Good Morning!!!

I’m sitting here writing my regular Sunday morning post… I’ve been to the vege market as usual, put the veges away, and here I am, doing my Sunday morning post, drinking my coffee, waiting for my toast to pop… I quite like the regular-ness of Sunday… I like wandering around the market picking lovely fresh veges to cook for our dinners, by the end the bags are so heavy I can hardly carry them and its always a relief to leave!  Two Sundays of the month I have KB here with me and the other two I have for myself… today is a self-Sunday and let’s face it, I’m probably going to do what I always do on a day off… write essays, cook lentils and make!  As you can see from the above photo, it’s a cozy grey day here, so I’m not expecting much from myself in terms of activity!  Do you love my new butterfly?  It was one of the purchases I made on my trip to Turangi… made in NZ, it’s a magnet but I blu-tacked it to the window just above my gerbera plants and below the rainbow my youngest blister bought KB and I when she visited us years ago in the Far North.  It has travelled extensively and moved plenty, so is a bit cracked, but I love it’s rainbow goodness, so until the rainbow pops out completely, it is here to stay!

So I’ve been charting this week!  Working away at my Fisherman’s jersey, mightily enjoying the challenge!

 I must say, I’m quite confused about the charting in an important way…. do you read the chart from left to right then right to left then left to right?  Or always from right to left?  Or always from left to right?  I remembered that on crochet graph patterns I discovered it went anti-clockwise instead of clockwise like how we leftys hook!!!  Luckily this pattern seems to be a mirror image so it doesn’t matter which way I read it… maybe they’re all like that!  Like I say… it’s a new and exciting challenge.

I was getting thrilled with how there were little circles appearing on my knitting… “Little circles babe!  Look!!!”  And despite getting a bit of a sore arm, I was quite thrilled with this… KB not so much because for the first five or six rows I was loudly chanting “knit, purlpurl, knitknitknit, purl” as I went. 

“When you get good at that you’re going to be able to say it in your mind aren’t you babe?!”  She asked while trying to read her book….

“Possibly!  Possibly not” I replied “Purl, knitknit, purlpurlpurl…”

Oh she is a gorgeously patient woman that’s for sure!

So I got to row 28 and all was fine and dandy… then late one night (I’m trying to accustom myself to less sleep so that I can get more done in the evenings and not be nodding off  9 every night) I decided to finish rows 28-32.

Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad idea to knit a chart when your eyes are closing…. I ended up repeating a row and DESTROYING A LINE OF LITTLE CIRCLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was horrifying.

At first I decided that I would just leave it like that, I was knitting the back so who cares?  Then, the next morning I found myself frogging the last four rows.

Here’s how the jersey looked right before I put it in a bag and into my wardrobe.  We’re having some “space.”

I thought I dealt with this jersey in quite a mature way… KB told me to frog the whole thing and pretend the incident never happened, my friend Sandra e-mailed me and told me (in capitals) to “throw the bloody thing into the Wellington wind!”  Which made me feel better…

Tomorrow I’m going to my Mum’s Garden Party for the fibrecraft guild and friends… It’s going to be fantastic fun, spinners, knitters, a lone hooker (me) and lots of cake!  So I’m going to take my jersey out there and get one of the many expert knitters who are there to show me how to shape the neckline while doing a chart!    Watch this space…..

Do you know what?  I really love blogging… I think you have to love it to bother, because it is a commitment for sure!  And I love finding new blogs that I enjoy… do you love that?  Clicking into a blog you’ve never visited and all of these gorgeous colours pop up onto the screen… I have many favourite blogs which I love to visit… what “makes” a blog in your opinion?  I like blogs which are updated regularly, where the blogger is passionate about their craft, and beautiful, colourful pictures are a must too!  I thought I’d link you to a couple of blogs I’m loving right now… one I’ve been following for a while and one I’ve just discovered…

Kiwiyarns Knits is one of my favourite blogs, I may be a bit biased because I know the blogger as she is a Wellingtonian too, but I love her passion for knitting, her sense of humour, her gorgeous photography and her patterns!  She is a lovely and generous lady who creates gorgeous and sometimes easy patterns and posts them all for free, so is well worth a look.  Her latest pattern (coming soon) is for loooooooooooooong mitts and I cannot wait to make some, they’re stunning!

