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Some quick wips

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.

See how long ago this was? I was in the pub!

Textured baby blankets. I’ve now finished the pink one.

Ta-daaa! It doesn’t look very good just flung on the floor, but I promise it looks better in person.
Very quick slip-stitch border.
Another blinking baby blanket…

So that’s what’s on my (many) hooks at the moment!

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Drape

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.

Oooooooooooh…

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.

UNTIL NOW!!

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!

Successful experiment

And away I went! In no time, I had a fully-fledged scarf!

Please excuse my face and my hair.

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.

Scrunchie

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!

The full range of Habu yarn can be found at http://www.habutextiles.com, but there are local UK stockists too.

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A Favourite Book

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.

Bubbling cover

Pages everywhere
God only knows what this spillage is!

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.

How to

It has such amazing patterns too. Some are whimsical and fluffy, some are funky, some are functional, some are girly, some are retro!

Whimsical cardigan
Girly cardigan
Putting the ‘fun’ in ‘functional’
Funky gloves
A cover for your iPod!

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!

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Cotton Pads

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!