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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Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle

There are many circles in nature and I was looking for them among photos I haven’t posted before.

Here’s a tiny one – a circle forming the cap on the end of a moss sporophyte:

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This one’s rather bigger – a circle of fluffy seeds on a Dandelion seed head:

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Technically this next one is not a circle, as it’s more of a sphere, but anyway, it looks round like a circle 🙂

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And strictly speaking this one features semi-circles, rather than full circles, but I’m proud of it so I’ll post it anyway. This is me wearing the cardigan that I just finished this morning by adding the buttons (they’re circles!). I only started it on Tuesday so I’m really chuffed with how quickly it came together. Love this pattern, and love working with chunky (or bulky) yarn and a big hook! If you are interested, here’s my Ravelry project page for this cardi.

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Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle on the Daily Post Blog

Crafting Change

There’s something kind of wonderful about changing yarn in to items of beauty … you could call it ‘crafting change’ 🙂

You may start with this:

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And you can turn it into something like this:

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These bits will eventually be a blanket.

Like these bits … eventually …

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At least I’ve got some of that one joined together. However as I haven’t actually finished all the pieces, it might be a while!

I have also got a jumper to finish, but in the meantime this stitch marker is looking very pretty attached to it.

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I do finish things occasionally though. Remember I showed you some flower squares lined up on my keyboard, well those have made it all the way to finished bag which I’ve been using for some time now!

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And I made a cardigan too:

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I’m sure I will be doing plenty more ‘crafting change’ as I find it rather hard to resist when there is gorgeous yarn just begging me to buy it and make something!

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

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

Off-Season Crochet Madness

When there’s nothing to photograph outside, or the weather is bad, I turn to crochet. In the winter when there are no insects and flowers to look at, it’s nice to make your own pretty things indoors 🙂

This is what I’ve been up to recently – a beautiful Lily blanket designed by Jane Crowfoot (using StyleCraft yarn) which is a ‘Crochet-a-long’ so we get part of the pattern every 2 weeks. As you can see it’s not finished but I’ve laid the blocks out to see how it’s going to look.

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I am also in the process of crocheting a ‘granny square’ type blanket, and a ribbon yarn scarf, and a jumper, and a flower shawl …. ahem … perhaps one day I will finish something (other than the cushion you have already seen!).

If you are interested in joining in you would be a bit behind but still could enjoy making the blanket. Info is on the Stylecraft website.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season.”

Sophie Cushion

I promised you a ‘Sophie’ update… (excuse the photo quality on some of these!)

Last time you saw her, she looked like this:10383817_10152592661586324_5081707415181979319_o

Then some more rounds were added and she became square and cushion-sized:

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So next I had to get a cushion pad, and think about what I was going to do with the back of the cushion. I decided to go with something fairly simple, and quite a contrast, making the cushion reversible depending on mood or occasion.

The back in progress:

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And finally when I finished the back I stitched it all together and made my Sophie Cushion!

Pattern for front of cushion from Look What I Made. Pattern from back made up by me 🙂

Intricacies

Intricacies in nature and in craft…

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Intricate crochet, a complicated pattern of circles and twists
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Intricate nature, a complicated unfurling fern, all circles and twists

 

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Intricate.”

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 🙂