Recently Off The Needles (And Hook)…

Hello there!  It’s been a while, I know.  You know that thing where life gets super busy and something has to drop by the wayside for a time?  That happened and sadly my blogs had to take a little bit of a timeout.  However, I’m back, although I can’t promise to post regularly at the moment!  Today I thought I’d take the opportunity to share with you some of my favourite recently finished projects.  The links on each title go to my Ravelry project pages (you don’t have to be a member of Ravelry to see these projects) and I’ve also linked to the pattern pages on Ravelry too.

Green Fan Bookmark

First up is this gorgeous crochet bookmark.

 

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The stitch pattern is a little similar to a Queen Anne’s Lace, but not the same.  It was quick to make and is very lovely.  The pattern was well written and easy to follow too!  Part of my new love affair with tiny crochet!

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Quick details:

Passionflower Doily

Next up is another crochet project, this time not in tiny crochet though!  A reasonably thick silver-grey doily – perfect to go under a pot plant or use as a mat if it weren’t so pretty!

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This is actually the second time I’ve made this pattern.  The first time I forgot to take any pictures and stopped a few rounds earlier so it would fit on the front of a card to be posted to my Godmother.  This is my second and it was just as pleasant to make as the first time.  This is one of my favourite doily patterns.

Quick details:

Caledonian Forest Hat

I originally shared this project way back in September.  If you’ve been around since then you might remember what it looked like then, but here is a reminder:

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Caledonian Forest Hat

This project sadly stayed like this for a rather long time until I had an email from some friends last week asking if I would still knit a shawl for them to gift.  I was of course very happy to knit the shawl, but it did mean that I needed to get this work-in-progress off the needles.  The yarn is beautiful and soft and gorgeous, and not something you really want to put onto scrap yarn until you fancy finishing it.  So the hat got finished.  Very unseasonal timing, but there we go.

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The pattern was clear and easy to follow, although I did make a few mistakes on the decrease rows on the crown, but hopefully, no-one will notice!  (I was knitting this during a ceilidh band rehearsal and had to stop half-way through a row to do a clog solo…possibly why there were a few mistakes looking back…)  However, if I were to do this pattern again, I’d probably either do more ribbing or another repeat of the pattern as it is a tiny bit shorter than I would really like (or even check my gauge…)  However, it is a lovely hat so I’m sure I’ll still wear it!

Quick details:

  • Yarn: (Possibly the most gorgeous and softest yarn I’ve had the pleasure to knit with) Artesano DK 100% Pure Superfine Alpaca (colourways 785 Bolivia (green) and 1532 Chile (Red), purchased up in Morpeth while on a band tour a couple of years ago!)
  • Needles: 4.00mm circular (80cm cord using magic loop method)
  • Pattern: Caledonian Forest Hat by Sarah Franklin

So that concludes some of my recently finished projects.  I’ve got a number of knitting and crochet projects on the go, including 4 shawls (guess what I like making…), a scarf, some bed socks, a toy mouse, a hand towel and a doily.  I hope to share some of them with you sometime.

Crochet Slippers

This week has been a bit busy for me so I’ve just got a relatively short post for you today.  I wanted to share with you my most recently finished crochet project – a set of snuggly slippers!

The Pattern

The pattern I’ve used I found on Ravelry and is Priscilla Hewitt’s Hexagon Boot Slippers.  It is a very easy pattern to follow and didn’t take very long to work up at all!  I used a bulky yarn instead of an aran yarn so I adapted the pattern to fit my feet by making four hexagons per slipper and joining them up as per the diagram (read the caption for explanation!)

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Join up along the pink lines (the vertical one isn’t supposed to reach the top), then join the rest of sides by matching their letters.

I also threaded some ribbon round the top to help them stay on as I like my slippers a little big so they feel more cosy.

