So the latest issue of Simply Crochet landed at my door yesterday and like most months I flicked to the back pages to see how my motif is looking. This one is really special, I’m so pleased with how the design came out. It looks a lot more complicated than it is and I love how the coral flower shape jumps out at you. I think I might make it into a sweet blanket for a little girl as the cotton is so soft and pretty.
Also in this month’s issue is my Gypsy Shawl design with a big black filet crochet rose in the centre. This is made from beautiful Drops Baby Alpaca Silk which at around £3 a ball is a steal for such luxury. It’s wonderful to crochet with and the end result has superb drape.
This year I’ve set myself the task of stash busting and I’m trying really hard not to buy yarn without a project in mind. I’m forcing myself to finish some WIPs and now I’m well on the way to a complete hexagon lap blanket which has been over a year in the making. I took the granny hexagon design from Issue 5 of Simply Crochet from back when I started helping out with tech editing, and then got bored sometime last year. It’s now become my go-to project for when I have a few minutes to spare on journeys and the like. It’s going with me everywhere at the moment in a desperate quest to finish it. It might end up on the chair in our bedroom as it compliments the duvet cover so well but this wasn’t the original intention.
I’ve also finished another quick hat pattern, the Women’s Peaked Cap pattern by Patons, available here. Lot’s of people on Ravelry seemed to find it came out a little too small but I hooked it using Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend and a 5mm hook and the size is perfect. I make a hat for my friend Laura every birthday so this will be this year’s done and dusted several months ahead of time. The muted tones will look fabulous with her fiery red hair.
I’m juggling lots of crochet projects at the moment (and not a lot else it seems) in a bid to reduce my stash, occasionally I embark on a bit if knitting but it too often seems to fall by the wayside. I’m working on a vest pattern for summer and about to start a giant granny square blanket inspired by my friend Faye’s version in Erika Knight Vintage Wool. I’ll make in in Katia Sherpa, of which I have lots that I bought a few years ago when living in Spain and it is oh so snuggly. Using the same Katia yarn I’m making a cute bear as this stuff is so smooth, it’s perfect for amigurumi. There are some other ideas in the pipeline too but this week has been all about crochet.