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Video Blog #35

‘Sharing the Hook Love’

Sharing the Hook Love with a new episode for you. Lots of finished objects, some upcoming designs and LOTS of works in progress. Get your crochet fix right here.

SHOW NOTES:

NEW!! MAKERS MEETUP GROUP ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/groups/addydaemakers/ Please come and join me there! Xx Deanne

Yarn:

https://fiberific.com.au

https://piratepurlyarns.com

Projects:

Thatcher Hat: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/MrsRamjet/thatcher

Purple Dippe: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/MrsRamjet/violet-swoop

Mustard Dippe: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/MrsRamjet/denim-dippe

Segue Hat: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/MrsRamjet/segue-hat

Rundle Hat: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/MrsRamjet/rundle-hat

Bobbles sweater: https://www.ravelry.com/projects/MrsRamjet/bobbles

Other:

PomPoms: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/LovelyLoopsDesigns?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=669175031

TRANSCRIPT:

Hi everyone. Welcome to Episode 35 of the Addydae Designs Video Blog. I’m Deanne, I’m a crochet designer, sometimes knitter, and hand dyed yarn enthusiast, from Australia. I’m recording this in Canberra where I live. This podcast is essentially about what I’m making, what I’m designing, and anything else I think you might like to hear about that’s related to those. 

So, how’s 2020 going for you?

0:45

Yeah, we’ll just ignore that shall we? Ah, yeah, it’s been interesting for us here. I know it’s been interesting for everyone all around the world. I’m not going to go into it. You all know we’ve had fires here, then we had floods. Now there’s other business going on.

1:07

I’m not going to talk about it here.

1:10

I hope that you understand that, by not discussing it and by recording this as I usually do, please realise that I’m not trying to be flippant, or diminish the seriousness of what’s going on around the world. But I’d like to provide this video as a bit of an escape, let’s say. I mean, if you want to know what’s going on around the world that’s serious, you can watch the news, right? So, I’m just going to keep this related to all the goodies that I generally show you, and keep that there. So I hope you understand and I hope it provides you a little bit of distraction, let’s say, all right, so, in any case, I hope you’re well. We’re all good.

1:54

Yeah. So let’s just start talking about yarn, shall we?

2:01

I’m definitely gonna be a little unpolished today, I apologise in advance, my brain’s a little bit fried.  I’m sure yours is too. But thank goodness for crafting is one thing I definitely can say! It is very much a welcome distraction at the moment, as I’m sure you agree. So, I have a lot to show you. A LOT of things to show you.

2:25

I’ve got finished objects, I have WIPs, I have designs in progress. I have a new design to show you. So, this episode is jam packed!

2:40

So we’ll start with a couple of finished objects, if I can keep speaking correctly. This one you have seen before. And I was virtually finished so I apologise, it’s not gonna look that different from last time. But I finished my Montville shawl. I had, I think, two thirds of the final row to do. It has been blocked. But then it kind of got folded up in a bunch of other things to have the ends woven in And clearly, clearly, I still haven’t done that. But it is complete. I’m really happy with it. The lace opened up a little bit at the bottom. Again, it’s hard to show you when it’s jet black. 

Oh. Oh my goodness. I do believe this may have been Freckle-ised! The cats! You know what it is, it’s the alpaca. They love anything with alpaca in it. They will dig out of my stash if they have the opportunity, and carry it around like a baby.

3:54

So clearly I need to get the one of those rollers, the lint rollers that use on clothes to remove hair. Now it’s floating around in the air everywhere. Okay. I’m sure any of you cat owners can relate. But yes, there is my finished Montville ready for the cooler months, which is awesome because we are headed, well, we are in autumn now. Some of the trees have changed completely already others haven’t even started. I don’t know whether because it was such a warm summer, that it’s taking a while for things to cool down.

4:32

It’s kind of like we’ve got both extremes, some of them seem to be taking longer for that reason and then there’s others that are just like, oh my goodness it’s been so hard, can I finally just drop all my leaves already and go into hibernation. And they’re completely naked That’s my girls say when trees lose their leaves. Yeah, they’ve just dropped them just all at once, and they’re completely gone so yeah it’s kind of weird and then we’ve even had some trees in our local area that thought it was spring, somehow! Spring flowers were out on a couple of ornamental pear trees which should not happen this time of year so even the nature is confused at the moment. 

