Mini Break – Dorset

Mini Break – Dorset 

(Not Devon)

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I spent a week in Dorset with my Uncle, his partner, my aunt, and their two kids (my cousins), my cousin’s partner and their seven kids. One branch of the Griffith’s in three caravans in effect.

I packed LOTS of yarn, pjs, books and warm jumpers! The journey took us around five hours from The East Midlands to Poole coast. Mega. But all that car crochet time was put to good use.

The essentials are packed – PJ’S & YARN
Travel Times

The British Weather

Because I am British and no excursion is complete without a weather report, we caught Storm Ophelia and Storm Brian. Gail force winds, moody skies, red moon, torrential rain but also beautiful sunshine and abnormal warm winds. Times for exploring and times to hunker down.

Red Moon
Gail Force Winds

Selfies and Shorelines 

We visited a few different beaches and harbours. The kids paddled in the freezing cold sea and we ate chips by the seaside. Standard. In the evenings the kids did the entertainment, the oldies did the bingo thing and I was in the arcades and then in my pjs with peach beeline’s watching ice road truckers with my uncle. Simple things.

Dorset, harbour

Crochet

I took three projects with me

A commissioned blanket.

A pair of DK knit socks.

And a Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle.

Commissioned Blanket 

#MommaDharmsBlanket

this blanket has been commissioned by the owner of my previous commission for her mum. I had been playing with swatches and colour ways and finally decided on a 16 colour repeat!

Swatching

Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle 

I blogged all about my cowl here and its’s free pattern.

Crochet and Chill
Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle Selfie
Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle Selfie

I didn’t even touch the DK knit socks! Crochet won over .

Rabbit 

Amaya, five, is my cousin’s second youngest daughter and she is ADORABLE. She became my little shadow and followed me around asking so many questions about my crochet. She was genuinely fascinated. She also squished my yarn and WIPS and snuggled with them. Kid after my own heart. She asked for a scarf for her ‘Rabbit’ as he was cold by the seaside.

Rabbit’s scarf: Chain 7, dc into 2nd ch, dc to end. *Ch 1, turn, dc to end*. Repeat from * to * until desired length. I made mine apron 30 rows.

Fringing I wrapped yarn around a paracetamol packet and cut the top and bottom so as to create equal strands (it was too hand due to a headache in the caravan) I tied two strands to each ch space.

His fringing matches his fur. Heart eyes.

Amaya’s ‘Rabbit’

Heather

xxx

 

 

HGDC Sock Box – Mermaid

HGDC SOCK BOX MERMAID

Instalment one of the HGDC Sock Box has now been safely received by its lucky new owners which means I can reveal the surprise contents.

THE BIG REVEAL 

HGDC Sock Box Mermaid – HeyJayYarn

Yarn, Yarn, Yarrrrn

This months yarn was a 100g HGDC Mermaid skein and a matching 20g mini for the toes, cuffs and heels.

Just LOOK at that colour way. Sassy siren.

Thank you to Hannah at HeyJayYarn’s for dying up the HGDC Mermaid skeins for the Mermaid box. They are so squishy and so vibrant.

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IN THE BOX

Also included in this jam pack box is:

Mermaid scale stich marker by Esme’s Buttons

Motivational Postcard by BippityBlush

Mermaid wish bracelet by CharmOnYourSleeve

Iron on I love yarn patch by SnugglyStarsYarns

Plus discount codes and of course, sweeties. This box actually had a stick of rock in there because obvs that is what all the mermaids prefer.

A  HUGE thank you to those who purchased a box. A BIG thank you to all of you who helped spread the word, showed an interest and provided me with support. I have received so many helpful tips, and so many lovely wonderful messages from the IG community. Thank you for being my cheerleaders. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I have blogged about the HGDC Sock Box launch here and spoke about in in Episode 1 of the HGDC Podcast here.

The listing for the second HGDC SOCK BOX is now active and the theme is ‘Evergreen’. Think idyllic winter scenes, fir trees and frost. Gold sparkles and festive magic.

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You can buy your HGDC Sock Box in Evergreen, here (take advantage of the Christmas reduction).

Heather

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Granny Triangle Crochet Cowl

Granny Triangle Crochet Cowl 

I took three projects with me to Dorset.

A commissioned blanket.

A pair of DK knit socks.

And a Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle.

Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle Selfie
Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle Selfie
Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle

My inspiration came from Zeens and rogers Really Easy Crochet Shawl

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Zeens and Rogers

and Mamainastitch’s Crochet Triangle Wrap

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As well as a whole host of Pins on my Crochet : Scarves board.

I modified the Zeens and Rogers pattern to create my  Granny Triangle Crochet Cowl which has a handy pictorial.

Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle

Spec: 

Time – I worked my cowl up in an afternoon (5-6 hours)

Weight – My Crochet cowl Granny Triangle weighs around 290g

Measurements – L58in x H29in

Ingredients: 

4mm hook

Approx –

200g of Paintbox Yarns Simply DK in Slate Grey (105) for the body colour and trim

50g of Stylecraft Special DK in Raspberry 1023 for the contrast colour

50g of Stylecraft Special DK in Silver (1203) for the scallop edging

or equivalent

(50g is possibly overly generous as a fail safe because I didn’t weigh my silver or raspberry yarn whilst in a caravan, practicalities, sorry folks)

Key: 

ch= chain

ch sp= chain space.

dc= double crochet (US single)

trb= treble crochet (USdouble)

htrb= half treble.

ss= slip stitch

st= stitch

Fo= fasten off.

Pattern: 

This pattern is in UK crochet terms.

3ch at the beginning of each row counts as the first stitch.

Body:

Row 1: Ch3, ss to make a circle, ch 3 (acts as the first trb stitch) 2trb into the circle, ch2, 3trb into the circle.

Row 2 : Ch3 and turn, 2trb into the first treble of row below, 3trb 2ch 3trb into the chain space of the row below, ch2  3trb, 3trb into the last try of the row below.

Row 3: ch3 and turn, 2trb into the first try of the row below, 3trb in ch space, 3trb 2ch 3trb in centre ch space, 3trb, 3trb in last try of the row below.

Repeat row 3 until you have used up your body colour remember to hold back around 30-50g for the trim!

I did 40 repeats of row 3 in slate grey.

Contrast colour: 

I repeated three rows of row 3 in my contrast colour, silver.  The body of my Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle is 45 rows in total.

Crochet Scallops

Scallop edging: 

Row 1: Attach new colour, ch3 and turn, try in each st across the cowl, in the centre ch space 2trb ch2 2trb.

Row 2:  Ch3 and turn 4trb in the same stitch, *miss 1 stitch sl in the next stitch miss 1 stitch, 5trb in the next stitch*

Repeat from * until the end, in the middle ch space 7trb, finish the row with an ss in the same stitch.

Trim:

Attach trim colour with the right side of the scallops facing, ch2 and htrb in the back loops of each trb and ss in each ss. For the centre scallop; 1htrb in the first two trbs 1trb in the next 3trb in the centre trb below 1trb 1htrb in the txt two trbs.

Fasten off. Sew in the ends. Snuggle up!

If you have any questions comment below and please tag me in your own versions.

Thank you to Zeens and Rogers for the pattern inspiration.

Crochet Cowl Granny Triangle

Heather 

xxx

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Leicester at The Exchange – Sunday Knitting

Leicester at The Exchange – Sunday Knitting 

I’ve appeared on another blog!

I joined this little knitting group autumn/winter 2016.

All the ladies are super welcoming and oh so helpful. We sit and chat for two hours on a Sunday afternoon whilst drinking tea (they do), eating cake and either knitting or crocheting.

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The Exchange staff always have our sign ready for us.

Knitters aren’t quitters!
Naughty Knickers

LOL. Bants.

Everyone has different levels of experience and different projects on the go. I’ve found this little group super helpful of when I have knitting related questions. Oracles! I often use this time to explore new techniques and this is where I sat and completed my first ever cable swatch.

Rose Blush DK cable swatch

Want to join?

If there are any Leicester Locals who want to come along the group meets every Sunday at 2pm-4pm at The Exchange Leicester.  Street Parking is free and The Exchange cake is pretty amazing.

Every week Christine puts a post on the FaceBook page and we all comment whether we can make it or not. With wintery days coming back around I am looking forward to these cosy hours.

Heather xxx

 

 

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

We are into September and the weather has changed.

I have a mid December birthday but I love the sunshine, long days, freedom and warmth. Winter means being cold, long dark nights and generally a sad me. I am, however, looking forward to cosy evenings, hot drinks, snuggly toes,  and lots of reading time all in big warm jumpers and blankets (hopefully made by me).

I have picked my 2017 winter WIPS!

Autumn & Winter Knitwear 2017

Knee high crochet socks
Easy guide on how to knit this oversize sweater - FREE PATTERN
Oversized Knit Jumper
Chunky Knit Scarf - perfect for fall. FREE KNITTING PATTERN. Check it now or save for later.
Chunky Knit Scarf
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Traveler Big Knit Infinity Cowl
Miners Cowl Vest
Winiwick Mum’s basic 6ply boot sock pattern

1. Knee High Crochet Socks . 2. Oversized Knit Jumper. 3. Chunky Knit Scarf. 4. Traveler Big Knit Infinity Cowl. 5. Miners Cowl Vest. 6. 6ply Boot Sock Pattern

My 2017 winter WIPS are simple additions to create the basic staples for a hand knit and hand crochet wardrobe. I currently have two crocheted scarves so I am eager to add to this and begin branching out into more challenging garments. Inspiration for having a handmade wardrobe definitely comes from all the great podcasts i’ve been watching and wanting to be able to have my own to show off and share. Knitting your own clothes no longer means you are going to be dressed like a 60 year old. Handmade equals style. 

