Just Charlie G

Happy New Year to everyone! Keeping up with tradition I have made absolutely NO resolutions, what about you? After an extended Christmas break from blogging, I’m back, but I thought I’d kick off with something not beauty related. Nearly a year ago to the day, the 11th January 2016, I wrote a post about how I’d taken up crochet. At that point, I’d only been going for a couple of weeks, look at the shocking state of those squares!

By the middle of March, I’d really discovered how much I loved it and had started to make more and more things.  I’m not known for my ability to stick to things, but a year on from that first post, I’m still here, crocheting away and I’ve made loads so I thought I’d do a little post showing what I’ve made this year (well, since March!).

In March I did the lovely Happy Flower Decoration by Lucy of Attic 24, a really quick and easy project and so cute.

Attic24 Happy Flower

At the end of March, I made the gorgeous Sopan, both the design and the hand dyed Yarn came courtesy of Verity at Truly Hooked.Truly Hooked Sopan

Next came the Fortune’s Shawlette in May.

Fortunes Shawlette

March to July saw me make the Harmony Blanket, again the pattern is from Attic 24. It might look nice but don’t be fooled. I hated every single second of making it, and I made an awful error with every single round of every single square meaning it’s basically fallen apart. I also put some of the squares in the wrong order. I just think my heart wasn’t in this one, at all.Attic24 Harmony

After the stress I whipped up a little basket for  storing my yarn scraps.Yarn Scraps Basket

In July I made the All Tied Up Summer Top for Lola, she loved it and so do I. All tied Up Top

I’m not sure what happened for the next couple of months, I started a blanket I’m still working on, but nothing seems to have been made! But at the end of September I started making Christmas presents. It feels so good to have a skill and to be able to make things, but I can’t say I was confident giving any of these away, what if the recipient didn’t like them! I was however pleased.

I started with a Road Trip Scarf for my sister, skipping the flower details.Roadtrip Scarf

Next, a cute Lil’ Baby Unicorn for my cute little niece!cute lil unicorn

Followed by an adorable Sleepy Bear for my lovely nephew.Sleepy Bear

A Bellflower Infinity Scarf for my Mother in Law…Bellflower Infinity Scarf

The final Christmas gift I made was a Fortune’s Wrap, the same basic design as the Fortune’s Shawlette but considerably bigger, more rectangular and with edging.Fortune's Wrap Fortune's Wrap

After a huge amount of searching I finally found my dream glove pattern, the Super Easy Grunge Gloves. I made myself a pair, swiftly followed by a pair each for the girls.Super Easy Grunge Gloves Super Easy Grunge Gloves Super Easy Grunge Gloves

Naturally, I needed a hat to go with my gloves, and I’m so fussy it was hard work finding anything I liked, something not too crochet-y looking. The Caron Cable Twist Hat fit the bill. Learning to cable was a huge learning curve for me, but got there in the end!Caron Cable Twist Hat

Finally, using the cotton I made the girls gloves with, I’ve knocked up a couple of face cloths! So, there is a tenuous beauty link there after all!fancy flannel  And that is pretty much it! I have two blankets in progress at the moment and a list of things I want to make as long as your arm but thats everything I’ve made since March!

So please, if you are a fellow hooker and you’re on Ravelry, add me as a friend, I’m on there as JustCharlieG and I’d love more people to follow myself! And if you’re not already, do follow me on Instagram, I share most of my WIP’s on there!

EDIT: I don’t know how I forgot this one, but I made this Virus Shawl for my Mum’s Christmas Pressie too!

Virus Shawl

The week before Christmas I had a hankering to teach myself to crochet. I’m not entirely sure where it came from but as in all things with me, once I decided to try it out, it had to be immediately. I took a trip to John Lewis, bought a set of crochet hooks, bamboo, and some wool, then headed over to Waterstones and bought a book.

Using the book I taught myself some basic stitches, they were far from perfect but I persevered, teaching myself the double crochet, the half treble crochet and the treble crochet. They were a bit messy, but it was really just a question of practising and working on my neatness.

12347819_10156565834365144_6552795418496402341_n (1)Having learned the treble crochet I was ready to have a go at a granny (or afghan) square. The first attempt was a little bit scruffy, but regardless, I did it!

920844_10156577567520144_1725253024929886983_oI’ve learned that not all yarn is equal. My mint green squares are always loose and floppy whatever I do, but other wools make a much neater, more substantial square.

10416610_10156588846720144_4298108473573220241_nSquares are really quite boring though, to me at least and I wanted to make something that would give me instant gratification. I’m not sure how I found her, but lucky for me I did, I found Attic24. Now this was more like it. I loved the things she made, the colours, and best of all her instructions looked simple and easy to follow. Getting ahead of myself only slightly I put in an order from Wool Warehouse for the yarn pack to make the Sunny Granny Stripe Blanket and when it arrived I couldn’t wait to get started. What a glorious selection of colours. I could feel a new passion growing.

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Making a single bed sized blanket maybe a bit ambitious but actually its really rather simple, well this pattern is, the colours are a dream, making it a joy to create each row, just to see how it looks with the previous row, its beautiful. The hardest part has been starting it off. I had to do the starting chain three times, and I unravelled and started again several more times until I’d created the following.

12314557_10156596362200144_6110306060534438555_oOnce this part, which I found tricky, was done, its just been a case of adding beautiful coloured row on top of beautiful coloured row.

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This is my current point. just shy of half way through. The sunlight has washed the photo out, and in reality the colours are somewhere between the photo below and the one above.P1020149More experienced crochet-ers will notice I’ve made plenty of mistakes, but its a very forgiving pattern. Several rows are back to front near the bottom, there’s one row near the middle where there are far too many trebles in some places and not enough enough others but overall, you can’t really tell. At this point I’m just over two fifths of the way through, minus the border but I can’t wait to finish it. I’ll be so proud!

I am however now having a terrible panic that I’ve added too many stitches so I’m off for a count!

I’d love to hear what you’ve been making lately, and if you have any retailers or blogs to recommend, please let me know!