What’s a wip? Well, obviously, it’s a Work I Progress. I have so many of these at the moment! And they’re all baby related! Everyone is having a baby! Or two. Anyway, here’s some projects I’ve had on the go.
Textured baby blankets. I’ve now finished the pink one.
So that’s what’s on my (many) hooks at the moment!
One of my friends has just had twins! Eeeek, twice the crochet! I’m still slogging my way through the two crochet blankets, but I’m seeing them tomorrow. How can I see them when they don’t have something homemade? Then I had a genius idea! Earlier this lockdown, I sent for a punch needle kit that I saw on instagram. I made a quite respectable lighthouse.
I gave it to my dad, who likes lighthouses, and he was very pleased with it. Considering it had only taken a couple of evenings, I wondered if I could repeat the process. And I did!
The twins are called Noah (Noah’s ark, easy) and Rory (…harder). Anyway, I decided to make Rory a tiger because they’re roar-y.
I like the way the back of the punch needle looks. If I’d been clever, I could have used it to make a lion for Rory… never mind.
Not bad for ONE evening’s work! The next day, I went to Tiger (I love Tiger), and bought two ready-stretched canvases. Then I removed the canvas and stapled the embroidery on the frame. I’m pretty pleased with myself, and hope they like them!
A few years ago, I went to the Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace. I had a whale of a time and came skipping out with far too much yarn, and not enough time to use it up. I’m still getting through it, about 3 years later! Anyway, one yarn I was very pleased to acquire was by Habu Textiles, and was a silk-wrapped paper yarn.
I bought three balls, entirely without a pattern in mind. Never mind, something will come up. Well, I could find knitting patterns for Habu, but not crochet ones. So I put the yarn in my Box of No Return and forgot all about it.
When one of my friends said she was having a socially-distanced picnic for her birthday, I suddenly remembered my Habu yarn! I dug it out, and wondered what to make with it. While I was researching patterns, I idly chained a length. I wondered if a simple mesh would work, so I did a few rows, and you know what? It really did!
And away I went! In no time, I had a fully-fledged scarf!
Unfortunately, I gave the scarf away before I could get a good quality picture of it, which I’m annoyed with myself about, but never mind. Because the scarf is made of a linen/paper mix, it has a beautiful drape. It can also hold its shape, and be manipulated into other shapes, so I had fun scrunching it up, and then relaxing it.
So there it is. The story of some sad little balls of yarn, all alone and forgotten, and how they were resurrected into a glorious, draping scarf. And my friend really liked it!
Many many years ago, when I was still a student, I had taken up knitting. I was quite good, but I decided I wanted to try crochet. My mum crochets, y’see, and she raves about it. So I went to my local Borders (see how long ago it was!) and bought a book all about how to crochet.
Reader, I was hooked. Excuse the pun.
The book was ‘The Happy Hooker’ by Debbie Stoller, and followed on from her wildly successful ‘Stitch and Bitch’ knitting books.
It’s – how can I put this? – well-loved. The pages are falling out, the cover is bubbling and I’ve spilled something or other all over it.
It’s a wonderful book, which is why I’ve kept it, despite its falling to pieces. It has such clear instructions, and cute little illustrations, that I picked up crochet pretty quickly.
It has such amazing patterns too. Some are whimsical and fluffy, some are funky, some are functional, some are girly, some are retro!
All in all, it’s a great book. I’m currently working on a blazer called ‘Prepster’ from it, and I’ll post pictures in due course. But if you’re thinking of taking up[ a new craft or hobby, I highly recommend crochet, and I highly recommend this book!
I’m going to a fancy-dress party soon, and the theme is ‘cartoons/children’s programmes’. I am, therefore, going as my ultimate heroine and style icon, Miss Piggy. I’ve always been fond of pigs, and a pig in a glamorous frock? Well, I can’t resist.
I had to go to Hobbycraft the other day to buy some needles, and while I was there, I wandered into the felt section. On impulse, I bought some pink felt to get myself into the piggy mood and, on the train home, began to sew.
I made a Little Pig finger puppet. Yes, the stitching is a little… wacky, and whatever you do, don’t look at the back, but it’s the first thing I’ve sewn and I’m proud of it.
Now I’ve got into my porky groove, I need to finish my costume for Miss Piggy. Now, where did I leave my pearls?!
I don’t often wear makeup, but when I do, I always make sure to remove it before bed. I wear face masks quite a lot and so get through cotton pads at quite a rate.
I’m also interested in trying to be as green as possible, so when I chanced upon some cotton yarn in my stash that was going nowhere, I decided to make my own. It was surprisingly easy!
I made a chain they can stay on, which can be hung up, and the pad can be pulled off the bottom. I only made seven (one for each day of the week, clever) but accidentally made the chain very long so I’ll have to make some more so it looks less… ‘empty’.
If you want to make your own, they’re very quick. All you need is cotton yarn, and I used a 4mm hook, but whatever your yarn says will be fine.
1. Chain 6, join to make a ring.
2. Chain 3, 11 treble (double if you’re American) into the ring. (12 stitches)
3. Chain 3, treble (double) into same space, 2 trebles (doubles) into each stitch around. (24 stitches)
4. Chain 3, 2 trebles (doubles) into next stitch, 1 treble (double) into next stitch all the way around. (36 stitches)
And you’re done!
For the chain, it was a lot of trial and error. I eventually ended up chaining 3, then doing 2 trebles. After that, I chained for as long as I thought would look good, then used a slip knot to make the loop. Easy!