Fit To Burst (into Bloom): Crochet Wrist Warmers

Another new pattern! Some crochet wrist warmers (or mitts, if you prefer, which I do when having to type it over and over)! Hurray!! Sorry to bombard you but I’m on a roll at the minute and I’ve learned that if I stop, I don’t start again. It’s probably a good idea to take advantage of any enthusiasm for sitting at a computer and typing stuff when the mood strikes.

Let’s get the important stuff out the way first. Please pop over to Ravelry or Etsy if you’d like to get yourself a copy of the pattern. There will be 20% off until the end of the month. OK, that’s the important bit, now for goss…

I don’t know if I should tell you this but I’m going to anyway… The design for this pattern has been around for a good couple of years but never really got off the ground. I came up with the idea when I was a PomPom Quartely subscriber (I got a year’s subscription for Christmas two or three years ago). After four issues of the magazine and only one crochet pattern amongst them, I was pissed off. I wrote to PomPom to suggest that they removed the word Crochet from the front of their magazine as it was false advertising. I got a response that the reason there were so few crochet patterns was because they didn’t get any ideas submitted. So I submitted these. Meh, they were not chosen but at least I gave it a shot (and a few more shots after that…). I get it, not every one fits all brands and that’s OK. And recently there have been some stunning crochet designs published in PomPom. There just needs to be more! More! I won’t buy the mag if there is only one crochet pattern in it. Oooh, shall we all write to them and ask for a crochet special!?? Anyway, tangent….

Back to the mitts. Every so often I had an inkling that I should give them another chance. I didn’t do much about it though until this year. A few months ago my sister told me that the Unravel festival had a design competition. Enter your design for a chance at having your pattern in the festival brochure. Everyone attending would get a copy. Such a terrific idea. I entered these mitts / wrist warmers as I thought they fit the brief. It made me revisit the pattern, tweak it a bit and make it even better. I think these mitts are ace but sadly, Unravel didn’t agree. I hope they’re not cursed! Maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree but I really like them. I’m wearing them right now!

Anyway, Both experiences have highlighted that crochet still ain’t getting equal lime light on the yarny scene. It’s an ongoing story and one which I shall revisit. I’m pretty sure it’s not just me and my mitts. Whatever, moving on…..

It’s a very adaptable pattern and can be sized up or down by adding or subtracting the multiples. You can add more rows if you desired or take them away. Do what you want. I have made longer ones, but not mega long. If they were super long then that’s another design entirely because you’d have to do some wrist shaping.

I wanted dainty so these are made with 4ply / fingering weight yarn. I’m not sure I’d like them in a fatter wool. They’re spring-like and floaty light. The puff stitches are like little flower buds, and therefore perfect for this time of year when all the blossoms are beginning to burst into bloom. Boop [alliteration is my friend].

I weighed them and each one weighs 23 grams. The contrasting colours are made with just a few metres of leftovers (no, I didn’t measure exactly, sorry). In the written pattern I don’t state which yarn I used, I can tell you here that the hot pink is a mini I bought at EYF from Vicki Brown Designs and the orange is leftover from my Road to Nowhere shawl. I got it from Siobahn’s Crafts at Stitch Fest Southwest in November last year. The main colour is a beautiful blue, I ordered it from Somerset Yarns because there was a sale.

If you make some, please do tell me, I would love to see. I hope you like them more than the others did! ;p

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Can you see the utter delight on my half face? Oh, to be wearing mitts now that April’s (not quite) here

Striped Out. C2C Baby Blanket Pattern

I recently became a King Cole brand ambassador. Pretty nifty, hey?! I get to play around with yarn and come up with new designs; my two favourite things! Being an ambassador means I get to try out new yarns that I wouldn’t otherwise consider. I know I’m not going to like everything they send me but hopefully it will push me out of my comfort zone and I’ll discover new, exciting things to fall in love with.

