I have finished a couple of very satisfying projects, using up stashed yarn and re-stocking my ‘For sale’ bag.
Two baby blankets made in Sirdar simply recycled dk, on a 4.5mm hook. The colours are dip dye blue, canvas, camomile, grape, fleck, denim wash and pumice.
I know that dishcloths aren’t the most memorable of objects, but this one is also a pattern swatch.
The stitch is called ‘Fan and V’ and it is from Sarah Hazell’s lovely book ‘200 crochet stitches’ which has photo’s, written instructions and charts to guide you through each stitch.
It is made in Sirdar ‘simply recycled’ dk ‘Greenhouse’ (discontinued) on a 5mm hook, and I think I cast on 42 stitches. The final cloth measures 24 x 24cm, and took about 35g of yarn.
So the good news is I have a new dishcloth, and one less ball of yarn in my stash. I am too embarrassed to tell you how many balls there are still to go….
I have managed to finish another of my ‘must use some yarn from stash’ projects.
It is a baby ripple blanket in Sirdar ‘simply recycled’ cotton, and if you have been following me for a while you might notice that it is very like the one I sent to baby Frank in New Zealand a few months ago.
I was pleased with the blanket at the time, and couldn’t resist buying more yarn when I saw it had been discontinued at Wool Warehouse. It is so frustrating to find the right combination of colours in a yarn that you like, only to have some of them discontinued a few months later. On the other hand I feel guilty keeping a stash of yarn that I don’t yet have a use for – it is a dilemma I am sure you have all had too.
Anyway I now have a pair of ‘his and hers’ blankets, ready to be sold. Hopefully to someone who likes muted colours and natural tones as much as I do!
It is a while since I have blogged, but I have not been entirely idle.
Some time ago I resolved to use up some of my stash before buying more yarn, and this has been a surprisingly creative decision! In an inspired moment I modified the pattern for the tuck-away string bag so I could crochet the handles first and simply stop crocheting the bag itself when I ran out of yarn. So I now have three less balls of yarn in my stash, and three more useful string bags:
I have attached the pattern here: Stashbuster string bag
and would be pleased to have feedback from anyone who tries it out.
Here is a picture of the start of the bag itself, which always strikes me as rather pretty:
The pattern is adapted from an original by Linda at Crafty Corner: http://lindacraftycorner.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/the-string-tote-patterntutorial.html with thanks to the Snail of Happiness for introducing me to the idea.
With thanks to the Snail of Happiness for this very good idea, I have made a pack-away crochet bag:
The pattern is called ‘String bag pattern’ and the link for it is here:
I used Sirdar simply recycled dk, which is an acrylic/cotton mix, and a 5mm hook. The colour is called ‘pollen’ and it bears a slightly unfortunate resemblance to a burger bun when folded up (perhaps I could develop this as a theme!)
It does however open to form quite a spacious bag….
My nephew and his partner have recently had a baby boy in New Zealand, and I sent a crocheted blanket out to them:
I now have a lovely picture of baby Frank, wrapped in his blanket, to treasure.
Astonishingly the blanket co-ordinates perfectly with their duvet cover – who knew?
My daughter requested some new scrunchies this week, so I raided my stash and came up with these:
I made her one some time ago by crocheting around an elastic band, but that broke quite quickly so these are based on a 10cm length of 5mm wide sewing elastic. The method is fairly simple – sew the elastic into a circle, double crochet as many stitches as will fit round the elastic circle. Then do a row of treble crochet making two trebles into every stitch. Finish off and thread in ends as usual, then give to the happy recipient!
You will recognise the yarn, and the blankets that they were used for!
Sirdar Simply Recycled in Camomile and Denim wash, and Rowan cotton glace in Garnet.