Zeens & Roger Crochet Vlogcast 30

Hello. I’m a woman of few words today. Not in the video though, that would be a quiet episode. Clicking on the picture above will take you directly to Episode 30 for your fortnightly dose of crochet chat. Going HERE to YouTube takes you to the whole channel where all the episodes and tutorials live.

Links to stuff talked about in this episode are:

Mesh bag free pattern. A video tutorial is on my list of things to do.

Hotchpotch granny purse tutorial. This is the basis for the granny bag I made.

The Creative Business Network. As well as informal get togethers, Helen also teaches online courses for creative businesses.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I don’t read as often as I should. It’s always nice to find a good story.

Neveline Silke Arvier. I’d buy this if I were in Italy. It’s on offer!!

Family Tree Yarns and Hedgerow Yarns. Birthday buys for me!

See pictures of what I’ve been up to below…

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Episode 28. Zeens & Roger Crochet Vlogcast

It’s a big one! In my defense, I have a lot of (mostly) crochet related stuff to get through. I leave the Edinburgh yarn festival experience to the end but even without that it would probably be quite a long episode. Please click on the above pic to take you to Ep28 or pop over to my YouTube channel HERE. As always, there are more photos of my latest wotsits below. x

Lots of links today…

Granny CAL Special. A vlogcast episode dedicated to all my recent granny projects and the CAL winners etc.

Granny Rocks. A crochet granny stripe jumper. Want to know more? Check out this week’s blog post. Or go directly to Ravelry for Iron Lamb’s pattern.

Holey Smokes Version 1 is HERE. When I get version 2 out is anyone’s guess! Hopefully not that long.

Woolly Hugs. An organisation that collects granny squares for charity.

The knitted wrist warmer pattern is This One. I made them with aran weight Nebula from The Wool Kitchen.

I made the project bags with THIS tutorial in mind. It’s great for a beginner sewist.

Pearl & Plum – gorgeous project bags on Etsy.

TOFT. Alpaca central.

John Arbon Textiles. Knit by Numbers is a range of beautifully soft merino.

Qing Fibre. Swoon at the stunning colours

Blacker Yarns. Gorgeous muted tones from across the way in Cornwall.

Garn Surr. Some really fascinating colourways hand dyed by refugee women in Norway

Easy Knits. These guys have an amazing rainbow array of shades.

La Bien Amiee. Where all the cool kids hangout!

Check out Sherrie’s podcast Ollie & Bella and Emma’s LuluLoves.

HERE is how to pronounce Scheepjes.

And I still forgot to phone the dentist…

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I’m a lucky woman. A few gifts from crafty friends.

EYF yarn haul. Looks quite respectable.

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Zeens & Roger Granny CAL 2018: The END!!

Everything comes to an end. Even super fun granny crochet alongs. Did you join in? Did you have fun?! I blimmin’ well did! I have loved every minute of it. I’ve loved getting stuck in, making grannies just for the pure pleasure of making grannies! I’ve played and experimented, I’ve failed at some projects. I’ve seen your makes and been envious, I’ve seen your makes and decided that I want to make them too. It has been awesome!! Thank you so so much, what an inspiration! The success of this CAL has been thrilling and I’m truly amazed. I would suggest a group hug but we’re getting into soppy territory here and I might chunder.

Click on the image above to watch the YouTube video. It’s basically like a usual episode only it’s granny specific.

The original post about the CAL is HERE. More info about CALs in general is HERE (be sure to read the comments too as they add even more insightful stuff that I forgot!)

Firstly, let me show you some of the things I made. Or didn’t make. I didn’t finish my granny jumper but that’s OK. It’s still eligible for two other CAL’s at the minute so it’s getting entered into Crochet Luna’s Fortune Cookie CAL and The Crochet Circle Podcast’s Different Designer CAL. Just because I didn’t make my own deadline doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy what I’m making.

Another UFO, never mind, I’ll get there in the end. I’m going to experiment with joins for this one. I’ll report back. One fail is some kind of other achievement. Or something.

And, phew! I did actually get one thing finished.

Anyway, I expect you want me to move on at this point and start telling you about the prizes! And then winners, you’ll want to know about who won!! At this point, I haven’t exactly allocated which prizes are going to which winner but I hope you think it’s OK that I will be trying to match up where the prize is travelling from to where it’s going. Mostly, this is going to work out quite nicely. UK to UK,  Australia to Australia and where there are US winners, there will be digital prizes.

The Prizes

In no particular order, here are the prizes… First up is a beautifully made project bag by Pearl & Plum. I met Vivian and Alyson in Edinburgh this weekend and they handed it over to me in person. Whoever gets this is one lucky person. The mother & daughter team have a terrific podcast Keep Calm and Carry Yarn (or KCACY, which is what it’s called in my head).

Qualyn Stark is an up and coming crochet designer from the US (check out Ravelry here), he has offered two designs to one winner, both patterns celebrate the granny stitch. He also has The Quoe Podcast, which you should check out.

Here’s a digital copy of Take Two by Fay and Lynne of the Crochet Circle Podcast. There are some really thoughtful designs in this book. This will be emailed to a winner very soon!

