What I’ve been up to this last month..

Hi there everyone!

It’s been almost a month since my last blog post and what a month it’s been! Some exciting things coming up in the very near future, I’ll tell you more in future blog posts, I can’t say to much right now, all in good time though πŸ™‚ In my last blog post, I told you all how I’d been extremely fortunate to be given the opportunity to receive a sample ball of Caron Cakes yarn in the colour Blueberry Cheesecake from the awesome guys at Spotlight. These yarns are now available in store and online, finally! Yay! So after finding a pattern I was on my way, pulling that first piece of yarn from the center of the ball was pretty exciting! I thought I’d share my progress photos and the completed piece. 

Foundation chain

progress photos of this beautiful shawl

And here is the finished shawl, this pattern, from Amy Gunderson is called Pineapple Peacock Shawl. It was very easy to follow, and I think I’d make it again, maybe with a different yarn, my finished shawl didn’t quite come up to the right size, but I love that the colours worked out almost perfectly for each row.

Pineapple Peacock Shawl. Pattern from Amy Gunderson

My next project was making a pair of fingerless gloves for my youngest daughter, I had already made a pair for my son, but I found the pattern a little to fiddly, so after some searching I found this great pattern from Crochetdreamz. These are called Fingerless Boutique Gloves, I used this gorgeous yarn from Lincraft called Surroundings, this is actually a twisted yarn, not a ply, so it’s very delicate, the fibers are so fine, they pull apart easily, but the finished product is so lovely, it’s worth taking the extra care using it!

Boutique Fingerless Gloves. Pattern from Crochetdreamz

I made some of the squares from The Art of Crochet subscription magazine, normally I’m all over these, I make them within a couple of days of receiving the latest subscription, but this time, with all of these other exciting things happening, I am so far behind!

Square 44. Yellow Flower Center Square

 

Square 45. Cartwheel Motif Square

 

Square 46. Green Spike Square

 

So in between all of this other crocheting, I was asked to be a part of an exciting opportunity, I can’t share details just yet, but I will say it has given me the push I needed to try and design my own crochet project. I had a few goals this year and one was to design my own work, I have been reading as much as I can about different stitches and how they all fit together, but I’d never taken that actual next step of trying to design my own thing, until now. So off I went, trying to turn the ideas in my head into an actual pattern is one of the most challenging things I have ever done. I decided to have a go at designing my own mandala, after round 7, I gave up, admitted defeat and put it in the abandoned projects pile, well to be honest, it was the very first thing to be put in that pile, and I am really hoping it was the last! I don’t like having unfinished projects lying around! I gave it another go though, picked it back up and started adding more rounds, there are certain rounds I need to change, but being so far into it, I thought I’d just change my notes rather than frogging my work back. 

dipping my hook into the world of crochet design

 

at this point, I decided it was easier to abandon this rather than frog it back

 

inspiration hit and I thought I’d give it another go

 

changed my mind on the purple round, mainly because crocheting that many treble stitches in each ch space would probably see me put this back in the abandoned project pile!

 

latest progress on my newest design

Once I am happy with this pattern and I have gone over it to make sure it makes sense I will be releasing it here on my blog. I also started another design on a recent car trip. I was passenger for once for took my hook, yarn, notepad and pen and off we went, once it started getting dark and I couldn’t really see, I had to put it away, I’m putting this to the side for now, trying to finish one thing at a time!

another project in the design stage

 

Designing these has been fun, it does require lots of frogging, in my case, I’ll stitch a round, or a group of stitches, and if I don’t like the way it flows with the rest of the pattern, I’ll redo do it until I am happy with it. Sometimes I can see the picture in my mind of how it will look and try to achieve that, but not always, sometimes, I’ll just let my hook guide me. 

For my very first written pattern, which I can’t say to much about right now, I put the call out on Instagram for people willing to give their time and test it for me, the response was overwhelming! I had hoped I’d at least get a handful of people, but that was exceeded a few times over! I am so very grateful to each and everyone of those wonderful people who gave me their time and their very thorough feedback, their expertise and their information was exactly what I needed to be able to perfect my written pattern. I’ve learnt so much about writing patterns and designing something relatively easy, but I still have so much to learn! I don’t think I’d ever be able to design anything beyond a circle or square, but I’m OK with that, you never know though!
In my next blog post I hope to have the pattern for this abandoned project ready, so keep an eye out for that!

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!

Cathy x 

 

 

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