Quick update via Instagram :D


Over a month since my last update

And it’s been both rewarding and frustrating in equal method on the crafting front.

Managed to finish the Log Cabin Blanket and donated it to PDSA whilst I was there for an interview for a receptionist position. I should here back tomorrow if I got the job or not.

The green scarf was also finished and taken in to Inroads where I am still a volunteer. I also started a chunky yellow scarf in moss stitch for the homeless people that come to Inroads. Oh and talking of Yellow – I finally found the perfect mustard yellow DK yarn for the Star Cluster Blanket.

Unfortunately a lot of my time was taken up redoing the dragon skin wrap for my daughter. In the end I went with a capelet design that took 5 attempts to get the neckline right – so frustrating. She hates anything tight around her neck and I didn’t want it falling off her shoulders if the neckline was too wide. I am very pleased with the finished article though and she seems happy after seeing the photos so that’s a plus.

I sent of a parcel of most of the baby items for Preemie UK but still have the pink and the white cardigan sets. I also added a pretty variegated granny block baby blanket to start the next collection off.

As usual here’s all the photos – feel free to ignore them.


Not a lot done since Easter

But I have made the three dinosaurs that I didn’t expect to finish so fast. My daughter-in-law loved them and intends for them to be baby gifts for some of her expectant friends (who are archaeologist so rather apt I think).¬† I also finished the baby cardigans and used the left over yarn to make some stuff for Preemies UK.¬† I actually finished the first pair of socks today too and the recipient was very happy with them.

Unfortunately the dragonskin wrap for the daughter ended up too small so that will need to be redone and I still haven’t managed to get the yellow yarn for¬† my Star Cluster Hexagon blanket so it’s still on hold. Will be starting the second pair of socks soon and will continue to work on the green scarf and the log cabin pet blanket.

As usual here are all the photos:

Just realised I don’t have a photo of the preemie size pink cardigan – will have to try and remember to take one before I parcel everything up to post it off.


Easter already?

Either I am getting old or time has sped up beyond comprehension as it was March last time I looked ūüėČ

So, since the March update I have not really finished a lot but I did finally got the texture crochet blanket done.

Ended up giving it to a friend, who has a friend with a new baby, whilst I started some pretty Cardigans for her (a 0-3 month in pink and 3-6 months in white). That way she could give a little welcome gift before baby got too old, and can then give the cardigans when I finish them. Only one sleeve and two button bands to go on that project.

I also have some orders for the dinosaurs and had the yarn arrive for them recently so I guess those are next to do, one needs to be finished by first week of May at least.

My own project of hexagons is on hold at the moment. I have made all the hexagons – 9 squares in each of 12 colours – and I need to find a nice joining colour, am thinking a nice mustard yellow.

Other projects in my book are a wrap in dragon skin pattern for the daughter and two pairs of socks all in Knit Crate yarns. They are so soft and easy to work with so I am really looking forward to getting a start on them.

Finally I have two yarn buster projects on the go. A green scarf I am knitting when watching @Jennyknits on Twitch – mindless knitting is good for that. Another is using lots of variegated yarns in a log cabin design to do on the bus into town on work days.

If I remember I’ll update once a few of these projects are done. Meanwhile have a lovely Easter Weekend.

Almost the end of March

I’m on an unexpected holiday from work as I had 36.5 hours of annual leave accumulated that needed to be taken before April came knocking.

I’ve done a bit of crafting alongside going to watch Captain Marvel and a live performance of Macbeth ( the previous ones weren’t live) this one was better than others I’ve seen.

On the crafting sie I have upped my hexagon count to 9 hexagons in each of 8 colours and am half way through colour 9 now for my large blanket. I’ve also done 8 textured crochet squares for a small 9 square blanket and am currently about a third of the way through a diamond trellis version for it. Once I have joined both blankets I’ll try and take some good photos of them but no promises on the good ūüėÄ

Meanwhile here are photos of the 2¬† items I did manage to finish since my last post. Luckily my youngest grandson is only one year old next month so this won’t spoil the surprise for him.

Where did February go?

I’ve been a bit remiss in keeping this blog up-to-date but there again I’ve not been doing as much charity stuff as last year. In fact this year has been more a case of me making lots and lots of the Star Cluster Hexagons in various colours. On the 8th colour now with 6 more colours to go after that.

I’ve also made a couple of wreath’s to help brighten up the work place. Everyone there is very happy with them so it was worth doing.

The only other thing I’ve crafted is a couple of Dinosaurs as a gift for my Grandson in England who was 1 at the end of last month.

As usual here are the photos of my work.

First post of 2019

I’ve been doing a little finishing off of WIPs left over from last year and designed myself a hexagon that I am using to make myself a blanket from yarn my eldest gave me a few Christmases back. I just hadn’t found anything I wanted to make with it until I made my hexagon. I think it’s rather pretty and I’ve called it Star Cluster Hexagon and I am adding the pattern here now that I think I’ve ironed out all the kinks.

Star Cluster Hexagon (see below for photo)

stitches used 

ch = chain 

dc¬†= double crochet ‚Äď Yarn over, insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook,¬†yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook.¬†

  1. = cluster РYarn over, insert the hook into the next stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through the stitch, yarn over, draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook, repeat this twice more with the next two stitches, 4 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through all four loops on hook.

vst. = 1dc, 2ch, 1dc in same space/stitch. 


Round 1.  In MC make 18dc sl.st. to top of first st.  

(Alt. chain 2 make 18 dc in first chain sl.st to first dc) 

Round 2.  Make 1 Cl.st. in first three dc chain 3, repeat five more times. sl.st. to top of first cluster.  (Use standing dc for first st or 3ch.) n.b. your work will be curling under at this point, this will be corrected after the next round. 

Round 3.  6dc in first chain3 space, ch1, repeat 5 times. sl.st. to top of first dc. 

(Use standing dc for first st or 3ch.) 

Round 4. Make 1 Cl.st. in first three dc, ch3, 1 Cl.st. in next three dc, 3ch, vst.1 in ch1 space, ch3. Repeat 5 times sl.st. to top of first cluster. 

Round 5. *3dc in each 3ch space, 1vst into chain space of the vst in previous round * repeat * to * 5 more times, dc3 in last 3ch space sl.st. to top of first dc. 

Round 6.  Make 1 Cl.st. in first three dc, ch3, 1 Cl.st. in next three dc, 3ch, 1vst. in vst, ch3, *1cl in each 3ch space, 3ch four times, 1vst in vst, 3ch* repeat * to * 4 times, 1cl, 3ch, 1cl, 3ch, sl.st. to top of first cluster. 

Round 7.  repeat as for round 5 adding 3dc per ch3 space and 1vst per each vst.  sl.st to top of first dc. fasten off.