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2 mice and a hat.

I realise that I have held you all in suspense for far too long….sorry about that. It was actually finished last week but you know how things take over?

This.....

This…..

...turned into this.

…turned into this, a hat for my wonderful husband.

He requested one, in grey and when I bought the magazine – Simply Crochet (issue 12) they had the perfect design right there. (The fact that it was designed by my lovely friend Joanne Scrace was just a happy accident.) It is crocheted in King Cole Riot Chunky which has this lovely self strip effect. It worked up really quickly. I hope he likes it!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who commented and left their words of wisdom on my post last week regarding my dilemma, I really, really, appreciate it. I have decided to go ahead and make them.

My initial thought was to crochet them as I always think that it is easier but I then got my head around knitting and decided this was the way forward. Once I had got my head around it they didn’t take that long at all.

Christmas 2013 018Once the features were added they really came together:

I have to say that they look so cute. I am really pleased with them.

I have to say that they look so cute. I am really pleased with them.

All I have to do is add little aprons to them using the fabric that she has given me. This HAS to happen tomorrow.

I am then on to the last few details before Christmas. (Wrapping presents etc) I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas, filled with joy and happiness. xx

 

Finished Object (nearly!)

This week I have been cracking on and making a real effort to crochet each and every day. I think I managed it 🙂 I certainly feel better for it and have something to show for it…..Yippee 🙂

My sock number 2!

My sock number 2!

There is only one problem. I ran out of yarn with about 2 rows to go. 😦 How annoying is that?

Can you see.

Can you see?

As I am wearing them at home and no one will see them does it matter and do I leave them like this or should I invest in another (fairly) expensive ball of wool? Deep down the perfectionist in me would say yes, you need to finish them properly but the tight me would say that it doesn’t matter…..what would you do?

I must say a huge thank you to DaniellaJoe for these socks as she hosted a CAL and got me going. I may well have reached my destination slightly behind everyone else but the detours were well worth it. (Anyone who reads her blog will understand the meaning behind this.)

Crocheting everyday has also meant that I have had time to swatch another very exciting, top-secret project in this yarn:

YarnYarnThat is the most I can let you see…..

I do hope that everyone else has had a great week, with a lot of crafting time fitted in. Why not pop over to handmade harbour and see?

🙂

 

 

 

Super Sweet Blogging Award

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This weeks blogging award was given to me way, way back in February I am VERY ashamed to say. I was awarded this by Ali Bee from Alibee creations, a blog that I found through Handmade Monday.This blog is full of energy and written by a very talented lady – she wrote her last post all in rhyme. I am very humbled by this talent!

First off I need to answer 5 questions:

1. Cookies or cake? Probably cookies but it does depend on the variety of cookies and cake on offer.
2. Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
3. What is your favourite sweet treat? Chocolate!

4. When do you crave sweet things the most? Evening or after a meal.
5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Now that is really hard. Ginger! (is that sweet?)

OK so now for the blogs I nominate:

Eleanor lucy millinery – a great blog all about the hats she makes.

Vicky Myers Creations – this lady makes amazing bags out of reclaimed material!

Raindrops and Roses – always an enjoyable read!

Highland Monkeys – Amazing samplers

Pickle-lily – a whole range of yummy crafts to read and learn about

Graces favours – check out the VW cushion.

Patchwork fairy – again a lovely mix of crafts to read about.

OK so now for the questions for you all:

1. Cookies or cake?
2. Vanilla or chocolate?
3. What is your favourite sweet treat?
4. When do you crave sweet things the most?
5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

I am really sorry to be writing another award post. I hope that you can find some lovely new blogs to engage with 🙂

Later this week I am hoping to find time to enter into the world of Pinterest so watch out for that.

PUBLISHED!!!!

I am sure that most of you will have noticed how crochet is currently undergoing a bit of a resurgence. Crochet classes are filling up within days of being publicized and new magazines dedicated to crochet are being released. Crochet is no longer being squeezed in along side knitting – it is becoming a craft in its own right.

If you knit  (and even if you don’t) you will be aware of the many places where you can find knitting patterns. They are all over the web on countless sites and yarn and craft shops usually have a good selection to choose from. When it comes to crochet however there is not usually the same choice. Crochet also has a bit of a reputation linked to the 70’s and there are quite a few patterns around that reflect this.

        

(Yes these really are from the 70’s – so much orange!)

Now please don’t get me wrong, there are some patterns that just need a bit of updating (colour, yarn etc) but Joanne Scrace (notsogranny) and Kat  Goldin saw an opportunity in this and went about setting up The Crochet Project:

The aim of The Crochet Project is to promote beautiful, modern crochet patterns to the online market.

They have both worked very hard to bring all the good  things you expect from modern knitting patterns to the world of crochet. The patterns are all written in the same consistent style, the yarn is beautiful, the patterns contemporary and the photographs stylish.

I realise that I am writing as if I am selling this idea. In a way I am but I really wanted to share with you all the background behind this project. I am not being paid directly for doing this and the opinions are my own BUT …..

I AM ONE OF THE ‘DESIGNERS’ FEATURED IN THEIR FIRST ISSUE!!

Loud enough? Can you tell that I am excited?

Back to the beginning:

In October I saw the mood board that they had put together. The title was Botanicals and was all floral and summer picnics. I decided that I had an idea that may just work and set about making a prototype:

Here it is - my protoype.

