28 September 2016

Podcast Episode 17

Ravelry Episode Thread

Show Notes

: :  DONE : :

Cocktail Party Socks
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Yarn: Easy Knits - Dandy base in Cocktail Hour
(100% wool)
Pattern:  Just a vanilla sock with Fish Lips Kiss heel

Tulsi Socks
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Yarn: Debonnaire Yarn - Spiffy Socks in Raspberry Fleck Stripe
Pattern:  Tulsi Socks by Verena Cohrs

Can I make a Cardi
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Yarn:  Ideal by Bergere de France
Pattern: Not available (just experimenting!)
Buttons: Textile Garden

: :   PIP's   : :
(Pattern's in Progress)

Bobbing Along Blanket
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Yarn: Stylecraft Malabar
Pattern:  by me and coming soon!

Bali Wrap
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Yarn:  Stylecraft Batik 
Pattern: by me and coming soon!

: :   GOODIES   : :

Stranded Dyeworks on Etsy
Instagram: amyflorence
From left to right:
Candy Wrapper in Oasis
Flamingo Legs in Paradise
Street Art in Paradise

Herbstblatt Regina on Etsy
Instagram: Herbstblatt_Regina
Clockwise from top left:
Grey is better with speckles on Hazel Soft Sock
Pooree on Hazel Soft Sock
Blueberry Pancakes on Hazel Soft Sock
Petal Pink on Oak Sock

S x



26 September 2016

Going to Wales Scarf Pattern

Thank you so much for the comments on my post about my travel crochet project, the scarf I made while 'Going to Wales'.

It turns out a few of you also thought that it might be just the thing you'd like to take on your travels too, so thought I'd quickly make a few notes on the pattern for mine so you could do just that.

While it's nothing fussy or fancy, no charts or tutorials or the like, I hope you'll find it useful all the same.  I'm going to pop it just a little further down the post and it consists of the written directions for the stitch pattern I used, notes on the very simple border that I added and a little guidance on how mine worked out.

Oh, and I've included versions with both UK and US terms this time around.  I hope you'll find that helpful too.

Well, let's not dilly dally any longer my friends, the pattern awaits below.
Just scroll down a little more and it shall be yours to enjoy!


by Sandra Paul

Yarn:  Head over Heels by Stylecraft
(100g 4ply/sock yarn)

Hook: 3.5mm/ USA E

Actually you could use any yarn you like for the pattern, you'll just need to adjust the stitch count and number of rows accordingly.  And use a hook size appropriate for your yarn of course.

My Scarf

I did 66 chains to start and worked 49 repeats, so 51 of the right side rows in total.

I played yarn chicken and kept repeating rows, guessing the amount to leave for the border.  (I just ripped back a row or two when I didn’t have enough first time around!)  My whole scarf weighed a total of 107g so I got a nice generous skein, if yours isn’t quite so plump you may need to adjust the number of rows you work.

✽ ✽    UK Terms   ✽ ✽ 

Starting chain:  a multiple of 8 plus 2

Row 1:  1dc in 2nd ch from hook, *skip 3ch, (3tr, 5ch, 3tr) all in next ch, skip 3ch, 1dc in next ch,* repeat from * to * to end of ch.  [Right side]

Row 2:  4ch, skip 2tr, 1tr in tr, *3ch, dc in ch sp, 3ch, 2trtog: [1st leg in 1st tr, skip (2tr, 1dc, 2tr), 2nd leg in 3rd tr],* repeat from * to * to last ch sp, 3ch, 2trtog: [1st leg in 1st tr, skip 2 tr, 2nd leg in end dc].

Row 3:  1ch, dc in 1st st [trtog], *skip 3 ch, (3tr, 5ch, 3tr) in dc, skip 3 ch, 1dc in trtog,* repeat from * to * end of row.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 as many times as required, ending on a Row 2.

With yarn still attached, flip the work to the right side and then crochet the border around the edge:

Round 1:  1ch, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in same place, *4ch, skip ch, (1dc, 2ch, 1dc) in dc,* repeat from * to * around the scarf, working into the dc’s on the top and side edges and working into the ch at the base of the tr sts along the bottom edge.

