27Jul

Crochet Podcast Episode 16

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Lululoves Crochet Podcast | Episode 16

Hello. It’s been a few weeks now since I last managed to upload a podcast. Summer is in full force now (heat wave anyone?) so we have been spending lots of our time finding new ways to keep cool…evening walks, pool dates, sunset picnics. Despite there being lots going on I have a few projects to share with you and some summer must-reads…

Finished Projects:

Victoria Shawl – By Sandra Paul (Cherry Heart)

I absolutely loved making this shawl. I used Drops Alpaca in shades Light Pearl Grey (4 balls) and Dark Grey (2 balls). I was a row short of the main colour so I brought the border up by one row but I don’t think it makes too much of a difference. I don’t want to wish this glorious weather away but I am so looking forward to wearing it this autumn.

Crochet Victoria Shawl | Lululoves Crochet Blog

Lavender Sachets – Free Lululoves Pattern 

Inspired by all the beautiful Lavender around us I decided to have a go at making some pretty re-usable lavender sachets as teacher gifts for the end of term.  I worked these with a 2mm hook and the Scheepjes Maxi Sugar Rush cotton I had bought. Lulu was able to help out with filling the sachets so she was very proud to give them away.

Crochet Lavender Sachet | Lululoves Crochet Blog

Stool Cover Makeover

This was such a fun and quick makeover. I used some Paintbox dk cotton in white and covered the stool with a piece of cotton fabric. The pattern I just made up as I went along but I think you could adapt any doily pattern for this type of project. I decreased at the end of the circle so the cover would fit snugly over the stool. I’m so happy with the result it looks so pretty in the living room now.

Crochet Stool Cover | Lululoves Crochet Blog

WIPS:

I have been working on a vintage style granny square jumper for my eldest daughter. She has picked rainbow colours for this project - I’m certainly out of my comfort zone with this one! To compensate I have been working one up alongside it for myself in some neutral cottons, again Paintbox DK – this seems to have been my cotton of choice this summer! Anyway, I’m working away at them in my own time so hopefully will have a new jumper before the summer ends!

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New Items:

I have some new wooden crochet hooks thanks to Allan Marshall from Bowltech WoodTurning who contacted me and asked if I would like to try a couple of his hooks. I was sent a 4mm and a 5mm to try and I have really enjoyed using them. They are light and comfortable and so very beautiful. My hooks are made of UK elm and oak but Allan also makes hooks with exotic woods too so go and have a look at his Facebook page if you are interested in some new hooks – he also offers worldwide shipping.

Wood Crochet Hook | Lululoves Blog

Yarn:

I have purchased some new gradient yarns in anticipation of lots of snuggly autumn projects.

Stylecraft Batik Swirls in Purple Mist (3730) and Meadow (3736). I’m so excited to try out these DK swirls. They are 80% wool and 20% acrylic – I always enjoy working with acrylic more if it has wool in it!

Scheepjes Frosted Swirl in Sunny Sundae Sauce (323). This is a fingering weight yarn made up of 57% Cotton, 38% acrylic and 5% Lurex polyester. I love that it has a fine metallic thread running through it. I think this will be perfect for an autumn shawl!

Books:

I have been reading so much recently. I think these hot muggy nights are too blame, when I can’t sleep I just read until my eyes are too tired to stay open!  My favourites have been:

The Hoarder by Jess Kidd

Set around care worked Maud and her patient Cathal Flood (the hoarder). As she begins her task of cleaning up his long neglected mansion she finds mysterious photos with faces burned out.  After the story of a missing school girl comes to light she begins to search for the truth of Cathal’s past. Maud also seems to be able to see the dead and is often accompanied by different Saints although they don’t appear to be able to give her much in the way of guidance! I really enjoyed the characters and the story in this one.

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic is one of my favourite films so I was thrilled to discover the author had written a prequel to the story. Set in New York in the 50’s the book follows the lives of the Aunts (Jet and Frances) as young girls discovering their magic and the truth about the Owens family curse. It is beautiful and enchanting. If you loved Practical Magic you will definitely enjoy this one.

Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

This thriller follows Louise a 29-year-old aspiring writer, who is down on her luck and feels time, is running out for her to make a career for herself. She meets eccentric Lavinia who is a wealthy socialite and is drawn into her world of extravagance. However she always seems to fall short in Lavinia’s favour and as she begins to tire of her becomes desperate to keep her new life. This book reminds me of the films Single White Female crossed with The Talented Mr Ripley. 

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

I remember watching the film with my mum so I was intrigued to read the book after so many years. The story goes back and forth between the 80s where an old Mrs Threadgoode is recounting her life to middle aged Evelyn and the 1930s Alabama where two ladies called Idgie and Ruth owned a café and fought against the racism that was inherent at that time. A story about love, friendship and adversity it’s a lovely easy read.

Also showing a vintage crochet sweater book I picked up in the charity shop but you’ll have to watch the podcast to see images of all those brilliant vintage crochet jumpers!

Anyway, I think that’s all for now. I will pop in as often as I can over the school holidays. Wishing you all a lovely summer.

Watch episode 16 here

I'll leave you with some photos of our evening beach trip to Durdle Door, one of my favourite places for a picnic.

Durdle Door | Lululoves Blog

Durdle Door | Lululoves Blog

Durdle Door | Lululoves Blog

Durdle Door | Lululoves Blog

Bye for now, 

Em xx

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