Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Squares and Washers.

I have been making crochet squares.

I am really enjoying playing with colours and new techniques.

I love the wool over and through action of crochet.

I love that the stitches are relatively limited so working out new effects is doable even for a beginner like me.

I have joined a washer swap organised by Jellywares.
It is my first blog swap and my first attempt at a washer.

Each swapper has to make a washer and send it and a five dollar bar of soap to their swap partner within the next month.

I love this whole new world of craft and swaps that Foxs Lane is opening up to me.

I love the idea of making a washer.

Until now all the washers in this house were shop bought and machine made but not any more.

Apparently in years gone by girls used to make washers in home economics at school and members of families each had their own.

Obviously I have some practicing to do.
None of the washers I have made so far have ended up as wide as they should and there's something a bit strange going on with the holes in the right side of the one below.

Perhaps I am using the wrong size hook or the wrong ply cotton.

But the best thing of all for me is the practicing.
I just can't stop.

The patterns for the top three squares are from 200 Crochet Blocks by Jan Eaton.
This book was a gift from my Mother-in-law to her Mother-in-law a few years ago. After her Mother-in-law died, she gave the book to me, her Daughter-in-law.

The Daisy Fancy Dishcloth pattern came from here.

The Scalloped Washcloth pattern came from here via here.


  1. I love your crochet madness. Well it's not really madness..it's more like obsession! I love the way you are exploring and immersing yourself - it's alot of fun to watch! The washer idea is a goodie, & the swap idea sounds ace xox

  2. How fantastic are all your crochet blocks ~ you must be practising quite a lot! I have to say that I am finding crochet very addictive and am really enjoying it too. Good Luck with your washer swap :O)

  3. I love that Sugar'n cream website too ~ there are lots of lovely ideas. Thanks for the link :O)

  4. What fun!! You're doing so well. I especially love the washcloth with the bobbles and the dreamy blues and greens! Carry on!!

  5. They all look gorgeous Kate!!!! I can't believ that you're only a beginner...
    I think with the last cloth the needles size might be a bit big... Are you using a 4mm?? If so try using a 3mm and see how that works... It looks like the cotton you have might be a very fine 8ply... Hope this helps... Can't wait to see which gorgeous cloth you whip up for the swap...

    Take Care
    Jodie :)

  6. I love the idea of having personalised crochet face washers. My boys are going through the stage of saying (or whining)"Has that been on .....'s face?). Maybe a good next project for me.


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