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 🙂


Nova Rusticana Purse

I decided to update the pattern for the Rustic Coin Purse design, except the update turned into a complete re-design! I’ve kept the listing for the old design, but renamed the new one to avoid confusion.

Chris can take the credit for the new name, he was knitting with neon acrylic yarn at the time, I think it affected his brain, certainly affected my eyesight and I only glanced at it! But I digress, here is the new design, Nova Rusticana Purse, enjoy 🙂

American Crochet Terms used throughout.

DK weight yarn in 3 colours, approximately 50m/54 yards of each colour
3.5mm hook

Finished Size:
Approximately 5″/12cm wide by 4.5″/11cm tall.

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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?!

Purple Bliss

Debbie Bliss cotton dk
Debbie Bliss cotton dk

Another of my eBay bargain purchases, I was on my way to bed, paused to have a peek on eBay and saw this yarn. Convinced the bidding would go far beyond what I was prepared to pay, I left a measly bid and went to bed. I was so surprised when I found out I’d won, the price, including postage, was less than you pay for one ball, epic bargain!!


Guinevere’s Lace Cable

No particular inspiration for this design, just my continuing obsession with cables!

Guinevere's Lace Cable
Guinevere’s Lace Cable

Guinevere’s Lace Cable

k – knit
p – purl
st/sts – stitch/stitches
yo – yarn over
cn – cable needle
sl – slip
psso – pass slipped stitch over
k2tog – knit 2 sts together

Cast on 25 stitches.

Row 1: P6, *k1, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo* repeat from * to * 3 times, k1, p6.

Row 2: K6, p13, k6.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 seven more times.

Row 17: P6, sl next 5sts onto a cn and hold at front, slip next 3sts onto another cn and hold at back, work (k1, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1) over next 5sts on left needle, work (yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo) over 3sts on back cn, work (k1, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo) over 5sts on front cn, p6.

Row 18: Repeat Row 2.

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 five times.

Row 29: Repeat Row 17.

Row 30: Repeat Row 2

Repeat Rows 1 & 2 twice.

These 34 rows form the pattern.

© Shana Rae 2016

Organza Yarn

Sometimes yarn is delivered vacuum packed with all the life sucked out of it, sometimes it’s delivered squished into a plastic bag…but sometimes you get a special treat. This is how my yarn has just arrived from the Wool Warehouse, in a pretty organza bag with ribbons, WOW!!

organza yarn

The yarn is Lily Sugar’n Cream, a massive 400g cone, in sage, obviously 100% cotton and Aran weight, that should keep me crocheting for a while!