Friday, July 10, 2015

Magic Light Ice Yarn & Magic Sweater

I've been enjoying crocheting with the Magic Light by Ice yarn from Turkey, I have powered through three balls and started on the fourth (and last!) ball. I'm finding it interesting seeing how it looks using different patterns. A friend recently showed me a baby jacket pattern and one she had finished, it was so lovely that I purchased the pattern too. The pattern is called Magic Sweater by Tessie S, here is the link for ravelry and I believe its on Craftsy too. No kickbacks for me, I'm just a happy customer and people are interested in the pattern. I've made two of them so far, the top picture shows the first one
I made using just the Magic Light yarn and the second picture shows alternating rows of Magic Light yarn with a solid pink yarn and I added a little crochet flower clasp. It's a quick and easy pattern and I really enjoyed making it. I was making them for this months Knit 4 charity recipients and I have received a few requests from friends with babies to make them some. So for US$3 it really is good value for a lovely pattern, I'd love to have a few sizes, but I'm hoping it will fit them as they grow. I'm planning to make another one with cuffs that can be worn folded back then unfolded when they are older.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Square and Ripple Team Colours

I have made this pattern twice before, see my earlier post here
When I caught up with a friend after I got back from our trip,
I offered to make a baby blanket for his first Grandchild
which is due in September.
He suggested NRL (Rugby League) Cronulla Sharks team colours.
So the colours are pale/sky blue, black and white, although I live in the Cronulla/Sutherland territory, I barrack for St George, go the red and white.

I had trouble getting my head around making a baby blanket with BLACK.
Luckily my friend Di gave me the encouragement I needed and I got there in the end.
When I asked "what if it's a girl?" she replied "it will just have to like football!"
It took me quite a long time to choose which pattern to use, I wanted something special.
I must admit I wasn't feeling much love for this blanket until I did the last black round and it started to all come together.
I changed the pattern slightly by using a small white square in the centre of the filling in rows.
I left the first one in black as a feature, then I wanted them to blend into the background more on the
following rows.The pattern is called square and ripple and can be found here on  ravelry
Here are some progress shots.
Not too sure yet

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Magic Light Ice Yarn

I recently discovered the Ice yarn from Turkey and couldn't resist trying it.
I purchased a packet (it's sold in packs of 4 x 100gm balls)
of their magic light which is a self striping 8 ply (DK or double knit) yarn,
in the green, pink, blue, purple, yellow colour way #22034
I must say I love it, It's the softest acrylic yarn I've come across.
It reminds me of  an acrylic / nylon mix baby wool.
I've just finished my first project using this yarn, another round ripple.
I used 2 balls of the magic light and then decided to add 5 bands in solid colours.
I made the decorative border based on border # 21 fromEdie Eckmans' book
"around the corner crochet borders'  I just used dc (Aus/Uk) sc for US.
instead of the chains in between each motif.
It's a great book and she has 150 different borders to choose from.
I couldn't decide whether to do just one motif on the corner or 2 either side as well,
so I alternated them. Now looking at it, I think I like it better with the 3.
The centre is from the Simple 10 petal afghan square pattern by Joyce Lewis
It was an orphan left over from another project.
I'm so happy with it, it's so pretty and I managed to combine 2 of my favourite patterns.
I'm looking forward to ordering more of this yarn in the future.
I have already started a few projects with this yarn and I'm onto my last ball already.
I have a few more projects floating around in my head and I can't wait.
I'm having trouble choosing which yarn I want the most.
 I could easily order up big, I have the space now, but no job to pay for it. Haha
Oh well I think I only have about 12 weeks until my birthday
PS There are Absolutely NO kickbacks, no yarn changing hands etc wish I did though.
Now to show you some pictures  (sorry it's unblocked) & the colours are much nicer in real life.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

I'm back & my winning blanket

I've been away for awhile, quite a while in fact.
It all started when I was made redundant November 2013, almost 3 years after my first redundancy.
 I applied for dozens of jobs and wasn't able to find another job.
Not even the ones that called asking me to apply and interview after being recommended.
So we decided to do something on our wish list and we packed up our house and traveled around Australia in a camper trailer. We left July 2014 and moved back in 5 weeks ago.
We had such a great time, lots of learning as we went and making adjustments too.
I had a backpack of clothes for winter and another for summer, a pair of thongs
 (Aussie slang for flip flops) a pair of joggers (for walking haha) and a pair of flats for going out.
I met some great people and celebrated my 50th Birthday in Northern Territory, just hubby and I.
It was so hard deciding what to take craft wise, but I managed to smuggle a bag of wool inside
with a few hooks, needles and patterns too.
One of the items I made while travelling won second prize at the Wingham (NSW) show
I was making it for the charity K4C but I'm having trouble parting with it, I love rainbows.
It is a round ripple using the Ideal Delusions pattern,  (8ply and 4mm hook)
using whatever yarn I had on hand or  that I could purchase along the way.
I've been quite productive in the last few months, so I'm sure I be will updating soon.
 Here is a picture of the blanket. Hope you like it.

And here is our home away from home!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My star blankets

I have been busy as ever making lots of  crochet blankets.
However I've been keeping them under wraps as I wanted
To surprise my knit 4 charity friends at our confab
We spent a great weekend beginning of August at Maroochydore,
Queensland. Hubby and I incorporated it into our 12 month
Around Australia trip which we began in mid July.
The larger navy blankets were the start of my obsession
They are based on the Blue Star by Kathy Blakely
published in Herrschners Blue ribbon afghans
The yellow centre I will enter into next years show
The cream centred blanket I have donated to a charity in Northern NSW.

I made quite a few smaller ones for a group called
Little Wonder that  is through RPA (Royal Prince Alfred) hospital in Sydney.
They required 55cm blankets for the babies
I had so much fun making them, even though they are based on the same pattern,
playing with colours kept it interesting.
NOTE: This post was significantly delayed due to computer and internet issues,
it's not easy when you are travelling around Australia

Monday, June 2, 2014

First Prize

I won first prize at the country show at Wingham NSW Australia!
Most of the squares are samples from the Block of the month I did last year
This blanket just came together as it went.
The centre started as a mistake from another blanket,
it was either too big or too small, so I came up with the idea of adding
the border until it was big enough to add the squares around it.
I was asked how long it took to make and that is a very difficult question to answer.
I probably spent as much time planning as crocheting (if not more!)
It is amazing what you can make when you have no plans in mind and just see what is possible.
I must say the colours are much nicer in person.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Crochet hook preferences. Is this OCD?

I thought I would share a picture of the 2nd April Block Of The Month blanket
that was made using squares donated from K4C (knit 4 charity) members all over Australia.
While I was doing the border, it occured to me that with the colour
changes I found I was seeking out the same coloured hook.
When I looked back, I realised that I have been doing it for awhile without realising it.
I have several positioned around the place so I always have one on hand
and I do pick the one that is closest.
I'm really NOT THAT OCD, that I will keep searching until I find the same coloured hook!
But if they are all together, my brain automatically chooses the same colour.
I really like these hooks, they are all Clover brand, just in different colours.