Holiday Crafting


Guess where I am?

I’m spending 12 nights in gorgeous New York, with my mother and auntie. I don’t think there is a yarn store on Manhattan that I haven’t visited – but we still have three more days, so I feel certain further yarn suppliers are yet to be unearthed.

I really wanted to go to a crochet class here, but there just didn’t seem to be anything available so instead, I enrolled in How to Knit a Hat or Cowl in the Round at Knitty City. This is the most gorgeous store. Everyone is so friendly and the shelves are so packed with yarn, that it feels like every time I touch something, I’m in danger of being buried under a yarn avalanche … not necessarily a bad thing, I know.

Well, as you know, I’m not much of a knitter. But this was really quite easy.We used super-chunky yarn, and a size 11 (US) 16 inch circular needle, so it practically made itself.

What do you think? The pattern says “Big Wool Hat ~ Make a Hat in Just a Few Hours!”, and they were right!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

(I know I’m going to regret posting this odd looking selfie but it’s the best I could do for today).

Do you see the pretty crochet cowl too? This is another pattern from Knitty City, that you can have for free with yarn purchased in the store. It’s called the Sunset Crochet Cowl, by Dana Freed. I’ve wrapped it around twice, so you can also wear it longer.

The yarn is a custom dyed yarn by Prism. It’s 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, and the other 10% is written under the price tag and I can’t get to it! But I can say it’s gorgeous to crochet with.

Home soon, missing Moo.

Crochet Cowl ~ work in progress


This was a little surprise project from the Big Adventure in New York City. I was visiting this-divine-yarn-store, and was looking at all their fabulous scarves and other knitted and crochetted goodness.

Of course, most of the lovely projects were knitted, but I did find one rather scrumptious crochet number. It was called Knitty City Crochet Shoulder Shawl by Susan Haviland. If buying the yarn at Knitty City, the pattern is free.

I decided on some gorgeous Koigu yarn. I love the mix of pink and golden tones. Koigu is a lovely 100% merino wool yarn, hand dyed in Canada.

For Aussies / New Zealanders, try Yarn Glorious Yarn for a lovely selection of Koigu, and I’m pretty sure the shipping is free.

Of course, I know it’s meant to be a shoulder shawl, but I’m just not that into shawls and decided to make a scarf. After way too many rows to start again, I realised I hadn’t made it long enough for a scarf, so I’m thinking I will join it very neatly and very invisibly at the end and make a cowl! What do you think? Will that work?

The pattern is really simple, fast and effective I think.

PS: I forgot to mention, please excuse the chewed dining chair – Moo seems to like the taste of them!