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Yarn and Coffee – April

Welcome. Come on in. What can I get you to drink? Coffee, tea? Maybe an ice tea?

April has been a whirlwind month. Whole weeks have just disappeared!

I did finish my blue shawl for the Gala I attended. The yarn was a different dye lot but I couldn’t see a difference when I used the new balls.

 

I love this yarn. I used Vanna White Glamour in Sapphire. A stunning yarn full of sparkle. It’s hue changed with the light. Everything from a midnight blue almost black next to my black dress to a bright ocean blue in the sunlight.

 

I think the darker yarn and not taking the time to block it gave my shawl a different look from the original pattern.  I do want to try Fortune’s Shawlette  again. This corner to corner pattern worked up quickly and I’d love to see it in a different colour.

Then just before Easter when it was time to deliver the Sherbert and Cream blanket. My friend asked for a media pouch to be made. She was giving the blanket to her cousin’s little girl and wanted a gift for another child.

This was the first time I added a zipper to my work. It felt kind of awkward. I think if the occasion arises in future I’ll plan better. I think sewing the zipper in first then finishing the pouch would have been better.

Then it was time to pick up our daughter from university.  I just didn’t believe how quickly her first year would go. In September it felt like she’d be away for an eternity.  When we got up there to get her she was still sick and no help packing her belongings. Which wouldn’t have been bad expect her room is a city block over and 4 flights of stairs up from the doors.

Since she’s been home I haven’t picked up a new project. I think in May I’ll work on finishing a couple of my half done projects.

What was on your hook this month?

Yarn and Coffee: March… One more ball

If we were having coffee I’d be telling you of my trips to the yarn aisle.

Would you like something to nibble with your coffee (or tea) as we chat?

Last month I was consumed with my son’s blanket (the C2C Jack Skellington) I expected to have to purchase more yarn as I went along since I was just following an idea vs a pattern.

In March both my projects took more yarn than the patterns called for. I made what I call the Sherbert and Cream blanket. I followed a pattern but the different yarn/ hook turned a 70cm blanket into a 120 cm long blanket!

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The shawl I’m not quite done yet is a similar story. My problem there was I bought the last two balls from the store. When I went back there were Clearance stickers 😦 So off to the internet.

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Now I not so patiently wait. I decided I could make a prettier shawl than I could find in the store for an event that I’m attending in a few weeks. Thankfully I was only two rows and the edging short. I’m worried that I’ll be up late the night before furiously crocheting!

I’m using Vanna’s Glamour Yarn (Sapphire) It’s very difficult to take a  photo of!! None of the shots that I took of the balls of yarn worked. I don’t think I’ll be adding this yarn to the weekly Wooly Wednesdays photos. In various light, it appears to be such different shades of blue. The shimmer in this yarn is perfect but oh so hard to do justice when I take a photo.

How was your month? What projects did you finish? Or perhaps you started a few?

 

 

‘Shawl in a Ball’ a review of sorts

My first impression of the yarn was wondering if I received the wrong colour !! It’s my best guess that it is just how this ball of yarn was wrapped since a peek in the centre shows more purple.

Then, finding a pattern is not as easy as I thought it would be. So far the beginners patterns that I am interested in for this yarn on the Lion Brand site are “out of stock”.   But I really wanted to try this yarn. It’s soft and airy. I found this beautiful pattern by Crochet Kim. I’m excited to start and let you know how it turns out!

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So, it turns out that one ball is not quite enough for a shawl. Considering the price of one ball I expected it to be enough for a full shawl.  It does however, make a nice summer wrap or wide light scarf.

As for the colour… I never did get past my initial reaction. There’s far more faded grey-ish tones than purple in this ball. The over all effect for the wrap is nice but not what I expected from “Mindful Mauve”

Over all, the yarn and project is ok but not what I expected when the yarn is called ‘Shawl in a Ball.’ I’ve never wrote a review before (and not sure I will again) but I was so taken by the idea when I first read about this yarn .. that image I had just didn’t happen.

 

 

March is National Crochet Month

http://www.crochet.org

I was happy to find this tidbit of information while reading Lion Brand Yarn Facebook post this morning.

March is National Crochet Month! We’re celebrating with a stitch a day from our StitchFinder.

Let’s kick things off with a little Fanfare – that’s the name of this elegant stitch! Learn how to do it here: http://lby.co/1C4dMGU

~~~~~~~~ And on Red Heart Yarn’s blog they’ve posted:~~~~~~~~

March is National Craft and National Crochet month, and we are excited to share with you our ideas on ways to celebrate and take part in the fun!

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<<<<<<<<And on Ravelry…>>>>>>>>

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/party-for-ravelrys-international-crochet-month

March is National Crochet Month (NATCROMO) in the USA and this group is the go-to place for the annual Crochet Month party on Ravelry. The origins of National Crochet Month are a bit unclear. So we have also deemed it International Crochet Month (ITCROMO) on Ravelry.

Welcome! Be sure to introduce yourself and join the conversation. There will also be Games, CALs, Chats, and more.

We hope you enjoy yourself as we celebrate crochet and Ravelry and crochet on Ravelry!

What other Crochet Month celebrations have you seen?

I’m off to ponder what I’m going to create this month!

A new stitch learned

I found this beautiful yarn last fall and I just had to bring it home.  I WP_20150131_19_08_52_Prodecided that I wanted a more “lacy” stitch for the scarf I wanted to make with this beautiful Lion Brand Yarn ~ Landscapes (Tropics).

I searched through Pinterest and found a link to Amelia is Rabbit  site which has straight forward directions (with photos!!).

In no time I was making my first project with the WP_20150216_12_32_28_ProCeltic knot / Lover’s knot.

 

 

As I’m sure seasoned crochers know, some stitches just are more fun to use. I really enjoyed this stitch and the silky soft yarn.  I’ve seen shawls made with this stitch. Since I have to use this stitch again I think I may just make another shawl.

Here’s my latest scarf.  One good thing about a cold snowy winter… I get to wear all my scarves.

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