As if having one large blanket on the go isn’t enough! I have accidentally, well…ok…I spent 2 hours rummaging through my yarn stash, so not accidentally at all…but I couldn’t help but chain the starting chain for this mystery CAL, which is being hosted by the talented Eleonora over at Coastal Crochet.
In my defence I am using only stash and there are only 4 sweet rows of the pattern being released each week…so that’s doable isn’t it?
I was a little late to the hook up, starting in week 2, but I am fully caught up and I can’t wait for week 3. The bobbles were fun to hook and I am pleased with the mustard (gold) against the raspberry. The yarn is stylecraft special dk and I’m planning on using these colours.
In addition to these colours I will also be using Graphite (charcoal grey) and Gold and possibly candyfloss pink…I am still undecided about the candyfloss…mmm…we’ll see…What do you think?
I am slightly disgruntled that I have not been able to find my yarn pegs for these missing colours in the picture, but I am unable to look properly because of this…
Yes, It’s all done and it wasn’t very pleasant and I still feel queasy, and I am not a good patient (it must be the nurse in me!) but I am grateful to be this side of it.
I have always wanted to complete a CAL like this but have always been a bit cautious about being able to follow the pattern instructions, but Eleonora’s instructions are written very clearly and she has also made a video tutorial to help out if needed, so I think it will all be gucci.
The blanket is going to be a fair old size when it’s finished in the Autumn. You can checkout other blanketeers in this CAL by using the #seasidestashbustingblanket or #coastalcrochetcal.
I just wanted to bob in and out quickly to let you know I did it…I got the hat done and this time it fits!
What do you think?
I am really pleased with it!
I used Stylecraft Special Chunky in Midnight and King Cole Tonal Chunky in Misty Teal this time and this seems to have made all the difference in terms of size and stretch. It still needs to stretch a bit…it is an only just fit, but I am hoping it will stretch a little more as it gets worn. The hats I have made previously have always stretched a bit when worn.
If you are interested in the pattern details the links to such can be found in this post. I modified the brim slightly by adding a row of double crochet to the bottom of the brim once I had taken it off the loom. I found the edge curled outwards otherwise and didn’t lie flat. I think this may have something to do with my cast on technique and being a novice loom knitter!
So there it is… just in time for Christmas!
I would recommend this pattern if you are still outstanding a hand made gift for Christmas…4 hours and I had this knocked out, so there is still time!
Talking of which if you do celebrate this festive season then I wish you a peaceful and very happy Christmas. If you are not celebrating then I wish you a happy and crafty weekend. I will try and pop by before the new year, I’m sure I will feel the need to escape the madness at some point.
After a slow start I am finally making steady progress on my Charming Harbour blanket.
I have found myself flitting from one project to the next lately, but I am getting at least a couple of rows hooked each evening now; which is reassuringly comforting as the pattern is so familiar.
I am enjoying the simplicity of the colourway also. A trio of sober colours, which formally stand to attention and which make this blanket so wonderfully handsome and so beautifully striking.
The yarn has also proven to be a joy to hook with. The yarn is from the Women’s Institute…you can read my review of it just here.
I am totally thrilled with this blanket’s reversibility which was entirely serendipitous. The right side is darker
and the back (I can’t call it the wrong side…because it is not wrong at all!) is lighter altogether.
I have not been disciplined in weaving in the ends as I go, so I must make more effort else I will have a mammoth task at the end!
Yes, this Charming Harbour blanket is just that…
So, what can I tell you about this yarn?
It’s perfectly plump!
For a dk weight the yarn strand is divinely round, but all in a good way. I’m hooking my Charming Harbour blanket in this yarn and let me tell you that it is hooking up into a seriously squishy comforter indeed.
The yarn slides well over my hook, it feels cozy and comfortable on my skin and has not split or frayed one little bit.
