Crafting during Covid kept me sane and happy in 2020

Crafting during Covid kept me sane and happy in 2020

Have you been crafting during Covid? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been crafting a lot more during the Covid lockdown. I work from home most days on either my designs, volunteering in my community and dealing with orders as they come in. But, for me, crafting is my joy.

My first project was my go-to when I’m stressed and that’s to crochet a blanket. I had some of Lucy at Attic 24’s colour packs in the house, which I have gathered over several years with a few projects in mind. I love Autumn colours and was immediately drawn to the Woodland Blanket Pack. I didn’t want to crochet the ripple blanket, but I did love the Granny Stripe Blanket. I find it relaxing to crochet stripes, it’s easy, it’s repetitive and it kept my brain calm during the stressful days immediately following our lockdown.

Crafting during covid, crocheted Woodland Granny Stripe Blanket
Woodland Granny Stripe Blanket

The first full day of lockdown here was my birthday and my son and I were both ill with suspected Covid19 and felt dreadful. It was a good two to three weeks before either of us felt well again and probably another month after that before we got back our sense of taste and smell. We both feel very lucky to have recovered but he bounced back a lot faster than I did being young and fit.

Knitting and Crafting Along Through Covid

At the time, Emma Sadler and I had just launched our first Cowlabunga KAL event and I had to tidy myself up for the launch live on Facebook on 19th March. I felt like death warmed up, but plenty of painkillers and hot tea did help, even if I couldn’t taste any of it. We made the choice that week to try and get online and chat live on most days during the first month of lockdown.

We missed one day out of 30 but kept going most days per week and gradually tapered off to the Thursday night and Sunday afternoon we are doing now. From 14th February, our first live on FB, we’re completed our 72nd live/session on Sunday 28th June. Our videos are loaded onto our YouTube Channel and you can see them here.

Yarndale, Woolfest and my Lady Mary Hat

Emma, our friend Helen and I were due to meet last Friday/Saturday for Woolfest. We had cleared the two days and booked our accommodation etc. I was upset to see it was cancelled due to Covid19 but completely understood it was the right decision to make. The last time we met up was at Yarndale where I bought this amazing hat from Felt By Bridget.

Lady Mary Hat from Yarndale, felted by Bridget
My gorgeous hat by Felt By Bridget, I absolutely love it and it reminds me so much of the amazing day we spent together at Yarndale in 2019.

Crafting for me

I wanted to knit myself some Summer tops and love Jutta Hinterm Stein’s patterns. She released a new one for testing last week called Hot in the City and I’m helping to test the pattern. I’m using some Drops Belle in the Moss Green colourway. It’s a fabulous yarn, softens with washing and wears really well.

Roll over the Top test knit for Jutta Hinterm Stein

I am about a third of the way through knitting Tidewater by Laura Aylor, this is in 4ply using some Bamboo Cotton 4ply in the Verde colourway, a zingy, green. I added sleeves but they’re not in the pattern, but I do prefer to keep my upper arms under wraps.

Tidewater by Laura Aylor, crafting for me
Tidewater using Bamboo Cotton 4ply in a bright, zingy green, it’s a bit grey in this photo though.

Last week I finished knitting my Edie top, by Isabell Kraemer, it’s my go-to knit for Summer and I’ve made one with Drops Belle, one with some Wendy Cotton/Silk dk and now this one with the Bamboo Cotton 4ply in Coral. I will get a photo of me wearing it, I promise but I do wear it in our Live on FB and YouTube on 25th June.

Edie by Isabell Kraemer, using bamboo cotton 4ply
Edie by Isabelle Kraemer

Crafting for Carers

I did crochet about 50 of the mask/ear savers using some Rowan All Season’s Cotton in a light green. I used up all my 1/2inch and 1inch button stash on them but hopefully they made life a bit more comfortable for the Doctors and Nurses at local surgeries.

What did you make during lockdown? Did it help you to relax and feel better during all the upheaval?

Say Hi on Facebook and let me know, I’d love to see your craft projects.

