OMG Noro….

So you know I’m such a crochet addict but more than that, I’m a yarn addict. I have waaaay too much yarn, not enough space (will be sleeping on the floor in my kitchen as that has a bit of space) and a dirty little habit of buying yarn online (all the time) my pet time to buy is after dinner- kid free- internet browsing time just after pay day 😛😄😃👍🏼

So I bought some beautiful NORO yarn online. It’s called Noro Janome. Here is what I made… Again using granny squares…. Oh my god I had so much fun! I just don’t know how it’s going to look on me…. But hey there’s nothing wrong in a gypsy look is there? My family might refuse to walk with me, but at least I’ll be looking good! Enjoy looking… Tell me if you’ve made anything recently with granny squares… Or crochet squares. (I’m not sure why any square is called a granny square in crochet. Does anyone know?) 

Until next time 

Payal 😘

Crochet sweater gone wrong…? 

Hello everyone 

Last night I thought my last crochet class for this month. It was so rewarding and exciting to see everyone complete the granny square and feel confident with the yarn and hook. God bless the lovely ladies for giving me the opportunity to share my love of crochet, and for putting up with my mistakes. 

Mistakes brings me to a positive story. Here is a photo of a jumper that I made last year. Believe it or not, this jumper was going to be a lap blanket at one stage! 

I made this using Morris and sons quartet yarn

I used 12 balls of Amethyst, it’s 70% wool and 30% soybean silk. So… Admittedly I never envisaged this jumper to turn out quite the way it did. What went wrong I hear you ask? It was all about the gauge! Really you say… Could anyone possibly get it so very wrong! Yes I know…. I know. 

The lesson I learnt: never start a project like a jumper without some idea of gauge, stitch density, amount of yards finally needed Etc. Another really valuable lesson- salvage your project. There is usually a way to work it out. Don’t throw out your yarn or throw away your project. It can be used in some way. This sweater started off with a nice even square, however halfway through my blanket size I realised I’d need a lot more yarn that I had already purchased. That was when I decided to make a second square, join the two together and see what I got. It looked like a sleeveless tunic… But it was too wide. Hence the sleeves came about. To finish it off I used a Hank of Manos del Uruguay silk blend in Bebe. This made up the cowl neck and the tighter hem at the end of the jumper. I have worn it a few times now with much pride. First mistakes that are salvaged in time always turn into projects to be proud of! Enjoy the inspiration. P x

Scared of colour… Not me!

I wanted to share a little story. Whilst at a quaint little yarn store I picked up two hanks of gorgeous cashmere yarn. It was on sale, but at $68 each it was still a bit pricey… The little catch was the colour: Bright lemongrass green and a jade green. Anyway, I brought it home, then started hunting for ideas on what to do with it. I hit upon doing granny squares, just to blend the two shades of green together. After some experimenting and mixing it up, I hit upon this idea and ended up with this scarf. I also used some silver yarn to edge it and add some glamour to the project. 

It was such a quick project to work it. It’s also soft and warm to wear…. I am not scared of the very bright almost neon colours anymore… Yeah! 

Hope it inspires all the other readers like me who look at colours and wonder about the possibilities. 

P x