Hello and welcome to hook and yarn. I'm Jane, and this is my place to write about the things I knit and crochet, with a little baking and gardening thrown in sometimes too!

Friday, 10 August 2012

Colour affection

I've been eyeing up this gorgeous shawl pattern that so many people have made recently for ages, and I've finally started my own.

I'm really enjoying it - it's just garter stitch, so no complicated stitches, but it's the first time I've done stripes in knitting, and it's soooo exciting seeing the stripes grow. I know non-knitters would find that a bit sad of me, but there we go. To me, it's exciting. That's just who I am. I just want to keep doing more!

I've still not decided on the third colour though. Should I go safe:

Nice peaceful colours, will go with lots of things, lovely and restful, and one of my favourite looks.

Or should I go for a richer, warmer look:

Not so safe, but more exciting. I love them both to be honest, so I can't go wrong. And I've still got a fair few stripes to do before I have to decide. Any thoughts, anyone?

And I'm just in the middle of making Chelsea buns, at the suggestion of Sue Webb. The thing I love about yeast baking is seeing it grow! And of course the lovely smell...

Wednesday, 1 August 2012


Comfy cosy softly squishy warmth mmmm

Just what you need for this chilly summer in the UK! I really like the frilly border on this:

Pattern: Mara from Madelinetosh
Yarn: Thistle by Louisa Harding in shade 16 Surf, 7.3 balls

And I've been doing some baking too: I fancied doing some yeast baking, and made an apple kuchen.

To be honest, I think it looks better than it tasted! It was just a little bland. Hmmm, what next?

Thursday, 26 July 2012

My favourite bag yet :)

Just finished my fat-bottom bag, and I love it. Be prepared for a series of photos all very similar...

The flower is the Aster-oids pattern from Crochet bouquet by Suzann Thompson, and I lined the bag using Kel's lining instructions, like lots of people on Ravelry have done.

Result: one happy me :)

Monday, 23 July 2012

Ripple blanket - no, wait - ripple cushion!


I realised that this unfinished blanket which was lurking in my cupboard, occasionally reminding me that it needed lots of hours' work to make it into the blanket it was going to be, was actually the perfect size for a cushion cover already! So I folded it over, single-crocheted up the edges

sewed on some buttons, and there I have a lovely cushion.

A completely pain-free way to tidy up an unfinished object :)

Monday, 16 July 2012

Tweet tweet!

No, I'm not on Twitter, I've been making a bird!

Somehow I seem to have got distracted from my knitting into crochet again! This pattern is from Lucy at Attic24, and is very good for using odds and ends of yarn, and also for cheering up yet more grey rainy days... I'm giving it to a friend for her birthday, so I hope she'll like it. I've also been finding something to do with my ripple blanket I started ages ago (more on that another day), and making a Fat-bottom bag (ditto), and so haven't yet finished my Mara shawl. So much I want to do!
We've had some new windows put in, and so I've got bits and pieces of filling and painting to do, which is taking valuable yarn-time (grrrr!), and I also need to catch up on lots of housework (more grrrr!) but I am very pleased with the windows, so I mustn't complain :P

Must go, Pollyfilla calls!