Oversized Knit Jumper

For the Oversized Knit Jumper I have stash yarn in mind, bamboo aran gifted by my mom which I intend to hold double, gauge willing. The pattern is free and I will need needles, 9mm 80cm circulars,  which I intend to buy when I put an order in for yarn for a commissioned blanket I have accepted.

Chunky Knit Scarf

I also have some burnt orange, almost copper, aran for the Chunky Knit Scarf, the pattern is free and is worked on straight 4.5mm/5mm needles which I already have. 

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Traveler Big Knit Infinity Cowl

For the Traveler Big Knit Infinity Cowl I would like to try the grey chunky acrylic yarn I spotted in Poundworld on my last visit, which is £1 for 100g and the pattern calls for five skeins. Again I will need new circulars, 8mm in 24 or 30 inch which I will get with the blanket yarn order. 

 The order they are listed is likely the order they will be made. BUT, I could start on the Chunky Knit Sweater like, now…

Miners Cowl Vest 

The Miners Cowl Vest will be greatly needed and appreciated at work for when I am sat under the freeeeeeezing cold air con, every damn day. And it’s a crochet project, yippee. I also have stash yarn in mind for this project. About four years back I went to the John Lewis sale and got myself some Debbie Bliss Como in Navy, enough to make a really generous scarf. I cast on a simple stocking stitch pattern and had to STOP. The yarn is just too nice. I couldn’t make a simple scarf out of it. So I kept to for best. It is the nicest feeling squishiest, warmest yarn I’ve ever felt let alone had the privilege to own. But now it really is time I just used it already. Any others keep yarn for best!? Again I need a hook and I need the paid for pattern for this one.

6ply Boot Sock Pattern

I have already cast on my first sock using this free pattern using DK Rose Blush from Poundworld on 3mm 60cm circulars. At £2 for 150g of acrylic yarn thats enough for a pair of socks ( I have diddy size 4 feet). Cheap and pretty. Great for practice and the purse. 

Tadahhhhh! Can you guess what it is yet?? Approx 8 hours of YouTube tutorials knitting and a bit of head scratching and my sock is appearing . The pattern is the 6ply sock by @winwickmum. The yarn is DK Rose Blush by PoundWorld. So many good things to be said about this little sock. #HGDesignsCrochet #HGDC #SockKnitter #KnitSocks #HandKnitSocks #OperationSockDrawer #FreeAllTheHouseElves #CuffDownSock #MagicLoopSock #Patience #Determination
My first cuff down DK sock

This is a completely new method of sock construction for me as it is cuff down using the long tail cast on and had me pick up stitches. I have only knit two pairs of two at a time toe up socks before now. It’s been a nice little easy going challenge whilst I fought of tonsillitis and ‘rested’.  I am glad I didn’t cast on two socks as picking up the stitches and shaping the gusset twice over at the same time would have spelt game over. But happily I’ve cracked on and I have almost reached the toe in a weekend. Thank you YouTube.

My only gripe over sock knitting is the uneven stitches I seem to make around the start of each round and how slow it goes. Having said that, I am still amazed at how little yarn is used and how stretchy the fabric is. Crochet really is a yarn hungry sport in comparison!

If I see the second sock completed, which I REALLY hope I do (discipline Heather), then I may try cast on a pair next time. I keep eyeing up all my glitter yarns and thinking how nice it would be to have all the glitters in socks. I may cast on a red glitter pair so that I can enter them in the Festive Sock-Along hosted by Amy of Stranded Dyeworks and start my christmas sock collection. I’ve never joined a kal/cal before either. I will keep you posted on that. Is anyone else joining in?

Knitting vs Crochet

There seems to be a lot of knitted items on my list which might prove to be a bad choice as its super slow going for me. But hey, at least I am about to get loads of tension practice so hopefully my next batch of socks will be pretty much perfection. There are, of course, so many more projects I could add in. If and when I complete this little lot I shall set out the next batch. So until then. Let’s get making. 

And yes, I am rather late on the Game of Thrones bandwagon. I have just watched episode four of season two. But socks and GOT are my jam right now.

WINTER IS COMING

Good things take time
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Heather xxx