Yarn a long Sunday #1

yarn a long March

Yay…Welcome to the first yarn a long Sunday…If you have just stumbled here by accident, I do hope you will stay for a while and join in too.  I am  a teensy bit anxious about this to be honest as I have not done anything like this before and I’m worried no one will join in, although I have had some very positive feedback…thank you if that was you…you will know who you are.

The purpose of my yarn a long is to get to know you a little better and you I; and so I am hoping that you will join in with me by commenting in the thread below.  My hope is you will also get to know each other a little better too and discover new blogs and other such yarny lovliness. 

So, shall we begin… Todays yarn a long is: 

‘Why do you craft…crochet…knit? 

Shall I start?

I have wanted to write about this for a while because crochet has become my default…it is almost like my reset button.  I was introduced to crochet a long time ago now; about 8 months after my youngest Robin entered the world and I was suffering with post natal depression.  My Health Visitor was great and along with other structured support suggested I attend a local group of Momma’s that ate cake and drank coffee and crafted…well she had me at cake! 

An elderly lady named Eileen, came along soon after I joined and she taught me how to hold a crochet hook and chain stitches.  There was something very soothing about the rhythm of making those chains and before long Eileen, had me making treble crochet stitches (double crochet stitches if you use American terminology).  Those first stitches were far too tight and I got frustrated easily, but the company was healing and Eileen, was patient and kind and the cake tasted good!  I must have swatched 20 or more uneven little squares before it clicked…I’m a slow learner…but, when it did, click that was, I made a giant granny square blanket for my boys.  We still have that blanket today and do you know I have never taken a photo of it, because it isn’t well hooked or perfect or in great colours… but it is in the colours they chose!  My boys still use it though and who knew that it would lead me on the most wonderful hooky adventure. 

I have taken a photo of that 1st blanket and here is the exclusive just for you… but  don’t look too closely!  

 crochet blanket

That was nearly a decade ago and since then I have immersed myself in learning new stitches… thank you to video tutorials, blogs, books, magazines and good old trial and error.  I have also immersed myself in yarn and lots of it!!

Crochet saved my mental health back then along with some good medical support and the love of an amazing family and crochet continues to soothe me still in the beautiful chaos of life… 

Thanks to a tuned in Health Visitor and Eileen.

‘Why do you craft…crochet…knit?

I’d love it if you would share…

xxxxx

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#yarnlovechallenge days 25-28

#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my final four days of prompts.

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Day 25: International…This is my ‘Around the World in 64 Squares’ friendship blanket.  A blanket made from crochet and knit squares sent to me from all around the world.  In return I sent the same amount of squares all around the world as part of a fabulous group on ravelry call The Global Square Exchange.  It was super fun to be a part of and I have a truly unique and international blanket.

Day 26: Embellish…This is my ‘yarny Little Leaf ‘ and one of my favourite embellishments to use.  They are quick and simple to hook and look stunning in Autumn colours too.  Just click on the link for the free pattern and tutorial.

Day 27: Fit …This gorgeous boy got a surprise new winter hat when it became evident that it was not going to fit on my gorgeous husbands gorgeous head! A ‘fit’ fail!

Day 28: Confession…What more an I say

And that is it February #yarnlovechallenge complete…it has been fun…hope you have enjoyed it too.

xxxx

 

yarn-a-long Sunday…

yarn a long March

I am so enjoying blogging…and more recently getting to know some of you a little better.  It is a side to blogging that I wasn’t expecting at all and it has led me to all kinds of lovely blogs, all of which are unique in their own way even though the shared theme is often the common thread. 

And it is to this end that I  am launching a series in March called

‘yarn-a-long Sunday’. 

A short  interactive post each Sunday through March kicking off on Sunday 04th; asking a question, or seeking  your opinions and advice.    I do hope you will make a cuppa and join in  and have some fun; and then maybe I can get to know you a little bit better too!

xxxxx

#yarnlovechallenge days 21 -24

#yarnlovechallenge... we are almost done, but not quite. 