The Yarn

For this project I used some King Cole Chunky Tweed in colourway ‘1075 Balmoral’.  Its 72% premium acrylic, 25% wool and 3% viscose.  Its quite a stiff, not soft yarn (ideal for walking around the house in).  In case you’re wondering because you’re aware of my wool sensitivity, this seems absolutely fine so far, but then my feet have always been the least sensitive part to wool – they’re also only 25% wool which probably helps too.  I like this yarn so much I’m making a pair of stripy bedsocks for advent using it!  (By for advent, I mean that I am going to be knitting a set number of rows in a set colour every day throughout advent so I end up with a Christmas present to myself of bedsocks.  The hard bit will be only doing the set number of rows each day!)

I used a 6mm hook with this yarn.

The Finished Slippers

So after all that waffle about yarns and patterns, I guess you’d like to see my finished slippers!  So here they are in all their glory!  Join me next week for another crafty post (hopefully another finished project…so I’d better get busy!)

Fluid Ice

I’m quite excited to share today’s post with you!  Since June 2015 I’ve been working on a beautiful shawl.  It was originally going to be a cape, but due to finishing the yarn and deciding that its a perfect size for me, its turned into a shawl instead.

The Story Behind The Shawl
I started off following a simple shawl pattern based on the classic granny square look.  I got a bit fed up with this, so I restarted and made it simpler and quicker while still retaining the granny square look.  After August I got fed up with it so it got put in the hibernation pile and this last week I picked it up again.  Originally, it was going to be the same pattern all the way through, but I realised it was going to take so long to complete, so I figured out a beautiful yet really simple lace pattern to use instead.  Finally, I raided my stash for a contrasting colour yarn and added a very simple one row border.

The Inspiration Behind The Name
Fluid Ice.
What image does that give you?
For me, its pale blues and lilacs, changeable, surprising yet gentle, flowing and soft.  That’s what this shawl seemed like to me so it seemed the perfect name!

The Pattern
The pattern is available on Ravelry and I’d be delighted if you decided to crochet one!  You can use any yarn with an appropriate hook (and one slightly larger for lacier stitches).
It uses just two basic stitches (UK chain and UK treble stitches) so is really simple.

Photos
No blog post would be complete without a selection of photos – I present to you Fluid Ice!

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Fluid Ice Shawl
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Close Up
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Wearing it normally!
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Folded Layers
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A blue ghost?
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Enjoying the warmth

 

Wild Yarns

Its been a rather long time since I last blogged on this website, and I’ve had this little nagging feeling going “you should share your latest yarn projects – some of them are really cute”.  So I thought I’d share with you some of the things I’ve made over the last month or so.

Everything has had a bit of a wild theme throughout June thanks to the Wildlife Trusts Campaign – 30 Days Wild.  You catch up on my wild adventures over on Stephanelli’s Wild Adventures.  This is also the reason I’ve not blogged here, because I’ve been busy blogging daily for 30 Days Wild!

Seashells

I’ve knitted two seashells recently.  One of them was made as a coaster from my first handspun cotton yarn.  The second is made from Women’s Institute Soft and Silky.

Pattern: Seashell Coasters
Needle size: Cotton – 6.5mm; Women’s Institute Soft and Silky – 3.25mm

Chicks

Next I’ve made some cute little chicks – using crochet.  I was planning to use these for cards or as swaps when geocaching.  They’re also made from Women’s Institute Soft and Silky.

Pattern: Bird Pattern – Little Chicks
Hook size: 3.75mm

Starfish

I love starfish – so I made this little crochet starfish from Women’s Institute Soft and Silky.  I love all these quick makes!

Pattern: Crochet Sea Star
Hook size: 3.75mm

Jellyfish

I was flicking through patterns on Ravelry and came across this crochet pattern and just had to make it!  This little creature has been affectionately put on the end of recorder.  It brings entertainment to the odd gig and rehearsal!  Again made in Women’s Institute Soft and Silky.

Pattern: Baby Jellyfish
Hook size: 3.75mm

Owl Cables

I’ve also learnt to knit cables this month (hurrah!).  I thought this was a great achievement!  My first practise run was to cable a tiny little owl sampler (yep you guessed the yarn…) in Women’s Institute Soft and Silky.  I decided that this was so cute, that I designed and made myself a phone sock using the cable pattern.  It has a ribbed section at the top to help the phone stay in, it only just fits the phone though – I didn’t take the seams into account!

