Can you believe it’s already New Years Eve? I am absolutely amazed at how fast this year has flown! I have three final projects to end the year with you. I’ll try to write up a recap tomorrow as I reflect on this last year of crafting. It’s been a pretty good year for that with lots of big and little projects.
First up, a crochet project. This one was gifted to my dear friend Emmah for Christmas this year. I happened to be scrolling through the Free Testers Group on Ravelry and saw this test request. I knew I had yarn that would suit it perfectly and I wanted to make something for my friend to put in with her presents. This is a beginner pattern and would be perfect as a first project. It took me an hour for the original pattern, and then I decided to finish up my skein and it took me another 40 minutes.
Ravelled Here: Wintergreen Cowl by Rachel Counts
Started / Finished: 12/15/17
Hook: US K (6.5 mm)
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Metallics in the colorway Poinsettia
A couple of days before Christmas, the Designer reached out again for another crochet test. I would classify this one as an Intermediate level. This was my first time using the Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) and the stitch patterns were more than a beginner would know what to do with. The pattern has a 6 row repeat and it definitely takes some concentration at the beginning. After the first section, it’s kind of easy to see what you are doing and moves a little quicker.
It took me about 8 hours to complete this one, over two days; however another tester took 4 hours total and another said it only took her a couple of hours. They both classified it as an Advanced Beginner pattern. I guess it depends on your skill level and I thought I was pretty advanced. This one hasn’t been published as of yet, but will be soon. As soon as it is, I will link up my project. I just finished blocking it and blocking really opened up the pattern.
Ravelled Here: Autumn Leaves Cowl (Test) by Rachel Counts
Started / Finished: 12/26/17 ~ 12/27/17
Hook: US F (3.75 mm)
Yarn: Knit Picks Chroma Fingering in the colorway Weather Vane
Techniques Learned: Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)
Last, but not least, is a project that’s been on my needles for quite some time! Everyone knows the Hitchhiker pattern from the designer, Martina Behm. She sells that pattern, along with three others in an ebook called Hitchhiker – A Trilogy of Four Patterns. I chose Trillian as my first knit out of this collection.
It all started with one of my fellow knitters in the group I attend every Thursday showing off a shawl she knit in Miss Babs Yowza yarn. I went home that day and purchased two skeins, Morticia and Beachglass. A couple of weeks later, one of my other fellow knitters was talking about the Trillian pattern. We decided to start it at the same time. She finished hers within a few weeks.
Unfortunately, I wound up with some hand issues and then some emotional issues and this got put away for quite awhile. I’m so happy to have it finally completed, blocked and final pics taken.
Ravelled Here: Trillian by Martina Behm
Started / Finished: 8/5/16 ~ 12/9/17
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 10 (6.0 mm)
Yarn: Miss Babs Yowza in the colorway Beachglass
I want to wish all of you a safe and Happy New Year! We are going to a dinner party and then playing games with friends, while sipping on delightful champagne. I hope your evening is just as fun, no matter where you are or what you do. Happy New Year!!!!
Until next time, Happy Knitting and Crocheting!