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Pineapple Neck warmer

11 Apr

 

I whipped up this super cute pineapple neck warmer the other day in anticipation of colder weather.

I used this pattern.

It was so easy I might just make more of them.

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I used a gorgeous little pastel multicoloured wool, which has worked up beautifully.

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I only made 4 pineapples as that came to the size I was after.

I’m looking forward to wearing it, someone just needs to tell the weather we are almost half way through Autumn, it’s time to start cooling down.

 

 

 

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Little Boy Blue

20 Feb

bobblesI recently finished the blanket I have been making for my cousin’s baby.

I was surprised at how wonderfully it turned out, as while I was making it I was having second thoughts about the square and colours I had chosen and to be honest I really didn’t  like it that much.

However, joining the squares and adding the border really transformed it and I now love it.

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The square I used comes from Edie Eckman it combines bobbles with spike dc to create a peak a boo feel.

I joined them together with dc in the back loop only. This was something I had never done, I had always used both loops. By using back loops only the squares are really enhanced as they seem to get a little border around them.

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I was attempting to do a bit of stash busting when I started the blanket, so this led me in my colour choices. I already had the light and dark blues and the white. I added the gunmetal  for some sophistication and keep it masculine as the baby is a boy. It is all acrylic, the gunmetal is 8 ply, thick , squishy and will be so warm for the coming winter.

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For the border I mimicked the same style from the square, I toyed with a more embellished edge but in the end kept it simple and that was the perfect choice.

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I didn’t block the squares individually nor have I blocked the final product, since the yarn and pattern are quite sturdy I am happy with the way it sits, I may change my  mind on this though before April.

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I am really happy with this blanket, I love the tactile bobbles and I can imagine babies loving them too. I am in love with the colours too, the combination of neutrals and brights has to be my favourite.

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Hexie Heaven – My top picks

17 Feb

I recently started on the last of my baby blankets. This one is for a friend who is about to have her third little girl. I wanted something simple, a little lacey and definitely a hexagon. This is a round-up of my favourites, they all are delightful and all have free patterns.

1. This is such a gorgeous variation on the African flower motif that is so popular. This one comes from the lovely Crochetbug.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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 2. This little lacey number comes from a Dutch blogger  Catherine from Blij met Draadjes . The instructions are in Dutch, obviously and Google’s attempt at translation is not completely awful so you may just be able to figure it out.

3. I heave recently had a little Pinterest potholder obsession and this climbing trellis from Ali Pyper is just so sweet and could just as easily be used for other larger projects  like blankets by leaving off the darling little scalloped edge.

4. This cute little daisy makes me think og Spring! It  comes from Daniela’s Needle art and she offers a few different variations on it too.

5. This was the inspiration for the hexie blanket I have just started on. This one comes from Scrap yarn Crochet. for mine I have changed the centre of my hexies just a bit to create a flower centre.

Are you in love with hexies now as much as I am? Have you made any hexie projects lately? Come share them on my Facebook page I would love to see them!

On the border – a round up of my favourite crochet borders

13 Feb

With 3 babies due to 3 lovely ladies in my life this April my life has revolved around baby blankets the last few months. I have finished my second blanket this week (post to follow once I can get some photos) and have started on the final blanket, pink hexies for a little bundle of pink. My fingers are stiff and my eyes sore from the amount of googling I have done to find the perfect inspiration for these blankets. I have come across some amazing patterns and ideas and I would like to share some of my faves with you.

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1. Pom Pom edging from Once upon a Pink Moon this is by far my favourite border for a baby blanket. It is tactile, fun and whimsical. I used this in my citrus bobble blanket and I can definitely see myself using it over and over again.

2. Catherderal edge from Halfknits charity knitting. This is such a beautiful border. The simple addition of the picot turns a regular scallop style edge into something really special.

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3. Link stitch with tassles from Poppalina. This edge is just amazing. here it was used on a baby blanket, but I think it would be just fabolous on a floor rug with those huge tassles.

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4. I seem to be drawn to bobbles, that must be why I find this cherry berry bobble border by Hooked on Needles just so adorable

5. Rounding out my top 5 is this simple yet totally devine little border from Hooks and Yarns I think this is works so well with the granny to jazz her up a bit.

I hope you have enjoyed these gorgeous borders as much as I have and I hope they provide you with some inspiration for your next project.

P.S They all have free patterns!

New blanket for a boy in the making.

8 Jan

After the success of the last blanket, I immediately got to work on a blanket for my cousin.  She is expecting a boy in a few months.
For Christmas my mother in law gave me this book by Edie Eckman.
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It is full of unique motifs.  I am so in love with it.
I have decided on a simple square with a bobble feature.  Here is the first complete square.
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When I went to Lincraft I was looking for a light coloured grey to go with the light blue, dark blue and white that I already had.  However,  it is summer so the only grey available was this dark one, which I have fallen utterly in love with.  It is 8 ply 100% wool. I thought it felt rough when I bought it but it is the complete opposite.  The square I made is so soft and squishy.  It will be so warm for the baby to snuggle under.  The other yarns from my stash are acrylic.
The squares measure about 11cm across,  so I’m going to use 36 squares and do a big boarder.
Our cable had been out for the last 2 nights so I have put tje time to use by hooking up all the centers.
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This is a few with their second round completed.
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I think baby blankets might be my mew thing. I am already planning more for the future and I am only two days into this one!