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✽ ✽  US Terms   ✽ ✽ 

Starting chain:  a multiple of 8 plus 2

Row 1:  1sc in 2nd ch from hook, *skip 3ch, (3dc, 5ch, 3dc) all in next ch, skip 3ch, 1sc in next ch,* repeat from * to * to end of ch.  [Right side]

Row 2:  4ch, skip 2dc, 1dc in dc, *3ch, sc in ch sp, 3ch, 3dctog: [1st leg in 1st dc, skip (2dc, 1sc, 2dc), 2nd leg in 3rd dc],* repeat from * to * to last ch sp, 3ch, 3dctog: [1st leg in 1st dc, skip 2 dc, 2nd leg in end sc].

Row 3:  1ch, sc in 1st st [dctog], *skip 3 ch, (3dc, 5ch, 3dc) in sc, skip 3 ch, 1sc in dctog,* repeat from * to * end of row.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 as many times as required, ending on a Row 2.

With yarn still attached, flip the work to the right side and then crochet the border around the edge:

Round 1:  1ch, (1sc, 2ch, 1sc) in same place, *4ch, skip ch, (1sc, 2ch, 1sc) in sc,* repeat from * to * around the scarf, working into the sc’s on the top and side edges and working into the ch at the base of the dc sts along the bottom edge.

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I do hope you'll share your makes with me if you decide to use the pattern...
Tag your projects with #cherryheart or #goingtowalesscarf

S x



22 September 2016

Craft Room Shuffle, The Reveal!

Today I thought it was time to show you what I've been cooking up in my new crafty space.  I showed you the work in progress stage earlier this month and now the time has come for The Big Reveal!

I'll grab the key and then why don't you follow me and we'll take a little walk up the garden and I'll give you a tour of my new space, starting with a tantalising peek through the door....

What do you think?  Should we go in and see a little more?

I think so too.

Step through and look to the right and this is what you'll see...

The chair setup is fairly unchanged from my old craft room but it now it has the added bonus of being in a great spot to catch some lovely early rays of sun in Spring (I hope) and I can look out over the garden while I hook or knit away, which is nice in theory.  I just need to work out how to spend more time sitting there.

On the other side of the chair is a pretty Ikea cabinet that I inherited with the room.  When we originally intended this room to be used as a lovely little summer sitting place, I choose this cabinet as somewhere to store some unspecified pretty nick knacks but it ended up being a tv stand and general dumping ground.  It's quite nice to reclaim it from that fate and fill it with lots of crafty goodies instead.

I'm slightly worried about leaving the fabrics open to 'sun fade' behind those glass doors, so some mini  curtains may be in order but I can't quite bring myself to obscure them just yet and anyway I'm sewing my way through a list of requests from the rest of the family at the moment!

Let's turn around now and have a quick look at the other end of this crafty cabin of mine.  This is pretty much the rest of the view that you'd have available if you sat in my little seat by the door, once you'd finished looking out the window of course...

The shelves will look familiar, little has changed about those from the old craft room and deliberately so.  (See previous post!)  I don't know quite why but having something exactly the same in this new room seemed to be essential and comforting to me.

The sewing desk is actually brand new, although as it's identical to the one I left behind there's not much to shout about there.  As the Hubs has commandeered my old room as his office, he needed a desk anyway and constructing the new one in here saved the effort of lugging the old one about.

But, a whole 18 months after getting the original desk, I have finally managed to get something approaching order in the draws.  Thanks to my Hubs, who managed to get his office set up in military fashion. I took a tip from his book and got a similar organizational, compartmentalising do-dad for my draws too.  Well the top one at least.  It actually works quite well.

What is new is the itty bitty computer desk in the corner.
It's another Ikea one.  Do you know, I think this whole place is kitted out in Ikea wears now that I come to think about it, down the the little cart, the silver lamps and even those curtains.  Huh, I didn't realise that before!  

Anyway, having this little little extra space dedicated to all things computer is fantastic.  In my old room I just using my sewing desk, which was absolutely fine but it did mean a fair amount of clearance work before any sewing could commence.  Having this little extra space just for tapping away is a pure luxury and quite frankly an attractive bribe which helped convince me to abandon my previous cozy crafty home.

Well, I think that's everything.

What do you think?  Will I be happy out here?

It's very strange at the moment, it all feels rather odd and I'm not used to it yet.  I keep leaving things in the house that I need up here and vice versa.  I'm enjoying being able to leave the doors open while I work when it's nice but dashing up my garden carrying a laptop in the rain is less fun.

