Charity Face Cloths

charity-face-washers

This year my department at work is collecting for the Share The Dignity “Its In The Bag” campaign. The idea is to get an old handbag (or purchase one from a charity shop) and fill the bag with items that a woman in crisis accommodation or who is homeless might need. I crocheted these facecloths to go inside the different bags. Someone else donated cakes of soap so together they will put in a few of the bags. These took me no time at all to whip up, crochet in front of the tv. I like that I can use my crochet skills (even if they are just basic) to give a little happiness to someone in need. I think this is a wonderful campaign and I’m honoured to be able to contribute to it in a small way.

Cassiy

Pamuke Blanket Finished

The good news is that my Pamuke Blanket is finished and all wrapped up to give to my trainer next month.

Pamuke Finished

The finished blanket measures approximately 62″ x 67″ The main part of the blanket is made is a granny stripe. I just keep doing row after row until I used 5 balls of each colour. For the border I did 3 rows of regular trebles and a final row of crab stitch to finish it off. I really liked the crab stitch edge. It gave a little bit of texture and difference to the blanket but still kept it very simple looking.

This is the largest blanket I’ve made I think. As I was making it didn’t seem that big it was only when it was placed flat on the queen size bed you get a true a sense of the size of it. I am so happy with the way it has turned out. Even though it is a wedding gift I wanted to keep it simple. This blanket is just one you can grab and use and when it gets dirty stick it in the washing machine. A gift you can easily use, to me that is the perfect gift.

Cassiy

Peaches And Cream

Peaches and Cream

I was feeling like some mindless crochet this week so I whipped up another dishcloth. This is the same pattern that I did last weekend which really wasn’t a pattern just some playing around I did. I think I chained about 15 stitches then just did rows of trebles until it looked squareish. I then changed colours and did 3 rounds of trebles as a border before the final edge in crab stitch. This is my new favourite pattern due to how simple it is but how effective it looks. I’ll be using this as a dishcloth but something like this would make a great facecloth (think easy Christmas gifts) or an easy thing to make in batches for events like mother’s day stalls at schools or fetes. Don’t just think ladies, make it in more masculine colours and it’s an easy father’s day gift. As it is 100% cotton yarn it won’t scratch metal surfaces so can be used on cars and appliances.

Crab Stitch Dishcloth Play

The exciting news is that I’ve almost finished my Pamuke blanket and desperately want to get if finished by next weekend even though I’m not giving it as a gift until September (in my mind I want to get it finished before the couple fly out overseas) I decided for the final edge I would do crab stitch but I wanted to try out first on a smaller project just to get my head around it. A dishcloth is the perfect project to try out new stitches on plus I haven’t made any in a while so I need more.

Crab Stitch Dishcloth Play

Yes I know my centre square is a little off as I descreased some of my rows by accident by not going into the final stitch. I’m thinking it has butterfly shape to it.

YouTube On TV

The other exciting news is that I’ve now got a set top box connected to my TV and it lets me watch YouTube on a large screen. Yep life will never be the same again. It is perfect for all those sewing and yarn tutorials. Finally I’ve found things on TV I want to watch 🙂 Previously I’d watch a couple of clips on crab stitch but yesterday morning I sat there and watched clip after clip as I worked on my dishcloth.

Crab Stitch Dishcloth Play Edge

With crab stitch you work your stitches backwards along the row. For a right handed person instead of working your stitches right to left across your row, you work them left to right. I found this fairly easy to do. It is a very quick stitch to do. Normally I like flat edges on borders but this gives a bit of texture to the edge but in a even sort of way. I really like it I may be wrong but from what I’ve read / heard unlike other forms for edging you can’t do any other stitches on top of the crab stitch so the crab stitch is your final stitch on the item. You get a fancy edge without a lot of effort.

Cassiy

Sunny CAL Week 8

SC - Square 12 Completed

This week I did finish square 12 and was able to make a start on square 13. I did have a moment of panic when I cut my tail at the end of the colour block but forgot to fasten the knot before pulling to secure it. Lucky I was able to redo the few stitches I accidentally frogged back and secure the row. I must admit I am starting to get lazy and I’m not always measuring my width after each colour round. I’m keeping my stitches the same so I figured it should be the same.

I can’t believe I’m up to showing the last 2 blocks of this blanket! You will find Lucy’s post about them here  I’ve had so much fun making this.

Square 15

SC - Square 15

Row 1 – Spice Row 9 – Plum
Row 2 – Sage Row 10 – Wisteria
Row 3 – Petrol Row 11 – Aster
Row 4 – Magenta Row 12 – Claret
Row 5 – Lipstick Row 13 – Fondant
Row 6 – Lime Row 14 – Violet
Row 7 – Meadow Row 15 – Turquoise
Row 8 – Shrimp Row 16 – Bright Pink


Square 16

SC - Square 16

Row 1 – Petrol Row 9 – Meadow
Row 2 – Claret Row 10 – Shrimp
Row 3 – Plum Row 11 – Spice
Row 4 – Sage Row 12 – Violet
Row 5 – Aster Row 13 – Lime
Row 6 – Bright Pink Row 14 – Magenta
Row 7 – Lipstick Row 15 – Fondant
Row 8 – Turquoise Row 16 – Wisteria

I’m hoping to have the remaining blocks finished in the next couple of weeks or so. Once they are completed I will show them on here. The fun part after the squares are completed it to sew in all the ends and block them. Oh well its a job that has to be done.