I’m not sure if this is technically an ad or not, I don’t think so because I don’t get paid. I get free yarn in exchange for giving King Cole a shout out. I don’t know how the relationship will pan out, I’ve never been an ambassador before! Let’s just see how things go…

This corner to corner crochet blanket, I’m calling it Striped Out, is the first thing I’ve made. Whilst C2C isn’t exactly nudging me out of any place of comfort, it is yarn I’d not normally choose and colours I wouldn’t ordinarily go for. However, it turns out that Paradise Beaches is a ridiculously soft DK and perfect for baby projects. I know some people who are having babies right now, so it’s great timing!

With the six balls I chose to use (there are two other colours in the solid colour range), I could easily make two baby blankets with a bit of juggling of the colour order. That means, if I tinkered with the chart, I could make a larger version. Not going to right now though, but I could if I wanted! Clarisabeth from Crochet Cakes suggested a black, white & grey version, which sounds totally awesome!

Anyway, I said I wasn’t going to do this anymore, well, not very often…. buuut I’m putting the chart here for free in case you’d like to make your own. The difference now is that I have also added a downloadable PDF download on Ravelry and Etsy that you can buy (20% off until the end of the month!). If you would like a seven page pattern with all the deets, you know what to do.

I thought it was a nice idea to have the opportunity for a freebie because everyone is stuck inside at the minute and might want something to do! 🙂

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Z&R Crochet Podcast 69. C for Can’t Remember

Hey, hope you’ve had a splendid fortnight?! I have been mega busy but am hoping for some chilled out weeks in the near future!

Right, no faffing, let’s get stuck straight in. Hit the pic above for the episode or go to my YouTube channel HERE. Ta v much.

Links and pics below….

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Links:

Find me on Ravelry, Etsy, Instagram and Patreon.

The Crochet Society subscription box. What I didn’t say was that it’s part of an affiliate thingy. With the code ZEENS10 you get 10% off purchases from the Crochet Society shop. I didn’t tell you in the podcast because I didn’t read the email properly, I just thought I was getting a free box to review! So it’s a bit more than that, in that I get a percentage of sales if you choose to buy one or more of the boxes. I don’t think it’s for subscriptions themselves though. I’ll tell you more next episode because I don’t want to look like a trickster! Use this link if you’re interested (cheers. x): http://go.www.crochetsociety.co.uk/Zeens10 You might need to leave it a day or two to set up because I only just sorted this (when I should have sorted it a week ago!)

Crochet Wardrobe by Cassie Ward. I am making the Loose Leaf jumper. Will I run out of yarn? Yes. Probably.

Alyson from the KCACY podcast was heading up the BIPOC in Fibre stand when I was at Unravel. Check out the podcast she co-hosts with her mum, I do enjoy stopping by to listen to them chat about their current woolly projects. And please take a look at Alyson’s gorgeous design, the Tweel cowl.

Tilly Flop tea towel. Still swooning….

The Crochet Project shawl with the puffs of colour is called the Stop, Drop & Pop. Made with The Wool Kitchen zip yarn in the colour way Rogue (more reasons to swoon).

The Crochet designer who had all the knitting inspired shawls is Diane Bensted of the Crochet Chain (told you it began with a C). The shawl I’d like to make is Zennor.

Release the Hounds shawl. I used the pattern for the floofy plump merino from Mrs Moon Yarns.

Thanks to Stevie by the Sea for finding a new crochet book that I love!

All other yarn dyers I bought from at Unravel: Baa Ram Ewe, The Knitting Shed, Spectrum Fibre, Needle & Fred, Rainbow Heirloom, Qing Fibre.

And I didn’t buy from Folkestone Harbour Yarn but I did go and have a chat with Suzy. It was her naturally dyed yarn that I used for the Granny cowl, which was on the front cover of Mollie Makes last year (spot it below!). I have to say that her stall was beautiful. I only took three photos at the festival and two of them were of her stall. I’m sorry I didn’t mention it in the episode.

Lots of people were admiring the crochet!
The other pic I took at the festival. Spectrum Fibre. I am drawn these colours so much, just as much as I am drawn to the naturals of Folkestone Harbour. All of it makes me sigh with great happiness.
Release the Hounds! Fat dog version.
That tea towel!! My eyes!!!
Greedy cow
Cheap cheap.

Z&R Crochet Podcast 68.

