Cotton Wool Balls

  1. Into a Magic Circle, 1ch, 6sc, sl st in 1st sc to join.
  2. 2sc in each sc, around. (12 sts)
  3. 1sc, inc in each sc, around. (18 sts)
  4. Sc around.
  5. Sc around.
  6. Sc around.
  7. Sc around.
  8. 1sc, dec, around. (12 sts)
  9. Stuff ball with pure wool.
  10. sc2tog, around. (6 sts)
  11. Break yarn, thread through remaining sts, pull tight, fasten securely

Repeat 200 times.

That was the main part of a project me and Chris were working on, the idea being to make our own pillows as neither of us wanted to be poisoned by formaldehyde from the polyester pillows we had been sleeping on. (note: we do not vouch for the validity of the article, just something else to consider in the sick polluted world in which we live.)

We could have bought feather pillows, but as we had the ability to make our own, we did.

And failed.

It just did not turn out as comfortable as we wished and so the pillowcases that Chris knitted so exquisitely in Jumbo Cotton White,Β  from Yarn Paradise were frogged, and no, that is NOT an affiliate link, but clicking it may well force you to purchase unknown quantities of yarn πŸ˜‰

As for the 200 Cotton Wool Balls…

I’m sure that one day, when I’ve recovered, I’ll think of something to do with them!

 

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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, Β 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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

New Hooks and Butterflies!

After struggling with generic crochet hooks for months I decided I’d had enough and would buy some new ones. As my KnitPro knitty sticks and circs have been so good, I bought a couple of their crochet hooks.


They crochet like a dream, no more fighting with splitty yarn, they just glide through the stitches. The handle is nice and soft, and they’re small enough to fit in my hand, perfect.

And now to new butterflies, I’ve completely rewritten the Butterfly Cluster Square in three colours instead of two, it is a bit more fiddly to crochet, but I think it’s worth it. Here’s the before and after pics…

With the new design it’s much easier to join squares together to make a blankie or shawl or…whatever you desire πŸ™‚

I’ve also finished another three of my free patterns, Laura’s Motif, Faith’s Motif and Juliet’s Motif.

I shall now take a well earned break before doing any more work…I’ve got a wall that needs painting…cobwebs to hoover…cakes to bake…cat to fuss…