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A sneaky plan and a bit of progress…

Not sure if I shared previously but I have two younger sisters. The youngest is turning 21 soon and I had been scouring for the perfect present when I came across this (not my work or picture but it caught my eye).

It was a CAL done by Chaos and Chop Suey and I knew as soon as I saw it it would be the perfect present because my sister loves Gilmore Girls.

All was going well:

But then this happened:

Soooooooo many ends – too many and so the project stalled.

Then I saw a tutorial where a crochet blanket was backed in fleece – “that looks snuggly” I think “and you could really hide any ugly weird bits”.

Queue the lightbulb moment.

So I’m now planning on backing the blanket with a multi coloured starry fleece (Gilmore Girls is set in Stars Hollow for those that have never watched it)

Of course I still haven’t made a whole project by following the compete pattern so I’m not doing the top banner. My sister will know what it represents as will any other fans, everyone else will just think her sister is a bit strange (not necessarily wrong either!)

Since deciding to use floats I have completed 4 rows today and am on the decrease so will hopefully get a bit speedier now. It helps that this is the largest square.

Until the next time,

Rosie x

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History of Trees redo

Sorry for the radio silence yesterday, I was unwell and couldn’t face crochet let alone typing on a screen.

I had promised an update on my frogged and restarted History of Trees project, well here we go…

It’s a bit different to the original pattern. I do live it as is but know I would never wear a triangular shawl and I really wanted to keep it all for myself mwhahahaha ( in my defense it’s super squishy and soft!) So I came up with a cunning plan to make a scarf using all the same parts of the pattern just squared off.

I have worked a chain to give me 14 V stitches in pattern using the gauge square instructions as a guide. I will work straight until I have used 3 balls ending on an odd row to complete the slightly different last row.

Then the plan is to work back into the chain and use another 3 balls to complete the other side.

In the picture above I have used about 1.5 balls. It’s going to be a looooooong scarf (that’s the plan anyway).

I also managed to find the perfect size travel project bag for popping in my handbag on the way to work, and I love it!

Until the next time,

Rosie x

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More knitting answers…

Hello again, today I have more answers to the Q and A posed by Nothing but Knit.

1. Do you have a favourite crafting tool?

Yes my 4mm crochet hook with rubber ergonomic handle is my most used and most loved piece of equipment.

2. Which do you prefer when you craft: listening to a podcast or music, watching something on tv or silence?

If I’m home alone a reading playlist on Spotify which is mainly classical style if the other half is home either TV (generally Star Trek or something else nerdy) or whatever game he is playing at the time.

3. Do you have a favorite designer that you’d like to recommend?

Not one in particular but I generally love most things created by the Scheepjes designers (and their yarn too)

4. Most people have a favorite color, do you find you use it more than other colors? Is there a color you avoid? Why?

I find I crochet in a variety of colours but I gift a lot of what I make so don’t always choose with myself in mind. I do tend to avoid brown as it reminds me of my school uniform but even then I use it occasionally.

5. Have you experienced a crafting injury? If yes, what.

Not unless stabbing myself with the darning needle counts? I do try and stretch and not crochet for prolonged periods to avoid RSI and similar strains.

Tomorrow will be an update on my History of Trees project. But here’s a teaser to keep you going.

Until the next time,

Rosie x

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      Crochet Top Tip

      Monday evening I was looking at my History of Trees shawl/scarf. I was doing well and was nearly halfway through the main part.

      I intend on wearing it more as a scarf as I have little call for wraps, but when I wrapped it round my neck it felt much too thick. I decided to frog and rechain with about half the width.

      But….I had had some little knots in my skeins and I had woven in the ends.

      TOP TIP: never, ever, ever weave in ends until you are finished and happy.

      Otherwise you will spend two hours painstakingly unpicking your woven in ends wishing the yarn hadn’t been quite so expensive because then you could just cut out the problem chunk.

      On the plus side my ends are probably never going to be able to undo themselves so silver linings and all that.

      Here’s my new, thinner scarf on the train.

      Train Crochet!

      Until the next time,

      Rosie x

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      Knitting Answers

      A few weeks ago over on Nothing but Knit there were two separate Q and A’s. I enjoyed reading the original one and the answers that were given so thought I’d answer the same questions here.

      1. What techniques were you surprised you enjoyed?

      I tried lace knitting a few weeks ago at a workshop and I knit a tiny scale hap shawl. I don’t knit much but I really enjoyed adding the lace edging at the end after the triangle was constructed.

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      Mini hap shawl in progress – adding the lace was surprisingly easy and fun!

      2. What technique do you want to love but don’t?

      Graphgans! I really like how you can make any picture that you can pixelate but I am currently making one for my sisters 21st Birthday and oh my gosh there are so many ends to weave in! Won’t be doing one again unless it’s for a very special person.

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      ALL OF THE ENDS!!!! (and this is only half!)

      3. What is your favourite item to make?

      Difficult but I think I’d go with blankets – the first item I ever completed was a crochet granny square blanket in all the colours I could find. I gifted it to my dad who was ill at the time and he really appreciated it. So have all the babys I’ve made blankets for.

      4. You’re only allowed to knit with one yarn weight forever. What yarn weight is it and why?

      Again tricky as I love both 4-ply and double knit but if I really had someone making me choose I’d……kick then in the shins and run away. Erm, double knit because it’s good to crochet most things and I don’t knit socks at the moment so think I could scale most things to work.

      5. What item that you made is your all time favourite?

      My baby Groot – it was a request from a friend for their baby and although I don’t normally listen to requests I couldn’t help agreeing to this one. He turned out cute but I think if I did another I’d use a larger softer yarn to make a really squishy one.

      Baby Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy

      Look out for my answers to the second Q and A tomorrow…

      Until the next time,

      Rosie x

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      History of Trees

      After just over a week of reading Barkskins by Annie Prolux on my daily commute I have finally finished and traded reading for train crochet.

      No photos of on the train as it was a bit awkward but I got four rows done just on the way to work.

      Close up on the v stitch
      First ball of wool down

      This shawl is called History of Trees and is a read and crochet along by Christina Hadderingh. I cheated a bit and read the whole book and am now working on the shawl rather than reading the weekly instalments.

      Autumn is definitely heading our way now and I dug my boots out the back of the cupboard this week. Hopefully I will finish my scarf in time to wear for the leaves falling.

      Until the next time,

      Rosie x

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      Knitting Progress

      A while ago I shared this photo with you all. It is the progress I had made with the pattern Read Between the Lines.

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      Read Between the Lines

      But then I spotted something…a mistake.

      Normally I would fix it and move on but after doing this:

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      Spaghetti Yarn!

      the project sat on the shelf for a while so I could think about what to do with it.

      In the end I decided that I wouldn’t wear a triangular shawl/scarf and frogged the entirety of what I had made.

      I did a few quick calculations and cast on 200 stitches to start knitting in pattern. It starts (and will end) with striped garter stitch and has a garter stitch border running up the side.

      So far I have about 3 inches done but when each row is 200 stitches it takes a while!

      Hopefully there will be more of it soon. Especially since I have my eye on the newest scarf the designer of Read Between the Lines has made!

      Until the next time,

      Rosie x