The other blog, I just discovered yesterday, called Nimble Fingers and Steady Eyebrows is a very fun blog, written by two friends as letters to each other, have you been to visit them?  They are both lovely ladies and indulge in all sorts of crafty goodness including dressmaking and crochet (!), and I’m having fun getting to know these two friends… what an awesome and original way to write a blog don’t you think!!!???

What are some of your favourite blogs?  Leave us all a link in a comment so we can go and visit these cool sites!

OK then… I’ve spent enough time on here for now… essays are calling… Poor Raymond, he has been sitting in my armchair waiting for me to come and sit down, but he has given up and is now asleep in a teeny tiny ball,

Have yourselves a wonderful, lovely day wherever you are!!!


Oh and P.S…. I’ve been seeing a few of my photos popping up on other people’s blogs… It really bugs me when people use other people’s pictures for whatever purpose, including showing us what they’re making next…. I hope that by putting it out there that it annoys me when people put photos of my crochet on their blogs, or take my patterns and publish them in a different form without my permission that it will deter people form doing this in the future!  Is that mean or reasonable?

About Crochet with Raymond

I'm a crochet obsessed, reiki master, crystal healing, yoga junkie, counselling student, in a happy long term relationship... and Raymond's mum!
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34 Responses to Charting…..

  1. Andrea says:

    Well, I’m quite a fan of your blog actually. Was just chatting to a friend today and telling her about your blog and your crochet and your lovely pics….and Raymond of course🙂

  2. Hi Alice,
    Thanks so much for coming over to visit us, and for the very kind mention on your blog. We’re so glad that you enjoyed visiting and that you’ll be coming back to see how the blankets progress. We’ve really enjoyed visiting you too, this is such a wonderfully colourful place to be, and your tea cozies are especially fabulous!
    Lovely work on the jumper, you are brave to have a try at charting. I haven’t managed that yet (probably because I only manage to knit in the evenings and am always too tired to concentrate on anything too tricky.) I look forward to seeing how it turns out. Enjoy the garden party!
    Laura x
    PS: Here are a couple of my own favourite blogs:

  3. Nikkole says:

    Hello Alice and Raymond!
    I think that is completely reasonable. I would want people to ask permission first before using any of my photos, and modifying and posting my patterns. I can not wait to see how your Jersey will come out! Good luck with the charting🙂


  4. Sue says:

    I had to laugh at your knitting misadventures Alice -you think you’ve got problems, I’ve been trying to knit the simplest of things – a garter stitch scarf. I can’t do it! Wiggly edges, twisted stitches, dropped stitches. I gave up and got out my hook instead and it’s coming along a treat.

    I love blogging too and I also love blogs that are updated regularly and that have lots of pictures. I like crochet blogs, food blogs and wordy, literary type blogs too. One of my favourites is Soulemama ( ) one of the very few blogs with advertising that I enjoy reading and looking at. It’s very family orientated but also full of sewing and knitting. My favourite crochet blogs are Attic24 and this one!

    It really stinks that your pics and patterns are being pinched. This seems to be happening a lot at the moment.

    Sue x

  5. Penelope says:

    Hi Alice, sounds like you have had a lovely sunday so far and I am sorry that people have been behaving badly by adapting your patterns to make them theirs and nicking your gorgeous photos! You are so kind hearted and generous to share them for free on your blog and I don’t appreciate greedy people stealing other’s original ideas, just NOT ON!
    I have been a bit lax on the old posting malarky lately and have only managed 1 or 2 a week but still get such joy and pleasure from blogging and meeting all sorts of like minded people in the blogosphere. It gives me great happiness to read comments and to discover lovely new blogs too. One of my favourites at the moment is: the love Kelly from who knits beautiful handmade things. I like her style and and colours choices, really beautiful.
    Wishing you a lovely rest of sunday and new beginnings for the week xox xxxxxxP

  6. Anne says:

    Hi Alice , Sorry to hear that people taking your photos and not linking back to you.
    My son who 3 gets excited when he see spictures of Raymond….LOL!

