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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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Colour Inspiration; Tangerine and Jade

11 May

I love, love, love colour!

Most of my clothes are in violent hues of yellow, blue, purple, pink with splashes of white.

Like a bower bird, I am drawn to bright and shiny things.

This week I have not been able to get the colour combination of  Tangerine and Jade out of my head.

I love the contrast of these colours, the vibrant, look at me of the tangerine and the exotic glamour of jade.

Last week I posted about the Polka dot crochet motif. When I eventually get around to making a blanket from this motif I want to use a tangerine and jade palette and compliment these vibrant colours with lighter versions of themselves, maybe a beautiful apricot and a minty green

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Teaming these colours with a crisp white would make the colourful polka dots pop but I am also toying with the idea of using a very pale grey as my background colour, for a more elegant feel.

Now, let the great tangerine and jade yarn hunt begin!

A string of Bunnies….making a cute Easter garland.

21 Mar

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Today I had planned this fun activity for the Minimen and myself, however, Mr 1 fell asleep and Mr 4 was in a mood, and although Mr 1 did wake up in time to stomp on some bunnies and Mr 4’s curiosity got the better of him, and he did glue some bunny tails on, I did most of the work myself.

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1. Gather your materials

  • coloured paper or cardboard
  • paint
  • scissors
  • pom poms
  • string
  • hole punch

2. Cut out a simple bunny shape

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3. Paint a pattern on your bunnies. I used a skewer to make small spots and stripes and the end of a fat pencil to make large spots.

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4. Glue the pom poms on.

5. Using the hole punch, punch out a hole from each ear.

6. Thread your string through the holes.

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7. String them up somewhere in your home

8. Enjoy them!

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Paint chip update

16 Mar

 As promised, I finally got around to hanging my paint chip art works in the Minimens play room, and here is the finished picture.

I am really happy with how they look on the wall. Mr 4 agrees they look great but realistically I don’t think either he or Mr 1 are going to be spending much time pondering over and apreciating any of the art works that I put into their room.

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Cushions!

14 Mar

ImageI wanted to make some cushions to add some colour to the house. The first ones I made were a pair of  rectangular cushions with a border from a sweet damask pattern in my favourite, yellow and white. These were so simple. I used half a yard of fabric and cut it in half and then each half in half again to give 4 pieces. I pinned 2 pieces together, wrong sides facing and sewed them together, leaving a small gap so that it could be filled later. Then after turning it the right side out, I measured and put guiding dots about 3cm in from the edge and sewed around that to create the border, also leaving a gap. I used polyfill to fill it  and then sewed up the gaps, repeated the process and I had two brand new designer cushions for a fraction of the cost. I was so happy with the way these turned out, I think I will be making these cushions again!

The next cushions I wanted to make were sprocket pillows for the Minimen’s play room.

Image I had some left over fabric from the curtains I  made, to this I added a gorgeous teal geometric print and a white cord.

This is the tutorial I used. It was good but mine definitely didn’t turn out the way they do in the tutorial.

They are not perfectly round and I think this happened because I sewed my wedge pieces together as you would sew a normal straight seam, that is with equal distance between the edge of the fabric and the stitch. Doing it this way, I found that the fabric didn’t meet up in the centre the way that it should have and instead of having a semi circle of fabric after sewing 6 wedges together I had a small arc in the centre, which then made it difficult to sew 2 semicircles into a circle. By my fourth semicircle i figured out that I needed to run the seam from the edge of the large side of the wedge to the middle of the small side of the wedge.

I could have unpicked the other semicircles but I decided to persevere and see how they turned out.

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I chose to do the reverse side in a single circle of one of the 3 fabrics, you could also do the reverse in the wedge pattern if you wanted to, and I also used a large self covered button to cover up the fact the wedges don’t meet properly.

Overall, I think I could have done a better job on these, however, I do love the fabric combination, it’s so fresh and bright.

For a first attempt at something that is not super easy, I guess it is not too bad.

Mr 4 proclaimed “I love your cushions, Mum!” so at least I have a happy customer in him.

I will be making these again, as I know where I went wrong with these. Once I have them perfected I will post my own tutorial, so check back for that some time in the future!

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