Hot Crochet

Hot yoga is a style of yoga performed in hot and humid conditions.  I prefer doing the cobra and down dog in an ambient temperature so I thought I’d indulge in a bit of Hot Crochet instead – I might patent the name ; ).

I did use my yoga mat to block a blanket though – does that count?

This is the second version I’ve made of Emma Varnam’s Little River Blanket which I originally made with a lovely collection of 10g balls of Scheepjes River and Stone Washed yarn, bought as a kit from Black Sheep Wools.

It was fast and enjoyable to make so when I saw these little packs of  8 x 10g cotton yarn for 1.75 euros each in our local discount store, I thought I’d make it again.  I had some Rowan cotton yarn in my stash which I’ve had for years so used that for the ‘every 5th row’ colour and the border.

Being 100% cotton it wasn’t too uncomfortable a Summer make and I laid out all the colours I sourced in order to make the same sort of graded effect achieved in the original.

If I’m honest, the feel and texture of the Scheepjes blanket is softer and more luxurious because it has some acrylic mixed in with the cotton but the cost of the 100% cotton blanket was significantly less so…….

Here they are both together – the original Scheepjes one on the right.  I think they are both rather nice.

When I read other people’s blogs and see something I like, I tend to go off on a tangent and get enthused about a project even when I’m already knee deep in others.  So, when I read Pauline’s (aka The Contented Crafter) about large crocheted mandalas as wall art, some white metal hoops were only a few clicks away.

We have a long, blank corridor and I thought a selection of 45cm and 35cm colourful mandalas would look good against the plain wall.

Before the ends were weaved in and a light steam press.

I used Lucy at Attic 24’s pattern called ‘Positivity Mandala’ but added a couple of extra rounds to get it up to the required size for the hoops I bought. (free Mandala pattern here

As you can imagine, I have lots of cotton yarn scraps left from the stripey blankets above – you might remember I recently asked for ideas about how to use them.  The mandalas provide an excellent way of using up those 10g balls of cotton – at least in the centres.  The rest of the yarn is from the range by Paintbox DK of which I have a vast quantity having bought a huge pack of the entire colour range some time ago when it was on sale at a bargain price.

The jury – aka Mr. Tialys – is still out on whether he wants these as wall art in the corridor and, anyway, I wouldn’t have used these colours for there but I did a practise run in the bedroom where the colours go very nicely and I’ve since hung it in the entrance to my workroom.

I’ll keep you posted if I’m allowed to make any more.

Remember my crochet dogs, taken from Kerry Lord’s book?

I can’t recall whether I showed you this little chap.  He’s supposed to be an English Bull Terrier which, if I were to ever actually go to a breeder and buy a dog (which I won’t) this would be the breed I would probably choose – that or a German Shepherd (although, sadly the latter are generally two a penny in the refuges).

I found the patch a little difficult and I’m not sure whether it’s possible to blend black and white a little more efficiently than I have but I think he’s cute anyway.

My sister has a West Highland Terrier called Harvey and this is my rendition which will be posted in the next few days as a gift for her birthday.

I had never done loop stitch before so the head has been waiting to be finished until I had time to sit, hook in hand, in front of a YouTube tutorial.  I was worried I might not have made the loops long enough but she keeps him fairly well clipped anyway as she lives in Spain so I think it will be O.K.

Seems a shame to separate them really.

Right, now the yoga mat is freed up, I suppose I could do a few planks, shoulder stands and warrior poses.  On the other hand, it’s a bit too hot.







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  1. #1 by claire93 on August 6, 2018 - 14:05

    gorgeous blanket! is your discount store the Action one that opened last year? We’ve got one about to open only 8km away so I’ll nip in when it does and have a butcher’s.
    Funny you should have started on Mandalas because I was watching a video the other week (a French one) with a lady making a lovely dreamcatcher and feel tempted to give it a go.
    As for your Westie – he looks perfect! And just the right amount of hair for summer in Spain ^^

    • #2 by tialys on August 6, 2018 - 14:40

      It is indeed Action. I have never yet managed to go in and come out empty handed and mine’s just 4km away 😮 Start saving your pennies.
      If you want to buy any of those hoops I found a good French site who sell them cheaply and in lots of sizes – Ecolaines.

