Ravelry Raver …. REALLY Recommend

Dearest Dellis at curlsnskirls pointed me towards Ravelry several weeks ago during a skype. I dipped in and liked what I saw, as a result my first ever real crochet project happened, a Minion Beanie which was well recieved by DD2.

You may recall from last Summer dear reader that I was fortunate enough to meet a fantastic group of ladies at a sewing workshop I ran. Well this same set of Super Mum’s have said they fancy a go at crochet and we have agreed to do a crochet coffee morning at one of the ladies homes. Currently we are sorting a date for one Saturday this month.

My usual stupid o’clock trick this morning, wandering aroundthe house like Billy No Mates! Thought to myself, now’s a good time to do a bit of research for the coffee morning. I needed to tick several boxes:

1. Good for beginners

2. Will produce an end result quickly to keep enthusiasm going

3. Not too demanding on my arthritic thumbs ( I look enough of a moron without extra help)

4. Cost effective for my Super Mum’s (SMs from here on in)

5. Practical

So with this list in mind I hit Ravelry.com and had a good old mooch around the free crochet patterns. As I am, I guess you would describe as an intermediate crocheter I was looking for something I would have wanted to be taught. Challenging enough but not so tough as to lose the will to live type project. Well I found it! A wonderful snuggly infinity scarf/cowl that is perfect for the UK winter as we are about to enter into the coldest part of our year.

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The pattern has been designed by Stephanie Jessica Lau, find her wonderful blog here.

Enormous thanks to her for being generous enough to share with the world for free, being creative enough to come up with a simple yet very effective pattern and the easy to follow written and pictorial instructions.

Am keeping everything crossed that my SMs will approve of my choice….. if SMs are reading this blog TRUST ME you can do it, truly you can 😉

I did choose a rather pricey yarn but that was because I was being a petulent only child and had to do it NOOOOOW! Therefore HH had to take me to Hobbycraft on a Sunday to buy yarn. Wasn’t madly impressed by the selection their Milton Keynes branch have so settle for this very pretty coloured yarn despite it being costly.

The balls were only 50g and are 51% wool 49% acrylic, thus it is heavier and less yeilding than the pattern so in turn I used more than the pattern suggested …… this resulted in a second trip to Hobbycraft for extra balls!!! I am so lucky I have a very patient HH!

If I had everything in front of me from the getgo then this would have taken approx 3 hours to complete which I was delighted with. I’m not super fast with the old hook, it’s my thumbs you know (my story and I’m sticking to it).

For SMs think we will go with a chunky rather than super chunky, be way more organised and buy online as the savings are substantial here in the UK if you do it that way, again trimming some cost off. Currently amongst the great unemployed myself at the moment I am very mindful of making a £ stretch as far as possible (always have been careful in truth).

With SMs permission I will post some pictures here once we have had our coffee, crochet and chat 😉

Coffee Break

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