Frog Prince Latch Hook

Here we go, just in time to stop this being entirely about my temperature scarf, I actually have another finished object for you. This kit was an impulse buy while I was buying other things. I figured since the package was coming over anyway, I might as well squeeze in another something. That something is the “Frog Prince” latch hook kit by Caron.
Frog Prince Latch HookI hadn’t done any latch hook in years, so it was sort of nice to bounce back into it. Of course I bought it entirely because I can’t resist a frog, but even so latch hook is quite zen once you get your rhythm going.

In natural light, like when the above photo was taken, the colours are quite distinct. However under an energy saver globe there was a lot of difficulty determining green vs light green, or yellow vs light gold. The yellow/gold issue was solved when I realised the yarn itself was different, with the yellow being a big fluffy yarn and the gold being thinner and more stringy. The black and purple also look almost identical under artificial light. My solution was one of those little LED pocket lantern thingies, which blasted a nice bright clean light over everything and made it all very obvious (apart from the two middle shades of green, which I probably did not get 100% correct). At the time I did some frustrated “tsking” but now it’s done I can see that the very close shades do give him a lovely depth.

Latch Hook Canvas

The kit comes with the printed canvas, a chart, bundles of precut yarn (not sorted, obviously) and finishing instructions. As the finished frog is 12 inches by 12 inches, he’s a little small to be a rug so I’m going to pop a back on it and make a cushion. The kit doesn’t include the latch hook, or any finishing materials.

There’s a kit from the same series lurking in my recently re-discovered craft stash, so I might do some more latch hooking in the near future. I have a cushion cover to complete first however, to re-cover a foot stool for my mother.

WIP: Temperature Scarf, February

This is not the highest volume blog on the internet now is it? Oh well, I might make 20 posts by Christmas. I did intend to post during February, but as it turns out the heat was constant and unrelenting, so most of my spare time was spent laying in bed thinking “I hate this”. I did do some cross stitch, which is a WIP post for another day. I also managed to keep up with the Temperature Scarf, hooray! I just finished the last row for February a little while ago, so here it is hot off the hook:
February Section of the Temperature ScarfI seem to have overcome my random increases problem (not that it was a problem, it was a feature). I also got most of the ends tidied away this time before I took the photo. The month started promisingly cold, but the over 30 degree days won out in the end (that’s orange). Apparently Melbourne broke some kind of “Days Over 30 Degrees In February” this year, so yay. You can’t see it, but I typed that yay in an extremely deadpan way.

I’m very happy that my month divider rows came out exactly as I hoped they would, breaking the months with a neat little line of cream. Now for the scarf in full, which you will need to click on to see in all it’s glory (but you don’t have to, I won’t know if you don’t and I wouldn’t judge you even if I did know).

Scarf for Jan and FebLook at that row of blue in there being a big old weather tease.  And look how much neater February looks compared to January, crochet wise. The intended border at the end of the year should hide those wibbly bits, but if not no worries. I’m the one who’s wearing it and I don’t mind a bit of a wibble.