Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
Hot off the hook this lunch time - a little lacy baby blanket for a friends brand new baby girl. I have made this a number of times, its lovely and light and airy for summer time and using a v-stitch, it makes up quickly. This time I used bamboo tape, which has given the finished blanket a lovely silky, drapy feel about it. For a bit of extra girly-ness I edged the blanket with a shell stitch which gave a nice frill effect.
Livvy Blanket Pattern
I used a 4.5mm hook with the bamboo tape (weight the equivalent of aran yarn) but think with hindsight I could have possibly used a slightly bigger hook - use a hook appropriate to your yarn thickness. All in US crochet terminology
Row 1: (Dc, ch 1, dc) in 5th ch from hook, (This is your basic V-stitch pattern)
[skip 2 ch, work V-st in next ch] across to last 2 ch, skip 1 ch, dc in last ch – 28 V-sts and dc at each end of row.
Row 2: Ch 3, work V-st in each ch1-space across, end dc in top of turning chain.
Repeat Row 2 for V-st pattern until there are a total of 34 rows;
After you have crocheted 34 rows, ch 1 (instead of ch 3), turn. DO NOT FASTEN OFF.
Sc in each dc and ch1-space across, end 3 sc in last dc; rotate to side, sc evenly along side edge, 3 sc in first ch of foundation ch; sc in each ch across, 3 sc in last ch; sc evenly along rem side edge, end 2 sc in top of last row turning chain, join with slip st to top of first sc.
(1sc, 1hdc, 1dc, 1hdc, 1sc) into second Sc, (this is your basic shell stitch ) skip one Sc and repeat shell stitch into next Sc, continue this around entire blanket.
Fasten off. Weave in ends.
Friday, 25 June 2010
Consumption of many large cups of coffee
The start of my Elderflower Champagne experiment
Thursday, 24 June 2010
I bought this book about a year ago and have seriously made LOADS of things from it - I like her style of pattern writing, very simply and easy to follow. I used some silky cotton yarn to crochet the bunny, but had a few problems weaving in the ends as the yarn kept splitting and looked untidy - what kind of yarn do you tend to use for Amigurumi?
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Ulster Linen tea-towel from the National Dairy Council (50p) - love the retro graphics, I might even frame this for the kitchen.
Pure Irish Linen table cloth (£3.50) . This one still had it's original vintage label on it, it was slightly yellowing from age, but a wash and an afternoon drying in the sun has done it a world of good.
Monday, 21 June 2010
Very familiar layout to that caravan......and look at the enamelware they have!!
Saturday, 19 June 2010
So based on that idea I tried out a floral garland using some chunky felting wool I had left over in my wool stash. Any kind would do, just bear in mind the chunkier the wool the bigger the flower.
Here's the pattern I made up:-
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Its only a four berth caravan, and quite a compact one at that. Here's the seating area that doubles as a double bed. We ripped up the old carpet as soon as we bought her, and last weekend put down some vinyl tiles -very satisfying and an instant way to brighten up the interior. This week I have been working on making curtains and cushion covers. I used a large blue check fabric with a white lining, perhaps with hindsight I should have used a black out fabric to line them with, but you live and learn...
Bunk beds for the boys.
Little galley kitchen area with a sweet little enamel hob and sink.
The fun part has been adding a few sweet knick-knacks to make the place feel homely and I also ran up a few cushion covers on my sewing machine. I am loving this red cockerel fabric, a fat quarter I bought last week from ebay, might have to expand on the chicken theme!
Never thought I'd say this, but I love, love, love our new caravan!!
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Do you know that feeling when you have so many 'projects' on the go, lying all over the house and making your living room look untidy, yet you can't focus on one to actually complete it? And in any case, all of them are longer-terms projects that can't be finished over night...
like the vintage pillowcase I am planning on crocheting a pretty edging around, as seen here....I really struggled trying to keep my blanket stitch looking neat and even - any tips?
...and then there's the granny square blanket I'm making for my eldest son.
Next up, the bamboo baby blanket (Pattern Here) for a friend who is currently 4 days overdue, buying me a bit more time. This project is proving to be particularly annoying as the bamboo tape keeps getting tangled and knotted, and I end up spending half an hour unravelling it before I can even do any stitches..
And then there's the bag of granny squares I've never actually got round to doing anything with, that I thought I would resurrect and try and make a cushion or something..
Throw into the mix a full set of curtains for our new (old) caravan...
I haven't used my sewing machine for ages, and I'm loving whipping up these smallish curtains, only problem is when now have all my sewing paraphernalia lying around the kitchen table -FOCUS!!!!
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
50p each at my local charity shop, how could I resist?
A Tuesday tea-time treat indeed.