So I will admit the crochet bug has not been very active with me this summer. I get too warm, the hooks squeak, the yarn gets caught and it’s not just as enjoyable to do. It means my Tigger blanket and Breaking Bad cushion are on hold for the time being. At least until I find the time/motivation for them. This hasn’t stopped me with the quick makes though.
Firstly I needed a new case if I wanted to make anything. When I first started to crochet, I bought a set of hooks and a case off eBay for about £3. Over the year, the inside of the case has ripped meaning I’m losing useful items or just stabbing around when trying to put a hook back. Ebay came to the rescue again though with this cheap and cute pencil-case. I’m loving how compact it is and how it can fit everything in. Even candy!!!
I also got back in touch with one of my very old hobbies. Tamagotchis. (Yes they do still make them, yes they do still die like they used to, no I won’t let you have mine). I bought myself the newly released m!x and have been looking after that. I also bought 2 v4 connections and a v2. They have since died though as looking after 4 tamas whilst having a toddler was a little ambitious. Tamagotchis did mean that I had a reason to crochet though. Below is a little cotton bag I made to keep my connections safe from harm.
I also made this little crochet cover the m!x. Now I’ll be honest I didn’t even know that people made these things. A lot has changed since I was young and in school and it seems it’s now “cool” to crochet. Especially cool if you add it to your tamagotchi. This has been my first one (and first off pattern make). It’s a little loose but most likely because of the yarn I used and the number of stitches. 42 was just a little too many I found to keep it snug. I need to make a new one but keep umm’ing and arr’ing over the style I want.
Next comes my spontaneous make. I found the yarn and just went for it. Decided that I needed that yarn (despite my stash) and that was that. Over the course of a week, and a lot of Pokestop farming (trust me I’ve not missed this craze) I got an entire virus shawl completed. (written pattern) My second one made and I love how it’s turned out. I’m actually keeping this for myself.
The yarn in question if anyone is curious. The shade is called “Candied“
A close up of the stitches and how the colour the blends
The finished product.
I was so happy with how this turned out. It’s lovely and large and so soft to touch. It will be great to wear come this autumn. It took just over 3 skeins to make and was so quick to build up. My only nitpicks about the yarn was 1, how loose it had been wound, this meant it practically unraveled once I started to crochet and 2, it would get so knotted onto itself when I needed to frog or untangle it as I went along. Aside from that I’d certainly recommend it over the Stylecraft Cabaret that I’ve used in the past. (Sorry Stylecraft, I love you but your cabaret range is very overrated for the price)
Hopefully now the weather is cooling down I can started on my old projects again. I’m going to be busy as will be starting university as a mature student (I’m so nervous!) but fingers crossed I’ll be able to find some downtime for them.