I’ve done my homework

Craft | Friday November 26 2010 | 4:38 pm | Comments (3) | Tags: , , |

Now don’t say I’m not good to you!!!

Whenever I have posted about the circles scarf, I’ve had messages and emails asking how to get hold of the pattern since the magazine is no longer in the shops.  At first I really didn’t know: I hadn’t even considered it to be honest!  But having had the requests I have endeavoured to find out.

I hope everyone has understood that I can’t share the pattern here as it’s not mine to share!  And I wouldn’t be naughty with someone else’s copyright!

The pattern was originally published in Inside Crochet magazine, Issue 11, in the UK.  Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it) this is now published monthly, which means that it is in the shops for a shorter time than when it was every 2 months.

The design and pattern for the Circles Scarf are by Linda Permann and she has written a post about it on her own blog found here!  Linda has said that in a few months she will be able to offer the pattern for sale as a pdf file, but in the meantime it is available in a digital copy of Inside Crochet magazine on Yudu.  It will cost £4.99 on Yudu, which is the same price as the paper copy of the magazine when it was published, so no loss buying it that way.

Just for info too, if you use the King Cole Riot yarn that I have use for two of these scarves now (in the picture above in shade 401) if you make the pattern up to 40 circles long, you should be able to complete one scarf with one ball of yarn using a 4mm hook.  This yarn has a lovely long colour change making it ideal for a striped effect along the length of this scarf.

I hope this is useful to anyone who has not been able to get a copy of the magazine while it was still in the shops.  If you love the pattern as much as I do then your £4.99 will be very well spent!

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I’ve not forgotten the crochet!

Craft | Wednesday November 17 2010 | 11:05 am | Comments (7) | Tags: , , , , |

Good morning!  I’ve been up quite early this morning, which is reallynot like me!  I’m rather good at sleeping and particularly with everything that’s been going on lately my sleep has been quite disturbed so I have been catching up a bit during the day.  I am a great believer in sleep as a healer!

I just realised that my last few posts haven’t even mentioned crochet!  I still find it a little odd when I write about other things going on on my life and not primarily crafty things.  I’m not sure anyone’s interested in them either, but I do quite like sharing the odd random other bits and pieces.

So time to get back to the crochet!  I’ve not been sitting here twiddling my thumbs without having a crochet hook in them. 

I have been making some more apple coasters, in green this time:

I’ve also started another circle scarf.  This is really an amazing pattern, I love it so much!  This one is again in King Cole Riot, this time shade number 400 which is blue, grey, green shades and is destined for a present!

Now don’t be alarmed by the word I’m about to use!!!  I IRONED the first circles scarf!  Have you noticed in the picture of the new blue one that each little circle curls in on itself?  The first finished scarf curled up like this along its whole length which looked funny and meant the lovely circles couldn’t be seen properly. 

Ok, maybe I could have blocked it properly, but I’m very naughty and impatient.  I pressed it very lightly with the iron on wool setting, so it wasn’t too hot.  It worked a treat!  The circles have flattened and overall it has a lovely more lacy feel, which I really like.  Here are a couple of pics of the very final finished result:

 

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Starry, starry night!

Craft | Tuesday November 9 2010 | 9:00 pm | Comments (3) | Tags: , , , |

I really don’t need a new project as I have some Christmas gifts to make for others to give, some for me to give and 2/3 of a granny stripe blanket already on my WIP list.

However, my bestest crochet chum is working on a gorgeous project at the minute that I really want to try.  It’s the Brighton Cowl which just looks so yummy and seasonal that I am having difficulty resisting.  This picture is hers:

Picture from: Hairballs and Hatstands

I need to have a good rummage around my yarn stash (which is really very small!  Honest!!  No, really it is!!) and find a suitable yarn for this project. 

I also really like the shape of these stars – I think they would be lovely for Christmas decorations too!

I find myself with some time on my hands at the moment as I’m not in work because I have been really not coping well with the redundancy situation.  I am struggling to do day to day things but I think keeping the crochet going will help keep me sane and active, even it if isn’t getting me out of my pyjamas, the washing done or the bathroom cleaned!

Did you notice that yesterday was the first day I hadn’t posted for ages?  I kind of missed it, after the daily blogging of Blogtoberfet and my holiday.  Maybe the extra time I have will enable me to write regularly too!  I can but try!

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Party Ring Scarf

Craft | Sunday November 7 2010 | 9:22 pm | Comments (10) | Tags: , , , |

 

After seeing the beginnings of this, my second, circle scarf, my friend suggested it should be the ‘Party Ring’  Scarf.  She’s so right!!!  Do you know what Party Rings are?  Those brightly coloured round biscuits?

This scarf is for my 6 year old niece for Christmas and the candy colours are so bright and jolly, I just love them.  And yes, they are like yummy party rings!

For this scarf instead of continuing at the end of each row and working the next half of the circle, I changed colour completely, giving really quite dramatic colour mixes.

Does it make you hungry?  My sister has asked me if I can make a hat to match it.  Thank goodness for Ravelry!!

 

 

 

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It’s to match what?

Craft | Saturday November 6 2010 | 10:21 pm | Comments (6) | Tags: |

You can probably tell from this website what my favourite colours are!  In case you can’t – green and pink!  I also love grey with pink, but it probably wouldn’t have looked so good on this site.

Imagine then, if you will, how thrilled I have been every time I have seen this yarn?  It’s Zauberball Starke 6 which is the heavier of the Zauberballs, but still not quite dk.

I have resisted buying it until now, somehow.  Possibly because I have have no idea what I am going to use it for!  But what sort of excuse is that for not buying yarn!!

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Home again, home again, jiggity jig!

Craft,Random | Friday November 5 2010 | 6:57 pm | Comments (8) | Tags: , , |

I’ll be honest!  I’m not dancing a jig.  In fact, I’m quite sad and I left a little bit of my heart in Yorkshire this morning.

We did most of the packing and organising last night so this morning it was easier to just get up, have breakfast and enjoy our last few hours in the cottage.

I think even the sheep were sad to see us go as they didn’t even come near to say bon voyage!

So, home now!  I always have a monent of nerves before getting back home but everything was fine, thankfully.  We’ve just had a lazy afternoon and a snooze since getting home, not even put any washing on yet.

However, I thought some crochet would help cheer me up (doesn’t it always?).  I had an idea for a change to my new favourite circles scarf.  The way the pattern works you crochet one half of each circle in a row then the other half.  I thought of changing yarn for that second half, and here is the result!  I think it looks great and I plan to make it up overall of all different colours for each half of each row.

What do you think?

 

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