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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!

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.

A bit of Monday Morning Inspiration

29 Apr

As much as I am loving crochet right now, sometimes I feel it can look kitchy and dated, and it doesn’t really fit in with the design aesthetic I have envisioned for my home. With this in mind I began Googling “modern crochet” last night and I discovered something amazing!

Free form crochet! If yo have never heard of or seen this before you may be asking what is free form crochet? Well this is how the International Free Form Crochet Guild describe it…..

What is freeform?

Freeform crochet is like painting – the hook is a brush and the yarn a paint. 
The result can be abstract or realistic. 
Freeform is original design, not a reproduction of another person’s pattern, 
– it goes beyond the realm of patterns and restrictions that usually apply toward our art. 
The outcome is a piece of art like no other, not only functional, but beautiful as well. 
Freeform includes 2-D and 3-D art, clothing and useful items.

Here are some examples of free form crochet….

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As you can see it is more like an artwork, and can take a variety of forms. This sort of crochet really grabs my attention and caters to my crazy need for colour, sparkle and texture! What do you think? Has anyone out there tried this and do you have any tips?

This find left my head spinning last night and a little crazy thought popped in there…”I wonder if it is possible to felt crochet?” So of course the first thing I did when I woke up was Google felted crochet and guess what? It exists! I have never felted anything in my life, although I have always wanted to, it is something that I find somewhat daunting, I don’t know why because it looks fairly straight forward and easy.

Here is how felted crochet looks…..

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I like how these flowers in the bowl look like they are not fully felted and still retain some of their crocheted self.

I was worried when I started this blog that all the creativity I had when I was younger had long dried up but it seems that it has returned, my brain works overtime these days thinking of all the crazy projects that I want to attempt, I am going to have to get organised and make a plan of attack so that all these ideas become reality!

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Giving a rocky relationship another chance

8 Apr
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I chose two different rainbow yarns and a bright yellow

My Mum, Grandma, Great Grandma and probably countless other women in my family have all been lovers of crochet.

They have superior skills that make them great crochet lovers and they all had long lasting, successful partnerships with it.

A doily by my Grandma

A doily by my Great Grandma

A doily by my Great Grandma

My on again off again relationship with crochet can only be described as rocky at best. I started early learning how to make a never ending chain and my skills really haven’t progressed much past this, I can still chain like a pro and it is my preferred move, but being able to chain well does not make for a great relationship.

I have tried many times to move things along and improve but I lack the patience, I forget how many stitches I have done, I can’t differentiate stitches. But, like any other unfinished relationship I have to keep going back for more.

I found this cowl scarf on Pinterest recently and thought it looked easy enough and it might just be the kickstart to rescuing our relationship.

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You can find the pattern and instructions here

I used a smaller hook (12mm) than the pattern states and only 3 different yarns instead of 4.  And beacuase I was using a smaller hook I needed to use more chains in my initial row.

The pattern only consists of single crochets and chains and apparently should only take 1 1/2 hours to make. I am a slow and clumsy crocheter at best so it took me a day to make.

It was very easy and I actually really enjoyed making it and even though I think I still managed to miss a few stitches and put stitches in the wrong place it turned out well.

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A length of chain

All may not be lost between crochet and Me, a flame has been reignited and if we take things slowly and not get in over our heads to soon, we may be able to develop the strong lifelong bond the other women in my family were able to make. 

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First row of single crochet

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Finished

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As a headband

As a headband

As a cowl
As a cowl

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As a Beanie

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