March WIPs and FOs

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March is almost gone so I thought it might be a good time to give you an update on what I am working on at the moment and what I plan to start soon as well. First, my Lopi shawl is finished and I love it so much! This pattern is the Warm Winter Shawl by Patrick Hassel-ZeinΒ and it is not the best pattern out there, not many explanations and I never understood what the designer did for the edging so just did my own thing, but if you are comfortable with tunisian crochet you can figure it out quickly from the pictures.

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The best part about this shawl is that I am wearing it! I wear it at home mostly but have also ventured out with it so I am really excited πŸ™‚ You may be wondering what happened after my blocking panic which I shared a few posts ago… well, it did smell horribly of conditioner once it dried so I had to ventilate it for a few days to make it go away but it is fine now. It is not extremely soft, but still wearable around the neck for me even though I mostly wear it as a shawl around my shoulders. It should also soften with use and washing so it can only get better now πŸ™‚

After the EYF I started working on the Alyssium cardigan by Joanne Scrace, which I actually tried on at the Crochet Project stall, very exciting! It is coming along nicely and so far the pattern has been very easy to follow, I am using the exact same yarn as the sample which is Eden Cottage Yarns Pendle 4ply, a lovely hand dyed merino yarn in the colour Dusk. This cardigan fits so nicely with my new aspiration of a handmade wardrobe, I am sure that once finished it will get loads of use, can’t wait to wear it.

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At the EYF I mostly bought yarn for garments that I have had my eye on for a long time, so hopefully I will slowly start building a collection of handmade clothes and accessories that I love to wear. Wouldn’t that be awesome? I am even considering to take some sewing classes to broaden my skills to create my own clothes Β (and project bags!) but I am not sure if it would be very wise considering the little time I have available at the moment. I will let you know what happens…

Finally, I have been experimenting with tunisian crochet in the round, this is my first attempt at this technique and of course I couldn’t just do something simple… I had to do a stitch pattern that changes colour not only for the forward pass but also for the return pass. It is not bad, but I am not sure I could make a pattern for this since even though it is simple, it is very difficult to explain in a written form. I can of course just make it for myself but I feel like if I design something I should be sharing it, not sure where this comes from but it is how I feel.

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I am struggling with that a lot lately, since I can’t just post a pattern for you guys and hope you will figure it out, that is not how I like to do things. I want to make sure that you can follow it and that you can easily refer to a good tutorial (mine or someone else’s) if you get stuck.

I am having that problem with my Moroccan bag pattern at the moment since I feel like I should explain how tapestry crochet works and do a tutorial for the bag but that will delay the pattern quite a lot and it takes such a long time to shoot pictures for tutorials. This perfectionism with my patterns is what is making me design less and less since I just can’t find the time anymore, but we will see, maybe I just need to post less patterns and dedicate the time I need to get them the way I like it, no matter how long it takes me to finally get the instructions here. Do you mind waiting?Β I would really like your opinion on this so let me know what you think.

Those are my current projects, I will be adding one this week since Laura from Made in Oxford and I will be working on the Freyja shawl together, I am very excited to have a crochet partner for a pattern like this, I have a feeling I might get stuck on a few things but I am sure the finished product will be worth all the effort and having company will make it all much more enjoyable. I am still deciding on yarn so will share that with you once I make up my mind (so many choices!).

Hope you are having a great weekend, looking forward to a short week and some extra hooking time during Easter πŸ™‚ Take care!

x

Sol

 

 

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6 thoughts on “March WIPs and FOs

  1. I do hope you manage to make a tutorial for the Tunisian pattern. I have been experimenting with Tunisian but never seen a stich like that and the two colour blend works beautifully. Can you tell me what the stitch is called I’d love to play with it for a project I have in my ‘to do’ list! Sue

    1. Hi Sue, so many people have assumed my Moroccan tote is done using tunisian but is actually normal crochet! It is a technique called tapestry crochet that allows you to change colours quite easily. I will do my best to get a photo tutorial for it and then I can link to that whenever I post a pattern with that technique. There are some youtube videos you can check out as well if you are interested, just look for “tapestry crochet”. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Your Tunisian crochet is beautiful and I would love to give it a go. I missed the EYF due to sickness and would liked to have seen the Crochet Project. There are so many interesting things to read on your blog and a free pattern too! Very generous of you to do this! Thank you.

    1. Hi Wendy, thank you so much for your lovely comment, people like you motivate me to keep this blog going at the hardest of times so thank you! Hope you give the patterns a try and I am always available for questions as well. I am sorry you missed the EYF, it was quite an epic event but it seems there will be another one in 2016, fingers crossed! If that is the case then I will definitely be offering to meet up through the blog for some nice shopping and drooling over yarn time πŸ™‚

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