Liz Corke Knit Design

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July 29, 2011

So this weeks projects were two pretty quick ones – and I love quick projects! Last Friday I found this gorgeous shimmery blue Debbie Bliss Prima on sale in John Lewis. The comments on Revelry complained a lot about knots in the yarn, but luckily I didn’t have any knots in the two and a half skiens I’ve used so far. Over the weekend I turned it in to an urban shells scarf. I loved this pattern! It worked up so quickly and easily and I love the ridge detail on it. I’m definitely going to make at least one more of these for a Christmas present.

I also finished my wriggly legged octopus! I love him. He is awesome! The pattern gives you five legs that you can mix and match to get the look you want, and I doubled up on the shorter curlier ones although I placed them in a different order on each side. Sewing the legs and mantle on, wasn’t as hard as I feared – always my least favourite part of making amigurumi!

July 27, 2011

So its WIP Wednesday again and I have good progress and bad. The Organic Stole I was working on last week needs to be frogged, unfortunately. Although I was happy with it’s width, I’m not going to have enough yarn to make it as long as I’d like, and there’s no more of the same dyelot in the shop because I bought them all. So I’m going to have to frog it and start again and make it a couple of repeats narrower.
On to the good progress though and I finished a new scarf! You’ll have to wait until Friday to see it though. On Monday I started my amigurumi Realistic Octopus! I’m ridiculously excited about this one since I fell in love with the pattern a couple of.months ago. He has a head, mantle and three legs so far, so he should be finished for you to see on Friday if I can get him put together in time. Since he’s such a dark blue, I think I’ll have to put a circle of white felt under the safety eyes to make them stand out. I don’t want to try embroidering eyes on to him, because I can only ever get one eye to look the way I want, the second eye never matches the first.

July 26, 2011

I’ve recently found the Come Blog-A-Long group on Ravelry and decided to take part in their Year of Projects. The idea is to create a list of patterns you want to make, from a book, magazine, Ravelry, etc and to make over the next year. I’ve chosen patterns that I like the look of and that I think will be interesting to do. Some are going to be Christmas presents for friends and family, and some are for me for fun. List can, and mine probably will, change over the next year, but the idea is to have some goals in place. The aim is also to blog about your projects every week, hopefully on a Sunday. So I’ll do my best to keep repetition from WIP Wednesdays and FO Fridays to a minimum. So without further ado, here is my list:
Scarves and Shawls

I have a thing for scarves just now. I love that they work up pretty quickly. Some
 of these are Christmas presents and some of them I might change my mind about later.

Some of these are also on my gift list. I expect this list will probably be extended over the next year too.
Other Things

I’m really looking forward to making the things in this list. The tote bag will be for keeping my projects in and carrying them around while they’re in progress. The Flower Coasters are what first got me interested in crochet, when they came up on Craftzine, then amigurumi reeled me in, so I’m really looking forward to making a set of them.
Over the next few months we’ll see how well I do at getting through the list and how much I change.

July 22, 2011

It’s FO Friday over On Tami’s Amis, so here’s what I’ve finished this week. It’s a phone sock for my HTC Desire S! I had a gel cover for it, but it was a bit big and awkward for putting in my pocket so I went the crafty route and made my own. It’s made with some left over Knit Pick’s Wool of the Andes in Cloud, and my favourite 3.75mm Boyes hook – my other hooks are all Pony hooks, which is all my John Lewis sells, which are fine, but they don’t feel as smooth when I’m working. My Boye’s hook just glides through!
I worked this up very quickly, without a pattern – so I designed my first crochet item! It was very simple to do, and I’ll post the pattern here soon for anyone else who wants to see how I did it. The only thing I’m not happy with about it, is that I have to take it out to charge it (the charger plugs into the side), so I might make a second one with a gap for the charger to go through. All in all though, I’m very happy with it.

July 21, 2011

It’s Work in Progress Wednesday over on Tami’s Amis. So here’s what I’m currently working on. It’s a stole from Periott, made with Twilleys of Stamford Freedom Sincere Organic Cotton DK. I love the curving shell pattern, and the cotton is a nice change to work with, for the wools I normally use.

July 19, 2011
I’ve been crocheting now for about three months. I wanted to learn to crochet after I first discovered amigurumi. Amigurumi is the Japanese name for small crochet (or knitted) stuffed animals, typically with oversized heads. These were so adorable I had to learn and be able to make my own! I started with these little amigurumi monsters. It’s a great simple pattern, and very fast to do, while giving you an opportunity to practice magic circles, crocheting in the round, and joining to crochet pieces together. One I crocheted in the back loops only, and the other through both loops. They now sit on my husband’s desk and seem quite happy together.
Next I moved on to a little snow dragon, who is absolutely adorable. I particularly liked the way his head and muzzle was shaped. He’s made of 11 parts and stitched together, which took a while but was definitely worth it. Next I fell for this elephant pattern, which was a bit more complicated. The body is worked from the top down, then split into four to make the legs. Mine is a little wobbly on her feet, because I think I lost count of my rows and made one leg slightly too long. The shaping of the trunk was great, with slip stitches on one side and single crochet on the other, to make it curve.
The last two amigurumi I’ve made were a cat and a monkey, both patterns from Dawn Toussaint which have all their parts crocheted together to make them seamless and gives extra strength. I really love how neatly these patterns all fit together. I love these patterns and am going to start her dog pattern soon. The monkey made part of my dad’s Father’s Day gift.
Recently I’ve started to work on my Christmas presents. I’ve already finished a star stitch scarf for my mum, and a shell stitch scarf for my mother in law. I’m also making scarves for my friends and sisters in law as soon as I have the yarn for them.
My current project is a Japanese stole made from organic cotton. Hopefully I’ll manage to finish it in the next month or two. I’m enjoying the change from wool to cotton and hopefully it will turn out well. I’m happy with what I’ve done so far.