The Long Slow Process of Updating Patterns

I’ve been putting off a thorough re-design of my patterns for some time, I put new covers on a while ago, but I knew more was needed. A lot of patterns have way too many pages, so I’ve opted for a 2-column design, the free patterns no longer have a cover so the pattern starts immediately. The patterns for sale now start with a picture and materials required on the first, the actual pattern starting on the second page. Some patterns have gone down from 9 pages to 4, oh my goodness, serious bloat!!

Here’s a gallery of the front covers so far…hopefully it shouldn’t take much longer, as I’m in the middle of a personal project that I can’t wait to share, and I’ve got an ever increasing list of ideas, including something to do with bat wings!!


Only 150 days until . . .

Chris started it, I wasn’t even thinking about…erm…*whispers* Christmas,  he decided he’d like to knit a scarf, I nonchalantly suggested he might knit one for Mater & Pater, well two obviously, but I meant one each. Before I knew what was happening, Chris had chosen the yarn he’d like to use, I’d ordered it, the yarn arrived and he set forth with gusto!

In the meantime I wondered what delights I could make, and decided to crochet some bath puffs, well actually shower puffs as Mater & Pater don’t have a bath, weird I know, but like us, they are, weird I mean 🙂

So I turned to my favourite puff pattern, Bath Puff & Back Scrubber by Priscilla Hewitt, I’ve never bothered doing my own pattern as there are so many already available, in my opinion, this design in quick and easy, perfect. Now all I had to do was choose my yarn, in the end I couldn’t decided on a colour, so I made two puffs each for Mater & Pater in the wonderful Sugar n Cream Ombres.

And here are the finished puffs…

Many thanks to Chris for doing the lettering for the colourways of the yarn, and talking of Bloke, will he be sharing pics of his scarves? You’ll have to wait and see 🙂

Another Serving of Raspberry Ripple!

I first released the pattern for the Raspberry Ripple bag in 2013, it’s one of my favourites, but I didn’t do it full justice at the time because I used *whispers* acrylic yarn...I wasn’t too impressed with the original pic either, so a new one was taken in 2016…

Raspberry Ripple Bag circa 2013

Well there is now a new improved version I’m much happier with, the pattern didn’t need any alteration, but I tweaked a few things, like crocheting in the round rather than joining rows. And here is the new cotton version…

Raspberry Ripple Bag 2017

Cotton is so much nicer don’t you think?!

Allergic to cotton??

I’ve been working on a new design for a blankie, I knew it would require an awful lot of yarn, so I had to find some cotton at the best possible price. On previous searches I’d looked at Ice Yarns (Yarn Paradise), but they’re based in Turkey and after a rather bad experience ordering yarn from Bulgaria which took nearly a month to arrive, I wasn’t too keen to order from Turkey. But the price was too good not to give it a try, and to my surprise, the yarn arrived the day after I’d ordered, seriously!!

The yarn I’d chosen was their Baby Cotton, 100% Giza Cotton in a gorgeous shade of yellow. Obviously I was keen to get started, but after a few hours my contact dermatitis kicked in, then my allergic reaction got progressively worse. I felt like I had really bad flu, and my temperature was going through the roof, coupled with dripping wet hot sweats, I had to stop.

I checked the labels of the yarn, it was definitely cotton. So I took a break, and tried again the next day. Same reaction occurred, now I was seriously worried, surely I hadn’t developed an allergy to cotton? I’ve mentioned in other posts that due to my allergies, I can only use cotton, now it looked like even that was causing problems. I was mortified. Then I took a close look at my new KnitPro hooks, could they be the problem, was there nickel in them?

Deciding it was cheaper to get a new hook than new yarn, I order a KnitPro Symfonie wooden hook, it arrived this morning. After several days unable to crochet, I immediately set to work…within thirty minutes the allergic reaction kicked in. In desperation I did a Google search to see if anyone had mentioned any problems with Ice Yarns Baby Cotton, nothing, so I checked their website to make sure the yarn was listed as cotton, and there at the bottom of the listing it said the yarn wasn’t just cotton but it was antibacterial cotton…that was the reason for my allergic reaction. I knew this because I’ve had problems in the past with anti-bacterial products, such as washing-up liquid. I was furious. I’d actually bought the cotton from the Ice Yarns eBay shop, no mention on there of antibacterial, if it had said the cotton was antibacterial, I wouldn’t have purchased it.

Just to make sure, I tried some Rico cotton, absolutely no problem, even using the metal hook.

I’ve contacted Ice Yarns regarding the problem, I’m still waiting for their reply, I shall update this post when I hear something.

Meanwhile I’m waiting for the allergy to settle down, then I shall resume crocheting, as for the blankie, my heart isn’t in it right now, it will be filed until another day *sigh*.


Update 10th July 2017: Just received an email from Ice Yarns, they said I can return the yarn, at my own expense, and they will replace it with another yarn. That is not going to happen, the cost of returning it to Turkey will be more than I paid for the yarn. Lesson learned, double check listings, don’t order from Turkey.

To Do’s & Thank You’s

First of all I would like to say an epic thank you to Kim Guzman for featuring my Henrietta’s Motif on her website, Make It Crochet. And an equally big thank you to the thousands of hookers crocheters who’ve downloaded the pattern, and those who just started following our ‘umble craft blog 🙂

Now to ‘To Do’s’, as mentioned in previous posts, I’m in the middle of reworking some of my older designs, Henrietta’s Motif was in the process of being done when it suddenly hit dizzying heights of popularity. So if you downloaded the earlier version, you might wish to try the new improved one instead. Along with Henrietta’s Motif, I also updated Kira’s Motif, and decided to keep the names the same. I’ve a few more Motifs to do, then a few other designs, and by popular request, I need to work out a way to join Henrietta’s Motif as part of the pattern.

As if that wasn’t enough to keep me out of trouble for a while, I’ve still got some knitting to work on, and thanks to Kim Guzman’s book on Tunisian Crochet, I’d like to finesse my techniques a little further.

Once my new yarn arrives, I shall be crocheting like a woman possessed…well if I can stop watching the French Open for long enough!

More motif changes!

Slowly, very slowly, (weather gets hotter…I get slower) I’m working on some more reworking of motifs. The main problem is renaming, both me and Chris are getting old, grey cells a bit faded, and brainstorming new names is a wee bit tougher than it used to be!!

When I’d finished re-crocheting ‘Dixie’s Motif’, I could not think of a name, after several days of ‘umming and arring’, Chris made the decision for me. “A Round Tuit” he said, almost gleefully, I snorted derisively, then when he explained that I will eventually get around to naming it, it made sense. And so it is!

Dixie’s Motif is now A Round Tuit

Emma’s Motif is now Orangery

Gracie’s Motif is now Hexaflora