Zeens & Roger Crochet Podcast 47.

Hi! Welcome to Episode 47 of the Zeens and Roger Crochet Vlogcast/Podcast! Please click on the image above to go directly to the episode or go to my YouTube channel HERE to see all the videos. Cheers!

By the way, please look down below for lots of pics of what I’ve made over the last couple of weeks. x

Links to Stuff:

Pob. Remember him?!

The Granny CAL post for 2019 is HERE.

Waking Winter. For sale on Ravelry. There’s 20% off all my patterns until the end of Feb!  The discount is added at the check out, you don’t need a code. I wrote a quick blog post about Waking Winter HERE too if you fancy it.

In a Flap. Pretty and delicate, I love this scarf.

One Way or Another. Click HERE! (thanks to a very early wake up this morning [Saturday], this pattern is now LIVE!)

Ravelry

The ZigZag Jumper by Yarnfamily

The Slope Style hat from Ironlamb

Wool and the Gang crochet kit

John Arbon Textiles. The Grainbow shawl is coming soon!

The Making Things App.

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Waking Winter. New Seasons Crochet Shawl

Better late than never, Waking Winter is here! This is the third crochet shawl pattern in my Seasons Collection. If you fancy a nose, Emergence of Spring is HERE and Harvest Moon is HERE. All of the shawls in this collection are connected by their take on filet crochet, which is essentially crochet with loads of holes!

The pattern is available on Ravelry, it’s HERE. 

Because I also recently added my In a Flap scarf to purchase (and I’ll be adding a couple of other patterns soon) I’ve decided to whack on a 20% discount on all my Ravelry patterns up until the end of Feb. No code is necessary, it’s taken off at the checkout.

Waking Winter will also soon be available on Love Crochet and hopefully The Making Things App.

Can you believe this shawl was supposed to be released on the 21st December? The idea was to have it out in time for the winter solstice. There have been a few snags along the way ranging from genuine Can’t Help It, to my usual lazy apathy (not because I don’t love the shawl, I really really do! Just don’t like writing up the patterns). It’s here now and that’s what counts!

I hope you like it. I’ve really enjoyed creating a proper grown up “collection” so far. I don’t know if I’ll do another one anytime soon but it has been a fantastic challenge to link the designs thematically, yet have them all be different and unique.

Waking Winter comes in both UK and US versions, which I know you love. As well as the written pattern you’ll also find useful stuff, like a proper table for stitch count. I made up a chart for the set up rows and the edging too but all my testers followed the written instructions so I know they’re good on their own.

It has been tested by five fabulous crocheters (thank you!!) and fully tech edited by the lovely Tamara of Crafty Escapism (double thank you!!).

Now to work on the final design: Summer! I have a few ideas but nothing concrete. I know I want it to be a single skeiner and that I want it to be green. That is all so far! I wonder if I’ll manage to  actually release it on time…

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The Granny CAL 2019!

The Granny Hotchpotch.

It’s Granny time again! In just a couple of weeks let’s start grannying with a Crochet Along, what do you say?!

Last year’s Granny CAL was loads of fun and I absolutely loved seeing all the different projects that you came up with. The great thing about Granny is just how diverse she can be. It’s a super simple stitch but can be used in a myriad of ways. She is my heart and soul. Anyway…

First things first, what is a CAL? I wrote a blog post about that last year. Go HERE to find out.

Rainbow edged granny blanket

Unlike last year, this Crochet Along will be a bit more low key. I’m into the idea of a very laid back CAL. Rather than going in all guns blazing, which I feel the last two CALs have been, this one will be mega casual. I’m not going to have loads of categories for entries and I’m not going to be dishing out loads of prizes (soz!). It’s all too much for one person and to be honest, the bit I enjoyed the most was seeing everyone come together to share their enthusiasm for crochet.

The Details:

The rules are there are no rules! Well, there’s one: your project must contain the granny stitch somewhere (you know the one). Other than that, make what you want. Finish off an old wip, start something new, use up your stash, whatever, there’s no pressure here.

The CAL officially starts on Friday 22nd February. Let’s say it’ll run for 6 weeks but if we’re all having so much fun we can’t stop then I’m pretty sure we can keep going.

Please look at my Free Patterns page HERE , you’ll see rather a lot of patterns with the granny stitch and that’s because I love it!! I have bags, blankets and things that go round your neck. There’s lots to start you off and I also have another idea for a shawl design that might become a free pattern very soon. ;p

For amazing inspiration please go HERE to the Pinterest board dedicated to all things Granny (it’s not just squares, you know!).

