Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Take Two: 2013 projects complete

Don't you just love it, I started writing this post this morning and almost had it saved then forgot to save it! Never mind, I'll begin again. 

Last night was the first meet up of the knitwits which there ended up just being 3 of us as a few ladies couldn't make it. I managed to show the other ladies how to crochet so hopefully by the time the next catch up comes around they'll be ready to try a granny square. 

Last night when I got home I sat down in my beloved 70's swivel armchair and finished the border on the baby shawl and wove on the loose ends. When I started the border across the top of the last row of shells I discovered an error in the instructions on the pattern, I ended up adding a chain between stitches. The added chain worked out and the border was complete though I decided to skip the shell ruffle as I liked the simpler more modern look of just a few rows if single crochet. 

Tomorrow I'll block it and then it will be ready to post to my lovely friends in Switzerland in time for the arrival of their first baby, I'll be sending the matching newborn jacket I made and if I finish it, the bonnet too. 

Now I can work on a cardigan for my mum for Mother's Day, it's my first attempt at an adult garment so here's hoping it works out. I'm making the Graceful Jacket in the pic below, pattern book purchased on the book depository (free shipping worldwide). 

What's your first project for 2014? 

You might find the app 'crochet decoder' useful, I recommended it to the ladies last night as it explains crochet terms, hook sizes and instruction in various stitches. 

Wherever you are, have a lovely day. 

Lisa x

Monday, January 13, 2014

Welcome 2014

2014 - Planning

Well the new year is under way and it's back to work for most of us and time to start planning the year ahead. I've been thinking back this week on what I've achieved in the last 12 months since I took up crochet again. Twelve months ago I couldn't read patterns, I struggled with basic stitches and wondered if I'd ever be able to make something other than a scarf.

2013 Projects:
  • Rainbow baby ripple blanket

  • Crochet collar

  • Coasters

  • Newborn jacket

  • Newborn bonnet (WIP)

  • Baby shawl (WIP)

  • Beanies

  • Scarf and beanie set

2014 Projects:

  • Cardigan
  • Lace weight shawl
  • Knitted socks
  • Hooded cape
  • Infinity scarf
This week I found some great bargains at Spotlight managing to get merino/silk lace weight yarn for $3.00 a 50g ball and acrylic/nylon yarn for $2.00 a 100g ball. I wanted to buy more than I did but decided to just get what I needed for two of my planned projects. I'm sure there will be more sales on later in the year so I can be patient and wait. 

This year I would also like to practice more of my spinning, perhaps attend another workshop as I still don't really know what I'm doing or how to adjust the spinning wheel correctly. 

What projects have you got planned for 2014? Are you on Instagram? You can find me on there as vintagevesta7, please drop by and say hello and I'd love to see what you're working on too. 

Have a great week!

Lisa x

Tuesday, January 7, 2014


Well after surviving a weekend long heat wave, with temperatures hitting 40+ deg celcius it was back to work on Monday for me. Oh how I miss nana naps, sleeping in and mid week bike rides. Anyway my bank balance told me it was time to work even if I didn't want to. Monday started with Sunshine and sunflowers as I walked through the grounds of St Stephens Cathedral Brisbane, I feel lucky the walk from the station to work is a pretty one. 

Sadly, after the heat wave we had on the weekend the inevitable storm arrived in the afternoon and everything turned dark as if it were the middle if the night...consequently I squelched my way to the train to head home. The rest of the week so far has been sunny. 

I've also been working on the baby shawl I'm trying to get done by Feb for friends expecting their first baby. The train ride to and from work is a great time for hooky. 

I have about 24 rows to go then I can start the border. This week I'll be taking some time to think about what I want to accomplish this year with crochet and craft. It's going to be a busy year as I have uni starting in march on top of full time work and this year my friends are getting married in December. 

What have you got planned for your craft this year? 

Well work awaits so I'll head off now and check in later in the week. I hope wherever you are that you have a great week and laugh at least once a day. 

Lisa x

Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 starts with a sampler

Well I've had a great start to 2014, making the most of the holiday break from work I headed out for 3 mornings in a row of cycling with my boyfriend and will go riding again tomorrow morning before I retreat indoors from the expected 41 degree heat!

Despite the hot weather here in Brisbane I can't stay away from yarn and crochet. Some of my Instagram buddies inspired me to do a crochet along, while some are doing the mood blanket I liked thepatchworkheart's suggestion which involves a throw done with multi colours and in different crochet stitches. Rather than a throw I'm planing the same pattern but making it into a scarf for winter. I made a sample and realised I counted wrong so I'll try again, I like the effect so far though, what do you think?? It's also a great way to use up your scrap yarn. 

You can find this on Pinterest or here is the link to a blog I found with instructions, including lots of helpful hints and photos.


What projects will you tackle this year? 

I also got some sock yarn on sale at Spotlight, I'm determined this year will be the year I succeed in knitting socks. 

Have an awesome week! 

Lisa x