Finished Projects and Sneaky Peeks

It was only when I had finished writing this piece that I realised every project features yarn from the DMC range! It made me realise how much it means to me when yarn companies take the time to support designers and that I am much more likely to choose a yarn for a project if I have an actual sample or even a shade card with “proper” yarn attached instead of photos. Take note yarn companies!

Hooked Zpagetti basketThe first project I can show you is this very handy storage basket made in Hooked Zpagetti yarn. Disappointingly, I offered it to a couple of magazines last year  who declared it “too simple for our readers”, so you’re unlikely to see it in print. I may write it up for the blog if anyone would like it, let me know. This version uses a multi coloured print version of this versatile recycled t-shirt yarn and was made in under two hours. It now sits by my bed, stuffed with all my favourite magazines. You can see from the photo, it holds a lot of reading matter!

baby jumper

Next up is a very sweet little baby sweater. I make these a lot  as baby gifts and one day I will get round to writing up and hopefully submitting the pattern for publication. This one is made in DMC’s “Woolly”, a 100% superwash merino which I am loving! It’s quite a “light” double knitting yarn, which makes it ideal for baby clothes, and because it’s washable, parents like it too. This combination of grey and orange might not be your typical combo for a new baby, but it looks great on little boys and this one is destined for a rather sweet newborn and I know his stylish Mum will love it.

cover image

I can’t resist a little plug for “Crochet” published by Dorling Kindersley. I haven’t really said much about my contribution to this fabulous book, but inside you’ll find over 80 designs for all skill levels put together by a team of very talented designers. 15 of the projects  are mine (yes, if you want to know what kept me so quiet last year, it was this!) One of the first patterns in the book is a simple washcloth which is made in DMC’s Natura 100% cotton. This yarn comes in an unbelieveable range of colours and is perfect for crochet. Natura washes really well and is very soft, which made it the perfect choice for this project. Don’t mock, washcloths and dishcloths are always appreciated as presents and I have at least a dozen in my kitchen.

washcloths

Lastly, here’s a sneaky peek at what’s on my hook right now. Full of optimism for a lazy summer, I have started work on a fine tablecloth (yes, crocheting with a  2.75mm hook will keep me out of mischief for a while). The yarn is another DMC favourite. Petra is a mercerised cotton and again comes in fabulous colours and three weights. The “yardage” is very generous, which makes it ideal for this project. The colour isn’t my usual choice, but I picked it out as it goes so well with pale pink and looks very fresh. It’s destined for a round “bistro” table and will probably have a weighted hem to stop it blowing away in the evening breeze (see how optimistic I am, cue chilled white wine and glorious sunsets please).

It’s always very frustrating not to be able to share commissions until after publication, so I hope this little snippet will prove I’m keeping busy!

table clothAs the weather gets warmer, it’s time to start thinking about lightweight and portable projects for outdoors and for travelling. I’ll be back soon with a round up of some of my summer favourites. Don’t forget, if you’re a “facebooker”, you can say hello on my facebook page and if you use Pinterest you might like to follow some of my boards to see what else I’ve been up to and what’s catching my eye in the world of knitting and crochet.

 

 

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  1. Michelle

     /  April 12, 2014

    Hi Tracey – Beautiful projects as usual. I would love the pattern for your storage basket, I really need attractive storage solutions and that definitely fits the bill! The yarn is fabulous.

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    Michelle

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