Monthly Archives: January 2014

Recycling and crochet

This weekend just gone, I purchased a good pair of fabric scissors. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while and have had a bag of fabric sat waiting to be cut up for months.
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What I wanted to do was make my own yarn out of old shirts and the like. I think I was inspired by tshirt yarn but also I like the idea of squeezing a little more like out of these old fabrics.

To begin with, I’ve cut up an old quilt cover and matching pillowcases. This took quite some time and resulted in an achey hand and a great big ball of Orange and yellow rag yarn (there may be a better name for it?).
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I’ve started to crochet this into a basket that I will post pictures of later this week. It’s going quite well. The fabric is fraying a little as I crochet but this was something I expected ๐Ÿ™‚

Right best get back to it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Finished sheep amigurumi

Finally, the sheep I was making (from issue 13 of Simply Crochet) ย is finished. I’m really pleased with him and love the way the surface crochet has created his fleece.

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WIP Wednesday Sheeptasticness

Very quick update… My sheeps fleece is growing ๐Ÿ™‚
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Fleeced!

Just a quick post to show the fleece I’ve started to put on the sheep.
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I’m crocheting the white snowflake yarn on to the surface of the sheep using single crochets and chains. It feels lovely and looks like a little skirt ๐Ÿ™‚
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Marky had a little lamb

This weekend I wasn’t sure what to crochet. Then I remembered an Amigurumi sheep I’d seen in issue 13 of simply crochet.

๏ฟผ I tweaked the pattern slightly to make the arms a little shorter. Also, I added a little more shaping to the ears.I think it’s coming together quite nicely. ๏ฟผ

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The pattern was nice and straight forward. ๏ฟผ The tail didn’t say it was stuffed but I added a little. It gives the sheep a little more stability when sat. ๏ฟผ

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Now, I think he looks pretty good as he is but the pattern explains how to add a fleece. It involves surface crochet and chains; creating loops all over the cream body parts.

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Hopefully in the next couple of days I’ll be able to show a fleecier sheep. I’m going to try using sirdar’s snowflake yarn.

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Crocheted Comforter

In my post a couple of days ago, I teased with a few photos of the comforter I’ve crocheted. I intentionally didn’t show the whole thing because I wanted to take some better photographs, in natural light, with a better camera. Also, I felt, it deserved it’s own post!

SAMSUNG CSCI am so pleased with how it’s turned out. The (Sirdar snowflake) yarn I used makes the granny square beautifully soft and fluffy.

SAMSUNG CSCAttaching the head to the comforter was something I’d seen on Pinterest (I think). I loved the idea but thought that it would look better if attached at the corner rather than in the centre of the square. The pattern I used for the teddy bear head is available free here. I did, however, adapt the ears and rather than creating inner and outer circles opted for one half circle per ear.

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I’m really pleased with the way this turned out and will definitely be making more… perhaps with other animal heads. My Husband suggested adding paws too, which I quite like the idea of. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Sunflower Scarf

I’ve finally finished my circular motif shawl – inspired scarf.

This was going to be a blanket or throw but I realised I’d used a brown that I would run out of. Terrible planning! Or maybe, a fortunate accident depending on your point of view.

SAMSUNG CSCIt’s lovely and bright but did require lots of weaving in of ends. On the plus side I do feel like I’m doing a much better job when weaving in ends… I just need to remember to leave enough length to do it properly.

Lacking a more lady like model I did the job myself. Whilst I’m not sure ย I can pull it off, I’m pretty sure this could make a lovely gift for someone. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Feeling chunky!

Recently, I’ve been working with Sirdar’s Snowflake chunky yarn and I thought I would write a short review.

This is a fleecy polyester yarn that caught my eye as I was perusing the range at hobbycraft. I was in the market for some yarn to make baby things so this really seemed to fit the bill. Not knowing the gender of the babies I’m crocheting for, I opted for neutral cream and light brown.

20140117_155928 20140117_160004The first project I’ve used it for consists of two parts: a striped granny square comforter and an attached teddy bears head (There will be a more comprehensive post about this during the next few days).

For the granny square I used a 4mm hook. The yarn crocheted together nicely and I’m really happy with the resultant square. The only issue I encountered when crocheting the comforter was when I needed to frog (undo) a portion of my crochet. The yarn seems to latch to itself and I had to be quite firm when pulling my stitches undone; at the time I worried the yarn might snap but it didn’t. The yarn sticking to itself in such a way may actually, in the long run, make it more suitable for it’s purpose. Hopefully, it will resist the rigours of little hands ๐Ÿ™‚

The nature of the yarn makes the stitch definition poor. However, you get a wonderfully soft fluffy effect.

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I used, or attempted to use, part of an amigurumi teddy pattern to create a head to attach. This was really difficult and I must admit I considered giving up at one point. As I’ve mentioned, the yarn results in poor stitch definition. I really struggled to see what I was doing. I remedied this by using another strand of dk yarn alongside thus making it a little easier to see the stitches I was working. Persevering was well worth it the finished comforter looks lovely.

Overall, I’m really happy with this Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake Chunky yarn the fluffy effect the yarn has produced is fantastic; and it was very reasonably priced. I shall definitely be using this yarn again but am now prepared for difficulties I may encounter.20140117_155934

 

 

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Not enough hours!

I haven’t posted for nearly a week! Terrible!

Its not that I’ve dropped off the edge of the earth. I’ve just been a little busy at work now the schools are back; celebrating my birthday this last weekend, and most excitingly buying a new kitchen (more about that in another post)!

I’ve found a little time for crochet though. This will be a hanging carrier bag dispenser… honest… eventually ๐Ÿ™‚

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WIP Wednesday

I started a blanket on boxing day (I think… I’m having memory issues). Since then I’ve realised I don’t have enough of the same shade of brown to make a blanket worth of Sun flowers. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
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That’s what you get, I suppose, when you don’t plan these things more carefully.

But rather than scrap the whole thing; which I think was looking pretty good I decided to repurpose my project.

Blanket became scarf.

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I’ve got about 6 smaller (side) motifs to join then it’s just a matter of weaving in the many many ends.

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