Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Meow!

Today I've got a couple of cat (real and yarn ones!) photos for you. I love cats and where I live there are quite a few strays who live outside. They are pretty wild and don't tolerate people too well. Luckily there are a few wonderful people who take them food and water every day and get them neutered so that the population doesn't get out of control.

I started to walk by from time to time to see them and there was this little black and white cat that really took my eye and I started to give him treats. In the beginning he would run away and only eat the food I left after I was far away, then after a while he'd start getting a bit closer. After a few months he's become really friendly and runs to me now when I call him! He's such a sweetie! Here he was last weekend investigating what I'd brought for him:



And last month I started a crochet cat following a pattern in a knitting book I've got. Crochet cat and knitting pattern? Yes! I'm a big fan of Tunisian crochet and the Tunisian knit stitch can pass for a real stockinette stitch. Anyway, the pattern I followed the pattern specifications and substitute the knitting for Tunisian crochet and here is the kitty:


I finished him this morning. I prefer the real one, but the crochet one is cute too :)

Here is the knitted one from the pattern book:


And in this next photo you can see a close up of the Tunisian knit stitch and see how similar it really is to knitting:


Knitted pieces are so great and there are so many beautiful patterns out there but I find working with two needles so fiddly and if I can avoid it and use just one hook, I will!

Other than that, today is 12/12/12 and at 12.12 this morning I took a photo of my clock:


There was an article in the paper this morning talking about 'date coincidences' and how this is the last one until the 1st of January 2101! Wow!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Baby dress

I finished it!



It is so cute and so tiny! It's the first time I've ever made a baby pattern and I had so much fun. I've already got out my stash of crochet magazines to see what other baby clothes I can make next :) I completely understand why my mum enjoys making baby crochet things now. I think I'll have a go at making a jacket and bootie set over Christmas.

This dress was made following this great this great FREE pattern. It's a really easy pattern to follow. Once I'd finished I added a little daisy and a single crochet border around the hem, arm holes and neck.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas coffee and a WIP

I love Starbucks Christmas coffee...it's so sweet and smells like Christmas! I had my first one this year at the weekend and it was delicious


Other than that, I weaved in the ends of all the granny squares I've made so far for my blanket/lapghan, I'm very proud of that because I normally leave that job until the very end of a project :)

Aaaaaand my WIPs are starting get a little out of hand because I've strated another one. A little baby dress:



I'm really enjoying following the pattern and it's working up pretty quickly. I'm using a DK yarn which I  think is my favourite weight yarn to work with - not too slow, not too fast!

I hadn't realised until I looked at the photo but I think this pattern slightly altered and in a thicker yarn would make a great cowl. What do you think?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Granny blanket

These last few days I've made a start on my first granny square project. I've made granny squares before but this is my first real project. I've got some stashed DK cotton yarn in a bright yellow and fuchsia and I started making squares:


If I've got enough yarn I'd like to make it into a blanket and if not I'll make it smaller and call it a lapghan :)


Look at all those ends I've got to weave in! I should make a start now, if I leave it all until I've finished all the squares I'll never finish it I know!

Other than that I've washed and blocked the shawl I've made for my mum and here it is:




Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Blocked Snowflakes

There are only 19 days to go until Christmas! I can't wait to decorate our house and I've blocked and stiffened some snowflakes ready to put on the tree:






Those last two are the same ones I posted photos of a few days ago. Blocking them really has made a world of difference. Especially to the last one. I didn't like it very much but once I blocked it, it became my favourite :)

To stiffen the snowflakes I used a 50% white glue 50% water mix and sprinkled a bit of glitter on them for added festiveness!

I have finished the shawl I started for my mum too. I'm going to block that this afternoon and as soon as it's dry I'll take some photos.

Other than that here is another little brooch I made:




How's your week going so far? :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

The start of advent

Tomorrow is the first of December and for all of us who are just big kids at heart that means it is the start of advent calendars! This year I am lucky enough to have received two lovely advent calendars from friends in Germany.

One is a chocolate one. I’ve had a chocolate calendar virtually every year since I was little and they never get old for me! The other one is an advent card which is new for me.


I’ve never seen an advent card before and much less had the chance to open one. I can’t wait to open the first windows tomorrow!


