Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Boho Sunday Shawl

Do you remember the Sunday Shawl CAL (Crochet Along) I was part of at the beginning of the year?

It was a super pattern by Alia Bland  (also known as The Little Bee) called Sunday Shawl.  

I made one which I renamed my Gypsy Shawl.

Whilst I was making it I knew that I would make another one (at least one!) 
as it was such a lovely pattern to follow and crochet up.  It also worked up super quick too!

This time I used Stylecraft Special DK as I had a few balls in navy and oddments in other bright colours.  

I really wanted to go for a more "bohemian" look and so choose the brightest colours I could find 
so that they would really pop against the navy.

I also wanted to add a bit more of the pattern at the bottom to add a little bit more length. 
 I am not sure how many more I did, I just kind of winged it!
When I felt it was long enough I went for the last two rows to finish it.

It took me about three days to make from start to finish ... how speedy is that?!  It really is a very quick make and so enjoyable to do because of how it looks and because of how quickly it works up.

And ... I'm going to make another one!

I am taking this one a bit slower but have already selected Stylecraft Special DK in Meadow 
and have started to hook it!  

I think this time I am going to go for more delicate colours at the bottom - 
perhaps mauves, lilacs, pale green ....

So watch this space as I'll let you know when that one is finished.  Mind you, I do have a few other projects still on-going AND I plan to start a couple more KALs - this time a shawl and perhaps socks too (eek!!!)  

Wish me luck!

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Lulu's Loft's Lois

There are many traders in The Emporium in Yeovil.

One of whom has become a very good friend of mine - Lucie at Lulu's Loft.  She paints furniture and makes them beautiful using Frenchic Paint which comes in gorgeous shades - AND you can also buy this paint from her (along with the brushes and stencils and lots more)!

Anyway, as well as giving a shout out to my friend and her business, I also want to mention that she has just had the most gorgeous little (or maybe not so little at 10lb 6oz) baby girl 
... and I have knitted a little cardigan for her.

The pattern I used was Short Notice Cardigan by Taiga Hilliard Designs.  It uses chunky yarn and I had the idea yarn for this ... a gorgeous Devon Sun Yarns Humble Chunky in a lush pink colour-way.  Perfect for a little girl.

I have such high praise for this yarn ... it is soft and just a dream to knit with. 
It feels lovely .... I just cannot find enough superlatives to describe how gorgeous it is to work with 
and how it works up.  So a big high five to Daisy at Devon Sun Yarns
#devonsunyarns #humblechunky

I am hoping that when little Lois is big enough for the cardigan that I can show a picture of her wearing it.  In the meantime ... some progress photos ...

I have worked on many more projects during the past month (which has just flown by) but have been hampered a bit by my fibromyalgia flaring up and haven't felt much like writing blog posts.  I am hoping to remedy this over the next few days (or weeks) and you can see what else I've been doing when I haven't been almost comatose on the sofa!  

Plus side ... I've nearly caught up with Neighbours!  And managed some more hexis for my Beekeepers Quilt along with the ends from these going into my Sock Yarn Blanket.  Both of these are long-term projects and are picked up every now and again.  

Believe me, though, when finished ... they are going to be fab-u-lous!

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