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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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.”

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 🙂

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 🙂

Sparkly Experiments

I have a new toy to play with – a set of extension tubes. I was experimenting to see the effect of using them in different combinations and taking photos of a bit of pipe cleaner from my daughter’s arts & crafts pile. These are a few of the best shots going from just the one extension tube up to the full set of three on at once – you can see that I can get even closer macro shots with them. It does get very hard to focus though with all three on.