5:18

Yeah, so that’s my finished object number one. I have also been on a bit of a hat making binge. Isn’t it meant to be the year of the rat? Is that right, have I got that right? You know is the Chinese year. I could very well be turning it into the Year of the Hat. Imogen has has put an order in for several for this winter. Because she loves just wearing a slouchy hat everywhere.

5:56

As soon as it’s cool enough, she’s got a hat on. That’s great. So I have an order for a few more hats for her.

6:05

But yeah, these are for new designs, you may be happy to know. So the first one is this one. Again, I haven’t woven the ends in, sorry. Look closely you can see the halo because I have double stranded it with some Okay, so this is yarn from Fiberific, a dyer here in Australia.

6:38

Any of the yarns I talk about in the podcast, if you are new, will be in the show notes below with links to all the good stuff for you so you can click on it and go straight to wherever you want to check it out further. But these. I did have a concern that this will feel scratchy. It doesn’t! It’s so soft and now I want to double-strand everything.

7:12

This design features post stitches as you can see. It looks like a basket weave stitch, but it’s not, I changed it. It’s modified basket weave I suppose you could say. I did modify it for this design.

7:30

So yeah, looks, it’s a little bit different. It’s got a beautiful double brim. So you start at the brim, and then you fold it in half, join it as you go. So there’s no seaming per se, and then work from the brim up to the crown. And I found these pom pom notes seriously, I got this  from an Etsy store in Australia. I’m going to have to find the name for you. The pompoms are beautiful. I bought half a dozen from her the other day and they arrived within a couple of days, and I love them. And this one was my favourite because it looks like it’s neutral but it’s got pops of all different colours in it.

So I thought it would be perfect on this design. So there you go. This one is going to be called Thatcher. I have almost completed the instructions so it will be going into testing very shortly. And once that’s done and it’s been tech edited as well. We’ll get it out to you so it’s this one’s really close so I promise you won’t have to wait too long for this one. I hope…. I’ve made promises before.

8:54

So yeah, Hat number one, then.

8:58

Now, if you have been following me for a while, follow me Instagram or whatever, you will know my sock patterns, the Segue Socks and the Rundle socks. They’re my two most recent sock patterns, out of the whole three that I have.

9:17

I decided to make hats that match . Now I know it’s not important for hats and socks to match. I have made the Segue Hat and the Rundle Hat. Using the same stitch pattern, which I’ll show you a bit more closely in a minute. And I’ve kind of done a similar thing with the hat patterns as I did with the socks. I don’t know if you guys knew this, and I can’t remember if I talked about it.

10:00

But essentially Rundle and Segue – They’re kinda like cousin socks. They’re very similar in that it’s a ribbed sock pattern; the stitch counts are very similar. But I wanted to change it up because I didn’t want to just, you know, throw out another pattern that was 99% the same as the previous one. So they feature a different toe, a different heel, and a different cuff feature. So essentially, they’re the same thing they both different in that the Segue Hat is gonna have the three by one rib, same as the socks,  and the Rundle Hat has a one by three rib, just to reverse it.

10:46

The Segue hat is created from the bottom up. And the Rundle Hat is created from the top down. So you get to utilise different shaping techniques.

11:05

But yeah, just to change it up a little bit, give you a few options if you have a preference whether you like to make hats top down or bottom up, because they both have advantages. With top down you can try it on as you go and use every last bit. You can also check out how much slouch you’ve got, etc. But you also get to do on the hat the same invisible finish as I used on the cuff of the Rundle socks. I really liked the finish on that so I’ve done the same on this one. It creates an invisible, completely invisible finish to your final round, so that you can’t tell where you finish. So if you’ve got the Rundle socks you’ll know what that is already. And then the Segway hat has a patterned decrease.

12:03

I don’t know how well it’s gonna show up for you.

12:07

But I did maintain the pattern as I decreased as well. And same with the increases in Rundle – it’s a patterned increase so you maintain the pattern as you increase so the crown still looks funky. Hopefully you like all of those features.

12:34

Just to just to keep it interesting and to make them a little bit different.

