Operation Yarny H.U.G begins…

A little later than I had anticipated, but operation Yarny H.U.G has begun. 

H.U.G being a ‘Happy Unexpected Gift… a yarny one of course!

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hooking happy…

Whilst I was enjoying the short daily posts throughout February as part of #yarnlovechallenge I set to work with my hook and some scraps of yarn and made these beautiful may roses by Lucy @Attic24.

may roses in the making...
may roses in the making…

With the addition of a hanging loop and a clip, I soon had a little tree full…

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Jess approved of course…

I also have a small shoe box full of half completed ones too. 

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With the cute little cards attached I am ready to leave them all over, just waiting, ready to be found…A Happy Unexpected Gift; a great big yarny HUG.

Why not join me in spreading a bit of yarny love.  To get involved just leave me a message. 

Take it, embrace it, be a part of it!

xxxxx

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Chain Reaction Necklace Scarf…

Here is a quick pattern for a necklace scarf.

A simple but stunning item that you can make if you are new to crochet, or have an odd 50g ball of chunky yarn that your not sure what to do with, or if you need to hand make a present emergency style!

Yep, this beauty takes about an hour to make at most and the pattern (if you can call it that!) is just below. 

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You will need  50g of chunky yarn and a large hook. I used

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So you have probably guessed it….begin making chains and don’t stop until  you have about 50cms of yarn  left. 

Randomly tie the first part of a bow to form a loose knot in your chains at random sections down its length.

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Chain reaction necklace scarf

 

Now join with a slip stitch into the very first chain to make an enormous loop. 

It may be a good idea to secure the stitch with a stitch marker or safety pin so that your chains do not unravel during the next part.

Now find something to put your enormous loop of chains around… I used the stair post at the bottom of the stairs. 

Start to make the loop smaller by crossing over the chains and hooking back over the post…or whatever you are using.  Repeat the process until you have a handful of loops; that  when placed around your neck fall just at the top of your tummy. 

Next, you need to secure your loops together.  To do this

remove the stitch marker / safety pin and reinsert your hook.

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Pull the loop onto your hook to make the yarn looser.  Now complete a giant double crochet (single crochet – American terms)… to do this take your hook under the handful of looped chains, yarn round hook and pull through, yarn round hook and pull through 2 loops on hook.  Repeat x 9 more times.  Fasten off and weave in any loose ends. 

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Told you it hooked up quick!

xxxxx

 

Library…

Day 21 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and it’s still not too late join in. 

The theme for today is ‘library!’.

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This isn’t my library… but probably the world’s smallest library ever, in a phone box!

You can read all about my visit here. 

I made these cute little flower bookmarks and left them as a present.

xxxxx

Progress…

Day 12 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and it’s still not too late join in. 

The theme for today is ‘progress’. So here’s mine, progress that is!

A baby blanket...
A baby blanket…that is growing just like the bump… (not my bump!!!!!)

xxxxx

 

 

I’ve Caught the Virus

The Virus Shawl bug, that is. 

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top secret hooking! that can now be revealed…

The yarn is Scheepjes Invicta Colour – 972, a 4 ply fingering weight yarn that is 75% wool and 25% polyamide.  The colour way is just gorgeous and the yarn was easy to hook with.  Occasionally the length of yarn withered  thin, but remained usable nonetheless.

a perfect size shawl to snuggle with...
a perfect size shawl to snuggle with…

I adored the long colour repeats from turquoise blue into chocolate brown and sage green and couldn’t help get excited each time the colour change slipped over my hook…I don’t think I will ever get bored with the delight a colour changing yarn gives.

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A perfect Christmas present for my Mom…

The eyelets that form in sequenced linear fashion amazed me.  I couldn’t quite believe that a few trebles could create such a beautiful drape and fabric.  They reminded me so much of a peacocks tail feather that I had to name this virus shawl The Chocolate Peacock!

wp_20161224_14_47_44_prowp_20161224_14_48_53_proAll in all a beautiful hook up made all the more simple by following a youtube tutorial of which there are several, I really liked this one though

This pattern is all over the internet, I used this one on Ravelry as a free download. 

As for the yarn would I use it again…

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 yes, to make another virus shawl of course, but this time in beautiful sunset shades (colourway 959). 

I may possibly have developed a shawl addiction.

xxxxx

A yarny HUG in 2017

A yarny HUG or Happy Unexpected Gift. 

A new project launched here at the nest which will run over the course of 2017.  Aiming to distribute love, joy and hope at random through yarny little gifts.

 

I will post more about this over the coming weeks.

There will be the chance to join me if you wish,

Take it, embrace it and be a part of it!

xxxxx

 

A little something…a long time in the making!

Do you remember a little while back, in the summer I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous hank of yarn courtesy of Joey of littleblackdogsa all the way from South Africa…WP_20160519_19_02_05_ProWell, this yarn is a dream to hook with and let me tell you I have hooked with it! 

I have hooked and frogged and hooked and frogged, because I wanted this little hank of yumminess to become something special.

WP_20160519_19_01_06_ProYou see this little hank has travelled some miles, all the way from South Africa to the Midlands of England.  Then it wasn’t long before it was travelling again, this time back south to Devonshire. Where it was hooked almost everywhere

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poolside… 

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seaside…

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and even at the farm.  But, I just didn’t feel the pattern I had chosen was special enough for this beautiful yarn.

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The yarn as you can see is a 4 ply cotton organic yarn, which slipped over my hook effortlessly.  Its twist meant that it did not split once during all of its hooking and frogging and it also maintained its tension throughout.  But, the best thing about this yarn from One of a Kind Yarns is the amazing and unique  colourway throughout.  My heart swelled each time the delicate colour  blended into the next gentle tone, non so much as when the lemon hues began to merge with the deep lavender…mmm it is still making me smile now! 

Anyway, let me show you what I finally made…

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 A little something just for me. 

Thanks to Joey.

xxxxx

‘Very V’…a very happy blanket.

This is my latest finish.

WP_20160811_20_01_00_Pro I’ve called it the ‘Very V’ blanket, as it uses the very beautiful and very simple ‘v’ stitch throughout. 

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The yarn is stylecraft special dk and the colourway…

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It reminds me very much of the Happy Ripple blanket I hooked a few years ago. 

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This blanket was a thank you gift for someone that has helped me enormously this year and each stitch, like the Happy Ripple before was hooked with love and prayer. 

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It makes my heart sing when I am able to gift something like this and know that it is appreciated. 

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I received a card in the post just this week from the owner of the Happy Ripple telling me of the enormous comfort the blanket has brought to both her and her family in the midst of heartbreak recently…

and that…

well that just blows me away.

xxxxx

 

And the yarny winner is…

I love this bit…announcing the winner of my yarny competition.  Last year Mr R drew names from a wooly hat in traditional old skool style

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This year however, I have allocated all entrants a random number and then got all high tech and used  Random.org to select a winner.  A massive thank you to all of you who entered, I wish I could let you all win, but alas that is not possible.

So with out any further ado the winner of this hank of gorgeous baby alpaca yarn…

glorious alpaca yarn
glorious alpaca yarn

is Denise over at Nerdish Delights.  Huge yarny congratulations to you Denise, I will email you now to arrange delivery of this yumminess.

xxxxx