Podcast 13 – lots of crochet, a spot of knitting, and some books I’ve been listening to…

I’m kicking off 2022 with a bumper podcast containing two new pattern releases, a few finished items, a WIP, and a couple of new projects, as well as a chat about what books I’ve been listening to recently while I crochet.

First up, I talk about my Gunther Blanket which has recently been released and it available now on Etsy, Ravelry and LoveCrafts. See my last blog post for more details about the pattern. I forgot to mention it in the podcast, but it’s actually up for “pattern of the month” on LoveCrafts. Click here if you’d like to vote for it.

I’ve recently released the pattern for my new Bellever Hat and Cowl set, which is also available now on Etsy, Ravelry and LoveCrafts. I show the cowl I made plus two new Bellever hats. There’s also a handy tutorial up on YouTube showing you how to do the foundation double crochet stitch (foundation single crochet in US terms), which I use to start off both the hat and the cowl. And, there’s a 15% discount until the end of January if you use the code BELL15 when you buy the pattern on Etsy or Ravelry.

I finished a few projects recently, including my first knitting project in a looong while, Emma Potter’s (of Potter and Bloom) lovely Rib and Gather hat. I also completed a scrappy granny square blanket, which I adore, and a glorious stash-buster, the Rainbow Blanket from Lindsey Newns, aka Lottie and Albert.

I’ve made some good progress on the Juniper Jumper I’ve been making, and have a sneaky plan to help me finish it off more quickly. The pattern is from Sandra at Little Golden Nook.

I’m on the look-out for a slightly quicker jumper pattern to make for my younger daughter, so if you have any good ideas of a jumper pattern using DK yarn which is available in size 9 years, please let me know!

This week, Marta of Marta Mitchell Designs (do check out her podcast too) released a fab new sock pattern called Fiddle Socks. It uses DK yarn (of which I have plenty in my stash!) so is going to make the perfect “on the go” project for when I take my older daughter to the new climbing club she has joined. I’m looking forward to getting cracking on them.

I’ve also started a new blanket and have made a test square. I’m not 100% sure on the colour placement for it yet, but am happy with the start I’ve made. I’m sure there will be more to show you of this next time.

Finally, I chat about a few audiobooks I’ve been listening to recently while I crochet, including Bill Bryon’s “The Body” and “At home”, “Reasons to stay Alive” by Matt Haig, and “The Versions of Us” by Laura Barnett, all of which I would recommend but am needing to concentrate somewhat when listening to the last one (which I’ve not finished yet).

I hope you enjoy watching the podcast.

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