12:43

Yes. So there you go. This is the sample. I don’t think I’m going to put the contrast with the middle  stripe in the written instructions for this one I just decided to do it. But that was made using a Miss Babs yarn on this one, I can’t remember the base, but again, I’ll link it in the show notes to the project page so you can see the yarn. And this yarn was a gift that my sister got me when she was overseas, from…

This is the label, which I’m covering up. That’s the label.

13:38

It’s the Sublime base. It’s fingering weight. 80% superwash 10% cashmere, 10% nylon. So Greenwood Fiberworks, is where this came from and this is the Arcade colorway so that’s what it looked like in the ball.

13:59

And it is so soft. Perfect for hat.

14:05

I got this some pompom at Skein Yarn in Coffs Harbour, which is something else I’ll talk about a little bit later too. So yeah, so two new hat designs or two more in addition to Thatcher coming your way soon. They’re nice and simple, yet nothing too technical, obviously just keep working in the pattern.

So, something that’s relaxing. Let’s face it, it’s what we ned right now, isn’t i? Relaxing projects that aren’t too taxing on the brain.

14:50

So there you go, that’s three hats and all finished except for weaving in the ends. So, I’ve got to do that. Now I do have another hat design coming out, but it’s actually a collaboration with Steven Berg from StevenBe Studios. And I don’t know if I can show you yet. It’s set for release at the beginning of April, I think it’s like, April, the second the launch date is set.

15:21

So that’s a new design that will be coming out soon, but for the first few months it will only be available from Steven Be. So, probably just check my Instagram. If you’re on Instagram, I’ll announce there when it’s available and how you can get hands on it if you want to. Yeah, it’s just available through him, originally, it’s made using Blackwattle yarn, which, you know, I use quite a lot of because Angela is literally just up the road.

15:50

Yeah, I’m dying to show it to you and it’s, it’s actually sitting right there. But I don’t know if I can give you a sneak peek because I haven’t hadn’t been given the go ahead to release any info about that just yet but I’m sure you’ll hear all about it soon enough. So that’s a bit of a teaser.

16:12

Sorry, so that will be four hats. Like I said, 2020: year of the hat.

16:20

It’d be nice for 2020 to be known for something other than something else that we shall not speak of here. 

Alrighty, so they’re my finished objects to show you. But I have some more to let you see as well. And I actually thought I had shown you this a while ago but I don’t think I have, I don’t know, I think I might have shown it to ages ago.

16:55

I showed you a bit of this when it was this long strip. And, you know, it was only about six rows, and I worked out pretty soon after that, that it wasn’t going to work. I wasn’t sure if I was going to run out of yarn. It wasn’t gonna work as far as the design I had in mind so I had to change it. So this is what it’s morphed into; it’s very similar. And I’m trying to find the finished side. So, what I’m trying to make out of this, it’s going to be a little bit hard because it’s still a WIP.

It’s going to be, not quite a poncho because it’s going to be seamed here at the sides and it’s worked flat. This is the front. So there’s the neck shaping.

17:45

And you know, it’s all about shaping. I love including nice shaping for you. And there’s even shoulder shaping, which is rolling a little bit but once it seamed it will lay flat.

18:02

So it’s going to be just a little kind of a little throw over something when it’s getting colder. But it’s not freezing, you know you could wear a long sleeve T. Just to toss over just to keep you toasty without it being a vest per se, because, yeah, I’m not really a vest person. It’s designed to be loose it’s quite boxy. As you can see there’s no shaping to the bottom. It’s got this sort of rib detail on the side.

18:36

And then, more basket weave but slightly different again to the hat. I’m just going a bit nuts for post stitches at the moment. The texture is just really appealing to me so I’m wanting to put it in everything.

18:53

It provides a thicker fabric, so you can be working with fingering weight which is my favourite weight of yarn to work with, but still creates a thicker fabric. So you’re creating that warmth, but still got lovely drape, but without having to go to the extent of doubling the yarn, because then that would really create a thick fabric. So I’m hoping that this will still have some nice drape so that the boxy shape, you know, isn’t stiff, because we don’t want that.

19:38

Yeah. And there’ll be just like a nice little throw over to where with, you know, some casual pair of jeans, long sleeve T and toss this over the top when it’s getting a little chilly. The yarn I’m using is by another amazing dyer – Katrina from Pirate Purl yarns, so this is a collaboration with Katrina.

