch.
  • Fit the wristwarmer after finishing row 5 to ensure a good fit.
  • Other wool may be used, simply measure how many stitches you will need to fit around your arm. The pattern is fully customisable.

Pattern:

Sam’s Glove Recipe

This is a longer fingerless glove. It was originally made as a Harley Quinn/Joker pair, but you can use any colours and combination.

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Need:

DK yarn (I used Elle Family Knit)

5 mm hook

Needle to weave in ends

Pattern:

Foundation row: Chain 30 (or enough to fit around hand).

Row 1: 1dc in each chain of the foundation row. Close with a slst.

Row 2 — 10: 1 dc in each st, close with a slst.

Thumb opening: Row 11 — 15: Work 1 dc in each st to and fro, do NOT close with a slst. Close only row 15 with a slst.

Row 16 — 18: Working in the round, 1 dc in each st around. Close with a slst.

Row 19 — 20: Dec 2 st in each row as follows: Start and end with 2dc tog. 1 dc in all other st. Close with slst.

Row 21 — 47: 1dc in each st, close with slst.

End work and weave in ends.

Notes:

  • Glove can be shortened by omitting some rows between 21 and 47.

Pattern:

Fingerless Gloves with Lace Edge

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Need:

DK yarn ( I used Elle Family Knit DK in “peat” colourway)

4 mm crochet hook

Needle to weave in ends

Pattern:

Foundation chain: 40 stitches, close with a slst.

Row 1: 1 dc in each ch of the foundation row, close with a slst.

Row 2 — 6: 1dc in each stitch, close with a slst.

Thumb opening: Row 7 — 14: Working to and fro, work 1 dc in each st without closing with a slst.

Row 15 — 16: 1 dc in each st, close with a slst.

Row 17: Dec 2. Begin by working 2 dc tog, 1 dc in each st, last 2 dc tog. Close with a slst.

Row 18 — 25: 1 dc in each st, close with a slst.

Row 26: (Paris Stitch) ch 3 (counts as 1tr), work in same st 1tr, 1ch, 1dc, skip 2 ch, *2tr, 1ch, 1dc, skip 2ch* rep * to end and close with dc. End work and weave in ends.

Notes:

  • Gloves can be made longer by adding more rows between row 18 and 25.
  • Create a bigger lace border by adding more rows of Paris Stitch, working 2tr, 1ch, 1dc into the 1ch spaces.

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Lots of Finished Objects – just no time for blogging

Fingerless gloves — done!

Wrist warmers — One pair done!

Bunny hat — done!

Other stuff — in progress!

Now to find the time to write all the patterns down, post them, and write some proper blogposts for them.

As you can see from my lack of posting, I’ve been a bit side-tracked. “What could be more important than blogging about crocheting and knitting?” you may ask. Well… except the actual crocheting and knitting I’ve been up to, I’ve also been taking some online courses. And, you know, working (i.e. that thing you do so you can get money to buy more yarn).

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The courses mostly have to do with writing (both fiction and non-fiction) and the homework has taken up quite a bit of time. Especially since the stories tend to go from flash fiction to novella in about half an hour of plotting! If you’d like to read some of the stories, head over to my other blog, Hersenskim.

However, I am making a point of at least typing up the patterns this week so that I can go and post them on Ravelry!

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Not too bad if winter looks like this!

In the meantime, you can buy the bunny hat pattern over here. The pattern is by the very talented BriAbbyHMA. Trust me, the pattern is beautifully written, gives sizes for various ages and is worth every cent. And that’s coming from someone paying in Rand!

Here are few pictures of my finished objects. (Just trust me when I say little Yiskah looks absolutely adorable in her bunny hat!)

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You can follow me on Instagram to see what other yarny (yes, that’s a word now) things I get up to. Like the scarf I just started using the Paris stitch. (I don’t know what it is, but I just love this stitch!) The wool is a light purple wool from The Stash I inherited from my grandmother (a whole 200 g so yay!). So it is kind of a heirloom scarf…

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Stuff still in progress…

I’m currently busy with the following:

  • An adult Jack Skellington beanie
  • The purple heirloom scarf
  • The peacock shawl
  • A second pair of my “Nettie’s Wrist Warmers”
  • Baby beanies for the charity group I am part of
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Sir Tristan asleep on the crochet blanket my grandmother made for me when I was a child 🙂

Winter WIP Update – May and June 2017

May passed in a flurry of writing and crochet projects and, before I knew it, the winter solstice is less than three weeks away! Lucky for us, the winter on the Highveld is not as harsh, and the real cold only starts in July and August when the winds start up – so I still have some time to finish all my winter WIPs!

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Not too bad if winter looks like this!

During May, though, I finished the following:

  • Captain America fingerless gloves and pattern
  • Winter Soldier fingerless gloves and pattern
  • Security blanket for a newborn (an amalgam of two patterns)
  • Squishy the Octopus (find the pattern over here)

And currently I am busy with:

  • Harley Quinn and Joker long fingerless gloves and patterns
  • Lacy wrist warmers
  • Peacock shawl

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I’m planning on typing up the patterns over the weekend so that they will be done and up on Ravelry by next Friday. These will all be free patterns, btw!

 

Free Fingerless Gloves Pattern — Superhero-themed

Two weeks ago I first spoke of my plans of making Marvel superhero-themed fingerless gloves. This past long weekend I at last got around to making the first two gloves — Hawkeye and Black Widow. While I was planning on using a specific free pattern, I ended up making up my own pattern, which you can find below. I’ll also put up a PDF here and on Ravelry as soon as it’s done.