    One of my favourite blog at the moment is
    I love her paintings and the way she writes on her blog.
    And your blog too 🙂 because I love colour and rainbows too…..!🙂

  7. penelope dubois says:

    I read my charts from Right to Left. Most charts I read are for colour work, but I don’t do that much anymore. I like that Fisherman Knit, you’ll finish it for sure! When I run into a snag, I usually put in down and don’t look at it until the next day!

  8. Jackie says:

    Hi, when I use a knitting chart (I much prefer a written pattern), I stick post it notes above the row that I am working on, so that I can see whether what I am knitting looks like the chart. Since I started doing this, I have had far fewer mistakes to deal with!!

  9. Patricia says:

    Hello Alice,
    Love your blog…love to make a nice cuppa and read all about you and Raymond and your crochet projects. Really like your buntings and mandala’s. Very kind of you to share them!

    Made your secret healthy muffins and they are wonderful….would love to see some of your vege recipes sometime! Maybe the magic lentil pie?

    My favorite blogs are you and Lucy at Attic 24. I just left Sarah London’s blog and she has a nice idea to help the Australian flood victims….she calls it ‘Crochet A Rainbow’ and it gives us all a chance to help out by crocheting granny squares! She explains it all on her blog:

    Again, Alice, thank you for your time and trouble posting photos and tutorials but mostly for spreading the joy,

    Patricia, USA

  10. suan riddell says:

    Hi Alice and Raymond, iv’e not long discovered your blog and really love reading what you do. I have only been crocheting since august and am really enjoying it as i usually do quilting but took a look at the flickr page of th african hexy flowers and was hooked. I have taught myself and some aren’t quite perfect , have kept at it and have now nearly got a afghan blanket put together….hopefully by winter ! I have used your tutorial and made 2 of the lovely mandelas. They are very addictive! I will checkout some of those blogs you recomend. have a god day and good luck with the knitting too. I like blogging but have been having lots of bother to just being able to write on it hence no story on last pic! sue~nz

  11. sandiart says:

    Oh Alice, perhaps you need to write your name across your photos and that way people won’t be able to use them. If you have a program like ‘Photoshop’ or something similar (google it) it would be very easy to do. Not sure if any are free downloads but maybe good to look into.
    It’s horrid to think that you may have to do things like that and that there are a few untrustworthy people out there.
    I have a few fav blogs, apart from your’s, Sue’s (The Quince Tree) and Lucy’s (Attic24) there is also and
    Auntie Gwen isn’t a crafter but has a funny blog. Fiona @ Marmalade Rose is a crafter and makes some gorgeous things.
    x Sandi

  12. Sunday lovely Sunday…I even woke up this morning and it was sunny!!! Thats because the kids go back to school tomorrow! Hope you are having a fabulous day and your jumper looks lovely. Don’t worry about how long it takes, I have one in a bag that I get out every so often and only manage a few rows before it gets discarded in favour of something more colourful and quicker 🙂 That blog written as a letter sounds fun, will have to check it out. I think blogs that show a bit of spirit and also are not afraid to show imperfection are ones that grab me and of course colour and wool!! We have changed the name of our little girl here “Tulah” was nice but just not her so she is now Tinky-Belle! Such a little cat and yes she is a lady 🙂

  13. Sandra Draper says:

    SHAME on those traitors who steal your wonderful offerings to our universe, karma is a most reliable source of castigation!!!

    Fishermans jumper looking great, though complicated; YOU will get there in the end, you always do:)

    Enjoy your Sunday, this melancholy weather perfect for knitting/crocheting/essay writing.

    Love & Hugs

  14. Annegret says:

    I just found your great, wonderful, colourful blog. I can’t get enough of it. Surely I will visit the blog every day.


  15. hayley says:

    Hi! I agree with the other comments, it’s horrible that people are using your photos for their own gain.
    A lovely blog I found recently is: It’s a beautiful colourful blog, lots of crafty bits and a naughty dog!