Tonight I did a bit of craft shopping too and got a selection pack of different coloured felt:

  
Recently I am using quite a bit of felt to make backs for the brooches I make. This week I made another flower brooch:



I followed a free pattern for an Irish rose that I found on crochet geek. You can find it here. It is a really simple pattern to follow and I really like the finished flower. What do you think? :)

And the final photo for today is of the shawl I am making for my mum’s birthday in January.


I’m going to try and spend quite a bit of time working on that this weekend. I'm making it with sock yarn so it's not a fast project but I am enjoying working on it and seeing the different colours in the yarn :)

What are your crafty plans for this weekend?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sunshine on a cold day

Last night we had the first frost of this autumn, not too bad considering it's nearly December already. It's a cold day here today but the sky is a beautiful blue with not a single cloud in sight - a perfect day to enjoy a big mug of hot tea in my new Christmas mug ...


...yum! And some crochet sunflowers ...


I made the sunflowers with a chunky 100% wool yarn for the middle and a DK 100% cotton yarn for the petals.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Autumn leaves as inspiration

For me autumn is the most beautiful season. Trees and plants everywhere turn some really amazing colours and I find it so inspirational. I saw these leaves this weekend:


I love the colour red and seeing all these beautiful leaves made me want to dig out some red yarn and get creative. I had  a little bit of DK baby alpaca yarn and I started making flowers. I made some 6 petal and some 5 petal flowers. I added in some earring hooks, jump rings and a bracelet clasp and made a little bracelet and earring set:








Friday, November 23, 2012

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.....

...everywhere I go...


I love this time of year! Christmas decorations are starting to appear everywhere and make things look beautiful. They have put the Christmas tree and decorations up in a shopping centre where I live and that inspired me to get some christmassy yarn out.


That is Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread Classic 10 and is called Shaded Christmas. I love the yarn and being so thin I've had to dig out my 1.5 mm hook which I don't tend to use very often. Now I've been working with it I remember why I don't use small hooks so often ... my hands ache now! I love thread though and I've been looking through snowflake patterns. I've made 2 so far:



They are hot off the hook so I haven't had a chance to block and starch them yet - that's going to be one of my weekend tasks :) I'll post some photos next week when they are finished.

My other yarn related task for this weekend in winding these skeins into balls:



What crafty plans have you got for the weekend?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Anesha lace scarf

I've made a new scarf that I just can't wait to share with you! I had some Red Heart Unforgettable yarn in a beautiful pink / purple mix:


A great partial motif pattern:


So I started making motifs....


Until I made this cute scarf!




The pattern is really pretty but easy to follow at the same time . . . the perfect combination for patterns! I ended up making 16 motifs in the end. The yarn a medium weight and should be used with a 6mm hook but I used a big old 9mm hook so that the pattern would be even more open and lacy :) I love the brightness of the yarn, the pinks and purples really mix together well. I'm hoping this will be the perfect accessory to brighten up a dark day!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Destash earrings

When I make socks I always have a tiny amount of yarn left over. It's not enough to do much with but I can never bring myself to throw it away so I have a mini stash of sock yarn :)


This weekend I decided to use up some Regia yarn left over from some socks I made last year.


With a few grams of yarn, a 3.5mm hook and a pair of earring wires I made these flower earrings:



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Slubby flower brooch

I had 26g of Colinette Point 5 yarn in a gorgeous deep purple. This yarn is beautiful, it’s 100% wool and is slubby.

This kind of yarn makes for really interesting work because the different thicknesses throughout mean that no two stitches will be identical. I love using it to make accessories. When you make a simple single crochet or half double crochet pattern it creates an almost woven effect and in more complex patterns the thick/thin contrast causes a really unique effect.

This time I had a little amount that I though would be just enough to make a brooch ….




…. and I was right! I made a five petal flower with a 9mm hook and to finish it off I embellished the center with a cute painted wooden button.

 
 


The clasp is attached to the brooch with a purple felt back.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Yarn card

Look at this cute, handmade card:



It's such a great idea to use yarn to make the card 3D and the play on words is great :-)

I love handmade cards so much. When you send them you know the receiver isn't going to have seen it before and when they get sent to you they are always such a nice surprise.

This reminds me that I really need to get started making my Christmas cards for this year .....
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