Cal Week 10

Beachcombing Blanket CAL

Well this isn’t like me but I’m a bit behind this week, it’s been a bit to warm to work on this beauty this week but managed to get it finished last night. Finished just in time for the penultimate week being released tomorrow. Wow week 11, and what a crazy 11 weeks it has been.

How have you spent your lockdown? Made something you are really proud of? Then please do share.

Week 10 was a fabulous combination of stitches and once these rows were completed all the colours just popped.

I still have quite a bit of yarn left so do we think the final 2 weeks will be rounds? I guess I only have a few hours to find out.

Thanks for reading

Take care and stay safe

Marie @ Cosy Crochet

Beach Combing Blanket CAL

Week 3 – Buoys and Fishing Nets

Hi Everyone, all still sane? Getting into this lockdown situation now?

Well, that is week 3 completed and what a challenge that was. Had a few mental blocks on this one, and a few harsh words muttered but got there in the end, Phew!

Had to do two squares again this week, but this time I did each round together so both worked up at the same time.

This weeks inspiration came from the buoys and fishing nets washed up on our shores and you can really see that come through in the squares. I absolutely loved it this week Coastal Crochet, but I am a little concerned these squares seem larger than the last ones made in week 1 and week 2. I’m sure it will all come together in the end.

So here it is week 3’s instalment, roll on Friday for week 4, can’t wait.

Thanks for reading

Take care and stay safe

Marie @ CosyCrochet

Beach Combing Blanket CAL

Week 1

Afternoon everyone, hope you are well and safe? It’s starting to get to everyone now I know it is but hang in there we can do this together.

On the 10th April 2020, amidst this very strange and surreal time, this years CAL started by my favourite designer over at Coastal Crochet. I love her design work and this one looked quite a challenge. Unfortunately I didn’t order my pack in time and had to wait for it so come back in stock but thankfully it arrived on Tuesday.

There are 2 different kits that are available from The Knitting Network, one in cotton and one in acrylic, I decided on the cotton on this time which it the more expensive of the two packs but I have to say I am loving this Scheepjes Catona cotton yarn.

I thought it looked challenging and it certainly was, I didn’t get far till I had to flog a round and start again (the importance of counting hitting me like a slap in the face) I got to the end of round three and thought hang on a minute that’s not right? I had to many stitches, in my defence it was my first ever time doing popcorn stitch and clearly got carried away with it.

More popcorn stitches in round four and I suddenly realised that I was finishing them wrongly, DOH! the eagle eyed ones among you will see the difference between round two and four, I was not flogging it all again, no thanks.

I gained more stitches as the rounds went on and I kept flogging, swearing, re doing, flogging, swearing a little more then sod it I will lose them in the next round which I did.

CRAB STITCH – my new hate stitch, wow, took me an hour to do this round of crab stitch and I seriously do hate it. This stitch goes against everything you have been taught as you have to DC backwards and my fingers and brain just could not get around it at all. As feared there was more crab stitch at the end of week one. I used a larger hook this time and it was a lot easier to control the cotton yarn from splitting so the final round wasn’t so bad.

The dreaded crab stitch (white circle)

And that’s it, Week 1 complete and I’m ready for Week 2 being released tomorrow morning, no more crab stitches please Eleonora (false hope on my part there)

What do you think? great start to a new emerging blanket, challenging but going to be worth it I’m sure.

Take Care everyone

Thanks for reading

Love Marie @cosycrochetbymarie

Crochet Diploma Modules 15, 16 and 17

Well that’s it I’ve completed it, these last 3 modules covered starting your own business. Venues (craft fairs, farmers markets, car boots) and Advertising, Online marketing, Social Media, Opening your own shop and monitoring each of these so that you know what’s working best for you.

It covered financing and budgeting from incomings v outgoings to pricing of items (always an issue for crafters) to gaining financial backing to start your own business.

Taxes / VAT and HMRC registering, and how to keep a record to make submitting taxes easier. Anyone registered with the HMRC for their craft? I tried to years ago but because I never actually make a profit to not bother registering till I make a profit of £1000, that is never going to happen so have never revisited it, anyone know if this has changed? I am always in the negative profit as I cannot resist that yarn or new book or new pattern and never charge what I should Ha Ha.

The module also covered how to write up a business plan, which is crucial if you intend to start your own business and require financial backing. This section was very informative and gave you simplistic breakdowns of each section and how to approach it.

So overall, even though I don’t plan to open a shop, or run a stall etc, I found these last three modules very interesting. So if you are planning to start your own business then it’s really useful.

Thanks for reading, stay safe, stay home

Take Care, Marie @ Cosy Crochet

Crochet Diploma – Module 13

Happy Monday, Hope you are all well?

Jumpers

This module was all about jumpers, not something I can confess to ever doing, and always avoided if I’m honest. The thought of working out all the schematics to get it to fit right terrifies me. I think I will always be a follower where jumpers are concerned and probably never design my own. Never say Never though right?

The module covered all different types of Jumpers

  • Freeform
  • Granny squares
  • Openwork
  • Drop Shoulder
  • Dolman
  • Raglan
  • Set in Sleeve
  • Yoke

Yeh you thought a jumper was just a jumper like me didn’t you?

It covered Yarns, Yarn Amounts and Tension required for each type, and gave you a handy little chart on the amount of yarn per standard size S-M-L for adult and Child.

The module took you through Designing and where to start and get your inspiration from, how to do your swatch, preparation and actually starting. Hints to write your pattern up, and a pattern for a drop shoulder jumper which apparently is the simplest to do, I’ll take their word for it on that one I think.

I am slightly worried that I hit submit answers and my final one didn’t register though, we had a wifi crash and when it came back it stated submitted so I may have failed this one, will have to wait and see. Onto the next one I go….

