Friday, February 14, 2014

The week that was

Hi Everyone,

Well last week was like a roller coaster, my poor back has been out and causing me loads of pain and I finally managed to get to the physio on Thursday and he untwisted my spine for me...what a relief that was. Now I'm mostly out of pain the world seems sunnier again. I hope wherever you are you had a lovely Valentines day on Friday, I was spoilt beyond belief and realise just how lucky and thankful I am to have a wonderful caring, loving boyfriend. I received new cycling clothes and gloves as well as tickets to see the King and I musical in May this year....eeek!!! it's my all time favourite musical. The day started with a train ride to work together followed by a yummy breakfast at Paleo Cafe and I indulged in gluten free banana pancakes with maple syrup, strawberries and lemon curd....yum yum yum. The day ended with a relaxing picnic followed by a coffee and then a train trip home together. So nice to sit in the Botanical gardens and watch life go by.

I'm afraid I still don't have the pattern for the Lisa Cowl ready for you as I haven't been able to get to the yarn store yet to purchase more yarn to make another one and fix up the mistakes I made on the first. I'll be sure to share the pattern once I have it sorted. This week I did manage to whip up some little crochet flowers out of scrap yarn and hung them up around my desk at work to make it cheery, pictures are below. I also managed to repeat the same mistake 3 times on the lace shawl I'm crocheting and had to pull 2 rows undone! I should listen to my own advice....check your work regularly, check your work regularly....maybe if I say it like a mantra it will stick in my brain and I'll do it. So progress is going slow on the shawl but I'm enjoying it so nothing to worry about.

Today will be a top of 36 here in Brisbane and it's not 11am yet and already it's very hot and sticky. I'm going to retreat indoors for a while before heading out to Spotlight on a hunt for more yarn. Have a great weekend. 

Me after I opened my parcel from IG friend @knittiwake 

My cat Pearl keeping me company while I rested my sore back.

Flower chain

Valentines Day picnic by the Brisbane River at the Botanical Gardens

This mornings little bit of hooky time while waiting for the Mr to finish his bike ride. 

Too hot today....

Lisa x

Sunday, February 9, 2014

New Pattern - The Anne Infinity Scarf

The Anne Infinity Scarf

What you’ll need:

8mm hook
Chunky yarn (for this project I used Moda Vera Tarrantino 100g/65m


Ch = Chain 

SL = Slip Stitch (hook through the chain, yarn over hook and pull through both loops)

SC = Single Crochet (hook into next stitch, yarn over pull through, yarn over hook and pull through both loops)

DC = Double Crochet (Yarn over hook, hook into single crochet, yarn over hook and pull through. Yarn over hook and pull through two loops, yarn over hook and pull through the last two loops)

The idea of this pattern is that it uses very basic stitches but because you are using arty/chunky yarn you are able to let the yarn do the work. This is for the very beginner and should be easy to follow. Please feel free to leave a comment below if you have a question. Now let’s get started and have a bit of fun, in no time you’ll have yourself a lovely infinity scarf ready for winter.

The Pattern

To begin: Ch 101 and sl to the other end to form a circle. (This first row is very important to ensure you don’t get the work twisted. Fear not if you get it twisted, it will still work)

Row 1: SC into 2nd Ch from the hook and SC to the end, Ch 3 and turn

Row 2: DC into the next SC, DC to the end, Ch 3 and turn

**Repeat Row 2 until you are almost to the end of your ball of wool (make sure you leave enough to do the final row of SC)**

To End: When you reach the last of you rows of DC, Ch 2 and turn, SC to the end and fasten off.

Now all you need to do is weave in your ends and you’re done! How did you go? Please leave a comment with a link to your blog/photo as I’d love to see your work.

Next week I'll have another pattern for you hopefully. I made the Lisa Cowl/Infinity scarf below but it needs some adjustment so I need some more of the same yarn to work on this again. Till then take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend. 

Lisa x 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Coming soon....

This weekend I'll be posting my pattern for the Anne Infinity Scarf, super easy for the beginner crocheter. I made one for my Mr's sister and one for me, I can't wait for the cold weather now. Mine is the rainbow one. 

Happy Thursday everyone! 

Lisa x

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Yay, two new projects on the go!

Well I'm happy I finished the baby shawl and now I've started work on two new projects. 

Project 1: a cardigan 

Project 2: New beginnings shawl

Last weekend my craft group I belong to, the North Brisbane knitters and crocheters put on a workshop. I ended up teaching crochet. I can tell you I was very nervous however the ladies at my table were lovely and we had loads of fun making roses. 

That's me above

And I'm very happy my garden is growing well with a tiny tomato growing. 

And finally I got myself a new yarn basket today, because it's only half full does that mean I can buy more yarn??? I better finish my shawl and cardigan first. 

Have a great weekend. 

Lisa x