Eight Acres - the blog — knitting

Combining knitting and crochet to make a shawlette

Apr 09 2018 2 Comments Tags: crochet, knitting, winter

 On a recent trip to New Zealand I was tempted by some beautiful yarn.  Both the colours (blue, green and brown) and the texture attracted me.  Woven from merino, silk and possum, it is soft, light and incredibly warm.  You did read correctly, in New Zealand the possum was introduced from Australia and is considered a pest, so it is quite common to find possum pelts for sale, as well as possum fur woven into yarn.  This is a win for everyone, it controls a pest animal while making lovely yarn!     Having bought this yarn I really wanted...

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A soap saver sack

Jun 14 2017 0 Comments Tags: crochet, knitting, soap

Have you heard of a soap saver? I hadn't until recently. A friend mentioned to me that she was putting the small bits of soap in a sock and that I should think about crocheting a little bag instead. And then they keep popping up on social media, so I thought I would give it a go. Am I the only one who hoards the little end bit of soaps that are too small to use? I have a bit of a collection of...

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Baby hat pattern and a new crochet stitch

Aug 22 2016 0 Comments Tags: crochet, knitting, winter

I've been doing a bit of crochet lately.  Mainly because I've been working on a lacey alpaca shawl and the pattern is so complicated that its not really fun to knit.  I love the way it looks, but I don't really enjoy the stress of getting the pattern right.  This leads to procrastination, which leads to a simple crochet project (or two.. ok three).

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How to make crochet socks

Jun 06 2016 1 Comment Tags: crochet, knitting, socks

I finished my pair of crochet socks, using some lovely New Zealand wool.  I found that crocheting socks is easier than knitting socks.  I do really struggle to get knitting started on three needles and I didn't have to worry about dropping stitches.  Here's my knitted sock pattern in case you prefer knitting.  For the crochet socks I used this pattern, and I mostly followed the instructions. I...

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Knitting and crocheting update

May 04 2016 0 Comments Tags: craft, crochet, knitting, winter

I put my knitting away over summer because its just too hot to think about wool, and usually with the longer days there's not much time so spend sitting around.  Now as we come into winter (although our forecast is for 28degC today!  But I will pretend it is getting cooler!), I have sorted out all my half-finished knitting and crochet projects and I'm ready to start working on something again.

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Crochet knee rug for beginners

Jan 25 2016 0 Comments Tags: crochet, knitting

I only learnt to crochet a couple of years ago, and last winter I really wanted to improve my crochet skills to the point where it was an unconscious movement rather than a very concious and laboured effort.  The best way to do that (possibly the only way) is repetition, so it made sense to make something large.  I decided to make a rug.

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