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Crochet for Stress Therapy

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Its been a little while since my last blog post .  Over the last few years and these last few months especially life has been very stressful . For those of you who have lost loved ones ie your parents you know how stressful and difficult life can become, it certainly makes you all growd’ up all of a sudden.  Well thats how I feel, but I have had a few constants in my world  to help me deal with this new life transition, my wonderful O.H. my beautiful Children and Granddaughter, my lovely Sister and of course my Crochet and other creative passions which help me look to the future.

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My Crochet Hook has had a fair workout, and has kept my mind occupied and busy and is wonderful for Stress Therapy.  March saw the arrival of the ‘Beast from the East’ so it was a perfect opportunity to show the Ladies who come to my crochet class how to be creative with their granny squares and make some lovely mits.

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We should make mits more often beacause by the time we had nearly finished them to wear and show off, the weather turned into full blown Spring with glorius sunshine and a mini heat wave!  It did’nt last long before we were plunged back into winter but a nice welcome break maybe we should be hats next!

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At the beginning of March I joined in the the Casual Granny Cal over on instagram, hosted by Mandy of crochetbtyredagape, a lovely pace with squares being released every month or so, enough time for you to whip up 8 (I’ve only managed 3) in any colourway you see fit.  I also started the Seaside Stash Busting Blanket by the talented Elenora of Coastal Crochet,  available on her blog or instagram account, another nice pace and great to use up your stash of yarn with two pattern rows being released one on a Monday and one on a Friday, I must admit to falling slightly behind with this one, but enjoying all the same.

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Did you notice I seem to have a bit of an orange crush at the moment? Why not, its a great colour to slip in there between those blue’s for a cheeky splash of cheerful colour.

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Of course we could’nt let April pass by with out an Easter Bunny.  This little cutie was presented to my Grandaughter for Easter, she’s only 8 Months old and not surprisingly was more interested with the packaging!  This is one of many wonderful patterns by BubblesAndBongo from their fab Etsy shop, I could have bought them all, so many cute things to make.

Next time I will give you a quick update on my Diploma in Crochet progress. Its all going well and I am coming close to the end of Part 1.   Its lovely to be back sharing my makes and the crafters that inspire me with you and hope like me, if you need a helping hand dealing with lifes challenges, you take the opportunity to let Crochet or any Crafts that you love, fill you with creative comfort.

Sparkly Cowl

 

Last October we made a visit to Aberaeron West Wales, a beautiful place to visit on the coast, with colourful houses and beautiful long walks along the coast, well worth a visit .

Of course there just happened to be a craft shop with lots of yummy yarn, my lucky day!  I was very disciplined (yes really, it took a lot of strength ) and after a lot of restraint I just bought a few balls of a lovely sparkly yarn by Katina, called Air Lux. It’s 70% Viscose, 30% Merino Wool so really soft and warm, also sparkly. I’ve never come across yarn like this before .

 

I had Christmas presents in mind when I bought it and something for my daughter as she just loves wearing black, so this would be perfect!

I couldn’t find a pattern I liked, I thought to make a Cowl for evening wear and jotted down a few ideas , it was lovely to work with and I’m really pleased with how it turned out!

The yarn recommended a size 2-2.5mm hook but I used a size 3.5mm because I wanted that drapey feel to the finished Cowl. The pattern consists of a 5 row  pattern repeat , see my little chart below if you would like to give this a go. Stitches used were UK terms half treble and double crochet.

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Not very neat but guess you can work out my scribbles!  you could substitute  Trebles (uk terms) instead of the Half Trebles if you want . I started with ch46 for  the width, the final row was a row of DC which I made into the initial ch46 foundation row, which completed the pattern nicely.  Also I found the two rows of dc, between the the pattern rows ,  just balanced and held the shape of the cowl nicely.  I am happy to say it was a big hit with my daughter at Christmas along with the fingerless mittens I made out of the remainder of the two balls.

Hope you give it a go!