So I think I mentioned before I’m in the middle of making a doll… Inspired by another pattern I have.
The original pattern was for a dragon but I really liked the style and body shape. I’ve decided to make a sheep doll.
It all crocheted together quite quickly but then I decided to give him a fleece! It’s one of those ideas which sounds good but you very quickly realise was baaaaad(sorry couldn’t resist).
I’m single crocheting into the surface of the doll, chaining 8, missing a stitch and repeating up the body. I’ll have to do the other leg later.
I think it looks awesome but it’s taking a long time… Such a long time! I’m doing a baby blanket at the same time so I can flit from one to the other when I’ve had enough of the repetitiveness.
I have no doubt that my sheep will look great when he’s done though. 🙂
Along with getting my crochet mojo back I’ve also been getting my art on. In actuality I started drawing before crocheting; I think the drawing rekindled my creative spark.
I’ve been exploring an abstract style I first started developing when I was a teenager. I might share more of my artwork here if there’s interest; tho I’m looking forward to sharing more of my crochet soon.
Recently, my sister inlaw began training as a midwife. As part of her Course she and the other trainees needed knitted or crocheted breasts.
My sister inlaw can crochet and asked if I could help her crochet some breasts for her cohort. She found a pattern on the Lactation Consultants of Great Britain’s website.
So far, I think I’ve made about 8 breasts. I’ve adapted the pattern so that rather than making two parts that needs to be stitched or crochet together, I just crochet one continuous piece. For round 22 I crocheted into back loops only (to create a sharp turn) and also began reducing.
Although not something I thought I’d be crocheting I do hope they prove useful.
I noted that it has been a good while since I’d made any posts, in my last blog entry. This has been due to a lack of inspiration but also, I think, because of quite a big lifestyle change. [Please note this post is not meant as any form of judgement except maybe of the industries involved… and of myself]
Last year I became Vegan after becoming aware of practises which deeply upset me. I’d been vegetarian for 21 years but failed to realise the part I was still playing in the cruel treatment of animals.
Part of this change entailed me no longer using wool and yarns containing animal products.
I’d always been of the mind that obtaining the fibres necessary to produce wool was a simple (and perhaps kind) shearing of sheep – no need for death. However, I discovered the process of shearing is not always kind due to industrial demands (fast hands can become careless). I came to learn that the sheep used, may have strips of skin removed; the wool that they have been breed to overproduce might otherwise matt. And when no longer producing wool in abundance, or of a high enough quality, these lovely animals are slaughtered for cheap meat.
Silken fibres involve the death of the silkworms… Again not something I realised before I went Vegan.
I felt guilty and angry with myself for not knowing.
I’m now using up any animal fibres I have and am not buying anymore. There are many alternatives I can and am using such as cotton, bamboo and synthetics.
[Insert apologies for lack of posts]
Last week I decided I wanted to crochet a sheep or cow in the style of Dirk the Dragon by Lydia Tresselt (follow link to ravelry). I’ve used her lovely pattern to create a basic body shape to which I’m planning to add different ears, feet, hands and tail. I’m also planning on adding a surface crocheted fleece.
I’ve got quite a lot done in a short space of time and will add some updates as I progress!
A few weeks ago a friend posted a photo to me on facebook. It included a link to a lovely pattern for crocheted booties with a crocodile stitch cuff. The same friend was having a naming ceremony for her little girl 4 days later. I decided it would be lovely to make her daughter a pair of the booties.
I have never crocheted so fast or furiously- it was totally worth it.
I purchased the pattern from knit picks UK and received the pattern within an hour via email (it seemed longer as I was so eager to start!). The pattern was written using american terms (by Lianka Azulay) and easy to follow.
The yarn I used was Sirdar Folksong. In retrospect this was maybe a little on the thick side for this project but I liked the feel and colour.
I love way they turned out. They are a little too big for my friends daughter but I was worrying they might be too small. Its nice she can grow into them. 🙂
I felt like crocheting up something quickly. So, I decided to look for inspiration in a magazine given to me by a student I taught last year (thank you Leah).
Simply Crochet: Amigurumi Collection Summer 2015
I came across a pattern for small Japanese dolls called Kokeshi dolls (though it’s my understanding that these folks are traditionally made of would and ornately decorated).
The pattern was very easy to follow and I finished my doll in a couple of hours (whilst also watching TV).
The next time I use this pattern, I might stitch the hair on rather than crocheting a wig cap. I will definitely make sure I stuff the body more firmly and perhaps the head less so- my little doll is a little top heavy and is prone to toppling. 🙂
A few weeks ago I started an amigurumi Sea horse from Vanessa Mooncie’s book “crocheted Sea Creatures”.
There are 12 wonderful creatures to make. However the creatures that really caught my eye and persuaded me to buy the book were the Sea horse and the Octopus (which I’ve yet to start).
I love the way my sea horse has turned out. It is just over a foot tall which was longer than I expected it to be. The crocheting involved was relatively easy involving simple increases, decreases and a fair amount of colour changing.
The pattern uses UK terminology which wasn’t a problem. However, I must admit that the wording of the pattern was not always straight forward. There were several points where I was left a little stumped. I persevered and I’m glad I did so.
I used Paton’s DK Smoothie and some old Navy blue acrylic yarn I had left over from another project.
I’ve finished a project! Yes it was simple.Yes it was quick. But its finished… even the ends have been woven in!
In actuality, I’ve finished two projects because whilst I was crocheting I could see I would have enough yarn for gloves or mittens. I opted for Wristers which I have made lots of times before (see here). I did however tweak the pattern slightly, so that the ribbing on the cuffs was more pronounced I alternated front post double crochets and back post double crochets (US terms)
I’m rather pleased with how it’s all turned out turned out. I used a 10mm crochet hook and created a round of about 64 stitches. I then worked a spiral (like amigurumi) using double crochets (US terms) forming a tube til it was about arm length. I worked in a spiral as I’m really not keen on seems left when joining rounds and chaining up; others may not see it but I do. 🙂
The colours are really autumnal and I’m not convinced the photographs do the pieces justice. Also, lacking a more glamorous model I had to do the job myself. 🙂
I’ve wanted to crochet but it has been hard recently. There’s really no reason, as far as I can see, for the lack my lack of inspiration; I’ve found it really difficult to pick up a project. Putting pressure on myself wasn’t working so I decided it was ok to take a break.
Then this week I felt an urge. I rummaged though my boxes of yarn and choose some wool I need to use up (more about that later) and thought about how I could use it.
I’ve started making a Snood. I’m modelling it on a knitted one I purchased a few years ago. I’m not doing anything complicated as the yarn is so pretty as it is.
It’s lovely to want to crochet again.