Useful Links
Sunny Granny Square
Sunny Log Cabin Pattern
Yarn Card Instructions
Sunny CAL Begins
Sunny CAL Week 1
Sunny CAL Week 2
Sunny CAL Week 3
Sunny CAL Week 4
Sunny CAL Week 5
Sunny CAL Week 6
Sunny CAL Week 7

Happy Crocheting.
Cassiy

Pamuke Progress

Pamuke Loose Ends

Even though I’m focusing heavily on my Sunny Log Cabin blanket I’m still getting a bit done here and there on my Pamuke blanket. If I’m having an off day or am feeling too tired to concentrate Pamuke has been perfect to work on as I only have to count to 3 (3 trebles per chain space). I’ve decided to go ahead and use up my leftover balls of yarn. I’m just tying them in. I have just knotted the yarns together to join them. I thought perhaps it was better to do them now instead of having them all in one section of the blanket near the top. If I was to do this again I would use them up completely as I went along. The blanket is getting very long now measuring around 44″ in length. I’ve still got another 2 full balls of each colour to go after I use up the leftovers. One ball of each colour will go into the blanket the other will go in the border. I was going to have 2 in the border but I think that might be a bit much. I’ve also decided on the edging I’ll do. I’m going to try crab stitch for the first time after seeing youtube clips this week on how to do it. I like straight edging and crab stitch looks perfect as it will give a straight edge but also add a bit of different texture. Plus I will learn a new crochet stitch.

Cassiy

Sunny CAL Begins

Sunny CAL

1st March so it is time to start the Sunny Log Cabin blanket! The pattern I’m using is Sunny Log Cabin by Lucy (Attic24) She ran a Crochet-A-Long (CAL) on her blog to make this blanket late last year but at the time it was nearing Christmas and hot (summer in Australia) so I wasn’t able to make the blanket. March is the start of Autumn so I’ll be starting the blanket now. I’m using the Sunny Yarn Pack from Woolware House but you could use any yarn you like. You will need 18 100g balls in the various colours you wish.
Sunny CAL Yarn Pack 2

l loved the look of this blanket the moment I saw it. It looks complicated but like all of Lucy’s patterns if you break it down to small elements it really isn’t that hard. This blanket is formed in 16 blocks like a quilt (which is probably why it appeals to me so much) that you join together. The blocks are very simple you start by making a Granny Square centre for each block then doing a strip of 3 rows of the specified colour on the side. Your alternating the strips around the square to make it longer than wider until you have a total of 16 strips around each block (to keep it square) Each of the 16 blocks are a slightly different colour combination which I will share with you as we go along.  Lucy has designed the colour combinations so there is a light side of the square and a dark side just like in a traditional log cabin square done in quilting. Once all 16 blocks are finished and placed in the correct order a lovely pattern appears (sneak peak here) It is a gorgeous blanket once it is finished.

Printed Patterns SLC

I’m a visual person so need a printed pattern. To make things a bit more economical I printed the pattern on recycled scrap paper from work (paper that has only been printed on one side) If you do this just remember to do a test piece to see which way you need to lay the paper in the printer (mine likes it with the printed side up) Also I have gone through and only printed pages that would be useful, I don’t need some of the pictures or to print the blog comments from Lucy’s fans at the bottom of the page . I looked via print preview and found for the Granny Square I only needed to print pages 3-25. For the Log Cabin pattern pages 4 – 24 and 53-57. I only printed the pages to show me how to do one full square of the strips (4 strips) and then at the end the abbreviated version of the pattern which Lucy has kindly put there so you can copy and print off if you wish. The pattern is the same for each block it is just the colour combination that changes for each one. If you only print sections like I have just double check that you pages are the same as what I had as maybe your printer may be different.

Yarn Card Sunny Log Cabin

One bit of preparation I have done is to make myself up a yarn card. These come in very handy if you are like me and are known to lose the labels off the yarn. I like to see at a quick glance which yarn I need to go get out next and work on when I’m doing a project.

Sunny Granny Square Yarn

Ok now that I am really excited time to get start. My aim is to get the 16 Sunny Granny Squares done by possibly Sunday. I’m working all week and volunteering on the Knitters Guild stand at the Rosehill Stitches and Craft Show Saturday morning so I’m not sure how many I will get done but I will give it a good shot. Reading the pattern for the Sunny Granny Square this to me looks like the most complicated section of the entire blanket as you have to do a series of Cluster stitches 2tr-cl, 3tr-cl and 4tr-cl. I have never done any of these before so maybe the centre squares will take longer than I hope. If I can get a few done that will be a start. If you are using the yarn pack the colours for the Sunny Granny Squares are Citron, Spice and Gold but if you are using your own colours any yellow, orange and gold/tan colour yarn would look lovely.

On Sunday I will post the details about the first 2 squares.

Useful Links
Sunny Granny Square
Yarn Card Instructions

Good luck everyone

Happy Crocheting 🙂

Cassiy