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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 geometric makeover

6 Nov

Earlier in the year I brought back some things from my mums place, you might remember this post. One of the things that I brought back, with the intentions of gussying it up.image

Well, it sat in the garage for 7 months, until last weekend, when I pulled it out and gave it the make over it deserved.

This is how it originally looked

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My grandfather made this table, I think it was made for me as a child and was originally green. My mum painted it red and covered the top with denim contact for my brother. Now after 10 years in storage it was time to give it a new lease of life for my Minimen.

It is destined for life in the playroom so to match the colour scheme in there I painted it bright, sunny yellow after I had removed the contact and sanded it back.

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To give it a a bit of spunk I taped some stripes randomly on the legs and painted them with the blue that is on the walls in the play room

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I found a cute geometric stencil and using the same blue I applied the design. I love geometric patterns, they are always fresh and modern, and put a smile on my face,

So this is the finished product, I think I will probably put a clear gloss coat of varnish on it to protect the stenciling.

I love how it turned out, although the stenciling could be neater. It is going to fit so perfectly in the play room. I also love that I am able to give the Minimen something that was mine as a child.

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A fast friendship is being forged

17 Apr

 I think that crochet and I have finally turned a corner. I am really enjoying learning and teaching myself with small projects like the fingerless gloves I made over the weekend.

I found the pattern here. It was the perfect beginner project to learn the treble stitch.
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I made two rectangles using treble stitch, folded them in half and whip stitched them together leaving a space for my thumb.

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And here is the end result, they are sort of cute, but I can’t really see myself ever wearing them, but I now know what a treble is and feel confident doing it.

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It is crazy that after so many failed attempts at learning to crochet, that finally I am enjoying it and I want to do more and learn more.

But first, I need to get some new wool, I am so sick of everything being multicoloured and yellow. I might take a trip to the shops today.

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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