Mini Autumn Wreath 2

I haven’t made many wreaths this year, I haven’t really been feeling the urge but I had some amazing autumnal toned aran weight yarn, dyed by a friend in my stash that wasn’t shouting out to me to be anything else.  So I made it into a wreath, two wreaths to be exact!

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If you have seen my Autumn Wreath and Mini Autumn Wreath then this will likely look familiar to you.

As with all my wreaths I made a long strip of single crochet stitches and then sewed this strip on a polystyrene wreath base.  The bases I use for my mini wreaths are just 12cm across. Whenever I make a cover using a variegated yarn I marvel at how much easier they are to sew on than one made from stripes!

The base was then decorated with little autumn leaves made using this pattern from the wonderful Lucy at Attic24 and a teeny tiny toadstool from the small toadstool pattern by Annaboo’s House.

The little wreath dweller fella was a pattern I made up as I went along! General consensus among my family and the recipients was that it is a gnome but I was just aiming for a magical woodland folk of indeterminate origin.

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So there we go, two little autumn wreaths!

One Ball of King Cole Riot DK

I have been admiring the crocodile stitch hats and gloves Samantha at Skye Cottage Crochet makes with this yarn for a couple of months now and decided to dive in and have a try for myself!  It is no secret that I am a huge fan of rainbows and so I chose this shade, called Fab, with its lovely dark and muted rainbow tones.

I started with a direct copy of the work I had so admired from Skye Cottage and the Crocodile Stitch Pixie Hat by Thread Softly.  This was my first venture into Crocodile Stitch but with a little help from this tutorial video from Bella Coco I found it pretty straightforward.

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I made the baby sized hat, there is never a shortage of babies to gift hats too, and am really pleased with the way it turned out… except there isn’t the full rainbow in this hat.

So I made another one.

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I find the arrangement of colours to be very pleasing in this hat, this is what I was hoping for.  But I noticed something very interesting about the sizing.  You can see it with these two photos but it is clearer still in this one.

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The first hat, my first foray into crocodile stitch and first attempt at this pattern is noticeably smaller than the second one which I made while feeling much more relaxed about working a familiar pattern.

The pattern gives no notes about gauge, tension or finished sizes and so it is hard to make a judgement about changing hook size when I inevitably make it again.  I have compared the size of the hats to other baby hats I have around and both are around the same size so I think we are in the right ballpark, I guess I’ll have to find a baby to try them out!

Two baby hats used 60g of my 100g ball so what to do with the remainder?

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Wrist warmers!  I used this pattern for Winter Fanfare Wrist Warmers by Drops Design.  I found the written pattern to be clear as mud but they do also offer a video in support of this free pattern which fully explained the bits I was struggling with.  I’m really pleased with the look of these but the design lacks stretch making them quite constrictive and not as comfy as they could be.  I am going to go ahead and gift them to my intended recipient who I think will like them but I don’t think I will revisit this pattern.

The initial problems I had with the wrist warmer pattern also served to highlight my big issue with the yarn.  The colours are beautiful.  Absolutely stunning and what caused this  yarn to land in my shopping basket. It is a blend of 30% wool and 70% acrylic and is quite thin for a DK.  It is really quite fluffy which isn’t a problem when things are going well, I like the halo of fuzz around it, but when things go wrong it does not behave well at all.  This yarn does not like to be undone from stitches.  It clings to itself and sticks making it a nightmare to frog or even to tink (or whatever the crochet equivalent is tehcorc doesn’t roll off the tongue in the same way as knit backwards does!)

Back to my one ball, 100g, 296m of yarn.  A teeny tiny portion ended up in the bin after my second wrist warmer ended up joined in a mobius strip rather than a circle in an incident involving me trying to watch telly and crochet and the rest of it is shown here.

2 baby hats, 2 wrist warmers and a weeny ball of leftovers.  I’m happy with that.

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After The Storm

A rainbow baby is one born to a family after they have experienced a baby loss and this is sadly the case for a family dear to my heart.  I knew I wanted to make their new baby something with a rainbow theme and as soon as I saw the After The Storm pattern by Playing wth Fibre I knew it perfectly fit the brief.

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It is a pattern for a hat and matching cardigan for a newborn with a textured band of rainbow stitches.  I used the yarn suggested by the pattern, Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino which is gorgeously soft and squishy, perfect for baby clothes.

The colours I used were Mist for the main grey colour and the rainbow is made up from stripes of Red, Acid Yellow, Kingfisher, Mallard and Cyclamen.

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I love the little hat, so easy to make but such an effective design.  I have lots of the coloured yarn left and I think it is likely that some of it will end up in another hat. perhaps with a different contrast colour, I think it would look lovely in cream.

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The wrong side of the colour work looks great as well, I love the contrast between the smooth inside and the textured outside.