That two weeks went fast!! Here, as promised on Insta the other day, is my ranty episode. I missed some things for sure but I can always come back to it at a later date to moan and complain some more (I love having a good rant!). And also, it isn’t a full on raging rant, I don’t want to you to think I’m nuts!

Go HERE to YouTube to see what’s on my channel. Or click on the pic above to go to the episode (I forgot to name this one so it’s just 68). Cheers. x

Links:

The Road to Nowhere is now on Ravelry … and … Etsy …There is a 20% discount until 7th March. Read more and see daft pics HERE on a blog post all about it.

Crochet Wardrobe by Cassie Ward. I am making the Loose Leaf jumper

Alyssium cardi by the Crochet Project.

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Road to Nowhere
New jumper in the making
Future Easter Eggs?

Road to Nowhere. New Crochet Shawl

At last, my new shawl design is here and I love it! It’s something of a miracle because I usually learn to hate my own designs, having worked on them for so long, I’m sick to death of them by the time I hit publish. Not this one though, the DK version has become my new favourite accessory in the last few chilly weeks. It is warm, lightweight and the colours go with everything I wear. Result.

Road to Nowhere is now available on Ravelry where there is a 20% discount until the Saturday 7th March. It is also on Etsy (with the discount too!) and LoveCrafts will follow shortly.

Before I go into more detail (and I’m not going to go on and on, I promise!), I must mention my friend Paul, who’s a photographer. I asked him very nicely to come and take photos of me while I messed about on East Hill, near where I live. If you’re in the Southwest and you’re looking for a photographer then pop over to his website HERE. He does weddings and all that jazz.

Lots of snaps with my eyes closed…ugh

It was very cold the day we went up and just before storm Ciara hit. No matter what time of year it is East Hill is guaranteed to be windy and cold. After less than an hour I couldn’t feel my toes. But it seemed like a good place for taking pics and there were plenty of roads that I’m pretending lead to Nowhere but do, in fact, lead to Somewhere.

What do you need to know about the shawl? Well, the pattern comes in both US and UK terms because I know not everyone uses the same terminology. It also has two options: you can choose to make it in DK or 4ply/fingering. To be fair, you could probably make it in any weight of yarn but these are the two included in the pattern.

I have included a crochet chart for the main body, which accompanies the written pattern. There’s no chart for the ribbing because of two reasons. One, it is pretty simple when following the written pattern alone. And two, I won’t lie, I couldn’t work out how to create the chart without it looking like a nonsensical jumble of symbols! Erm, not my greatest moment….

One of the main reasons I often included variations in my patterns is because I’m intrigued about how a design will work in different colours and different yarn weights etc. I’m curious about the differences; there’s a lot to be learned by experimenting and playing. I can never choose a preferred outcome so I like to include more than one!

(Not sure why I’m squatting by the side of this road…. Brings to mind sayings about bears in the woods).

I haven’t worn the bright one much as it is very loud. I do love my bright colours but I’m not always in a colourful, joyful sort of mood. That’s one of the reasons I named the shawl Road to Nowhere. The writer of the song (by the Talking Heads) says it’s a “joyful look at doom”. Joyful! See? But it is also named thusly because the border reminded me of a road and it is, indeed, a road that doesn’t go anywhere. Just round and round.

I think it’s quite a fitting name. I was feeling a bit “meh” when I came up with it but I actually think it fits rather well. It’s important to me not to name a design project after the colours used due to the fact that other crocheters, who will hopefully make your design, will use an entirely different palette.

Not my dog
Apparently, once you start throwing sticks, you’re not allowed to stop.
Rainbow Road

I’ve run out of things to say about it now. Have I missed anything? Let me know!

Also, that’s quite enough of the photographs too. We took loads and were there less than an hour. That was plenty. In that short time my nose had gone red, my fingers numb and my feet had turned to ice. Hope you like the shawl (and Paul’s pics!) Cheers. xxx

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Z&R Crochet Podcast 67. Massive Head

Hello, how are you? I think you need to make a cup of tea, grab some yarn and get cracking with some crochet (or knitting, embroidery etc) while you catch up with what I’ve been up to! I feel like I’ve done loads over the last couple of weeks so there’s lots to chat about. check out my YouTube channel HERE or go to the latest episode by clicking on the picture above.