If you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 21 – 24.

#yarnlovechallenge

Day 21 : Multiples…How pretty are these Robins Nest granny squares?  I always feel a surge of joy when I look at them.  Not only that but they are a complete pleasure to hook.  The free pattern for them comes complete with a step by step photo tutorial.

Day 22: Bag…Well I have had a bag on my ‘must hook’ list for years. But, for some reason I have never got around to starting one, not even as a PHD!  I have purchased the bag handles though.

Day 23: Mend… Not sure how to mend this or why it has happened!  

Day 24: LYS…I don’t like my local yarn store as sometimes they can be a bit moody…and I think that’s off.  You shouldn’t have to walk in wandering if the owners are going to be vexed with one another.  Having said that they stock a good selection of my stock yarn and if I run out it’s handy.  I would just like my LYS to be a lovely, friendly independent that sold some hand dyed as well as the usual.  That ran classes out the back and had a whole yarny community vibe going on….moan over!  

There are now only four days left of this challenge, but it’s not too late to join in the fun, each day in February has a prompt, as long as there is a tenuous link to yarniness in some way your good to go!

xxxx

 

Grandma Kathy Tea Cosy…Free Crochet Pattern and Tutorial.

captureThis is the fifth tea cosy in the Grandma collection, and is quite simply delightful.  The use of traditional granny stitches means that this pattern can be hooked within an evening.  Ideal for that last minute handmade present.  This cosy is sweetly uncomplicated and will cloak any tea pot with elegance.

Dedicated to the inspiration that is ‘Nanna Kathy’ 

 

crochet tea cosy free pattern

The pattern makes a tea cosy that fits a standard 6 cup teapot.

I used less than 50g of Stylecraft special dk yarn in gold and scraps of apricot.

You will also need a darning needle, pin or stitch marker and a pair of scissors.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

  

Stitches used in this pattern refer to English terminology, however a conversion to US terminology is provided in brackets below.

Ch – chain stitch 

slst – slip stitch 

dc –  double crochet (single crochet)

htr– half treble crochet  (half double crochet)

tr – treble crochet (double crochet) 

dtr – double treble crochet (treble crochet)

 

You will also need:

a 5mm crochet hook for main body of teapot and a

4mm hook to complete picot edging trim.

 

Ok, here we go…

Using the gold yarn and 5mm hook, Ch 20

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

To adjust cosy size, the starting chain should be equivalent to the height from the base of teapot to the top of the body of the teapot or to put it another way, to the start of lid.  If adjusting the starting chain it must be a multiple of 3+2.

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 Row 1: dc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in each st along, ch3, turn (ch3 counts as tr)  (19dc in total).

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

 

Row 2: 2tr in same space as ch3, *miss 2 sts, 3tr in next st (granny cluster)* 

repeat * – * til end of row, ch3 (counts as tr) turn. 

(x7 granny clusters / x6 spaces).

 

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

Row 3: miss 1st granny cluster, 3tr in space before next granny cluster, *miss granny cluster, 3tr in space before next granny cluster* Repeat * – * to last space, miss 2 sts, 1tr in last st of row, Ch3 (counts as tr), turn.

(20sts = x6 granny clusters / 7 spaces / 1tr on each end of row).

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Rows 4: 2tr in same space as ch 3, *miss granny cluster, 3tr in space before next granny cluster* Repeat * – * to end.  Ch3 (counts as tr), turn.  ( 21sts = x7 granny clusters / x6 spaces).

 

Row 5: – 17: Repeat rows 3 and 4, but omit turning ch on row 17.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Row 18: turn, ch1 (does not count as st)dc in same space, dc in each st across, ch3 (counts as tr), turn.

(20sts). 

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Now to make the spout hole!

 

Row 19: 2tr in same space as ch 3, miss 2sts, 3tr in next st, ch 10, miss next x5 granny clusters / x4 spaces, 3tr in last st. 