Loraine

Find My Way Cowl new pattern

Find My Way Cowl new pattern

Find My Way Cowl, Adjustable cowl, change length and width

For the chunky version of the Find My Way Cowl, I used Stylecraft Bellissima Chunky in Precious Posy, for the two colour version shown below I used Rowan Cashsoft Aran in Foxglove and Japonica, for the four colour DK version I used Stylecraft Special DK in Mocha, Mushroom, Pale Rose and Grap. You can knit the cowl to any length and there are stitch counts suggested to adapt the width to suit what you want. You can buy the pattern here

Aran prototype test knit for my new design Behind The Green Door Cowl, out this month, another adjustable pattern to make to any length or width and in any weight of yarn.

Find My Way Cowl – Chunky version

If you’d like to see any of those videos, we’ve shared links on Facebook, you can see the live on Facebook and also on our Youtube Channel Knitting Across The Pennines with Emma and Loraine.

Today we are chatting about colourwork, stranded knitting, stripes with lace, tension/gauge issues, floats and how they differ.

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Our Cowlabunga KAL starts mid March with the hashtags #knittingacrossthepennines and #cowlabunga There will be prizes for the best FO’s made during the KAL and spot prizes of pattern codes for FO and WIP photos shared on social media with the two hashtags.

Our Ravelry group is here https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-and-crochet-across-the-pennines

Emma Sadler of Emma Sadler Designs and Loraine Birchall of Woolly Madly Deeply. We design knitwear and some crochet items. Emma is based in Yorkshire, East of the Pennines and Loraine is based in Cumbria, West of the Pennines.

Emma is esadler on Ravelry Emma’s website https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk

Emma’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler

Emma on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry Loraine’s website https://woollymadlydeeply.com

Loraine’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis

Loraine on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

Our Podcast is Knitting Across The Pennines and you can watch our videos here. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAnR_-rmRR6Fg-iuab81_1010Nj4fRnQv

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Join our FREE Facebook group for knitting/crochet chat, pattern updates, testing opportunities and all the latest news.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

If you’d like to support our channel, you can buy us a Kofi here https://ko-fi.com/knittingacrossthepennines

Or support us on Patreon here https://patreon.com/knittingacrossthepennines

Where to find Emma Sadler Designs

Emma is esadler on Ravelry
Emma’s website
https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk
Emma’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler
Emma on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Where to find Loraine of Woolly Madly Deeply

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry
Loraine’s website
https://woollymadlydeeply.com
Loraine’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis
Loraine on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

Behind The Green Door Cowl new pattern

Behind The Green Door Cowl new pattern

Behind The Green Door Cowl, Aran Version

I used Stylecraft Special Aran with wool to knit a short loop say 24-26 inches long and about 11 inches wide, super soft, warm and snuggle. I love the rich, cranberry colour of the yarn. You can buy the pattern here

Photo copyright Loraine Birchall

Aran prototype test knit for my new design Behind The Green Door Cowl, out this month, another adjustable pattern to make to any length or width and in any weight of yarn.

Behind The Green Door Cowl – Chunky version

Gallery of Test Knitters samples

As always, I couldn’t do this without the help, support and suggestions of my amazing Test Knitters, there’s a sneak peak of some of their projects below. I hope you love them as much as I do.

If you’d like to see any of those videos, we’ve shared links on Facebook, you can see the live on Facebook and also on our Youtube Channel Knitting Across The Pennines with Emma and Loraine.

Today we are chatting about colourwork, stranded knitting, stripes with lace, tension/gauge issues, floats and how they differ.

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Our Cowlabunga KAL starts mid March with the hashtags #knittingacrossthepennines and #cowlabunga There will be prizes for the best FO’s made during the KAL and spot prizes of pattern codes for FO and WIP photos shared on social media with the two hashtags.

Our Ravelry group is here https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-and-crochet-across-the-pennines

Emma Sadler of Emma Sadler Designs and Loraine Birchall of Woolly Madly Deeply. We design knitwear and some crochet items. Emma is based in Yorkshire, East of the Pennines and Loraine is based in Cumbria, West of the Pennines.