Chat over on Instagram HERE (use #grannycal19 or #grannycal2019) and on the Ravelry thread HERE. Absolutely everyone is welcome to come and chat. Share your ideas, help out others, share what you’re making etc.

And I think that’s it! I thought I was going to write more than that but actually this is keeping in line with being laid back. Phew! 😀

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The Shoreline Crochet Bag. New Wave Yarn from WATG

I recently got my mitts on a yarn kit from Wool and the Gang for their newly released New Wave yarn. I was sent the Shoreline bag crochet kit as a free gift so I could try it out and tell you what I think… Here’s the story….

Once upon a time there was an email that was sent to my inbox. It was Anna from Wool and the Gang. Would I like to try a new crochet kit using yarn made from cotton and whazzed up plastic bottles? Yeah, alright then, that sounds fun! And so that’s what happened.

The first thing you’ll notice in the top photo is that there are knitting needles rather than a crochet hook. This is because I was sent a knit kit for the I Got You bag by mistake. Oops! Once I got in touch with Anna from the WATG team, I was swiftly sent the pattern for the Shoreline bag, a pretty wooden hook and the extra ball of yarn needed so that I could get started in earnest on some crochet. Whilst I waited for the additional crochet essentials I thought I’d try a few rows of the knitting pattern. I had the tools, so why not? I’m pleased to report that I learned a posh new stitch from following the pattern, which made me ridiculously happy. I just did what I was told and the fancy stitch magically appeared on my needles! I almost wish that I’d kept quiet and made the knitted bag pattern instead because it would have been a fantastic achievement for me as a relatively basic knitter.

Knitting and crochet. Both equally beautiful.

I got to choose the colour I wanted (there are 12 shades in total). I picked Seaweed green, a shade which reminds me of a Kelpie’s mane. A few of the colour names in the collection are named after seasidey things (seashell, oyster) and that’s because there’s a definite sea theme going on. The patterns have been inspired by fisherman’s tales which I think is lovely and harks back to a time when the ocean wasn’t filled with nasty plastic.

I mention plastic because nearly half (47%) of the yarn composition is plastic. In each 100gram ball, there are three plastic bottles (lids and all). The rest is cotton, which forms the outer mesh of the yarn. The plastic inside is a different tone to the outer and together they create a marled effect. You’ll also notice it has a great stitch definition when worked up.

The Shoreline bag works up really quickly, it’s a very easy stitch repeat and one that can be done in front of the telly (the best kind of crochet, yes?). I finished mine in a couple of days. It actually wasn’t until I’d fastened off the last piece that I realized I’d done something a teeny bit wrong. It took me that long to notice that the pattern was written in US terms and not UK terms (I don’t think the pattern tells you which it is). Now here’s the thing, I’m a bit fluid in my use of UK and US terminology. In my head I call a UK double crochet a “single” but I use the UK term “treble” to mean a US double…. It doesn’t make sense at all. Due to this silly, confusing habit of mine, I didn’t even question the use  of “single” and “treble” stitches in the pattern.  Essentially what I’ve done is use the wrong stitch for my bag, I’ve used US doubles/UK trebles. It should be a US treble instead. Whoopsy! Do you know what though? It doesn’t really matter! There was absolutely no way I was going to frog the whole thing just to make it properly. That would be plain daft. The most important thing is I’ve got a bag I can use and in it right now is yarn for my next project!

Random things that don’t fit elsewhere:

  • I used 3ch not 4 as my turning chain
  • The pattern is written for the absolute beginner. So much so, it’s almost unconventional in the style format for a crochet pattern. Super broken down into all the steps.
  • I should have gone down to a 4.5mm hook. My tension was quite loose.
  • I want to know what a garment would feel like in this yarn. I’m curious.
  • It’s mostly knitting patterns in the range. I’d like to see more crochet designs.
  • Both the needles and the hook came in little plastic wrappers. Not necessary and quite the antithesis of the WATG objective for New Wave yarn. Hmmm.
  • Free WATG patterns are available HERE. There’s at least one with New Wave yarn.

