It's wonderful to see how children love the comfy and colourful woolly world I share with them. My new project is to bring more of this love and craft into my classroom- keep you posted!
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
As an end of the year gift, I decided to make my class a cushion to take up with them to their new classroom- a bit of me in their new world. Now, this may sound a bit strange, but you probably haven't witnessed the ongoing battle for the best cushion when children come to the classroom. Seriously, it doesn't matter how old they are, boy or girl, they all grab for a bit of comfort and the best cushion is a prized belonging! This cushion met with HUGE excitement and enthusiasm and was tossed around the room for a hug and a squeeze before being ceremoniously carried down to their new classroom (I checked with the next teacher first..) No pattern needed here, just a big Granny square in rainbow colours to the cushion size and single crochet edge to hold together.
Sunday, 25 August 2013
I had so much fun recently changing a pair of ripped jeans into a skirt but regretted my rushed hem which was crooked and wasn't double folded over. Well, I thought that it was time to start learning how to mend properly as I always seem to have some favourite dress or top to fix in my cupboard. I bought a lovely little book called "Mend it Better" which is very useful and helped me have the confidence to do a couple of those cupboard jobs! First, that skirt. You see, the hem started to fray and drip down messy threads. Along with the uneven hem, it was looking pretty naff, so I decided to re hem it. It didn't take long to realise that I needed to cut away the old hem and would end up with a mini skirt (not a good look for my daughter just yet...). So, out came a saved ripped dress from KJ's super cousin and, "Ta Da!", we now have a gorgeous long and colourful skirt. That £1 pair of jeans is on it's third regeneration and I look forward to seeing just how many more changes one piece of clothing can go through.
1- Ripped Dress
2- Neatened holes and whipstitching
3- Starting to patch.
4- Front and back fixed sun dress!
Monday, 12 August 2013
You will need:
-Any odds and ends of wool (acrylic is a good washable choice for baby drool)
White, yellow, red and black DK cotton for candle
-Size 2.5, 3.00 and 3.5 hook
Shawl (almost a granny!)
1. Ch 4 and SS.
2. Ch 3 (counts as first tr), 2tr in ring, ch 2,
3. (3tr, ch 2) repeat until you have 4 sets as in a granny square. SS to top of first chain.
4. SS along to next ch space, ch 2, 2tr, ch 2, 3tr in same corner space.
5. Ch 2, 3tr, ch 2, 3tr all the way around.
6. SS to the top of the ch 3.
7. Repeat row 6.
8. SS to next chain space. Repeat as above but with ch 1 between each set of trebles.
Candle- I used DK cotton for stiffness and a size 2.5 hook
1. Ch 2, 6sc in sc ch- 6 stitches.
2. Ch 1, 2sc in each stitch- 12 stitches.
3. Ch 1, sc in loop closest to you all the way around, ss into first stitch and ch 1.
4. Sc in a spiral to desired length.
5. SS, fasten off and stuff firmly.
6. Make a separate circle to top the candle (step 1 and 2).
7. Fasten off leaving a long tail and stitch on.
1. Ch 2, 6sc in second chain from hook- 6 stitches.
2. Ch 1, sc in loop closest to you- 6 stitches.
3. Continue up 2 rounds.
4. Sc dec until final stitch, knot tail at the point of the flame and stitch on with black thread for wick.
Dress- Use a size 3 hook for this one
1. Ch 23 and ss into a loop.
2. Sc all the way around and join with a ss.
3. Ch 1 and sc all the way around 3 more rows.
4. (Sc inc, 11sc, sc inc) x2 and ss at the start- 25 stitches
5. Ch 1, sc all around and ss.
6. Ch 3 (counts as first tr), Tr all around and ss into first stitch.
7. (Ch 2, miss 1 stitch, sc in the next stitch) all around to make a scallop edge.
8. SS into first ch 2 space. Ch 3 and 2tr into first space.
9. Ch 2 into next space, putting 3tr into each chain space. SS final ch 2 into first stitch.
10. Ch 1 and sc all around, ( just pop 1sc into each ch 2 space), and ss into first.
11. Repeat sc all around.
12. Ch 3 and tr all around. SS into first.
13. Now for final scallop edge! Ch3, miss a stich and sc into the next stitch all the way around.
14. Straps- Press dress flat so that the increases sit at each side. Attach wool for first strap, ch 1, 2sc across into top of bodice, turn, ch 1, 2sc across. Repeat this to desired length (approx. 11 rows) and fasten off. Repeat for second strap and whipstitch into place.
- Ch 4 and ss into ring.
- 6sc around and ss into first stitch.
- Ch 3 and ss into stitch.
- Repeat step three all around and slip stich to the first.
- Fasten off leaving a long tail for stitching onto the dress.
Please have a go and keep an eye out for more Bunny Fun (I don't think I'm going to be able to stop!)