5-star Crochet Blanket means I’m a Happy Hooker!

Yes, it’s true! After more than two years I have picked up my crochet hooks again. It seems crazy to have left it that long, but life happens.

What is even crazier, I actually finished the project within 10 days! Talk about rekindling an old love. What did I make you ask? I won’t make you wait any longer:

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

Isn’t it lovely! It’s a rather large 5-point star baby blanket in olive green 8 ply wool, mixed with a green and black 2 ply yarn to give the side of each star point a different shade. Its turned out so lovely I almost think I’ll keep it…

But I won’t! I owe the inspiration to pick up my hooks again to a dear friend. She requested this blanket when she was pregnant with her first baby, and I was happy to oblige! Now the baby is 6 months old and preparing for his first winter, with woolly blanket at the ready ๐Ÿ™‚

Five-point star baby blanket

Five-point star baby blanket

The buttons came from a designer outlet store in Melbourne, they fit through the loops in the seams so it can be adjusts to be worn around my friend when she is wearing her baby. No button holes necessary, so it can still be used with toddlers!

The pompom tells you which was is up so you don’t get to swearing levels trying to find the buttons. The point also acts as a hood for baby!

Find more details on the project and pattern over on my Ravelry profile!

So, first crafty project in two years completed. What’s next? Well, I already started two more and might dig out a UFO…

Stay happy!


My Handmade Scarf #9: Weirdly Crochet Neck Cowl + FREE Pattern!

When I learned to crochet back in 2010, I didn’t stop. I loved it. One weekend while in Perth, I ran out of ‘travel’ wool and demanded to be shown the nearest craft department store.

Having received my wish, I chose some cheap fun yarns (I was still learning and had not yet discovered the true joy of beautiful and soft yarns) and continued hooking happily. This was made from one of those fun yarns:

My idea baffled the people we were visiting. They couldn’t understand why I wanted an extremely long and thin scarf. I knew though.

In fact, I now think this is such a fantastic beginner project that I wrote the pattern out to share with you!

Download away and have fun! I only ask that you also use this pattern for fun – go crazy for friends, family and yourself, any non-commercial project you like ๐Ÿ™‚

If you do make this, I’d love to see your creations! Post a pic on your blog and feel free to leave a comment linking to it on here. One of the great joys of being online is just plain ol’ sharing! ๐Ÿ˜€

Stay creative!

ใ‹ใŽ้‡็ทจใฟใฎใŸใ‚ใฎๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชž or Japanese for crochet – Part 2

When starting to feel the crochet itch again, I looked through my Japanese crochet magazines and realised I still didn’t understand them fully. So, on to Part 2 of my Japanese for crochet vocabulary lists!

Japanese (Kanji) Hiragana/ Katakana English
ๅๅ‰ ใชใพใˆ name
็ถฟ ใ‚ใŸ cotton
็ถฟ100% ใ‚ใŸ100% 100% cotton
็Ž‰ๅทป ใŸใพใพใ wound ball
40g็Ž‰ๅทป 40gใŸใพใพใ 40g wound ball
็ด„ ใ‚„ใ about, approximately
็ด„118m ใ‚„ใ118m approx. 118m
่‰ฒ ใ„ใ‚ colour
6่‰ฒ 6ใ„ใ‚ 6 colour
ไธฆๅคช ใชใฟใตใจ average thickness,
8 – 10 ply
ใ‚ฟใ‚คใƒ— type
ใ‹ใŽ้‡ ใ‹ใฒใฐใ‚Š crochet hook
ๅท ใ”ใ† number
5/0ๅท 5/0ใ”ใ† number 5
ๅ†† ใˆใ‚“ ยฅ, Yen
Japanese currency
693ๅ†† 693ใˆใ‚“ ยฅ693
(approx. AUD 8.50)

See Part 1 here – ใ‹ใŽ้‡็ทจใฟใฎใŸใ‚ใฎๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชž or Japanese for crochet โ€“ Part 1

ใ‹ใŽ้‡็ทจใฟใฎใŸใ‚ใฎๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชž or Japanese for crochet – Part 1

Here’s something about me: I know a thing or two in Japanese.

When I was 15, I lived in Japan on exchange for six months and got pretty good at speaking Japanese. I could keep up with a casual conversation with my teenage friends and host family and get myself around with no trouble at all. When I came back home, I continued studying but with no Japanese-speaking friends I started to get rusty.

And today, I’m still rusty. When I went to Japan for a holiday I did get some of it back, but I couldn’t keep pace like I could when I was 15. I’d love to speak it again, but still with no Japanese-speaking people in my circles I’ll continue singing and reading to myself.

Which brings me to what this post is all about: Japanese Crochet patterns! A while ago I finished my Zirconia Lace Scarf, which was from a Japanese pattern book. I nutted out some of what I wanted to know but mainly relied on the visual pattern and numbers to make it. Now I’d like to try something a bit more ambitious: ใ€Œใƒขใƒใƒผใƒ•ใคใชใŽใฎใƒใƒฅใƒ‹ใƒƒใ‚ฏใ€ or ‘Bridging Motif Tunic’. Here’s a preview from the book:

Bridging Motif Tunic, from ใ€ŒLet

Rather than just translate patterns, I want to learn the words and structure that is used in them, so I can read them without having to go back to dictionaries and translation applications.

Word, if you’d like to join me in learning the Japanese language for this niche, I am at an Intermediate level with my Japanese and that’s where I’ll be starting from. The are some great online resources for learning Japanese like Japanese Pod 101, which has loads of free resources and extras available with a subscription and has lessons for all skill levels.

I find it’s best to learn vocabulary in small chunks, so today we’ll just go over today’s words:

Japanese (Kanji) Hiragana/ Katakana English
ใ‹ใŽ้‡็ทจใฟ ใ‹ใŽใฐใ‚Šใ‚ใฟ crochet
ใ‹ใŽ (n) hook; hook bracket
้‡ ใฏใ‚Š needle; pin; staple; stinger
ใ‹ใŽ้‡ ใ‹ใŽใฐใ‚Š hook; crochet needle
็ทจใฟ ใ‚ใฟ (n) stitch, stiching, knit, knitting
ใฎใŸใ‚ใฎ for; for the sake of
ๆ—ฅๆœฌ่ชž ใซใปใ‚“ใ” Japanese language
ใฎ (particle) belonging to
ใƒ‡ใ‚คใƒชใƒผใ‚ฆใ‚จใ‚ข daily wear
ๆ˜ฅ ใฏใ‚‹ Spring
ๅค ใชใค Summer
ใƒขใƒใƒผใƒ• motif
็น‹ใŽ ใคใชใŽ to join, to bridge gaps
ใƒใƒฅใƒ‹ใƒƒใ‚ฏ tunic

Huge thanks to the WWWJDIC: Online Japanese Dictionary Service from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia – Best online Japanese dictionary ever!!

Oh Excitement! Nothing like getting my nerd on.

Stay creative! ๐Ÿ˜€