Latest Craft Fair

Took part in the latest craft fair at the Catholic Hall in Swanage. the weather was a bit odd, lot of rolling sea mist but the footfall was good.

First time on display for my Noro (wool & Silk) Flower granny blanket.  It received a lot of attention, mainly due to the lovely colours.

I have invested in a sock display and the socks looked great.  I have also made some new labels for the socks.  I also used my wooden blocks.

I also took the opportunity to display my shawls in a different way.

Had a good amount of sales and had some sock commissions as well.

Looking forward to the next one on the 12th May

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Crochet square motif waterfall cardigan

Crochet  square motif waterfall cardigan

I’m so pleased with this cardigan, it get many admirers and is so comfy to wear

This is more a recipe rather than a pattern.

Using any yarn and an appropriate size hook, either the correct size for the yarn or up to 1.5mm above standard size for the yarn.

For mine I used Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK and a 4.5mm hook.

The amount of yarn will depend on the size being made and the weight of the yarn.

This recipe will work with any square motif that can have extra rows added to give the size required.

The cardigan is made up of 4 motifs on the back, and each front is also made up of 4 motifs.  The sleeves are crochet in the round from armhole to wrist.

Now the maths part!!

  1. Back: Measure the back width required, divide by 2. e.g. 20/2=10, each motif square will be 10 inches square, this will give a cardigan with a 20 inch back measurement and a 20 inch length from back of neck.
  2.  Shoulder: Measure from your shoulder/arm join to your neck – 1 inch. e.g 4-1 = 3
  3.  Armhole: Measure from top of your arm down to where the underarm of the sleeve will be placed  e.g. 10 inches

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Motifs

Motif preparation – Select a motif to use, it is easier if you pick a motif that can have extra rounds easily added to it if you need a motif size greater than the motif you are using.  I had to add several rows to the motif I was using.

Make 12 motifs in total, 4 back, 4 left front, 4 right front. You can join as you go but do not join the sides to the back.

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Assembly

  1. Join 4 motifs together to form a square to give back, same for right front and same for left front.
  2. Join the back shoulder to left front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  3. Join the back shoulder to right front shoulder making the join length = Shoulder (measurement from above)
  4. Join the back side to the left front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open
  5. Join the back side to the right front side from the bottom leaving the Armhole (measurement from above) open

Sleeves

If you require tapered sleeves then use your judgement and trying on the cardigan to decrease ever 5 rows or so until the sleeve is the shape required

Start arm at the underarm join and crochet in the round until sleeve is required length, I used (Tr 2, 1 Ch) for the whole round,

Finishing

To finish use your favourite edging stitch for mine I used Crabstitch

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Weekend away

We have just returned from a few days away.

We got Julia to look after the dog.  Julia lives on a farm, looks after her own horses and stables others right in the middle of a forest, where the dogs have free roaming around the farm and stables.

On Thursday we travelled up to Bath and hit the shops and walked around town.

Pete bought a pair of Lee Jeans & T-shirt and I bought some shoes.  These may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I love the colour.  They are actually children’s shoes but Ecco often do children’s shoes up to size 7 – yippee, which means they are cheaper than adult shoes.  (I also think that they are VAT free)Ecco Shoes

I also visited the Bath wool shop and met two lovely ladies and their dog.  Fantastic range of wools, some unusual and lots of small knitted things for sale hidden in and around the shop.  Of course, I invested in some wool that I don’t sell in my shop.

Bath Wool Shop
Picture from Bath Wool Shop Website

I bought some Rico Poems (4ply sock wool) and some Adriafil Knitcol Trends (DK/Aran), no plans as yet but they’ll keep the stash topped up.

Adriafil Rico Poems

For dinner we went to a new Spanish Tapas restaurant La Perla.  Their food was marvellous, a modern take on tapas.

Friday we went to Whitstable driving through some awful rain storms.  We ran along the prom, went to a Junk/Collectables shop and went  for a pub restaurant meal.

Saturday we went to Canewdon, Essex to see some old friends and stayed overnight with them returning Sunday afternoon.

We picked the dog up Monday morning and of course he is ignoring us and sulking.

Book club read – well almost

Having been given Middlemarch to read for our February book – great a classic I thought, but it turned out not be my friends and mine cup of tea.  So after giving up reading we decided to cheat and watch the BBC series DVD.  So with over 7 hours of DVD watching ahead some knitting and crochet was called for.

Using a ball of Noro Kureyon Sock Yarn shade 185 and a great free pattern from Ravelry by Dawn Ellerd

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I adapted the pattern to make an infinity scarf and shortened the length of the scarf.

Book club tonight so I shall wear my new scarf and hide under the table with my glass of red wine when they discuss in detail all the descriptive writing in Middlemarch!!!!!!