Yeh I have been away for some time, but I have a really really good reason, I had a baby! He’s my whole world and as a result crochet kinda went out the window for a bit! I even used the recent Reddit Gifts Yarn exchange to downsize my stash a little by giving away a bunch of yarn.
I’ve been itching to get back into crochet for a few weeks now but have been at a loss with what to crochet. I occasionally work on the Rainbow Ripple Blanket so it is a little bigger than before but not so big that it’s worth a photo.
I pretty much finished my Happypotamus while I was pregnant. I only have the ears to put on. It’s been 4 and a half months since I had my son and I’ve still not put two damn ears on the thing. I will get round to it…eventually. Here is a photo of it in it’s current state. Poor thing is stuffed in a cupboard now. Not sure if you can see the can of coke just behind the nose, gives a good indication of the size. I used a 4mm hook when the pattern called for a 2mm hook, so it’ turned out huge but I love it!
At home I don’t think I can really work on anything that required me to follow a detailed pattern. It takes us 3 hours to watch an episode of The Walking Dead due to baby duties so I have no hope of following a pattern. The Rainbow Ripple Blanket is easy enough as it’s just the same thing over and over and I can put it down at any moment without the fear of losing my place.
I do however want to tackle something a bit more fun. I’ve been looking for a few weeks now for something, anything to make me a bit more excited about crochet. I just couldn’t find a pattern that made me say “I need to make this”. Today I found that pattern, and bought new yarn for said pattern.
I’m going to make this rather cute Giraffe and I will be using Lily Sugar n Cream yarn in Moondance Ombre so rather than making the Giraffe stripy with colour changes I’ll let the yarn do the hard work for me. I’ve never had Sugar n Cream yarn before so I’m rather excited about getting some.
I made this for the Dinosaur gift exchange on Redditgifts:
I finished the blanket last night and I am super proud of how it turned out!
I didn’t have a banana for scale so I grabbed the next best thing – an After Eight mint.
I found out this morning that my friend’s baby is a wee girl so I’m glad the blanket looks more girlie. I will need to make a trip to Hobbycraft to stock on some more pink yarn :D
My order of the Stylecraft Special DK colour pack from Wool Warehouse arrived on Saturday. I bought this for the Happypotamus project but I finally settled on what baby blanket I was going to make for a work friend due later this year.
I picked the colours from the pack I was going to use and set to work on the Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket. This was my first time making this style and I love it! Once you get going it’s so simple you don’t even need to keep the pattern nearby. I started this late on Saturday and I’m already on the fourth colour. It looks orange in the picture but it’s actually yellow. The last 2 colours I’ll use are a sort of coral colour and pink. I’m mostly trying to copy the official picture, though my yellow, orang and pink aren’t as pale as the model one so I hope it will still look ok.
This yarn is so soft! There’s going to be one cosy baby wrapped up in this.
I’ve been practising the motifs I need to make for the Happypotamus. it’s been a great way to use up some scrap yarn, so please excuse the colour choices.
African Flower Pentagon:
African Flower Hexagon:
African Flower Heptagon:
I think I’ve pretty much got the hang of these. There is an octagon to make as well but I don’t think I need to practice it now I have the general technique down.
Next up was the join-as-you-go technique. Since I had already completed these motifs I had to make something else in order to join. I decided to do something different and make some polkadots in squares. I found a great tutorial here. There are loads of pics in the tutorial so it was really easy to make them. I used the join-as-you-go tutorial from the Happypotamus pattern. After 3 frustrating failures it finally clicked!
I have ordered the Stylecraft Special DK Attic24 Colour Pack from Wool Warehouse. I’m still trying to decide exactly what colour combos I will use and whether to use white or cream or even an entirely different colour as the main background.
I was lucky enough to receive £40 worth of Hobbycraft gift vouchers as birthday gifts. Just think of all the yarn I could buy, or decopatch things!
Well I thought it’s finally time to make a Happypotamus. If you haven’t seen a Happypotamus before…where have you been?! You can check it out here on Ravelry.
I bought the pattern and I am currently practising doing the African flower designs first (they make great coasters!), then I will practice how to join-as-I-go, and once I have that nailed I will have the almost impossible task of trying to pick colours. I love the idea of having one that is all different colours, like in the main picture, but if you look at the projects gallery you can see the creations other hookers have made and the colours they pick. Some of them are themed rather than random and I just can’t decide which I like best.
I don’t think I have the flair to pick my own random colours, I’d worry I’ll put colours together which don’t go together, I just don’t have an eye for that kind of thing.
Oh decisions decisions.
I am lucky enough to be part of a group of stitchers online and throughout the year we all send each other cards and threads for birthdays.
Last weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday and was overwhelmed by all the gifts I received.
To start off here are all the cards and threads I received from the birthday exchange:
And here are all the cards and gifts from people in work:
All this doesn’t even include my non-work friends or family! I feel so very lucky to have so many kind people in my life.
I attended another decopatch workshop at Damselfly with my friend Hollie a few weekend this is what I made this time.