      • #3 by claire93 on August 6, 2018 - 14:42

        thanks for that Lynn, I’ll pop over and have a look

  2. #4 by Lynda on August 6, 2018 - 14:23

    Your lovely work makes me want to learn to crochet. And I really want to learn how to make those pups! I need to make a Noodle dog… but then he would probably take it away from me and sleep with it.

    It was 98% humidity last night and it’s gone down to 97 this morning. (oh yay) Hot Yoga does not sound appealing.

    • #5 by tialys on August 6, 2018 - 14:46

      Well, you’d definitely have to learn how to do the loop stitch if the photos I’ve just looked at of Noodles are anything to go by.
      Ewww – that humidity sounds dreadful – it’s hot here but not particularly humid so bearable – I hope you have air conditioning, we don’t!

      • #6 by Lynda on August 6, 2018 - 17:40

        Noodle is the short haired Rat/Jack Russel terrier. Were you seeing Buddy the big black dog? I would make Noodle in your smooth stitch if/when I learn how to add in different colored yarn.

        Absolutely yes! You can’t live in the deep south w/o air conditioning.

      • #7 by tialys on August 6, 2018 - 18:10

        Of course he is! I’ve seen a photo of him and he’s gorgeous. There are so many ‘..oodles’ dogs out there now – everybody seems to be crossing every breed with a poodle probably due to the fact they don’t shed – so I looked up ‘noodle’ and, apparently it’s a cross between a newfoundland and a poodle aka ‘newdle’ or ‘newfypoo’if you can believe it. Sometimes I worry :/

      • #8 by Lynda on August 7, 2018 - 05:53

        YIKES! I knew about the Poodle and Lab mix, but now they are just getting silly with it.

      • #9 by tialys on August 7, 2018 - 09:13

        Lordy! I realised it was going on but, on investigating further, it seems every breed is now being mixed with a poodle, giving rise to the Weimardoodle, the Westiepoo, the Schnoodle, the Sheepadoodle and, my favourite, the Doodleman Pinscher (!). The world’s gone mad!

      • #10 by Lynda on August 8, 2018 - 04:59

        Well, yes it has.

  3. #11 by nanacathy2 on August 6, 2018 - 14:51

    Wow super blankets and best use possible of a yoga mat. Love those wooffers, and the mandala is very pretty indeed. Wins all round.

    • #12 by tialys on August 6, 2018 - 18:12

      I think mandalas could become incredibly addictive. They are nice and small to do in this weather and I have all the necessaries to hand 🙂 They can be turned into dreamcatchers if that’s your thing – just add a few beads and feathers.

  4. #13 by craftycreeky on August 6, 2018 - 19:41

    Beautiful blankets, and Spot the dog is particularly cute 🙂

    • #14 by tialys on August 7, 2018 - 09:23

      He’s my favourite too.

  5. #15 by Kim on August 6, 2018 - 20:24

    All looking lovely, and the mandalas particularly so. I’m afraid it’s just too hot and humid to want to do anything at the moment. Apart from wish for thunder.

    • #16 by tialys on August 7, 2018 - 09:22

      Same here really but I can’t not do something with fabric or yarn so I just put the fan on, which blows everything around the workroom, and persevere. I do need to make a patchwork block today but that involves the iron 😮 so the fan will be on full speed.

  6. #17 by thecontentedcrafter on August 6, 2018 - 22:06

    Good heavens Lynn! You don’t let the grass grow under your feet!! The mandala looks just lovely on your bedroom wall and it’s in my favourite colours too! I’m still working on two blankets so my mandala is no further on, though I am researching how to make my own hoops. No nice store supplying them here I’m afraid. Your Little River blankets are gorgeous – now that is a pattern I should like to follow! Is she on Ravelry? I’d love a cotton blanket, but cotton here is more expensive than wool and generally comes in very fine thread. The little dogs are so cute too.

    • #18 by tialys on August 7, 2018 - 09:43

      I know! When I get enthused about something I just have to ‘get on it’ straight away. Emma Varnam, the designer of the blanket, does have some patterns on Ravelry but not this one. As far as I know the pattern is available only with the yarn as a kit from one particular wool shop and I suppose they did an exclusive deal with her. I hope you manage to find a way to make your own hoops – I see you don’t have and Amazon in New Zealand 😮 – and, anyway, the ones I found on both the UK and French sites were much more expensive than the ones I eventually found in an online French craft shop.

