STASH-BUSTING IN 2021 #16

It’s a string thing…

I have continued to dabble in crochet. I had a practice at a market bag using 100g of baby yarn from my stash a week or two ago. I have moved on…

String is the thing…

I have made a couple of market bags, they are different but have a 3.5mm hook, half trebles, double crochet and lots of chain stitch in common!

The green one is made from an organic cotton which has a lovely soft finish and the beige and cream one is made from a mercirised cotton which has a much more robust feel to it. But both 100% cotton in their own right!

They are both quite organic in as much as I made it up as I went along πŸ˜‹

Hope your weekend has been as organic?

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #14

A holey bag in one…

I have been dabbling in crochet this year trying to learn new skills and techniques. I have also been drawn towards storeage ideas. Useful makes!!

A couple of years ago when I was dabbling with macrame I made a market bag but it wasn’t very satisfactory! I ended up using it as a gift bag for a bottle of wine 🍷

But I have been dabbling and produced this little market bag out of 100g of baby yarn from the stash. I haven’t even sewn in the two ends before using itπŸ˜‰ It now holds some organic cotton yarn ready to make another one… I was quite pleased with my practice effort, so using my notes I hope to be able to reproduce it in sage and cream. Fingers crossed.

Still plodding on with my nephew’s cable knit.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

WINDING UP MARCH!!!

Or March madness🐰🐰🐰

This month has been bunnies, baskets and my nephew’s cable aran and many long hours at work. I know I shouldn’t complain as I am lucky to still have a job but some weeks I feel so tired. Obviously showing my age πŸ€”

Working on my crochet. Still much better going backwards and forwards on the crochet front – the knitter in me!!! Still gain too many stitches when working on a round but I made a basket in a very chunky yarn and found it much easier to keep track of my stitches – so lessons are being learnt this month πŸ˜„

Still working on the front of my nephew’s cable knit, hoping to get a bit more done this weekend in between eating chocolate and drinking wine 🍷but will take care to avoid staining πŸ˜‰

The weather is beautiful here at the moment but sadly not so good for egg hunting on Sunday 🌧🌨πŸŒͺ

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

AWOL

Very little yarn craft ….

I have been absent from these pages for a week or two. Work has been horribly busy and I have hardly had a chance to click my needles together and I have to admit to missing the benefits.

I have made this storeage basket.

It’s a very chunky yarn that I bought from Aldi a couple of years ago and a size 10mm hook. I have actually managed to hook this in the round. I think the thicker yarn and hence bigger stitches helped me with my counting. I made it up as I went along but ended up with 96 stitches.

It’s going to be a toy basket. Tyson the tiger looks quite comfy in it.

Hoping that the next week or two will be less hectic and I can get a bit done on my nephew’s cable aran.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING IN 2021 #10

Or tackling the stash a bunny at a time…

No progress to report on the cable knit aran this week. I have started the front but I have had back to back shifts at work so the little progress I had made had to be frogged 🐸 I should learn my lesson and not work on bigger projects when I am tired πŸ€”

I have been tinkering with toy making over the last few weeks

The knitted bunny is for N’s granddaughter for easter.

The crochet bunnies are a work in progress. I have a bag full of bunny bits. I think I have mentioned before I have terrible problems working in the round when attempting crochet. I just keep losing countπŸ™ƒ So the yellow bunny is crocheted backwards and forwards and then lots of seams to sew up. The mauve bunny can be called amigurimi but he doesn’t have 2 identical arms or 2 identical legs. A slight deformity due to my poor numeracy skills πŸ˜‰

A have few more bunnies to complete, ready join the crew.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

WINDING UP FEBRUARY

Ticking off the WIPS list…

My February accomplishments are finally finishing the Kitty coat and the Knotty cowl and getting them sent off to their recipients. I managed to complete the pink Guernsey for myself and have had a good root through what is left in my work basket. Obviously I haven’t tackled the various stashes around the house. N does not need to know about thoseπŸ˜‰

Spring is in the air so I have potted a few flowers to cheer the place up and I have been dabbling in hooking.

Moving forward I have started a cable knit aran for my nephew, I will continue to try to master crochet and I am making little hats for the AgeUk/Innocent Smoothie campaign http://www.thebigknit.co.uk πŸ‘’πŸŽ©πŸŽ“

The weather is improving, well rather chilly today, so must start making more of an effort with my walking.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

DABBLING ON THE DARK SIDE. ..

Hooking and me πŸ€”

I am still in a storeage frame of mind so thought I would have a go at crocheting a basket.

Now this basket made in the round is a bit of a jumble, I lost track of the join and ended up with too many increases. So I finished it off added a little loop to use as a work basket.

I do like the little neat stitches and the firm fabric it has made but need to pay more attention to marking the join.

I have made a larger crochet basket.

I just worked this backwards and forwards which was easier to keep track of the increases and then I sewed up the seam at the end. I do like the ridges created by working this way.

Both baskets were made using aran weight yarn and I chose a size 4 hook which has made a nice firm basket.

Not a natural hooked! !!

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

STASH-BUSTING #6

A good old rummage…

I am visiting nooks and crannies around the house that have been neglected for years. Hence …

A number of years ago I bought a load of cross-stitch kits to make my own Christmas cards. I remember doing a few and I remember the delight on parents’ faces on receiving them but, sadly, they were very time-consuming so the bulk of them were stuffed into a cupboard and forgotten about 😣. I have done a couple in the hot weather, good advice from Mildlygranola who suggested sewing was a more bearable craft during a heatwave 🌞.

On the WIP front I have nearly completed a baby blanket.

The interesting colour scheme is due to the fact that I am using ends of balls. Another 2 rows of trebles and a couple of rows of doubles to finish off β™‘β™‘β™‘

And of course…

there is another scarf on the go.

Clickety click best get knitting β™‘β™‘β™‘

Self-help #2

Any one for crochet?

It is Sunday afternoon and here I sit with a mug of darjeeling and a quiet sense of achievement. No I haven’t started working through the heap of woolly animal kits yet but they are safely stashed!!

I have been to yoga and had an hour focusing on my breathing and emptying my mind. My head is decluttered for the time being and what about my house? Well there lies a story…

I am afraid I still have wool and craft kits and other useful bits and pieces stashed everywhere. However, I have used up some of my odds and ends of baby wool on a blanket.

The yarn used is King Cole baby double knitting in primrose, princess and turquoise and I have used a 3.5mm crochet hook.

Crochet does not come naturally to me, I keep getting the wool tangled around my fingers but I have enjoyed doing something different. I started teaching myself how to do a granny square and just continued until it was big enough to be called a baby blanket but in reality it is just a giant granny square. The stitches used are trebles and then doubles to edge it.

Sadly I have all of those ends to weave in and then I have only to press it.

I do have a confession to make…

I didn’t have enough of the turquoise so I popped into my local Co Op only to find there were only six balls of wool on the shelf (2 turquoise, 2 silver, 1 purple and 1 rather grubby white). I was distraught thinking that this was discontinued. I panic-buyer, grabbing the turquoise and silver yarn I really dislike the colour purple (not the book or film, the Alice Walker novel is one of my favourites) and the white had seen better days. On paying for them I learned that the lady who oversaw the wool department had left and no one had taken responsibility for it but a new order had gone in so the shelves should be full again soon. PHEW, PANIC OVER…