Bobbly citrus baby blanket

7 Jan

I finally finished the blanket I have been making for my husband’s cousin’s soon to be born baby.DSC_1173

New babies are so exciting. I love their squishy little miniature bodies.

I also love baby blankets. They are such an excuse to use bright, fun colours and patterns, although let’s be honest, do you really need an excuse to work with bright fun colors and patterns. I think that’s one of the best things about crochet, it lends itself so well to colour explosion.

When Choosing the colours for this blanket I had to go with gender neutral colours as these parents are the type that like to keep the sex of their babies secret. Also, since it is Summer here there isn’t a vast array of yarn available.

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Any way, I went with some spritely citrus tones (yellow, lime, orange and cream) and used 4 ply 100% merino. I hadn’t used merino before, it was lovely. I thought it was similar to cotton in that there was no fuzz on the yarn it was really smooth and soft.

The pattern I used comes from a motif book my mum passed onto me, it is called the pink square, I have made it before in all one colour. It is a large square, about 22 cm. It looked really different done in multiple colours. I think it looks like a big daisy.DSC_1174

I made 12 squares in total. I joined them together  using a slip stitch.

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I wanted the border to resemble the squares in the type of stitches used. The first round was a simple little cream cluster of 3 double trebles in the spaces between the last round of the squares, each cluster separated by a single chain.

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 Following this I did a round of orange  doubles, 2 in each one chain space and a round of double trebles into each stitch. Both the cream and orange rounds had to be undone and redone with less stitches, as they rippled really badly.

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Next I did 3 rounds of double in yellow.

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I had found this super cute pom pom edging on Pinterest ages ago from Once upon a Pink Moon, and had been waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it. This blanket was that opportunity, so I finished it off with the pom pom edge in lime.

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I did a little happy dance and jumped up and down when I hooked that last stitch.

This is probably the biggest project I have finished. I am pretty chuffed with myself.

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The blanket is beautiful and soft, just right for a little squishy baby to snuggle under.

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A Baby Blanket and a super dooper new blocking board

30 Nov

Recently my husbands cousin announced she was having another baby. She is someone who appreciates handmade goodness, so I am making a blanket.

I have chosen a a large square motif, it is around 20cm wide and I am using baby merino in a palette of citrus colours, yellow, orange, lime and cream.

The one on the right is straight off the hook, the left one has been blocked

The one on the right is straight off the hook, the left one has been blocked

My aim is to have it completed in around 4 weeks.

Last weekend I made myself a new blocking board using a discarded shelf and some nails. I measuredand drew a 20cm square on the board and hammered in the nails at regular intervals.DSC_1073

The squares fit snuggly  around the nails, I did spritz the first ones lightly with water, but it is unnecessary, just being on the nails for a few days straightens them out.DSC_1077

This is such a great way to block granny squares.DSC_1075

I can’t wait to share the finished product with you.

Doll number three

4 Sep

Here is my third doll from the petals to picots CAL. I was late getting this one finished.  I am a super slow embroiderer.

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Still a hippie at heart…

21 Aug

You might remember this post about me wanting to make a pouf from t-shirt yarn to go in my non-existent entry way. Well things are starting to move on the next stage of our renovation so I might have a lovely little Scandi inspired entry way by Christmas (fingers crossed). So I have started getting ready to make my little pouf.DSC_0881

I grew up in a part of Australia known for embracing an alternative way of life so for many years I wore a lot of crazy hippie clothes and didn’t brush my hair all that much and often went without shoes. Living in the city for the past 15 years has changed the way I dress, but every so often my inner hippie get released like it has this weekend when I rediscovered my love of tie-dying.

As a teenager I tie-dyed everything I could get my hands on. I had tie-dyed bed sheets, curtains and clothes, I tie-dyed rompers for my brother when he was a baby, I even gave all the men in my family tie-dyed socks and jocks one year for Christmas.

To add some colour to my pouf I thought I would tie-dye the t-shirts before cutting them up into yarn. I chose to use the primary colours of yellow, red and blue in hope that I would also and up with some secondary colours in the final product.

I prepared my t-shirts by cutting off the top of the shirt and the bottom hem, leaving me with bands of fabric.DSC_0840

I rubber banded my fabric, the more bands that are used the less dye will penetrate the fabric.DSC_0851

I prepared my dye per the packet instructions, although I didn’t worry about whether it had all dissolved or not since this is all about colour variegation. I started with yellow as this is the lightest colour I was using.

With some help from The Minimen I popped my banded fabric into the dye gave it a stir and let it sit for 30ish minutes.DSC_0852

After rinsing I excitedly removed the rubber bands. I was so over joyed with the results I think I might have even done a little celebratory dance.DSC_0854

It is so satisfying when things turn out the way you were hoping.DSC_0855

So I repeated the process with the red DSC_0858and blue dyes,DSC_0872 each time adding more rubber bands to have a good mix of colour.

My thumbs ended up pretty sore from putting on and removing all the rubber bands, but I guess there can’t be creative gain without some pain.

This is how my yarn turned out! I’m in love, are you? Mr Minx even said he was impressed.DSC_0876

I used this nifty little join to make one continuous length of yarn when I cut them up.

Now I have one deliciously colourful ball of t-shirt yarn and I can’t wait to see how it will look crocheted.DSC_0880

Doll Two

18 Aug

Here is my second doll from the CAL I am doing!DSC_0863

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