      • #19 by thecontentedcrafter on August 7, 2018 - 10:11

        I was on Book Depository this morning with a discount voucher they sent me and have purchased me two crochet books – so I’m thinking I will have loads of patterns at my fingertips soon! Our nearest Amazon is in Australia. They charge too much for shipping so I only purchase for my kindle from them. I think I can make my own hoops. Sandra got me started searching on You Tube and I’ve found a few good ideas to try out. I don’t have enough hours in the day j……..

      • #20 by tialys on August 8, 2018 - 10:31

        I know! If only we didn’t need to sleep 😉

  7. #21 by katechiconi on August 7, 2018 - 02:12

    Both blankies are really lovely. You have the colour gradation done perfectly, and the brownish colour is as pretty in its way as the paler version – it has a slightly warmer feel. Love the Westie, he looks a lot like my sister’s Flora, so you must have got it right. Mind you, Flora’s usually a lot grubbier (she’s an inveterate escaper and roller in unmentionable substances).

    • #22 by tialys on August 7, 2018 - 09:17

      Unmentionable substances feature quite regularly in my life but, as my dogs are all predominantly black, we usually only know it’s bathtime by the smell. I like Westies but in my long and dog filled life the only time I’ve ever been bitten was by one of these little darlings.

      • #23 by katechiconi on August 7, 2018 - 09:24

        I’ve been snarled out of a chair by Flora, who apparently considered it her exclusive territory, and I’m not particularly timid around dogs. She’s cute, but I wouldn’t want my own…

  8. #24 by poshbirdy on August 7, 2018 - 12:18

    Those dogs are wonderful! Love the westy, especially

    • #25 by tialys on August 8, 2018 - 10:30

      Thank you! I hope my sister likes it too.

  9. #26 by KerryCan on August 8, 2018 - 12:17

    You’re on a crochet binge! It all looks great–both blankets really are pretty and useful, too. I’ll be interested to hear if you’re given the go-ahead on the mandelas for the empty wall space . . . .

    • #27 by tialys on August 10, 2018 - 09:11

      Yes, I think the trick will be to get the colours right and figure out exactly where they will look right. If not, I can always turn them into dream catchers and try to sell them at the next fund raiser for the old and disabled doggies.

  10. #28 by Catherine on August 9, 2018 - 14:06

    What great blankets! Also a very good use of a yoga mat. I love your little puppies- they are so gorgeous and cute!

    • #29 by tialys on August 10, 2018 - 09:09

      Thanks Catherine – at least I can say, in all truthfulness, that I used my yoga mat over the Summer. My fitness instructor need not know how 😉

  11. #30 by Emma on August 10, 2018 - 03:23

    I love those blankets they look so good! I’m glad to know I’m also not the only one using my yoga mat to block crochet 😅 I hope you’re allowed to make more mandalas, this one is gorgeous, and your sister will love her amigurumi dog I’m sure ☺️

    • #31 by tialys on August 10, 2018 - 09:08

      I’m sure we’re not alone Emma – although I did buy one especially for blocking as my ‘working’ yoga mat gets very dusty in the hall where I do Pilates.

  12. #32 by thecraftersapprentice on August 10, 2018 - 15:33

    the blankets are gorgeous!! and I love the wall mandala. Forget permission! Just put them up!!

    • #33 by tialys on August 10, 2018 - 17:50

      To be honest, he’d probably walk right past them for a couple of weeks and then suddenly notice them. I’ll see how I get on with making a grouping and if they are ‘wall worthy’ or not.

  13. #34 by dezertsuz on August 15, 2018 - 06:03

    Such wonderful crochet projects! I do like the pattern on that afghan. Is the pattern available separately from the kit? I think that counts as using the yoga mat. =)

    • #35 by tialys on August 15, 2018 - 09:02

      I don’t think the pattern is available separately – or not yet anyway.
      I’m glad using the yoga mat for blocking counts as I’ve done precious little else with it over the Summer :/

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