Pattern: Both used the centre motif from Owl Washcloth
Needle Size: 3.25mm

Shrimp

This has to be my favourite make from the month.  I knitted my friend an adorable little shrimp!  I still haven’t given it to her, but I thoroughly enjoyed making it!  It was made from Patons Washed Cotton DK.  And yes, it does indeed have a hat – a beret to be precise.  We had this thing about shrimps with berets.

Pattern: LaPrawnda The Shrimp
Needle Size: 3.00mm (double pointed needles)
Hook size (for crochet beret): 3.75mm

Fishie

The rest of family are avid fishermen.  So it only seemed appropiate to make my Dad a card with a crochet fish on it for Fathers’ Day.  Made with Patons Washed Cotton DK.

Pattern: Fish Mobile
Hook size: 3.75mm

Cat

Finally, my Dad’s birthday is soon after Fathers’ Day so I decided to use a pattern I’d found for a cat bookmark and shorten the tail, add some front legs and a fish.  I think its very cute, as did the pattern owner on Ravelry!

Pattern: Cat Bookmark and Fish Appliques
Hook size: 4.00mm

Current Projects

I’ve got several projects on the go at the moment, although I won’t share photos yet!  You can find more details on ravelry – I’m Stephanelli on there – feel free to friend me if you so desire!  For those that aren’t, the things I’ve got on the needles/hooks/looms are:

  • a woven scarf (yes, its still on the straw loom!)
  • a multipattern knit and purl scarf (on my nicest set of needles…)
  • granny square blanket (its getting there, slowly – crochet project)
  • a crochet cape (its gonna be awesome!)
  • knitted toe up socks (still on the first sock, its growing slowly)

Crochet Cross

A little crochet project to cheer me up!  Pattern on Ravelry.

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New Photography Blog

Readers,

I have finally decided to set up a blog dedicated to photography.  I have done this because I am joining in the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild Challenge.

Its a great cause, you don’t have to pay anything!  All you have to do is commit to spending a little of your time with nature each day, something as simple as smelling a flower on your way to work, going for a walk in a field/park/churchyard in your lunchtime or something big like spending a whole day trying to find an elusive animal, its entirely up to you!

What are you waiting for?  Join now!

My new blog is Stephanelli’s Wild Adventures.

In aid of wildlife, look at my cute crochet butterfly!

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Crochet Handwarmers

Today I finished my newest crochet project of some fingerless gloves.

They are made from Women’s Institute Soft and Silky acrylic yarn in the colour “blue mix”.

I used a pattern found on Ravelry here.  I had to adjust it to suit the yarn I was using.  You can see the details in my Ravelry notebook here.

They were easy to make and are lovely to wear!

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Star Card!

I’m feeling rather pleased with myself.

Last week I brought some gorgeous yarn to add to my stash, and have used a tiny little bit of it to make this lovely crochet star!

It turned out much better than expected!

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Learning To Crochet

I was reading through some blogs this week when I found this post over on Saturday Night Stitch which has 2 really beautiful crocheted blocks.  Add to this some beautiful crocheted flower brooches that I picked up when I went to a dance festival, I decided I simply had to learn to crochet.

I’ve never crocheted before.  So following a recommendation I looked up “VeryPink Knits” and learnt about crocheting.
I then made a little shopping list and went to the nearest haberdashery to see what I could find.

I came back with a set of crochet hooks (I’m expecting to get hooked) and 3 balls of cotton yarn (I liked the feel, and hoped it wouldn’t be too problematic).

I then had a few hours spare to spend somewhere.  So I headed to the library, grabbed a book on crochet, and started to learn the basic stitches.

I then came home and started crocheting a granny square blanket with the pattern in the book from the libary and some help from the patterns on Ravelry!

This is as far as I’ve got so far:

Crochet2I’m very proud of it as I’ve only been crocheting for a single day (and I’m already hooked and want to make more things)!  Its only 15cm on each side at the moment, but I hope it’ll grow to be huge in time for when we move house!

~Stephanelli