Emma is esadler on Ravelry Emma’s website https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk

Emma’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler

Emma on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry Loraine’s website https://woollymadlydeeply.com

Loraine’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis

Loraine on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

Our Podcast is Knitting Across The Pennines and you can watch our videos here. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAnR_-rmRR6Fg-iuab81_1010Nj4fRnQv

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Join our FREE Facebook group for knitting/crochet chat, pattern updates, testing opportunities and all the latest news.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

If you’d like to support our channel, you can buy us a Kofi here https://ko-fi.com/knittingacrossthepennines

Or support us on Patreon here https://patreon.com/knittingacrossthepennines

Where to find Emma Sadler Designs

Emma is esadler on Ravelry
Emma’s website
https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk
Emma’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler
Emma on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Where to find Loraine of Woolly Madly Deeply

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry
Loraine’s website
https://woollymadlydeeply.com
Loraine’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis
Loraine on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

Gramps Cardigan Tincan Knits

Gramps Cardigan Tincan Knits

Finished Gramps Cardigan Tincan Knits

Gramps by Tincan Knits

Gramps by Tincan Knits, knitted with Stylecraft Jeanie Aran in Memphis Blue. Photo copyright Loraine Birchall

Gramps by Tincan Knits is a lovely pattern from newborn to adult sizes and is very well written. This is the fourth I’ve made and it’s my go-to cardigan for babies.

Antler Toque by Tincan Knits, photo copyright Loraine Birchall

The Antler Toque pattern by Tincan Knits is a lovely design, very well written pattern and sizes from newborn to adults. It’s a unisex design and an enjoyable knit.

If you’d like to see any of those videos, we’ve shared links on Facebook, you can see the live on Facebook and also on our Youtube Channel Knitting Across The Pennines with Emma and Loraine.

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Our Cowlabunga KAL starts mid March with the hashtags #knittingacrossthepennines and #cowlabunga There will be prizes for the best FO’s made during the KAL and spot prizes of pattern codes for FO and WIP photos shared on social media with the two hashtags.

Our Ravelry group is here https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-and-crochet-across-the-pennines

Emma Sadler of Emma Sadler Designs and Loraine Birchall of Woolly Madly Deeply. We design knitwear and some crochet items. Emma is based in Yorkshire, East of the Pennines and Loraine is based in Cumbria, West of the Pennines.

Emma is esadler on Ravelry Emma’s website https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk

Emma’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler

Emma on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry Loraine’s website https://woollymadlydeeply.com

Loraine’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis

Loraine on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

Our Podcast is Knitting Across The Pennines and you can watch our videos here. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAnR_-rmRR6Fg-iuab81_1010Nj4fRnQv

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Join our FREE Facebook group for knitting/crochet chat, pattern updates, testing opportunities and all the latest news.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

If you’d like to support our channel, you can buy us a Kofi here https://ko-fi.com/knittingacrossthepennines

Or support us on Patreon here https://patreon.com/knittingacrossthepennines

Where to find Emma Sadler Designs

Emma is esadler on Ravelry
Emma’s website
https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk
Emma’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler
Emma on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Where to find Loraine of Woolly Madly Deeply

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry
Loraine’s website
https://woollymadlydeeply.com
Loraine’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis
Loraine on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

FOs for February and March 2020 knit and crochet

FOs for February and March 2020 knit and crochet

FOs for February and March 2020 knit and crochet

I didn’t post in January or February to let you know what I’ve been working on both knit and crochet so I’m doing a quick catch up post now so you can see all the pretties. Here is my latest line up of FOs for Feburary and March 2020

Gramps by Tincan Knits

Gramps by Tincan Knits, knitted with Stylecraft Jeanie Aran in Memphis Blue. Photo copyright Loraine Birchall

Gramps by Tincan Knits is a lovely pattern from newborn to adult sizes and is very well written. This is the fourth I’ve made and it’s my go-to cardigan for babies.

Antler Toque by Tincan Knits

Antler Toque by Tincan Knits, photo copyright Loraine Birchall

The Antler Toque pattern by Tincan Knits is a lovely design, very well written pattern and sizes from newborn to adults. It’s a unisex design and an enjoyable knit.

Find My Way Cowl

Find My Way Cowl by Loraine Birchall for Woolly Madly Deeply, copyright Loraine Birchall

The Find My Way Cowl is a design in testing at the moment and will work with any weight of yarn, the length and width are fully adjustable so you can make it as wide and/or long as you like.