  16. Planet Penny says:

    I’ve tried that thing where you try convince yourself that no one will notice the mistake. They probably wouldn’t, but YOU know it’s there and the more you knit the more it shows and then you have to frog 40 rows instead of 4! I keep hearing about peoples stuff being used on other blogs and in other places lately, I don’t know how you stop it, it stinks! love to you and Raymond,
    Penny and Higgins xx

  17. Hi Alice,
    You are absolutely right, wanting to protect your creativity that is in your pictures and your tutorials! I always thought that is was like an unwritten agreement amongst bloggers to respect one another and give credit were credit is due…so sad to see that that isn’t always true anymore. I always like to see the best in people…but this makes me loose my open mindeness….

    Apart from this sad bit I’d like to say that your blog is one of my, recently found, favourites! Two others are: and I agree with you that what attracts me to blogs is colourfulness and spreading the love for whichever craft one is doing. Another thing that I love in blogging is to find other people that can fully understand how you can get complety blown away about something you are making or just finished. Sometimes I think it is completely nuts to be so obsessive with your craft, but by blogging I found that it is ok because I am not the only one!

    Good luck on your sweater….it is looking great so far, take a deep breath and pick up the needles whenever you feel like it again. You will feel soooooo good once you’ve finished it. You probably will feel better about it again once you have talked about it with one of the pro knitters at your mum’s garden party (that sounds like so much fun!).

    Love, Floortje

  18. kelly says:

    thanks for stopping over to read some of my ramblings, looks like you make some pretty amazing stuff!

  19. Sara-Jane says:

    I love your site. I just found it but the best part is that you write frequently – that’s what makes a good blog. I read a bunch of them, and from all over the world. I live in America in just outside of Boston and I love reading blogs from around the world. How else would I know people in Australia! I do read Falando de Crochet. I need to translate it though!

    I’ll be looking for some of these blogs people have listed. I have a few projects right now But I’m dying to try the tea cozy with the amazing flowers! HAve a great Sunday. We’re having people over for a day care reunion and watch football.

    Happy crocheting!!

  20. jules says:

    I love your blog because you post so frequently, you always seem to have something interesting to write about, and you make sooooo much stuff!!! I don’t know how you do it! I am trying to be more regular with my posting, but it seems that 2-3 times a week is the best I can manage at the moment, my life is just not interesting enough to provide me with more blogging material than that! haha!
    Charts can be a bit tricky I agree, I’ve only used them in a stocking stitch pattern where it was right to left for plain rows and left to right for purl rows ( think I got that around the right way!) Hope people stop taking your lovely photos, bit rude of them!
    Have a great day! Julie x

  21. Kat says:

    It does suck that you’re pics and patterns are being pinched. The only real way to stop this is to put a watermark on them or put some copyright text in a lower corner of the photo before posting.

    I too love blogging. It’s therapeutic. Like writing your diary online. I didn’t blog as much as this week as I usually do because I was crazy busy at work and I really missed my blogging time.

  22. Rain says:

    Kia Ora,
    My friend, Lesley, introduced me to your blog probably for three reasons: your passion for knitting and crocheting, for gorgeous Raymond and because you are living in Wellington where I was born. So it is lovely for me on many levels to read your blog as I live over here in N. Ireland. I love the colour you have. I wish I could make my blog as beautiful as yours! You’re welcome to visit my blog: where I talk about all things yoga since you call yourself a yoga junkie! I’m not as organised as you with my blogging. It tends to happen when someone has been on my mind rather than on a regular basis. But I can see now regularity could help!
    Thank you for your blog! Keep bloggin g with plenty of colour and photos of Raymond and the odd one of NZ. Big cuddle for Raymond from me.
    om shanti

  23. WS says:

    Arrgh! Pressure! It was lovely to see you today. I hope you got your charting question answered. Charts are tricky – some of the buggers read right to left, and then left to right (for patterns where you are knitting flat) and others read from left to right all the time (usually for knitting in the round). Sometimes the best way is to look at your knitting and work out whether it’s looking like what it’s meant to, given the chart is a picture of what you’re meant to be knitting. Good luck with the little jersey!🙂