Anyway, we’re at the end of this fisherwoman’s tale (I’ve been fishing  more than once, it’s true). I’m always dead impressed with the WATG yarn and kits, it’s clear that loads of thought goes into each line they produce. I still wear my Foxy Roxy scarf in the dead of winter. When it’s super cold it’s the only scarf that keeps out the biting wind. I’ve tried out their silky eucalyptus in the form of  Tina Tape (I still can’t help calling it Tina Tapeworm), and my first try was Take Care Mohair, a mohair yarn that hasn’t been topped by any other I’ve tried. That’s all pretty good if you ask me.

Right, it’s all getting too gushy round here. I’m gonna stop singing praises and go and get my hooks out. See ya! x

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The lighting when taking this pic was not good. The colour of the yarn is much more like the close up shots.

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Zeens and Roger Crochet Podcast 46.

Another crochet podcast so quickly? Yes, absolutely! Despite this arguably being the second half of last week’s offerings (go HERE for Episode 45) it is nearly an hour long. There is a lot of catching up to do! I do hope you can hang out with me for a bit. x

As usual, you can click on the picture above to go to the episode, or go HERE to my YouTube channel where you’ll find more episodes and lots of crochet video tutorials as well.

Keep scrolling for links and photographs of things discussed…

Links:

Just because… @chrissie_crafts and @sweet_sharna  both also happen to be part of the CrochetZine team.

Hook inspo. Check out @jess_rippengale @knitbrooks, Lykke,

The Making Things App.

Wool and the Gang Shoreline crochet bag.  There are more kits for New Wave yarn HERE.

The Zigzag jumper by Kimberley of @ Yarnfamily

The Women’s Institute yarn. Soft & Chunky

John Arbon Textiles

Frost Shawl by Hannah of Cozy Cottage Crochet

Cheers! xxx

Zeens & Roger Crochet Podcast Episode 44

Hohoho! Merry Christmas… Actually this is a normal crochet podcast on YouTube, it just happens to be December… Click on the pic above to get to the latest episode or go HERE to my whole YouTube channel. Thanks. X

Links for all the things I talk about are below (as well as some extra crochet pics). If I’ve left any thing out please do give me a polite nudge. Ta very much.

Oh, I forgot to mention my Christmas crochet Wish lists! Go HERE and HERE, they’re full of great ideas for crochet lovers!

Links:

Zigzgag jumper by Yarnfamily. I talk about this right at the end!

IronLamb Slope Style colourblock hat

For the chunky knit scarf I’m using THIS yarn.

Crocheted Birds by Vanessa Mooncie

The Weekender Blankie by Cherry Heart

Stitchsperation cross stitch

Sally’s Shed

Zelda’s YouTube channel.

Places you can find me Instagram, Ravelry, Pinterest, Facebook, Love Crochet, Etsy

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Kim from @yarnfamily has designed this awesome zigzag jumper

New bedroom!!

He’s like a cute dinosaur

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Another Christmas Wish List for Crocheters!

A couple of weeks ago I posted a Wish List of things that crocheters might quite like for Christmas. It’s amazing how many ideas come flooding in once you open the gates. Not only could I not stop thinking of things I’d quite like to find under the Christmas tree, lots of people got in touch to make sure I knew about X, Y & Z too!

There’s still shopping time before Christmas so I think I can legit reel out another list of crochet related good stuff.

Here we go….

1. Fancy Scissors

To be honest I don’t mind the cheapy scissors that I buy. When they go blunt I just get another pair. The old pair get downgraded to paper cutting scissors and remain so until I use them to actual death. A quick look on Etsy and there are loads of pretty ones to choose from. If the Crocheter in your life is an IG fiend, get cool ones that are Instagrammable!

2. A Gauge Wotsit & hook measuring Thingy

Very useful indeed! And not that pricey. Square ones are good, like THIS one. And don’t forget a thingy for measuring hook sizes, the one HERE is fab. Some of my cheap metal hooks have the wrong size stamped on them, some have no sizing at all. You need to have a way of measuring them.

3. Mug

Love it!

Perfect, right?! It’s from Dear Ewe, an online shop that sells loads of crochet related items.

4. More enamel pins

There are loads out there if you know where to go rummaging. Look at these: Woah There Pickle, Two Girls co, My Crochet Makes, Pretty Little Stickers

5.  Sock Blockers

Not my area but I know others love em. Whilst I have lost my crochet sock virginity (it wasn’t as painful as I imagined; I even enjoyed going solo with my own design), I am not planning on becoming a sock slut.

