Crochet Granny Square Trivet

This is a simple in-between project that I whipped up in no time.

It’s a granny square trivet with a border of treble crochet (double crochet if you use US terms).

I used 2 balls held double. It’s a recycled aran weight yarn but I held them double as it’s really thin, almost like a DK weight. It’s a mix of wool, acrylic, polyamide and viscose.

It’s called Forest by King Cole. You can get it here in quite a few shades from The Knitting Network (affiliate link).

I did 2 granny squares and then crocheted them together around the edge. It’s quite chunky and only 1 granny square would have done.

But there are quite a few holes with this type of pattern…so I thought if I did 2 layers, then it would absorb some of the heat. I don’t know…I was just desperate to get some of the yarn used up. It’s been in my stash a good few months!


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Weekend WIPs

It’s 9:30pm on Monday and I haven’t posted anything.

Not the most terrible thing to notice, except I’m trying to post every day in August…so this is my ARGH I HAVEN’T POSTED ANYTHING post!


This weekend I found a crochet Christmas blanket I started at the end of last year, just as a way to use up some spare yarn. As is always the case in such projects, I didn’t have enough to finish, so I had to buy more.

The yarn came on Friday and I’ve done a few rounds already – it’s getting bigger so the rounds take longer. You can read where I got the yarn from in the previous post here:

Here is what the blanket looks like so far. It looks pretty good!

And I’ve also been doing more on my cross stitch project which is also using up spare threads and whatever fabric I had leftover from previous projects.

I don’t know if you can tell what progress I’ve made from previous posts, but I’ve definitely hit the halfway point now.

It’s just random stripes. No pattern!

So that’s what I’ve been up to this weekend craft-wise. Alas no knitting done!

I’ll see you tomorrow – hopefully I’ll be a bit more prepared, haha!

I Found Cheap Yarn!

The Knitting Network

I was looking for a few balls of Christmas yarn to finish off a Christmas crochet Granny Square blanket that I started at the end of last year.

I was just using up scraps of what I already in my stash, but I didn’t have enough to finish the blanket in one go.

So, I left it and was on the lookout for more of the same yarn as my local yarn shop, where I got the original few balls, didn’t stock it anymore.

King Cole Glitz DK

It’s usually around £3.49/ £3.59 in other places. I found it for £2.99 at The Knitting Network (it did say it was on sale from £4.29 though). I don’t know how long it’s on sale for…but if you want some really nice Christmas yarn then I would have a look here to see what’s in the sale.

I got 2 balls of the Christmas colour way and 1 just plain red.

I ordered them on Tuesday evening and they arrived on Friday morning, so the shipping was pretty quick. And I got a tracking number for Royal Mail, even though I used the cheapest shipping option.

And I love the fact they came in a PAPER BAG! NO PLASTIC AT ALL!

Well done Knitting Network!

I’m glad I found a new place to buy wool! I usually go to Deramores or Wool Warehouse, but they can be out of stock in what I want a lot of the time.

If you want Christmas yarns start looking now before everyone else does too!

Here is the link to the yarn I bought if you want to have a look yourself:

https://tidd.ly/3CKUVTN

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One of my recent posts from Medium if you’re interested in seeing how my writing style changes from platform to platform!

Having A Writing Schedule Is Important…And It’s Not!

https://woollyorbit.medium.com/having-a-writing-schedule-is-important-and-its-not-eb5a29107df8


My Pinterest feed if you want to see what I’ve been looking at and saving over there:


And here are some of my latest posts here on WordPress:


Here’s an affiliate link to Deramores which is an online shop that also sells the Christmas yarn if The knitting Network is out of stock…but it’s not on sale though!! 🙂

Bread and Knitting

I’ve made a lot of bread the past 2 years, but since December 2020 I’ve hardly made any. Until today.

It’s a cottage loaf recipe (using butter instead of oils) and I added a mix of seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, linseed etc to the white flour.

I had to use up the flour by next month so it was good to get back into it again, even if I was a little slow getting all the bowls and ingredients out!

Did you know it was Lammas/ Lughnasadh this weekend just gone?

I’m not a Pagan at all, but the Wheel of the Year (all the Pagan celebrations like Spring and Autumn Equinox, Samhain (Halloween), Yule, Imbolg…) does make a certain sort of sense to me.