(20sts).

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial Row 20: ch1 (does not count as dc), dc into same space, dc in next 2sts, dc in next 10 chain sts, dc in next 6sts, ch3 (counts as tr), turn. (19dc).

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

 

Row 21: Repeat Row 2. 

Crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorialRow 22 – 32: Repeat rows 3 and 4 but omit turning ch on row 32.

If adjusting cosy size make sure to finish this section on a row that is the same as row 3 in the pattern ie/ starts and finishes with 1tr.

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  Row 33: ch1 (does not count as dc), dc in same space, dc in each st along and fasten off and weave in ends

(20dc).

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorialnb/ top and bottom – x1 granny cluster underneath spout

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorialNoting top and bottom correctly, attach gold yarn to top right side.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorialNow to complete the petals.

Row 34: ch1 (does not count as dc), dc in same space, dc in each st across – ( the term sts here is used loosely as they are actually the side posts of the trebles and double crochet sts of the previous rounds.  It may look a bit ambiguous, but we are aiming to get 36dc across this top edge), turn.

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial
try to space these sts as evenly as you can… its just a case of getting them in!

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Row 35: ch1, *miss 2 sts, in next st place dc, htr, tr, 2dtr, in next st  place 2dtr, tr, htr, dc*

crochet tea cosy - The Grandma Collection

Repeat * – * to end of row

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

slst to beginning ch1 to join cosy in a circle.  

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Side Seam: Place cosy on teapot and mark with a pin across top of handle, slst from top of cosy down to this point (approx. 1.5cms).

crochet tea cosy free pattern an tutorial

Return cosy to the teapot and repeat process, this time marking below the handle.  Remove cosy leaving marker in place, continue to slst along one edge (not both) until you reach marker for the bottom of the handle.  Now slst both edges together to bottom of cosy, fasten off and weave in all loose ends. 

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

Picot trim: Finally, attach apricot yarn in any beginning dc of petal (ie. dc to the right hand side of petal).

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

  With a 4mm hook, ch1 (counts as dc), dc in next 3sts, dc in next st, ch3, slst into 1st ch (picot made),

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial

dc into same space as previous dc, dc in next 4sts…1st petal edged. 

For next petal and for all petals around, dc in next 4sts, dc in next st, ch3, slst into 1st ch, dc in same space as previous dc, dc in next 4sts.

NB/ do not crochet in this space by mistake  

crochet tea cosy free pattern and tutorial
Do not crochet in this space by mistake else your picot will not be central!

To finish slst to beginning ch of trim, fasten off and weave in ends.

crochet tea cosy free patternNow I think it’s time for a brew…don’t you?

xxxxx

I REALLY HOPE YOU HAVE ENJOYED MAKING THIS PATTERN AS MUCH AS I HAVE ENJOYED CREATING IT FOR YOU.  IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ABOUT SOMETHING OR NOTICE ANY ERRORS PLEASE SHOUT UP.  EQUALLY PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE YOUR Grandma Kathy Tea cosy CREATIONS IN THE COMMENTS BELOW or with the #THEGRANDMACOLLECTION #AYARNYROBIN ON SOCIAL MEDIA…I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THEM!

THE Grandma Kathy Tea Cosy IS part of the Grandma Collection ©2018 designed by Nicola Florence @ayarnyrobin  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brand New Crochet Tea Cosy Pattern Release Coming This Friday…

   There is a brand new tea cosy on the kitchen counter.  Another brand new addition to the tea cosy series that is called the Grandma Collection and this one’s called ‘Kathy’. 

The free pattern and tutorial will be available here on Friday.

Would you like a sneak peek?…

crochet tea cosy - The Grandma Collection

This photo was snapped last week, but it shows you some  glorious gold granny stitches. 

I can’t wait to share it with you all this Friday.

 

xxxxx

#yarnlovechallenge days 17 -20

#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 17 – 20.

