I’m Going to London!

Who has two thumbs and managed to bag herself free tickets to The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia London in ten days time? Only THIS GIRL!!! *does a happy dance*

British Crafters were giving away tickets on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – the rules were to follow them and share the post. I did this on Twitter and was utterly gobsmacked to actually get drawn.

Of course now I have to figure out the logistics of travelling down from Manchester and how long I can spend at the show, but I’m beyond excited. I’m going to order a programme and plan my day, with the definite stops being Janie Crow and any other crocheters attending. I need to remember to take photos! (I took so few of Yarndale it’s embarrassing) and then remember everything for a blog post. I’ll try to make that sensible, heh.

Too Many Projects!

Just three of my many, many PIPs

I’ve never met a crochet pattern I didn’t like, to the point that this post could also be titled “LET’S MAKE ALL THE THINGS!” Seriously; I have an entire folder of pattern PDFs on my flash drive, and have started a second. I’ve a folder on my bookmarks bar and had to create another for “WIPs” with the intention I’ll see to the things I’ve started before downloading anything else.

Since that doesn’t seem to be working, I’m writing this post for two reasons. The first is to get a definitive list of Projects In Progress. The second is, that by listing everything for everyone to see, I might shame myself into finishing stuff instead of starting it.

Projects In Progress

  • Demelza by Catherine Bligh (roughly a third done)
  • Carousel by Sue Pinner (halfway?)
  • Around the Bases by ChiChi Allen and others (I have no idea)
  • Candy Twist Hexaround by Julie Yeager (no idea)
  • Moorland Blanket by Lucy@Attic24 (still on week one!)
  • Blooming Cushion by Lucy@Attic24 (halfway through one side)
  • Baby Angel Wing by Sue Pinner (first part)
  • Sophie’s Universe by Dedri Uys (on part 4)
  • Woodland Pixie Hood by Hannah Cross (barely started)
  • Baby Neat Ripple by Lucy@Attic24 (done about two inches)
  • Cushion – Circle to Square by Shelley Husband (needs last round and sewing up)
  • Bunny Lovey (just needs sewing up)
  • I think that’s everything!

Projects in Mind

Then, of course, there’s all the ideas for original patterns that are buzzing around my head! This list is vague because spoilers, sweetie.

  • Beanie #1 (actually nearly done)
  • Hearts blanket (main part written, crocheting the sample, plus needs a border)
  • Beanie #2 (waiting on a yarn release)
  • Batik Blossoms (ditto)
  • Summer-themed blanket (have yarn and basic idea, just need to make)
  • Untitled blanket – this might be a CAL, oooh!
  • This list is complete as of the 19th of February, 2017

Obviously, PIMs that I don’t have yarn for will have to wait until I do. I know one is due for release any day and that’s a quick pattern that shouldn’t take me more than a couple of days to sort out. What’ll take longer is the sample for the summer blanket and I’m thinking I might have left that too long for this year? Maybe I should just get on with it….

Except I’ve personal makes that really do have a time limit on – the Baby Angel Wing and Baby Ripple are both being made for as part of #ProjectGrandchild, and she’s due end of May. As excited as I am about bringing new patterns to the blog, the little one has to come first, folks. I’m sure you understand. 🙂

Still, the latest idea to bite is exciting me no end. This is a long-term project that’s going to take time and effort to bring to fruition. I’m not too fussed about that. I would like it to be a CAL but I need a wider audience for something like that. Though creating will also bring in a bigger audience. You can see I’ve a lot to consider! Perhaps I ought to worry about creating the blanket and getting the pattern down first.

And maybe, just maybe, ticking a few of those PIPs off to boot!

The Trouble With Regeneration

Anyone who’s known me for more than five minutes knows how much of a geek I am. I love any show with spaceships in it, and I absolutely adore Doctor Who, having been raised on a steady diet of it. As an author, Who inspired my writing and now, as a designer, it’s inspired my crochet.

“The Trouble With Regeneration” is a shawl inspired by the Fifth Doctor (Peter Davidson) and his cricket sweater. There are a couple of versions, but this is the design of his sweater in his very first episode – Castrovalva. I have to add that I was the happiest bunny when I found a leek pin to fasten it with!

You’ll need Stylecraft Special DK in Cream, Black, Lipstick and Burgundy, and a 3.5mm (US E) crochet hook. You’ll also need to know how to do the back post and front post stitches required for the cable and ribbing edging.

“The Trouble With Regeneration” is a free download – just click on the button below.

Yarn Packaging

If you’re new to yarn crafting, you’ve probably heard terms like “skein” and “hank”, and might be wondering what the difference is. So here’s Hoot & Luna’s guide to yarn packaging!

A ball is yarn that’s wrapped into a ball shape. You’re not likely to find many places that still sell by the ball, though a few spinner/dyer types might. However if you buy a hank, or undo a previously knitted/crochet piece, you’re likely to wrap it into a ball unless you have a yarn winder (more on that in a bit.)

 

Skeins are what most yarn shops sell. This loosely-twisted packaging means all you have to do is remove the ball band and away you go. You can pull from the centre, but there’s a danger of “yarn barf” (basically a huge chunk of yarn) though you can eliminate your skein rolling around by putting it in a yarn holder, tub (clean 2 litre ice cream tubs are great!) or a yarn bowl.

 

Spinners and dyers tend to sell their yarn in a hank. This is yarn that’s wound in a loose circle and then twisted to keep it together. Having done it, I seriously do not recommend trying to crochet straight from a hank! It’s best wound into a ball or, better yet, up with a swift and winder into a cake (see below.)

 

A yarn swift (left) and winder

A cake is produced by a yarn swift and winder (see photo below.) Some crocheters I know even wind their skeins into cakes, as the bonus with them is you pull from the centre, meaning it doesn’t roll around the floor!

 

 

Very occasionally, you’ll find yarn sold in large quantities on a spool or a cone. This packaging is mostly  popular with machine knitters, although some crocheters who use multiple shades in one project (eg Tunisian/tapestry crochet or corner-to-corner patterns) wind their yarn on to spools to make swapping between yarns easier.

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Spicer’s derogatory about Elizabeth Warren has become a rallying cry for women, both in America and across the world. I’m helping the resistance by creating this free pattern – suitable for cross stitch and tapestry/Tunisian crochet. (You could probably use it for knitting as well.)

Click on the image below to enlarge it, then save it to your computer.

Hookenanny #1

#hookentanny is a new monthly link party, hopefully connecting crocheters around the world. The idea is to have an end-of-month celebration of all things hooky. You can link to any crocheting post put up in that month or create a special one – it’s up to you. All I ask is that the post is something you’ve been up to (as opposed to a round up style thing.)

The linky will open on the 25th of each month and close on the 30th (except Feb, which will close on the 4th.) All you need to do is have a post, link up, and please play by the rules:

  • Join in with one post.
  • Comment to the month’s post on Hoot & Luna.
  • Please include the following badge on your post:


  • Share! Include @hootandluna and #hookenanny and I’ll retweet it (if you don’t, I’m unlikely to see it.)
  • Comment! Building a community means showing others some love, and that’s done by leaving a comment on their post.
  • Retweet! Share the posts you really love on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.
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