Lammas is a time to celebrate the harvest coming in, people make corn/wheat dollies, bake bread, have feasts, preserve food, have bonfires…

So, here is my Lammas (short for Loaf Mass) bread complete with plait and everything!

I like the feel of late summer when the fields start to turn from green to gold. I’ve heard the farmers in the nearby fields getting the harvest in for the last couple of weeks or so.

And really, I just wanted to make a loaf of bread!

I had some seeds leftover, so instead of finding them a plastic bag or somewhere to put them and forgetting to use them, I just threw them to the birds and filled up the bird bath with water, so the birds can have a mini Lammas feast too!

I saw about 15 House Sparrows in the garden after I did that. They’re very sweet birds -some even nested in our roof this year. They’ve stopped cheeping now, so I think they’ve all left the nest!

Here’s a pic of the finished loaf.

I’ve struggled with making crispy loaves and I think I know the secret now…put a bowl of hot water under it when it’s cooking so the oven gets all steamy.

Bread

The smell of fresh bread has gone through the whole house now…Yum!

(Can you believe the plait looked perfect before it was baked…now it looks wonky!).


As well as getting a few jobs done today like shredding papers, tidying up etc. I also did a spot of knitting. This is where I am on my orange jumper:

I’ve done just over the first pattern repeat. You can’t see it properly I don’t think, but there are 2 bits of stocking stitch on each end, 2 cable and lace panels and then a section of stocking stitch in the middle.

It’s a beginner friendly pattern and it was in one of those knitting magazine books where it’s just patterns and they take patterns you’ve seen in other magazines a few times before, but bring it into one place. Does that make sense?!!

Like a more expensive and thicker version of a knitting magazine, by the same editors and publishers, just no articles and very few ads.

I know what I mean! It’s from a few years ago, and I did the back last year, about this time actually, so it feels a bit like deja vu!

I’m on the front now and then sew it together, do some short sleeves and neckline once it’s sewn up and then it’s done. Hopefully I can finish it this year…I started the rib of the back piece in 2018 I believe, then put it away for ages before picking it up again last year.

I love it still, but I’m sick of seeing it on my needles. I want to wear it!

The yarn was really cheap, less than £2 I think, it’s King Cole Big Value Double Knitting in Shade 3029 Rust.

The pattern was by Pat Menchini, I can’t see a name for it. There is an optional cowl to go with it, but I’m just doing the jumper!

Yes, the rib at the bottom is HUGE!

Sometimes I can have a real go at it and get a whole pattern repeat done in one go (that’s 24 rows) and other times I lucky if I manage 2 rows!

But I love the pattern on the cable panels on each side.


And look what came in the post today from Deramores…my Christmas sock yarn!

I only got one ball…I’ve only ever made 1 sock in my life (that’s not 1 pair…I mean 1 sock!) and I guess I had half a ball left for the other one. Hopefully I have enough to make a pair out of one ball…although I have some orange sock yarn to use for the heels or toes if not.

If you want to have a look for yourself, I’ll pop an affiliate link here (for The Knitting Network). There are other lovely Christmas colour ways in this range too. I really like the Fairy Lights colour too…

Now all I need is an easy beginner sock pattern…and the patience of a Saint since it took me 3 weeks to make my first ever sock a few years ago (no wonder I only made one!!). Hahaha!


Also, on a completely unrelated topic…look at that sunset last night – it’s on my iPhone which just doesn’t do the sky justice at all!


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Loom Knit Cowl

Using up this leftover yellow yarn has taken a while…I’ve managed to make a loom hat and cowl out of it with enough leftover to make a pom pom for the hat.

I knitted the cowl on a straight loom, only a small size as I generally prefer thinner scarves and cowls. Those pictures of oversized super chunky scarves look nice on the catwalk but are they really so practical? Ten steps and I overheat!!

So, I prefer little ones that I can wrap around my neck two or three times.

Using a knitting loom makes the stitches a bit looser in my opinion, at least with hand knitting you can control the tension easier, with loom knitting it isn’t as though you can go up or down a needle. For this project I don’t mind it being a bit looser as the yarn is soft and snuggly.

Now I have a cowl, two hats and a knitted headband with this yarn. 🙂

Yellow Knitted Cowl
Loom Knitted Cowl using King Cole Chunky…so snuggly!