Months of yarny makes

Being trapped at home over the past few months has not inspired me to write much, but I have been busy making, so I thought I would share some of what I’ve been up to…

There’s been plenty of crochet and a bit of knitting. I finally got round to completing a coatigan in Jacob wool for my friend Kt. This latter project got held up whilst I awaited the arrival of some beautiful handmade toggles, plus I added some pockets , which the original pattern did not include. It has gone to it’s new home now and seems to be greatly appreciated.

I made a duffle bag – a kit from the lovely Little Box of Crochet, who I’ve taken out a subscription with to provide me with a parcel of cheerfulness and inspiration every two months. Although the pattern didn’t suggest it, I lined the bag, which I think will make it much more useable. It’s rather subtle bleached driftwood colors, so I chose a nice bright green lining to provide a startling contrast. I also made a poinsettia mandala, which uses a surface crochet technique that was new to me and can be used to produce lovely effects., Then there was a tiny Daisy-alike using a pattern from Toft. Finally, there has also been a bit of knitting in the form of a pair of socks which had been hanging around unfinished for months prior to all this staying at home business and which I finally got round to working on because I needed a portable project to take with me when I went on a mission of mercy that required a lot of waiting around.

I’ve also made some more Dorset buttons after my initial trials. First, a peacock brooch and then a variety of sizes to form a necklace. They are fun to make and I think many future projects are likely to incorporate them.

As the winter draws in and we’ll be spending even more time at home, I’m planning a big scrap yarn project plus I have plenty of lovely wool just waiting for inspiration to strike, so I don’t think I shall be short of more yarny creativity for a while yet.

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  1. Michelle Reid

     /  November 4, 2020

    ~Very Beautiful~Amazing work~Thank you for sharing and the inspiration~

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  2. You have been busy! I love the bag:)

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  3. Your friend will be warm and toasty in her cardigan this Winter. What a generous gift. Aren’t we lucky to have things that occupy our hands and soothes our minds in these times of isolation? You are working in such bright colours too; they must lift your spirits, as I know they have lifted mine.

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  4. I reckon Dorset button necklaces would go down well on Etsy… I’d buy one if you made a really long one with, say, crochet spacing between the buttons so I could loop it round several times…

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  5. What BEAUTIFUL garments/items you have created in recent weeks!!! The coatigan is magnificent. I admire your work tremendously.

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  6. Wow! Everything is so beautiful, but that peacock pin is really a cut above! You are using your alone time very wisely:)❤️❤️

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  7. That coat is a triumph – it looks so snuggly – love the toggles.

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  8. The bag is gorgeous – I love the colours and those Dorset buttons look so beautiful I am tempted to give them a try, one of these days 😏
    My favourite, of course, is the mini Daisy. I was on a roll with the crochet dogs a year or so ago but got drawn back into blankets. I have the book so I might get back into creating dogs – I really do have enough blankets and quilts now if such a thing is possible.

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  9. Everything looks amazing and I’m happy to hear that you are creating for yourself, others and beyond. Love the brightly coloured and decorative Dorset Buttons…

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  10. Some really beautiful makes, Jan. I think your dorset button necklace is just fabulous 🙂

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  11. love, love, love, love the dorset buttons with the beading.

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  12. ps. they are all lovely, but the DBs are awesome!

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  13. My you have been busy!

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  14. Very pretty toggles on a beautiful coat and the peacock button is wonderful.

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  15. That is a lot of making Mrs S! I must have a go at the Dorset buttons – I have an idea for them!

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  16. Impressed! All so beautiful as well as useful. A winning combination.

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  17. Wonderful projects- I am a big fan of Dorset buttons.

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