Sorry for neglecting you all for the last couple of weeks, especially after l started a new blog with the promise of lots of lovely new ideas
But I am back in blogland and with lots of tit bits to share again
The reason l went quite for a while is that l was approached by a publisher to write a crochet book...I was just so excited but terrified at the same time
We all had a meeting yesterday just outside Brighton, I met the team I will be working with and it all went really well. We drove down yesterday had the meeting and stayed in one of their flats over night drove back today after having a peek at Brighton
The flat was wonderful and the team were really lovely and made me feel very welcome and at ease,
so it looks like I have a new crochet book to write....
Now l know the brief I can share some of what I have been working on through January
Hope you will all be as pleased as l am, it is a dream come true for me, something l have always said l would do one day...seems like that day has arrived
Wish me luck, I'll need it....a huge challenge for me
For now how about a few stripes..2 rows of sc in a variety of colours
rainbow of wavy stripes
lots of blue stripes
greens and reds
and some tweedy ones too..
Don't you just love stripes?
plus a few triangles
and the mesh stitch scarf it coming along great too and a hat appeared
to go with the collar both patterns on their way soon
Magic is believing in yourself. If you can do that, you can make anything happen.
After starting the new blog The 8th Gem and with lots of new ideas to share a fabulous opportunity has dropped in my lap, can't say too much just yet, don't want to mess it all up until it is all in the bag, but promise to be back with an update asap
sorry to be so mysterious
Hugs to all and hope your New Year has got off to as wonderful a start as mine has
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Do you, like me, love all the tweedy and blended yarns?
But find the cost puts you off?
Most of us have an odd ball of random dyed sock yarn in the stash some where and l'm sure we all have just a few ball ends of plain acrylic or wool colours?
For this collar l mixed a fine sock yarn together with random stripes of Stylecraft acrylic in several colours and a 4.5mm hook
I started with 70 chain as a base and decreased when l thought it needed it to make a collar shape
then added a shell stitch to the curved edge and added a couple of DC rows to give the wavy edge
added a soft crochet button and a loop
But decided it looked better as a tight collar so l will add a button to fasten it when l find the right one
UPDATE: few more pattern notes...4.5mm hook, chain 70 to start
All made in SC and l use US terms
Decrease one stitch at the beginning of every row until you have about 45 stitches left, changing your plain coloured yarns in a random combination
I did 4 orange red, 2 orange, 4 pink red, 2 red pink, 2 plum, 2 red pink, 2 plum, 2 pink red, 2 orange,3 pink red...25 rows
and think it give a very good but low cost version of the more expensive tweedy yarns available
My new Freeform circle cowl
Using the same tweedy blend of sock yarn and a deep pinky red l made several different shaped circles in a variety of combinations
Joining them together as l made a few but trying it on all the time
Adding the right size circle into the right space as l went,
Edging it with a blend of plum and sock yarn and a single row of SC
It is quite shaped and sits perfectly on my shoulders with a slight dip at the front all joined together with SC all made with a 4mm hook
Red is really hard to photograph l find so i hope you can see the detail ok?
SIMPLE CHUNKY MESS STITCH
Again using a beige random dyed sock yarn and plain Stylecraft Acrylic in cream,beige, tan and brown, work the 2 yarns together as one.
Row 1:chainless foundation or ch40 plus 2
ROW 2: 2dc, ch2, miss 2 sts, 2dc, ch2 mis 2 sts repeat to end, 2 chain turn
ROW 3: sc in every stitch turn.
ROW 4: repeat row 2 making sure the 2dc is exactly above the 2dc on previous row, and making a square mess pattern
Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things. Steve Jobs