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Jumper progress

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 15th June 2015 Progress on the jumper moved quickly, and the front and back were soon ready to be joined. I learned a new stitch from YouTube, which allowed me to join the two panels in the way I wanted. By a pure stroke a luck, a seamstress friend offered me …

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Start of the rainbow jumper

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 1st June 2015 “Why don’t you make a jumper?” the kids said. And I thought, there’s an idea… I decided on a simple design – nothing fancy for a first go – with the front and back panels being shorter versions of the small blanket, just made with single-crochet stitch rather …

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Hats and scarves

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 25th May 2015 With the first scarf having vanished into the clutches of my children (though not before I got a photograph of it), I started work on a hat to go with it. I’m a fan of hats that cover the ears, so that’s what I made – again leaving …

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Single crochet stitch

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 11th May 2015 The blankets had all been made using a double-crochet stitch, which was perfect for large pieces, and would work well for a proper shawl once I came to make one, but I didn’t feel it would be best for the hats and scarves that sat next on my …

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New Yarn

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 4th May 2015 The arrival of a new yarn order in this house triggers the ceremonial Unwrapping and Arranging Along the Back of the Sofa. The subsequent Admiring can go on for days. So when our HUGE order arrived, much was made of stacking all the skeins in the right order …

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Mini rainbow blanket

by Leigh Forbes Monday, 13th April 2015 I’d caught the bug for multi-coloured crochet, and the next thing to appear was a mini rainbow-blanket, which spent the last months of winter on our sofa, being extremely handy for covering shoulders, laps, and feet whenever it was needed, which was often (we don’t have central heating). …

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End of the Rainbow

After three weeks, and with a huge cheer from the kids, I finally reached the end of the rainbow blanket! And, having a bit of a head for numbers, I couldn’t help working out a few stats: like how many stitches I’d done (21,000); how much it weighed (1.8kg); and how much yarn it had …

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Start of the Rainbow

Back in the world of finger-crochet, I still determined to get the tension right. I realised my problem lay in always allowing the yarn to tighten as I went along. I obviously had some kind of fear of it getting too loose (perhaps some deep memory of my previous “floppiness” issues). Bored with experimenting, I …

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Charcoal blanket

Having decided on a more colourful theme, I ordered a load of charcoal-coloured wool, which confused the kids completely! But my initial vision called for a charcoal-coloured blanket, threaded with rainbow-colour strands. I made good progress, improving my general technique as I went, and I felt I’d got the idea of coloured threads spot on. …

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“Shawl” sample

Having realised the potential of finger crochet, I began work on a shawl… only – as I still couldn’t get the tension right – it turned into more of a mini blanket (see picture). Despite the shrinkage, I felt I could be pleased with the technique I was using, and the general appearance. Again I …

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Finger Crochet

So, not long after learning to crochet during a New-Year visit to my sister, and struggling to work my new crochet skills on my own yarn, I realised I was never going to get the tension right with a hook. And besides, the hook my sister had given me was a no.5, and my favoured …

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Learning to crochet

I’ve always loved crochet, and have long wanted to learn how to do it – so when my sister proudly showed off her novice (but accomplished) Christmas-decorations at New Year, I badgered her into showing me how to do it. So, while half-watching Esio Trot (I’ve always loved Dustin Hoffman too), I experimented with my …

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Meanwhile… Baubles

Today, I’m featuring these baubles, which I think are so lovely I’m inspired to learn how to crochet! (Just as soon as I have time…) The pattern for these can be bought as a download for £2.60 from Planet Penny’s Etsy shop – along with many lovely lovely things, including the yarn used to make …

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