20:03

And she’s been very patient waiting for this to design. This is Katrina’s Blackbeard base. It’s 90% polwarth with 10% silk 340 meters to 100 grams. It is lovely. It really is. It’s just so soft on the hands. This particular colour is Ice Flow. And it’s a beautiful, warm grey, I think, would you call that a warm grey, I call it a warm grey I think. 

It’s certainly not flat. There’s quite a bit of variation in this. I haven’t alternated skeins because this has been worked in rows.

See if you can see this one. You can see where I’ve changed the ball. Just to break it up. 

21:11

You know how it is with hand dyed yarn they vary ever so slightly. I mean, I’m absolutely amazed that yarn dyers can get even two skeins to look similar to one another. How they can do sweater batches, where the skeins look very similar is beyond me. I think they’re amazing.

21:31

So while they’re not identical, I just decided to break it up into smaller sections so that any variation wasn’t obvious. You know, you just got a tiny bit left at the end that looks clearly different to the whole lot. Does that make sense, hopefully making it less obvious.

21:49

So yeah, that this is probably not as close to being ready for release as the hat.

22:00

But I have got the instructions in a loose form, so hopefully that won’t be long, either. And I think I really want to get it done. As soon as well because we’re in that perfect transition season where here it’s getting cooler but in the north it’s getting warmer but summer isn’t here yet.

22:27

So yeah, I’d really, really, ideally like to get it out sooner rather than later but we’ll see how it goes.

22:34

Yeah, I’m making no promises with that one. Okay.

22:39

This is just pure teasing on my, part! You know me. Can’t rush these things. We’ll get there in the end.

22:49

So, of course, because I can’t just stick to one and get it done. I feel that showing you all these WIPs that I’m doing myself a disservice on that because if I’m saying to you: You’re gonna have to wait a bit longer. You’re gonna go well, Deanne, if you just concentrated on one at a time, maybe you’ll get it done. But are you the kind of person that gets bored with just doing one thing and needs to change it up a little? You see something new and you get inspired and it’s like oh my goodness I totally have to try that!

23:23

Yeah, that’s me. Or is that just that I’m easily distracted? This makes it sound like I’m three years old but too bad.

23:34

Okay. So,  confession time. My new distraction. Aside from post stitches, it’s bobbles. Bobbles seem to be massive at the moment. There are new designs with bobbles everywhere. So, I had to make something with bobbles didn’t I?

23:58

This is a prototype for a new design as well. We’ll get it all straight for you.

24:08

All right. So, my obsession with double stranding mohair with a strand of fingering weight yarn continues, as you can see here, and bobbles for even more texture.

24:31

This is actually working out really really well. I’m trying to hold it so that I can show you. It’s curling at the bottom but it won’t stay curled up. So here’s a close up of the bobble detail.

24:47

And it’s going to be the yoke of a sweater, when it grows up.

25:00

So there’s the back of the neck, and there’s the front so it’s hard when I’m holding it up because it just pull it together but the brace the back of the neck so that it’s a little bit higher. The back just to give it a bit more shaping.

25:16

So there are just a couple of short rows in there not a lot but just enough just to lift it, that little bit to provide that nice shape to it. It’s worked in the round and  this side that I’m showing you actually with the bubbles popped out on it, that’s actually the back of my work. So, you work it in the round with the inside facing you so that the side that faces you as you’re working is going to be the inside, and it’s really weird because I always think of the side facing me as the right side, but the bobbles, when you when you work them in the round, it pops them out on the wrong side. 

So that’s what it looks like as I’m working it. That’s the side that faces me as I’m working it but that’s the back. Technically the back of my stitches. Isn’t that weird?

26:20

Very happy with how it’s going so far.

26:24

I’m trying to get the close-to-finished designs ready for you. 

Sorry! Earthquake! The cat has decided…, hang on….I’m gonna have to…. Wait, Radar, No!

26:42

Say hello.

26:44

Right now. I have my camera setup, such a professional setup here at the moment: Camera set up on the ironing board in front of me, and he (Radar) loves lying on the ironing board, which is really great hence all the lint rollers in our house to get cat hair off her clothes because…. The joys of cats. Yeah.

27:17

Okay so that is my bobble sweater I don’t know what I’m going to call but yet. I have to finish this.

