I’m still around!

Unfortunately, I didn’t mean to keep away from crochet for so long. This is mainly down to health, the fact that I’ve been busy with volunteering, and have too many hobbies and not enough time! I’m still working on the baby cardigan and hope to have it finished by this summer. I’m about to embark on some new projects, including some amigurumi and other little teddies, as well as trying my hand at a “graphghan” with my nephew’s name on it. I also hope to get some of my own designs written up soon and posted.

Hope to see you soon!


New projects

Here, I find myself saying again “Whoops, I didn’t mean to abandon the blog!” Between my worsening health and my focus on language learning, I didn’t really think much about crochet, in spite of the yarn stash taking over what little space isn’t overflown with books! I have a few projects in mind again, and here they are.

1. Baby’s hat with bear ears

One of my sister’s friends is having a baby, and another sister has a pregnant colleague, so I thought to work on some baby projects to give them a gift. I chose this hat with ears tutorial by Wooly Wonders Crochet, which you can find on YouTube here. It follows a basic versatile hat pattern that you can use for just about any type of hat. Check out some other videos too by Wooly Wonders Crochet.

2. Basic beanie

Using a similar pattern, I have still to finish off the beanie I mentioned making for myself in this post. I’ve decided to omit the ear flaps and just go for a very basic beanie.

3. Baby’s cardigan

Again, I intend this possibly as a gift to the pregnant ladies mentioned above. I’m following a tutorial from Made With Love By Grama, which you can find here. It’s a pretty cardigan to which you can add buttons, appliques, etc.. A pattern is given for a three-month-old and for a six-month-old.

These are the main projects at the moment, and I want to finish most of them up before committing to any more. I am considering designing some bookmarks to sell over at Fiverr, and also a big pencil case for myself. I’m also considering having a go at my first clothing item for adults, which is a top from a knitting/crochet book I own; perhaps my sister will wear it, or I can donate it – although there are many patterns I fancy trying that I would have no use for, I volunteer in two charity stores (one aiding the homeless in my town, and one for a national animal charity), and can easily donate my products there. There are also many charity projects online asking for donations, which is a lovely idea if you’re just crocheting for fun.

I’m also wavering over the decision to do some videos on YouTube, starting with basic crochet techniques, and expanding to patterns. I’m not sure yet. There is no shortage of great YouTube tutorials for crochet, but on the other hand, there’s no harm in another crocheter having a go, is there? 🙂 We’ll see what happens. I already have enough hobbies that make it hard to commit to them all with my health issues!

Long time, no see!

I unintentionally seem to have abandoned this blog! Things have been a bit all over the place for me in the last months, and my routine went out of the window for a while. As I’ve eased myself back into my other activities, such as the language learning over at Polyglot Scot, as well as music and writing, I’ve finally come around to getting back to crocheting, and no doubt I’ll be immediately hooked again! The hardest part for me is choosing a project; I seem to choose things that I have little or no use for personally, but I have not only a large family to give gifts to, but I volunteer with three charities, who each have shops, and so it’s an option for me to donate to them. I still fancy the idea of having an online shop for crocheted items, but I have too many things to devote my time to that I know I could possibly end up resenting having to complete projects for people on demand rather than what I want to do, so I think I’ll work on designing my own patterns through the end of the year and get them out rather than actual items online. 

I look forward to getting back into this hobby – and no doubt my niece will be nagging me for those mini granny square blankets for her toys again. 🙂

I hope everyone’s well! Hopefully I’ll be back here soon enough with news of impending projects (if I can choose!), and a little later down the line hopefully some designs. I’m also slowly learning to knit (but it’s hard to persevere instead of just going back to good ol’ crochet!), so hopefully I’ll get some knitting projects done too.

Mikey’s Afghan Club – Octagons and Squares Afghan COMPLETE!

This post is actually very much overdue, as I finished the afghan on 15th March! I’m very pleased with how my afghan turned out, and it’s very cosy! I actually downsized mine a little, making 12 octagons and 6 squares rather than the 20 octagons and 12 squares requested in the pattern.

The winner for the giveaway, and unsurprisingly I didn’t win as there were 496 entries! But I’m very happy because I have the blanket!

The free pattern for the afghan can be found here on Red Heart. The pattern for the next Afghan Club by the Crochet Crowd will be released on the 1st April, so keep an eye on their site. Right now Cathy’s Hook Club is going on until April 15th, if anyone is interested.

I hope to get back into crocheting again very soon and make progress on my impending and in progress projects. Right now I’m very happy with the afghan – it might look impressive, but it’s actually easier work than it looks. 😉 It’s suitable for beginners, so have a go if you want a bit of a challenge to get you going with projects.

Impending projects

I haven’t written here for a few weeks as I work through my afghan, so I thought I would write about the projects that I have in mind to work on after completing the afghan.

1. Cathy’s Hook Club – Spring Fling Pillow

The new project for Cathy’s Hook Club began today, and runs until April 15th. It is similar to Mikey’s Afghan Club, and is also run by The Crochet Crowd. You can find information on the club here.

The pattern is from Red Heart and can be found here. (Note: you’ll find yellow highlights in the downloadable pattern; this is because corrections had to be made from a previous version.) This is quite a short project; of course, it depends on your skill level among other things, but I’ve seen from The Crochet Crowd Facebook page that it takes people in the region of five hours. I will be choosing out colors for my pillow soon, and hope it’ll just be a quick project I can fit in between my other plans.

As with Mikey’s Afghan Club, there is a random giveaway for one lucky winner, which includes yarn, a yarn bag, and a mug. All giveaway rules and guidelines can be found in the link above for Cathy’s Hook Club.

2. Simple scarf
I’m building up a simple scarf for my sister using single crochet, and also plan to practice pattern writing by writing out the short pattern for it, which I’ll post when I complete it. I’m using yarn from the Patons Fab DK range in the color Clown, which is variegated and gives a really nice effect to the scarf. Using single crochet means the scarf has tight stitching and is very cosy!

3. Square design baby blanket
I have built quite the collection of baby colors, mostly of Baby Dream DK colors, and plan to build up a blanket using them. The plan just now is to have squares of colors from the center out, for which I will write up a simple pattern and post it here. I don’t know yet what I’ll do with it, but I do have a nephew who is seven months old, so it may end up going to him. 🙂

4. My first real design
For the two projects above, I’m going to practise writing a pattern, but they’re pretty simple and don’t have much actual design input from me, so I’ve come up with an idea with more design involved, and I hope it’s not too complex for me! It’s just a decorative item with no function, but it would work as a baby toy too. I don’t want to give away anything about it until I’ve made some progress and can see that it’s going to turn out alright! Here’s hoping all goes well on it, and I can post the pattern here for anyone’s use if they like it.

So those projects should keep me going for a while yet! I think my biggest problem with crochet is seeing too many projects that I want to work on, and having to choose! After my first attempt at a hat went quite wrong, as it was my first ever project, I want to try that again soon, as my stitching is more uniform now. But it’s not in my “official” project plans quite yet. If any of you take on any similar projects, or decide to participate in Cathy’s Hook Club, let me know, and send pictures of your work if you wish. I hope you enjoy these projects!