The Bee Queen
When I first saw this pattern it seems like an age ago (I think a couple of years now) but it was being offered for free, with a coupon. There were a couple, in a series, all bee themed. I really fell in love with them, and got the pair of them. It’s been a long time coming in terms of me actually making it because I have a hard time deciding what yarns to use. I also wanted to use some stash yarn rather than get some new skeins (because, why not? I have enough!). In the end I choose blue and red. Even as I was making I wasn’t sure if the colour combination was right. I’m not sure – what do you think?
The red is from easyknits.co.uk called ‘Command Red,’ and the blue is from The Uncommon Thread. I’m not sure on the name of it though?
Here is some of the finished photo’s.
This project wasn’t without it challenges though. The first red lace section I tried to do all knit rather than in stocking stitch like it should have been. And then there were the issues I was having around the stitch counts, which also turned out to be non issues. I had decided to increase the length of the shawl. In order to do this, the rows had to be repeated an extra six times per how many times you wished to increase it by… if that makes sense. I decided to complete an extra 3 times which gave me an extra 54 stitches. So I then had to take that into account when I was looking at overall stitch counts and for the final lace section. I think overall it worked out fine.
Usually I give shawls like this one away as I don’t typically wear this shape shawl. It’s a nice, long crescent shape, with a nice drape to it too. It needed quite an aggressive blocking to get the most out of it. I can’t remember what the wingspan was to be honest but it wraps nicely around my neck and drapes down a bit each side too.
Would I make it again? I’m not entirely sure if I’m honest. As I said I found it hard to concentrate on, and definitely made more than a few mistakes as I went through making it. But I am happy with the final result so there’s that.
My next project was really quick a simple as well. There is a story behind it that stems from work and because fundamentally I’m quite a nice person (is it egotistical to describe yourself like that?). Basically there’s a guy that comes into my place of work (I am in forecourt retailing) who has arthritis and has bent over fingers. He was saying that he had really cold hands, but when I asked where his gloved were he didn’t have any! His zimmer frame was cold also, so I knew that I needed to sort it out. I made him some simple glove that were fingerless and quite chunky (aran weight yarn held double) so that he could either fold down the top of the gloves or wear them full length. He wears them every time he comes into the garage now, and he had the biggest grin on his face when I gave them to him! It’s so heart warming to be honest, and even though I didn’t do it for the recognition from work they were really sweet about it too.
Lastly I have this crochet baby blanket. I used Caron Simply Soft which is something that I hadn’t used before, and just went and went until I ran out. It’s not a huge blanket, it will probably do for a car seat or a buggy or something. It’s not the best thing I’ve made because crochet isn’t my strongest skill but I’m happy with the outcome. I love the contrast between the colours as well. This will be sent to the USA as a gift for a friend over there.
I’ve already got my next project already on the needles, and that will be a garment for me. Here’s hoping that this goes well! What’s on your needles?