Tuesday, 25 January 2011
I must admit that I've been holding off posting pictures as I have got a bit obsessive about these gorgeous little things and kept wanting to wait until I had just finished one more, no- one more, no- darn it!
So, here is the selection I've been working on since last week, all yummy and pretty healthy too. Now, this weeks selection will be indulgent and as greedy as I can make it! I plan to have finished the feast for next week and am looking forward to setting it all out "Teddy Bear's Picnic" style for next week
All these patterns-except the teabag- came from "Tasty Crochet" by Rose Langlitz. They really were simple to follow with virtually no errors so far. Rose also has a wonderful blog at tastycrochet.blogspot.com which is worth looking at.
My little teabag was very easy to knock up. Here is the pattern
Hook size 3 using white cotton
1- Ch 11
2- Skip first loop and SC to the end, turn
3- Ch 1, skip first loop and crochet to the end, turn
4- Repeat row 3 for five rows (or until square shaped)
5- Fasten off and weave ends toward the centre of one of the sides to make to string.
6- Cut piece of beige felt slightly smaller than squares and pop in between the 2 squares.
7- SC around the edges, 2 SC in each corner and join with slip stitch.
8- Cut small rectangle of felt and stitch "T" and edge around half the rectangle.
9- Fold rectangle in half, running string through the centre and stitch closed.
10- Tie a knot under tea tab to finish.
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
I love how it turned out in the end. Random swirly backstitch with tiny silver beads threaded on for sparkle.
I edged in black to keep the focus on the design.
That's so much better and in my Christmas drawer all tucked up tight!
Sunday, 16 January 2011
I had another go the next day using 2 strands of DK wool from my stash hoping to show off the pattern more clearly. The hat fits beautifully and only needed a few rows taken off to fit my little head. (I think I'll keep this one for myself...)
Friday, 14 January 2011
I felt I had to include this little tradition started by my Mum. Making gift tags out of Christmas cards always seemed a bit too thrifty for me but, as I get older, there is something very satisfying about reusing these beautiful cards and saving a few bob too. I especially love reusing the handmade cards made by my sister for those extra special gifts.
Like Mum, I use gold thread but I decided not to use my pinking shears as I can't bear to blunt those expensive blades. I picked up a set of eight different edged scissors from Hobbycraft and they did an ok job. Not great at cutting a clean edge, but fun and labelled with patterns for easy use.
By the way, is "OK" a shortening of two words (acronym)? I have no idea!
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Monday, 10 January 2011
The hat is basically a set of granny squares stitched together to make the brim and then single crochet to spiral up for the crown. I always use one hook size smaller than the pattern as I have quite a loose stitch but it did come up a bit looser than expected- Thankfully my friend's head is a bit larger than mine!
This pattern and the Berry hats both came from "Crocheted Gifts" by Kim Werker. Even with my loose stitching, you have to watch the sizes as my 4 year old ended up with the hat labelled for a 6-9 month old. This hat worked single crochet with alternating decrease rows and plain sc rows. I ended up cutting out 9 rows of the sc rows as it would have been massive.
PS- The funny face is because of the 9 pictures it took to get this one with my iphone. I should have waited for my Hubbie to get home!
Sunday, 9 January 2011
I started crocheting 4 years ago after watching and admiring my very talented sister set up her own blog to display her fabulous (and numerous) projects. This Christmas, the two of us set upon my other sister in a kind of "Crochet warfare", bombarding her with craft books, blogs, projects, her own book and hooks and starter off lessons. My poor brother and father sat with a bemused but slightly bored look on their faces as we gushed and enthused our socks off!
WELL! I think she's hooked! She has tackled single and double crochet and is working through "The Happy Hooker" to learn new stitches and, like the rest of us, has a list of projects that will probably take till next year to do! Well done Sis. Keep it up and I cant wait to see your first projects!xxx
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Its Crochet time again and I am making hats all round it seems! Little cute berry hats for my two girls and now a lovely one using delicate granny squares stitched together.
My lovely friend is about to go through chemotherapy and wants lots of hats to keep her little head warm and gorgeous. I’ve started this one and want to get a bunch made in different styles and colours.
If anyone out there has a gap in their project schedule and would like to help me her head measurement is 55cm!