Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Couronne Cardigan

It's been just over a year since I cast on the Couronne cardigan by Helen Rush. Other knitting projects took over for much of last year and now the cardigan is finished after spending most of 2014 neglected at the back of a cupboard. (I wrote a piece about this pattern and yarn back in January 2014 here).

The pattern is very well written and I enjoyed working on this project.  I used the same yarn as recommended in the pattern, the Ty-Dye yarn does make the colour changes easy compared to traditional stranded colour work. However, there is still a requirement to be careful with the tension on the colourwork sections, which I realised after I'd completed the yoke.

I'd definitely use this pattern again and recommend it to others. 

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Crochet Jungle Project

Image: Kerry Lord 'Edwards Menagerie' courtesy of Toft Alpaca
Caroline at Toft Alpaca has been in touch to let me know about their upcoming community and charity project.

The Toft Alpaca Shop, Dunchurch, Warwickshire would like to offer people the opportunity to take part in an interactive community textile installation and fundraiser for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice

Kerry Lord’s 'Crochet Jungle’ project is designed to inspire imaginations and teach adults and children how to crochet.  It will become an immersive fundraising project where everyone is invited to pick up a hook and help make the space every little boy and girl dreams of falling asleep in.

Image courtesy Toft Alpaca
The #crochetjungle will initially be used as an installation at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London, to promote teaching young people to crochet and to fund raise by selling an exclusive monkey crochet pattern. After the Knitting and Stitching Show, the #crochetjungle will be taken on tour.

The Toft Alpaca Shop will be hosting drop-in sessions for anyone to help make the jungle.  The sessions will be on Sundays throughout February 2015. No skills are required, just enthusiasm, and all materials and tools are provided by generous donations.

Image courtesy Toft Alpaca