If this post makes it to the internet by Sunday it will be a miracle! Life has been all go in the Potato household with very little time for crochet or blogging. Last week we ordered our carpet to be fitted for our bedroom and it’s been all a-go to try and get the room ready for it. Decorating this bedroom has been a journey for both of us; we stripped the bedroom back to the bare bones and did it up ourselves. Starting with no tools or experience and slowly just building it up bit by bit. The proudest moments being the moment he fitted the skirting, and completed the door… which was at 9pm last night…. it was a long day but we got there! We moved into the room last night, and boy is it lovely to be writing this in our new bedding, in our new room with a cup of tea!
We made a few design decisions in the making of this room which I’m very glad we made in the end. We had trouble coming up with a layout for the room because our wall from the hearth was far too slim to put the bed in front of without looking ridiculous so in the end we had a fake wall built to make the difference up to the same width as the bed. This gave us the perfect spot to put our bed and side tables and left a spot down the side of the room for the wardrobes. These were another design decision because we were already low on space after bed went in so to save space we decided to go scandinavian style and have an open wardrobe. Armed with the Ikea Pax designer I tried to pack as much into the small space we had as I could and I think the end result is lovely… as long as we can keep it tidy of course…
Now that the room is finished I really want to try my hand at a few simple crafts to really make it mine; perhaps starting with something simple such as coasters.
But enough about our decorating adventures and onto this weeks project. After a bit of googling for Caron Cake projects I came across this picture and was inspired! This is exactly what I wanted to make! The colours work so perfectly in this pattern and the basketweave stitch is so cosy looking!
Allen St. Clair has a tutorial for this project written up on her facebook post for this picture, you can find it here and it’s very easy to follow provided you know how to work the Front Post Double Crochet and Back Post Double Crochet
This is a very quick project and if I hadn’t been distracted by skirting and windowsills this week I would have had it done within a day or so. Not to mention the basketweave stitch is wonderful to work with! It’s easy to do, great for working on autopilot and so so squishy!
Now I followed the instructions for the start of the project, joining into a ring on the second row, but somehow I still ended up with a gap at the bottom of the cowl where the first row wasn’t join up. Never mind though, it’s an easy fix as you can see below; I took my tail and sewed it into the first stitch to join the gap together, tied it into a secure knot and then weaved it in. Like it never happened!
I’m really happy with the finished product; the Funfetti Caron Cake colour looks so pretty in this stitch! The final cowl is lovely for spring as it’s just warm enough to protect from unpredictable English weather (blazing sunshine followed by hailstones anyone?) but when doubled up gets very cosy and will be great wind protection!
Of course now I want a matching hat! Watch this space!