So my current WIP (work in progress) is a baby blanket for a colleague. I’ve been using the delightful Tutti Frutti from Sirdar’s Snuggly range. Sirdar is one of my favourite yarn brands and I’ve been wanting to use one of those chenille-type yarns for ages so it ticked all the boxes!
I’ve got the Dolly Mixture colourway which is a white base speckled with multi-coloured flecks. It is wonderfully soft and is if anything softer once it is crocheted up. A major complaint is that it is near impossible to work with at first. The yarn is so fluffy that you can’t see where to put your hook as you work! The tag recommends a 5mm needle/hook which I tried at first but eventually had to move up to a 10mm hook just to be able to get enough space in each stitch to actually be able to see where the hook needed to go. You get the hang of it after a while as you can judge by placement and feel where each stitch is but you have to concentrate quite hard while you’re working.
It is of course completely worth it as the blanket is coming up lovely! I will probably wait quite a while before I work with such a fluffy yarn again…
I’ve been tagged by the lovely Robin over at Imperial Crochet to do the Blue Sky tag! Thank you for thinking of me Robin!
Living in England, it’s less of a Blue Sky tag and more of a grey-sky-some-blue-if-you’re-really-lucky tag.
Give 11 questions.
Tag 11 people.
Answer the 11 questions given to you.
Don’t forget to thank the person who tagged you.
1. Why did you choose the name of your blog?
I like trying my hand at loads of different crafts so I wanted a name that would suit that rather than being crochet-centric. My partner and I also have a running joke about when I got confused between an atelier and an abattoir…
2. Which of your own blog posts is your favorite?
I don’t have many to choose from but I’ll have to go with my first post. I’ve been trying to get into writing a blog for years but couldn’t pinpoint what sort of tone of voice to use, but I feel just having a nice relax and putting all the details about candle making that I would want to see in a post seemed to work out nicely.
3. Do you have a set schedule for blogging? Morning, evening, daily, weekly?
No schedule unfortunately! Working at a music venue means I work different hours and days depending on what gigs we have on, so I have to squeeze my crafting and blogging time in around my work.
4. Have you ever done any published writing outside of blogging? Books? Articles?
Not yet. I did Creative Writing at university and specialised in poetry. One of my tutors said I was good enough to be published and it is a goal of mine for the future to have my work published.
5. What is the title of your most useful book?
‘The Candlemaker’s Companion’ by Betty Oppenheimer for candlemaking and ‘200 Crochet Stitches’ by Sarah Hazell for crochet. Oppenheimer’s book is great for people new to candle-making and answers lots of questions for veterans too. Hazell’s compendium includes a beginner’s guide to crochet and has over 200 different, beautiful stitches all documented clearly with pictures. They are both invaluable!
6. What is the title of the last book you read for fun?
It was Professor Green’s autobiography ‘Lucky’. I’m a fan of his music and have enjoyed his appearances on Never Mind the Buzzcocks and other shows. He writes non-fiction well and takes you on an informative and funny journey through his childhood, his various shady dealings and his well-earned rise to fame.
7. Who is your favorite celebrity?
The Youtuber Markiplier (aka. Mark Fischbach). I play a lot of video games so I like to keep up with Markiplier’s videos to see the newest games and I enjoy his humour a lot. He does a lot of work for charity and his fans, and is just a really nice guy. He’s also quite handsome…
8. What is your favorite song?
I listen to way too much music to have just one favourite song! Some of my more recent favourites are ‘Moth Into Flame’ by Metallica and ‘Forever Young’ by Rhiannon Giddens and Iron and Wine.
9. Where would you love to go on your next vacation?
My last holiday was a city break so I would love to have a proper sun, sand and sea trip as my next vacation. Spain maybe?
10. Is there a skill you’d like to learn?
Always! I love learning and am always trying to learn a new skill in one way or another. I’ve got a dressmaking class this weekend and I’m waiting for the next term of my evening BSL (British Sign Language) classes to start!
11. Cats or dogs?
Both! All animals are amazing. Being allergic to fur and feathers has never stopped me from loving all animals or living with a cat of my own.
I’m still new to this blogging thing and so don’t have 11 people I can tag with this. Feel free to tag yourself and do your own Blue Sky tag if you would like to!
I’ve always been a strong believer of the ‘Work hard. Play Hard.’ ethos. So even if I haven’t got much money, a special trip means a special treat for me, usually in the form of yarn!
The place I had scouted out for a visit was ‘This is Knit’, a specialist yarn and knitting shop just south of the Molly Malone statue. It’s an absolutely GORGEOUS shop, very bright and and airy. Beaming as I walked in, I was immediately welcomed by the ladies who ran the shop and felt I was in the company of kindred spirits.
They had a big selection of handmade Irish yarns with some lovely colour ways and some artisan silver shawl pins that really caught the eye. Sadly, my allergy to wool meant my selection was more limited, but after much deliberation I decided on Debbie Bliss’ Cotton Denim DK. I had seen an interesting review of it in the ‘Simply Crochet’ magazine and was only more impressed seeing it for myself. The colour selection includes the blues that you would expect as well as a neutral white/cream shade, some grey/black mixes and one with a delightful lime twist. It is wonderfully soft and I’m thinking of making a nice shawl or scarf with it. I’m not sure if I want to follow a pattern or go free-hand, I think I might make a swatch to see how the colours work up and then decide.
I also grabbed a cute little yarn sheep keyring as a souvenir for a friend.
After about a year and a half in the making, today I crocheted the final stitch in my cardigan!
The pattern I’m using is from Sirdar’s cotton crochet collection from Summer 2016 I think? It’s a nice collection of light summerwear and accessories. I’ve made some alterations to the pattern based on personal taste and for simplicity’s sake. I’ve not done the decorative border or the flowery back panel and have gone with a slightly bold colour stripe instead to keep the piece visually interesting. I’m using Sirdar’s own Cotton DK yarn.
I’ve now got the (unholy) task of sewing all the pieces together, blocking it and weaving in the ends. I might have to save this for a long weekend to make sure it doesn’t drive me insane. Wish me luck!
A colleague of mine saw the Rainbow Unicorn kit that came with Issue 54 of the ‘Simply Crochet’ magazine and has asked that I make it for his daughter, so I’ve been working on that for a couple of days now.
It’s an interesting pattern so far, it has some of the typical problems that amigurumi has in that it’s quite fiddly and can be quite frustrating at times. I’ve made a couple of alterations as I’ve been going where I felt the body and legs needed to be longer, as they all looked too small in comparison to the head.
My favourite part so far is definitely the mane. It’s an ingenious way of incorporating a lot of hair without using much yarn. Once you’ve unravelled the yarn it is so super soft!