Aileas by Isobel Kraemer

Aileas by Isobel Kraemer, photo copyright Loraine Birchall

I started Aileas in January 2019 and was ready to knit the sleeves by the end of the month. However, I prefer working my sleeves bottom up and it was put to one side. I finally knitted the sleeves this year and finished it recently. I love it.

Quinnipiac Cowl by Leila Rabe

photo copyright Loraine Birchall

I’m ashamed to say the Quinnipiac Cowl has been kicking around since about 2011 or so with just the final band to finish. I ran out of yarn but found another ball recently and was able to finish it a couple of weeks ago. It’s destined for a friend who looks great in cool colours and loves anything purple ish.

Find My Way Cowl super bulky version

Find My Way Cowl, super bulky version copyright Loraine Birchall

Prototype of the superbulky version of the Find My Way Cowl which is released this month, very quick to knit, easy lace pattern and a great way to use up small amounts of yarn in different colours.

Painted Roses Blanket for Becci’s Baby

A gazillion ends to weave in, but so worth it. My niece chose the colours and I’m sure they’ll be perfect for her little girl Isabelle Grace.

Behind The Green Door Cowl – Aran version

Photo copyright Loraine Birchall

Aran prototype test knit for my new design Behind The Green Door Cowl, out this month, another adjustable pattern to make to any length or width and in any weight of yarn.

Behind The Green Door Cowl – Chunky version

Photo copyright Loraine Birchall

Cardigan and hat with pompoms for Becci’s Baby

Photo copyright Loraine Birchall

Love this little set, the hat was super easy, the cardigan with a raglan/yoke combo and all seamed was a screaming nightmare. Never again.

Bountiful Harvest Hat by Allison Janocha

Photo copyright Loraine Birchall

I loved knitting this little hat, four strands of sock yarn held together to get a chunky/bulky gauge and I think it’s super cute.

Dirty Martini Cardigan by Ela Torrente

Photo copyright Loraine Birchall

If you’d like to see any of those videos, we’ve shared links on Facebook, you can see the live on Facebook and also on our Youtube Channel Knitting Across The Pennines with Emma and Loraine.

Today we are chatting about colourwork, stranded knitting, stripes with lace, tension/gauge issues, floats and how they differ.

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Our Cowlabunga KAL starts mid March with the hashtags #knittingacrossthepennines and #cowlabunga There will be prizes for the best FO’s made during the KAL and spot prizes of pattern codes for FO and WIP photos shared on social media with the two hashtags.

Our Ravelry group is here https://www.ravelry.com/groups/knitting-and-crochet-across-the-pennines

Emma Sadler of Emma Sadler Designs and Loraine Birchall of Woolly Madly Deeply. We design knitwear and some crochet items. Emma is based in Yorkshire, East of the Pennines and Loraine is based in Cumbria, West of the Pennines.

Emma is esadler on Ravelry Emma’s website https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk

Emma’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler

Emma on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry Loraine’s website https://woollymadlydeeply.com

Loraine’s designs on Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis

Loraine on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

Our Podcast is Knitting Across The Pennines and you can watch our videos here. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAnR_-rmRR6Fg-iuab81_1010Nj4fRnQv

We have a free Facebook group where we go live once a fortnight for our Q&A and also post our pre-recorded video content in between. https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

Join our FREE Facebook group for knitting/crochet chat, pattern updates, testing opportunities and all the latest news.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/knittingacrossthepennines/

If you’d like to support our channel, you can buy us a Kofi here https://ko-fi.com/knittingacrossthepennines

Or support us on Patreon here https://patreon.com/knittingacrossthepennines

Where to find Emma Sadler Designs

Emma is esadler on Ravelry
Emma’s website
https:emmasadlerdesigns.co.uk
Emma’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/emma-sadler
Emma on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/allneedles

Where to find Loraine of Woolly Madly Deeply

Loraine is lor-artemis on Ravelry
Loraine’s website
https://woollymadlydeeply.com
Loraine’s designs on Ravelry
https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lor-artemis
Loraine on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/WoollyMadlyDeeply

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