19 February 2017

Double Pom Pom Baby Hat

Hello everyone! A quick post today to share with you a baby hat I made a couple of months ago, adapted from this free pattern. I used remnants of a most likely now discontinued shade of Lang Yarns Mille Colori.

Yummy scrummy colours! Anyway, it was intended as a gift, but as I was making it, I tried it on Baby L to make sure it was a suitable baby size. Well, Baby L looked so impossibly cute in it that I very nearly decided not to part with the hat :-D 

I mean, look how cute, even without a baby in sight:

Anyway, I managed to give it up eventually... and went on to make another one straight away for Baby L. I'll dedicate a post to it very soon, and will share the pattern as well.

In the meantime, thank you for reading! :-)

09 February 2017

Granny Square Shawl

Hello, my lovelies, long time no see, isn't it?

First, I would like to thank everyone who has sent me lovely comments for my wedding and the birth of my son. They have been very much appreciated!

Second, I have had quite a few requests for a pattern for my granny square skirt. I am working on a pattern at the moment, but it has proved a little more difficult than I expected, so please bear with me, I will eventually post it on here!

Today, though, I'd like to share with you a shawl I managed to finish a few months ago. I am trying to finish most of my WIPs before starting new ones, but I have to say I am often tempted to embark on new yarny ventures!

A while ago, I happened across this gorgeous variegated yarn... Do feast your eyes :-)

It is Superba Poems by Rico, in Candy shade. Isn't it simply scrummy? It wasn't the first time I'd succumbed for the range, by the way. This other shawl was made in the Tropic shade.

For this new shawl, after much pondering, I decided on a simple half granny square (as in triangle). If you're unsure of how to make one, have a gander on Pinterest, there are loads of graphs. Here's one. I used two balls of yarn (I had only used one for the Tropic shade shawl). I found it made for a more generous shawl size, and a warmer piece.

A few dozens of rows in, the fledgling shawl looked as scrummy as the original yarn cake...

And the result? Oh my, am I in love with it! My first idea was to sell this shawl, but once I had completed the final stitch, I knew I could not part with it.

The edging is in a DK cotton yarn, specifically Rico Essentials Cotton in Dark Teal. It's a succession of double treble shells topped and interspersed with picots. It is relatively simple to work and in my mind looks quite effective. I have written a graph for it, which I'll post on the blog as soon as I've cleaned it up a little bit :-)

There you have it, a half granny square shawl in vivid, joyful colours. What more could you ask for on a dull, grey winter day?

Thank you for reading, and see you soon! :)