27:26

And, as I was saying, Yeah, I’ve got a few other designs that are a bit closer to completion that I want to try and concentrate on. I’ve really tried to hide that from view. All of that work that I showed you just before I did over about two evenings, because I could not put it down.

27:47

And then I thought, you know what, I just need to put it out of sight, because it was distracting me too much, and I really want to focus on these other ones so I’m trying, I really am trying to focus, I promise ! I’m trying to focus and get some stuff done.

28:05

You know what, I just realised I have two more finish objects that are not here for me to show you.

28:23

I’m back again. I knew there was more. 

28:33

Like I said, My brain is a little scattered. So you just have to bear with me.

28:39

Okay, now this is a pattern that is, it’s like this, it’s really this close to being…. okay backtrack a little to my last episode: I talked to you about a desire to have a mystery CAL and wanted to know if you be interested in the mystery crochet. Remember me asking? Okay.

29:00

I had to think about it. And I’m deciding this right at the moment, I don’t think anyone needs any more surprises in life.

29:09

So, instead of releasing it as a mystery pattern. I’m just gonna release it. So you can just get stuck into it straight away, you’ll know what it looks like. There’s no nothing mysterious about it. I’m sorry if that disappoints you. I hope I haven’t disappointed you too much. I will still do it as a crochet-along when it’s released. We’ll have a CAL and organise some prizes and we’ll do something like that for the fun. The fun side of it will still happen. I am just going to dispense with the mystery part of it. Yeah. So no surprises. So, I can now show you because it’s not a mystery anymore. So, are you ready? 

Now, this is a collaboration between myself and Katherine of the Australian Wool Store, another indie dyer here in Australia. So these are her yarns. I will link below to these pages on my Ravelry project page so you can see the colours.

30:15

They look awesome. Okay, you ready.

30:25

Oh my goodness. Doesn’t that colour pop?! I think I remember these colours: I think this grey is Grandpa’s Jumper, the really bright ball it is Violet Femmes, I think, and the dark purple is Iris.

Radar! You can’t get up into…. you cannot get over the camera.

30:54

No. No!

31:10

Now, it’s more cat hair flying.

31:16

Oh, he’s gonna try again.

31:20

Sneaky monkey. No.

31:24

He’s lying on his back now like he’s pretty cutie.

31:38

Okay, so, yes. Here it is.

31:42

So it’s an asymmetric triangle shaped shawl.

31:46

Now this one was my first prototype, and I made it using a four millimeter hook. The second prototype, I thought I would try it with a 4.5 millimeter hook, and it was amazing in the difference to the shape that it made. So while this one is quite a narrow asymmetrical triangle, the next one, and I’ll try and hold them together so I can show you because it was very interesting. Absolutely nothing else was changed in the pattern, except for hook size. And I would have thought that that would have made the stitches, grow in both directions but it really didn’t it didn’t make it very much longer, but it definitely made a difference to the stitch gauge, as opposed to the row gauge, which changes the shape quite a lot. I’ll give you a close up of the lace.

32:52

So there’s a small section of lace there and then a bigger one here.

32:58

And then you’ve got this awesome pop of colour on the bottom, which tapers, so it’s only a small amount of it there and then it gradually gets wider and wider till the point.

33:21

So this is going to be called Dippe. It is three skeins of yarn. So, we have all have them. And here’s proof. I sure am proof that I have, but I’m sure you all have too, you know, those beautiful single skeins that we can’t resist and we end up with a bit of a collection of colours that we can’t really do much with.

33:46

But putting together three colours isn’t too difficult. So I thought, well, that’s that. That was the purpose behind the design, to be able to just make choosing colours fairly easy. Being able to raid your stash fairly easy because we tend to accumulate those pretty single skeins, and being able to make something with them. The other great thing is that even though you alternate, like stripe,  all of these for the lace section and doing all these stripes, you can, I don’t know if you can see that… can you see where I carried them?

34:23

And can you see it from here. You can barely even notice it, and it’s on the section that that’s on the top that gets wrapped around your neck anyway so it gets hidden there. And then what I did for the lower edge is that you conceal them as you work along so that they are not seen, they’re completely hidden on the lower edge of your shawl.

