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My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet. This podcast is sponsored by my online crafting company, Provenance Craft Co.
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OLD DOG NEW TRICKS
For a while now, I have been thinking about how I can stop printing off patterns. I finally got my hands on a third hand iPad and that meant that I could download Knitpro, an app which allows you to upload pattern PDFs to work from.
Knitcompanion is available for ios and andriod and it helps you to track where you are in your pattern within the free version. For just under £20 a month, you can upgrade to the next version which allows you to scribble on the PDF and add notes too.
I'll keep on using the app so that I can give a more feedback in the future, but for now, I see no reason why I would ever print another pattern off at home.
Knitcompanion can be dowloaded direct from their website.
My Cloud Crop Top by Colleen Webster of Evolve Crochet is finished! I’m crocheted it with WoollyKnit British Wool in shade Cinnamon Brown. It’s made up of two panels for the front and back and then two smaller panels for the sleeves. My version had a few modifications because I wanted to use a light 4ply yarn held double to get a different fabric. I followed the numbers for a 5XL because of my yarn choice, where are I would have been a M/L had a stuck to the yarn choice in the pattern.
I also wanted to knit the rib around the collar, and cuffs and to add some ribbing at the waist.
I used almost every last bit of a 500g cone of wool and it is a toasty warm jumper. It is available from an XS to a 5XL and I have linked to Lovecrafts and Etsy for the pattern.
Almost every year (I didn’t do it in 2020 because 2020 was meh!) I chose a word of the year which gives me a North star to keep coming back to and help me navigate through the year. In 2021 my word was WORTH and this year it is INTENTIONAL.
I like to embroider the word onto a large project bag to remind myself of each word I have chosen and am slowly building up a scrabble board of word of the year. It’s just a simply made bag from unbleached linen and I trace around a Scrabble tile to get the right size for each letter I need to add. The detail is added with two colours of linen thread using back stitch.
I also learned how to crochet stars using 28 gauge (about 0.4mm) copper wire. The first one was a bit sacrificial but as soon as I came down to a 2mm hook, it all started to come together. The copper wire is quite malleable, so you can refine is quite a bit with your fingers when you have finished the pattern.
I used a simple two round snowflake pattern and each snowflake used about 2.5m of wire. Due to computer issues at the end of December, I now can’t find the pattern that I had used and book marked – sorry.
This next project is both a finished object and a work in progress because I am waiting to steal the extra yarn I need from a friend – luckily she has two spare balls of it.
Our dining chairs are quite low and Matthew was complaining that they were hurting his knees. Initially, I was going to buy some foam, sew on tabs and crochet around the foam. Then, I found seat pads in IKEA with the Velcro tabs on for just £4 each.
I promptly hacked at them with scissors to create the shape of the chair seat and using a chunky wool and 8mm hook and Herringbone Half treble crochet, I have crocheted a seat pad cover that goes perfectly in out kitchen.
It fits over the pad, which means I can remove it and wash it occasionally. No pattern I am afraid, but I do describe the simple process in the podcast. The wool is from deep stash and was an Erika Knight wool for John Lewis that is no longer available.
I have been meaning to make a pair of Segue Socks by Deanne at Addydae Designs for ages, so last night I took to my stash to find 200g of a suitable wool. I’m using 100% wool 360m per 100g that was given to me by my friend Stasia from Troitsk Yarn in Russia.
I needed more than 100g yarn for these socks because I didn’t want to do contrast toes, heals and cuffs and the pattern suggests that I will need over 100g to make them.
There are many pairs of knitted socks in my drawers, but if I want my feet to be really warm in wellies then 100% non-superwash crocheted socks are the way forward.
FEEDING THE HABIT
My friend Charlie went on a trip to Norway at the back and of the year and kindly brought me back some Norwegian wool. It’s from a company called Hillesvag Ullvarefabrikk, Varde is the type in shades Rodgul and Rodbrun. It has 200m per 100g and is very woolly with a lovely plump twist.
Continuing with the Norwegian yarn theme, I also bought some yarn from lovely Gilly at Fjord Fibres in Bergen, Norway. Her yarn is a firm favourite in this house, and often the socks that we both look for in our sock drawers. My only pair of socks in this yarn is now so threadbare that emergency repairs are required!
All of the yarn is Trollfjord Sock yarn which is 80% Norwegian wool and 20% polyester. The shades are Moroccan Tagine, Night Storm and Desert Oasis.
I also couldn’t resist Gilly’s bundle of 6 x 50g undyed yarn (natural, white/grey marled, white/brown marled, light grey, heathered warm grey and medium grey).
QUICK NEWS BEATS
1 - The next Global Hook Up is on Saturday 22nd January at 8pm (GMT) and Sunday 23rd January at 9am (GMT). Go to www.zoom.us and use code 475 047 5819 and passcode WOOL.
That is it from me. I will be back on the 4th of Febuary.
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My name is Fay and this is my audio and video podcast for those that love fibre crafts, particularly crochet. It’s a community for people that like to support their fellow humans regardless of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size or age. I hope you feel the welcome embrace and love of the Crochet Clan.
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