Swaye shawl

Emma Crafts Design

Happy Friday!

I have been on holidays this week and it has been really nice. Plane time, as you may know, is my favourite for extra-relaxing crochet time! Yay!

Here is the Swaye shawl, from Addydae Designs. I’ve already talked about Deanne before, she is the amazing designer behind the Blurre shawl that I’ve already shown you earlier this year. I participated in her crochet along and she was so lovely and gifted a pattern to everyone who participated. I chose the Swaye shawl, and I’m in love with it, possibly even more than with my Blurre!

The yarn I’m using as well is beautiful, it’s from Fibre Revolution, who is a Brisbane based indie dyer. This was the yarn from August’s yarn club and the colour names are Gold Coast (the bright blue one) and Sandy Bay (the pale blue neutral one) , after two gorgeous beaches in Australia…

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Wearing sweaters 2

The Yarn Blabber

Still no FO! I’ll probably finish my Thanksgiving decorations tonight or tomorrow morning. So, I’ll talk about the sweater of the week, which is my “Unisex Zip.” Try not to notice that I need a haircut and a shave, OK?

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This pattern comes from the digital edition of The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Top-Down Sweaters” and is used as an example to show you how to design your own knitwear using the numbers from the “blank” pattern for a basic modified drop shoulder sweater. You can find information about it here.

I love wearing this sweater for many reasons.

First of all, it’s a wardrobe basic. There are no cables, no fancy color designs. The pattern calls for a multi-colored yarn, which means it goes well with lots of other clothes. The stitch pattern breaks up the stripes of color very nicely so you don’t get big, dominant…

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Crocheted Stars…

Coastal Crochet

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I’ve designed some crocheted stars and here’s a link to the free pattern should you wish to crochet some of your own…

Crochet Star

These stars can be hung from a tree or in front of a window or anywhere else in the house! They make such lovely decorations and if you crochet the star without the hanging loop the possibilities are endless…

IMG_1433IMG_1428I have just finished teaching a 5 week crochet course for some very lovely NHS staff and in the final class I really wanted everyone to try out their newfound crochet skills and have something that we could all crochet together, finish in the class and have something to take home.😊 And as it’s now less than 6 weeks until Christmas I thought a little decoration would be perfect… and that’s when a star popped into mind!

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Friday Favorites

fiber and sustenance

Phew, it’s been ages since I’ve gotten a Friday Favorites post up — though I’ve certainly not been wanting for material!  It seems that not a day goes by without the release of some glorious new yarn or pattern — what’s a knitter to do?!  Without further ado, a quick list of things that have caught my eye recently!

Fiber

  • Have you seen these beautiful, colorful sheep pins?  They are gorgeous and a fundraiser for a very good cause: shepherds in Portugal who lost their flocks during wildfires this summer.  One might be winging its way to me to join my “flock” of sheep-y enamel pins!
  • My love for pretty much everything Kate Davies done is well-documented on this blog, and her new yarn, currently available as part of her West Highland Way club, is no exception.  It’s currently taking all my willpower to not sign up for…

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Holey Smokes!! A Crochet Fade

Zeens and Roger

Holy Smokes!! Holey Smokes is here!!

I have wanted to design a crochet fade shawl for aaaages. It has been in my head for a while. I knew I wanted to make a Fade, I knew it had to have lacy bits and and I knew I wanted crazy colours. For a long time I didn’t feel brave enough to sit down and do all the maths but a few weeks ago I made myself do it. There’s no point putting something off just because you’re a little bit worried. The only way to find out how it would go was to dive right in. Back in the spring I made Deanne’s Addydae Designs crochet Blurre Shawl (have a read) and this was another spur onwards (it’s so pretty, it’s so fadey!).

I love that knitting is embracing The Fade but, ehh, come on crochet! We need more! Sooo, Holey…

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WIP Wednesday: “St. Enda”

The Yarn Blabber

What a coincidence that today is All Souls Day and I have a Saint of my own hanging off my knitting needles! I may not be religious, but somehow I’ve managed to live a parallel life on this day after Halloween. I know! Halloween is over! Total bummer!

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I’m making a lot of progress on this Celtic saint. As you can see, I’ve got the front done and now I’m 2/3 of the way up the back. You can also observe that on the front I didn’t bind off my remaining stitches, I just left them “live.” I’m not following the directions, which instruct the knitter to bind it all off. My reason is simple: when I knit the sleeves I shall simply knit the saddle onto the shoulders. Yes, I’m an evil genius who wishes to sew as little as possible. I suppose some people take great pleasure…

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