I am getting ready for vacation which means getting ready for sun, beach, sea and lots of time to read, relax and – of course – crochet. All those years past I used a bag made of up-cycled chocolate wrappers from Rittersport to carry my stuff to the beach. But I always wanted to create a beach bag that really makes me feel all beach and sun and summer. Oh yes, ravelry has tons of bags – and I have tons of bag patterns there in my library already. But I was still looking for that one special design.
Then I stumbled over the flowering meadow bag by Daniela Krejčová and just knew that this was the perfect beach bag project. I decided to use the leftover yarn from my Danish mermaid Hygge kit – all sea colors of blues and greens that just make me think of vacation all the time. I added some other scrap yarn from my stash in white for contrast and happily set out to start crocheting. The pattern however is only Czech – a language that has eluded me until now. And the pattern is not written that well that I could distinguish stitch counts, stitches or anything on how I was supposed to do it. However it contained a lot of pictures so I just kind of winged it based on those. I added a personal touch to it as in my opinion the straps are too little supported to carry anything with substantial weight. Overall I am planning to carry at least a book, my crochet stuff and my gaming device.
Crocheting was pretty simple and straight forward though adding the little star flowers took what felt like ages. I am still not sure about the best way to secure those threads – I just knotted them of in the back several times. Well, I still have some Catona left in case they all fall off ;). I wanted to also add some fabric with storage for scissors, crochet hooks and keys but time ran short – so this year I will still use my up-cycled bag but next year I will definitely be ready for the beach …
Currently I am only working on one project I really like to finish soon: my Stardust Melodies blanket. At least I am not the only participant of the CAL that struggled to keep up and failed. I would so love to have more time to crochet during the week but mostly I find time on weekends. Now I have only four squares left to join to my blanket – three of them are already on the blocking board and the fourth is waiting to be done. But after eight squares in two days my hand starts to hurt, so I need to make a short break before making a run for the border.
As well I need to get ready for vacation and need to work on my surprise – the sneak peak I recently posted. So until everything is ready here’s the current progress on my Stardust Melodies – It looks a little bit wobbly but I love how the colours come together:
This week I have been busy with catching up on my Stardust Melodies CAL. Actually the border patterns have been released already and I had not even finished all 24 squares once. Until now I didn’t even know how big my blankets gonna be. It’s the first time that I actually did not have a plan layed out in detail right from the start but kind of went along with what came. Now that I have three rows already joined, I am able to get a feeling on how big it already is and how big it might be by adding my chosen border.
The only decision open was, if it’s going to be a blanket for one person or if I am going to snuggle underneath it with my hubby. You have to know that my husband is quite a lot taller than me, therefore needs a longer blanket or his toes will stick out. I was not keen on adding additional squares to make it longer so I decided that I might be able to adjust the length by adding to the border instead.
It’s not easy for me to have the picture of the finished blanket in my head but still needing to create the second half of the squares. Luckily there are a lot of nice movies on Amazon Prime and Netflix and the weather is usually not that good on weekends. It always seems to me that there is a unknown law of nature that the weather is nice and sunny during the week when I have to work and is rainy and cold when I am off….
Last week I still did not have much time for crocheting as there was another cake waiting for me to be made. This time it was for the mother of my best friend. This woman is a really great person and kind of “adopted” my husband and me. So there was no way I would say no when I was asked to create a cake for her 80th birthday. Sadly she has diabetes so I had to ensure that the cake did not contain too much sugar. I picked yellow sponge cake with blueberry filling and a whipped cream-mascarpone cream. Her favourite color is yellow so I added some yellow roses and blue hydrangea made of Cake Dutchess modelling paste. I love how thin this paste can be rolled out and still be workable for some time.
I love how easy the petals could be dusted with petal dust and how well it holds the color after steaming. I have used this cake as an excuse to buy the cake steamer I had an eye on for quite some time. It was on sale at that moment so my restrain to buy it was easily resolved 🙂 It’s so much easier to work with a professional steamer rather than the water boiler I had used before (and almost burned my fingers with). Now I have all my equipment ready to practice more flowers as roses are fairly easy as soon as you have figured them out. The hydrangea don’t look that right though – maybe it would have been better to make them in white and dust them later just as I did with the roses.