I love the look of this matching set made by Laura of Homefire Ridge. Aren’t they pretty?! I don’t know what it is about a handmade project bags. I can’t get enough of them!! These are waiting for someone in Australia!

Kirstyn of Miss Moffat Yarns dyes such lovely colour ways. One winner gets to choose one of these coast inspired skeins as their prize. I feel really bad as I’ve just recorded the granny special and I get Kirstyn’s name wrong. We’ve met and chatted in real life, this should not happen. I’m so sorry!

A lovely parcel arrived in the post for me this morning from Busy Bee Blocking Boards or @crochetblocking  This is one of their small blocking boards especially designed for granny squares; they come in other sizes too. I love it so much. It’s delicately decoupaged and there’s one still prettily wrapped, waiting to be sent off to someone. The prize board won’t be green, it’s lilac.

I have one of these enamel pins and I think it’s the best idea ever! It’s quite clearly a perfect prize for a granny CAL too, just look at that granny motif!! Claudia of Crochet Luna sent this to me along with the stitch markers.  Check out Claudia’s Etsy shop for her other pin design too.

And then there’s patterns by me. One winner can choose five of my paid for patterns over on my Ravelry store. I’ll pop one over to all the other winners and collaborators too.

The Winners

Two winners have been randomly picked for each category, apart from my favourites, which were chosen cos they’re my faves (obviously).

Da da daaahhh………………………………..

The Chatter Thread = Timum2 aka Jenny &  2BLoop2 aka Judy

The Finished Object Thread = Feather & Threads (or Jo) & Crochet of Go Crazy (Kara)

The Instagram Winners = Nicole of @Tangleandstitch and @Matilda_Rose_Crochets

My Favourite Two (see pics below) = Bev Baw1812. Love those baby cardi’s! And Emma’s (@EmmaCraftsDesign) Campfire Cardigan, I want one!

And that’s it!! Wowsers!! Thank you to everyone, it’s been a total blast. Loved every minute. X

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Zeens & Roger Crochet Podcast Episode 27

Halloooo!! Here is all you need for episode 27 of my crochet podcast / vlogcast / vid of me chatting about wool. Hope you’re well! Please click on the pic above to go to the episode or pop over to my YouTube  channel for all the episodes and tutorials.

Below is extra information and photographs about what I’ve been up to this last week (I’m not counting the week before as I was hunkered down, working on secrets).

The Granny CAL 2018 stuff. Go HERE for the original post and go HERE for more detailed thoughts about CALs themselves (I forgot to mention this new blog post in the episode!). A Granny Special will be filmed next week with a run down of prizes (and which wonderful people donated them) and all the winners, of course!! I’m thinking I have enough prizes for eight draws!!! That’s just mind blowing!

Countess Ablaze. You really must have a look at this. It’s part of what makes this community amazing!

Granny Rocks jumper by Claudine of @Iron_Lamb. Will I finish it for next week?!

Yay Retro! I was thrilled to be asked to give an interview to Sue from Yay Retro. There’s plenty of pictures of my crochet and home too. Check it out HERE. Keep your eyes peeled for a related blog post from me very soon.

Town End Alpacas – This was where I got my yarn for my new socks and the yarn for my pink/grey granny chevron cowl that I made a few weeks ago. I’ll put in a pic down below!

Hooked on Murder. A novel based on crochet. Seriously.

The old granny squares book is THIS one.

The Quoe Podcast

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Zeens & Roger Crochet Podcast/Vlogcast Episode 26

Happy March!! We’re supposed to be thinking about spring but it’s most definitely winter outside!! Brrrr, maybe keep warm whilst watching episode 26 of my crochet podcast!? As usual, click on the pic above to go to the episode or go to my YouTube channel HERE. Ta very much.

Here’s some links to stuff I talk about, I wasn’t concentrating so I hope I have it all. If not please give me a shout and I’ll give you extra info.

March Meet the Maker – A month long Instagram challenge

#hookedonyarn2018 Another month long IG challenge.

My Easter Eggs. HERE is the link to the blog post about the latest additions to the family.

Blacker Yarns. This is lovely yarn that I’m going to get more of. I used Tamar Lustre Blend. A real woolly wool from just across the border in Cornwall.

Inside Crochet magazine

Simply Crochet magazine

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Zeens & Roger Crochet Vlogcast. Episode 25

I’m just gonna jump right in with links today. Click on the pic for Episode 25. Thank you so much. xxx

Granny Crochet Along info is HERE.

The Quoe Podcast. A new crochet vlog from Qualyn Stark who is a up and coming crochet designer from the US.

I hope you already know Claudia from Crochet Luna. Check her out!

Here is the link for  Fay’s The Crochet Circle podcast

Project bags from Laura at Homefire Ridge. And some  from Vivian from The Keep Calm & Carry Yarn podcast too.

My purse tutorial. Follow this as a guide for the granny purse. I also saw that Sonja from Ratschebutsch has done a mini tutorial too for something similar on her Instagram.

Russian Join tutorial is here.

1Dogwoof. A granny triangle blanket.

