Stardust Cardigan

 

I’ve recently finished a crochet project, so I thought I’d share it here.

This is where it all began on 29th December when I started to crochet the Kamila Fitted Cardigan with my lovely new Scheepjes Stardust yarn that my Mum gave me for Christmas.

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After 17 days I’d finished the body. This pattern is great as there are no seams to sew! I started at the neck and then crocheted downwards all round the cardigan.

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At 23 days, I’d added buttons and one sleeve. The sleeves are continued on from where I left off in the previous picture – just picking up the stitches around, rather than needing to sew anything together.

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Then on Wednesday evening this week, 27 days after I started, I got to the end of the 2nd sleeve! This may be a record for me – a project finished in under a month … and actually finished, rather then me getting distracted by something new!

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I’m feeling rather proud and I love the yarn so much!

Next thing I’m starting (although there are several things I should finish first) is a Butterfly Shawl using a different Scheepjes Stardust yarn which has colour changes through it. I’ll tell you more about that when there’s something to see!

If you’re interested in my crochet, or what equipment I used, there are some pages on my blog here.

 

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Shy Creatures and Crochet

I went for a walk yesterday and as usual spent some time by the village pond. I chased a dragon for quite some time, hindered by a local kitten that insisted on wrapping itself around my legs at inopportune moments! I was a little disappointed to only get a couple of shots, but when I got home and looked at them, I’m rather fond of them. The dragonfly appeared to be looking at me, then shyly hiding itself behind the grass stalk.

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Ooh there’s someone looking at me!
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Quick, hide! (Available on my shop as a greeting card as well as many other products)

Further on past the pond and I spotted a Speckled Wood butterfly. I was trying to get a shot and every time I clicked it flew off, landing shortly afterwards. Then it peered at me from behind a leaf like a shy child hiding behind his mother’s legs.

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Eek, someone’s looking at me!
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Ooh do I dare to venture out? (no!)

Even the ferns were being all coy, though I thought they were past the curly-wurly-unfurly phase by now!

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Curly-wurly-unfurly Ferns

It seemed that the only wildlife that would stay still and behave was my new work-in-progress – a Wildflower Bag – part one of which is complete:

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Part 1 done of Wildflower Shoulder Bag CAL

To brighten up a dull day

The weather outside is awful today – really windy and pouring with rain, so I’m looking indoors for photo opportunities. I’ve been crocheting again, so I wanted to share this colourful flower circular creation. It’s not finished yet – it will be a square cushion cover at some point. Perhaps I’ll share again when I’m done. Hope this brightens up your day, especially if the weather where you are is as miserable as here!

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This is based on the pattern here (though with different colours as I’m using up random balls of wool): http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/free-crochet-patterns/sophies-garden-large-crochet-square-photo-tutorial/

Yarn Doodling

Another thing I enjoy (other than photography & poetry) is crochet. Lately I’ve actually finished a project so I thought I’d share.

I’ve been learning about freeform crochet on Craftsy.com and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s like doodling but using yarn and a hook instead of pencil and paper. You end up with a unique and creative piece of fabric that you can use to make a bag or a cushion cover or whatever you want. I made a bag and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out 🙂

These photos were just taken with my phone, so apologies for the quality.

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The completed bag
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The other side of the bag – different obviously as it’s freeform
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Obligatory close up number one – the crocheted flower that acts as a button to fasten the bag
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The random flowerish decoration that covers the stitching to attach the strap
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The decoration on the other end of the strap

I’m currently working on a jumper, and then I have a cardigan to make as well as really wanting to do some more freeform stuff. Lots to do 🙂