On The Hook

Is it Wednesday already? I guess I need to set a schedule out with alarms and alerts to remind myself. It may take awhile to get back in the groove of regular posting.

This week I started my Moorland Blanket, a pattern and crochet-along being offered by Lucy at Attic24.

As soon as I saw her initial post on this project, I was enamoured with the colours and the stitch pattern used, and I ordered the yarn pack through Wool Warehouse in the UK. 15 skeins of yarn.

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I did a small sample to get the right hook size and settled with a 3.75mm, which is the same size I’m using for my Granny Stripe Blanket.

I decided to make mine a bit narrower… it will be 42″ instead of 48″ and I started with an initial chain of 161 stitches instead of 181.

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I’m enjoying getting into the groove of this pattern and watching the colours progress. I’m in the greens, which frankly I haven’t seen a lot of around here lately. It’s refreshing to see so much green!

The PussyHat Project. I’ve completed 7, including one for me out of handspun and some of my hand dyed fingering weight doubled. I stopped by the yarn shop yesterday and bought a few skeins of discounted bulky pink yarn and have another one going. I’ll keep knitting these until we march!

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I’m still working on my Feelin’ Groovy socks. As boring as the process is, I do love the crazy striping of the yarn and that it is a super easy project to throw in my purse and knit when I have a few moments to spare. So it is nice to have something like this on the go. And I can see that there is progress being made.

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I didn’t work on my Granny Stripe blanket this week, but I did get it out and into my view. It’s currently 42″ wide and 32″ long. So I have quite a bit still to go on it and I love the bright cheerful colours of this.

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Finished: My Tea Cozy Poncho! I was only a couple of rows from the end and I’ve already worn it to a recital on the weekend. I need to get a photo of me wearing it, but here is Josephine..

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What are you working on this week?

Off The Hook

I’m certainly not off the hook for writing blog posts, but I am for my new crocheted shawl.

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I decided on a whim to join the crochet-along that All Wound Up hosted this summer. Nona had a lovely sample made from the soft Herriot Fine from Jupiter Moon Farms. It’s a 75/25 blend of alpaca and nylon in a light fingering weight. And it is so soft! So I decided to use the same yarn in these two colours: Lakeville and Travertine.

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This Tunisian Crochet is a new-to-me technique. The pattern, by Aoibhe Ni, is complicated, challenging and a delight to do… once I watched the youtube tutorials by Aoibhe Ni and Nona from AWU.

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I would definitely make this again, now that I’ve got it figured out, and would make the edge chains much looser. Mine tends to pull a bit.

I omitted the cnupps in the last row of fans and I don’t think it takes away from the beauty of the shawl.

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The weather has turned cooler and our furnace has already kicked in, so this is finished just in time to keep me warm and cozy this fall and winter. And with its finished size of 82″ by 25″, there will be plenty of warm alpaca to do the job.

Ravelry details.

the huntleigh cowl

My first attempt at writing a crochet pattern and I’m hooked. heh. I’ve always loved crocheting and I like to have a long-term project in the works, usually a blanket, while I spend most of my craft time knitting.

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When we were at the market at the beginning of this month, we talked to a number of crocheters asking about our yarn and patterns and it suddenly occurred to us that it would be nice to have a pattern to go with one of our yarns.

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We decided to the pair the new pattern with our DK weight. It’s a superwash merino and so incredibly soft to wear.

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I looked at different crochet stitches and found this one that I really liked. What drew me to it is that it has lots of texture, is a simple 2-row pattern, and suited the style I was looking to make.

This is so simple. It’s a rectangle. No shaping needed. It worked out perfectly with 100 grams (230 yards) of DK weight. It would also work in worsted and I’m going to try it in bulky later today.

Since this is my first attempt at a crochet pattern, I’m offering it free on Ravelry and we will have it printed up for the market on July 30th to pair with our DK-weight yarn.

The Huntleigh Cowl

1 skein of DK-weight yarn (100 grams/230 yard)

1 hook, size 4.5mm

Happy crocheting!

🙂