34:59

So there’s a lot, a lot of different techniques used in this one. You’ve got lace,  you’re changing colours, you work short rows for the colour block on the edge. So I hope that it’s an interesting project without being too difficult. And again, it’d be awesome if you can use up some yarn stash. So, Here’s the second sample again with Katherine’s yarn from the Australian Wool Store.

35:29

This is the other one I did.

35:33

Again using a grey. It is speckled. Like look at it! This is my favourite one. Oh my goodness. Those speckles are just amazing. And then, this is the biggest section of lace. And the pop of mustard!X This is good, I can’t really wear mustard, I absolutely loving mustard as a color. But I just can’t pull it off. But you know what? I think I can probably get away with this amount, when it’s in in a shawl with some other colours

So let’s see if I can show you the difference. I’m not sure if it’s going to fit in the camera view.

36:21

To show you how much difference just a change in hook size, just based on my own personal gauge can make. See if we can do this. I should have prepared this earlier.

36:33

Okay, so I’ve grabbed the edge of one end.

36:37

Although it’s not a huge, but you can say that it’s made a difference to the width, and I felt that it was important so I ended up writing in the pattern. The new gauge with the larger hook, because if you’re like me, I love asymmetrical shawls but I struggle with how to wear them.

37:08

I don’t know if you are like this, but I always feel that when you put them on I’m always trying to get the point on an asymmetrical shawl to sit here like a reverse bandana style. But generally, they’re not that wide on that finished edge. And so you don’t have enough of this side to sort of to keep it like that.

37:37

And then it just doesn’t work. So, what I’ve decided to do with an asymmetrical shawl is, I made this finished edge a little bit wider so you do have that little bit more fabric to wrap around. But when I wear it, instead of the point facing down, I actually have the point on the side. It’s really hard to do, while recording. And so it kind of creates a feature of the point still, but you’re wearing it off to the side so you’ve got enough to the other of the tail to balance it over there. If you try and keep that point in the centre, the weight’s all on one side, and I find I tend to keep sliding off, or twisting around.

38:33

If you put it on the side like that, it puts enough weight on this side to keep it in place. You’ve still got your feature, which for this design is your beautiful life section here, and then I what I like to do with this pointy end,  because it’s quite long, is tie a knot because it me feel really trendy when I do that, like I know things about fashion.

39:00

So that’s how I wear it, and it stays in place. So, yeah, I hope you like it too.

39:08

It is about to go into my tech editor. And I just need to finalise the photos. So, the moment that is done this baby will be available in my Ravelry store, and you can make your own Dippe with all your pretty single skeins that you would like to use.

39:39

I’m really happy with it.

39:57

I’ve got that little contrast stripe between the body of the shawl and the edging. Just as a little finishing feature. I wanted to make it look all neat. I hope you like all of those little features. As I said, it, it’s not a difficult design even the lace section is not difficult. I described in there how to carry your yarn so if you don’t have all these ends to weave in. I hope you like it too. So there you go.

Now the pattern is coming soon. Did that sound like I was trying to sing? I should not do that.

Alright, I have one more WIP to show you. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen this already.

As you know, I have plenty of yarn. But had lots of leftovers, that were originally all in the cupboard here. And what I found was it was just making things messy. I’ll just leave it at that. It was making things messy. I couldn’t see the full skeins that I wanted to see, to know what I had when I was looking for a full skein.

Every time I opened the cupboard balls were falling out

So I decided to make a scrappy project. Don’t get me wrong, there are amazing scrappy projects that I’ve seen other people create. I find it really really difficult to do the random thing. 

So, I wanted to use all my leftovers up. So what I did was I cleaned them all out of my cupboards, and I’ll put them in a big basket. I tipped them out on the loungeroom rug to see what colours I had, and how they might be able to work together. 

So, it’s scrappy but it’s not completely random. I just needed a bit of continuity so if you if you’ve seen my Instagram you know what i’m about to show you, but I have to say I’m so so happy with how it’s working out and I’ll explain how I’ve gotten around the randomness of it and the fact that the colours are changing very very quickly because there’s small amounts of young. So, this is it.

This is my scrappy blanket. Well not-so-scrappy blanket! It’s a stitch I made up. It could very well be in a stitch dictionary somewhere, but it didn’t refer to one when I did it, the stitches in the coloured bits are just us trebles, so, that will be UK double trebles, in blocks of four, there’s no chain between them. I’ve just done four in each.