Stay Home, Stay Safe

Take Care, Marie @Cosy Crochet

Crochet Diploma – Module 10

Well I’m not doing as well as I’d hoped from my last diploma blog, in fact I have been very lazy this Christmas, like very lazy, Anyone else?

I did module 10 and its all about Afghans (blankets to you and I), who has a favourite blanket? Why is it your favourite? My favourite is my Changing Tides Cal Blanket I completed this year, Love it so much.

It covered all the different types of afghans, a size guide for each and the best yarns to use for each, which was really useful as we all tend to opt for our favourite yarn to work with and that’s not always the best, depending on the type of blanket.

Types of Blanket

  • Afghan / Throw
  • Beadspread
  • Baby Blanket
  • Lapghan
  • Graphgan
  • Scrapgan (who knew lol)

And there you thought a blanket was just a blanket right, how wrong a statement that is lol.

The module covered the types of construction, back and forth in rows, motifs, join as you go, Pictures and guided you through your own design process from how to start out to get the right dimensions (UGH Maths) through to construction and writing up your own design.

I really should adopt the calculation method more when starting my blankets, I tend to just pick up a hook and my favourite yarn and away I go and tend to gauge it by sight rather than actuals, anyone else do this? I’m not alone on this surely?

The final part of this module was a pattern for a lapghan for you to make up yourself, this has been added to my ever growing “I MUST MAKE LIST”

Will I ever get through them all? who knows maybe one day.

Have a lovely day, remember to share your favourite blankey with me would love to see them.

Take Care

Marie (Cosy Crochet)

CAL-Week 8 & 9

Good evening everyone, I am so sorry I have been silent for a while but I have had a really busy couple of weeks decorating. Looking lovely and fresh and clean now though so happy days.

This did put me behind somewhat on the Changing Tides Cal I have been doing, It didn’t help that week 8 was those pesky bobbles which now it’s getting big take forever. I started on round 8 and did the first side only to count way too may bobbles, WHAT?? (angry face). Turns out in week 7 I just randomly decided to add an extra stitch in each block of stitches, why? I have no idea. I had to flog the row of bobbles then 2 rounds of week 7 and start again. Wasn’t happy to say the least.

The importance of counting peeps, the importance of counting indeed!

So once I had caught up with my mistake it was time to tackle the bobbles again, and they really did seem to take forever, every time I thought I was coming to the end of the row there were loads more to do to just finish one side. I had the right number this time so carried on when I could to get it finished. I didn’t complete them in time for week 9 coming out so thought I would dive straight in and share both weeks with you once I finished it.

Happy to report that I competed round 9 last night, sewed all the ends in, lay it down to admire and wow it’s looking incredible now,

What do you think? It’s not going to fit the landing much longer is it?

Anyway it’s good to be back, I have missed blogging for you all. Maybe I won’t decide to decorate the biggest rooms in the house all together next time.

Take Care

Marie (Cosy Crochet) x

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Module 5 – Crochet Diploma

Good Morning, and what a lovely one it is.

So last night I completed module 5, I smashed module 4 btw ;-). This module was quite an interesting module as it covered tension and pattern reading. Which has posed a question to you lovely lot straight away.

Who makes a tension swatch before starting a project?

I can honestly say I never have, and after reading through this module maybe I should start? Never felt the need too before as never really made any clothes and always believed this was its main importance, apparently not.

There are more factors to a tension swatch than I realised, it’s not just about the size of the piece, but the hook size you should be using, the yarn weight are all factors for a tension swatch.

However I can see why we as crocheters don’t do them, because it’s so time consuming. Not only do you have to keep making one with different hooks and yarn if it’s not the adequate size, you have to block it properly by wetting it, pinning it, drying it then measuring it. Then if it’s not right you have to start the whole process again till you get the right hook and yarn weight ratio to the pattern specifications.

Jeeze, we just want to get started right?

So, who does this every time? or is everyone as eager as me just to crack on with a new project?

A great tip was given though, every tension swatch you make, keep, sew them all together and make a tension swatch Afghan, now what a fabulous idea this is. Come on someone out there has done this right? Please show us because in my head I can imagine some fantastic colourful blankets using these swatches.

The module also covered pattern reading, remember when you first looked at a crochet pattern? That string of abbreviations, numbers and letters, and you were thinking to yourself I need a degree to understand this, and now it’s just like reading a magazine. OK you might have to read through some a few times still but you do actually understand what it’s telling you.

Thats a skill in itself isn’t it?

It also listed all the common abbreviations that we read daily, and was very proud that I recognised all of them, Yes! I can do this ha ha. I won’t list them all on here today as there are too many but look out for future posts I may just cover them.

It also covered following a chart provided a table of what all the symbols represented which was quite handy for myself as I have never really followed a chart so I might try this method and see. It did both UK and US terms also which is handy for me as I do switch between both quite a lot.

Who prefers a chart to written patterns? if so why

Anyway thank you for reading, enjoy this beautiful day (UK) and the long weekend.

Take Care

Marie (Cosy Crochet) x

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CAL – Week 6

Is also complete, just not got around to letting you all know so playing catch up this morning.

Just look how beautiful it is, cannot wait for Friday morning (well evening by the time I get to do it) and week 7.

Marie (Cosy Crochet) x

CAL – Week 5

Morning, well that’s another week completed, rounds 38 – 40 depicting the fabulous white cliffs wearing their vibrant green hats of the UK’s southern coastline What a great design Eleonora at Coastal Crochet is doing for us, I am just in love with it.

Cannot wait for week 6, roll on Friday.

Have a great day everyone

Marie (Cosy Crochet) x