It's a bit of an adjustment, let's just say that but I'm sure it's a positive one all things considered and I know I'm very lucky to have such a place to call my own.

Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed visiting me here and having a look around!

S x

Scarf Update...

Thank you for all the lovely enquires about the 'Going to Wales' scarf, I'm just scribbing out a few notes on the pattern so any of you that wanted to can make your own version.
Coming soon!



20 September 2016

Head over Heels on the way to Wales

One of the very best things about being able to crochet, is the way you can make any long passenger journey speed by in a breeze.

Gone are the miles and miles of monotony,  no more watching the hours tick by and the 'are we there yets' have vanished.  Because all that tedious amount of time confined to a one seat on some mode of transport  has now been transformed into lots of lovely crafting time.  Time that you quite legitimately can spend sitting on your derriere with nothing else to do but hook, hook, hook.  Bliss.

Many like to opt for knitting or even sewing in the car but for me crochet is by far the easiest to do on the go as it requires less looking down on my part.  That being the case, a great deal of the holiday preparation time is spent mulling over the perfect car/train/plane project to take along.  Nothing too fiddly, nothing with a hundred colours and ends to deal with.  Potential pattern ideas can be tricky as they usually require too much thought, or note taking.  You see, it's not that easy to find just the right  mindless, but interesting, easily portable project....

This year I didn't have anything that fitted the bill, so I started something new.  Just for the purpose of filling the long car hours.  I whipped up a few rows the night before, to get the thing straight in my head before the off and then I was all set.  It was the absolute perfect thing, just one ball of yarn needed, a simple pattern to remember and not too large, so nice and easy to maneuver in the limited space.

I made this project in Stylecraft's brand new sock yarn, called Head over Heels.  It's only just been released this month and what with lucky old me being a Stylecraft Blogstar, I got my hands on a couple of balls a little before the rush.  Yippee!

This new yarn is, as you'll have gathered, a yarn intended for making socks.  So it's generous 100g (437 yards) of 75% superwash wool with a sturdy 25% nylon.  Perfect for socks.  But, rather cleverly, Stylecraft have thought about the fact that a lot of us also like to make other things using our sock yarn, like hats and shawls for example.  So they have used a softer and finer wool than the average sock yarn does to ensure that it'll feel as good up by your face as it does by your feet.  Hence the name, Head over Heels... niffy eh?

I must admit being a little nervous of this theory when Stylecraft mentioned it.  I have a pretty low tolerance to that 'itchy' quality that pure wool has and so I was sceptical as to how well it would work when I wore it around my ultra sensitive neck area.

So I thought I'd apply the acid test, I'd make a scarf and see if I could wear it...

... and you know what?  I can!

You can feel the softness in the yarn when it's sitting in it's skein and a quick test of the 'itchy factor' (holding it up to my neck and wrists) seemed promising.  Working it up it feels nice and light and the colour changes help keep things interesting too.  Another good point for the in-car crochet project.

Now it's all done and blocked and I'm wearing it.  Right this second I'm wearing it and it's comfortable.

It's definitely pure wool, it's got that slightly more hairy quality to it that a pure wool has and so it isn't as soft and luxurious as a merino say, but then it's not supposed to be.  It needs to be hardy enough for socks too after all.  But I'm pleasantly surprised at how successful it is at being the best of both worlds.

The colour I've used for my scarf is the Olympus colourway and it's interesting to see how the stripping comes out in crochet.  I think it's fair to say that the stripping of the colours is more intended for socks.  Certainly you get a really lovely pattern of stripes when you work up socks anyway.  I'm not sure how well they work on my scarf, a little too random for my taste really but I am intrigued to see other crochet projects and knitting scarves/shawls to see how the colours work there.

I'm very interested to see how Sarah's crochet project on Annaboo's House works out in this yarn for example, it looks very promising I think and you can see the stripes in action really well on the pretty new sock pattern that Helen of Josie Kitten has dreamt up too.

So, although I don't suppose I'll be giving up on my wonderful indy dyed sock yarns any time soon isn't it refreshing to have a commercially available sock yarn, in inviting colours that doesn't cost the earth and is a soft and fluffy treat for the feet and the neck?

Yep, for that alone, I think it's a winner...


Just to add, the FREE 'Going to Wales' scarf pattern is now available!

S x



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