It’s 100% premium acrylic so is affordable, washable and dryable and very easy to care for. The ball band tells me there is 250m in yarn length for a 100g ball and is exclusive to Hobbycraft.
A minimum of 3p from each ball sold is donated to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes.
The Women’s Institute is the largest women’s organisation in the UK and champions all sorts of campaigns such as gender pay gap to midwifery shortages, climate change and food waste.
On the down side the colour range is basic to say the least, which didn’t matter in the slightest for my Charming Harbour Blanket, which is looking very dapper in a trio tone.
This could be a limitation for my more usual hook ups which consistently involve numerous colours…however, all in all I’m smiling with this yarn.
THIS POST IS NOT AFILIATED.
Things are still very tough here at the nest, but we are hanging in. Mr R is now out of hospital and we have nurses attending at home. We are healing slowly, but have a long road ahead of us.
I am finding I can crochet again for short periods of time, it is as much as my mind can focus on and I am enjoying the little bit of creativity my hook is giving me.
I have started a new project …yes, I know another one!
But, it is quirky and fun and I have enjoyed the creative process of designing it. I will share more as I progress.
I really wanted to drop in and give a BIG shout out and thank you to Ginny over at mytimestitching who sent me this gorgeous sock yarn, which I won in a competition she ran on her lovely blog.
I received this yarn a while back now along with a lovely shawl pattern. I am not sure what I will hook yet, but for now it is enough to keep squishing it!
I also received a belated birthday present a few weeks back too, this stunning yarn bowl, handmade by Sarah Whyte Ceramics
Ginny’s yarn fits in just perfectly.
This is my Mellow Sunday Shawl by Alia Bland.
I want to start by telling you how amazing this is to hook, how simple, yet stunningly beautiful.
I want to tell you how deliciously soft scheepjes merino is and how it creates such a gorgeous stitch definition.
I want to shout with joy at just how happy I am with these amazing mellow colours; but that will all become obvious when you see the pictures!
I started with this serene grey
This was a therapeutic hook, the subtle tone of the yarn, and the ease of the pattern made for a quick hook up of the main body. I really enjoyed that each stitch was made in between the stitches of the previous row and not in the top of the stitches as is usual.
My heart was skipping towards the next colour though. A teal; and one of my favourite colours of all time.
Next a perfect pink…
This yarn is a dream, it is a dk weight, but it has a satisfying plumpness to it, making it pleasantly squashy! This pale pink was followed by an equally gorgeous spring green.
The quick colour changes make this pattern good for the soul…you know how I love colour.
This mustard colour makes me very, very happy, but then so does this sky blue…
And so this enjoyable colour changing border continued…
Until my heart near burst as the pattern instructed me to hook scallops and I politely introduced this even paler pink.
Just as I was getting a little too giddy with these colours, the pattern rescued me with a tad more grey; sobering me and gently grounding me.
I had a dilemma deciding on which colour to finish this charming shawl with…
in the end it had to be the mellow mustard (Van Gough 641).
I have a lot of love for this shawl and this yarn, so excuse my indulgence in a few more photo’s.
Details of the pattern and yarn, which I highly recommend can be found by clicking on the links at the top of this post, but just in case you can’t be bothered they are just here to.
Just as a footnote: this review contains my genuine opinions on this pattern and this yarn, for which I am not being paid.
Kandinsky 625 50g
Degas 632 50g
Van Gough 641 50g
Titian 647 50g
MagrittE 614 50G
Ansingh 643 50G
Lowry 604 250G
purchased from Woolwarehouse
Pattern: The Sunday Shawl by Alia Bland.
Day 26 of
and we are almost at the end now.
The theme for today is ‘newest stash’.
This is luscious Scheepjes Merino Soft that was delivered just the other day by the fabulous folk over at Woolwarehouse. They have always given a prompt and excellent service and have a fabulous range of yarns.
This lovely collection of yarn is soon to be hooked up into the even lovlier Sunday Shawl.