You can see what I’m doing in each little chain space. You’re essentially just doing a row of trebles across the top, four at a time in each chain space. And then the contrast row, the white,  is just some leftover Bendigo Woollen Mills, four ply  I had in my stash. And so, it’s every second row. So you’ve got the continuity of the white everywhere. Like all the way through. 

And to soften those colour changes between the leftovers, I’ve always carried one yarn into the next row. So it’s double stranded, I didn’t mention that, did I?. So, here in the first row, I’ve got this multicolour and a darker grey. And so in the next coloured row, I carried the grey into there. but changed to a plum. Then in the third row, I’ve continued the grey again, but with a lighter plum. And then the next row I’ve kept the lighter plum, but added an apricot, and so on. So at least one of the colours is always carried into the next row, so that you get this softening between coloured rows because there’s always a little bit of the previous row in there. So it gives this kind marled effect I suppose.

It doesn’t make the contrast so high from one colour to the other. And that’s really helping me to cope with the fact that it changes colours so much. 

I mean, look, you can tell, I didn’t totally randomly choose my colours. I started going a bit lighter and then a bit darker. So, you know, there’s an element of random and scrappiness in it but it’s not completely.

And then, what I’ve also done is, I haven’t trimmed these off yet. I’ve just tied the ends together with a knot, and I’m going to cut a fringe. Because I am not weaving all these ends in! It is not going to happen. I can tell you right now it would never happen. And it would put me off finishing the blanket, to be perfectly honest. I just couldn’t face it. Choosing to do that has turned it into a really relaxing project for me because I know at the end I never have to do that. So from just a pair of scissors and a ruler to make sure that I’m getting them roughly the same length. I’m enjoying it so much and you know, when they call these kind of things in memory blankets I’m like, I’mm not going to remember yarns I used years ago! But I have! I remember every single yarn that I’ve used in this. And so it’s a beautiful trip down memory lane. It’s a relaxing project because I don’t have to think about it. I mean, the most taxing thing I have to do is count how many trebles to work in each chain space. And sometimes I get that wrong but, you know….

I’m enjoying it so much.

The other piece of advice, because I’m so professional at scrappy projects… The other thing I did, because the colour changing thing was a little difficult. When I tipped all my yarns onto the floor, there were probably about maybe five or six colours that just didn’t work with the others – they just would have stood out like the proverbial, and I didn’t want that. I really did want it to be sort of harmonious, if that makes sense. Clearly I have favourite colours. It made it very obvious what colour palette I’m drawn to. So once I pulled those five or so colours out, I could virtually have gone random and just reached in and grabbed the next colour, because they were sort of fairly related. The only reason I haven’t gone totally random is because if I’m introducing a new colour, I have to be sure that it is enough to do at least two rows if the other colour is finishing, or that if I only have enough for one row, that the colour that’s being worked with now can continue on. Does that make sense? Anyway, that sort of takes the complete randomness out of it because you have to be sure that at least one colour can be continued into the next row. 

So, I am so happy with that. If you’ve never done a scrappy blanket before and think that because they, you know, do tend to be too contrasting or the randomness gets too you, I highly recommend trying something like this. The whole marling, has just transformed it, at least in my mind because it’s a mind thing, I think. Obviously if it was just about using scraps and that doesn’t worry you it won’t matter. I have seen fabulous looking ones. I look at them and think they’re so beautiful, but for some reason I just can’t bring myself to make one.

Sorry everyone on my camera memory card was telling me that it was full. So I had to make a few adjustments and come back to you. But I was pretty much done anyway. So I’m going to sign off now. Thank you so much for tuning in. It’s been lovely to catch up with you.

Please take care. Please look out for each other. Hang in there. We’re all going through very similar things no matter where we are in the world. Look after each other while we while we do, hey. And we’ll try and stay in touch with you more, shall we? I think online seems to be the way to go. I’ve set up a new Makers Meetup group on Facebook if you’re interested in joining me there. I’ll have bits and bobs popped in there and we can chat and you can share projects that you’re making from our designs and stuff like that. 

Okay, so I’m really gonna go. Take care of yourselves everybody. I hope you’re safe and well, and we’ll catch up again soon.

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