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Pattern Review: Shell’s Travel Case (and some other rambling)

First of all, I want to apologize for my absence. I’m trying to get my orders completed before I start my spinning course in August and make sure that the Kinmount Artisans Marketplace is stocked up. I’m also still dealing with a lot of emotions regarding Mom’s passing. I’ve found myself dealing with it by working on things with bright, vibrant colours. It’s hard be down when you’re surrounded with that!

Onto the review…

I had the honour of testing Shell’s Travel Hook Case. When I looked at it, I thought “Mama needs a new hook case!” So of course I had to do it in purple! AND… I had been saving a very special button for a special project. When I was a little girl, I LOVED going through Granny Girl’s button jar. There was this one button in particular I have admired for as long as I could remember. It had grapes on it. Of course I loved it because it was purple! So I figured that it was time. I used it for this project.

This pattern is clear and well-written. It’s flexible too in that you can adjust the size of the compartments to fit a standard hook or the ergo hooks with the bigger handles. I was able to fit my whole set with polymer clay handles, along with two others that I frequently use. There was also room for my scissors, tape measure and WPI gauge. But do you know what I REALLY love about this pattern?

THE TEXTURE!

Yes, this pattern makes my inner texture junkie sing.

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I LOVE my new case. I would certainly recommend this pattern to a friend! You can purchase the pattern for Shell’s Travel Hook case here.

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Diagonal Weave Infinity Scarf or Cowl by Crochet by Jennifer

I had the honour of testing another pattern for Crochet by Jennifer. Lately, she’s been working on a series of designs, the “Diagonal Weave.”

I just finished up the test for her Diagonal Weave Infinity Scarf or Cowl.

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I have to say this texture is right up there with the crocodile stitch for being a favourite with me. Jen explains it clearly in her pattern and there are also photo illustrations as well. It’s not a difficult pattern, but it’s also not one you’d want to start at 11 at night after a long day. It is rated “Experienced.” Once you find your groove though, it’s easily memorized. And if you add some vibrant-coloured yarn, you’ll have a hard time putting it down!
(Even after you’ve finished it… I’ve sat in my chair and just petted it because it was so nice! hehehe)

On The Hook Last Week

Last week I was house/dog sitting, so while I was able to update a little bit, I didn’t share many photos because, well… I didn’t have internet access with my computer and frankly, I’m spoiled. There. Said it.

Anyway, these are a couple of items that were on the hook:

TPK Bunny

I know I’m a week late with this one, but this little guy is a freebie courtesy of The Perfect Knot. The pattern was well written and he works up quickly.

DW Cowl
This is a new pattern, the Diagonal Weave Cowl, that I’m testing for Crochet by Jennifer. If you’re interested in purchasing this pattern, you can follow the link to her Ravelry store. It’s not released yet. I will provide a link when it is to a photo of my finished test. I’m in LOVE with this texture. My initial plan was to sell this cowl, but I’m not sure if that’s going to happen now. As for the pattern itself, once again, Jennifer has done an amazing job. She thoroughly explains the steps and there are photos illustrations as well.

I also have her Diagonal Weave Leg Warmers on the hook as well. I’ll post photos when I’m finished those too.

I have some wool that I need to get on my wheel too. I have dyed some wool, but haven’t had opportunity to post photos or get it on the wheel. That will be happening shortly. I also have an order for a TARDIS scarf. That’s going to be a lot of fun. Never a dull moment around here!

I’ve been quite busy these days between tests and requests. I haven’t officially opened my order book up, but I will accept orders with the understanding that I’m unable to give a concrete completion time. I’ve been doing my best to keep my crojo flowing, but it’s been hard some days with missing Mom so much. I just keep chugging along. My customers have been very supportive and very understanding. I’m grateful for that.

So stay tuned… Fun colours, project and gorgeous textures are coming off my hook, needles and wheel daily.

Move Over Crocs! I have a new love

Something you probably don’t know about me… I LOVE my Crocs. Hahaha! I can just imagine the Croc haters cringing. I’m not quite sure why I love them. In fact, I’m the first person to admit just how hideous they look. I had no desire to own a pair until I got a pair for Christmas one year. I think if I was to pinpoint it, it comes down to the convenience of just slipping them on and going. But this post isn’t about my beloved Crocs.

I FINALLY finished my Crochet X-Stitch Shrug by Deanna Young! (yes, that’s the link to where you can purchase the pattern). I’M IN LOVE!!!! The pattern was well written, very simple and easy to follow. In this listing she asks you not to sell the finished item. In her Etsy listing she says you may sell the finished item, she just requests that you give her credit (which is totally reasonable). I did email her and explain to her that I’m not wanting to make this item to sell, but if it doesn’t look good on me, I would like to list it. She was really nice, apologized for the confusion and said it didn’t matter if I sold it. So then I purchased the pattern. Totally worth the money.

When I saw this yarn in the store, I HAD to bring it home with me. I had started another project with it which didn’t look good on me (which is why I wanted to have my bases covered with this one). I was going to sell it, but then I decided that I loved this yarn too much to part with it. As much as it hurt to rip out a nearly completed project, I have no regrets now! I feel like I’m wrapped up in a stylish blanket. I’m almost sad that winter is on its way out because I don’t know if I’ll truly get to take this sweet piece for a test drive.

I’m a tight stitcher, so I ended up using a K hook. It worked out well.

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I don’t normally post pictures of me, but I’m kinda proud of myself. I’ve lost 25 lbs so far. I haven’t even been trying to lose weight. It’s not that I don’t need to or didn’t want to. I just gave up and stopped caring. My secret? Cutting back. If I’m not hungry, I don’t eat. It’s been that simple.

I promised my next post would be a happier one!