Not many photos today but, honestly it’s because I’ve been so busy crocheting I haven’t had time to snap it all! 😀

Links:

The Just Feel Festive Shawl by Caleisha Ryan

The Frosted Midnight hat by Sam Squeak

Encanto wrap by Claudia of Crochet Luna

ZZ Block c2c baby blanket

One Way or Another (the shawl behind me)

Fibre Rocks festival on IG as @rocksfibre

Patreon. Maybe you’d like to support my adventures in crochet!

Find me at Ravelry, Etsy, Lovecrafts and Instagram

Celebrating sewing in lots of ends by playing with them!
Just Feel Festive shawl by Caleisha Ryan

Z&R Crochet Podcast. Never Gonna Stop

First of all, this is a sniffy sniffy, hair touchy episode. So sorry, but I was super fidgety today. Plus, I had a cold nose! With that out of the way, welcome to Episode 66! Please click on the picture above to go to the episode of go Here to my YouTube channel. Ta very much. x

Links:

Patreon. Maybe you’d like to support my adventures in crochet!

Ravelry. Maybe you’d like to check out my designs!

Instagram. Perhaps you fancy looking at some pictures!

Etsy. Another path to patterns!

The Just Feel Festive Shawl

The Cloud Nine Jumper

Ayssium cardigan

French Press cardi

Somerset Yarns

I also talked about Paintbox, Drops Nord and Cascade Heritage

Any questions, give me a shout! Thanks ever so much. x

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Z&R Crochet Podcast Episode 65. Potty Mouth

Happy New Year! I hope you’ve had a good time over the last few weeks. I know I’m ready to just get on with things… As always, please hit the pic above to go directly to the latest episode of my little crochet podcast or, go HERE to my YouTube channel. Cheers.

I have a couple of WIPs and a couple of finished objects but no more photos. I will endeavour to get the camera out more in the next few weeks.

Links and stuff:

Cloud Nine Jumper by Iron Lamb

John Arbon Textiles

Patreon. Just in case you fancy giving a little bit of support. x

Just Feel Festive shawl by Caleisha Ryan

For more regular updates, don’t forget to come and find me on Instagram!

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xxx

Z&R Crochet Podcast: Dirty Palette

Hi, this is the last video for the year and indeed, the decade! Nuts! It’s super busy every where at the moment so hopefully you find twenty minutes to have a sit down. Please click on the pic above to go directly to Episode 64. Or, you can have a look at the whole YouTube channel HERE, where you’ll find all other episodes and lots of crochet video tutorials. Cheers!

Links:

Hinterland Shawl

Crochet Bauble pattern

ZZ Block Blanket

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Ho Ho Ho. Merry Christmas! x

Z&R Crochet Podcast 63. Willing to Make it Twice

Hello again! I hope you’re well? Episode 63 has WIPs galore as well as a couple of little FOs. There are two Giveaways as well. And finally, I can talk without the fear of getting cut off every four minutes! Hoo-bloody-ray.

Please hit the pic above to go directly to the episode or visit all of the Z&R YouTube channel HERE for more crochet podcasts / vlogcasts as well as plenty of crochet video tutorials. Ta very much. x

Links:

I had every intention of telling you that I was wearing the Mount Tremper Sweater but totally forgot. I mentioned in the previous episode and thought I should give it an outing before making my mind up whether to frog it or not (probs no point really).

The fabric is from Wool Warehouse, which you probably already know and then Cloth & Candy, which is a lovely online store that Shirley Rainbow told me about.

Granny Xmas hat pattern. 20% off in Ravelry until the 8th of December. No code needed.

The ZZ Block Corner to Corner blanket

Kirk & Roger hooks on Etsy.

Ruffle Rose Free Crochet Pattern.

The yarn for my new design is being mostly made in 50g skeins from Siobahn’s Crafts.

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More pics below. x

New bits!
Kirk and Roger hooks
ZZ Block Blanket