post-giveaway expectations

I’ve been putting off posting about anything for the past few days, even though I’ve got stuff to share, because I’ve been worried that my new lovely subscribers won’t want to see knitting, and that’s what I’ve been doing lately.  Ya’ll got me all nervous and wanting to make a good first impression!  Guess I shouldn’t make assumptions though, and there will be crochet stuff  quite soon so I might as well go ahead and share the knitting stuff.


split back tank

My split back tank is over halfway done!  I swear though, I don’t know how all you knitters fly through those drapey lace cardigans with tiny needles.  Even with 5.5mm needles (US 9) this seems to be slow (although maybe I’m just excited to finish, so it seems slower than it really is).  Again I’m using Lindy Chain in Hollyberry for this, because I just had enough of this color lying around.  Since I plan on using it as a swimsuit coverup and my swimsuit is blue, it’ll be fine, even though I would have preferred a lighter color.  I’ll pair it with light denim cutoffs and it’ll be cute!

My Berroco Vintage in Macaron arrived a few days ago from WEBS, and it’s even better than I expected!  This is probably one of my favorite yarns and this colorway is just gorgeous:

berroco vintage macaron

berroco vintage macaron

I guess my camera’s not quite good enough to clearly show the different colors in the yarn, but you can tell it’s heather-y.  I can’t wait to make this amazing yarn into the Maeve shrug (but I’m not starting until I finish a current WIP)!

Actually I did order some yarn for a crocheted sweater, too…


It’s Scheepjes Stone Washed from Wool Warehouse in 820 – Rose Quartz.  I’ve been wanting to try it for ages!  If you’ve tried it before, can you give me some advice?  According to Craft Yarn Council it lies somewhere between sock weight & sport weight, and on different websites I’ve seen it called either one.  I got enough to crochet the Kippen Cardigan, which calls for sock weight yarn; do you think it will be OK?  Have you used this yarn for patterns that call for sock or sport weight?  If so, please let me know in the comments below, it would be very helpful!

I know the shrug and the cardigan are for the cooler seasons, but the tank will be my first-ever warm-weather item.  Are you making any summer garments now?  If so, what are your favorite designs?  If the split back tank is not too hot I might want to make some more summery clothes!

Well, that’s all for now, thanks for stopping by!  Hopefully next time my yarn for the crochet cardi will be here and I will have finished a WIP so I can get started!  See you soon!


finished the cushion cover!

After over 4 years of waiting, my husband finally has his cushion cover:


The cushion cover definitely did NOT reach 28″ x 28″ (the size of the pillow insert), but it is stretchy and the insert was easy enough to get inside.


I love the texture of this pattern.  It looks cool but it feels pretty neat, too, even in 100% acrylic yarn (I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby).

I forgot to take a picture of the back, but I seamed the sides to where the ends of the cover overlap, like a pillow sham.  No buttons needed!


Chris likes it; it’s big and squishy and the pattern is the same as a large blanket his great-aunt made for him (just in different colors — she used solid red, white, & blue).  It fits well on our daybed-turned-couch.

Now it’s time to work on the 8+ other WIPs I have going on before starting anything new.

It’s also time for something special to happen here on Not Your Average Crochet — stay tuned for something exciting!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

cushion cover: begin!

There’s been a 28″x28″ pillow insert laying around for years, and I’m finally getting around to making a cushion cover for it.  My original attempt didn’t even make it up on this blog because I was so unhappy with it, and most of the yarn purchased for it ended up being used for the hats I made for my clients for Christmas.  There was enough ecru color left and some other yarn of the same brand sitting around that I decided the time was ripe for another attempt at the cushion cover.  If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ve seen it already:

not your average crochet

The ecru color is a little overexposed but the colored yarn is almost exactly true to life.  Very retro, isn’t it?  Not only the yarn colors but the chevron pattern, too.   4 years ago I posted about a blanket my husband’s great-aunt made him ages ago that used this pattern, and it’s not the only vintage blanket I’ve seen using that pattern!

For those who weren’t around when this pattern was popular and haven’t already run across it, it’s made with sc stitches (UK dc stitches) worked in the back loops of the row below.  This particular one uses 14 regular sc stitches between making 3 sc sts in the same st (the “mountains”) and 14 more between skipping 2 sts (the “valleys”).  It’s a lot like the ripple blanket I made in 2011 (or the one I made in 2012) with Lucy from Attic24’s pattern, just with a tighter stitch and more pronounced angles.  It also has a bit more texture due to the ridges made by working in the back loops only.  In more modern colors it can look very pleasing and makes great baby blankets, afghans, cushion covers, & much else besides, I daresay.

Well, that’s all the yarny news…  Here comes the intense part…

I want to follow up on my last post, where I mentioned acquiring a firearm.  I hadn’t considered that people in other countries that don’t allow civilians to own guns (such as the UK) probably view them in a whole different light until I read some of the comments!  I must say, it would be really nice to not have to think about needing firearms for protection, or to worry about the higher crime rate we have involving their use.  At the same time, however, I know many people who have grown up around guns and enjoy using them recreationally (for hunting, which also puts food on the table, or for target practice at the range, which is an excellent de-stressor), or who feel a lot safer in the knowledge that they could defend their home in case of a break-in or a natural disaster (such as Hurricane Katrina, for instance, where chaos broke out and people were looting all over the place).  It’s certainly a debatable topic, and I know and respect people with strong opinions on both sides of the argument.  I am not out to offend anyone or to start any mud slinging; this isn’t really the forum for that sort of thing anyway.

With all of that said, since many people expressed concern about our safety I did want to share that we are currently borrowing a shotgun just in case of any trouble with the shady character mentioned in that last post.  Chris and I both know how to use the shotgun safely and we will be practicing with it at a range nearby.  We are currently looking to purchase a smaller option for our home and when we find one that suits us we will be returning the shotgun.  Of course, we hope that a situation never arises in which we need to use a gun, but in this country where anybody can easily obtain one, it does make us feel safer to have one just in case.

Ok, that’s over!  Thanks for stopping by, come back for more yarny goodness next time!

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