Purple, mon amour!

The other evening I was attending my local Knit and Natter group at The Sewing Shop in Lichfield and, as usual, at the end of the evening before leaving I had a good snoop around looking for new yarns.

I was looking at cotton balls because being in the Summer, working with wool it had proved to be a little uncomfortable. We are experiencing a heat wave here in the UK and knitting – or crochet – with sticky hands is not recommended (it could have also been the fantastic strawberry cream tarts that were served to us that night to make my fingertips sticky, ut I refuse to believe so).

Anyhow, I was scrolling through the shelves and there is saw it… this fantastic shade of purple (photo “stolen” from Loveknitting website).

To tell the truth I had seen it last month, but since I was trying to follow through with the good intention of not going to buy more yarn before clearing out most of my stash (like if this is really going to happen, ever), I had forced myself to turn away and leave it behind.

In our household we have a simple rule to counteract impulse buying. If you see something you like, you wait a few weeks before purchasing it, so you are really sure that you TRULY want it. This simple rule saved me several times from buying crazy things that on the heat of the moment seemed vital to me, and then turned out to be totally unnecessary.

I told myself I had waited a month, a WHOLE MONTH and I still really wanted that ball of yarn… so I proceeded with the purchase (the ball then magically disappeared to the bottom of my knitting bag, so the boyfriend didn’t notice – mischief achieved).

I have a thing for purple, I am not going to deny it. I could knit and crochet just in different shades of it, but in these last months I started to appreciate bold colours and this was the perfect occasion to try once again.

Lately I have been doing several little purses that I intend to bring to an event I will take part to in September, so following the mood of the month I created this little satchel purse.

It measures 14 cm in total and the base is 13 cm x 7 cm (more or less).

I worked it in round because it was faster, I could switch colour easily (especially the single yellow row), and because I really loathe sewing the seams together!!

This was my first attempt at making a ribbed cover for the cord (I usually create eyelets and weave the cord in and out) and I am really happy with the result. I found  to pass the cord through a little challenging, but with the aid of a safety pin the cord was easily put in place.

Last note, I bought these beads over a year ago… they were lovely but the hole to pass the thread in was so small I was never able to use them in any of my projects. Today I decided to get creative: I split the yarn in half and I was able to sew them on. Victory! I really like their look at the sides of the cord.

What more to add? I simply fell in love with this project, and I plan to replicate it in different colours and maybe making small additions to it.  Want to have a go too? Find the pattern on Ravelry on my Simply Yarn design page!

Cat coasters, because you never have enough cat themed stuff around.

I share the love for yarn with many of my real life friends, We share and we discuss many different ideas, patterns and techniques.

In fact, It is not uncommon to send each other pictures to tempt ourselves into prove we can always come up with something new.

My best friend and I also share the love for cats, so when she sent me the picture of these cat coasters I fell in love with them in an instant.

Cat crochet

They were linked to me from a Facebook page, that in its turn redirected to a craft website. The bouncing from website to another wasn’t finsihed. These coasters were indeed featured in the Etsy page of Shanna Compton called hooks and balls.

I think it is important to give people credit for their work, especially if their work inspire you to create something similar.

RIght, now that I had uncovered the origin of the idea I decided to make a different version of it that would suit my taste better (I love the originals but I thought the pink in the centre was too much of a graphic detail). I also decided to make a simplified version of the different colors, maintaining a single color block for each one.

Luckly I had some Stylecraft Classique DK Cotton in the shades of white, orange (Seville) and beige, plus a small amount of some black coton of the same weight.

Making one coaster really does not take much yarn so you could also try and use the leftover you have around. Free your imagination, there are all different sorts of cats in the world, and this is your chance to portray them .

Right, this is what my 4 cats look like.

I free handed the body and the other bits of the black one, as you can see, since it looks a little different from the other three. As I made the black one though, I realized it was a nice quick project that I could write down for you to try your hand on. This is why the other three have a more consistant shape. As usual, I hope you can have fun making them, and let me know if you have any comment or suggestion about the pattern.

Happy crochet!

Use 4 mm crochet hook.

In magic ring work 6 sc.

Round   1          Work 2 sc in each sc (12 sc)

Round   2          Work * 1 sc in next sc, 2 sc in the next sc * repeat ** till end of the round (18 sc)

Round   3          Work * 2 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc * repeat ** till end of the round (24 sc)

Round   4          Work * 3 sc in next 3 sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat ** till end of the round (30 sc)

Round   5          Work * 4 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat ** till the end of the round (36 sc)

Round   6          Work * 5 sc in next 5 sc, 2 sc in next sc* repeat ** till the end of the rond (42 sc)

Round   7          Chain 10, from 2nd chain from hook work 9 hdc, 1 hdc in the next sc (tail)

Round   8          Work 14 sl st in the FLO of next 14 sc

Round   9          Chain 5, from 2nd chain from hook work 4 hdc, 1 hdc in the next sc (leg)

Round   10        Work 7 sl st in the FLO of next 7 sc

Round   11        Chain 5, from 2nd chain from hook work 4 hdc, 1 hdc in the next sc  (leg)

Round   12        Work 20 sl st in the FLO

Round   13        Cast off and weave ends in

 

The tail and the legs chains always start on the first of the 2sc in the same sc of the previous round, the 1 hdc after the ones worked in the chain is worked in the 2nd sc of the 2sc in the same sc of the previous round.

 One more picture of the detail of one of the cats to help you interpret the pattern.

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