  24. Joyce says:

    Hullo Alice and Raymond, I love your beautiful butterfly. We have been inundated here lately with huge butterflies, and it’s wonderful. Almost like a butterfly plague, yes, true, they are everywhere, from huge black velvet winged beauties to tiny blue and white fluttering feasts to the eyes. Even on the beach this morning a stunning massive black and white butterfly found a few seconds rest on one of our towels. Anyways, re fave blogs, oh I have a huge list of them that I love to visit. In regards to the ‘taking’ of your photos and patterns, I believe Karma will sort it all out. Karma does it all so well too, without you having to do anything. I think people really should ask first. Have a lovely week.

  25. kate says:

    I remember when I first discovered blogs, I loved Soulemama first. Her early posts still make me feel all connected right to the core. I still love her but her blog now is so full of various product giveaways and ads- I truly miss her authentic peaceful space-so that is obviously something I like in blogs. I have always enjoyed cotton kiwi and baa me knits. With copying I can’t suggest much, on the internet like in society generally there are people who will take things without permission, maybe all we can do is let some things go with as much grace as possible?

  26. Deanne says:

    Just went and checked out the Nimble Fingers and Steady Eyebrows Blog – you are right, Alice – a really novel and fun way to write a blog! I’ll be adding them to my list of favorites! Thank You! Deanne

  27. Heather says:

    How very dare they pinch your pics…..I am putting some of my little Granny mandalas soon on my neglected blog…..but I will be giving it up to you large where I got all my inspiration and the pattern from. I’m addicted to them……please help! Heather xxxx

  28. Sandi says:

    Just read a in a beautiful book that I received yesterday re charting, she said “Each small square represents a stitch and a row. Read the knit rows from right to left and the purl rows from left to right” hope that helps.
    x Sandi

  29. therese says:

    It makes me happy to read your blog! I love the colors and reading about your creativity.

  30. Felicity from Down Under says:

    Hi, Alice, I’m a relative newcomer to your blog but love it (so much so that I signed up to email!). Thanks for your generosity in sharing so much colour and what you do.

    On the subject of dual-written blogs (one of my favourites is the Rainey Sisters, which I see someone has already pointed out), you might also enjoy the knitting adventures (mostly knitting, but also spinning, dyeing and the like) at, which is the joint blog of Ellen and Jan (who are twin sisters).

    cheers, and thanks again. Felicity

  31. Jan Quigley says:

    Hmmmm fave blogs would have to be yours🙂, Attic 24 which everyone loves,
    Happy loves Rosie
    & Henhouse
    cheers, Jan

  32. Pati from London says:

    Hello Alice!
    thanks for the blog recommendations, I will have a look later (I now need to go back to my essay research) but a quick note to tell you a few of my favourite blogs. Apart from yours, my favourite ones are: Sue’s at The Quince Tree (wonderful cooking and great sense of humour), Lucy’s Attic 24 (very creative), Elizabeth Cat’s one (very colorful and amazing crochet), Le Monde de Sucrette (crochet and lovely patterns), Saidos da Concha (chic and creative) and the Royal Sisters (good patterns). Have a lovely day, Pati x

  33. rhonda m says:

    Hi alice and raymond, i just love all the crochet and reading what you are up to. Its a wonderful thing that we can just blog and see what all our craft friends world wide do. I too surf the net (at almost 60) a like the following sites “Haken en meer” you have to translate but very pretty and love her garland . also “heidi bears “and “simply this that and the other” check out her lava cake OOOH yummy good luck with those few and happy hooking alice. I cant go a day without hooking along somewhere, i work in aged care and sit with clients alot so lots of crochet gets done, how lucky hey

  34. Emma says:

    I am reading through your archives because I found your blog the other week and fell-in-blog-love. I thought that it was so funny to read this post because you’re talking about what just happened to me with your blog!

    I don’t have my own blog to share with you (I have had a blank one set up for a few weeks now, but have been too nervous to start it) but will let you know if that changes!

    Love from Emma in Adelaide, Australia!

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