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Both of these gloves are worked fully in black, with the patterns worked as separate appliques that are sewn onto the glove. One reason for this is that I wanted to keep the pattern as simple as possible so that beginners can also make them. The size is also very easily adjustable — the stitches given in the pattern is simply the amount I used to get a comfortable fit for me.

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Pattern

Needed:

  • DK yarn in black (I used Elle Charity yarn)
  • 4-ply yarn in purple (I used Chick yarn from The Stash.) (Hawkeye)
  • 4-ply yarn in red (I used Mirage yarn from The Stash) (Black Widow)
  • 5 mm hook
  • 4 mm hook
  • Needle for working in the ends

Method – Glove (make 2):

Work in DK yarn with 5 mm hook

 Make a foundation chain of 35 stitches (measure your hand to adjust size and number of stitches), close with slip stich.

Working in the round:

Row 1 – 5: 1 double crochet in each stitch around, starting each row with 2 chain that count as the first stitch. Close each row with a slip stitch.

Working back and forth:

(This will be the thumb opening)

Row 6 – 14: 1 double crochet in each stitch around, do NOT close with slip stitch, but turn and work in opposite direction. Close ONLY row 14 with a slip stitch. (You can use fewer rows here – just measure on your hand as you go along.)

Working in the round:

Row 15-16: Work one double crochet in each stitch, but decrease with one stitch at the end of the row.

Row 17 – 24: Work one double crochet in each stitch without decreasing.

Work in ends.

Method – Hawkeye applique:

This chevron is worked in much the same way as you work a ripple stitch blanket, but using only 14 chain stitches to make one “ripple”.

Work in 4-ply yarn with 4 mm hook

Note on final row: Instead of working 3 trebles twice in the centre two stitches, work (2 trebles, 1 double treble) twice. This will ensure that the chevron doesn’t have a rounded point. You should have 4 – 5 rows in all (just check size against the size glove you’re making).

Pin applique to the glove and stitch onto glove using whip stitch. (I kept the ends of the chevron long and used those to attach the applique with.)

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Method – Black Widow applique:

Black Widow’s applique is made up of two triangles of treble stitches. It is also worked onto a black background.

Work in 4-ply yarn with 4 mm hook

Pin applique to the glove and stitch onto glove using whip stitch. (I kept the ends long and used those to attach the applique with.)

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The Next Patterns!

The next two patterns I will be making will be Captain America and Winter Soldier. These I’ll probably only have ready by the end of the month, as I have a few other bits and pieces I’m also working on. These will be slightly more difficult than the Hawkeye and Black Widow patterns, I think, but will still be fine for beginners to make.

Other WIPs

Besides these gloves, I am also working on the peacock shawl, baby beanies, and am making an adult size Jack Skellington beanie pattern for another friend (which will also be available here once it’s done). Then there is more baby crochet for a pregnant colleague’s baby shower later in the month.

Ps. My wrist is a bit icky this week which is why the patterns are so wonderfully drawn. Hopefully by next week I’ll be back to normal and can redraw them properly!

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Baby Crochet – Squishy the Octopus and Beanies

Around the world people are making crocheted octopuses for babies – specifically those in the NICU – you can read more about it over here.

One of my friends asked me to make one for her (she is pregnant at the moment) and I jumped at trying my hand at one of these. The result — behold Squishy:

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The octopus is straightforward to make, the tentacles are just a bit fiddly to do. Squishy is made from Stylecraft baby yarn (which I can highly recommend) and bits of blue and red yarn I had in The Stash.

The only other project I have been working on since I last blogged, is the charity baby beanies. I’ve finished quite a few of them — you can get about six beanies from a 100g ball of yarn. Now I just need to work in the ends and then send them off to the hospital.

This weekend I want to start on the Marvel fingerless gloves and do some work on the peacock shawl as well – I want to finish it by winter!

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WIPs for Winter 2017 Part 1

Here in the southern hemisphere winter is quickly approaching and, with it, the need for some new fingerless gloves for me and some of my friends. There are oodles of patterns — both free and paid — available, but I have decided to make one of my own as I was specifically asked for Marvel-themed gloves. As I want some Marvel-themed ones as well, I decided to take this simple pattern and change it up a bit to fit in with the different characters. The characters chosen for the first four are, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America, and Winter Soldier.

So I am thinking that Hawkeye will be black and purple, Black Widow black and red, Winter Soldier grey and red, and Captain America blue, red and white.

I’ll continue to make some inspired by other characters as well (Iron Man, Hulk, Scarlet Witch, etc.) as time goes by.

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Other WIPs – moar beanies, an octopus, and a shawl

I’m still busy with the peacock shawl and have only now picked it up again after a few months. (The shawl is actually this gorgeous pattern by Jasmin Räsänen.) It’s getting a bit big to work on while standing in a queue or the like, so I’m using that time to work on some more beanies using the Lisha Hat design you can download for free on Ravelry. I’m making most of the beanies to be 0 – 3 months.

I also found out that my one friend is pregnant (*does happy dance*) and she asked me to make one of the octopuses usually given to preemie babies in the hospital. For this one I’m using Stylecraft’s baby wool (nice going me for losing the label!) for the octopus and a bit of cotton to embroider the face. Expect more baby stuff in the future as I start making some things for her!

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