Monthly Archives: November 2013

Potential

I love looking at a ball of yarn/wool. It’s just one continuous (if you’re lucky) strand with the potential to become so many things.

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Like this ball of super chunky yarn. It could be a scarf, a cowl or possibly a hat. In actual fact I know exactly what this yarn will become.

Slippers! Really cool slippers. I bought the pattern last week and after I’ve finished orders for people that’s what I’ll be starting. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Project blanky part 2: Repairing crochet is hard!

Last night’s crocheting was massively unsuccessful!

That said, I did actually learn quite a lot so that’s good. I attempted to reattach the inner blanket to the outer piece three times.

Issues I encountered were:
1. When  slip stitching the blanket together a visible ridge formed on the front. I didn’t like this.
2.I had done one round too many and had to undo a row.
3. When doing half double crochets and slip stitches, the round I was joining to became obscured.

Grrr

So I left it for the night and went for a walk with my husband (gotta do those 10,000 steps a day -I ended up doing 14,000). Whilst walking I had a flash of inspiration. I could slip stitch the blanket together from behind.

Today, that is what I did. It worked ๐Ÿ™‚

There are definite issues with tension and there is a ridge on the back. However, the blanket…is not falling apart and is now in one piece as opposed to two. I’m considering this a win!

At the moment I’m blocking the blanket.
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Deep breathe

This is it, I’m re-attaching the two parts of the blanky! See you on the other side!
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Wristers

After I’ve finished mending the blanket I’m working on (hopefully it’ll all be finished tonight), I’ll be working on more fingerless gloves. Redheart have written a nice straightforward freeย pattern which produces gloves that fit most hands (wristers). I like that I can still use my phone while wearing them.

I first made a pair of these as part of a crochet crowd challenge and I wear them all the time. When it gets colder that may change but for autumnal weather these are great.

SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSCYou wouldn’t believe how many photos I took trying to make my hand look natural… maybe my hands aren’t natural!!! I used Patons colour works aran for these I love how the colours slowly change.

I want to have a go at making mittens soon… I’m sure I saw a nice pattern where the top folds back (still thinking about using phone!!!) ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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Project blanky

Furiously crocheting, trying to repair my friend’s son’s blanket. Just taking a moment to check in and update.

Both pieces are safe from unravelling and I’m now recrocheting the rounds that were lost.
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It’s taking it a little longer than I’d like and I’m aware there is a little boy who is to struggling  sleep without  his blanky. I imagine it will all be finished by Friday though. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Crochet repair

So, I’m doing something new this evening.

A friend asked me if I could repair a crocheted blanket. The blanket is her son’s comfort blanket and she was quite upset it was unravelling. She’d attempted to stop it from coming apart any more but can’t crochet.
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The blanket is in two parts. I’ve detached the inner section and crocheted around the edge. I’m confident this will stop this from unraveling any further.

I’m now going to have a go at the outer part. Once I’ve stopped it from falling apart I can think about joining them together.

It’s nice knowing that repairing this will mean so much to someone. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Crocheting Dirk

Several weeks ago I purchased a pattern for an amigurumi doll. His name is Dirk and I discovered him on Pinterest. Dirk the Dragon/Dinosaur

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I loved making Dirk and he didn’t take long to crochet at all. The pattern was well written and easy to follow. ย Lydia Tresselt who designed Dirk has also written similar patterns for different dolls with the same sort of style. I shall definitely be buying more of her patterns in the future and perhaps adapting and tweaking the patterns to develop my own creations (I have ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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I showed the children I work with the legs I was making, just as I was joining them together. This lead to a discussion on trousers for cats and subsequently dungarees hehe. (more ideas… my poor cats!!!)

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I’m sure I will attempt this pattern again. Next time, however, I shall make full use of ย invisible decreases as those on the head are really visible (I discovered invisible decreases two days after making the head).

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I’m still a little in awe with how the ears are worked. They look quite complex but are actually relatively simple to put together.

The wool I used was Patons’-Smoothie except for the scarf which was Patons’- Colour Works Aran. The main colour was mainly blue with hints of purples. The Smoothie range is nice to work with, it rarely snags, and has a nice sort of shine to it. I found some rather lovely green buttons for eyes and crocheted the scarf rather than knitted (I tried to knit… much practise needed lol). I’m incredibly happy with the way Dirk came out ๐Ÿ™‚

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Finishing projects and a curious cat

I’ve had a lovely Sunday. Jon (my husband) and I began the day with a nice walk along a local cycle track appreciating the autumnal beauty.
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When we returned home, I put the finishing touches to a couple of neck warmers I’d made (using super chunky yarn, triple crocheted) and blocked. 

I sewed on buttons. The space between the triple crochets (US terms) formed the button holes but as these were quite loose so I added a couple of stitches to tighten them. This worked really well and made the right triple crochets easier to locate.
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While I was outside taking photos, My cat Fiyero decided to come and see what I was up to… he’s such a poser.
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Another string to my bow

The other night, whilst shopping for ingredients for Christmas cakes (plural I’ve made four and have at least one more to go) I discovered a bargain.

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Some fancy yarn (sashay? Not redheart tho) was sat innocently in a reduced basket. Whilst not certain of the colour I knew that this sort of yarn  was normally quite expensive. It was always something that I had wanted to learn to use. So I grabbed a couple of balls and headed to the tills, pleased with my find.

I looked at a couple of tutorials and learned that this yarn can be used in a number of ways. But what really helped me the most was a crochet crowd video.

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Quickly, I made a scarf and I’m now onto my second having tweaked the instructions to hopefully make a thicker scarf with more ruffles. I love learning new things; especially when those new skills result  in possible Christmas presents. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thicker scarf

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Giraffigirumi

Earlier this year I was asked to make a giraffe amigurumi by a friend ย I found a lovely pattern by vampireweasel. It worked together nicely and I was pleased with end result. I’d love to try this again with some tweed yarn ๐Ÿ™‚

SAMSUNG CSC SAMSUNG CSCI was particularly impressed with the horns (do giraffes have horns?) that were simply knots repeated. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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