Yummy Yarn

I bought some yarn in January, several balls/skeins in some lovely yarn bases.   At the time I had a project in mind for each of them, and I used 3 of the balls within the last month.  But I was a bit disorganised and didn’t write down just what I intended to use all the yarn for!

So today I looked at the remaining yarn.  It is rather luscious.  I have 6 balls, 2 each of 3 colours, of Rooster Almerino DK.  I used Rooster Almerino Aran to remake the Lace and Texture Cowl, it is a lovely yarn base, soft and fabulous to work with.  So  I will have had a good use for it…..but I can’t remember!

The 3 colours are lovely together, a touch autumnal:


The colours are Starfish (top), Sandcastle (bottom left) and Hazelnut (bottom right), I like the combination.  So whether I can remember the original purpose or not, I know I will enjoy hooking some magic with these 🙂

The other 2 skeins are Cascade 220.  These are in a colour called Shrimp and, for me, these are very pink!   I don’t use pink normally, so I would have something unusual in mind.


This is a worsted/aran weight, so will hook up quickly.

What do you think?  Are they luscious or yummy?  And what would you make with these yarns?

Happy crocheting xx

Another revamp

Earlier this year I resolved to update some of my older patterns but after a couple of remakes I’m afraid I slowed down.

This week I decided I must catch up, so I chose another cowl which is a very quick make.  It uses one ball of super bulky yarn and you could make it in one evening.   The original also used some fun fur yarn to give it a fancy edge, but I decided against doing this for the second version.

So here it is:  Christmas Cowl version 2


It uses one ball of Debbie Bliss Roma, a lovely soft wool/alpaca blend.  I chose the colour Teal because I like blues (have you noticed?!).

It is slightly longer, narrower and, because of the lack of fun fur, somewhat plainer than the original

You can find the pattern here and it includes the pattern for the original design and version 2. As usual it is written in English and US crochet terms and has a chart.

I’ve now revamped 3 patterns, and they are all similar in some ways.  So the next revamp will be different – just wait and see 🙂

Happy crocheting xxx

Ta dah!

The final part of the Winter Blanket CAL is the border:


A simple beautiful frame to the blanket, which is shown in glorious sunshine (funny how the sun came out just in time!):


So now you have it – 8 different designs, 6 different colours, 49 squares  – all in a simple border.

I hope you enjoyed this CAL.

The full pattern is available on Ravelry here (all 16 pages of it!) , and now includes a US terms version as well.

Did you use all the 8 designs?  What colours did you choose?

Happy crocheting xxx

One week to go!

In one week it is Valentine’s Day, a time to openly display your love (well I think this should be done every day of the year, but I know some need a little encouragement!).   So I thought I’d remind you of this post from last year when I shared a tiny Valentine heart pattern.

Valentine Heart

There’s just enough time to make a few before next Sunday!

Happy crocheting xxx

Winter Blanket CAL part 8

For the last square I wanted something a little different.


What do you think?

It is made first in rows, then a couple of rounds are added to finish it off.  I love the stripes of colour.  I made 4 of these to sit in the middle of each edge of the blanket with the stripes running parallel to the edge.  Tension can be tricky on this sort of square, so you may need to practice with a few hook sizes before you get the size you need.

You can find the pattern here and join in the discussion here

Next week it’s the final part – the border.  And the Big Reveal!

Happy crocheting xx