Posts Tagged ‘crochet’

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Little crochet

August 8, 2012

I realised, after flicking through this blog, that I haven’t picked up a crochet hook all year. I’ve done a fair bit of knitting what with one thing or another, but no crochet. Actually the last few weeks have been a complete break from yarn crafts. I’ve been very busy at work, very busy at home with a boy who is now running around, climbing things and being the cheekiest monkey you can possibly imagine — and in my few spare minutes I’ve been quite happy to sit and read or snatch a few minutes of the Olympics on telly.

I’ve been missing crochet though, and am utterly excited to have just treated myself to not only a new book of crochet patterns but some new yarn and hooks. Little yarn and little hooks — both in lovely colours — to go with my new book, Little Crochet by Linda Permann.

I’ve followed Linda’s blog for some time and have made at least one of her many lovely crochet patterns in the past. Little Crochet caught my attention because it seems to contain a few patterns which are suitable for boys — something which the crochet world definitely seems to be lacking. No telling just yet what I’m planning to make, though if you know the book I’m sure you’ll already be able to guess which pattern I’m looking at!

By the way — hello to anyone new who has dropped by Fantasy Landscape today. I have no idea why, but today has been my blog’s busiest day ever! Hope you will all come back again!

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Christmas wrist warmers

December 10, 2011

The start of the Christmas season is always marked for me by our village Christmas fayre, which usually happens on the first Friday in December. It really brings the community together — one of the main roads through the village is closed and stalls are set up, offering crafts, gifts and raffles — as well as hot dogs, mulled wine, mince pies and beer from a local brewery. The local schools and scout groups take part, and it was made all the more fun for me this year because I was playing with the band.

I’d been warned how cold it can be, standing on the street corner playing carols in December, so I decided to make myself some Christmassy fingerless mittens to wear while I was playing.

I used Lucy of Attic24’s pattern for wrist warmers again — I made some striped ones a couple of years ago and practically lived in them I liked them so much.

Here they are:

The details:

Pattern: Wrist warmers by Lucy of Attic24 (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Rowan Pure Wool DK in red (and white, for the edging)
Hook: 4mm

They got lots of compliments and I’ve already been asked to make another pair by one of my fellow band-members for next time we’re out playing in the cold!

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Ripples

December 9, 2011

Here’s my contribution to the great Internet-wide ripple-along which is happening the moment — inspired by Lucy of Attic 24 and Heather of Little Tin Bird.

I actually made two almost-identical blankets, one to give as a Christmas present since I was so pleased with the one made for baby D. The only difference is that the first (ours) starts and ends with red rows and the one which will be a present starts and ends with blue rows — and the one to be a present doesn’t have any mistakes in it! No telling who it’ll be for — it’s a secret!

The details:

Pattern: Waterbeach Ripple – from 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns by Jan Eaton (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Sirdar Supersoft Aran
Hook: 5.0 mm

I found the pattern a little difficult to understand but once I had it sussed it was easy enough and I love the final texture, with thick sections where the cluster stitches are. The added row of sc meant that it wasn’t the quickest ripple pattern to complete but it was definitely worth the effort. I used a foundation chain of 121 (7 pattern repeats +2) and ended up with blankets which should be plenty large enough to keep the babies cosy in their pushchairs as they get a bit older — baby D has already outgrown the car-seat sized ripple blankie I made for him before.

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Water carriers

August 13, 2011

My first ‘pay it forward’ gifts are done. These little water bottle holders are for my friend Liz, who was asking for a way to carry drinks on days out with her kids — to avoid spending so much money on drinks from shops/cafes on hot days.

I made quite a few from different patterns I found on Ravelry but these two were by far my favourites. (If you don’t already use Ravelry you really should — it’s quite a brilliant resource for patterns and inspiration.)

The one on the left of my picture is JoAnne Leonard’s Easy Crochet Water Bottle Carrier. I used Rowan Cotton Glace and a 6mm hook. I liked the shaping on this one — it fits a 50cl evian bottle nice and snugly.

The one on the right is Hydrate! by Patti Gonsalves — the link to her web site doesn’t work but the pattern is available for free on Ravelry again. I used Rowan 4 ply cotton and a 3.75mm hook and I love how this one looks — definitely the prettiest — but it’s quite a loose fit on my bottle.

I hope Liz will find them useful — I may have to make one or two for myself now!

The picture is taken in our garden, next to some flowers on our patio which brighten the place up and make me happy. I think I’m much better at growing plants in pots than I am at growing them directly in the garden — I suppose I just have more experience at doing it that way having been a balcony gardener for so long and being fairly new to having a proper garden.

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Not what we had in mind

August 8, 2011

This morning we were supposed to go out to the Mother & Baby group at the day nursery where Baby D will go when I go back to work. (Thankfully that isn’t for a while yet.)

But this mummy has a sore throat and was feeling decidedly under the weather — and this baby was having a grumpy day, and, when he wasn’t crying or feeding, wanted to do nothing other than sleep on his Mummy.

Since cuddling a sleepy baby and crocheting is just about possible to do at the same time, I decided to make the most of it and start on my “pay it forward” items. I foolishly decided to take part before fully realising just how little spare time there is when you have a new baby in the family.

It wasn’t what we had planned, but it turned into quite a lovely morning, really!

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Close our eyes to the octopus ride

July 8, 2011

Just dropping by to show off my latest creation — this super-cute mini octopus. It’s my first ever attempt at amigurumi after a long time thinking I’d like to have a go.

It turns out it’s not nearly as tricky as I’d imagined — well, this particular pattern wasn’t, at least. The tentacles were a little fiddly but the results are definitely worth the effort! The pattern suggests using 7mm safety eyes but I thought embroidered eyes would be more little-person friendly, even if the little person in question is still a bit too little to appreciate this cute critter just yet.

Pattern: Mini Amigurumi Octopus (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Yarnfair Double Knitting – Lime
Hook: 3.5mm
Cute++

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Crocheted pram bag revealed

July 7, 2011

It’s good to hear following my last post that I’m not the only who’s discovered the advantages of acrylic yarn. I won’t feel so bad about having a snuffle around the budget section next time I go yarn shopping — depending on what it is that I want to make, at least.

I said I’d been working on another quick project with the left-overs and here it is — a cheery little bag/basket to hang on Baby D’s pram to store a few of his bits and pieces when we go out. I made it pretty small, using DK instead of aran and a smaller hook size than the pattern specifies. I’d add a few extra pattern repeats if I were to make it again — which I probably will do, since it’s so quick to make, and I love the texture.

I’m not sure how, but I ended up with too many stitches when it came to add the handles, so the sc area at the top/sides is a little bit wider than it should be. It didn’t seem to matter so I have left it as it is rather than frogging to work out where I went wrong.

I added some little flowers for extra cheer. They’re the “apple blossom” from Lesley Stanfield’s book, 100 flowers to knit & crochet. The larger one was actually a mistake — I used American stitches. Having learnt to crochet largely from the Internet, I tend to think in American terminology despite being English myself and I’d forgotten the book uses English crochet terms. I actually think the American terms make more sense and are easier to remember, but maybe that’s because that’s how I’ve learnt it.

Anyway, here are the vital stats:

Pattern: Flea Market Bag by Linda Permann (on Ravelry)
Yarn: Yarnfair Double Knitting in Lime (and Sirdar Country Style DL for the flowers)
Hook: 4mm
Happy?: For sure!

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