new project

I have started making a new Crochet project. I have some beautiful Misti Alpaca Sock Yarn from K2tog. It’s a wonderful shade of deep blue, with slight variations. I haven’t worked with anything this light before, but it’s beautiful. It’s working up quite soft and warm. It’s 50% Alpaca, 30% Merino, 10% silk, and 10% Nylon.

Here’s where I’m up to:

Yes it’s a little wonky.

This is a lovely Shawl. I found the pattern on Ravelry here. I struggled at first with the beading sections, purely because of the beads, and the fact that I couldn’t find any suitable beads, Then I found some as part of a pack with a few other useless (for this project) beads. Here’s the ones I’m working with:

aren’t they pretty?

I’m not sure how many I will need, but I’ll get more as I go along. I also don’t think the fist photo does the colours justice so maybe when it’s done I’ll pick a sunny day and model it outside.

also, if anyone reading this would like to friend me on Ravelry, I’m Nickerockers.


Finished project roundup.

I thought I’d do a quick post to show some finished crochet projects. I’m sending this from my iPhone because
that’s where my photos are. I’ll hopefully come back and edit later to link to my ravelry projects.

What I’m wearing right now are these little gems:


Made from an 8ply 90%wool blend, I’m in love with these warm fingerless gloves in this beautiful colour. It’s a simple design, done in the round with half treble crochet (a half double crochet in US terms). The thumb hole is a simple matter of chaining in one row then doing the next row of stitches into the chain space.

Also in this lovely yarn is my completed möbius wrap: now it’s complete and stretched a little, it hangs loose on the mannequin. Looks nice on, but hard to take a photo of myself with it on.


It can also be worn as a large scarf:


I have also made myself a cowl, my first design other than plain rows of stitching. Anyone reading this from work will recognise it because I’ve been wearing it a lot there.


This one is an acrylic yarn. I think I want to make another in a wool, but I’ll take a few repeats out and make it shorter.

Next is a headband I made up, again In the lovely blue wool blend. Again, hard to take a photo of me wearing it. No pattern for this one – it’s improvised.


I also made myself a crochet hook holder. This is another acrylic yarn, in an totally awesome purple. The star stitch used is pretty easy.




And lastly, here’s a knitting project I did several years ago. It’s still kicking around. I call it my happy scarf.


Work in progress – möbius wrap

Here’s a little project I’m working at the moment. Using some 8ply wool remnants from the Wang wool mill in a really nice blue/purple.


It looks a little rough at the moment because I have a bunch of ends to weave in (that’s what I get for using remnants – lots of little balls rather than large ones so more ends to deal with)

It’s a pretty easy crochet pattern, an what you see here is a couple of hours work. This is about the size of the pattern however I want to make it bigger.

For those who are unaware (and I was, until starting this project) a möbius strip is a strip with one twist and joined – essentially it becomes an object with one surface and one edge. Kinda weirded me out when I was trying to understand it but stitching along one edge for two rounds is the only way to get back to the start. You can make one by creating a rectangle, twisting it 180 degrees, and joining the end. This one is stitched as a möbius strip – the twist is created in the starting chain and you go from there. It does my head in thinking about it, but making it without thinking seems much easier.

I don’t think I can explain it properly. When these situations arise they can be solved with Wikipedia: what wiki thinks

Anyway, in other news…… Well there’s not much else. Apart from the fact that I played hockey again after a few weeks off with a torn calf. Felt good to get out on the field again but I’m certainly not up to 100% yet.