Now that the cake season is over again for some time, I will again have time for some CAL work. I will give you an short update on my Stardust Melodies CAL. Here you see the next six squares ready to be joined to the rest. I am still behind six squares but I am sure that I am able to catch up. I am not sure yet if I am going to add more squares or if I just use it as a lap blanket. I think it will become pretty heavy the more squares are added as it is made of cotton yarn. I am not sure if I want to give it away every time for washing as I don’t know if washing saloons have enough knowledge still so that they don’t mess it up. I would be devastated if it got ruined after having invested so much time…
In the mean time I have a sneak peak for you until next week. Something I have been working on in between flower making for my upcoming vacation…..
I am falling behind with my Stardust Melodies CAL because of working on my Ross Poldark in parallel. Therefore I show you what I have been working on the whole week. This time we had to make eight squares in total – eight really big squares. This actually did take so much time that I just have not been able to work on anything else. Working on eight squares simultaneously really got on my nerves – I hate repetitive work and I had a hard time convincing myself that it’s worth the effort.
The squares are a little bit smaller than the ones of week two, so I will probably need to block all before joining. I was so hoping to being able not to block anything this time – blocking is tedious for a big blanket.
Now that I finished this week I actually really love the way these squares look. Aren’t these pretties? I now really hope that I can keep myself motivated next week too as there will be again eight squares waiting to be made. Maybe this time I’ll split them up in two times four instead.
So it’s kick off week again – this time I present to you the amazing Ross Poldark blanket. Or at least the first two weeks as the CAL will take place until August. But what I like about this CAL is that you actually know what the finished product will look like as the pattern has already been released before. So I know I love the design and also the original masculine color scheme. The first week consisted of sixteen small squares – after the Nuts squares they looked tiny. They where quite easy to do as they do not contain any fancy stitches. I like the way it creates a nice pattern while staying simple.
The next week was only four squares – but this time bigger ones. Don’t the colors look gorgeous? And they where quite fast to make in only two evenings. Can’t wait for this week’s release in order to see how the squares will come together. As well those small squares are nice to work on even when it’s hot. And while waiting I am working on the next squares of my Stardust Melodies CAL.
This week was quite busy – not concerning finishing projects but more on getting new projects on board. I worked on my Nuts Border but we are currently having a heat wave which makes cocheting on it slow work. So sadly I don’t have a finished blanket yet.
However the first new project added to my list is the Ross Poldark CAL. The pattern was created by the amazingly creative designer Catherine Bligh and the CAL will be starting on the 12th of July. I have received my yarn pack already from Loveknitting and can’t wait to get started. The colors are so lovely and the design is so gorgeous <3. And of course it’s again connected to a Facebook group – my fourth crochet related one – that provides me with one million of new project ideas. I am so doomed ….
A good friend of mine is actually responsible for the second project added. She asked me recently if I do anything else besides crocheting. Yes, I still clean my apartment and even my balcony garden gets watered now and again :P. And I have time to meet with friends, too. But it’s quite true that this year I spent very much time on crocheting – it can be done next to the TV, it is easy to pick up and easy to store away and I don’t need to plan very much (which is nice after a hard day at work which involves lots of planning and organizing). So on my way home I read that Etty van Urk, the Cake Dutchess, who is my inspiration for modelling fondant figurines, wanted to start an “edible alphabet cake topper collaboration” using Cake Dutchess modelling paste. My fingers were faster to type “I’m in!” than my brain was able to process what I was doing :P. I now have to come up with an idea for a word starting with the letter “H” and an kids-suitable design. I am loving the challenge!
And last but not least I published my first free pattern. You might remember the dish scrubber I created using Rico Creative Bubble. It’s not a fancy design but I thought that I might as well write it down as I was not able to find such a pattern when searching the web. I decided to publish it on Ravelry, my own preferred source of patterns – and after quite a struggle with figuring out how to actually get my instructions uploaded there, I am happy to announce that you can find it here in case you want to give it a try too. It’s my first written and charted pattern – so please be kind to me ;). Any feedback is welcome – especially if anyone knows the official chart symbol for a drop stitch (searched the web to and fro and was not able to find anything on it at all).