6. Tote

I love a tote! Take current projects out and about in them, store ancient wips in them, get one that’s yarn related like THIS one! It’s a doozy…

Pretty Little Stitckers on Etsy

7. Blocking Mats

Know where your purchases are coming from. Get blocking mats from Knit It, Hook It, Craft It. Fay gives you the provenance of most (if not all) of the products she sells. Or try a wooden board for blocking individual squares and smaller crochet items.

8. Hook Case

EpidendronDesigns on etsy

I just found this one and I like it! Lots of sellers make them. All you need to do is type in “crochet hook case” into Etsy and choose one!

9. Pens, Pencils & Notebook

Stationery was a childhood obsession of mine. I still have an unfathomable amount of empty notebooks waiting to be used but that doesn’t stop me buying more. And you need pens and pencils to go with, obvs. A crocheter needs a notebook to make notes about patterns they’re following, to write lists about the future projects they want to make, and to scribble down new and original design ideas.

10. Lykke wooden Hooks

Lykke hooks.

OMG!! I flipping LOVE these! They truly are things of beauty. Also expensive. For UK buyers get them from Loop. I wonder what they’d be like to crochet with? I think I’d just look at them.  Possibly stroke them too.

11. Posh Pins and Blocking wires

Blocking wires are super useful and the sort of thing I’m too tight to invest in (I make do with knitting needles!). This is a more practical gift than a pretty/special thing but like me, maybe you’re too mean to get yourself the proper gear. Maybe someone can buy them for you. Not everyone blocks their work so if you’re going to buy these for a yarny person, make sure they believe in the power of blocking.

12. Hooked For Life

Hooked for Life: Adventures of a Crochet Zealot by Mary Temple was recommended to me after I published the last list. I haven’t read it but it’s a book of crochet related essays. Sounds perfect!

There will be more ideas I’m certain, but for this year I think two lists is plenty. The first one is HERE. Whether it’s you doing the purchasing or you have thrust the information under the nose of someone else who’s looking for crochet treats, I hope the lists prove useful! Ta very much and merry Christmas! xxx

Oh, and don’t forget that crochet is not just for Christmas ;p

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Zeens & Roger Crochet Podcast. Episode 43… Mean Streak

Howdy!! OK, some pics and only a few links this episode but that’s because we’re on a pretty short episode again this time round. Sometimes it’s a good thing to have an episode around the thirty min mark though, right?! Please do click on the picture above to travel with speed to the new episode of my crochet podcast Oooorr you can just find all the vlogs and tutorials HERE!

Links:

ZZ Block C2C Blanket pattern

C2C CAL Special episode

Garter’s Ahoy. A knitted shawl by Sandra of Cherry Heart

The Creative Business Network. An open group of creative folk that meet once a month in Exeter to let off steam!!

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A yarn wish granted!

Some basic knitting to improve the skillz

Leaping Waves. A new cowl in issue 108 of Inside Crochet.

New magazine features.

C2C CAL: THE END!!!!

It’s done, it’s over. Step away from the crochet! … How do you feel?

For all my thoughts on the Corner to Corner Crochet Along 2018 please do check out the video (click the pic above) over on YouTube. I chat about what I made, what you made and who won prizes!

I have posted quite a bit on here about the CAL over the last couple of months, there are tonnes of ideas if you want to check them out. The original posts are HERE and HERE.

Thank you so much for joining in, it really does show what a fantastic community we have here. Below are plenty of lovely corner to corner pictures, showing the sort of thing people got up to.  There are so many impressive projects here, really demonstrating the tricks one can get up to with this fab stitch! What do you think?

I will leave the vid up for a week before publishing the winners here and on Ravelry. I want it to be a surprise! If you watch and you find out that you’re a winner, please give me a shout and we’ll go from there, cheers  ;p

Get yourself to the Ravelry threads and look at the #c2cCal18 hashtag on Insta to see all wonderful makes.

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Zeens & Roger Crochet Podcast Episode 42

Time for some crochet chat again! Click on the pic above to go to the latest episode or HERE to my YouTube channel. Ta. x

Watch this episode to find out more about a 5K Giveaway too ;p

Links:

Just in case you need to catch up, HERE is the last episode

Release the Hounds is over on Ravelry!

The cosy Slipper Sock pattern and link to the video tutorial can be found HERE

Garter’s Ahoy knitted shawl pattern by Sandra of Cherry Heart.

The C2C book.

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