I read Claire’s post about spirals the other day, and couldn’t get the image of those lovely whirly shapes out of my mind. Today I finally purchased the pattern (by Charissa Ragsdale at MadMadme.com, via Ravelry), and here we go with Number One:
Using Vinni’s DK cotton in burnt orange and soft grey. Colours don’t show up well because it’s evening here. Nice and easy to work, and I love the effect of the surface chain. Thanks for the inspiration, Claire.
I’m not sure what the spirals will grow into, but I am pretty sure that they will multiply quickly. It’s like that when you have other deadlines, isn’t it? I remember one evening about thirty years ago, at 9.30pm the night before a big exam, suddenly starting to paint my kitchen walls.
With all the rush of the past weekend, I didn’t have a chance to make all the booties I’d promised to send up to Jo’burg today for Katie, my stepsister, and three of her preggie pals. (TV offerings must have been particularly lousy about six months ago…)
So I stayed up late last night finishing these. Katie wanted beige, the others could be any colour.
I made them with this pattern by Hayley Missingham, free on Ravelry. I used a dk yarn and a 4mm hook so must have got a slightly different size to the originals, but I think these will be perfect over a pair of socks on tiny little feet.
I can’t remember what or who started the internet trail that led to me finding this pattern, but here we are. This is designed by Catrina Usher, who I think came up with a really brilliant idea with her Stinky Fish hat. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry.
Here is my version:
It’s a bit tight on Carol because it’s toddler size, but it’ll be dead easy to make bigger sizes. I fiddled with the pattern a bit (didn’t do all the fancy stitches, used buttons for eyes, and left off the top fin) but I love it! It’s really versatile, as you’ll see from the photos on Ravelry that people have sent in.
Stinky Fish will come with me to the Somerset West market on Saturday, let’s see if anyone wants to buy it!
Nicola has asked me to make her a cowl so this is what I’ve chosen: it’s a free pattern on Ravelry by Suzana Davidovic (here), and who could resist something called Calm Cowl? I’m using cream dk and a 5.5mm hook…
As soon as I saw the bag that this clever Sandra person made (see her blog here), I knew I wouldn’t rest until I’d made one myself.
It’s a great bag to make because (a) it’s basically one very large granny square so it’s dead easy, (b) you can use left-over wool and any colours you like, and (c) it’s hard to mess up with something eccentric like this.
The original pattern is free on ravelry, and you’ll see other people have posted pics of their bags, all in different colours. I didn’t want to add bits of lace and flowers because I think the colours are vibrant enough, although I did take the liberty of adding a button on either side.
Now all it needs is handles. I really don’t fancy those round plastic ones, so I suppose there’s nothing for it but to try and make something myself. (casting my eyes round spare room filled with various craft and junk stuff as I type)