Thursday, 22 November 2012

Round and Round....


I've been fully back on the crochet again lately... the Little lady is back to full health and sleeping better so I again have a little more 'me' time. This primarily consists of crochet these days, occasionally I have to do real-world type chores too, but I try to minimise these! 

It's been mainly amigurumi this last week... The first clue of the FreshStitches Archer Mystery Crochet-A-Long was released last Thursday. For those of you who don't know, you need to. This is a great fun and exciting way to make a project. The pattern is split into 4 'clues', and one is released every Thursday for 4 weeks. What makes this totally different from any other pattern is you don't know what you are making until you put it all together at the end.
I waited eagerly for the first clue to be released, only to remember the author FreshStitches is American... time delay! I had to wait until at least lunch time for her to get up! Luckily the little P slept that afternoon so I got a bit of hooky time with the new project. I wanted to use King Cole Bamboo Cotton as I love the colours and it's nice to work with. I recently got a new colour, Plum, the other day so wanted to use it. The pattern says to use 2 different colours, so I picked 'Fuchsia' as a complimentary colour. I took my 3.5mm Clover soft touch hook and began straight away. I really like how it's made by crocheting into the back-loop only. I've done this before, but not for a whole project, but I really like the texture it gives the pieces. 

Back-loop only effect...



A few of the pieces...




After an evening with a fellow crochet-addict working on our Archer CALs and eating lots of strange kebab meat, I had completed the first clue. I had a different shaped pieces which I tried to gain inspiration from as to what animal I could be making. No idea. My pre-clue guesses were beaver or duck-billed platypus and after Clue 1, I saw nothing to discount these.

Earlier today Clue 2 arrived. I had been waiting all week for it and then this morning I had totally forgotten about it! Luckily, again, the Little P had her afternoon sleep (hope she keeps these Thursday afternoon sleeps up!) and I picked up the hook again. Clue 2 had another 3 parts to make. So far I've made 2 of them... but now I really don't know what on earth this could be! We have be assured it is a real animal and not a fictional creature. I suppose the whole idea is that nobody guesses until the very end, meaning no obvious shapes are made this early on! Clue 2 looks like it produces a pair of legs... but the shapes seem to be discounting the beaver and platypus guesses. I honestly have no idea yet!
In between mystery CAL clues, I have carried on with THE rainbow blanket. It is getting quite large, but I have lost a bit of enthusiasm for it as it is taking soooo long. But that's because I have had a whole load of other projects on the go at the same time, and that is the last hook I pick up! There are only 5 and a bit colours to go, but at the rate I'm doing it, it may take a while!

I also decided the other day I wanted to get in the festive spirit and crochet a reindeer. I couldn't find any patterns I loved so I just started making it up as I went along. I wanted him to be quite fat and short, with an oversized red nose and nice antlers. So far I've made the body with legs included, and the head, sans ears and antlers at the moment. I'm quite happy with him considering I didn't plan much, just made up as I went along. I guess it's kind of like sculpting with wool (or cotton if you're snobby like me!). 

Reindeer so far...




I also managed to finish the little P's bobble hat.... maybe a little on the large side as it falls over her eyes, but she does look super-cute! 



Right, I better go, much to be done... until next time...

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