Here it is – my prototype.

Being my first submission I really wanted to know whether it would work and also to get some idea of how I could write the pattern down.

A close up of the flower.

A close up of the flower.

I included the flower as a bit of detail and to link in with the floral theme.

Roll on to December and I received the wonderful news that my pattern had been chosen as one of the ten from the first edition. WoW. I was really shocked and very unprepared as to what it would involve.

When doing a piece like this you get sent the yarn – the suppliers will usually provide it as a way to get some publicity. Unfortunately the yarn for my project got held up and I only received it just before the deadline date. Luckily Joanne and Kat were very nice and realistic, giving me enough time to get the project made without any pressure.

The yarn I was sent.

The yarn I was sent.

Isn’t it lovely? It is merino, really lovely and soft  – great to work with too. I had been asked to make the pattern in three child sizes and three adult. Fine in theory! I only had to make one size for the photo shoot.

The making of the gloves was not too hard. The writing of the pattern harder. Poor Joanne must have had a bit of a shock when she saw what I had done. She was ever so kind however and I had another go at getting the format correct.

Then, finally on Friday the whole thing was published. I had always said that I didn’t want my name and photograph out on the internet….it soon became clear that this was one rule to be broken!

So here is the finished mitt.

So here is the finished mitt.

I think that they have a real vintage feel and I managed to get some beads in with the flower! Wouldn’t they be perfect for a bridesmaid or a ball?

If you would like to see what the other patterns are like and see the proper ‘professional’ photographs then do head over to the  website here.

Thank you so much in indulging me in the blowing of my own trumpet. I am very passionate about this project and yes, I would have been even if I hadn’t been accepted! Joanne and Kat have spent a lot of time on this but I truly believe that it has been worth it! Now onto the next submission – a woodland theme this time. 😉

As always I shall be heading over to Handmade Harbour to catch up on the lovely things that everyone else has been up to this week. I am thinking that there will be some Easter ideas cropping up?

A Productive Week.

Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who commented on my post from last week. You were all so positive and encouraging. THANK YOU. 🙂

Permission

This week I have had a good week on the crafting front. Mostly, I think because I gave myself permission to craft in the day – even making this a priority! I have achieved an awful lot – some of which I cannot share with you but some that I can 🙂

A Bracelet to go with the Earrings

The first thing I did was to devise a bracelet to go with these earrings from last week:

I used the same gauge wire, stones and method (knitting):

Someone on Craftsy mentioned that she had made one similar – great minds and all that :).

The Love knot

One of the projects that I have been working on involves the crochet stitch Solomon’s knot.

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This necklace followed on very quickly afterwards.

Although the pictures do not really show this, they are both made using the same gauge of wire and beads.

So there you have it. My makes for this week. Three items of jewellery which, on past performance is good going for me. What have you been up to this week? As always I shall be popping over to Handmade Monday to see what all the lovely people over there have been up to  this week. Pour yourself a glass of wine and do come and join me.

Have a great week everyone. 🙂

Still learning?

I always admire people who keep on expanding their skills and learning new things. This week I managed to do it myself! Having a go at making up my own pattern I realised that I needed to find a crochet stitch that had a bit of ‘give’ as the basic chain was too firm when made up in cotton for what I needed. .

As always Google came to the rescue as I typed in something along the lines of ‘stretchy crochet stitch’ (I know imaginative isn’t it?) It worked however as it came up with this:

Having watched this I gave it a go and really like it 🙂 It does what it says it will do. In fact I ended up using it twice!

Then last night I saw a blog post talking about a love knot. I was aware of it being used in rings but wasn’t aware of the crochet form. Again Google came to the rescue – it is simply another name for Solomon’s knot.

Image from About.com

As I can already do this stitch – I have learnt something new without having to teach myself. Perfect!

Have you taught yourself anything new recently?

Ribbon necklaces

On craftsy I found a great lady (CrocKnits )who made some great necklaces using ribbon or flag yarn. She has recently started up a blog here. Do go and check it out. She has only been up and running for a week and so am sure would love a few visits and comments.

I was really impressed and so, before our holiday went and brought some appropriate yarn. (I am very embarrassed about this next bit) Being too tight to pay for a pattern (sorry CrocKnits) I searched online and found this website (numei) with some ideas. Please don’t compare my work with hers as I did not print out the patterns and so was working blind! The ones shown on the website look very professional!

I started with a simple 3 chain necklace:

Then went onto this one with loops in:

It is so long I had to raise the stand!

Me being me I then started to experiment:

This time smaller ‘gaps’ but many more.

I think that I shall be returning to these in the non  too distant future and think about developing them further with wire and beads.

Finally I wish to thank you all for your comments last week. I took on board Natalie’s idea from freespiritdesigns and did make a heart:

I actually made 2 of these and then joined them together with stuffing in the middle. I thought it would make a great and unusual key-ring.

If you don’t know either of the two blogs I have mentioned then do please go and have a look. They are both very talented people. Again I apologise to CrocKnits for doing you out of some income. Use her patterns if you decide to have a go. 🙂 She also has many others – look her up on craftsy.

As always I am going to be popping over to Handmade Harbour to see what other talented people have been up to this week (freespiritdesigns is usually there!) It really is worth it :).