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Bear a thought

Whilst trying to declutter, I read a tip that suggested getting rid of old incomplete craft projects that were simply taking up space. My mind instantly flitted to a couple of  projects that had stopped and just not progressed in a long time: an experimental scarf which was more about me testing out an idea, and Lollo the African flower bear (pattern can be found on ravelry).

Without any regret and wondering  why I hadn’t done it sooner, I frogged (unravelled) the scarf and wound up the yarn into a ball.  But as for my bear… No! There was no way I could throw away the body and head I’d made so long ago. It sat in a bag by the side of my bed waiting for me to be inspired- so sad.

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I started crocheting this pattern at least two and half years ago. I made the head and body but got no further than making the motifs for the arms. I blogged about having stopped crocheting the bear (here) and had intentions to continue but alas untouched it sat.

The pattern is very detailed and broken into many parts. Being relatively new to crochet at the time I found its scope a little daunting. There were many motifs requiring various sized crochet hooks and a level of organisation I was struggling with.

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If I wasn’t going to dispose of this unfinished project then there was only one thing to do; I needed to complete my bear.

That is exactly what I’ve been doing. Sadly, I’d long ran out of one of the colours of yarn that I had been using for the motifs so I had to be a little creative. I crocheted motifs using a different (but similar) colours and mixed these in with the arm motifs that I’d crocheted previously. It seems to be working and feels good to have made progress.

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Tomorrow, I’ll post my finished bear. 🙂

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Finished!

I have finished the sheep I’ve been crocheting; it looks marvellous.

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I’ve previously been referring to sheepy as a he but I’ve recently seen a female sheep name that I really like. I’m open to suggestions , any ideas?

The fleece really finishes him/her off. It was a great deal of work and I did have to take a break from it for a while but it works so well.

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My sheep was very much based upon Lydia Tresselt’s Dirk the Dragon pattern from ravelry. Its a lovely pattern that provides a great body shape. The idea for the fleece was one I’ve used before on a previous sheep crocheted using a pattern from Toft’s Edward’s Menagierie.

I crocheted the scarf using the simple Tunisian crochet stitch. I like the addition of the scarf it just adds that little extra something. The yarn used is Sirdar Snuggly Snowdrop Chunky. Its a really attractive yarn but can be tricky to work with as the stitches can be a difficult to see if you are using a smaller crochet hook.

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Ironically, the sheep contains no wool all yarns being synthetic or cotton blends. This was an intentional choice as I move away from using yarns and fibres from animal sources.

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Getting there!

Just an update on my crocheted sheep. The fleece is definitely getting there. Surely I’m will over half way.

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I’m a little concerned that yesterday I started to talk to him as I was crocheting- stir crazy perhaps?

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Creativity

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.

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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.

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Inspired (finally!)

[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!

 

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The king of procrastination

This should have been written about a month ago … Sometimes life happens! Never mind better late than never.

Here is another piece of my attempts at freestyle crochet. I’m really quite pleased with how it turned out.

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I made use of my amigurumi skills.  Also, I used my double ended crochet hooks in continuous rounds producing an impressive effect.

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The Tunisian simple stitch with two colours created a great look with a really flat  surface texture.

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Currently I’m finishing off a commission and will finish off another Afghan soon.

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Lovely Hooks

In January it was my birthday. I received some beautiful double ended, symfonie crochet hooks from my mother and father in law.

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They are lovely to look at; light to use, and allow me to do Tunisian crochet in the round. I can see them being useful when crocheting infinity scarves, hats and sleeves.

Whilst experimenting, I created a small band using the honeycomb stitch. I wasn’t too sure how well the stitch would work.

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Not only did the stitch work really well but working in the round with two colours of yarn created a great effect.

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I’ve used my double ended crochet hooks in another project that I’ll share soon.

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Still crocheting

I sat for about 5 minutes trying to think of a good title for this post. It’s been ages since my last post. Sadly, I’ve not been crocheting as much as I was or as much as I would like to.

I do have some things I’d like to share though: I’ll begin with my first go at freeform crochet.

After admiring works of crocheted art on Pinterest, I thought I’d have a go myself.

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I didn’t use a specific pattern but did Google freeform crochet for more inspiration.

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I played around with hyperbolic crochet and used my amigurumi skills. I found tutorials explaining how to do the bouillon stitch and included some of that too.

My only regret now is using only one color of yarn. However, this was my first attempt…

My next go at freeform crochet, I feel, looks a lot better. But I’ll share that in another post. 🙂

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Hedgehog Giveaway

Last week, I decided that to boost the number of likes on my Facebook page I’d hold a give away.  I’m really pleased with the results. I’m not quite at my target of 200 likes but very close. I also discovered that you could change the name of a page; I did this and Mark’s Crochet page became Guy Who Crochets page. 🙂  Streamlining my brand.

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I made this hedgehog during the Summer. I particularly proud of this amigurumi as I completely designed it myself. The spikes were an adaptation of the surface crochet I’d used on the TOFT sheep I’d crocheted.

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If you use facebook feel free to drop by and like my page. I’ll pick a follower randomly once I hit 200 likes and get her/him posted off to their new home.

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Tunisian Crochet On The Move

It’s our 3rd (+11) anniversary and we’re off on our holiday. I’m writing this on the train to London after enjoying a spot of tunisian crochet.

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I’ve brought an ongoing slow growing WIP. I wanted something that wouldn’t take up much room and would be simple to pick up and put down.

I’m making a honeycomb stitch scarf. There’s no counting just alternating standard stitch and purl stitch. The patons colour works yarn means I don’t need to fiddle changing colours, it’s all done for me.

If I finish this ball of yarn I have another to keep me going. I intentionally left my scissors and yarn needles at home, I’ll just join the next ball and weave in the end when I return.

I’m looking forward to catching the Eurostar tomorrow and heading off to Amsterdam for a few days. 🙂

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