All Caught Up!

Stashbuster

Adding Watercolours

Super excited to be all caught up on the Seaside Stash buster crochet along (CAL) that I discovered in March (Stashbuster). It really is never too late to pick up on these projects if they appeal to you. There’s no race, the patterns are often up for ages, and people are always so welcoming no matter the stage you’re at.

I love the progression of watercolours, and seaside elements as I did each week’s rows. Can you see the waves, pebbles, and shells? One thing that really appeals to me is the storytelling aspects of such work, how a pattern can evoke a feeling of being seaside, waves crashing, washing over the sand, and pebbles. Bubbles frothing in the foam created from the wash back – ah I can almost smell the sea – can you?

Anyhow, I was so fixated on the watery, and beachy aspects of my colours that I started to wonder about adding in the random colours I have in my stash – pinks, currant, oranges, yellows – can you feel my dilemma? When I look at others random CAL’s I really loved them but struggled to see it working for me. Then, a story started to develop further for me about how to introduce those colours. the thoughts of beaches with sunrises and sunsets started to develop. I worked out how to introduce those colours in a way which appealed to me. Afterall, a stash buster is meant to use up stash, not to buy more colours to complete a theme, right?

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As you can see in this last picture I am working those sunny colours in, I feel fluffy colours on the horizon, and hope you do too.

All fibre used here is cotton, blended with beech wood fibres resulting in a lovely sheen. Cotton has a nice weight to it, and I love the blend Shine, from Knitpicks. Colours used so far in these pics are: Wallaby, Green Apple, Reef, Willow, Coffee, Peapod, Jalepeno, Sailor, Grapefruit, White, and Carrot.

That’s quite the colour range for a stash eh? What’s in your stash? If you’re inclined to dig in and start your own Seaside Stash buster CAL, then head on over to visit Eleanore of CoastalCrochet.com and check out the weekly progress. Have a look at all the random blankets being made – they are all so lovely, and your’s will be too. Please do tell Eleanora that Trina sent you.

Joy, Trina

Stashbuster Crochet Along

Week 1 - close up
You may already know about the CAL or ‘crochet along’ but I’ve recently learned this idea of CAL’s and their cousin, the KAL (yes, knit along) has been around for ages.  It’s pretty cool to join in with a group online and make the same project.  There’s no pressure to keep up to speed, or even follow the exact colours I’ve learned.   Some say you have to know the rules to bend the rules, and I say rules squash joy – so the CAL is perfect to do as you please, alongside the others.  I was really thrilled to find a CAL designed to be a stash buster.

Last year I worked on a year-long project – a Temperature Blanket (more on that to come). As this year rolled along I was missing a long-term project, and thanks to the magic of Instagram I discovered Coastalcrochet.com. I was overjoyed to learn that Eleanora had started a stash busting Seaside Crochet Along (CAL).  I was a bit behind, having learned about it at her week 9, but wasn’t daunted – remember, there are no real rules here, and certainly no race. So I dug in and started the stash buster at my own pace.
As you can see it’s working up nicely here:
Week 4
 I’ll be using Knitpick’s Shine worsted weight in all the colours I have stashed over the past year – I love me some bright colours.  Wallaby and Green Apple are shown here.  CALS’s are great fun, and I encourage you to join in – there’s no race.  If you had over there, please tell Eleanora that Trina from DotesnDaisy.com sent you.
Joy!
Trina