Done Like Dinner ~ No Fooling :)

Don’t know about y’all but March came in like a lion here and tried its damnedest to go out that way too. Fortunately, it’s just rain that’s teeming down at the moment and getting rid of the remnants of snow and ‘snirt’.

The end of March is the end of National Crochet Month and I’m super stoked about my FO’s this year. I’m pretty sure I’ve hooked more in the last month than I normally do in six! I have five FO’s and one ‘also ran’. I’ve yet to snag more of the YP yarn to finish what was project two and I really don’t want to end it where it is – OCD alert.

So, on this first of April, here are all of the crochet things! 🙂

Fantasm Shawl‘s portfolio:

And a quick roundup of all my projects for this years #ncm2016:

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FO Friday Not

Well, here it is ‘FO Friday’ and I have sweet FA to show for it. **sulks**

Okay, not really sulking but wishing I planned ahead more than I plan in the middle! ‘Smoke Rings‘ – NCM2016 #2 – is still at about 90% done and I’m at the mercy of Ravelry, waiting on Sellers. Failing that, the shawl is large enough to cast off now and call it for done. ‘Ile d’Ecosse‘ – NCM2016 #3 – is also nearly complete and would be done if I’d not decided that I wanted to bead the border. The Toho Round Seed Beads 8/0’s in ‘Metallic Cosmos’ should be here any day and hopefully, the FO will be worth the wait.

Stymied creatively, I wandered around my stash and Rav queue, looking for something to keep me occupied until I can get back to NCM and came up with some recently stashed Tosh merino light and a shawl pattern from The Yarniad – ‘Pennae‘. It’s coming along nicely with a mod here and there so I don’t die of ‘garter-itis’ and quelling the shakes until I can get back to the hook!

Here’s how things look at the end of week one of National Crochet Month:

FO Friday ~ Armorique Shawlette

Off the hook and I’m really happy with this one. The pattern was incredibly well written – I’m more enthusiastic than expert when it comes to crochet – and Hélène’s instructions made this a joy to hook. My project notes are on Ravelry -> here <-

Armorique’s portfolio:

I’ve got a good start on my second project, ‘Smoke Rings’ shawl and will have an update later this week.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 🙂

Off To A Great Start ~ NCM2016

I wrapped up my ‘Armorique‘ shawl this morning and it’s pinned out drying as we speak. Riding a little bit of a high, I’ve started my second project for NCM2016, ignoring the knitting WIP’s is no problem at all. Project two is another shawl designed by Hilda Steyn that I’m calling ‘Smoke Rings‘ after its colour. More stashbusting happening, I trawled my Ravelry stash and came up with this beautiful merino/bamboo/nylon fingering from a 2008 Yarn Pirate club. Somehow, I had the foresight and funds at the time, to purchase two skeins.

In other news, the blocking of Armorique must mean that my finger is healed! It is, mostly. Enough that I didn’t mind getting it wet and who knows? Maybe Eucalan has some healing properties.

I’ll leave off here with some pix. I’m really diggin’ the YP shawl and anxious to get back to it and to Arkady Renko in ‘Polar Star‘ – my current book 🙂

March Is National Crochet Month ~ 2016 Version

It’s here again: National Crochet Month!

NCM 2016

I’m excited start my #NCM2016 project – Armorique Shawl by Hélène Marcy. I’ve reclaimed some Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine from a never-ending knitting project and am reading through the pattern to get a feel for the construction.

My Etsy shop is celebrating NCM too!

**Celebrating National Crochet Month with free shipping of any yarn purchase – Canada and USA. Use coupon code: NCM2016FREESHIP at checkout**

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What will you be working on this year?