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Monday, 27 November 2017

Crochet Book Review

It is finally my turn to review Round and Round the Crochet Hook: Patterns to Inspire and Admire (by Emily Littlefair aka The Loopy Stitch)


The book includes 19 gorgeous patterns, all worked in the round. There is something for everybody  - from the quick and easy "Lazy Daisy Shoulder Bag" to the stunningly intricate "Winnie's Wonderland Blanket" - and everything from coasters to cushions, runners and mats in between.


The photos of each project are colourful and beautifully styled, while the patterns are well written and easy to follow. In addition to the written pattern each project is accompanied by a neat chart.


My favourite project is the Winnie's Wonderland Blanket!!    A colour chart is provided for both the Pink and Blue blankets - I would love to make the pink one for my granddaughter who is due next year.


I chose Stylecraft Batik and Stylecraft Life DK with a 3.50mm hook for my project. 

mandala

The "mandala" portion of the blanket is perfect for a round cushion, which will sit just right on a vintage occasional chair!

UPS managed to "misplace" my copy of the book and so I did not have enough time to complete my cushion, but ......... I love how it is shaping up so far!

mandala

There are still a few stops to make on this blog tour - so be sure to follow along. Visit Emily @ The Loopy Stitch for a chance to win one of two signed copies of this inspiring book!

Tomorrow you’ll be visiting Emily Carter @ Carter and Brown

Monday, 13 November 2017

Cake Obsession

Not the kind that sits on your hips......... the one that changes colour magically as it glides across your hook!!

My obsession began in 2016 when I first saw the Caron Cakes.    The craze had not quite caught on here in SA at the time and the Caron Cakes were pretty insanely priced (R520 for a 200g ball of Acrylic Yarn is just CRAZY!!).

Early in May this year I had a little accident and fractured the index finger on my right hand.  It took ages to heal, and when it finally did my finger was rather twisted.  This has really messed with my crojo - intricate overlay stitches and working in tails is torture.  To add insult to injury I have been struggling to get my tension right!  Good old granny squares and double crochet stripes have been my go to for exercising my finger and getting my daily crochet fix.

I was totally over the moon when Stylecraft introduced the Special Candy Swirl DK.  There are 8 gorgeous 150g balls to choose from.  1 x 150g cake is perfect for the granny square of the Gorgeous Granny Bag.   For the handles, flowers and bag top you could either use a second cake of Candy Swirl or use one or two solid Stylecraft Special colours to make the handles (which is what I did).



The unusual combination of the "Apple Sours" was just the right colour fix for one of my colour obsessed friends.


"Blueberry Gum" was the right choice for a Gorgeous Granny Bag for a less whacky friend.


"Gorgeous Granny" is more structured and slightly less casual than the popular "Fat Bottom Granny".   The lining is made separately and is worked into the bag without having to sew through the crochet fabric.   The handles are neat and sturdy and the collar keeps the contents of your bag safe and secure.

The lovely generous size of the bag makes it a great gift for friends who (like me) carry their life around with them in their handbags!    The pattern requires just under 300g of yarn and a small piece of fabric for the lining, making it a very economical "wow" gift.

This is my favourite take-a-long project as one yarn cake and a bamboo hook for the granny square base fit nicely into the "Gorgeous Granny" - perfect for plane, train, bus or car journeys.   On my recent trip to Johannesburg to visit my daughters I tried out a few locally stocked yarns and have made quite a lot of granny squares which will eventually become bags.   Although the Candy Swirl is still my favourite, Elle "Alula" and "Colour Crush" compare very favourably and as a bonus are very reasonably priced. 

THE PATTERN FOR MY GORGEOUS GRANNY BAG CAN BE FOUND IN MY RAVELRY STORE

It is now 15h00 here on the Hibiscus Coast and I have not yet picked up hook and yarn......... starting to go into withdrawal........ must go and get my daily fix.

Happy hooking lovelies!    Hope to see you again soon!