If you’ve been watching my Instagram or Facebook at all, you know I’ve been crocheting a lot over the last few months. It’s been a good way for me to deal with stress while all this moving business has been going on. Mostly, I’ve concentrated on winter accessories (hats, scarves, gloves), and I have dedicated posts for these in the upcoming weeks. I’ve worked on some other projects as well, though, and those are the ones I want to feature here.
So okay, yes, technically this is a hat and cowl, so could be featured under the hats and scarves posts mentioned above. This was a matching set, though, and I didn’t want to post about it twice. It goes here instead! This was my first-ever cowl, taken from a pattern called an Apple Crisp Cowl from Little Monkeys Crochet. It used a stitch I hadn’t tried before (ribbed HDC or a modified crocodile stitch) and I loved the way it came out. I didn’t think my original skein would be long enough for the full project, and honestly, I thought it would be nice to have a bit of softer, gentler-on-the-skin yarn for the top and edging. The bamboo yarn I chose worked perfectly and it feels so very nice! Then, after it was all done, I had enough of both skeins leftover to make myself a matching hat! No pattern, just doodling, and it came out quite nice. [Yarn: Lion Brand Scarfie yarn in Oxford/Claret; Bamboospun in Cream]
This summer, I ran across a really good yarn sale featuring mostly Caron Simply Soft and Lion Brand skeins all for sale for $1-$2 each. This is the big reason I’m so stocked on yarn and trying to use stuff up! This particular pale green yarn is one of the skeins I got a great deal on – three skeins for less than $5. Because there was so much of it, I decided to make a matching winter accessory “outfit” for my sister-in-law, and chose some intricate patterns that would benefit from solid-color yarn. First was the Peacock Hat from One Skein Wonders, followed by a Fan-Centered Scarf from the same book. Last, I rounded off using Key Tab Fingerless Gloves by Calleigh’s Clips & Crochet Creations. The two from OSW were both patterns I’d wanted to try for a long time, and while neither would work me (scarf too short, wrong hat shape for my head), they were perfect for Tenille. The gloves? I’ll have to make a pair for myself, too!! Love pattern, especially with a picot edge added to the top. And hey, all three projects used less than two skeins of yarn, so I still have some for the future! [Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in Woodland Heather]
I have tons and tons of cotton skeins in my yarn box right now. Right before we decided to move this past July, there was a huge sale on cotton – skeins for $1 each – and I grabbed nearly three dozen. I knew I wanted to work on place-mats for my family and some general kitchenware (towels, washrags, pot holders, coasters, etc). I’ve tried to be more disciplined this month in using up older yarn (and not buying too much new yarn), and so I’ve dug into all that cotton. Above is a sample of the kitchenware projects I’ve completed so far. Double-thick pot holders. Textured washrags. A couple coasters for me and the beginnings of a baby shower coaster set. Silly, but I’m having fun! [Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in many different colors]
A couple months ago, I started work on an afghan consisting of clusters of mini-granny squares. I only made a couple before September, and decided that I wanted to put some real effort into the project. The pattern calls for over 400 grannies total! I’m currently up to just over 100 grannies, trying to make about 30-50 per week. I won’t go into yarn/pattern details until the afghan is complete. I will say that this is going to be an absolutely amazing project when it’s over. The grannies are a bit tedious, but I love the way these colors work together and I love the design.
So that’s it for September! Lots more crochet projects in the near-future.