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With a little help from my friends

Two loads of washing on the line on this lovely sunny breezy winter’s day, a sleeping baby and a slew of FOs. Must be about time for a blog post!

Let’s start with this one – a lovely crochet scarf that I started and finished with the help of some friends.

Pattern: Elise by Evan Plevinski. A lovely easy free pattern. I was inspired to make this by my blog friend Meredith, who made four, or possibly five or six of these in quick succession last year. I think I’d had the pattern in my queue, but it was Meredith’s lovely versions that made me actually start it – which I did at the Knitters Guild knit camp last year.

Yarn: Sundara petite sock yarn in (what else) “Red Roses”. When this colour was released, I clearly had to have it – as did a couple of my friends – we ordered enough to qualify for free shipping, which is a big plus given Sundara’s ridiculously overpriced shipping charges. (I might have ordered enough in sport weight for a cardigan too…). It was a bit of a pain to wind, until I got it going, then it was ok. Great colour though.

Hook: 5.5mm – such a big hook for a fingering/4ply yarn! But worth it – look at the difference blocking makes:

Time: 22 September 2013 – 18 May 2014. I would have finished much earlier, but I ran out of yarn, and I didn’t want to undo a few rows to start the edging early, as it is a fairly small shawl. Fortunately, the group order meant that the lovely DrK had some of the same yarn and was wailing to let me have enough to finish off the edging – which I did one Sunday when I visited her for lunch before she jetted off to the US.

A lovely easy pattern, I would definitely recommend it.



Filed under Crochet, FO2014, red

Green jersey!

Well, look at that, August already! Where did the time go…

Well, I am pleased to report I finished one of my TdFKAL projects. And I started the other, and a third too, heh! So I reckon I qualify for a green jersey for my sprinting effort!

So here’s my Haiku shawl:


Pattern: Haiku, by Rebecca Velasquez. This is a really nice (well, I think so anyway!) and easy crochet shawl. It is quite deep though, not a shallow triangle (in case that’s not your preference!)

Yarn: 2 skeins of Quince & Co Finch in Kumlien’s Gull, a lovely heathered grey. Bought, of course, from Suzy Hausfrau! The Finch is the fingering/4ply, and comes in very generous 50g skeins – generous in terms of yardage – about 220yds. It works up really nicely.

Hook:. I used a 3.75mm hook, as per the pattern, but I really should have used a 4mm hook, as my finished shawl – even after I added about 4 or 5 extra repeats – ended up narrower across the wingspan and deeper in the length, than it was meant to! I didn’t want to add extra repeats, as that would make it a lot longer, so I fudged up a bit extra on either end and added a tassel for even more (and hello, tassels are FUN!)

Time: started on day 1 of the TdF and finished on the final day! 29 June 2013 – 21 July 2013

And because I am a goober:

Tour de France – this shawl
I crochet, back and forwards
It is beautiful.


Filed under Crochet, FO2013, TdFKAL2013