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Day 17 : Ink…No tatts to show, but I do have a yarny shopping list!

Day 18: Art…Well it had to be this ‘Flower Fiesta’ wall art that I hooked a while ago now…the link to the post is here and the little leaf pattern (which is free of course) is just here

Day 19: Notebook…I have notebooks in every room of the house, except the bathroom.  I even have one in my car because you never know when the creative lightening bolt may strike. 

Day 20: Swatch…I’m not a fan of swatching…at all!  But I did do a little one for my charming harbour blanket, because I don’t usually hook with navy and I wasn’t sure if I could commit to a big project without swatching first.

It’s still not too late to join in the fun, each day in February has a prompt, as long as there is a tenuous link to yarniness in some way your good to go!

xxxx

 

#yarnlovechallenge days 13 -16

#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 13- 16.

#yarnlovechallenge feb 2018

 

Day 13 : Publication…This book was published by Readers Digest in 1981.  It’s the best stitch dictionary I have ever used and I have a few! Timeless.

Day 14: Yarn Love…a heart for Valentines Day.  I love all yarn…it’s that simple ♥

Day 15: Cheer…This is the ‘Very V’ blanket…rows and rows of beautiful V stitch.  This blanket was a joy to hook and never fails to cheer.  The free pattern and tutorial are available just here.

Day 16: Join…how about a lovely double crochet (single crochet if you use American terminology) join, to give you a gorgeous raised frame around a granny square.  Tutorial just here.

We are now over half way through this challenge but it’s not too late to join in the fun, just jump over here.  Each day in February has a prompt, as long as there is a tenuous link to yarniness in some way your good to go!

xxxx

 

Hooking and Healing…

If you read my last #yarnlovechallenge post, you may have gathered that I’m a bit laid up… but every cloud has a silver lining and my enforced rest has meant lots of crochet.  

broken foot and crochet
guilt free resting!

and a spot of jigsaw (ing!!),

but mostly crochet and cuddles with my buddy.

scnoodle dog
Jess, my crochet buddy… 

I have really made some headway on my Charming Harbour blanket .  I hadn’t picked it up for a while and I was just beginning to feel burdened about the possibility of it becoming a long standing PHD. I am so glad to have pulled it back out as I have found the simplicity of hooking this blanket most pleasing lately. 

broken foot and stuff to do

#seasidestashbustingblanket CAL

Additionally, I have been thrilled to be taking part in a CAL hosted by Coastal Crochet.  I found the CAL a little late in week 2, but I soon had the rows completed, thanks to my prescribed idleness. I have kept up to date ever since too.  We are now in week 5 and this stash busting blanket is growing into a mighty fine array of mixed stitches, with beautiful waves of long stitch abounding currently.  

#seasidestashbustingblanket

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#seasidestashbustingblanket
mixed stitches…

I have still to make a start on the Granny Square CAL details of which are just here, but I still have another week until my stitches come out so I’ve got time.

Enjoy the rest of your week whatever you have planned.

xxxxx

 

#yarnlovechallenge days 9 -12

#yarnlovechallenge... if you’re not following this on Instagram…here are my days 9 – 12.

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Day 9 : View…I’m getting tired of this view now…I’m loving the extra hook time, but would like to loose a few stitches (surgical ones that is!)

Day 10: Novelty…If you are new here and you have not been introduced, then this is the quirky Grandma Florence Tea Cosy.  A mesh of crochet woven with ribbon for a very novel way to dress your teapot.  The free pattern and tutorial are just here.

Day 11: Smell… These alpacas smell like popcorn and of course their yarn is divine.  Taking them for a walk is also pretty cool too.  You can read about such adventures just here.

Day 12: Worn…I generally gift most of what I make…but, I kept this lacy infinity cowl for myself. Details of this gorgeous pattern are just here.

It’s not too late to join in the fun, each day in February has a prompt, as long as there is a tenuous link to yarniness in some way your good to go!

xxxx