Global Hook up

Sewing – Drawstring bag tutorial.

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Episode 24!! Zeens & Roger Crochet Vlogcast

As I type, it has been about eight hours since I recorded and I’m still doolally! I’m having a really good day! I will most likely crash tomorrow but for now I’ll enjoy the happy feelings. So, I hope you’re up for this episode of my crochet podcast / crochet vlog, it’s an hour long (I have a lot to talk about and there are a few strange moments). Comment here or over on my YouTube channel. I’d love to hear from you! Click on the image above for the episode. Cheers. x

Here are some of the things I talk about in this episode (and don’t forget the pics below):

Granny CAL 2018. Find out all the details about the Granny crochet along HERE! The Ravelry threads are HERE.

Fancy a quick granny project? Here’s my chevron cowl free pattern. I still haven’t dug out the yarn info. Give me a kick up the bum if you’re curious and I’ll go and find a band.

How to Become A Crochet Designer – My blog post about how I started. Mandy from RedAgape has a fascinating blog post about what you can realistically expect from working as a crochet designer. Please check it out!

My friend at Coastal Crochet is running a CAL too. Pop over to her blog for more info.

Melody Crochet Podcast. Thank you for my new things Melody!

I’m wearing the Blurre

Here’s the tutorial I plan on using for the Russian Join. Let’s do an experiment!

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Zeens & Roger Crochet Vlogcast. Episode 23

Hello!! It is time for Episode 23 of the Zeens and Roger crochet podcast [SEO, folks!] / crochet vlog. There are some delightfully embarrassing moments, including ungainly lumbering upon a sofa and a super geeky confession at the end. I hope you enjoy it! Please click on the link above for the episode or jump to my YouTube channel HERE.

Links to all the things:

Granny Crochet Along!!  information is HERE. The links to Ravelry and Pinterest etc are over there. I am so looking forward to this!

Little Hearts for Grace squares

The Weekender Blankie by Sandra of Cherry Heart

Geek Chic Crochet by Nicki Trench

The knitted mitts pattern is called Rowan Frost wrist mitts on Ravelry.

The Crossed Treble stitch tutorial (also known as the Star Mesh stitch or the Cane Work stitch)

I think that’s it for stuff you might be interested in (my notes are on the other side of the room!). A few pics of the last couple of week are below. X

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Crochet Tutorial: The Crossed Treble Stitch (or Cane Work or Star Mesh st).

This tutorial has been on my list of things to do for quite a while. As soon as I saw the stitch I loved it!  I absolutely knew I wanted to crochet something with the crossed treble/cane work/star mesh stitch. The trouble was, I didn’t understand the written pattern I’d found. With a bit of research and some trawling of Pinterest I found a few different versions. Each version had its own take and they were all written completely differently from one another. Meh! Eventually I pieced together how it was done and in an effort to save you from all that faffing I’ve filmed a tutorial. I hope you like it. Click on the pic above to get to YouTube.

Also, I’m quite pleased that my faffings turned into a design. I used the stitch in my Holey Smokes! shawl, which is available on Ravelry. Read more about it Here. It’s a crochet fade!

To accompany the tutorial, I thought it’d also be helpful to share with you the relevant patterns that I found. They’re not all identical but essentially the elements are there. They’re in the following places: Page 47 of this crochet stitch dictionary, the book I show in the video is this one, there’s a written pattern named the Cane Work stitch in issue 59 of Simply Crochet, it’s called the Star Mesh stitch Here, and here’s a pic break down on Pinterest.  You should find these useful. Finally, below is my version with pictures (please note, it just demonstrates the crossed treble itself not the swatch instructions):

The Crossed Treble is worked over 3 stitches (inc a missed stitch in the middle). The bottom “legs” of the cross are made first and then, the top right “arm”. The second “arm” is a treble worked into the centre of the cross.

YO twice, insert hook into required st, YO & pull through lp (4 lps on hook), YO & pull through 2 lps (3 lps on hook), YO, miss 1 st, insert hook into next st, YO & pull through lp (5 lps on hook), (YO & pull through 2 lps on hook) 4 times, ch 1, YO, insert hook in middle 2 st of cross, YO & pull through (3 lps on hook), (YO & pull through 2 lps) twice.

 


If you want to do a straight up swatch like I do in the tutorial, you’ll need to chain multiples of 4. Begin the first Crossed Tr in the 6th ch from hook. At the end, turn and ch 5 to begin the next second row. The rest of the pattern is a repeat of the second row which staggers the CT’s over the ones of the row below. Eeh, watch the vid and you’ll know what I mean!

Good luck and enjoy!! Cheers. X

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Episode 22. Crochet Vlog

Happy New Year!! Hope you had a good one. So this is the first crochet podcast episode of the year (above pic is the link but also HERE). Not many links to share but there are photographs to look at:

Geo Rainbow c2c blanket is now on Ravelry

Granny inspo on Pinterest is Here. Beginning date for the Granny CAL is Feb 1st! More info to come soon.

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And I forgot to mention that my sister sent me a photo of herself in her colour block jumper! Here she is on the beach (fully clothed)…

Some pics of my Christmas presents… x