Keep on craftin’

Hi crochet friends! I’ve been a bit of a sad captain lately as I’ve hurt my hand and not been able to crochet, so had nothing much to blog about. After a trip to the doctors I was advised to rest it for 6-8 weeks, so crocheting is unfortunately out for the time being. I think a combination of using a mouse a lot for work and using the same muscles and tendons to crochet every day has caused the problem. After resting it for a few weeks I’m pleased to say it seems to be on the mend now. I’m really missing crochet as its my main form of relaxation every day but I’ve been using the time to follow lots of interesting blogs and look at other crocheters work. On the brighter side, my lovely sister gave me this fab bracelet she made today.

She crocheted it into a metal chain, in bright cotton yarn, adding a fastener. I love the choice of colours and it’s both comfy to wear and stylish. 

These DP needles belonged to my paternal grandma, a wonderful lady and fantastic grandma who knitted various things including a toy lion I regretfully no longer have. It’s nice to be using her needles though.I’ve had this ball of Zig Zag in my stash for ages and finally decided to give continental knitting a go, as my hand is a little better. 

I’m hoping knitting won’t make it worse as I’m using my other hand more. I’m pacing myself but have cast on my first ever sock, with help from my sister whose an ace knitter. I’m following Winwick Mum’s detailed guidelines and hoping for the best! So I’ll keep on crafting and hopefully get back to my beloved crochet soon. Thanks for reading, happy crafting!


Colourful Hairband

img_0736-1I’ve been looking for small , speedy projects lately as I’ve been very pressed for time. So I had a play with my yarn stash and came up with this quick and easy hairband, modelled here by my lovely sister (and her Scottie, May)

I chose a Rico variegated cotton (my rainy day Manchester impulse buy) and got to work.

First I chained 86, (add or subtract multiples of 5 chain to adjust the size) which makes 17 shells.

Next I skipped 3 chain and worked a treble crochet (double if you are in the USA) into the next chain space.

Then a further 3 treble crochet into the same space. This makes a total of 5 trebles because the 3 chain counts as the first one.

Next I skipped 2 chain spaces and worked a double crochet (single for US crocheters) into the next chain space.

I then skipped 2 more chain spaces and worked 5 trebles into the next chain space.Before skipping 2 more chain spaces and working a double crochet into the next chain space. I repeated this until the end of the row of chain, ending with a double crochet. Next, I turned my crochet upside down and worked 5 trebles into the same chain space as before. I then continued working (1 double, skip 2 chain, 5 trebles, skip 2 chain) all the way to the end of the row ending with a double.
I joined the Hairband ends together with a slip stitch and it was ready to wear.

It turned out to be a nice sized, wearable design. Yay!
It turns out my head is bigger than my sister’s (!) so I added in an extra shell when I made one for me. I also wear mine as a necklace and bracelet. I love how adaptable crochet can be. And I really love a quick project.