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I made a special trip to Duttons for Buttons in York for the finishing touches.  According to their website they have over 12,000 button designs to choose from and so shopping there is always a joy.  I took the cardigan with me and enjoyed pulling down trays of buttons to find some that were just right to finish the project.

I’ll finish with just one last photograph because I think this angle really shows the cardigan to it’s best effect.  I’m very pleased with this outfit and am really looking forward to seeing photos of it being modelled by its new owner.

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Fat Fabulous Lady

On a whim, almost exactly a year ago, I bought a book by Anja Toonen called Fat Fabulous Ladies full of patterns of wonderful amigurumi women.  And then, as is often the case, it sat on the shelf waiting for it’s moment.

I started work on my woman in mid July and if you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen some progress shots and so I will just share the wonder of the finished item here.

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This is not her best angle!  Look how lovely she is when I turned her around and gave her a cocktail!

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That cocktail was most definitely the most fiddly thing I have ever made, I swore. A lot.  Here it is next to a drink of mine!

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But she does not belong inside on my desk!  She should be outside, enjoying the sun by a pool 🙂

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I love how she turned out and am sorely tempted by some of the other patterns in the book but in a little while, after I’ve forgotten how frustrating I can find tiny bits of amigurumi!

Seafoam Scarf

When Karina from Rainbow Fusions asked in her Facebook Group if anyone would like to be paid in yarn to knit up some of her yarn so she had some finished objects to demonstrate how her colour ways looked worked up I jumped at the chance!

I made a hat using Karina’s yarn at the beginning of this year and only now as I have gone to link it do I realise I didn’t blog it.

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This was a superwash merino DK in a colour called Firework and the pattern is Sweet Trellis Beanie by Pukeko Knits and I love it.  Especially those bursts of colour in the pompom!

I made a Seafoam Scarf back in 2015 using my first ever indie dyed yarn from Cuddlebums and bought at Yarndale.  There is a photo of it here.  I quite fancied making another one as it is a deeply satisfying project that grows very quickly and really shows off a yarn and this felt like the perfect opportunity.

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This is the yarn she sent me.  This colour combo is called Fizz Wizz and if I’m completely honest it’s not my cup of tea.  Pink is one of my least favourite colours and there is a lot going on but once I got working on it it really started to grow on me and once the scarf was finished I was quite sorry to see it go back to Karina.

The Seafoam Scarf is a free pattern by Joan Janes and features a very easy to memorise repeat of multiple yarn overs and drop stitches to give this wonderful wavy open texture.

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I knit my scarf on 4.5mm needles and a 100g skein of yarn gave me a scarf 216cm, just over 7 feet long.  Which looks like this on a coat hanger!

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Close to You

I’ve got something very exciting to show you!  My husband bought me this amazing skein of yarn for Christmas and it is just yarn perfection to me.  My most favouritist colours are rainbow (obviously) and blue tones making this everything I look for in a colour combination.  It’s a soft and squishy merino nylon blend and was hand dyed by my lovely and extremely talented friend Sarah at Arwen Makes.

The yarn colour is called Whatever the Weather and it came with a set of weather themed stitch markers.  Seeing this little rainbow in between the rainbow of stitches on the needles makes me smile.

The yarn sat on my desk (pictured here in Weekly Photo – Happy) brightening my world while I spent a lot of time working on my Spice of Life blanket but with that all wrapped up it was time to knit it.  I chose to make a shawl with the yarn and picked the free pattern Close to You by Justyna Lorkowska. I really enjoyed working this pattern.  Lots of knit stitches and minimal counting made it perfect for sitting in front of the TV or watching my children play and the zig zag eyelet border adds a bit of interest.  I will probably knit it again.

I love the way it turned out.  This yarn suits this pattern perfectly with the rainbows spreading from the edges and I’m really looking forward to the cooler days of autumn so that I can wear it all the time.

Outlandish

I have a huge Outlander fan in my family and so for my mother’s birthday this year my sister and I pulled together an Outlander themed goody bag for her to take with her to this year’s Outlandish Gathering UK.

These are my contributions.

A little thistle to hang from her bag.

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The pattern is from the book 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet by Lesley Stanfield and it is of course made with my preferred yarn for fiddly bits Stylecraft Special DK in Sage and

A pair of wrist warmers similar to a style that Claire wears in the television show

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These were a lovely free pattern called Easy Victorian Shell Mitts by Bron Green and is available here.  I made these with Stylecraft Special Aran in Khaki.

And last but by no means least a bingo sheet of things she might encounter on her trip to the Highlands amongst Outlander fans!

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Click here for a downloadable pdf  should you also be heading to The Gathering! outlandish Bingo

I am pretty pleased with my creations and hope that everyone heading to an Outlandish Gathering, whether here in the UK or further afield, has a wonderful time.