It's the end of January (I know, where did it go?) and we thought we'd give you a little update on our challenge.
We've really enjoyed doing this and we've managed to make squares every day so far (although we've gone down to the wire a time or two!).
This week sees the third week of our Square-A-Day Challenge, and we're really happy to see more and more of you are joining us on social media.
It's been a real mix this week, with some days being strangely themed (Sunday was definitely very blue-tinged for example).
It's the end of the second week of our Square-A-Day Challenge for 2018. We're having a great time, and the squares are actually leading to us being even more inspired by our ideas, and each other, than normal.
It's the end of the first week of our Square-A-Day Challenge for 2018. We're loving it so far, and think it really helps us all in different ways. More on that later.
So, onto our squares and patterns.
Day 1 - Half and half C2C square in Rico Alpaca Blend Chunky
Day 2 - Back post square using Rico Baby So Soft - pattern here: http://postila.ru/post/42938425
Day 3 - Illusion blanket using Caron Simply Soft - pattern here: https://poppyandbliss.com/2015/02/17/new-pattern-illusion/
Day 4 - African Flower Square using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, pattern available here: http://made-in-k-town.blogspot.nl/2013/02/african-flower-square-tutorial.html
Day 5 - This square is based on the small squares from Part 1 of the Stylecraft Ross CAL, using Stylecraft Special DK. The pattern is available here: http://www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk/pdf/1%20Ross%20CAL%20Part%201_US_v2.pdf
I added an extra row of round 4, but otherwise followed the pattern.
Day 6 - Star Wars square in Single Crochet using Stylecraft Special DK - This week was the AT-AT, you can find the pattern here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-galaxy-far-far-away
Day 7 - Day 7 is a new design I'm working on. I'll show you the progress as we go, and will then share the pattern at the end. I'm using Stylecraft Special DK.
Debbie is doing the same square each day until she has the required amount. She's using DY Choice Fruity DK. The pattern is one she designed, but we'll share it with you as soon as it's ready. :)
Day 1 - Arielle's Square Blanket, using Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. Pattern can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/arielles-square-blanket
Day 2 - Daisy Garden Blanket with Stylecraft Special DK. Find the pattern here: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/daisy-garden-blanket
Day 3 - Rosie's own design using Stylecraft Special DK, we'll share the pattern once available.
Day 4 - Rosie's own design using Yarn & Colors Charming, we'll share the pattern once available.
Day 5 - Precious Square Baby Blanket with DY Choice Baby Cloud Aran. Get the pattern here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/precious-square-baby-blanket
Day 6 - Rosie's own design using Debbie Bliss Botany Lace, we'll share the pattern once available.
Day 7 - Granny Heart Square from Stylecraft Special DK. The pattern is available here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/granny-heart-square-3
We are really enjoying this challenge, and think it will help us all to be better crocheters.
Mand - I am quite methodical, I usually only have one project at a time and try hard to finish things as soon as possible. Forcing myself to have several projects at once during the challenge is so far making me far more patient, and means I am taking time to enjoy the process as well as the results. It's also meaning I try more complicated stitches, as only doing one of that type of square per week means I'm more willing to experiment.
Rosie - Rosie sometimes struggles to keep momentum on projects, and doing one of each type of square per week means that she gets the freedom to try new techniques and stitches, and won't get bored of projects because she is rotating them around.
Debbie - Debbie only started crocheting last summer, shortly after we opened Woolfull. Doing the challenge means she can try new things, and figure out the things she actually likes to crochet. She's not keen on following patterns, so is also working on designing her own.
How are you all getting on? What do you think of the patterns and yarns we've chosen? What are your plans?
We're really enjoying the pictures you're sharing with us on Facebook and Instagram, please keep them coming.
If you haven't already, check out our Crochet-A-Long group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1592863394058532/ or join the challenge on Instagram using #woolfullchallenge2018
Happy Crocheting! :)
As it seems a lot of you want to join in with the Square-A-Day Challenge, we thought it would be useful if we gave a little update about how it will work.
Here's the deal, you make one square every day for the whole year. This could be 365 of the same square, or 365 different squares, or a combination of these. You can turn your squares into blankets, sweaters, cardigans, or anything else you can think of. You can choose new yarn specially for the pattern, or take advantage of some stash-buster patterns to work through yarn you already have (and make room to buy more guilt-free!)
It's been a while since our last blog, we're really sorry for leaving it so long, but we promise to keep updates more regular in future.
Every so often I get an idea in my head for something I want to make, and I can picture the finished item immediately. I've had the idea for this shawl since late Summer, but other priorities or projects have gotten in the way.
It's that time of year again when things go bump in the night, and when mysterious and spooky looking beings wander the neighbourhood on the hunt for treats. I'm obviously referring to the long-held tradition of Halloween. There are several theories as to the origin of this annual event, possibly from a former Pagan festival called Samhain, or from an old Christian holiday, or even from an ancient Celtic harvest festival. Whatever it's origin Halloween has fast become one our most popular yearly events filled with elaborate costumes, trick or treating and ghoulish party games.
So, as this is Woolfull's first Halloween we decided to create a couple of little treats for you all.
Festivals are odd things. Loads of random people brought together by a single shared interest, which in a lot of cases is the only thing those people have in common. There's even a fireball throwing festival in Scotland once a year! You can keep your Glastonbury, V festival or whatever, we're just not bothered about all that hanging round in fields pretending to have a good time. When it comes to yarn though, count us in.
We all went to Yarndale last year and had a blast. So we were very excited to go back this year for a day of wool-fondling, and yarn related chatter, where everyone is there because they love wool as much as we do (almost!).
We got there right on time, and couldn't wait to get started.
Rosie started knitting socks recently, so she was very giddy about the massive range of sock wool available. It's fair to say we got a bit fan-girl about some of the designers (Truly Hooked, Devon Sun Yarns and Cuddlebums to name just a few).
We wandered round for a whole day, with only the briefest stop for lunch (the food area was much better than last year by the way). We talked about yarn, we talked about crochet and knitting, we gave unsolicited opinions on people's yarn purchases and we accepted unsolicited opinions on hours.
We went home a good 7 hours later tired but very happy, and then spent the rest of the evening staring at our yarn hauls and grinning. We thought we were pretty reserved considering!
If you've never been to Yarndale before we can't recommend it enough.
As we all are, Rosie is a sucker for new yarn. As soon as something unusual comes in she's sat there, plotting what she will make first with it.
When we got this new chainette yarn in, she pretty quickly decided on a crochet animal. So, meet Benji the Rabbit.
Mostly blogs will be posted by Mand, what with her being the technical one. Rest assured, the other two will have contributed their opinions along the way!
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