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WIP Update

WIP Update -Bright Rainbow Ripple Blanket

Happy WIP Update Wednesday Everyone!
I know it’s been a long time between posts. The end of last year was just crazy! I had to have my gall bladder removed, and then it was the end of school, and then Christmas, and school holidays. The kids’ birthdays were in the mix too. Not to mention this endless heat in Sydney has sapped my will to do anything lately.
Then you blink and it’s nearly February and it’s 2019!

So for the first post of 2019 I thought I’d come back to you all with a WIP update and show you what I have been doing, crochet-wise, lately.
I actually managed to finish some projects over the last few weeks, it’s almost a miracle.

Riverbend Cardigan

The first thing I finished was the Riverbend cardigan. Okay, technically it’s not quite finished, I have yet to sew on the pockets and sew in the ends. But the crochet part is done! And I will complete the rest when it gets cool enough to wear it.

WIP Update - Almost finished Riverbend Cardigan
Almost finished Riverbend Cardigan

Bright Rainbow Ripple Blanket

Next on my hooking list was a rainbow ripple baby blanket that I started a while ago. I had wanted to do a star blanket for a while. I started this one with acrylics I already had in my stash, but i did have to buy more in suitable colours to finish it.
I used this free pattern by Celeste Young that I found on Ravelry. It’s a lovely simple pattern but so effective.
I am really pleased by how this one turned out, it’s much brighter than the colours I usually work with, but you have to get outside your comfort zone sometimes. I think I’m going to make a pastel version of this next, and then one using the Moda Vera ombre delights yarn packs I have laying around.

The blanket ended up quite large at 124cm across from point to point.
This one I’m going to try and sell, I will take some better photos and list it in the shop soon.

WIP Update -Bright Rainbow Ripple Blanket
Bright Rainbow Ripple Blanket

C2C Blanket

I have had a c2c blanket in my stash for ages. I started making it using sweet roll yarn I found in mill-end bags in Spotlight. The yarn is premier sweet rolls in Cherry swirl and I love the yarn, it is so soft and lovely to work with. I even bought more of the yarn so I could get a decent-sized blanket.

But when I picked this up the other day to start working on it, I wasn’t happy with it. It was going to end up quite small, and as I had used a 5mm hook it wasn’t as drapey (is that a word?) as I wanted it to be.
I ummed and ahhed, but in the end, It was not bringing me joy so I frogged it!

I am not sure yet what I am going to do with all that lovely yarn, maybe make scarves and cowls and matching beanies ready to sell in winter.

WIP Update - Results of frogging

But that is a WIP for another day, right now I have dug out my luila shawl and am about to add some more rows to it. I am determined I am going to make a dent in current projects before starting something new again.

Now that school is back I might have more time for the blog again, and of course, time to get more crochet done.
Hope you all had a fabulous New Year!


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Minecraft TNT Graphgan

Minecraft TNT Graphgan - crochet by carms

Hello beautiful people, you may have noticed I didn’t have a Wednesday WIP post this week, and that is because I have actually been spending some time finishing up this Minecraft TNT Graphgan for my 7yr old.

I am so happy that it is done, and no longer taking up space in my craft room/study. I may have even done a little happy dance after the last end was sewed in.
My Son is also happy it is finally finished, even though the first words out of his mouth when he received it were “it’s pretty small”! Kids huh. 

The end results of all that work is a pretty heavy blanket that measures almost 110cm each side.
It was crocheted in the C2C technique using Spotlight USA Style yarn, using a 5mm hook. Unfortunately, I am not 100% sure of the amount of yarn I ended up using as I wasn’t keeping track. It was probably only 1 skein of black, not quite 2 of white and 3-4 of the red. 
Though you can make this in any yarn you like with any hook.

Now that it is finally complete, I am happily sharing the graph I created to make it.
Below you will find the whole graph, as well as smaller ones with it broken down into 4 parts for easier printing and following.

To save the images, just right-click on them and select save image/picture as…

Minecraft TNT Graph
Minecraft TNT Graph

If you use the graph, please let me know, either in the comments below or tag me on Instagram (crochetbycarms) with your creation. I would love to see it.


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My First Wednesday WIP

C2C Minecraft blanket - My First Wednesday WIP

Hello and welcome to My First Wednesday WIP,  where I show you 1 of the (many many) projects I have on the go. 

I have heard rumours that there are people out there that finish off a project before starting another one. That is not me. At a guess, I have approximately 8 long-term projects going at the moment. 

Today’s project has been a labour of love. I had a request for a Minecraft a blanket from my then 6yr old son, And with my newly found skills at C2C figured I could easily do a graphgan. Over a year later this baby still isn’t finished, though it is close.

I had to go looking through my Instagram posts to see when I started it, and my First post about on May 8th last year.

I think I was going to give it to him for his Birthday in October, that never happened. I get distracted too easily. Though I have been warned by him that it had better be ready for his birthday this year!

As simple as this graph looks, the multiple small colour changes did my head in. Lesson learnt, even if I do have to sew in a million ends, next time (if there is a next time) I will use bobbins to contain the mess. 

C2C Minecraft blanket  - My First Wednesday WIP
Almost finished

In the meantime, it is sitting in a basket in the living room reminding me to finish it every time I go in there. Think I need to choose a  TV show to binge and just sit down and do it. Soon, I promise.

I would love to hear what other projects people are currently working on. Let me know in the comments

Love Carmen